Friday 9 December 2011

Day 9: Gifts of Gore - Tomes of the Dead

Everyone loves a zombie. The perfect stocking filler for every gore guzzler, Abaddon’s Tomes of the Dead series, has been running since our inception and is full of fresh stories in this evergreen genre:

Double Dead – Chuck Wendig
Coburn’s been dead now for close to a century, but seeing as how he’s a vampire and all, it doesn’t much bother him. Or at least it didn’t, not until he awoke from a forced five-year slumber to discover that most of human civilization was now dead – the walking dead. Suddenly the vampire not only has to find human survivors but now he has to make the transition from predator to protector—after all, a man has to look after his food supply.

Viking Dead – Toby Venables
Northern Europe, 976 AD. A viking crew find themselves in a bleak land of pestilence. The dead don’t lie down, but become draugr – the undead – returning to feed on the flesh of their kin. Bjólf, our brave viking, is stranded, his men cursed by the contagion of walking death and his only choice is to fight his way through a forest teeming with zombies, invade the castle and find the secret of the horrific condition – or submit to an eternity of shambling, soulless undeath!

Stronghold – Paul Finch
Stronghold is a zombie novel with a difference, set in the dark world of medieval Wales. Ranulf, a young English knight, sent to recapture Grogen Castle from Welsh rebels, comes into conflict with his leaders over their brutal methods. Unbeknownst to any of them, the native druids are using an ancient artefact to summon a horrifying army. As Grogen Castle is besieged by countless, tireless soldiers forged from bone and raddled flesh, Ranulf must defy his masters and rescue the daughter of his enemy... if the castle stronghold lasts!

Empire of Salt – Weston Osche
The Olivers have a chance to make a new home at Salton Sea. Looking forward to California fun, sun and adventure they are unprepared for the ecological devastation they find. The sea is rotting, the town of Bombay Beach is dying and the citizens are like bait, waiting to be plucked from their homes by what comes from the sea. Beware the coming of the green, they say. Beware the coming of the night.

I, Zombie – Al Ewing
"My name is John Doe. I’ve been dead for ten years." John Doe is a zombie, though he can’t explain how so he sells his dead flesh to the highest bidder. Kill for you, steal for you, or save your life for you - there's no mystery he can't be hired to solve… until now. This is murder mystery with a deadly secret, the kind of secret that could end life on this planet.

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