New British Thriller 'UniteDead Kingdom' Gives Gruesome Glimpse of the Future

New British Thriller 'UniteDead Kingdom' Gives Gruesome Glimpse of the Future

Press Release ( - LONDON - May 17, 2016 - Set in the not-so-distant future, Stuart Irving’s first novel is a gripping horror story that leaves little room to breathe. Former city trader Zan McMaster is haunted by his past, which catches up with him in a way he could never have expected. What begins as a “cannibalistic riot” in a small town in Slovenia erupts into a global pandemic, the plague of the 21st century. But unlike those that came before it, this plague stops not even at death.

The infected roam in search of flesh, multiplying as they devour. Navigating a sea of living dead, Zan sets off to find his father, whom he believes can develop a cure. Along the way, he meets others who have managed to survive the outbreak, among them Claire and her younger brother, Kevin, who are determined to find their missing sister-a mission Zan knows will be in vain. And then there is Iza, the sword-wielding woman from Brazil, whose passion for revenge soon evolves into a passion for her newfound companion.

Zan-selfish, arrogant, and mentally unstable-is the antihero of the story. Irving presents him as a potentially unlikable protagonist to lend realism to the plot, pressing readers to think about “the way real people behave in terrifying, violent, desperate situations, fighting to stay alive in a world gone bad.”

Scavenging what provisions they can from the corpse-strewn countryside and battling zombies at every turn, the group presses on in the direction of Edinburgh, where their only hope awaits. Zan reveals the truth-or what he knows of it-but it is more than he himself can handle, let alone the others. Cloning experiments, killer nanobots, and a mysterious strand of DNA are pieces of the puzzle, but the glue that binds those pieces together lies hidden away in Zan’s father’s secret laboratory. Whether Zan will make it there before he and his companions are torn to pieces, is up to the reader to find out.

Irving has been fascinated with science fiction and zombie horror ever since he was old enough to read. Comparing his book with the film ’28 Days Later’, he says, “I wanted to read something with a mix of both genres that was set in the U.K. Something that surprises, but with a little less ‘Hollywood’. That meant I had to write it myself; so I did.”

With adult language and graphic violence, this book is suitable for mature audiences.

‘UniteDead Kingdom’ is published in ebook format by and is now available at popular online retailers, including, (via…),,, and Apple iBookstore.

Stuart Irving is available for interviews.

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