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  • Published: 1 July 2013
  • ISBN: 9780552166690
  • Imprint: Corgi
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

Apocalypse Cow

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Forget the cud. They want blood...an outrageously entertaining and original take on the 'zombie apocalypse' - joint winner of the first Terry Pratchett 'Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now' Prize...

When scientists with warped imaginations accidentally unleash an experimental bioweapon that transforms Britain's animals into sneezing, bloodthirsty zombies with a penchant for pre-dinner sex with their victims, three misfits become the unlikely hope for salvation.

Abattoir worker Terry Borders' love life is crippled by the stench of death that clings to his skin from his days spent slaughtering cows; teenage vegan Geldof 'Scabby' Peters alternates between scratching furiously at his rash and baiting his overbearing New Age mother; and inept journalist Lesley McBrien struggles forlornly in the shadow of her famous war correspondent father.

As Britain begins a rapid descent into chaos and ministers blame international terrorists, Lesley stumbles upon evidence that the government is behind the outbreak. In her bumbling pursuit of the truth, she crosses paths with Terry and Geldof, and together they set out to escape a quarantined Britain with the evidence and vital data that could unlock a cure for the virus.

Standing in the way are rampaging hordes of animals, a ruthless security agent and an army ready to shoot anybody with a case of the sniffles...

Three losers. Overwhelming odds. A single outcome: the world is screwed.

  • Pub date: 1 July 2013
  • ISBN: 9780552166690
  • Imprint: Corgi
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Michael Logan

Michael Logan is a Scottish journalist, whose career has taken him across the globe. He left Scotland in 2003 at the age of 32, has lived in Bosnia, Hungary, Switzerland and Kenya, and reported from many other countries. His experience of riots, refugee camps and other turbulent situations helps fuel his writing. Apocalypse Cow is his first novel. His short fiction has appeared in literary journals and his piece We Will Go On Ahead and Wait for You won Fish Publishing's 2008 international One-Page Fiction Prize.

He currently lives in Nairobi and is married with two young children.

More information can be found on his website: www.freelancelogan.com.

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Praise for Apocalypse Cow

“Apocalypse Cow made me snort with laughter”


“A fast-paced dark comedy stuffed with violence, sprinkled with sex, reminiscent of Tom Sharpe, including witty lines and observations that are Pratchett-esque in their pointiness”


“A comic, blood-soaked romp...at times a hilarious social satire, and at others an action-packed gore fest, sure to please fans of the traditional zombie story...an accomplished novel by a promising writer.”

Press Association

“Michael Logan's black comedy is an absurd yet utterly addictive read.”

Stylist magazine

“Some moments are very good indeed... Apocalypse Cow is a pacy, entertaining read”

We Love This Book

“Ploughs the same furrows as Shaun of the Dead, wonderfully parodying the zombie and survival horror genre, but at the same time paying homage to it...worthy of a place amongst the best apocalyptic fiction...eminently readable, brilliantly written and side-splitting funny.”


“350 pages of rotting, rutting, oozing and flaking”

We Love This Book

“This was a very good twist on the very much overdone zombie genre”

She Loves Reading

“Hilarious comic romp”

The Journal (Newcastle)

“A lot of fun.”


“This clever and very funny twist on the traditional zombie novel is exceedingly well executed . . . Great stuff for horror and fantasy fans”

BOOKLIST(Starred Review)

“Logan has a flair for unique description . . . an impressive start for an author who’s going places”


“Its unhinged, imaginative wit and respect for the genre deserve the attention of any self-respecting fan”


“Apocalypse Cow treads that rare path between horrific and hilarious, which makes for a very fun read indeed. Give it a go.”

CHRISTOPHER MOORE, author of Lamb, Fool, and A Dirty Job

“Logan manages to find a great balance between the dark and disturbing and the quirky and hilarious, all the while intermingling plotlines like a seasoned pro”


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