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A Plague of Zombies


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“A Plague of Zombies” is a standalone ebook novella from the Lord John Grey and Outlander series, which originally appeared as “Lord John and the Plague of Zombies” in several anthologies. It was nominated for an Edgar award by the Mystery Writers of America, for the “Best Short Mystery Story” of 2011.

What’s This Novella About?

Right, so what is this Lord John story about? Well, the title is very descriptive. {g} We follow Lord John as he journeys to the beautiful but faintly sinister island paradise of Jamaica, where he’s soon investigating a mystery with no shortage of spiders, snakes, revolutionaries, and, of course, zombies!

An excerpt:

“Grey had no notion what a zombie might be, but the word was spoken in such a tone as to make a chill flicker over his skin, sudden as distant lightning.

‘Zombie,’ he said carefully. Mindful of the governor’s reaction earlier, he asked, ‘Is a zombie perhaps a snake of some kind?’

Rodrigo gasped, but then seemed to relax a little.

‘No, sah,’ he said seriously. ‘Zombie are dead people.’ He stood up then, bowed abruptly and left, his message delivered.”

Ebook Version – U.S. and Canada

On April 16, 2013, “A Plague of Zombies” was released as a standalone ebook in the U.S.A. and Canada for $1.99. Please click on the links on the upper left to order.

For more information or to order this novella in other anthologies, please click on the appropriate links below.


This novella also appeared as “Lord John and the Plague of Zombies” in the anthology DOWN THESE STRANGE STREETS, an anthology of urban fantasy stories edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, who explore the places where mystery waits at the end of every alley and where the things that go bump in the night have something to fear…

Released on October 4, 2011, this book includes stories by New York Times bestselling authors Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, yours truly, Simon R. Green, S. M. Stirling, and Carrie Vaughn, as well as tales by Glen Cook, Bradley Denton, M.L.N. Hanover, Conn Iggulden, Laurie R. King, Joe R. Lansdale, John Maddox Roberts, Steven Saylor, Melinda Snodgrass, and Lisa Tuttle. More information.


“Lord John and the Plague of Zombies” was also published in A TRAIL OF FIRE, a four-story collection of OUTLANDER tales released in the U.K., Australia, and New Zealand in November, 2012. Because of rights issues, this book can’t be published in the U.S. and Canada until 2014, but the individual stories are being published as ebooks in the U.S. and Canada as I get back each story’s rights. That’s why the ebook version is only available in the U.S./Canada— until 2014, when everyone can have all the versions, as they like. More information.

Ebook Description from Amazon.com

Diana Gabaldon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Outlander series, delivers a captivating tale of history and suspense, with a touch of the supernatural, featuring Lord John Grey.

Lord John Grey, a lieutenant-colonel in His Majesty’s army, arrives in Jamaica with orders to quash a slave rebellion brewing in the mountains. But a much deadlier threat lies close at hand. The governor of the island is being menaced by zombies, according to a servant. Lord John has no idea what a zombie is, but it doesn’t sound good. It sounds even worse when hands smelling of grave dirt come out of the darkness to take him by the throat. Between murder in the governor’s mansion and plantations burning in the mountains, Lord John will need the wisdom of serpents and the luck of the devil to keep the island from exploding.

This page was last updated on Tuesday, September 17, 2013.