A zombie novel set in London over six weeks in 2013, with a strong female lead character.
It starts with a dream and then the nightmare takes over.
It all begins on a summer’s day with the media reporting with some hilarity that people are dreaming of the dead coming to life, but those who have dreamt them are convinced they are a warning of things to come. Marla takes it all with a pinch of salt until she experiences the nightmares herself. Cue paranoia and disbelief until reality shows its new face.
All over London there are incidences of people becoming sick and aggressive. As the attacks mount, the media is forced to take the matter seriously, but what is causing it? Is it a virus, and is it natural or man-made, and is the government responsible?
Marla, her sister, Ellen, and friend Tommy find themselves fighting for their survival as their sense of reality is smashed. Will the army and police maintain control or will the country find itself in lock down, isolated from the outside world?
“This book's strength lies in two areas: character development...[and] the graphic descriptions of zombie attacks and their effects.” - Stewart Bint.
"I am pleased to say Vickie has written the novel I have been waiting for. I do not want to give the game away too much but will say there are no cop outs in this book which makes a change. Recommended." - AM Campbell
Excerpt from the novel... the dream...
"A sickening sense of dread ravages him as fear drifts over the surface of his skin like fingers, icy cold and unrelenting. He turns again and sprints towards the exit, his pace becoming increasingly slower as if something is pushing him back. Yet still he finds himself in the exact same position, his feet rooted to the spot, his arms sweeping, useless. His hair blows in the breath that the creature now turns on him, sickening in its putrid scent of death and putrefaction. There is not a word he can think of to describe this thing in front of him. Fear creeps, regardless. Twisting, crawling, the maggots swarm across its bloodied face as it opens its mouth wider. Something rips. The yawn seems to swallow him whole into this darkness of despair as a jagged, ripping pain overwhelms him; the sharp teeth chafing, gnawing at his neck, seeking to pierce the jugular vein within. From far off in the distance comes the ripple of laughter."
About the Author
Vickie Johnstone lives in London, where she works as a sub-editor on business magazines. She has a thing about fluffy cats and also loves reading, writing, films, the sea, art, nature, white chocolate and travelling. Vickie has self-published 16 books. Books published in 2011: Kaleidoscope (March) – 119 poems, divided by chapter themes; Travelling Light – a free book of 44 poems; Kiwi in Cat City – the first in a series about a magical cat and her human pals (April); Kiwi and the Missing Magic (June); Kiwi and the Living Nightmare (October). The Kiwi books have illustrations by Nikki McBroom. Books published in 2012: Day of the Living Pizza – a comedy horror for ages 10 up (May); Life’s Rhythms – 316 haiku (June); 3 Heads and a Tail – a romantic comedy with a dog as the hero (June); Kiwi and the Serpent of the Isle (August); Day of the Pesky Shadow (October); Kiwi in the Realm of Ra (November); and Kiwi's Christmas Tail (December). Books published in 2013: The Sea Inside – a fantasy adventure (May); and I Dream of Zombies – a horror set in London in 2013 (October). Books published in 2014: Haven (I Dream of Zombies, 2) (May). Books published in 2015: Mind-spinning Rainbows - 45 haiku and 109 poems (April). Links: Blog: http://vickiejohnstone.blogspot.com Twitter: @vickiejohnstone Website: Kiwiincatcity.com Merchandise: www.zazzle.co.uk/kiwiincatcity Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorVickieJohnstone http://www.facebook.com/KiwiinCatCity http://www.facebook.com/KaleidoscopePoetry Happy reading and writing :)