Why I wrote The Croydon Zombie Saga


By - Wednesday 21st November, 2012

Because zombies make everything better, apparently


If you haven’t heard of it, The Croydon Zombie Saga is a short story I wrote about the place I call home; Croydon.

A friend of mine described it as a “fast-paced, comedic, zombie thriller based in the housing estates of Croydon.” I liked the description so much I used it on my Amazon site.

In the story, a backpacker returns to Croydon after a trip to South America. Unbeknown to him, he has returned home in possession of some soya beans carrying a dreadful virus that turns people into zombies. The virus is unleashed and the people of Croydon are rapidly zombified. The Prime Minister seals the borough off from the outside world and leaves the inhabitants to fend for themselves.

A young couple, Hannah and Paul, find a way to kill the zombies using a locally produced wine. They put a plan in pace to save Croydon from the flesh eating beasts, but you’ll have to buy the book to discover whether the plan was successful.

I was on holiday when I wrote it. I would wake up early in the morning and slip out to the balcony and write for a couple of hours before my family woke up and my children demanded breakfast.

So why did I write this story? The simple answer is that I wrote the story for fun. Croydon is such a serious place. The political scene is unforgiving, parts of the borough are desperate for regeneration and it wasn’t that long ago we had dreadful riots. I just wanted to write something about Croydon that would make people smile.

For me the story is a gift to Croydon. It is only 77p and you can download it as an ebook on Kindle. I would be honoured if you would consider reading it.

You can find the Croydon Zombie Saga here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Croydon-Zombie-Saga-ebook/dp/B007U9EK8W

Capitaine Louis Bertrand

Capitaine Louis Bertrand

Capitaine Louis Bertrand is a retired French Foreign Legion officer. He moved to Croydon with his family in 2005 after becoming disillusioned with life in France. He spends his time writing poetry and trading in antiques.

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