9 years ago
When the world died, hope died.
For years after the Cull, we strove – we rose up against the slavers and exploiters, we fought back the crazies, we broke the soil again and farmed like our ancestors. Could it ever be enough? With history broken, the old orders and certainties have lost their hold. But the bad and the cruel will always seek to rise, and disaster is always one mistake away. Chaos wants to return.
Journal of the Plague Year brought you three tales from the first days of the Cull; now End of the End revisits old friends from School’s Out Forever, Hooded Man, The Culled and Kill or Cure, years after the adventures you know, as they still struggle to shout their defiance against the growing darkness.
Collects the novellas Fall Out, Children of the Cull and Flaming Arrow, along with an introduction by the editor and bonus short story “A Dream of Sherwood.”
UK ISBN: 9781781084694
US ISBN: 9781781084700
When the world died, we were torn apart.
He’s an old soldier, of a sort – be polite and say he ‘solved problems’ for his government. She’s a doctor, a scientist specialising in rare diseases. They met once, fell in love, got ready to settle down... until the Cull came and tore them apart.
They’ve hunted each other across the ravaged, ruined world, leaving bloodshed and destruction in both their wakes. Finally, tonight, in an old Army research post in the middle of nowhere, they’ll be reunited.
With any luck, it’ll live up to the promise.
Children of the Cull continues the stories of Simon Spurrier’s The Culled and Rebecca Levene’s Kill or Cure.
Jack Bedford may be the rightful King of Britain, but he’s going to have to work for it. In the years since the Cull wiped out most of the human race, the beleaguered island has survived invasions, murderous cults and civil wars.
Now, the dozens of tribes and communities who have gradually formed out of the chaos, painfully rebuilding in the aftermath, stand on their own; uniting them will be an uphill battle.
A fresh disaster may give him the chance to prove his leadership. Heysham power plant, in Lancashire, has suffered a catastrophic meltdown, the aging safety mechanisms failing after years of neglect. Hundred have been killed or fatally poisoned.
An emergency council is called. There are nine more plants in the UK; how many are close to failure? What must be done to make them safe? Can the emerging leaders of Britain set aside their differences to deal with the threat?
ISBN (Mobi): 9781849979825
ISBN (Epub): 9781849979825
More than a decade after claiming Nottingham Castle and founding his Rangers, Rob Stokes – the Hooded Man – has seen off Britain’s would-be conquerors, thrown his support behind the newly-restored Crown, and extended his peacekeeping force onto the Continent. He’s getting old, getting ready to hand over to his adopted son, Mark, feeling like retiring.
Trouble is brewing in the newly peaceful Britain. King Jack’s soldiers go armed with guns and armoured vehicles, even as Stokes’ Rangers disarm the people. A resistance movement is rising, led by the charismatic Virgil Sorin. Amidst the rioting, shots are fired. A fire is about to start...
ISBN (Mobi): 9781849978552
ISBN (Epub): 9781849978552
The world ended when The Cull swept through civilisation, killing billions and sparing only those fortunate few blessed with the right blood. But in times of need heroes must rise.
Here three fantastic authors lead us into the apocalypse in the latest omnibus in the hit Afterblight Chronicles series.
In Malcolm Cross’ Orbital Decay astronaut Alvin Burrows watches helplessly as the world collapses and the crew on board the Space Station are slowly and gruesomely murdered, one by one. Exiled from Earth by his bloodtype, can he use his position to solve the mystery of the “Pandora” experiment in time?
In C.B Harvey’s Dead Kelly fugitive Kelly McGuire returns to the lawless city of Melbourne to bring vengeance down upon his old gangmates. McGuire has three jobs to do: be revenged, confront the uncomfortable truths of his past and face the discovery of his own terrible destiny.
In Adrian Tchailovsky’s The Bloody Deluge biochemist Katy Lewkowitz and colleague Dr Emil Weber flee the brutal cult of ‘The New Teutonic Order’ who are set on purging “undesirables;” as they take refuge within the walls of the Jasna Góra monastery a battle of faith ensues that could decide the future of humankind.
Journal of the Plague Year is comprised of three unique novellas: Orbital Decay , Dead Kelly and the previously unpublished The Bloody Deluge.
Comissioning Editor David Moore on the collection:
“This has been a true labour of love for me; Afterblight is one of my favourite Abaddon worlds, and it’s been great helping uncover new corners of the world and introduce new readers to the series. And I’ve been lucky in my authors; Colin, Malcolm and Adrian are all hugely talented.”
UK: 9781781082461 | 3rd July 2014
US: 9781781082454 | 8th August 2014
A year ago, civilisation died, drowning and choking on its own blood in the brutal scourge of the Cull.
Eking out a living on the newly primitive land, British-born biochemist Katy Lewkowitz finds a new life as a doctor among the small communities springing up in Eastern Germany... until a terrible new cult, calling itself the 'New Teutonic Order,' begins purging all 'undesirables.'
Katy and her friend and old tutor Dr. Emil Weber, fleeing the depredations of the fanatical Order, escape into Poland, eventually taking refuge among the strangely anachronistic survivors at the monastery of Jasna Góra.
A battle of faith ensues, that could decide the future of humankind...
ISBN (Mobi): 9781849977647
ISBN (Epub): 9781849977647
Just before the Cull, Kelly McGuire and his gang staged a spectacular raid, to seize a load of gold bullion from an airplane on the runway, armed only with guts, guns, motorcycles and a bulldozer.
But the deal went sour when one of Kelly’s mates tipped off the cops, and the gang was ambushed. McGuire barely got away with his life, running into the Bush beyond Melbourne’s sprawling suburbs.
Six months is a long time to hide out. Long enough for the world to end, for one thing. But now “Dead” Kelly—as the press was calling him towards the end, when the police reported they’d found his body—is back, and he’s gunning for some payback.
A chance discovery gives him the perfect get-up, courtesy of another outlaw Kelly, and he’s set to figure out which one of his mates done him over. If he has to kill every one of the bastards to get there.
ISBN (Mobi): 9781849976817
ISBN (Epub): 9781849976800
Before the Blight had a name – before the world died – there was a chance to stop the AB-Virus in its tracks. It almost worked.
Astronaut Alvin Burrows holds the key: a literal Pandora’s box full of infected lab mice. But time is running out, and even orbit isn’t far enough to escape the pandemic. Burrows’ and his crewmates’ families are caught in quarantines on the ground, the death toll is rising, and maddened gangs are beginning their rampage.
The International Space Station is a world all its own, two hundred and sixty miles above the Earth, circling the globe every ninety-two minutes, fifty-four seconds; a fragile metal shell in which six men and women are trapped in close confines for months at a time.
And something more sinister than the plague is loose on Station. Something driving one of the astronauts to murder the crew, one by one...
ISBN (Mobi): 9781849976794
ISBN (Epub): 9781849976787
When civilisation shuddered and died, Robert Stokes lost everything, including his wife and his son. The ex-cop retreated into the woods near Nottingham, to live off the land and wait to join his family. As the world descended into a new Dark Age, he turned his back on it all.
The foreign mercenary and arms dealer De Falaise sees England is ripe for conquest. He works his way up the country, forging an army and pillaging as he goes. When De Falaise arrives at Nottingham and sets up his new dominion, Robert is drawn reluctantly into the resistance. From Sherwood he leads the fight and takes on the mantle of the world’s greatest folk hero.
The Hooded Man and his allies will become a symbol of freedom, a shining light in the horror of a blighted world, but he can never rest: De Falaise is only the first of his kind.
This omnibus collects the novels Arrowhead, Broken Arrow and Arrowland, with a new introduction by editor Jonathan Oliver. The ebook edition also exclusively collects the stories ‘Servitor,’ ‘Perfect Presents,’ and ‘Signs and Portents.’
ISBN (Mobi): 9781849975773
ISBN (Epub): 9781849975766
ISBN (Print): 9781781081686
Or so we're told. Those dusty, cheaply printed paperbacks you knew and loved of old have lost their relevance. People don't want fast-paced adventure! They want dreary ten-volume collections of thousand-page tomes recounting the lives of the introspective and self-doubting.
And yet a quick glance at the shelves today shows the spirit of action and heroism is alive and well in the modern imagination.
Abaddon presents three of their best stories of derring-do, relentless violence and sheer pluck. In Simon Spurrier's The Culled, a special ops soldier murders his way across a post-apocalyptic continent to find the one he loves.
In Al Ewing's El Sombra, a maddened poet, left for dead in the desert, returns as a laughing angel of vengeance to destroy the Ultimate Reich.
And in Pat Kelleher's Black Hand Gang, a "pal's batallion" of WWI Tommies is plucked from the Somme and dropped in a world of ghastly aliens and sudden death.
ISBN (Mobi): 9781849975131
ISBN (Epub): 9781849975124
Lee Keegan’s fifteen. If most of the population of the world hadn’t just died choking on their own blood, he might be worrying about acne, body odour and girls.
As it is, he and the young Matron of his boarding school, Jane Crowther, have to try and protect their charges from cannibalistic gangs, religious fanatics, a bullying prefect experimenting with crucifixion, and even the might of the US Army.
Welcome to St. Mark’s School for Boys and Girls...
School’s Out Forever collects School’s Out, Operation Motherland and Children’s Crusade, with the short story The Man Who Would Not Be King, an introduction by the editor, interviews, and new, previously unpublished material.
ISBN (Mobi): 9781849974394
ISBN (Epub): 9781849974387
ISBN (Print): 9781781080269
Kavika Kamalani is a Pali Boy, a post-plague heir to an ancient Hawai’ian warrior tradition that believes in overcoming death by embracing one’s fears and living large.
His life on the Nomi No Toshi, the floating city, is turned upside down when one of his friends dies, harvested for his blood, and he sets out to find the killer. Kidnapped himself and subjected to a terrifying transformation, Kavika must embrace the ultimate fear – death itself – if he, his loved ones, and the Pali Boys themselves are to survive.
ISBN (Mobi): 9781849973205
ISBN (Epub): 9781849973199
ISBN (Print): 9781907992865
It swept across the world like the end of times, a killer virus that spared only those with one rare blood type. Now, in the ruined cities, cannibalism and casual murder are the rule, and religious fervour vies with cynical self-interest. The few who hope to make a difference, to rise above the monsters, must sometimes become monsters themselves.
THE CULLED: Even before the plague, he was a weapon, cold and brutal; and the Cull took away his one shot at regaining his humanity. Now, deep in the squalor of London, he receives a signal, and a flicker of hope. But the source of the signal is half a world away, and he must fight gangs, collectors, and the powerful Church of the New Dawn to get there.
KILL OR CURE: Spending five years locked in a secret bunker, with only the dead for company, is enough to drive anyone mad. But Jasmine’s crazier than most; she survived the Cull, but the Cure’s worse, leaving her with a Voice that whispers at her to do terrible things. Rescued by the rulers of the New Caribbean, she is sent to investigate a second plague.
DEATH GOT NO MERCY: Cade didn’t exactly care about people, but if someone he almost cared about was in trouble, he’d help if he could. If that meant taking on religious maniacs, suited cannibals and hippies who dealt out free love and fast death... well, I’m kind of runnin’ my mouth here. This ain’t a peaceful story, and Cade... Cade wasn’t a peaceful man.
ISBN (Mobi): 9781849975452
ISBN (Epub): 9781849975445
ISBN (Print): 9781907992131
Robert, the Hooded Man, leads the Rangers, who keep the peace in the ravaged wasteland of Britain, foiling the ambitions of the warlords and petty tyrants who would take the country for themselves. Even the spirits of his beloved Sherwood Forest aid him, sending him dreams to guide his path.
But now Robert’s dreams are threatening and strange – a dragon rising over Wales, a spider crouching over Edinburgh – and new foes are rising against him in his own homeland.
Overseas, the Russian Tsar is readying himself for a second confrontation with Britain’s protector, even as an army is converging at the Reichstag in Berlin. A confrontation is coming that may decide the future of the nation...
ISBN (Mobi): 9781849973007
ISBN (Epub): 9781849972994
ISBN (Print): 9781907519130
The orphaned children of post-Cull Britain have always been easy prey for gangs, cults and killers. But now something has changed.
Organised teams are roaming the country, taking children from their homes and villages, spiriting them away into the night. Jane Crowther is willing to risk everything to rescue them, but to save the children, Jane must confront the woman she used to be, and the man who killed her.
This is the third and final year of St Mark's school for Boys and Girls. But it's not going down without a fight!
ISBN (Mobi): 9781849972499
ISBN (Epub): 9781849972505
ISBN (Print): 9781906735531
More than a year has passed since Robert Stokes defeated De Falaise, the self-styled Sheriff of Nottingham.
In that time, The Hooded Man has been training a new force to police the area: The Sherwood Rangers. But cracks are beginning to appear in this fledgling system - the men are overstretched and a new threat has appeared in the shape of a dangerous Satanic cult.
Meanwhile, an old enemy has persuaded 'The Tsar', the Emperor-like ruler of Russia, to move against Robert. Soon The Tsar's armies are landing on these shores, determined to wipe out The Hooded Man and his band for good. But there are also more personal aspects at stake: Robert and Mary's relationship, for one, placed under threat by a beautiful newcomer - as Robert himself struggles with his living legend status.
Can The Hooded Man and his friends survive all of this, or will everything be broken for good?
ISBN (Mobi): 9781849971485
ISBN (Epub): 9781849971409
ISBN (Print): 9781906735272
This ain't a complicated story, but then Cade wasn't a complicated man.
He didn't exactly care about people, did Cade, but if one of the people he almost cared about was in trouble, he'd help out if he could. If that meant heading down to San Francisco - even though nobody ever came back from there alive - well, fine.
If that meant taking on whole armies of religious maniacs, coupon-clipping cannibals and helter-skelter hippies who dealt out free love and fast death in equal measure, armed with nothing but his two fists and a decent hunting knife... well, I'm kind of runnin' my mouth here.
This ain't a peaceful story, is what I'm tryin' to say. And Cade... Cade wasn't a peaceful man.
ISBN (Mobi): 9781849971478
ISBN (Epub): 9781849971393
ISBN (Print): 9781906735159
"I celebrated my sixteenth birthday by crashing a plane, fighting for my life and facing execution, again."
Lee Keegan travels to Iraq on the trail of his missing father, only to find himself caught between desperate rebels and a general who wants to strap him into an electric chair.
In England, Jane Crowther, one time matron of St Mark's School for Boys, attracts the wrong kind of attention and has to fight to protect her new school from unlikely enemies.
And in a bunker underneath Washington, a madman issues orders that will tip two devastated countries into total war.
ISBN (Mobi): 9781849970372
ISBN (Epub): 9781849970150
ISBN (Print): 9781906735043
In the years following The Cull England has reverted back to the Middle Ages, ripe for invasion by the Frenchman De Falaise and his group of mercenaries.
They enter through the Channel Tunnel and work their way up the country. Ex-policeman Robert Stokes lost everything to the virus that ravaged these isles. Along with his wife and his son, it took Robert's whole reason for living.
Retreating into the woods and forests near Nottingham, he has become a hunter, living off the land and avoiding any form of human contact -until now. Pockets of survivors are attempting to build up small communities in the region, bartering at makeshift markets and forming tentative connections.
But when De Falaise arrives at Nottingham - proclaiming himself the new 'Sheriff' - Robert finds himself drawn reluctantly into the fight, using the famous legend of a Hooded Man as his guide!
ISBN (Mobi): 9781849970273
ISBN (Epub): 9781849970051
ISBN (Print): 9781905437764
As America lies bleeding, Native American Chief Hiamovi seeks to unite his people into a single nation capable of reclaiming the US from the white man.
His growing army is on a collision course with cult leader Samuel Colt, who intends to put the country back in the iron grip of the once mighty Neo-Clergy. The two men are set for a showdown at Little Bighorn, once site of Custer's legendary last stand, now a twisted, nuclear landscape.
The fate of the battle may just be decided by Anna Bontraeger, rescued from a brothel by rogue scientist Matthew Greaves and taken on a perilous road trip across a devastated continent. Greaves and his small band have to get Anna to Little Bighorn before Colt or Hiamovi, so she can unlock the secrets which will save what remains of humanity and bring about a new dawn over Doomsday!
ISBN (Mobi): 9781849970266
ISBN (Epub): 9781849970044
ISBN (Print): 9781905437627
"After the world died we all sort of drifted back to school. After all, where else was there for us to go?"
It's never easy being fifteen, but when your teachers are killing each other, the prefect who loves to bully you is experimenting with crucifixion, and the rival gang from across town have decided that ritualistic cannibalism is the way to go, spots and BO don't seem like such big problems after all.
These are the final days of St Marks' School For Boys, and the punishment for disobedience is death!
ISBN (Mobi): 9781849970365
ISBN (Epub): 9781849970143
ISBN (Print): 9781905437405
Jasmine has spent five years underground, locked in a secret government bunker. Outside, the world has gone to hell, a mysterious virus killing all but 1 in 20 of the world's population.
It's enough to drive anyone mad - but Jasmine's crazier than most. The cure she was working on had an unexpected side effect, psychotic symptoms which only powerful drugs can suppress. Jasmine's rescuers, the pirate rulers of the New Caribbean, don't care.
They need Jasmine's help to discover what it is that has turned the inhabitants of Cuba into rabid killers. Jasmine's quest to find a cure for this new plague, as well as for her own madness, draws her across the fractured continent of America and into the darkest recesses of her own past.
ISBN (Mobi): 9781849970280
ISBN (Epub): 9781849970068
ISBN (Print): 9781905437320
The Blight arose from nowhere. It swept across the bickering nations like the End of Times and spared only those with a single fortuitous blood type.
Hot-headed religion and territorial savagery rule the cities now. Somewhere amidst the chaos a damaged man receives a signal, and with it the tiniest flicker of hope. The chance to rediscover the humanity he lost, long ago, in the blood and filth and horror of The Cull.
ISBN (Mobi): 9781849970358
ISBN (Epub): 9781849970136
ISBN (Print): 9781905437016