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Exclusive Interview: “The Edge Of Sleep” Co-Authors Willie Block & Jake Emanuel

 

The path for literary adaptions usually goes book to movie or book to TV show, or maybe book to movie to video game. Unless, of course, you’re Willie Block and Jake Emanuel, the co-authors of the post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller mystery The Edge Of Sleep, which went from podcast to TV show to novel (available in hardcover, Kindle, or audiobook). In the following email interview, Willie and Jake discuss what originally inspired and influenced this story, and how the print edition of this story is different from the one you already heard or saw.

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Exclusive Interview: “Moths” Author Jane Hennigan

 

Usually, the only time we think a moth is dangerous is when we buy a new sweater. Or we have that dream in which we’re Godzilla. But in Jane Hennigan’s self-published 2021 dystopian post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel Moths, moths aren’t just a threat to comfy clothing and giant lizards, they’re a threat to men everywhere. With a new and slightly reworked version of Moths being released in paperback, Kindle, audiobook, I spoke with Hennigan about what originally inspired and influenced this novel, as well as her plans to continue this story.

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Exclusive Interview: “The Apocalypse Seven” Author Gene Doucette

 

Having humans be the real monsters is so common in post-apocalyptic stories that it’s moved past being a trope and is now a cliché. Which is why Gene Doucette avoided it like the plague when writing his “cozy apocalypse” novel, The Apocalypse Seven (paperback, Kindle, audiobook). In the following email interview, Doucette explains what inspired and influenced this story, and why he decided to buck convention.

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Exclusive Interview: Crimson Phoenix Author John Gilstrap

 

In his new post-apocalyptic thriller Crimson Phoenix (hardcover, Kindle, audiobook), writer John Gilstrap is not only making a departure from the real world thrillers he’s known for, but — as he explains in the following email interview — he’s also making a departure from what we usually see in post-apocalyptic movies, books, TV shows, and games.

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Monstre: Volume One Author Duncan Swan

 

Events in life don’t always have neat and tidy endings. So why do so many stories wrap up with a nice little bow? It’s a question Duncan Swan pondered while writing his dystopian, post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel Monstre. In the following email interview about the first volume of this two-part story, Monstre: Volume One (Kindle), he explains why, in this series, “happy outcomes aren’t guaranteed.”

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Exclusive Interview: “Strange Exit” Author Parker Peevyhouse

 

The “simulation hypothesis” is a theory that we may actually just be part of an artificial simulation. Think The Matrix if it was the whole universe, not just a big city. But if that’s true, what happens when the simulation starts to break down? Such is the jumping off point for Parker Peevyhouse’s new cyberpunk-adjacent, post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel Strange Exit (hardcover, Kindle). In the following email interview, Peevyhouse discusses what inspired and influenced this novel…beyond, of course, The Matrix.

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“Rage 2” Hands-on Preview

 

With Rage 2 (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC) only a few months away (May 14th, for those keeping score at home), the good people at Bethesda Softworks recently held an event at a loft in downtown Los Angeles where they gave game journalists a chance to play a bit of this open world first-person shooter. What follows are my impression of this game.

Suffice it to say, spoilers follow.

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Exclusive Interview: Wonderblood Author Julia Whicker

At a time when believing in science is practically a radical act, it’s interesting to contemplate a world where such knowledge is blasphemous to some but a religion for others. Such is the setting for Julia Whicker’s post-apocalyptic fantasy novel Wonderblood (hardcover, Kindle), in which people worship remnants of the space program. Though as she explains in the following email interview, it wasn’t a science book, or even a science fiction one, that inspired this story.