(No, really, this actually does have something to do with Diana Gabaldon's books!)
Diana mentioned on Compuserve today that she will be writing a story called "Lord John and the Plague of Zombies" for an upcoming anthology. (Of course the story won't even be started until she's done with ECHO, which we all hope will be soon!)
Here's what she said when I asked if she was just kidding about that title:
No, I wasn't kidding. <g> Though I do need to check the etymology of "zombie," and see whether the word would have been in use (not necessarily in English, just in existence) by 1760 or so. (Also have no idea whether this story takes place while Lord John is Governor of Jamaica, or during his earlier adventures.)You can see the rest of the discussion on Compuserve here.
[Edited to add that this all started when my UK editor sent me--as a joke--the cover art for an upcoming book titled PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, and my US agent in an unrelated email was talking about paranormal books and remarked that this seemed to be the year of the zombie, as there were several new titles he was aware of that dealt with same. Next thing I know, along comes an invitation to write for an anthology dealing with mad scientists, and bing! You know, serendipity. <g>]