Posts Tagged ‘Post-Apocalypse’

Life (or death) in a post-apocalyptic world. Whether it’s zombies, aliens, a plague or global thermonuclear war, in fiction and film, the end of the world as we know it is always bad, but most stories of the apocalypse take place after the event has changed the world for the worst (hence the “post” in post-apocalyptic.)

For the millions of fans of the PA sub-genre, the stories of life “after” are something we all find thrilling no matter the circumstance. It’s all part of that fantasy many of us have. Could we survive? Am I the hard-core lone survivor travelling the wastelands scratching out a life in the dust of a dead world? Maybe you always see yourself as the leader of a hardened band of scavengers, pulling what existence you can from the rubble of a world long gone? Are we all just part of the colony that has sprung up far into the middle of nowhere, each of us taking part in keeping the community alive despite the dead lands beyond the cobbled-together walls of junk?

If you love these kinds of stories, then the new website Apocalypseguys.com is the perfect place for you. It’s just beginning, and the team (which includes myself) are working to bring you, the intrepid survivor, the best in post-apocalyptic content.

We’ll have the usual film, television and book reviews, but we’re also developing exclusive content just for you. Do you have a photo with a post-apocalyptic feel? Send it in, we’ll write a piece of flash fiction to be featured along with your image. We’re also in the process of creating a web-series of short-film pieces set in a PA world. If you’re getting your gear ready for the end-days, we can help with that too, as we try out everything you might need, from weapons to water filtration, shelter, emergency food (or how to prepare that squirrel you trapped) and so much more.

We’re just getting started and we’ve got a ton of great ideas for the future, no matter how bleak it may seem. So, won’t you join us over at Apocalypseguys.com. Stick with us as you journey through the darkest parts of a dying world. We’ll get you through the wastelands.

In the meantime, check out this interview with actor Patrick Constantine Bertagnolli Jr. from The Walking Dead.  http://apocalypseguys.com/actorpatbertagnolli/

 

Jerome Andries and Peyton Wich

A shot from the unreleased post-apocalyptic short-film Digger written by John. L Davis IV , starring Peyton Wich (Stranger Things) and Jerome Andries (Terminator Genisys)

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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.