Book Excerpt from Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse


I’m sharing an excerpt today from a YA horror/dystopian book about zombies. Yep, you read that right – zombies! And just in time for Halloween. Enjoy!

Book Excerpt

There was a brief silence before Katlego finally spoke.

‘Okay, everyone ready?’

We had our weapons drawn. Rik and I had our spears and Pa was gripping his crowbar. Dirk had pulled out his massive hunting knife.

‘On the count of three, we step into the alley. Spread out evenly to draw them apart. Take out the brain and put them down… fast. ‘

We nodded and, on three, we fanned out into the alley. They knew we were there immediately and suddenly their docile shuffling turned into a determined walk towards us. Ironically, one of the lady zombies headed straight for me. She was dressed in a dark blue uniform and I soon realised she must have been a nurse.

The blue pants were now ripped and stained, and her eyes were a dark red, with dry blood caked around the sockets. My heart started racing again. I kept repeating don’t be scared, don’t be scared in my head, and tried to remember Pa’s words about using fear to survive. Taking a deep breath, I charged at Nurse Zombie with my spear, aiming for below the chin. I came in a little too fast and got the angle wrong. The spear pierced under her chin, but came out by her ear, totally missing the brain.

The spear was lodged and it was like I had a zombie on a lead. She tried to move in every direction, but I fought her, pushing and pulling. What now?

I decided I needed to get the spear loose, so using all my strength, I pushed, channelling all the power in my legs like a rugby player in a scrum. I started to jog, forcing her to reel backwards. Then I suddenly stopped. Nurse Zombie toppled backwards and her weight let me pull the spear loose. As she landed on her back I jumped forward, plunging the spear through her left eye. Lucky shot, but it worked. I spun around, hoping Pa had seen my handiwork, but it looked like everyone had been concentrating on their own kill. Pa’s eyes met mine.

‘You win?’

I nodded and smiled.

About The Book

Book CoverTitle: Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse

Author: Lee Herrmann

Genre: YA Horror / Dystopian

Pages: 180 pages

Publication Date: August 2014

ISBN Number: 978-0-620615-92-1

South Africa has been infected. The army and police failed. Government fell. And now the dead roam the streets.

Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse is a post-apocalyptic story set in South Africa, 2 years after a mysterious outbreak has ravaged the country. No one seems to know how it started, but the reality is that most of the rainbow nation is mindless, walking zombies and it’s survive or be eaten.

After their supplies run out, 16 year old Kon, his brother and father leave their Pretoria home and embark on a journey for a new home. They Come across Kat and Dirk, two fellow survivors on a mission to reach Robben Island, a reputed safe haven. Together they embark on an epic journey across the country. Along the way they befriend other survivors, and face an unrecognizable new world filled with new, unpredictable dangers.

Oh, and there’s lots and lots of zombies.

Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse is a coming of age story in a very different South Africa, and chronicles one family’s fight for survival against the walking dead.

About the Author

Lee-AuthorLee Herrmann was born and raised in South

Africa. He has always had a fascination with zombies and has numerous contingency plans for the eventual apocalypse. Therefore, while he waited, it made sense to write a book about zombies in South Africa.

He has a great love of by comic books, movies, television and popular culture, and cites his zombie favourites as 28 Days Later, Dawn of the Dead and The Walking Dead.

He currently works in a near-zombie environment as a Content Manager for a big corporate firm in Johannesburg and has had a varied writing background including copywriting, writing for web, radio and magazines. He is also the author of the mystery title, The Manservant Mysteries (

Lee lives in Pretoria with his wife Dina, and two sons, Max and Nik. Every Saturday night he can be found going to the movies with his best friend Steve-Dave.




Author Interview with Alex Laybourne


I’m interviewing Alex Laybourne, author of zombie horror “Diaries of the Damned”. Welcome to my blog, Alex, and thanks for answering my questions.

Author Interview

1) What’s the hardest part of being an author?

For me, the hardest part about being an author is simply finding the time to sit down and write. I work a full time job which takes about 50-60 hours out of my week, not including the commute. I travel quite frequently for it also, which means 18 hour days. I have four young children, and also like to spend some time with my wife. Being a writer takes sacrifice, it means you stay in when others go out, you don’t sleep enough and are often a slave to the muse. When she wakes and tells you to write, there is very little you can do to convince her otherwise. We do it gladly, because we know what it takes, we understand that being a writer is a commitment, it is something serious and we all strive to achieve the success we seek. Explaining this to people who do not write, and not having them look at you as if you had a screw loose is something else entirely.

2) Can you give us a short synopsis of Diaries of the Damned? 

The Diaries of the Damned is a horror novel that takes place before during and after the zombie outbreak. Told from varying viewpoints, each story adds a little piece to the puzzle, until the group of survivors telling their tales get not only answers to the questions they had, but the truth to the points everybody was afraid to ask. Where did the virus come from, and why.

3) Is this part of a series, or stand-alone?

The story was originally part of a chapter series. I wrote and released one a week. However once it was finished I decided to re-publish it as a single novel. Each character viewpoint is three chapters long, and tells a complete tale, so the book can be read in multiple sittings. Each character has their own complete story line to follow, with one central story running through the books as a single read.

4) How many hours per day do you spend writing?

I spent as many hours as I can writing. It would depend who you ask. My wife would say too many, I would say not enough. In all honest, I get up at 4.20 every morning and write before the kids wake up – which with my kids is damned early – I then write during my lunch break and work, and in the evening I try to write for an hour or so, but recently things have been so busy that sitting has slipped away. I can normally get 1500 words written a day, on average.

5) What is your favorite book in the same genre as yours?

I am a huge Clive Barker fan, and love the Books of Blood series of short stories. The certainly inspired me no end, and opened my eyes to the true meaning of horror, and what it can be used for. I have also recently read The Venus Complex by the talented Barbie Wilde, while there area two fellow British horror writers who I highly recommend people look out for. Michael Bray and Paul Flewitt. Both are fantastic writers, and their books well worth a read.

6) What are you working on now?

I am currently working on the third installment of my Highway to Hell series. It will be the final chapter and poses to be quite the epic in terms of story and scope. It is nice going back to such old and familiar characters. Parts I and II have already been published. I am also waiting on the final comments to come back from editor on a vampire novel I have written. None of that lovey-dovey stuff mind you. This is a hardcore horror tale that I hope brings the bite back to the vampire genre.

About The Book

Ebook CoverTitle: Diaries of the Damned

Author: Alex Laybourne

Genre: Zombie Horror

The dead have risen and a desperate struggle for power has begun. The military are evacuating all survivors in passenger planes. With their destination unknown, one group of survivors led by a journalist named Paul Larkin, decide to share their experiences with the hope that when combined, their stories will reveal some answers that the government had not been willing to give themselves.

Nine survivors have banded together, determined to tell their tale of survival. None of them realized that as they stood to tell their tales that they stood on the brink of discovering a conspiracy the likes of which the world has never seen.

Author Bio

Alex 1Born and raised in the coastal English town Lowestoft, it should come as no surprise (to those that have the misfortune of knowing this place) that I became a horror writer.

From an early age I was sent to schools which were at least 30 minutes drive away and so spent the most of my free time alone, as the friends I did have lived too far away for me to be able to hang out with them in the weekends or holidays.

I have been a writer as long as I can remember and have always had a vivid imagination. To this very day I find it all too easy to just drift away into my own mind and explore the world I create, where the conditions always seem to be just perfect for the cultivation of ideas, plots, scenes, characters and lines of dialogue everything basically, and when the time is right, I can simply pluck them from the allotment of my mind serve them up on the pages of whatever work is to be their home.

I am married and have four children and my biggest dream for them is that they grow up and spend their lives doing what makes them happy, whatever that is.


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