Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Monday, November 5, 2012
Thursday, November 1, 2012
1. Eaters by Michelle DePaepe
Monday, October 29, 2012
Second, it would seem that in order to get on Art Mann's show you needed to A) show him your boobs or B) give him some beer. I was lucky and had some beer. You'll notice me about about a minute or so into the second segment.
Oh and yes King that is you near the start of the third section exiting the shitter behind the Mohawked fella. Cheers!
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
These guys are called Hellcrawler you can find their entire album 'Wastelands' here.
Dwelling among the debris of the whore capital of Western Slovenia, Hellcrawler are a bunch of cynical wasteland denizens who found unsavory panacea in the symbiosis of punk violence, stoner rock atmosphere and heavy riffage. Their soundtrack to the demise of humankind is a motorized assault of old school death metal and d-beat which reflects their major source of inspiration, the decaying aesthetic of post apocalyptic and grindhouse cinematography. Beginning in 2010, the outfit saw their first release, Wastelands, in 2011 on Hollow Earth Records.
all old world nations
witnessed the doom of modern times
all corporations have led the world
to its demise
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
On the way into the Wasteland this was the first themed vehicle I saw. I knew I was close when I this rolling down the highway.
The Interceptor as viewed from just inside the Gates.
They are ALL the Knight Rider!
Pulse Jet powered go-kart! FUCK YEAH! The event staff wouldn't allow him to drive it though. They said it wasn't to theme. Funny that there was a buggy in Mad Max that had a jet goddamned engine as it's source of momentum. I have a sneaking suspicion that the staff thought A. that it was incredibly loud (it was)and B. that it was incredibly unsafe/deadly (I'm thinking it prolly was).
Pulse Jet from another angle.
No Wasteland it complete without a library.
The crew of crazy bastards from across the street. They sounded Norwegian (I think.) I think that our costumes were of the same mind
Dancer from the Smash Bot camp. Photo taken for educational purposes ... that is mostly to prove ladies do wander the waste as well.
Me full kit. I made almost everything I'm wearing. The chain mail hand sewn pants ... the works.
My tribe 'The Scavengers Cooperative'. From left to right: David, Vault, King of the Wastes and, me; your humble blogger. Quite the crew huh?
Dancer from before shakin what her momma gave her.
A sweet ass themed mower ... green ground effects by night.
A crew that put me and my mad costuming skills to shame.
TOE CUTTER! No need for further descriptions ... dude behind him is right on. Mr. Cutter was shit-faced-hammered by the way.
My crazy-as-fuck bartender for an evening of debauchery. Taken from in front of the bar at the Atomic Cafe. And yes that is assless chaps and a spiked codpiece he's sporting. (Note the Evan Williams bottle in the sculpture and the Smirnoff ... both came from me.)
HOLY SHIT I FOUND HIM!
Another themed vehicle
Pigface and his woman (dancer in background)
JUST WALK AWAY.
Best. Bakini. Ever.
Monday, October 8, 2012
1) Mutt (The Rittenhouse Saga) by Evan Fuller
2) Their Journey by Varian Morn
3) Target: Earth by Cheryl L. Cholley
4) Wool by Hugh Howey (get this one right now!)
Monday, October 1, 2012
Highlights included go-go dancers performing on stage, a midsong zombie attack, the lead vocalist Tim lamenting about the difficulty of singing when your helmet falls over your eyes so you're blind and also when said lead vocalist proposed to his girl friend on stage within the insanity.
One of the highlights of the whole weekend was bringing a gallon of Dinty Moore Wasteland Stout to their camp and sitting shooting the shit.
Monday, August 20, 2012
1) Alone, at the very End of the World by Damien Joseph
2) Cry Havoc by William Todd Rose
Just two this time ... next week aught to be better ... perhaps.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Anyhow I give you Ravaged. Love all the ruins and desolation in the background. LOVE IT!
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
1) The Norecomb Women by D E Austin
2) The Post-Apocalyptic Cookbook by Donna Johnson and TW Brown
3) River Dawn by Stephen Graff
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Here they are now:
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Their tagline aught to be "Nuke Your Addictions". Am I right or what?
Friday, July 13, 2012
4 cans Spam
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 tsp cumin
4 T chili powder
1/2 cup peanut oil
4 red onions
6 cloves minced garlic
6 jalapeno peppers
4 cans tomato paste (6 oz size)
4 cans diced tomatoes
2 pints Dinty Moore Stout
1 quart chicken stock
2 T cocoa powder
1/2 cup double strength coffee (from a toddy)
6 cans black beans
Cut Spam into 1/2 inch cubes. Season Spam with salt pepper, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp cumin and 2 T chili powder. Coat spam with corn flour. Heat pot add 1/2 peanut oil. Brown the spam and allow to caramelize on all sides. Remove spam to a bowl and repeat with any remaining meat.
Add onions and garlic and saute for 5 minutes add jalapenos and cook 2 more minutes. Add vegetables to the Spam in the bowl.
Use some of the chicken broth to deglaze the pot then add the rest of the stock and beer. Add tomato paste to the pot. Next add remaining cinnamon, cumin and chili powder to the pot. Next add cocoa powder and coffee and whisk until smooth. Add can of tomatoes, the cans of black beans, Spam and vegetable mix and cook over low heatuntil boiling. Stir occasionally.
Serve out of the bleached skulls of your foes.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
He followed it with The Lair in 1979. In this one the rats are sorting into caste systems and are licking their collective chops remembering the glory days of running amok and feeding on man.
1984 saw the release of Domain. This one is an end of the world story. Man wages the final war and while they are distracted rats emerge for the sewers and wreak havoc.
He rounded out the saga with The City. A graphic novel that tells the story of man's defeat. They are now scavenging in the ruins the rats are now the ones that allow man's existence to continue.
Now, while James Herbert was writing this terrifying series of books about how rats begin to get more aggressive and unafraid of man, a scientist deep in Siberia was conducting research about how our ancestors may have domesticated animals. He uses rats in these experiments. Apparently he separates the rats into two groups: one sweet and snuggly and the other evil and demented. According to the article the nice group, upon seeing people, walk to the bars of their cage and push their nose through and enjoy a good pat on the nose and scratch under the chin. The evil group, called 'hyper-aggressive' hurl themselves at the bars shrieking, wanting to escape to tear you limb from limb.
Some interesting quotes from said article:
“Imagine the most evil supervillain and the nicest, sweetest cartoon animal, and that’s what these two strains of rat are like,” said Tecumseh Fitch, an animal behavior expert at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
When the aggressive rats have to be moved, Mr. Albert places two cages side by side with the doors open and lets the rats change cages by themselves. He is taking care that they do not escape to the sewers of Leipzig, he said.
Yes that's right. He specifily mentioned the care he was taking so as to keep the rats out of sewers. This leads me to wonder if he has indeed read the books by James Herbert. I'll wager he has.
The full article can found at this link: Nice Rats, Nasty Rats: Maybe It’s All in the Genes
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Ruin is indeed a fantastic IPA. When Wastelander sang "Armageddon at last is here, break out the guns and beer" this was almost certainly what they would have consumed.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Sunday, June 10, 2012
I've been meaning to post this up for quite some time now but I've either been too lazy or perhaps just to busy with *cough*class work *cough*.
Be that as it may, I give you the sounds of Algarothsyum. Give it a listen. The track I like best is 'Nuclear Funeral' but your mileage may vary. If you feel so inclined you can pick up the whole she-bang on his bandcamp page for the low low price of just seven bucks. A bargain at twice the price.
You can also track him down on facebook. But if you'd like the ultimate and get a live chat with the man himself you can often find him hanging out in post apocalyptic chat room under the handle Vhyle. Stop by and say howdy won't you?
Friday, June 8, 2012
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
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Monday, May 28, 2012
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
1) One by One by Phil Tucker
2) Nothing But Flowers: Tales of Post-Apocalyptic Love (Literary Mix Tapes) by Jodi Cleghorn
3) The World Behind The Window by Karsten Krepinsky, Ingo Krepinsky and Karin Dufner
Monday, May 21, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Sunday, May 6, 2012
At first glance the book has a couple of well worn and trusted themes. The first one is simple bullying. Our hero Kevin is a mere wisp of a boy and as such is the object of torment from the school bully Bertram. The other is wish fulfillment. At a camping trip Keven and the rest of the class (Bertram included) hear a very convincing campfire story about magic at the top of a mountain at the exact instant the sun rises at the equinox. So Kevin convinces his best buddy to make the climb with him. He finds, at the top of this mountain, a pair of glasses that will grant him his every wish. Even those that break the laws of the natural world.
This is where the books takes a drastic turn to the apocalypse. The Aborigines of Australia believe in Dream Time. They believe that our dreams have just as much impact on the world as our waking lives do. They believe that the end will come when the world of waking and the world of dreams mix to such an extent that the difference is unnoticeable. When that happens nothing will make sense any longer and as such the world will be over. This is bound to be the case when you give a bullied middle school geek glasses that will grant his every whim. His wishes bring about a world that no longer makes any sense and in doing so risks the end for everyone. When he stops with the wishing he's the last person on earth.
Before they had climbed the mountain, Josh had always prided himself on never giving in to fear - but now it seemed he was afraid of everything; shadows, noises - and worst of all, he was afraid of that awful feeling that he would have when he woke up , of not really waking up at all - of waking up in what Mr. Kirkpatrick had called "The Dream Time"
Reminded me of an old Twilight Zone episode called 'Wordplay' where the a man is desperately attempting to learn all the names of the products that his company sells. In attempting to learn all the new names he forgets the meanings of all the words that he's known his entire life. This man enters both The Twilight Zone and Dream Time.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
From the first couple of lines of text, the reader is acutely aware that the narrator has suffered a zombie bite and that what they are holding is in fact the last will and testament of a man who will soon be shuffling around and seeking human flesh.
This volume is in fact his second diary, the first one having been destroyed. In this one he focuses more on the human aspect of the apocalypse. Man's inhumanity to his fellow man is the primary focus of this volume. He says since any potential reader (and he doesn't envision there being any who'd bother) has experienced the same basic events as he has, considering that they are both survivors, he doesn't need to describe the events of the zombpocalpse. He chooses a narrow focus on the human element. At times it's very brutal. Humans treat themselves worse than they treat the undead.
The tale isn't all downward spiral though. There are a couple rays of hope. Seems that being bitten is not an automatic death sentence. Our hero runs into no less then two people ... one who is unproven but one who is confirmed. There a human who is immune to the bites of zombies. That simple nugget is enough to keep the reader on the edge. Is this a deathbed confession or will there be a last minute reprieve when our hero realizes he is not in fact undergoing the transformation?
It's well worth the time you'll spend to learn the answer to that question. Trust me.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
1) Extinction Point by Paul Jones
2) Lycandroids, SuperSoldiers and the Freedom War: The Saga of the Post-Apocalyptic Freedom Wars by Robert Miles and Leslie Mitts
3) The Road to Nowhere by Lee Argus
4) The Breeding by Derek Clendening
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Well here I am sitting and watching some cartoons. I think 'apocalyptic spongebob' no way has anyone thought of that. So I google it. Yup. It's been thought of and there's pics to prove it.
The episode I was watching was 'Glove World' by the way. Also love the ruins of the Krusty Krab in the background (or the implied ruins anyhow.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
For most of us prepping is not something we even think about. Perhaps WON'T think about till TSHTF. Well no worries. The fine folks over at Map of the Dead have done all the heavy lifting for you. Yes even you ... you
know who you are. They tell you where to find all the loot you've neglected to horde and even the places to avoid. How nice is that?
Looks as though my part of the will be fairly safe .... for now.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
The beer may suck but the commercial? ... Pure gold.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Last week's offering wasn't so bad. Virus was quite enjoyable and H10N1 is showing real potential so far. I can only hope this week's are at least as good.
1) Tsunami Blue (The Tsunami Blue Series) by Gayle Ann Williams
2) The Survivors: Book One (Life After War) by Angela White and Daryn Malof
3) Wanted by Jason Halstead
4) The Last Man by James Bailey
5) Dust by Allison M. Dickson
Monday, April 9, 2012
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Ironically when I think about the accident I have a song that plays in my mind. Indeed we have No Control.
Bad Religion - No Control
Culture was the seed of proliferation but it's gotten melded
Into an inharmonic whole, to an inharmonic whole.
Consciousness has plagued us and we cannot shake it
Though we think we're in control, though we think we're in control.
Questions that besiege us in life are testament of our helplessness.
There's no vestige of a beginning, no prospect of an end.
When we all disintegrate it will all happen again, yeah.
Time is so rock solid in the minds of the hordes but they can't
Explain why it should slip away, explain why it should slip away.
History and future are the comforts of our curiosity but here we are
Rooted in the present day, rooted in the present day
Questions that besiege us in life are testament of our helplessness.
There's no vestige of a beginning, no prospect of an end.
When we all disintegrate it will all happen again, yeah.
If you came to conquer, you'll be king for a day,
But you too will deteriorate and quickly fade away.
And believe these words you hear when you think your path is clear...
We have no control. We have no control.
We have no control, we do not understand.
You have no control, you are not in command.
You have no control. We have no control.
No control. No control. You have no control.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
These are all doll house size it seems. Apocalyptic doll houses ... who'da thunk it huh? The survivalist cactus in the first scene is quite interesting. View the entire set here.
1) The Killing Moon by Rod Glenn
2) Caretaker by Richard P. Clem
3) H10N1 by Marsha Cornelius
4) The Virus (The Zero Chronicles) by Aimee Rayne
5) The Apocalypse Blog (Book 0: Before the End) by Melanie Edmonds
6) A Land of Ash by David McAfee, Daniel Arenson, John Fitch V and David Dalglish
Monday, March 26, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
This week on "Welcome to the Apocalypse" we are dealing with one of my favorite Post Apocalyptic subcategories, Plagues and Pandemics. This is in honor of the release for the first time of Stephen King’s The Stand in Unabridged Audiobook Format.
"That stuff is lying around, just waiting to be picked up." The Stand
Apocalyptic Plagues are one of the most feared and most realistic potential apocalypses. Not just potential, The Black Death is estimated to have killed 45 – 50% of the European population in the 14th Century. One of the things that set Plague tales apart is that it kills off humanity, but unlike nuclear war and ecological disasters, it leaves the planet pretty well untouched. Once the plague has run its course, the survivors are left to pick up the pieces. There is no nuclear winter, or Zombie’s chasing you. The greatest threat you will face is yourself, and your fellow survivors.
The following is a list of my favorite Post Apocalyptic Plague novels. It was a hard list to make, and I was adding, cutting and revising up until I posted this list. I attempted to pick not just my favorite novels dealing with Plagues and Pandemics, but good examples of the genre. There are some that I cut, because they were far future, well past the time where the plague was an issue, or that had plagues as an issue but wasn’t the focus of the novel. All in all, I am happy with this list.
The Stand by Stephen King
The Stand is my favorite all time novel, and really the catalyst for my love of Apocalyptic fiction. I have read it in full six times, and have a well worn paperback version of it next to my bed where I will occasionally reread some of my favorite parts. It is the story of Captain Trips, a military made Superflu that wipes out 99.4% of the population. King’s tale is full off memorable characters, and contains a classic good vs. evil plot.
Earth Abides by George R. Stewart
Earth Abides tells the story of Isherwood Williams, one of the last survivors of a plague that devastates humanity. Much of the novel is focused on nature taking back the earth, with plants tearing apart roads and domesticated animals going wild. In some ways, it’s the story of civilization in reverse, starting with modern man, and allowing us to witness its gradual degradation.
Mister Touch by Malcolm Bosse
Not a well known example of the genre, Mister Touch is definitely one of my favorites. Aids has mutated, devastating the population and leaving the survivors with multiple physical ailments, including blindness and respiratory problems. A group from New York City called The Skulls, led by a former Wall Street swindler travels across an Apocalyptic America looking for a climate more suitable to their needs. It’s full of dark humor and an almost poetic use of pop dialogue.
Dark Advent by Brian Hodge
Brian Hodge’s Dark Advent has a similar theme to The Stand, a weaponized plague, good survivors and bad survivors, and an evil antagonist. Yet, it is definitely a darker, tighter novel than The Stand. Hodges created a nightmarish landscape and one really bad dude determined to bring about the end of the world.
The Pesthouse by Jim Crace
Unlike most in this list, The Pesthouse is a far future Apocalypse, taking place an unknown amount of time after a devastating plague. America is now in a new Dark Age. While the Plague was years ago, it is still a factor in the lives of the populace, and any sign of sickness will get a person sent to isolation in a pesthouse. It is a fascinating tale of survival and a road trip through a dark version of a future America.
Emergence by David R. Palmer
Candy is a young girl, yet she is seemingly stronger, smarter and faster than the typical human. After a biological weapon kills off over 99% of the earths population, Candy escapes from the bunker her father has constructed and sets out in search of other survivors. Emergence is stylistically unique, written in a short hand style similar to telegraph type.
Survivors by Terry Nation
This is the novelization of the hit 1970’s British television series. Survivors follows a group of plague survivors as the figure out trying to relearn the old was of doing things. It is also the tale of a mother searching for her lost son in an Apocalyptic landscape. Survivors is one of the most detailed and realistic apocalyptic plague novels.
Year Zero by Jeff Long
While full of a lot of religious and scientific subplots, the essence of Year Zero is a plague tale, and a pretty good one at that. It contains one of the most harrowing apocalyptic journeys, across Asia, as the main character tries to return to the United States amidst a global pandemic to find his daughter. There are some strange turns along the way, but overall this is a darn good read.
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Oryx and Crake alternated between the present story of Snowman, and Apocalyptic Hermit who must deal with a group of genetically changed humans, and the dystopian past that led to the eventual disaster. It’s often weird,but fascinating. It’s a dark but often humorous look at science and greed run amok.
‘48 by James Herbert
‘48 is a post apocalyptic alternate history where Hitler releases a devastating bioweapon as a final act of hate. It is a non-stop race through a decimated London as an immune American pilot tries to escape from a neo-nazi clan who believes there survival depends on a transfusion of his blood.
That was the list at The Guilded Earlobe. My suggestion was for Dark Advent. This was my smallish review:
The book I’d like for you to use on your list is Dark Advent by Brian Hodges. The cause of the end is a weaponized version of the bubonic plague. Unlike some books its release into the population is not an accident. It is done for the sole purpose of wiping out most of humanity.
This book is most often found in the horror section and I’d bet that most people would pass on it based on the cover alone. Even the author doesn’t know what happened with it. Trust me it’s the cover that makes it a worthwhile item to track down.
As is the case with all plague novels there are survivors. Also some of them are more good and some are not so good. The guy who releases the plague is of course very bad. Also immune. As the book gets rolling, the good clump together and the bad clump together. Most books will focus on the good group. Not Dark Advent. It evil and has a tight focus on the actions of Peter Soloman, plague releaser.
If you wondered what Flagg may have been up to in Vegas while Abigail was doing her thing in Boulder, this book might give a window to it. It’s sort of a Flagcentric version of The Stand.
Now had I known that he was going to include Dark Advent in his top ten list, I'd have gone with something else. Perhaps something less known. I am fairly well read in this topic after all right?
Anyhow I give you my top 6 Plague and Pandemic Novels not featured in the list by The Guilded Earlobe.
The Dying by Leslie Alan Horvitz
In this book some trappers in Alaska find a bunch of bodies frozen in the ice. They figure the bodies have been there since 1918 or so. When a corpse defrosts it spews blood into one of their faces. The Spanish Flu of 1918 is then unleashed on a world that is unprepared for it. Pandemonium ensues.
Summer of the Apocalypse by James Van Pelt
This is a tale told in two voices. One is a younger voice that is all about survival for himself. People are dying all around him. There's panic. He hides with his family in the hills as the world tears itself apart. The other side is him as very old man who has lived and has learned a great deal. In this part he is one of the few people who remember the world as it was. The youngsters dismiss most of his stories as the ramblings of an old man.
Plague 99 by Jean Ure
This is the story of Harry (short for Harriette) and her pal Fran. Harry is an outgoing girl and Fran is more withdrawn. However Fran will go along with most of what Harry wants to do even if it frightens her a bit. At the beginning of the story Harry has convinced Fran to go on a 'primitive' camping trip. For several months they will be without radio or any form of communication. Just before it's time to leave Harry breaks her leg and can't go with. Fran wrestles with the idea of staying behind but Harry eventually goads her into joining the trip anyhow.
While they are all in the countryside a pandemic sweeps the globe and the campers arrive back to an empty city filled with corpses. What outgoing Harry has witnessed has broken her brain.
The Fire-Us trilogy by Jennifer Armstrong and Nancy Butcher
This the story (in three books) of a group of seven children. They are alone, on their own, no adults. They don't remember much from 'The Before Time'. Not even their names. They take care of each other in a way they think is like the parents did. They scavenge, they get by.
One day a young traveler shows up at their door. He wants to take them to see 'The President' and to discover once and for all what happened all those years ago to change their world so drastically.
Blakely's Ark by Ian MacMillan
When a young man's father dies he gives his son his most precious possession, a ticket to the walled plague free city. All he has to do is survive the trip through the tribal neo-primatives in his way. But when he reaches the land of milk and honey will it be everything that he was lead to believe it would be?
Plague by Graham Masterton
This book features a bacillus mutated by toxic wastes. The first outbreak is in Florida but then quickly jumps the quarantine line. The doctors attempt to stay one step ahead of it but the quickly run out of time. As the plague begins to burn out a cure is still being sought. This one is for the treehuggers out there. Sometimes what we do to our environment really does come back to get us.