Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Post-Apocalyptic A to Z: The Apocalypse!

This month I'm participating in the A to Z blogfest, during which I and hundreds of other bloggers work our way through the alphabet throughout April (getting Sundays off). My theme this year is post-apocalyptic books and films. I've always been a big fan of the genre and have written a post-apocalyptic novel called Radio Hope and a novelette titled The Scavenger.

Writers and filmmakers are full of ways to wreak our civilization. In The Road it appears to have been a meteor or comet strike. Back in the Cold War it was trendy to write about nuclear war. Now Zombies seem to be the main threat. I wrote about my own feelings about how we'll go under during the Choose Your Own Apocalypse blogfest back in 2012.

So join me for a month of worldwide destruction and woe, with a few hardy survivors trying to rebuild what we've lost, or destroy the last remnants of civilization. What are your favorite post-apocalyptic books and movies? What are some of the overlooked gems of the genre? I'm always on the lookout for more post-apocalyptic entertainment!

Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons. It shows a ruined house in Fatxes, Spain. This village was suddenly abandoned in the mid-twentieth century. It was rumored that people left after a series of murders there, but no one knows for sure. Now it's considered an accursed place.

13 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Perfect theme for you, Sean!

Rita A. said...

Sounds interesting. I haven't read much in this genre. Love the photo!

Christiane France - Author said...

Did you see the Menin Gate while you were in Belguim? My grandfather's name is on it.

D.G. Hudson said...

I'm looking forward to your posts, Sean. I like to read post-apocalyptic books. Didn't like The Road, though, it didn't offer any hope. Interesting story behind that ruin. . .

J.Day said...

I am often fascinated by the post-apocalyptic ideas. Although I'm not in to zombies. At all. Mostly because I'm pretty sure I wouldn't survive. Also, they're just gross.

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Sean McLachlan said...

Christian: Sadly we didn't. We did get to visit one of the cemeteries, the new interpretation center, and the scene of the Christmas Truce. A great trip in all, but so much we didn't have time to see! Oh, and if you ever want to do a guest post about your grandfather, I'd be honored to host you.

D.G.: I thought The Road was brilliantly written but the protagonist frustrated me.

J.Day: Ditto on the zombies. I think they've been way overdone. That said, if you can think of any other Z word I can use for the end of the challenge, I'm all ears!

Christopher Chasteen said...

Very cool concept, found your site through the A to Z Challenge...PA film and books are one of my faves too...my wife and I are currently spinning up a website to review PA films...:)

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Disappeared in mid-20th century in Spain? That is odd. If it had been during the Spanish Civil War, I could better understand it. Puzzling.

Ii will shout your free SCAVENGER starting the 4th!

Jess * Jessie * Jessy said...

As interesting as it is, I'm afraid this isn't my genre so I can't make any kind of half-way intelligent comment. :) Just wishing you the best during this 2014 challenge!

Wendy Tyler Ryan said...

Love your theme. I hope to read more as the month goes on!

PlanetKimberly said...

Wow. Interesting theme and interesting story to your picture. Murder and cursed spots? I'm on board!

Whole Foods Living said...

Destruction? Wreaking havoc? Woe? I'm in! Fun theme! ~ Angela, A to Z participant from Web Writing Advice (http://www.webwritingadvice.com/) and Whole Foods Living (http://wholefoodsliving.blogspot.com/)

Sean McLachlan said...

Christopher: Drop me a line when you do, I'll promo it!
Jess: No worries, there are plenty of more genres to choose from!

Looking for more from Sean McLachlan? He also hangs out on the Civil War Horror blog, where he focuses on Civil War and Wild West history.

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