It’s been two days since they stopped waking up. The whole world has changed.
Coming soon, Post-Apocalypse Pulp Volume 1: The Rest of the World treads the border between apocalypse and post-apocalypse. Picking up a few days after the majority of the world’s population started dying, it looks at insomnia in the extreme: as something’s changed, and those who go to sleep will never wake up again. Read more
Title: The Stand
Year published: 1978
Genre: Post-apocalyptic (near), horror/fantasy.
Threat: Deadly virus.
Two words: Biblical struggle.
Also one of the most successful TV movies adapted from a Stephen King novel, and a graphic novel, The Stand is an epic tale from a highly accomplished horror author. It’s set aside from the usual wasteland survivor scenario by its religious undertone, as the deadly apocalypse leads to the rise of an altogether different destructive force, and sets the stage for a battle between good and evil. Read more
Title: The Passage
Year published: 2010
Genre: Post-apocalypse (near/far), thriller/horror.
Two words: Long term.
Justin Cronin’s dabble with the apocalypse has met with wide critical celebration, as he blended numerous genres: starting out as a thriller, it progresses to some sort of action horror when transported to its post-apocalyptic adventure resting place. Wedging together the ever-popular theme of genetically modified vampires (thanks, I Am Legend) with wasteland survivors and a prodigal child with superpowers, it’s a recipe for epic adventure. And you’d think it a very impressive thing for an author to pull off. But does he? Read more
Title: Z For Zachariah
Author:Robert C. O’Brien
Year published: 1974
Genre: Post-apocalyptic (near), young adult/drama.
Threat: Nuclear holocaust, nerve gas.
Two words: Tense adolescence.
Z for Zachariah is often bandied as a children’s post-apocalyptic book, concerning a young lady’s survival after a nuclear holocaust. Indeed, it was partially finished by O’Brien’s daughter, released only after his death, and it’s a text at least previously studied in schools. Something you read and reread and pick apart in class until you find it mind-numbingly banal. But there’s a reason it was worthy studying, and it’s a perfectly mature tale – it’s a great character study, with a purposefully subtle story. Read more
Title: Metro 2033
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
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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
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Title: Riddley Walker
Author: Rusell Hoban
Year published: 1980
Genre: Post-apocalypse (far), literary.
Threat: Distant nuclear holocaust
Two words: Immense immersion.
Guaranteed, Riddley Walker is like nothing else you have ever read. Rusell Hoban has created something truly unique, by placing himself, and us as the reader, fully in the place of a reformed society, centuries after the devastation of a nuclear bomb. Unlike most works of post-apocalyptic fiction, or of any fiction that looks to a different era of time, Hoban gives us a story from the perspective of people completely removed from our society. They don’t have our norms: they don’t even use our language. It makes it a difficult read, but a massively rewarding experience, placing you in a completely different world. Read more
Title: The Day of the Triffids
Year published: 1951
Genre: Post-apocalypse (immediate), sci-fi/drama.
Threat: Blindness and carnivorous plants.
Two words: Timeless classic.
The Day of the Triffids is not just an archetype post-apocalyptic story but also an all time great sci-fi books, and a classic work of literature. Many of the themes have been re-used since (28 Days Later, Danny Boyle says, was partly inspired by this novel), to the point of seeming cliché, but even if you’re familiar with the story the novel remains immediately gripping and unique. Coming fresh into the tale, you’re led to believe it’s a disaster story about giant plants. It’s not: it’s about Cold War paranoia, and the frailty of modern civilisation. The titular triffids, in fact, play only a small role in this story of survival. Read more
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.