Wednesday, October 16, 2013

WOW Wednesday - Vickie Johnstone Visits the Desk

It's WOW Wednesday again. It's hard to believe another week has  already come and gone. Where does the time go?

We are lucky to have Vickie Johnstone with us at the desk today. She has written something a little (okay, a lot) different this go round. I do so love to read an author who steps out into different genres. And, with her new release, I Dream of Zombies, Vickie has certainly done that! You might say she has dived head first into a new genre with this horror tale.

If you are a lover of horror stories, this vivid story will not let you down. Wipe out of your mind all the zombie tales you've seen on late night television and read in countless novels and horror magazines, because this story is well thought out, well written and will leave you wondering when her next horror tale will be released. So, without further ado, I introduce to you, Vickie Johnstone's newest book.


A zombie novel set in London over six weeks in 2013, with a strong female lead character.

Did I mention the book cover? It's, to die for...

It starts with a dream and then the nightmare takes over.

It all begins on a summer’s day with the media reporting with some hilarity that people are dreaming of the dead coming to life, but those who have dreamt them are convinced they are a warning of things to come. Marla takes it all with a pinch of salt until she experiences the nightmares herself. Cue paranoia and disbelief until reality shows its new face.

All over London there are incidences of people becoming sick and aggressive. As the attacks mount, the media is forced to take the matter seriously, but what is causing it? Is it a virus, and is it natural or man-made, and is the government responsible?

Marla, her sister, Ellen, and friend Tommy find themselves fighting for their survival as their sense of reality is smashed. Will the army and police maintain control or will the country find itself in lockdown, isolated from the outside world?

And as an extra special treat, here's an excerpt from 'I Dream of Zombies'.

"A sickening sense of dread ravages him as fear drifts over the surface of his skin like fingers, icy cold and unrelenting. He turns again and sprints towards the exit, his pace becoming increasingly slower as if something is pushing him back. Yet still he finds himself in the exact same position, his feet rooted to the spot, his arms sweeping, useless. His hair blows in the breath that the creature now turns on him, sickening in its putrid scent of death and putrefaction. There is not a word he can think of to describe this thing in front of him. Fear creeps, regardless. Twisting, crawling, the maggots swarm across its bloodied face as it opens its mouth wider. Something rips. The yawn seems to swallow him whole into this darkness of despair as a jagged, ripping pain overwhelms him; the sharp teeth chafing, gnawing at his neck, seeking to pierce the jugular vein within. From far off in the distance comes the ripple of laughter."

You can purchase the book at Amazon in the UK and US.

AmazonUS     AmazonUK 

Hi, I live in London and have a thing about fluffy cats. I work as a freelance layout sub-editor on business magazines and editor/proofreader on books. I love reading, writing, films, the sea, art, animals, nature, rock music, Milky Bar and travelling. I have self-published 14 books.

I also edit indie books for a living, so you might see other books alongside mine in the UK bookshop when you do a search. The only ones I've written bear the author's name of Vickie Johnstone or V Johnstone. I edited the others.

Vickie Johnstone has an impressive list of titles on Amazon. 

Titles published in 2011:
  • Kaleidoscope (March) - 119 poems, divided by chapter themes;
  • Travelling Light - a free book of 38 poems;
  • Kiwi in Cat City - the first in a series about a magical cat and her human pals (April);
  • Kiwi and the Missing Magic (June);
  • Kiwi and the Living Nightmare (October).
Titles published in 2012:
  • Day of the Living Pizza - a comedy horror for ages 10 up (May)
  • Life's Rhythms - a collection of 316 haiku (June)
  • 3 Heads and a Tail - a romantic comedy with walkies, written for NaNoWriMo (June)
  • Kiwi and the Serpent of the Isle (August)
  • Day of the Pesky Shadow - book 2 in the Smarts & Dewdrop Mysteries series (October)
  • Kiwi in the Realm of Ra (November)
  • Kiwi's Christmas Tail (December)
Titles published in 2013:
  • The Sea Inside - Cerulean Songs, book 1
  • I Dream of Zombies - book 1
The Kiwi books have illustrations by Nikki McBroom.

Kiwi and the Serpent of the Isle was a finalist in the children's books category of the National Indie Excellence Book Awards 2013.

Connecting with Vickie is as easy as clicking the links below.


Facebook Author Page

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Facebook  Kaleidoscope Poetry

Facebook  Vickie Johnstone Editing


Thank y'all for dropping in today. I hope you've enjoyed learning a little more about Vickie Johnstone and her books. Feel free to leave a comment for her below. And, if you read I Dream of Zombies, don't forget to jump on over to Amazon and leave a review. Even a couple of sentences can make an authors day. 



  1. Thank you so much, Nadia. This is so cool. Wednesdays were always my favourite day... and I was born on one :)

  2. It was wonderful having you and your new book here today, Vickie! All the best. :)