I’ve just come to the end of Apocalypse; An anthology by authors and readers. As you know I am the world’s slowest reader so it suited me perfectly that this book was an easy read about, you guessed it, the end of the world.
There are eleven short stories, involving zombies, vampires, aliens and a whole bunch of other undesirables who are trying to destroy the world as we know it. We experience the personal conflict of those involved after their worlds have been devastated and as they try their best to cope with their situation using the tools available.
The stories took me back to a genre of film I had loved so much as a child. ‘The Omega man’, ‘Search for the Body Snatchers’, ‘Night of the Living Dead’ and Harry Belafonte in ‘The World, the Flesh and the Devil’ (the first movie I had ever seen that used sound design).
Each story has a different style because they are each written by different authors. But it is the story behind the book that is perhaps the most fascinating. It began as a competition on a blog site (Cynthia shepp) and on Facebook, evolved into a group publishing effort and finished with a cover design competition again on blog and Facebook.
Do yourself a favor and see what the end of the world is like.