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Poems & fiction from some of today's best authors, in a print edition. Edited by Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum & Alexander Lumans. Read more

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Poems & fiction from some of today's best authors, in a print edition. Edited by Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum & Alexander Lumans.

Nashville, TN Fiction
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WHAT ARE WE RAISING MONEY FOR?

We're publishing this alarming book in ebook format with a planned release date of 21 December (the end of the Mayan long count calendar). This Kickstarter campaign aims to accompany the ebook release with a limited edition print release! You'll be supporting the creation of a real, physical, bona fide, corporeal thing you can hold and flip through and show off to friends and read intently and bludgeon zombies with when the bullets run out.

STRETCH GOAL!

We're hoping to also be able to print 250 or more extra copies to sell through independent bookstores around the country, and at the kick-ass party we're planning for Thursday, March 7th at McGreevy's Bar during the AWP conference in Boston, MA.

We'll also make the book available at readings in Denver (where the editors live) and in Nashville (where the publisher lives), sometime in 2013, and possibly in some of the towns where our writers reside as well. Locations may include a kickin' bar in East Nashville, the Nashville Public Library (who have told us they'd be thrilled to put us in their line-up), or the bombed-out shell of a local mall or an underground bunker, depending on whether or not civilization crumbles in the next few months (in which case, paying off the local warlords in Twinkies and gold bullion may cost a bit extra, which we have not factored into our new total).

We should be able to accomplish all of this extra stuff if we reach $5,750! 

A NOTE

You're getting these books for less than you'd pay if you waited for the December 21st release date and bought them from an online vendor (when the ebook will retail for $10, and the print edition will be unavailable), but the authors will be paid the same royalty as if you'd paid full price. So you can pledge guilt-free, and if the apocalypse comes early, you'll have one more projectile.

"Berry Picking" - section art by Jason Clark
"Berry Picking" - section art by Jason Clark

SO I'M STARTING TO THINK THIS HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE APOCALYPSE

Every society and every generation has its version of the apocalypse: swine flu, genetic mutation, global warming, nuclear fallout, the second coming, peak oil, mass extinction, giant irradiated ants, zombies… 

Missy, the single mother of Margaret Atwood‘s “The Silver Astroturfer,” spends her days in her basement of computers churning out copy under various aliases (“ExCodFisherman” or “LeglessVeteran” or “LadyDuckHunter”) in order to manipulate the daily news. Davis McCombs' poems tell the story of a dying tobacco industry in the South and of the killing of the last gray wolf in Edmonson County, Kentucky.

Rodney Jones‘s “Apocalyptic Narrative” opens in a post-apocalyptic United States in which our hero survives via c-rations and government cheese in an abandoned cave. Joyce Carol Oates‘s “Thanksgiving” depicts a father and daughter who venture out to buy food for their Thanksgiving dinner because the mother is ill. This seemingly ordinary trip, however, becomes decidedly unordinary when our assumptions about their world quickly crumble.

Judy Jordan‘s poems examine humankind’s slow destruction of the earth while Paolo Bacigalupi‘s story, “The People of Sand and Slag,” looks at how we would live post-global warming via three explorers who utilize the environment itself to remake their decaying bodies.

Chet Weise‘s poems tell of the sorely under-reported floods that overwhelmed Nashville, Tennessee in May 2010 in which the Cumberland River rose twelve feet above flood stage and twenty-one people were killed. Pinckney Benedict‘s “The Beginnings of Sorrow” is a deeply disturbing take on metamorphoses as well as apocalypses both large and small, centering on a rural couple with a dog possessed by his master’s deceased and lust-sick father.

Apocalypse Now examines our obsession with life and death, creation and destruction, and the physical realms we occupy and, eventually, no longer will, asking: How will the end come? What will we do when all the lights go out?

"Adoration" - section art by Jason Clark
"Adoration" - section art by Jason Clark

CONTENTS

Work included in Apocalypse Now:

  • Alexander Lumans's "All the Things the Moon is Not"
  • Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum's "when the dark heads of sleep" and "Marysarias"
  • Brian Barker – 4 poems
  • Brian Evenson's "The Adjudicator"
  • Catherine Pierce – 5 poems
  • Charles Martin's "Taken Up"
  • Chet Weise's "An American Prayer for the Second Coming" and "Jericho Trumpets"
  • Darcie Dennigan's "Corinna A-Maying the Apocalypse"
  • David J. Daniels's "This Is the Pink"
  • David Roderick's "Target"
  • Davis McCombs – 10 poems
  • E. Lily Yu's "The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees"
  • Ed Pavlić's "From: Arachnida Speak"
  • Jeffrey Schultz's "Weekday Apocalyptic" and "J. Finds in His Pocket Neither Change nor Small Bills"
  • Jenna Bazzell's "Into the Damp Woods" and "Wet Field"
  • Josh Woods's "The Lawgiver"
  • Joshua Robbins's "Field Guide to the Second Coming"
  • Joyce Carol Oates's "Thanksgiving"
  • Judy Jordan – 3 poems
  • Keith Montesano – 3 poems
  • Kelly Link's "Catskin"
  • Kevin Prufer – 5 poems
  • Kristin Bock – 5 poems
  • Maggie Smith – 5 poems
  • Marc Mckee – 4 poems
  • Margaret Atwood's "The Silver Astroturfer"
  • Nicky Beer's "Rimbaud's Kraken"
  • Paolo Bacigalupi's "The People of Sand and Slag"
  • Pinckney Benedict's "The Beginnings Of Sorrow"
  • Rodney Jones's "Apocalyptic Narrative"
  • Seth Fried's "The Siege"
  • Simone Muench's "Wolf Centos"
  • Tessa Mellas's "Blue Sky White"
  • Tina Connolly's "Recalculating"
  • TR Hummer – 10 poems
  • Wayne Miller – 5 poems
"Drill Baby Drill" - section art by Jason Clark
"Drill Baby Drill" - section art by Jason Clark

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT APOCALYPSE NOW:

Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days is a treasure-chest of cataclysms. Lumans and McFadyen-Ketchum have ranged far across the landscape of contemporary English-language literature searching for glimpses of upheaval and ruin, and in doing so they have produced something unique: a survey of the present-day apocalyptic imagination in both poetry and fiction. If, like me, you’ve read much of the one and little of the other, you’re bound to make some compelling new discoveries here, and if you’ve read little of either, you’re in for one beautiful harrowing surprise after another.

— Kevin Brockmeier, author of The Illumination, The Brief History of the Dead and The View from the Seventh Layer

Warning: reading Apocalypse Now may result in side effects like chewed fingernails, heart palpitations, and paranoia so severe that you stockpile dried goods, fill the bathtub with water, hammer plywood over the windows, and oil your rifle.

— Benjamin Percy, author of Red Moon, The Wilding, Refresh, Refresh and The Language of Elk

Never before has humanity’s twilight shined so brightly. The poems and stories within Apocalypse Now glitter with a clarity and luster typically reserved for only the purest of gems or the most cutting of insights. The voices here have each taken their own, singular approach to a theme that is as ancient as humanity itself and, in doing so, created a unified theory of the apocalypse: a coming together of our fears, our hopes, our willingness to discover ourselves at the moment we have lost it all, the moment when we stand on the cusp of annihilation and, somehow, cannot look away… but can only sing. And this collection sings like no other.

— Jason Mott, author of The Returned

MANY THANKS TO THESE PHOTOGRAPHERS WHO RELEASED THEIR WORK ON CREATIVE COMMONS

Appearing at the end of our video above:

"Dry Stone Wall yellow" by aldenchadwick - http://www.flickr.com/photos/aldenchadwick/6401537301/

"curious roy" by fazen - http://www.flickr.com/photos/fazen/17200747

"Zombie Walk 2012 – SP" by Grmisiti - http://www.flickr.com/photos/grmisiti/8149582049/

"Smile for the Camera" by Furryscaly - http://www.flickr.com/photos/furryscalyman/673915993/ 

Risks and challenges

The bulk of our challenges have been met. We've got the writing all contracted and laid out, and are in the process of solving the last few snags with laying out the poetry for our ebooks (always a challenge, but Upper Rubber Boot has been creating poetry ebooks with admirable attention to detail since 2011). The risks and challenges we face at this time are likely to come from forces outside our control (for example, if we have a second Hurricane Sandy level storm hit our printing facility). Fortunately, we have sourced several competitive American printers who can print the book for us, in case of, you know, some kind of apocalypse.

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