Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Undead Britain - in the anthology 'At Hell's Gates' - now available for pre-order.

Here's the link:

It will be released on September 21st.

This is a charity anthology, all proceeds go to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund:

More information on the contributors and the anthology can be found at the project website:

One by one nations fell. In Britain, the press was nationalised and broadcast the message; ‘There are no reported outbreaks in the UK’. Martial law, rationing and curfews were implemented. It was not enough. The inland cities of Britain were to be evacuated to the more defensible, and more easily supplied coast.
Charlotte and Trevor decided not to take their children on the evacuation. They thought they would be safe. When their food runs out they are forced to scavenge for scraps left behind after weeks of rationing, they find out how wrong they were. The Emergency Broadcast lied. Zombies stalk the streets of Britain. Nowhere is safe from the undead.

Where does this fit in with the wider story? Well, it begins, and ends, a year after the evacuation, at Chirk Castle, a few hours before the siege begins. What siege? For that you're going to have to wait and see.

How did I end up contributing to it? I got an email from Shana Festa, a fellow zombologist and one of the co-ordinators of the project ( asking if I had a short story I wouldn't mind giving up. I didn't. That was on the Thursday. I spent the afternoon going through my notes and I found one, a tale told by a woman sitting around a brazier, inside a castle undersiege, with survivors each sharing the story of how they came to be there. This was one of them, just the ordinary story of an ordinary person, thrust into a nightmare world.