Is this how David Cameron would look as a zombie?

In The Restless Dead, David Cameron gets attacked by a political rival, which stuns everyone. Well, the rival politician did die the day before.

This is how I reckon Cameron would look as a zombie.

What other delights are in The Restless Dead?

1- there's a zombie snowman - somehow you know he won't be content with just a carrot.

2- there's a zombie vixen who wants to get down and dirty with one of the main characters. Who said it was just brains on a zombie's mind?

3-there's a unique way to disorientate these zombies.

4-there's a homage to Dawn of the Dead when the gang end up at a shopping mall.

5-there's also some comedy. What? In a zombie novel? Well, yes. Scots have a unique way to dealing with things - usually using black humour.

Can bagpipes help them survive the undead hordes? 
Read the book to find out.

Meet the zombie insects

Midges play a prominent role in Scottish zombie novel Dead Bastards, but outside of Scotland little is know about these blood sucking insects.

A cloud of midges like the ones in Dead Bastards
Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about midges –

1. Midges are microscopic insects that are barely visible to the human eye. You usually only see them because they hunt in packs and you see the black cloud as you walk by them, or if you’re very unlucky, they come towards you.

2. Midges are also referred to as midgies.

3. Although people might call midges Highland midges, these insects are found all over Scotland, particularly in warm, humid weather conditions and they love the countryside, particularly woodland.

4. Midges are resistant to all insecticides, although there are some sprays that do deter them but don’t stop them biting completely.

5. Unlike mosquitoes, midges don’t carry malaria. In fact, apart from their bites that get itchy, they are relevantly harmless. At least at the moment…

I won't tell you how, but these beasties play a part in Dead Bastards. Available now on Amazon.



Have yourself a zombie Christmas

To celebrate the release of my zombie novel The Restless Dead, I thought it'd be fun to look at the zombie-themed Christmas gifts for that special someone in your life.

Make your own zombie movie
We can all do better, or at least we think we can. So, why not give making your own zombie movie a go with this neat piece of kit?

How do you do it? Well, this is what it says in the blurb -
"Create movie magic in your very own film studio with this Make-Your-Own Zombie Movie Kit. The Make-Your-Own Zombie Movie Kit contains a film backdrop and all the characters and props you could want in order to make your cinematic masterpiece. Once you've come up with a plot, record your movie using a smartphone or camera and upload it to the internet. Add special effects using apps and imaginative props to make your movie really stand out."
Zombie Christmas cards  
There's a range of zombie Christmas cards out there too. Here's one of the best ones I've found. This one is available at They have a page dedicated to zombie stuff.

Zombie cupcakes
These days, baking is all the rage. So, why not combine the love of zombies with cakes?

This little book is available on and and the good thing is its not too scary for kids.

We'll all get slippers this year (again), but that doesn't mean they need to be boring. Slippers just got zombied.

Zombie BFF
How about this different take on friendship necklaces with each person getting half a brain? I found this one at

Get The Restless Dead - its been described as "Shaun of the Dead Meets The Walking Dead."

Stay tuned for even more zombie gift ideas...

Things to do until The Walking Dead returns

This is what we feel like doing 

We hate waiting and when we're waiting for The Walking Dead to return, that goes double.

So, what can we do to pass away the time, as we suffer from Rick, Daryl, Michonne and zombie withdrawal symptoms?

Well, we could plan our own Walking Dead party...stay tuned, details coming soon, including the Daryl/Rick drinking game...

But, while we're waiting we could while away the days by doing the following -

Get Rick's shirt. I found this one on ebay.

1. Dress like Rick Grimes or Daryl Dixon. Or, if you can't get someone else to and stand behind them.
These aren't bread sticks, these are are katanas like the sword Michonne wields.

2.Go around your local big store pretending the baguette bread sticks are a katana like Michonne's and practice chopping folk's heads off. If anyone says anything, tut and say "zombie," like that explains everything.

Zombie checkpoint sign.

3. Set up a zombie checkpoint outside your local shopping mall/school and stop folk asking to see their arms and ankles. If anyone asks why, say, "I need to check if you've been bitten."

Stage your own zombie battle.

4. Have a zombie battle in the forest using plastic toy guns and swords. Do not do this in an area where they all look like Daryl and have crossbows.

Freak out your workmates by saying you've been bitten.

5. Turn up at work/school/a family party with ripped clothes, covered in fake blood (get one of those fake blood capsules) with scratches and bites and say, "I've been bitten. These guys came out of nowhere and started eating the guy who was with me. Never seen anything like it. Better sit down, I feel faint."

6. Put up makeshift signs around town with crude drawings saying things like "ZOMBIES - STEER CLEAR OF THE INFECTED" and "ZOMBIE VIRUS - STAY AWAY."

Or, you could always watch The Walking Dead marathon this weekend. But, hey, that doesn't mean you can't do all the other stuff as well.

7. Read this zombie novel.
Zombies in the snow.
No guns.
A ragtag of survivors battle with each other and the dead bastards to survive.