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The idea behind this blog is to share my opinions about Post-Apocalyptic Literature, Films and Ephemera as well as my random nattering on a regular basis.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Musical Interlude The Twenty Second

We are the foul infestation
We are resilient
Soon as I bite my children live on, living as death incarnate
We where conceived as a plague
A cataclysmic device

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Weekly Free Apocalyptic Books (seven)

These are free. But for an undetermined length of time. Get 'em while they're hot.

1) One by One by Phil Tucker

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

Burn Down the Sky by James Jaros

Wicca raped the minds of men and women alike, bludgening them with psychosis, shattering halucinations too wrenching to endure. No one counted the victims, no one could, but billions were said to have slain themselves. Off bridges, towers, with acid cocktails and tire irons, mass incineration and poison chambers. A holocaust of willing horrors, of mad oaths for ending life. Waves of suicide so thick they'd left cities roasting with mouldering flesh, the reeky heat of rot and waste rising from the streets choking with corpses and the creatures that scavenged them - raptors, ravens and vultures that darkened skylines and shadowed the dead, and rats and cats and carrion dogs grown huge as hogs.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Weekly Free Apocalyptic Books (six)

These are all free for now. But hop to it ... they could vanish at any time.

1)  From the Fire by Kent David Kelly

2 Unnatural Disasters by Daniel Pyle, Scott Nicholson, William Meikle and Robert J. Duperre

4) Breakers by Edward W. Robertson

Sunday, May 6, 2012

I can't get away from it

I seem to stumble on books that have an apocalyptic theme everywhere I look (even when what I was looking for was an 'ordinary' book). Now just take what happened Friday. Perfect example. I was back in a classroom that I had subbed in several months ago ... last year maybe even. Anyhow, on that day I had left the book I was reading behind. To compensate for this I dug through the class library and found a book that looked 'sort' of interesting. It was The Eyes of Kid Midas by Neal Shusterman. It was decent. A kid's book and not apocalyptic. I read about a chapter of it and was interested. I was going to 'borrow' it and finish it at my leisure but then left it there on the desk. Upon returning (once more having forgotten to bring something to read) I found it again waiting for me. I picked it up and continued. At at the end of the day it 'fell' into my open backpack and went home with me.

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

Weekly Free Apocalyptic Books (five)

These are all free for now. But hop to it ... they could vanish at any time.  Some real doozies too by the look of it. Also a couple of zombtastic ones this go 'round. It is May of the Dead after all.

2) Zomblog by TW Brown

4) Death Throes by Ian Woodhead