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After the Fall: Tales of the Apocalypse [Kindle Edition]

Robert Holtom , Thomas Brown , Andrew Saxsma , Paul S. Huggins , Damon DiMarco , Javier Moyano Perez , Errick A. Nunnally , Liam K. Brown , Andrea Mullaney , Claire Fuller
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Book Description

A desolate landscape, wracked with upheaval, the uncanny nature of a place once so familiar. A revelation of what was formerly undisclosed, the harbingers of apocalypse are edging ever closer...

The wasteland of abandoned memories, the end of the world or a chance for a new beginning. Be it a personal apocalypse, or one of great cataclysm, the stories that arise from the rubble are tales of aftermath and tales of survival. Bridging the gap between Science Fiction and Horror, the gothic overtones of the apocalyptic imagination are explored to their full extent in these short stories.

After the Fall is a collection of twenty short stories, all apocalyptic or dystopian in nature. Some bringing laughter and others bringing tears, but each unique in its interpretation of the theme.

In this collection you will find...

Casting off by Robert Holtom (Competition winner)
As I sit in a cafe, waiting for a loved one, so I contemplate the end of the world.

Nightshade by Damon DiMarco
Civilization’s death rattle as we succumb to the Nightshade virus in a curious and ironic way.

In Debt by Javier Moyano Perez
A dystopian story about a fictitious America enslaved for eternity by merciless creditors and artificial age preservation.

The Dying and the Desolation by Paul S. Huggins
Drake is alive, man and animal alike have been wiped off the planet by a virilent form of rabies, immune or lucky he must adapt if he wants to survive.

Seen and not Heard by Ilana Masad
A mother's fight to retain her sanity and her illegal, secret, son in the post-nuclear dictatorship she lives in.

They Turn Red Then Black by Spencer Lawes
In a run-down village dependent on a river of garbage, two boys desperately try to find a way to stop their crippled mother being raped by the inhabitants of nearby villages.

Diary of a Zee by Brian LeCluyse
Set in an apocalyptic, dying Austin, Texas and told from the point of view of a vegetarian, pot-smoking, hippie, liberal zombie.

The Ambulancemen by Heather Parry
A world turned on its head; a world where the sirens of an Ambulance are to be feared, not respected.

You Call This an Apocalypse by Errick A. Nunnally
Two foster kids more different than alike, from one of the poorest neighborhoods in Boston during the first day of the zombie apocalypse.

Also in the collection:
Rush Hour by Thomas Brown
Sale of the Century by Liam Brown
We Don’t Go to the River by Jeremy Watssman
All Clear in the Anderton House by Claire Fuller
Over the Vanishing City by Toby Lloyd
Up the Road by Andrew Saxsma
The End of Time by Robert Legg
Stasis by Rebecca Jane Garner
The Comeback Tour by Andrea Mullaney
Anaesthetised by Emma Lyskava
The Remnants of Civilization by Vince Liberato

Foreword by Kelly Gardner

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 586 KB
  • Print Length: 203 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Almond Press (14 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FBOU8Z2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #127,217 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful bite-sized apocalypse 20 Oct. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I've never understood why so many people don't care for short stories. They're a canapé sized literary treat that takes real skill and can grip and leave their mark as much as a novel. I've gobbled them up since I was young, and only find it difficult to track down good anthologies in which the stories, especially when they're themed, are not too same-ish.
Well, this is one of the good'uns. Great ones, in fact. I loves me a good apocalypse, but there is only so much standard nuclear/zombie/Mad-Maxish stuff one can take without it all blurring into one.

The stories in this, however, proved incredibly imaginative, beautifully written, with wonderful twists and wide interpretation of the idea of dystopia. There is something for everyone, and I sure had my favourites.

"Sale of the Century" made me chuckle - it's a perfect parody and then again a scarily likely tale of not even the end of the world being exempt from commercialisation, with an ending that still disturbed enough to class this as horror.

"Ambulance Men": The Final Solution of the Health Question operated in a warped future medical-Orwellian society in which a sneeze can prove lethal. Jesus, I gaped.

"They turn red, then black": a very human tale set in a bleak, ecologically destroyed world, with a disturbing "Handmaid's Tale" undertone, which is both heartwarming and -breaking.

"Casting off": a story within a story, if you will, a pondering of apocalypse surrounded by love, unusual and beautiful.

"We don't go in the river": a tale of pollution and barbarity which employs all the senses - to the point of making you gag. Reminded me of a scene in Wolfgang Hohlbein's "The Inquisitor" which haunted me for years.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An engaging take on the apocalypse 11 Jan. 2014
By JRose
Format:Kindle Edition
This collection of stories contains apocalyptic fiction which focuses more on the aftermath of the apocalypse, rather than the cause. The majority of the stories in the collection are good, all having different and thoughtful takes on the apocalypse.

My favourite was Liam K. Brown's story. The writing was really good and the characters were realistic and engaging. I'd definitely read more of his work! I also really enjoyed 'We Don't Go to the River' and 'Seen and not Heard'. Both of these were captivating reads with strong characters.
Additionally, 'The Ambulancemen' was an interesting concept, but I didn't enjoy the writing style as much, but I think it was because it came after Liam K. Brown's and I found his writing style much more engaging. There were also a few minor spelling/lexical errors.

Overall, the entire collection is really good with a range of strong stories. I am looking forward to the next one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good short stories. Definitely worth a try. 23 Sept. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I am not usually a fan of collections and normally prefer full sized books; however, I must say I enjoyed the stories in the anthology.

This is a collection of stories that all deal with the idea of the end of the world in one sense or another. It's good to see how different authors interpret the theme. The forward is a well-written and informative introduction to the apocalyptic/dystopian theme.

My favorite stories in this collection are 'Diary of a Zee' by Brian Lecluyse and 'Sale of the Century' by Liam Brown. The feel of the stories ranges from sad to funny, and I think anyone will find something to match their taste here. Definitely worth a read.
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