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Survarium

Vostok Games’ Survarium

 

I’ve always had a fascination with other worlds, other lands, places I could never visit.

From the bright and beautiful Shire of Middle Earth, to the stark emptiness of outer space, these places draw me in, entice me to set foot in their worlds, to set up a small shop selling unusual wares, build my own hovel in the dark wilderness, take up sword and shield against an impossible foe, or set my phaser to stun.

To this writer, truly great stories invite you to inhabit their world, not just for a time, but always. When the book is done, or the screen goes dark, you take a piece of the world with you, and leave a piece in it as you go.

The apocalypse can be nuclear, zombie, or alien invasion, just to a name a few of the many variations on how the world may end. The dark allure of these worlds, the fantasy of surviving against nearly insurmountable odds when so many are falling prey to nuclear winter, foreign invasion, or societal collapse is as fascinating as it is terrifying.

You have to scrounge for food, fight men, or zombies, or alien ninjas for your life, seek out safety in numbers when trust is a rare commodity.

Life set to that kind of backdrop looks abysmal, and I imagine it would be, but that’s where imagination comes in.

The apocalypse tests your survival skills, or your ability to adapt. Could you protect your loved ones, escape the city, find sustainable food?

That world of self-sufficiency, where the only dues you have to pay are in blood, is a thrilling and dark world, with few rewards and little praise.

Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Some of my favorite stories are apocalyptic or dystopian in nature, it’s a world I can see myself inhabiting, surviving in, thriving in, (until I get my face chewed off by one of the shambling dead, that is).

Though there are too many to name, I recommend Swan Song by Robert McCammon, Stephen King’s The Stand, and One Second After by William Forstchen. I have several shelves full of apocalyptic tales, and I love most of them, so I won’t bore you with a list.

Which apocalyptic books (or movies) are your favorites, and why? Leave a comment below.

If you’d like to check out my version of the zombie apocalypse, you can do that here.

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I wrote this little bit of oddness about 25 years ago, or so.  I was a bit of a strange 15 year old, but aren’t we all weird at 15…  Hope you enjoy this bit of darkness.  Please share your thoughts with me in the comments below.

Empty mind, delusions left behind, Worms eating my sanity, taste the rotted flesh of my dreams.

Dogs licking my soul, their rough tongues scraping away a hole, my whole existence drifts from that hole twisting like smoke, there goes all hope for a peaceful rest, the birds of carrion eat the rest.

A Kingly whisper makes me Prince of my nightly trysts to the graveyard of my hate where the tombstones are buried and the corpses set above ground.  They tell of desires to Kill, to know the Fresh taste of blood as the final meal. Sweetly pouring between the lips only to taste like bile.

My legs were broken on that final mile, yet I walked on the bloody stumps of my pride.