Abaddon Books


The Secret Zombie History of the World

Released 12 December 2013

By Matthew Sprange, Paul Finch, Toby Venables


‘A real treat from some of the top talent in the genre today... Braaainnnssss...’
Falcata Times on The Best of Tomes of the Dead


Northern Europe, 976 AD. Bjólf and the Viking crew of the ship Hrafn flee up an unknown river after a bitter battle, only to find themselves in a bleak land of pestilence, where the dead return as draugr to feed on the flesh of their kin.

Terrible stories are told of a dark castle in a hidden fjord, and of black ships that come raiding with invincible draugr berserkers. And no sooner has Bjólf resolved to leave than the black ships appear...

‘Just to be clear, Viking Dead is about Vikings... fighting zombies. And, just to be completely clear, it is awesome.’


Ranulf, a young English knight, is among the force sent to capture Grogen Castle from Welsh rebels. Even as the English celebrate their triumph, the native druids are summoning a tireless army of bone and raddled flesh in retaliation. Now, for the sake of all, Ranulf must defy his masters and rescue the daughter of his enemy, but hope lasts only so long as the stronghold – once thought impregnable – holds out against the legions of the angry dead...

‘Grounded in historical fact, Stronghold is well researched, action packed, grim and brutal, and great fun.’


Orders to chase down the French frigate Elita off the Cape of Good Hope come as welcome news to Captain Havelock, stranded with the rest of the fleet at Spithead and waiting for France to initiate hostilities. Here is a chance for glory – and wealth.

Very soon, however, Captain Havelock will come to realise that theirs are not the only two warships in the southern ocean. An enemy thought long since vanquished has risen from the deeps...

‘A swashbuckling tale of horror and honour, like Pirates of the Caribbean with an 18 certificate.’
Graeme’s Fantasy Review



Matthew Sprange

With a solid history in roleplaying design, Matthew Sprange has written over two dozen gaming books, including the Babylon 5, Judge Dredd and Starship Troopers games, and has won two Origins Awards for his work in miniature wargames. Death Hulk is his second novel, with his first being a trip into the Babylon 5 universe, entitled Visions of Peace.


Paul Finch

Paul Finch is a former cop and journalist, now turned full time writer. He first cut his literary teeth penning episodes of the British TV crime drama, The Bill, and has written extensively in the field of children's animation. However, he is probably best known for his work in horror.

To date, he's had ten books and nearly 300 stories and novellas published on both sides of the Atlantic. His first collection, Aftershocks, won the British Fantasy Award in 2002, while he won the award again in 2007 for his novella, Kid. Later in 2007, he won the International Horror Guild Award for his mid-length story, The Old North Road. Most recently, he has written two Doctor Who audio dramas for Big Finish and is now busy writing a third. His no-holds-barred cop novel, The Nice Guys' Club, will be published later this year.

Paul lives in Wigan, Lancashire, with his wife Cathy and his children, Eleanor and Harry.


Toby Venables

Toby Venables is a novelist, screenwriter and journalist who also lectures in Cambridge, England. He inhabits various time periods and occasionally writes about zombies. A descendant of the Counts of Blois and Champagne, he numbers the slayer of the Moston dragon among his ancestors, but despite being given a longbow at the age of twelve has so far managed not to kill anyone. In 2001 he won the Keats-Shelley Memorial Prize, and squandered the proceeds. 

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