ALLEN GAMBOA: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction!
Bobby Akart “Prepping For Tomorrow”
Our month long series featuring some of the best authors in the zombie apocalypse genre continues. With The Walking Dead’s record-breaking ratings (including its spinoff series, Fear The Walking Dead) and World War Z winning big at the box office, there’s no end in sight for the love of zombie-oriented, post-apocalyptic fiction. We’ve come to learn that you have to be deadly accurate, pardon the pun, when dealing with these creatures. Just when you think they’re finished, they get up again and stagger towards you. They’re relentless!
Allen Gamboa has released several novels into this genre and he’ll be here to discuss his work, and how zombie, dystopian fiction, can assist preppers in visualizing a post-apocalyptic world. Zombie films, television series, books and graphic novels are being devoured by ever greater audiences, long after many predicted this particular breed of undead monster seemed to be heading for the grave. Allen’s Dead Island series, together with collaborations involving our friends Mike Evans, Claire Riley, James Wallace, and W.J. Lundy, to name a few, have captured the attention of readers in a big way.
The importance of this genre as an aspect of prepper fiction was summed up best by best-selling author Max Brooks, who wrote the book on which the World War Z film was based. He said:
“We’re living in very uncertain times. People have a lot of anxiety about the future. They’re constantly being battered with these very scary, very global catastrophes. I think a lot of people think the system is breaking down and just like the 1970s, people need a ‘safe place’ to explore their apocalyptic worries. They can’t read stories about real plagues or nuclear war. That’s too scary. That’ll make them turn away. Zombie stories give people the opportunity to witness the end of the world they’ve been secretly wondering about while, at the same time, allowing themselves to sleep at night because the catalyst of that end is fictional.”
I couldn’t agree more, but I must admit ….
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