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The year is 2165. We’ve engineered our own apocalypse, now what? From the Ashes, Rise. Sixteen stories of humanity in the wasteland.
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The year is 2165.  

Our world has been devastated by nuclear war, profound climate change, rampant disease, accidentally manufactured plague, and authoritarian regimes. 

Every Supreme Country has their version of what happened; each claiming victory and dominion over the ashes.  

Before the Blast, delusion guided civilization. They pursued art, engineering, and war without thought of consequence. They believed themselves gods with the power to usher in utopia everlasting.  

Today our lives are dictated by tyrants and the death throes of a crumbling world.  

Enclaves of civilization wrap themselves in dense labyrinths of rules desperate to reclaim utopia from the wasteland. Deviation is not tolerated. Justice is indiscriminate and brutal.  

These are stories the leaders don’t want you to know.  

These are stories that challenge the rules.  

These are stories about the people.  

These are stories of life.  

These are the Apocrypha.

From the Ashes, Rise is the first installment in the annual fiction anthology The Apocrypha Files. The mission of the anthology is to explore genre fiction from a subaltern perspective, prod the edges of fantasy, and give voice to the stories that go untold.  

From the Ashes, Rise kicks off the anthology by exploring the popular genre of post-apocalypse fiction. Our goal is to challenge our authors to break free of their perceptions of the genre and venture boldly into terra incognita.  

Strap on your gas mask and pick up your pack and dive into realms of the apocalypse you’ve never been before.




MEET THE AUTHORS

Brendon Phipps - Of Daisies and Pimpernels

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Brendon Phipps
Brendon Phipps

Brendon Phipps is an experienced playwright who is attempting to make his way in a prose world. Avid world traveler and jack-of-all-trades, his interests abound into the wacky, the ancient, the linguistic and even the astral-theoretical. He loves using his BA in Psychology to delve into the minds of his characters, finding who they truly are. A lover of SciFi and fantasy, creating and exploring fascinating worlds has become a favorite pastime of his. His other works include Stardancer, the miniseries Restoration and is currently working on a fantasy trilogy called The Tale of Three. You can read other pieces of his at inkitt.com/brendonphipps

GK LambNo Future. No Past.

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G.K. Lamb
G.K. Lamb
 

G.K. Lamb is the author of the award winning novel Filtered. A life-long storyteller, his work attempts to make sense of the world and the complexities of life. The truth, right and wrong, meaning, and acceptance are major themes that permeate his stories. He holds a BA and MA in history from Northern Arizona University and lives in the heart of downtown Phoenix. 

For more on his past and upcoming works, visit his website

Dyllan S Becker - Colonies' Colony

Dyllan S. Becker graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in biochemistry. While pursuing a career in science, Dyllan rediscovered his love for stories and the characters that one could create. He decided to try his hand at writing while maintaining a day job and wishes to someday have ‘Author’ as his only job title.

Ander Eguiluz - Silent Shelter

Ander Eguiluz was born in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain) in the late 80s, and although he managed to survive through college and earned a degree in psychology, his true passion is and will always be getting lost in the dust of daydreaming and creating silly names for silly characters. Specially keen on fantasy literature, his first novel - The Fury Collector - will be published in Spanish on November 2016 by Atlantis.

Chris PhippsLong Way Home

Chris Phipps lives in Northern California at his writer’s retreat, dreaming up all manner of fiction, sometimes even finding time to write. He previously blamed the lack of time on his children but since they’ve moved out he has to think up a new scapegoat.

TL Kels - In The Yellow Of The Moon

T. L. Kels graduated with honors from Sonoma State University with a B.A. in English and an emphasis in Creative Writing. Her critical analysis essay, “Iago, Nature, and Society: Iago’s Destruction of Truth through Nature Metaphors and Manipulation” was published in the scholarly journal, Burning Daylight. While she delves into Medieval/Renaissance literary criticism, composition, and rhetoric as well as creative non-fiction, her true love is writing science fiction and fantasy. Born in 1991 in the California Bay Area, she now lives among thousand-year-old Redwood trees with her horse. Connect with T. L. Kels at www.tlkels.com.

James Hedges - Diving For Pearls In Grand Underwater Palaces

James W. Hedges is a writer and artist who lives and works in Hong Kong. Born in Oxford, UK, in 1986, he studied painting at university. He is the co-editor of living in the future, a journal of science fiction and future-oriented writing. He has had work published in Hexus, Sluice_ and Firefly magazines. Jameswhedges.com, litfmag.net

Charmaine Phipps - Jazz and the A-Man

Charmaine Phipps is a professor of English at a California community college where she feels at home among floundering young writers. She grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, loving stories and hoping to someday tell a few. New to futuristic fiction, you can find Charmaine's other work among academic research papers, erotic short stories and online reviews of wine. At home in a small town outside of LA, she can be found reading, writing, dancing, hiking or hovering over young writers reminding them that their opinions matter.

Odin H Halvorson - Lighting Home

Odin H Halvorson is a writer, poet, filmmaker, zen student, and political activist who writes science fiction that he hopes will inspire positive thought about the future. Driven by a Roddenberrian sense of the best that civilization could be, Odin builds his work around the idea that humanity should aim for the stars rather than accept its place on the ground. As his main non-writing endeavor, Odin is the director of the Pacific Zen Institute's audio-video department, producing work that deals with the cutting edge of modern koan study. He also works as the managing editor of the literary magazine Duende. You may learn more about Odin on his website, OdinHalvorson.com.

M Bryn Schut - Threshold

Obsessive pop culture geek by day, pedantic nerd by night, M. Bryn Schut has been writing for almost as long as she's been reading. Focusing primarily on science fiction and fantasy, the bulk of her stories focus on young women who travel to extraordinary worlds—and the adventures they find there. Her writing credits include both first place and third place in the short story category, second place in the personal narrative category, and second place in the poetry category for Victor Valley College's annual writing contest (2009). She graduated from Sonoma State University with a B.A. in English: Creative Writing (2012) and continued her education at the same university to obtain an M.A. in English: Creative Writing (2015). Bryn currently resides in California with her partner Tom and their two cats, working as a substitute teacher and a copywriter while she perfects her fiction.

Brighid Adara - Shipwreck

 

Brighid Adara writes grim fantasy. She loves watching characters evolve into villains, and she believes that the only difference between a hero and a scrub are circumstances—circumstances that she tweaks until the would-be-hero becomes an axe-murdering psychopath. After reading her work, some readers may be surprised to learn that Brighid is happily married to the woman of her dreams, and that she has four wonderful children whom she loves dearly. It’s just that her passion is dark fantasy.

Andronicus TanAssorted Poems

A logastellus battling lethologica. A solivagant with oneirataxia, wandering worlds of words. Currently scribbling poems at papermeraki.wordpress.com.

Connor Garrett Annexed

Connor Garrett is a younger writer, though he has been writing for years. He's always held a fascination for literature, and the written word. Living in Washington State, Connor cares deeply about anything in the natural world. He is currently working on an Apocalytpic Western titled Sundown Caliber, about a gunslinger-judge who's tracking down a traitor to his Order. You can find him on twitter @WriterSplat

Tyler Saito - Title Revealed Soon

Tyler Saito is currently pursuing a degree in English at Indiana University. He considered a few majors, but ultimately decided on English because of his love of literature. Tyler hopes to one day pursue a career in writing.

LS Myers - The Student and assorted poems

L.S. Myers is an upstart aspiring writer from the Baltimore/DC area who enjoys reading science fiction and literature in his spare time. A jack of all trades, he has a BA in Sociology and is an avid music collector, sometime web developer, and professional procrastinator with a flair for the dramatic.

NH Hafner - The Yellow Eyes

NH Hafner is a writer from Minnesota. He primarily writes Science Fiction and Superhero stories, but dabbles in fantasy and dystopic fiction on the side. You can find his finished work at Roxywashere.com.


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From the broke college student who likes the idea and just wants to help to the illustrious donor, we have a tier for you. If you have an extra dollar or two or if you have several hundred unspoken for, take a look at our reward tiers for the reward for you.

Here are some of our favorites:

For $25, you get a beautiful hardcover copy of “The Apocrypha Files: From the Ashes, Rise” for your bookshelf, with the beautiful cover GK Lamb designed for us.

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For $60, you can select from a number of our submitting authors who will provide you with a personalized experience, everything from taking their red pen to a piece that you wrote, writing a story exclusively for you or even creating illustrations for a piece you yourself have written. Each author will only give out ONE of these experiences, so you’d better pick soon lest they be taken from you.

And for $400, you officially become one of us. Not only will you receive a hardcover copy of every anthology in the Apocrypha Files series, you will also be brought into the decision making side of things when we take a poll on what genre and topic the subsequent anthology will be about.

Risks and challenges

The stories are written. The editing has begun. We've priced everything to realistically encompass printing, proofing, editing, and shipping costs.

We feel confident that we can meet all our deadlines and deliver you an awesome anthology.

Unforeseen events could cause complications, but we will keep you appraised of everything that's going on.

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