Apocalypse All the Time
(January 2017 from Literary Wanderlust)
Doesn’t it seem as if someone issues a new apocalypse prediction every week? Y2K? The Mayan apocalypse? The Rapture? Doesn’t it seem endless? As opposed to the traditional trend of post-apocalyptic literature, Apocalypse All the Time is post-post-apocalypticism. Marshall is sick of the apocalypse happening on a weekly (if not daily) basis. Life is constantly in peril, continually disrupted, but nothing significant ever happens. The emergency is always handled. Always. Marshall wants out; he wants it all to stop…one way or another. Apocalypse All the Time explores humanity’s fascination with the end times and what impact such a fascination has on the way we live our lives.
Reviews and Such:
- I talked about Apocalypse All the Time February 22, 2017 for a soon upcoming episode of The Nightly Met, a bi-weekly tonight show out of Metropolitan State University of Denver. I'll post a link when it goes live.
- [Apocalypse All the Time] combines absurdism, science fiction, and sly commentary on our current neuroses induced by the twenty-four news cycle, to create something reminiscent of Orwell, Kafka, and Swift, while being entirely its own animal. By turns funny, maddening, and genuinely insightful, it’s one of the most imaginatively weird and original books I’ve read in a while. – Joseph Hirsch, author of The Bastard’s Grimoire and other novels.
- [Apocalypse All the Time] holds utterly true to its title. This is a world where apocalypses are not singular impending events but habitual, regular, ordinary, even mere annoyances. Indeed, the narrator ruminates, “An apocalypse wasn’t a significant event if it was apocalypse all the time.” This is a funny, clever, and entirely endearing book, a hilarious take on the existential status of existing as a human in a post-post(-post-post?) apocalyptic world, but it’s also heartbreakingly real and honest. Magnifying back to the real world in which the apocalypse has probably already happened, it is within the pages of these book that we learn to find love in spite of disintegration and ruin, we learn to become in spite of uncertainty, and we learn to live in spite of the hope for death. – Janice Lee, Author of Damnation & The Sky Isn’t Blue.
- [Apocalypse All the Time] is a wandering journey to armageddon, again and again and again. There’s a decidely Kafkaesque bent to the story, and Marshall at times feels like a post-apocalyptic Hamlet. To be, or not to be – that IS the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the floods and fires of a daily doomsday or to take arms against the Apocalypse Amelioration Agency and end them. Ay, there’s the rub. And one hell of a book. – Eirik Gumeny, author of the Exponential Apocalypse series.
-I cannot decide if [Apocalypse All the Time] is Groundhog’s Day for the seriously cracked or The Day After for the absurdist lit set. What I do know, is that while David S. Atkinson may very well be deranged, his work is funny and weird and wholly touching. I also know that we are all the better for having it in our lives. – Ben Tanzer, author of Be Cool and SEX AND DEATH.
- David S. Atkinson has written a wittily satirical look at our culture’s obsession with
destruction, a provocative and humorous foray into the recesses of human nature that delights in the surreal
vicissitudes of annihilation. The only regretful part about this apocalyptic ride is that it has to end. –
Peter Tieryas, author of
United States of Japan and
Bald New World.