Previews: Aboddon Books

Here’s a offering from our friends across the pond at , Abaddon Books

They come to raid, pillage … and devour!

They were feared throughout Europe as an unstoppable, bloodthirsty and merciless pestilence. But now the Vikings may have met their match – their own undead!

In the latest stand-alone tale from the acclaimed Tomes of the Dead series, it’s Vikings versus zombies as Bjólf and his crew encounter terrifying draugr – undead berserkers who feed on the flesh of their kin. Bjólf has no choice but to overcome his own fear, fight his way through forests infested with axe-wielding zombies – and more terrible things – and reach a dark castle where he hopes to find the secret behind this accursed plague.

A blisteringly thrilling debut from the winner of the 2001 Keats-Shelley Memorial Prize, Venables has crafted a heart-stopping tale full of unexpected twists, brutal Dark Age violence, and chilling zombie action!

“Toby Venables wields his pen all sword-like and delivers quirky flashes of fearless text.”

– BBC.co.uk

About the Series

Rotten bone and raddled flesh, shuffling perils and moaning menaces – Tomes of the Dead reimagines the zombie genre not as an endless retread of the same tired themes, but as a prism crack’d, exploring the gut-churning, flesh-biting world of the shambling dead from a new, different and unexpected direction every time – from Roman zombies to zombie gumshoes and zombie romance to … hell, if you haven’t seen a Romanian Elvis impersonator squaring off against a green-glowing space zombie, then Tomes of the Dead will be a terrifying, fresh-from-the-grave revelation.

One of the three series with which Abaddon Books launched in 2006, Tomes of the Dead is a collection of stand-alone novels that has showcased the talents of a number of brilliant, up-and-coming British and American authors, including Gary McMahon, Al Ewing, Simon Bestwick and Weston Ochse. The Viking Dead is the eleventh Tomes of the Dead story.

About the Author

Toby Venables is a writer and lecturer in Cambridge, England. He developed a liking for horror early, watching old Universal movies when his parents thought he was asleep. He has written for various media and in 2001 won the Keats-Shelley Memorial Prize (and spent the proceeds on a Fender Telecaster). He now lives in a secure location with his wife, where he is preparing for the coming zombie apocalypse. The Viking Dead is his debut novel. 

 

TOMES OF THE DEAD:

The Viking Dead

by Toby Venables

14 April 2011 • £7.99 (UK)

ISBN 978-1-907519-68-0

12 April 2011 $9.99/$12.99 (US & CAN)

ISBN 978-1-907519-69-7

Also Available as an eBook

 

 

 

 

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