The end of the world—with flesh-eating zombies! In the near future, a desperate and ever-more
controlling UK government attempts to restore a sense of national pride with a New Festival
of Britain. But construction work on the site of an old church in South London releases a
centuries-old plague that turns its victims into flesh-hungry ghouls whose bite or scratch
passes on the contagion—a supernatural virus which has the power to revive the dead—on to
others. "The Death" soon sweeps across London and the whole country falls into chaos. A
drastic attempt to eradicate the outbreak at source fails, the plague spreads quickly to
mainland Europe and the rest of the world. Told through a series of interconnected
eyewitness narratives—text messages, e-mails, blogs, letters, diaries and transcripts—this
is an epic story of a world plunged into chaos as the dead battle the living for total
domination. Will humanity triumph over the worldwide zombie plague, or will the walking dead inherit the Earth?
||Michael Marshall Smith|
|INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS #1
|DEAD GROUND ZERO
|INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS #2
|INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS #3
|DIARY ENTRY #1
|INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS #4
|DEAD DI AND THE ZOMBIE KING
|INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS #5
|RINGS AROUND THE ROSES
||John Llewellyn Probert|
|INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS #6
|TWEETS OF THE DEAD
|DIARY ENTRY #2
|EMERGENCY SERVICE #1
|MINUTES OF MEETING
|THEY'RE COMING TO GET YOU!
|EMERGENCY SERVICE #2
|LETTERS FROM A TOWER
|NEWS FRONT PAGE #1
|NEWS FRONT PAGE #2
|DIARY ENTRY #3
|PASTOR PAT ON THE 700 CLUB
|WE'LL TAKE MANHATTAN
|'THE LONGEST DISTANCE BETWEEN TWO PLACES' BY WILL HOLLOWAY
|THE REIGN OF SANTA MUERTE
|THE SHOW MUST GO ON
|ZOMBIE NOVELTY TRACKS
|ARE WE NOT A NEW PEOPLE?
|EPILOGUE: THE QUEEN'S CHRISTMAS SPEECH
Nominated for the 2011 British Fantasy Award
"A phenomenal undertaking . . . Zombie Apocalypse! is a great read for any zombie fan."
SF SITE, March 2011
"Zombie Apocalypse! is a mix of horror and science fiction, with added supernatural elements . . . It's a scary read, reminding me of The Andromeda Strain and other convincing post-apocalyptic novels. Highly recommended."
BFS JOURNAL: PRISM, Spring 2011
"Not since reading Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell's From Hell have I been so fascinated by the back-story, and here Stephen Jones must be commended . . . the supernatural undertones run throughout our Capital's history just like the River Thames itself."
BFS JOURNAL: PRISM, Spring 2011
"This book is a very unique and exciting concept. Rather than just having a number of short pieces of
unrelated fictional stories with a zombie theme, Jones has gone for a seamless stream of shorts from dozens
of authors in various formats . . . Overall, I found this to be one of the most original and entertaining
Zombie books I've read lately."
THE FRINGE MAGAZINE, March 5, 2011
"Clever, gruesome, poignant and pacy . . . creator and editor Stephen Jones marshals the talents of a score of
noted genre authors, eliciting contributions that play to the strengths of each . . . it's hard to avoid this
book's clutches—much like the shambling corpses that fill its pages."
FINANCIAL TIMES: LIFE & ARTS, October 23/October 24, 2010
"Stephen Jones's carefully woven tale of the outbreak of Human Reanimation Virus (HRV) is moving, funny,
terrifying and strikingly original. It's a clever, confident take on a well-trodden genre and it deserves
to be read—and not just by those who'd be attracted to a book called Zombie Apocalypse! . . . Zombie mythology is expanded and developed in a mix of the personal, political and socio-cultural . . . compulsive reading."
SFX MAGAZINE, December 2010
"A rip rollicking tale of a zombie apocalypse that is one of the most imaginative and innovative iterations of our current obsession with everybody's favourite brain munching monster, and kudos to Stephen Jones for making it happen."
BLACK STATIC Issue 19, Oct-Nov 2010
"I think having multiple authors was entirely the right decision. There is one world, and one event, but each author has the
opportunity to have his or her character tell a bit of the story from their point of view. This technique works well,
and the reader really gets the feeling that all these disparate voices have been pulled together to create the
story . . . It seems likely that some will compare this anthology with World War Z by Max Brooks. I've read
both, and I think that they are distinctly different. Zombie Apocalypse ends on what I think
many would consider a very downbeat note. It struck me that there aren't really any happy endings. The
authors have successfully captured the claustrophobia and impending disaster that I have always associated
with zombies. There is an inevitability about them that I have always considered creepy. You can run
but eventually they will wear you down."
—THE ELOQUENT PAGE
Photo © 2010 Lisa Morton |
Lisa Morton and Peter Atkins signing at Dark Delicacies, Burbank, California, December 18, 2010.
Photo © 2010 Jamie-Lee Nardone |
Back Row: Paul McAuley, Michael Marshall Smith, Mandy Slater and Mark Samuels;
Front Row: Stephen Jones, Pat Cadigan and Christopher Fowler.
Photo © 2010 Paul McAuley |
Photo © 2010 |
Sarah Pinborough and Mandy Slater at the book launch at FantasyCon 2010