Posts Tagged ‘Literature’

Eleven-year-old Matthew Cormier could only watch as the living dead killed his family. He can still hear their cries in his nightmares. With her dying words, his mother screamed at him to run.
He listened.
Three years later, Matthew has made a quiet life for himself living in an abandoned junkyard. He spends his time honing the skills that have helped to keep him alive, for now. Practicing with his bow, building traps and scavenging what he can from the dangerous world around him.
It’s been nearly a year since he’s seen another living person.
That’s all about to change.
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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.

ZAuthorsFaces_2I recently had the pleasure of joining some venerated names within the zombie genre for a zombie authors roundtable. You can read Part 1 now over at Zombie Research Society.  Gain a little insight into the twisted imagination of a zombie author, and have some fun doing it!

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A wonderful review from Fox Emm over at Zombie Apocalypse Defense Force.  Give it a read and share your thoughts with me here in the comments.

http://zombieapocalypse.net/zombie-authors/american-revenant-settlers-and-sorrow

American Revenant: Settlers and Sorrow is live!  You can read the brand new novel detailing the struggles and and fears of those fighting to stay alive during the Zombie Apocalypse. In celebration of the new book release book 1, American Revenant: Hometown Exdous is now FREE for everyone, for a limited time! Tell your friends, tell the world. The Zombie Apocalypse is here!

The first American Revenant ebook is now listed at ebook planet. Check it out here!

http://www.ebookplanet2014.com/#!horror/c13l

In an effort to keep things fresh and interesting I’m going to start posting some of my old poetry.  I haven’t actually written a poem in years, so most of it will be from my juvenile years, but I’m not going to change them at all.  I will post them in their youthfully exuberance, and possibly terribly written, entirety.  As part of this I hope to engage others in conversation regarding writing as well as expression in any form.  So talk to me, leave comments, I want to hear from you.

For this first poem I actually want to post something my 10 year old daughter wrote for a class project on weather. (She is also writing a book with a friend, I’ll talk about that another time.) It may be just because I’m a Dad, but I was so impressed with it.

Lightning crashes

Swirling columns of air

Destroying in every direction you think

Hitting smashing killing hurting destroying damaging fire lightning

Damage Done

I love this little poem, and the awesome kid that wrote it.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I have.