World War Z: Max Brooks

Words cannot properly do justice to the awesomeness that is this book. Max Brooks has outdone himself by creating a novel that could as easily merge into the realm of factual literature as fiction, except for the problem that World War Z is fictional fact. The book is based around the premise that the zombie…

Ready Player One: Ernest Cline

– Review by Paul Ewbank- It took me a while to remember this book when I was searching the cobwebbed recesses of my brain for something post-apocalyptic that wasn’t written decades before I was born (don’t worry though, there’ll be PLENTY more of those). Though Ready Player One does indeed feature a poverty stricken dystopia…

Wall- E (2008)

– Review by Paul Ewbank- My first post on here was about the most depressing Apocalyptic vision I have ever encountered. This got me thinking about whether stories about the end of the world could ever be…well, happy. I don’t mean have a happy ending, of course that can happen, I’m talking about the story…

Remains (2011)

This is most definitely a B movie. Not that I am dissing B movies as a whole, I have watched some very good B movies, however this was not one of them. Not only is this a bad film, but worse than that, it’s a boring film. This film took me two sittings to get…

Prophet: Remission- Image Comics

– Review by Paul Ewbank- John prophet has been around in various forms since 1992, appearing in various Image Comics titles, none of which lasted very long or gathered much notice. Nevertheless, Image decided to reinvent the character in 2012 and the first six issues of this new Brandon Graham helmed Prophet are collected in…

The Forest of Hands and Teeth: Carrie Ryan

This book is definitely aimed at young-adult girls and I cannot imagine anyone else particularly enjoying this trilogy of books. If you like twilight you will probably like this series (not that I am tarring this book with the same brush as the Twilight Saga!) The novel has similar traits to both Twilight and the…

The Day of the Triffids: John Wyndham

There’s an awful lot of post-apocalyptic material out there, if you know where to look. From the explicit, everything-tied-up Hollywood stuff such as Reign of Fire (2003) to the oblique microcosm Book of Dave (Will Self), you can get your fix through science, magic, natural disaster and everything in between. Frankly though, many of them…

Phillip K Dick

  Phillip K Dick was one of the leading purveyors of innovative SF of the 20th century, writing an impressive 44 novels and a plethora of shorter works over a career spanning four decades. His signature style of fragmented, spaced out prose and his obsession with drug use, religion and metaphysics makes his works a singular,…

The City: Lori Nix

Lori Nix is possibly my favourite artist/photographer ever! I know an artist is good when I am jealous that I did not produce this work myself. Her composition and colour is spectacular and the atmosphere that her photographs create is stunning. Not only does Nix take great images but she also creates the dioramas she photographs from scratch…

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

– Review by Paul Ewbank- Warning: this is a film in which the plot twists are a central part of the enjoyment. As such I won’t directly ruin any of the main plot points in this article, even though you’ve had plenty of time to see the film. Still, you may be able to infer…

Planet Terror (2007)

The Rodriguez side of the Grindhouse films, but still with a good dollop of Quentin Tarantino mixed into the cinematography. This film is both a stereotype and a mick-take of the horror film classic. Before we even get to the actual film, I would like to sing the praise of the opening credits, which include a mock-trailer…

Feed: Mira Grant

First in the Newsflesh Trilogy This is a truly excellent book. I have read a fair few zombie themed novels recently and this is by far the best, perhaps with the exception of World War Z which is about as different as you can get from Feed within the Zombie genre. I was a tad…