Meet Eamon Ambrose, one of the authors in the Apocalypse Weird loosely connected series of post-apocalyptic books. The concept goes something like this: “Apocalypse Weird is a post-apocalyptic bookiverse–a single story over the course of several books, from different perspectives, by a multitude of authors–chronicling the destruction of the multiverse. Think of it as a mash up of Lost, the end of the world, and The Dark Tower.”
Fighting words, if I’ve ever heard them, and if you don’t live in Germany (COUGH COUGH GURGLE) you can download the first in the series—The Red King by Nick Cole—right here. Today we’ll hear from Eamon Ambrose, whose book in the series, Apocalypse Weird: Revelations, is coming out in February and whose post-apocalyptic short story “Zero Hour” was recently released for your reading pleasure.
Book Punks: Tell me a little bit more about this Apocalypse Weird series.
Eamon Ambrose: Apocalypse Weird is a pretty unique project—a brand world created by bestselling authors Nick Cole (The Old Man And The Wasteland) and Michael Bunker (Pennsylvania) which is essentially a sandbox that each author can play around in and create their own characters and stories within the universe. There are some rules to follow and events that need to take place, but generally it’s your own world to create and people get to pick their own area of the world on which to inflict their own particular brand of post-apocalyptic mayhem. There have been ten books released so far with new releases every month and mine is due for publication in February.
Do you think you would survive a non-fictional apocalypse?
I’d like to think I could at least give it a shot. Problem with living here in Ireland though is that we don’t have guns so I’d have to be a little more creative in finding an effective means of defence! I live in a rural area so at least I wouldn’t have the issue of having to evacuate from a huge city.
What kind of apocalypse would you prefer to experience?
I think zombie, as long as they’re slow. Fast zombies freak me out.
Me too. On top of being totally unrealistic, I mean how the fuck can rotting muscle and flesh manage an Olympian gait? I mean, if any kind of zombies could be called”realistic” that is. So what would be the first thing you’d stuff in your bug out bag if shit hit the fan? Or do you already have a bug out bag in which case, what’s the story there?
Since I’ve started reading so much apocalyptic fiction the thought has crossed my mind! I was browsing on Amazon today for something unrelated and ended up looking at survival packs completely by accident but I was fascinated by them. I do have an emergency bag in my car with a torch, a multitool, some jump leads, and rain gear so I suppose I would grab that.
What is your favorite fictional apocalypse?
I’ve read a huge amount in the last two years but my absolute favourite, and the one that got me interested in this genre, was Hugh Howey’s Wool. When I started blogging, Hugh very graciously allowed me the world’s first review of Dust and the response was amazing. My other favorite, which I mentioned already, is Nick Cole’s Wasteland Saga. It’s just so well written.
Why do you think fictional apocalypses are so popular right now? Why do we love writing them? Why do we love reading and watching them?
I think it’s a sign of the times. We’re starting to get worried about what’s happening around us, be it global warming, the threat of war or pandemics coupled with our increasing dependency on technology for simple everyday tasks.
There’s also a macabre sort of fun to it all. People tend to think about what they would do in the same circumstances. I think certain types of people fantasize about the freedom an event like this could bring—there’s an element of the classic western in a lot of modern post-apocalyptic fiction, an almost romantic notion of becoming The Stranger, the Mad Max character in a new frontier. I think that appeals to a lot of people, though I suspect many of them probably wouldn’t last a few days!
Any further questions for Mr. Ambrose? Leave ’em in the comments.