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"A Plague of Zombies" is a novella by Diana Gabaldon and part of the Lord John Series. It was originally published (as "Lord John and the Plague of Zombies") in Down These Strange Streets, an anthology of urban fantasy stories edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois.

On April 15, 2013, the novella was released (as "A Plague of Zombies") as a standalone ebook. On June 27, 2017, it was published in a new collection, Seven Stones to Stand or Fall, which consists of seven Outlander stories.


In June 1761, Lord John journeys to Jamaica to put a stop to the slave rebellions on the island. Upon his arrival, Lord John learns of the murder of a local planter, one Mr. Abernathy of Rose Hall, and the maroons are the suspected culprit. He also has to deal with the matter of a missing superintendent, snakes mysteriously invading the governor's house, and another grisly murder, possibly involving zombies.


  • Lieutenant-Colonel Lord John Grey
  • Derwent Warren, governor of Jamaica
  • Gideon Dawes, secretary to the governor
  • Captain Cresswell, missing superintendent in charge of the maroons
  • Tom Byrd, Lord John's valet
  • Rodrigo, servant of the governor
  • Major John Fettes, direct subordinate to Lord John
  • Captain Robert Cherry, adjutant to Lord John
  • Philip Twelvetrees, plantation owner and cousin of the late Edward Twelvetrees
  • Nancy Twelvetrees, sister of Philip
  • Mrs. Abernathy, recently widowed owner of Rose Hall
  • Captain Accompong, headman of the maroons
  • Azeel, a woman who has escaped slavery
  • Ishmael, houngan

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