Grave Digger Gary

Grave Digger Gary

by Rob Thorne

Warning This fiction contains:
  • Gore
  • Profanity

Where is the last place you want to be when the zombie apocalypse begins?
In a cemetary, digging a grave, of course - which is exactly where Gary finds himself when his world is abruptly initiated into the multiverse. And that's just the start of his problems. Due to a technical error, Gary doesn't get the same character sheet and upgrades as everyone else. Nope. Instead, Gary gets classified as one of the undead. He's a zombie now - except, Gary didn't die. And he doesn't want to, either!
A LitRPG/Gamelit story of what happens when one man armed with a shovel takes on the undead hordes threatening to overrun his reality. Combines zombie apocalypse horror with pen and paper style RPG game mechanics.

Updates are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at just after 6PM UK time / 11AM PT / 1PM EST .

I've set up a Patreon account here: if you'd like to support the story and read up to 15 chapters ahead. All support is very much appreciated!

The underlying system on which the story runs is a work in progress (like the story itself!) so there may be adjustments to character sheets etc as the novel rolls out.

Spelling and grammar are British English unless I mess up in which case it's just gobbledygook (please feel free to point out any typographical mistakes or obvious errors, I appreciate it!)

Finally, this story is cross-posted on Scribblehub.

And I think that's everything!

Thanks for reading!

All content copyright Robert Thorne 2021

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Table of Contents
65 Chapters
Chapter Name Release Date
Chapter 1: The System is Seeding ago
Chapter 2: System Error ago
Chapter 3: Not a Zombie ago
Chapter 4: Zafier the Necromancer ago
Chapter 5: To the Rescue ago
Chapter 6: One Way Out ago
Chapter 7: Zombie Killer ago
Chapter 8: The Heavy ago
Chapter 9: New Arrivals ago
Chapter 10: Sanctuary ago
Chapter 11: The Glitch Hunters ago
Chapter 12: Unrepeatable Error ago
Chapter 13: Double Trouble ago
Chapter 14: Clearing the Area ago
Chapter 15: The Church ago
Chapter 16: The Infected ago
Chapter 17: A Deadly Proposal ago
Chapter 18: Teenage Kicks (and Bites) ago
Chapter 19: The Brawl ago
Chapter 20: Blood in the Church ago
Chapter 21: The Plan All Along ago
Chapter 22: Levelling Up ago
Chapter 23: You are a Level 2 Zombie ago
Chapter 24: The Revenant ago
Chapter 25: Aftermath ago
Chapter 26: The Messiah of the Eternal Night (AKA...Gary??) ago
Chapter 27: Grave Decisions ago
Chapter 28: A Report from the End of the World ago
Chapter 29: Service Station Blues ago
Chapter 30: Understanding Rain ago
Chapter 31: Jonathan ago
Chapter 32: Admins and Leaders ago
Chapter 33: Juliet ago
Chapter 34: The Emissary ago
Chapter 35: Multiverses like Twenty Sided Dice ago
Chapter 36: An Audience with the King ago
Chapter 37: The Seven Sons of Shin-To ago
Chapter 38: Hunted ago
Chapter 39: Perimeter Sweep ago
Chapter 40: It Gets Darker... ago
Chapter 41: ...Darker than the Night ago
Chapter 42: Simon Says ago
Chapter 43: The Way Things Are Now ago
Chapter 44: Mission Impossible ago
Chapter 45: The Girl with the Killer Smile ago
Chapter 46: The Magician ago
Chapter 47: A Glitch in the Family ago
Chapter 48: Bullets and Blood ago
Chapter 49: The Discovery ago
Chapter 50: One for the Road ago
Chapter 51: Nightblades Unlocked ago
Chapter 52: Murder (farm)House ago
Chapter 53: A Grave Situation ago
Chapter 54: The Titles of Gary ago
Chapter 55: The Paths of Gary ago
Chapter 56: Where the Bodies are Buried ago
Chapter 57: The People vs. Gary vs. The People ago
Chapter 58: Battle for the Farmhouse ago
Chapter 59: Gary's Choice ago
Chapter 60: Jonathan's Choice ago
Chapter 61: Departure (Part 1) ago
Chapter 62: Departure (Part 2) ago
Chapter 63: Keep Calm and Gary On ago
Chapter 64: Epilogues ago
Book One Footnotes ago

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At the beginning, I thought it wasn't too bad, decent even. But as the story goes on, I started to get bored.

The MC isn't the witty or entertaining sort, he's just some random bloke that finds himself in an unfortunate situation. The tone that was set for the sfory didn't really mesh that well with the MC. And even that tone got wrecked when the party of would be mercs arrived.

The pacing is another sore spot for me. We are 18 chapters in and we are still in the first day of the apocalypse, in the exact same setting, dealing with the exact same problem, just with more people in it.

TLDR: it's not good, but not bad either. MC is bland and the story is going at a snails pace. 



This was a decent story had some good and bad but looked like was going to be good series not much happened at time wrote this so can not say too much at this time sorry all.  Basically guy becomes a glitch zombie error in system induced world.

Ahh the dreaded 50 words count....


It started good and i thought it had potential but the mc's cheat is apparently more crippling then useful. The man gets all the benefits of being a zombie but can't level up from killing his own kind. Which is extremely bad because the main enemy are mostly all undead. Making this edge he has worse then just being a normal person. After he's killed hundreds of zombies there is shown to be no titles, path system, or anything worth a damn to give him an extr edge. I also say this knowing that intergalactic mercenarys found out about his glitch and were so under welmed by it they thought even if they sold him he would only be worth pocket change.

Author please fix this there's no point of making him undead just for a level 2 zombie to make all those benefits useless again I mean come on. I usually hated authors who made the mc stay human when there is a clearly superior race evolution. But this is the first time I routed for the mc to become human again. Its just sad.

Also you made it because of the glitch the system nerfed his movement speed making him more zombie like but if you going by that logic why does the mc not have infinite stamina as well since when do undead tire. He should also have or get some for of physical resistance like all undead since he considered one

Please give mc dope ass undead related race evolutions, magic, skills, titles, include a path system 2 make things skill based instead of fully level based like randily ghosthound or the new world which is superior to randily ghosthound in every way. Do something to salvage this mess.


Dostoevsky is not, but fun it is.

Reviewed at: Chapter 25: Aftermath

This is not a master piece of writing.

So what?

It is fun and has clueless MC with a good heart trying to do the rigth thing in an impossible situation.

It has random villains, seems to have a plot, the MC is underpowered and is not a leveling machine, so not a power trip so cliche in a lot of novel autors. Just for that it works for me.

It may not be for you, but it cost nothing to give it a try.

Also, I'm pretty sure at some point, the author will do a rewrite to retrofit some points in the starting and may even supress whole chapters and introduce them brand new to cater to the sensibilities of a wider base.

This goes into the "Follow" list.Not yet in the "Love It", but it may.



Interesting story so far. Good start. Chapters are fast so even though there are 24 already id say they feel like 10 so too soon for so many people to be hating on this story.

Its good. Its honest on what it is.

Its legit Walking Dead with magic powers. Which is purely human fuckery. Nothing in this story so far is beyond belief. Except maybe Simon.


If I had a penny for each time I read a story about a dude in an apocalypse scenario with a shovel, I would have two pennies. This might not be many pennies, but it's weird that it happened twice.

Anyway. I personally didn't take this story too seriously. I mean, there are some parts that are meant to be taken seriously. The style itself shows that off pretty well. However, the way the reader is shown the world just doesn't mesh well with it. Sure, it's a fun read but likely not in the same way that the author thought it would be. 4/5

Gross Toad

The Walking Dead, in fantasy litRPG terms (Ch. 25)

Reviewed at: Chapter 25: Aftermath

4 Stars

First of all, it needs to be stated, the atmosphere so far is far more like the Walking Dead franchise, rather than your common litRPG Apocalypse power up fantasy. The genre might probably be better described as litRPG Apocalypse drama.

Gary is just a down on his luck guy, doing temp-work as a gravedigger, when his world is forcibly introduced to the interdimensional war between the living and the dead. During the transition, he was unfortunately caught in a magical mishap, and cursed into a half-living half-undead state.

Interested? Now switch most of the fantasy terms with a litRPG term, and that is where there story's flow kinda hit a zig-zag lane.

Readers are kinda used to mishaps being cheats for power-ups in the common popcorn litRPG genre. Here, it is treated not just as a change on the race column of his status sheet. Gary feels the growing urge to eat flesh of the living, and his teeth and nails now carry the touch of undead infection (magical infection, apparently).

This is not played for laughs.

This is an Zombocalypse litRPG with the Walking Dead scriptwriters on the helm.

It is kinda well-written, but I feel like the clash between the more zany litRPG elements, and the sometimes fast switches the more serious tone of the character interactions and the more humorous ones, put off some number of the readers.

Unsure where the story will go from here.


I really like Gary, the main character, who fights to come to terms with what is happening to the world around him and to himself. 

I like the way the combat is written, it's compressed (for a lack of a better word, I am not an English major) without being mushed completely together. 

Gary has already experienced some dilemmas that I find interesting to read. 

- Me :)


This book has an excellent premise and is well written. Having said that I just don't like it so far. I maybe naive but I like to think more of humanity than is shown in this novel. Also for the record I dislike that I have to make all the reviews 50 words long. Why? What is the purpose of that? I've said all I need to say without spoiling the book or the plot. 


Unlike another review, while the DnD group insert was abrupt, it don't think it was out of place. 

It does set a tone for the novel though. Instead of a zero to hero where the MC slowly learns about his new reality which is the common trope in this genre, we're given a master/student relationship in the form of an adventure party, which is another, less common trope in this genre.

I do think it would have worked better if you pushed back their intro a bit, and allowed yourself to establish the MC a bit more. As it stands it feels a bit rushed because you want to info dump your world building.

Like it's 20 chapters in, the MC is level 1 still, but we have multiple important characters introduced, and we know far more about the multiverse than any other person on earth. As most people care more about characters and plot than worldbuilding, this is a huge problem.

The power level of characters is also absolutely bizarre. The DnD group should be WAY stronger than anything on earth, they even complain about how weak and worthless Earth is, but they were physically taxed killing level 1-2 zombies the MC was killing with a shovel solo. They also got hurt fighting both those zombies and the level 1 humans, and I dont even want to address the necromancer/revenant.

There's a ton of holes in your story from the get-go, but I am entertained. I look forward to see what you have planned with the MC, but my interest is on shaky ground.