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Jo Fletcher acquires 'zombie western' series

Jo Fletcher Books has bought world rights in a trilogy, The Walkin' by David Towsey, describing it as a "unique zombie western".

Fletcher acquired the titles through Sam Copeland at RCW, with the first book in the series, My Brother's Blood, to be published in 2013.

She said: "The moment I started reading this unique zombie western I knew if was every bit as special as Sam had said, and thus perfect for Jo Fletcher Books, so we at JFB and Quercus are thrilled David's joined us."

Towsey said: "I can't wait to start working with Jo Fletcher and her team. The titles coming out under the Jo Fletcher imprint are unbelievably exciting; to have my work become part of such a vibrant and diverse list is a real honour."

Towsey, aged 27, has an MA in creative writing from Bath Spa. He was nominated for a British Fantasy Society award for Best Short Fiction in 2008.

His series is set 900 years after man last used machines. Technology, science and medicine have been forgotten, leaving in their wake a twisted legacy: the Walkin'. The disease is passed down from generation to generation; it causes men, women and children to live on after death.