As the end of 2012 draws nigh, there is much talk of the so-called Mayan Apocalypse. In fact, December 21, 2012 marks the conclusion of the thirteenth B’ak’tun cycle of the Mayan Calendar and there is every indication there will be a fourteenth. If you would care to read my tongue-in-cheek predictions for the end of the year, you should check out my story “Perry and the Apocalypse” that I wrote for the Bubonicon program guide.
Still, any time questions of the end of the world come up, it’s natural for us humans to ask how we would fare. To that end, Padwolf Publishing has compiled the anthology Apocalypse 13.
When faced with the end of the world, who do humans turn to? Perhaps they look to gods and goddesses, wizards and warlocks, the fey, heroes, assassins, or even beings from outer space. This anthology presents thirteen stories that dare to imagine the final battles to prevent annihilation and save us all.
My story from the anthology is called “A Garden Resurrected” and imagines that a comet has been spotted heading toward Earth. The story is set in a remote German village making plans to survive the catastrophe. Their eyes turn toward the castle on the hillside and the vampire who once lived there. They believe that such a strong creature can help them survive the dark times on the horizon.
The story was inspired by my love of the Universal Horror films of the 1930s. Many of those movies are set in a little European village existing out of time. This village is a little like that, but I think you’ll find some interesting surprises and even a hint of a steampunk twist at the end.
In addition to my story, there are great stories by such folks as Keith DeCandido, Patrick Thomas, John French, Edward J. McFadden III, Hildy Silverman and Samantha Mills.
Apocalypse 13 is now available for preorder from Padwolf Publishing at: http://www.padwolf.com/store.htm. Hope you’ll drop by and take a look!