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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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Check out the new trailer for the American Revenant short film coming soon. Please share it with the world, embed it if you have a place to embed it.  Thank you and enjoy!

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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I sat down and spoke with Agent M and Gidget of The X D Experience just the other day.  They’re wonderful hosts, and I had a great time talking with them.  Go check out the show, listen to my interview.  As always, share your thoughts with me here or on Facebook.

The podcast interview here.

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Had to share this great pic from my friend Tig, over at Tigcarson.com.  Give his site a view, tell him I sent ya!
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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!