"Appleby is probably the best comic illustrator in Britain
" (Time Out
"Complete with cute cartoons and would-be wry discussions of the likelihood of an asteroid strike or global food shortage or "supersize hurricane"" (Guardian
"Seriously funny cartoons...with funnily serious text" (Sunday Telegraph
"Great wit and charm" (Financial Times
"Our favourite book of the year so far. Whether it be cosmic, eco, medical, technological, religious or personal doom, this book will help you prepare and learn to live with the inevitable impending end" (Time Out
From the Back Cover
Dear fellow mortal,
Imagine that you're sitting on your sofa leafing through this book, when you feel an odd vibration. Ripples start to shiver across the surface of your teacup. Puzzled, you strain your ears. Then you hear a distant rumbling sound. The noise grows louder. And nearer. The sound is unfamiliar at first, but then you realise what it is.
Don't go to the window and peer through the curtains. Don't tempt the horsemen of the Apocalypse by showing your face. Doom is no longer far off in the distant future. It could arrive as early as Tuesday morning. There's nothing you can do except read on...
Yours anxiously, the authors.
Remember the good old days, when doom was straightforward? When all we had to worry about were those 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse from the Bible: Pestilence, War, Famine and Death? Well now we have reason to believe that there are more than 4 horsemen. Many more. In fact, at the last count the authors of The Coffee Table Book of Doom put the estimate at 27 horsemen. And that's not all. According to the ancient prophesies of the Mayan Calendar, our next date with doom is due on December 31st, 2012...
The Coffee Table Book of Doom is a brilliantly funny yet erudite compendium of all the 27 doom-laden horsemen we need to worry about - personal doom, gender erosion, asteroid impact, pandemics, super storms, sexual ruin - and much more besides.