In the near future, a desperate and ever-more controlling UK government attempts to restore a sense of national pride with a New Festival of Britain. But construction work on the site of an old church in south London releases a centuries-old plague that turns its victims into flesh-hungry ghouls whose bite or scratch passes the contagion - a supernatural virus which has the power to revive the dead - on to others. 'The Death' soon sweeps across London and the whole country descends into chaos. When a drastic attempt to eradicate the outbreak at source fails, the plague spreads quickly to mainland Europe and then across the rest of the world. Told through a series of interconnected eyewitness narratives - text messages, e-mails, blogs, letters, diaries and transcripts - this is an epic story of a world plunged into chaos as the dead battle the living for total domination. Cover art by Joe Roberts. Contributors: Peter Atkins; Peter Crowther; Paul Finch; Tim Lebbon; Paul McAuley; Kim Newman; John Llewellyn Probert; Marks Samuels; Pat Cadigan; Scott Edelman; Jo Fletcher; Robert Hood; Tanith Lee; Lisa Morton; Sarah Pinborough; Jay Russell; Mandy Slater.