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The Road: brilliantly bleak literary fiction

the road bleak novel

Title: The Road
Author:Cormac McCarthy
Year published: 2006
Genre: Post-apocalyptic (near), literary.
Threat: Unknown, but it’s very cloudy.
Two words: Brilliantly bleak.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cormac McCarthy’s The Road has been made especially well known and popular thanks to the superbly ported movie of the same name, but it was doing well long before that. Its won multiple awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (2007), and brought the post-apocalypse to attention of serious literary critics. Unlike many of the books in our listsThe Road isn’t exactly sci-fi or horror. It’s a harrowing emotional journey, and though it’s set amongst dangers of the apocalypse and the savage survivors, it’s really the story of a father and son. Read more

In the Country of Last Things: dystopian despair

paul auster in the country of last things

Title: In the Country of Last Things
Author:Paul Auster
Year published: 1987
Genre: Dystopia, literary/drama.
Threat: A society abandoned and left to rot.
Two words: Scavenging survival.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As dystopian novels go, In the Country of Last Things is about as apocalyptic as they come. Somewhat out of character for contemporary chronicler Paul Auster, it is the story of a society that has fallen apart, and the people who continue to inhabit it, struggling to do nothing more than survive. The world Auster has created is a substantial and vivid vision – while the nature of the setting and the story give a sense of timeless decay.

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Metro 2033: horror in the Moscow underground

metro 2033 novel

Title: Metro 2033
Author:Dmitry Glukhovsky
Year published: 2005 (Russia)
Genre: Post-apocalypse (near), action/horror.
Threat: Nuclear holocaust, mutated monsters
Two words: Underground horror.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Metro 2033 has become more popularly known internationally thanks to the success of the computer game, though the novel is novel entertainment in its own right. Combining elements of paranormal horror with real-world locations, it’s a dark saga with vivid action and well-realised varied settings. But for its charm (and I did essentially like the book) it is far from perfect. If you’re after a dark romp through a creepy apocalypse, you could do worse, but you could also do a lot better. Read more

Wixon’s Day: accepting responsibility in a leaderless world

wixon's day post apocalyptic canal journey

Title: Wixon’s Day
Author: Phil Williams
Year published: 2012
Genre: Post-apocalypse (far) / Dystopia, action/steampunk.
Threat: Unknown; lack of heat and sunlight cause lasting problems.
Two words: Canal warrior.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wixon’s Day is a slow-paced saga rife with philosophical musing, in a grimly realised bleak setting. Far in the future, the cause of the world’s current state is unknown; in fact, very little about the world’s history is known. This makes for a brooding drama where survival is the first order of business, and questions of morality, power and progress are very much ignored. By removing the sense of history and purpose from characters who are drawn into vast wars, it raises questions about exactly what everyone is fighting for, and what it takes to motivate someone to make a difference. Read more

Welcome to the end

This is the first post on the post-apocalyptic book emporium blog. Expect many updates, covering everything you could hope for relating to the post-apocalypse. Our interests will include book reviews, film reviews, upcoming apocalyptic news and related fields like dystopian and steampunk genre fiction.

If you have any questions, please contact me. I’m interested in hearing other post-apocalyptic book suggestions, and am happy to review independent authors’ work, as an independent author myself.

You will also find original fiction on this site, including my own novels, serial fiction and short fiction. All within the genre you hope for. With all the bleakness and despair of the post-apocalypse – it’s time to revel in the end.