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- Publisher: Almond Press (14 Jan. 2014)
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After the Fall: Tales of the Apocalypse: An Apocalyptic / Post-apocalyptic / Dystopian Short Story Anthology (Apocalypse / Dystopia Anthology Book 1) Kindle Edition
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What does the end of the world mean to you? How will it come about? Will it be violent? So sudden that you barely have time to think? What emotions might you feel and when? These are the sorts of questions that the authors have asked themselves in their stories. Each feel personal, some are amusing, some serious, some show a world racked with violence. I continue to be astounded at this seemingly endless supply of offerings about the end of the world - and where it might come from. The publisher has carefully selected from a wide range of examples of the sub-genre.
Here are my personal favourites:
The volume opens with Casting Off by Robert Holtom (the competition winner), a rather poingnant and personal story of a man sitting in a cafe watching the world go by. It is a short tale and a comment on our modern lives as an image of the end of the world itself. Very short and a very clever twist on some of the ideas about how we live today.
Sale of the century is a quirky look at how the big events are sponsored by big business. It takes a satirical look at a "celebrity culture" and consumerism and how those aspects of modern life might take part in the end of the world. It's silly but serious at the same time. You'll never laugh so much at the impending doom of humanity!
Diary of a Zee is the last thoughts of a man becoming a zombie. Slowly, he is losing his mind, reflecting on the disease that led to the zombie apocalypse. There are touches of a wasted life and it could have been far more poignant with a greater emphasis on this. However, it remains one of my favourites in the volume for its slightly different approach to the zombie story.
In Up the Road, a boy and his mother are stuck in a traffic jam when "it" happens. It is a short, personal terrifying tale, made terrifying because you don't know what is happening until quite near the end and this boy is desperately trying to rescue his mother. What is happening? Will he get her out? 15 pages of pure tension! And I loved the unconventional nature of what was causing the destruction.
This is a great volume and shows that there is a lot of unsigned authors out there. Indie publishing is on the rise and if this is the sort of quality that we can come to expect then long may it continue!
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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.
"Stasis", a story of unresolved grief and unfinished loss, caused by a mysterious catatonia plague. Reminiscient of "The Walking Dead", with the apocalypse providing an effective backdrop for the exploration of human relationships.
And not to miss: "Rush Hour", which places the apocalypse right in the everyday mundanity, nay deadness of life, a hell on earth which has been here all along. It is still beyond me how such beautiful lyrical language managed to convey something so bleak.
There are many more, and I really recommend you give this a shot. To read good horror, you need not grasp for the next Stephen King. There is some amazing new talent out there, and it's concentrated in this book.
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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