Dead Handler, book 6 of the Royal Zombie Corps series is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Dead Handler will be released in the second half of August 2020. It’s a great book, and like Outbreak London, it is a longer book than the first four in the series. The final, 7th book in the series will follow later in 2020.
Amidst the chaos of the Great War, the Germans have a new weapon.
The dead have no sides, the people who command them do.
With Britain reeling following the zombie outbreak in London, the Central Powers launch their Spring Offensive, a last desperate attack to knock Britain and France out of the war before the vast US army arrives. For the first time, Germany uses zombie soldiers.
In a desperate attempt to end the new zombie threat, the British despatch their leading zombie expert to duel with the notorious Dead Handler.
1918, London. The unthinkable has happened, zombies are loose in the city.
Away from the trenches and assigned to a training unit, can the leading British zombie expert prevail against the zombie outbreak? Already questioning his abilities, will Alfie Marsh be able to survive his leave in London?
I’m delighted to announce the release date for the upcoming Outbreak London, book 5 in the Royal Zombie Corps series. On Sunday 1st December, the book will launch on Amazon.
London, early 1918. Zombies have arrived. Will London survive? Can Alfie Marsh restore order or will Britain be knocked out of the war?
This will be the first book in the Royal Zombie Corps series to be published since 2017. The book is also the first to feature the cover art of the amazing Stuart Bache, who has created many excellent covers for writers including Stephen King, Mark Dawson and John le Carré.
At over 40,000 words long, this new story is longer than the first four books in the series. It continues the themes of zombies during World War One, but for the first time, the zombies are well away from the front lines.
Due to the half-term holiday, I’ve been able to quickly finish editing Tigers at Cambrai. It is available for pre-order on Amazon as of today. Tigers at Cambrai can be downloaded from 3rd March 2017. This is the fourth book in the Royal Zombie Corps series and the final one in the initial sequence covering 1916-1917.
Synopsis – Tigers at Cambrai
Their greatest challenge, so far, awaits the men of the Royal Zombie Corps at Cambrai. After a successful demonstration, the British plan to use the zombie tactics formulated by Alfie Marsh, alongside the other advances of the war. However, the enemy is determined to fight off this new horror of trench warfare, in an increasingly industrialised war.
Book 4 of the Royal Zombie Corps continues the story of Alfie Marsh, and his friends, as they face the might of the Triple Alliance in the trenches of Western Europe. Following a zombie outbreak in 1916, the British have been developing the zombie as an offensive weapon to break the deadlock of the trenches. Following the accidental discovery that zombies can be controlled by a select group of individuals, the men of the Royal Zombie Corps have been developing the tactics that they hope will bring the war to a successful conclusion in 1917.
This story is written in British English and is approximately 23,000 words long.
At last ‘Gas! Gas! Gas!’, the third instalment of the Royal Zombie Corps has been uploaded to Amazon and is available now.
I’ve been sitting on this book for quite a while as it was finished in July, but I’ve only just got around to completing the editing. The great news for anyone following the series is that the fourth book is in the final editing stage. Also the covers for the fourth book have already been created.
I had quite a bit of fun with this book as the events are closely linked to the developing expertise in the British Army, during this stage of the war. This was especially interesting due to the ongoing debate about whether the Tommies were ‘lions lead by donkeys‘. This is a concept that has become shorthand for mainstream British remembrance of the subject. With the centenaries in recent years, many historians have been challenging this consensus. It was therefore an engaging academic exercise to investigate these arguments and then assign different characters to represent some of the more obvious points. By 1918, the British Army was almost unrecognisable. The failures and experiences of 1915-1917 had created an effective force that married new technology to hard-won experience in a way demonstrated by no other country at the time.
Synopsis – Gas! Gas! Gas!
Following the failure to break through the German lines at Arras, the British look for new ways to turn their fearsome Tigers into a weapon that can turn the tide of the war in the trenches.
Book 3 of the Royal Zombie Corps continues the story of Alfie Marsh, and his friends, as they face the might of the Triple Alliance in the trenches of Western Europe. Along with the horror of zombies, Marsh has to content with the terrors of trench warfare and the ineptitude of some on his own side.
This story is written in British English and is approximately 23,500 words long.
Why did the butcher die? Was it his wife or one of his many enemies? Intent on delivering justice, friends Judd and Law become entwined in a situation far more complex than they first realised. As they delve deeper, they soon find themselves at risk of harm.
The Butcher’s Funeral was initially published as a series of short stories on Amazon, before being compiled as an electronic book.
Now in paperback, The Butcher’s Funeral Why a paperback matters?
Obviously as a writer, it’s one of the landmark moments you look forward to, your own book in print. I have now published several stories electronically and it would have been easy to go down the old fashioned route of vanity publishing. Indeed some friends have done this in the past. One friend has a very nice collection of beautifully bound hardback books mouldering in his garage.
Fortunately, it is Amazon to the rescue yet again for the independent writer. Amazon have recently integrated their CreateSpace offering into the self-publishing toolkit, it is now really straight-forward to convert electronic books into a print offering. Furthermore, as it is print-on-demand, the up-front costs to the writer are a few hours of work. This is much better the thousands of pounds that may be required for a vanity print run.
Regardless of how many books sell, I am one happy author. I am now off to put a paperback copy of my own work on my bookcase for the first time.
Now available on Amazon – Tigers on the Western Front
I am pleased to announce that Tigers on the Western Front is now available on Amazon UK and Amazon.com. In part 2 of the Royal Zombie Corps series, the Allies continue their development of the zombie as a war winning weapon. Alfie Marsh, and his friends, are in the thick of it as the British find ways to harness the power of the flesh-eating creatures found in the front lines.
Book 3 in the series, ‘Gas! Gas! Gas!’ is now in the final editing stages and I will probably release it in one month. The fourth, and final book in the series, is almost finished. It is likely that I will likely release it in November or December.
The British have a new war winning weapon to break the deadlock of the trenches. The zombie knows no pain and inflicts terror on the enemy. The Allies pin their hopes on a great victory at Arras.
Book 2 of the Royal Zombie Corps continues the story of Alfie Marsh, and his friends, as they face the might of the Triple Alliance in the trenches of Western Europe. Not only are they facing the brutal conditions of the front line, but they continue their development of a new form of warfare – that of the reanimated dead.
This story is written in British English and is approximately 24,000 words long.
I’ve finally had the artwork made for ‘Tigers on the Western Front’. Actually I’ve been sitting on the finished product for a week as the release date for the book has slipped. Over the last few weeks I’ve been tied up by a rather strung-out, and convoluted, house move. At the start of the month I also started at a new, and challenging, coastal school, so the day job is keeping me rather busy.
Back to the book then. The final edits just need to be completed, the artwork needs uploading, and then the book will be live on Amazon for the whole world to read. I’ve just got to fit that around marking 150 pupil’s exercise books this weekend.
Artwork – Reveal of the new full cover of Tigers no the Western Front, book 2 in the Royal Zombie Corps series.
I like this cover, by the same artist as who did the cover for Blood, Mud and Corpses. This cover has a far more pulpy feel, which fits well with this type of story. I’m looking forward getting the artwork done for the third book, ‘Gas! Gas! Gas!’ and also the, as yet unnamed, final book in this first sequence. I’ve not yet come up with a name that I’m happy with for the final book, although I do have a couple of ideas. Moving further afield, I’ve already got the second and third sequence of books roughly planned, probably a further eight stories of 25,000 words each.
So over the next few days, hoping to get the final edits finalised. Stay tuned to this blog for the latest information. Book synopsis
Tigers on the Western Front, as the second book in the series and picks up from the end of book one. Marsh and his friends are getting to grips with the new weapon they stumbled upon. The British have a new war winning weapon to break the deadlock of the trenches. The zombie knows no pain and inflicts terror on the enemy. The Allies pin their hopes on a great victory at Arras.
“No one knew when the endless bloodshed and grindingly futile toil of the trenches would ever end. Then a miracle came from a source totally removed from even the most fantastic of dreams.”
The series is set during the First World War, following a group of soldiers as they are conscripted into the British Army during 1916. The brutality of the war becomes far greater during their first experience of combat as they stumble across something unexpected in no-man’s-land.