Dead Rise On London Streets
Wait, the streets of London are meant to be paved with gold, aren’t they? Instead it seems they’re full of plague victims. A swidely reported this morning, more than a dozen skeletons thought to be victims of the Black Death have been unearthed in the City of London, although how they can tell that straight off hasn’t yet been fully explained to us.
So far the skeletons of 13 adults have been found under Charterhouse Square in Farringdon during the Crossrail excavation work. There could be as many as 50,000 plague victims buried in the Farringdon area. There’s no longer any health risk from the plague, which killed over a quarter of the British population in 1348, because you have to actually meet someone who has it in order to catch it.
But what about the Living Dead then, eh? So far, in an act of literature that feels eerily prescient, I’ve contributed to two volumes explaining that this is just how the Apocalypse started in London. ‘Zombie Apocalypse!’ and ‘Zombie Apocalypse! Fightback’ are shared-world volumes, which I don’t usually like to contribute to, but I thought they turned out well.
However, the books have fallen afoul of an unpleasant online campaign to discredit them, and I suspect there are possibly two reasons behind this. One – editor Stephen Jones has been a forthright and outspoken critic of World Horror, a US organisation of horror writers, who have been taking their revenge on him in a variety of petty ways for a while now.
Second, when there’s a major motion picture in the offing on the same subject, studios go to great lengths to derail rival projects; I’ve seen this many times at close quarters. One of the oldest tricks is to take out a film option to keep your rival off the screen, which is exactly what happened in this case.
Well, c’est le mort. Meanwhile, just under the London streets, 50,000 are waiting to be discovered…