James and Darryl Jones. Between and , M. James, an ascetic British scholar who lived his entire life at boys' schools, either as a student or a professor, turned out four short story collections that transformed ethereal phantoms into hideously corporeal apparitions with too many teeth, too much hair and plenty of soft, spongy skin. His characters merely had to read the wrong book, collect the wrong artifact or bump into the wrong person on the street, and soon one of his creations would be slithering into their safe spaces — their warm bedsheets, their cozy parlor, their beloved study — and enveloping their faces in a soggy, smothering touch.
A man journeys through 19th century France, seeking to destroy his nephew — whom he suspects of having inherited the family curse — and along the way giving readers a tour of man's appetite for carnage, with stops during the Franco-Prussian War and the Paris Commune. What does it matter, Endore asks, if a werewolf kills a few people, in the face of a political system that kills thousands?
Richard Matheson's novel about the last man left after a plague turns humanity into vampire-zombie hybrids is as much a meditation on loneliness as it is a horror story. Things don't end well for the dog. I Am Legend was turned into several movies, and it was also a major influence on horror master George Romero, who once said he had taken the idea for Night of the Living Dead from Matheson's novel. Sometimes we'll tell you to see the movie and skip the book, but in this case, you should read the book, too. Lonely, bullied Oskar befriends his new neighbor, Eli — who seems to be a year-old girl, but is actually a centuries-old vampire.
She has a few other secrets, too, but we'll let you find those out on your own. Let the Right One In is a skillfully spooky mix of horrors supernatural — vampirism — and sadly mundane — alcoholism, bullying and child abuse. In , Anne Rice released Interview with the Vampire and no one much cared. In , she released the swaggering, sexy The Vampire Lestat to massive sales, which retroactively turned Interview into a bestseller.
Suddenly, everyone got scared of blood and bodily contact. Rice's sensuous, sexy vampires with their raw desire seemed suddenly so much more dangerous and decadent, like a raised middle finger to condoms and fear. The party continued with the third book, Queen of the Damned , but the series began to stutter after that. Banks was a pioneer in black supernatural fiction and horror, says our judge Tananarive Due — and this saga of Damali, a young spoken-word artist who discovers she is part of an ancient struggle between good and evil will appeal to both fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and True Blood.
But Banks adds extra layers of African spirituality, mythology and musical knowledge — Damali's guardians and guides travel with her in the guise of her backup band, camouflaging their weapons as instruments. The real Donner Party apparently wasn't scary enough for Alma Katsu, who recasts the story of the infamously ill-fated pioneers as supernatural horror. We know the Donner Party, trapped by snow in the Sierra Nevadas, turned to cannibalism to survive the winter — but what if there was more to it?
What if it wasn't plain old wolves that killed that young boy and stripped his flesh? World War I veteran Frank finds himself broke and unemployed in the midst of the Great Depression, so he decides to try for a fresh start by moving back the rural Georgia town where his family once owned a plantation and writing a book about the estate and the awful events that happened there.
Needless to say, this is a bad idea. Those Across the River is one of many books on this list that dig into the ways that humanity's great evils — war and slavery — can haunt countries and generations. Something is out there — something you can't see. Something you must not see, because one glimpse will drive you violently insane.
In Josh Malerman's near-future apocalypse, it has been five years since "The Problem" began, and only a few survivors are left. One of them is a young woman with two small children in tow, who must get them 20 miles to safety, all while blindfolded to avoid catching sight of the mysterious horrors. What if journalism was our last line of defense against a zombie apocalypse? As a journalist, I In Mira Grant's zombified world of , humanity is confined to tightly patrolled safe zones and bloggers are their primary source of entertainment and information.
Brother and sister team Georgia and Shaun Mason are chronicling a presidential campaign convoy that gets attacked by zombies — leading them to uncover a vast conspiracy to use fear of zombies to force social change. Inspired by actual oral histories of World War II, Max Brooks' zombie-apocalypse novel chronicles a world on the brink of collapse after a zombie plague.
In Brooks' dystopian vision, corporate malfeasance, government repression and incompetence allow the plague to run wild, eventually leaving just a remnant of humanity left to start planning a D-Day Z-Day? Young Melanie — only 10 years old — isn't entirely sure why she needs armed guards or why she is so different from the adults who feed and educate her. And then she gets her first taste of human flesh.
Melanie is one of the "hungries," humans infected by the cordyceps fungus which exists in our world for real, though it mostly attacks insects , and a lot of the horror in M. Carey's novel — apart from all the gooily gross descriptions of the infected — comes from what the few remaining "normal" humans do in the face of a fungal apocalypse. On the other hand, Lovecraft's terror of Other People is on full display here. Close parallels are drawn between having kids with non-human monsters and having kids with natives of Pacific islands, and there are repeated shudders over Innsmouth folk speaking languages other than English.
If you can handle this sort of thing it's an entertaining read; whether you read it or skip it, modern takes like Sonya Taaffe's 'All Our Salt-Bottled Hearts' — also on this list — provide compelling alternatives. Victor LaValle grew up reading H. Lovecraft — but when he got older, he began to recognize the racism in those stories he had loved. The Ballad of Black Tom is a powerful response to Lovecraft's racism, taking one of his most hateful stories, "The Horror at Red Hook" and recasting it in the voice of a young black man in s Harlem and, let's not forget, making a much stronger story out of it.
LaValle doesn't look away from this darkness at the root of modern horror — instead, he builds something strange and angry and new on top of it. Two men, Abe and Dan, have both lived through terrible losses. They take up fishing together, which sounds perfectly peaceful and soothing — until they decide to look for a fabled fishing spot called Dutchman's Creek, which doesn't exist on any maps. It does appear in legends, though, generally featuring a huge, scary monster — but Abe and Dan press on into the upstate New York wilderness, and untold horrors await.
Charles Stross' Laundry Files series starts off as half spy-thriller pastiche, half satiric take on the practically-Lovecraftian horrors of office bureaucracy, but it quickly gets into actual horrors like war, fascism, climate change and the inability of humanity to stop metaphorically punching ourselves in the face. The first novel for Kathe Koja and the first book published by Dell Abyss, a legendary experimental horror imprint, The Cipher struck like lightning and won the Bram Stoker Award for best novel.
A pair of starving artists in a burned-out industrial helltown find a hole in their storage space that swallows anything, and it's not long before someone sticks their hand in — and then things get really weird. A shot fired across the bow of a horror industry that was becoming increasingly misogynistic and conservative, it reminded readers that another early name for horror literature was "the weird. There's a drug, it's called soy sauce, and it lets people see into other dimensions. How long will it take for all hell to break loose?
Of course, 'Mountains' inevitably shows off Lovecraft's own well-known prejudices as well, since what actually brings down the ancient civilization of the Elder Things is a slave revolt, with the story squarely on the side of the slaveholders. The definitive abolitionist shoggoth story has yet to be written though Elizabeth Bear's award-winning 'Shoggoths in Bloom' is an excellent starting point. What must it be like to know your family will all return to the deep to live forever under the waves in fabled Y'ha-nthlei — and to know that a genetic quirk dooms you forever to dry land?
Or worse, to live trapped between wave and shore? Poll judge Ruthanna Emrys calls this story "my single favorite modern deconstruction of Lovecraft. Sonya [Taaffe] is among my favorite emerging voices and not nearly enough people have heard of her. A dental technician turned manga artist, Junji Ito is one of horror's singular visionaries. He employs tight, precise draftsmanship to deliver stories that are hard to read, not because they can become grotesque, but because they take ideas living over a greasy restaurant, falling in love with a house and pursue them to their logical, and deeply disturbing, ends.
While his short stories like "Hanging Balloons" and "Glyceride" are more upsetting than anything else on the market, most people discovered him through his epic, novel-length manga, Uzumaki , about a town where everyone is obsessed with spirals. If you think that sounds harmless, then you don't know Junji Ito.
Read it all as made up, while also, for the scare, completely and percent secretly believing in it, because not believing in this case draws a bull's-eye on your back that can only be seen from the sky. Chambers' "King in Yellow" stories "are a foundational classic that doesn't get as much attention as Lovecraft for the simple reason that there are only four of them," says our judge Ruthanna Emrys.
It starts with the main character talking approvingly about a rising fascist movement complete with 'suicide chambers' and forced removal of Jews, but quickly becomes obvious that the author is not in sympathy. One of the finest haunted house novels of the 20th century — if not any other century. A scientist convenes a group of four paranormally-experienced people at a mysteeeerious mansion, hoping to find some concrete evidence of the supernatural.
What could go wrong? A lot, it turns out, as things begin to go bump in the night, and one of the four, Eleanor Vance, seems fall further and further under the house's evil spell. But are the ghosts real? Or is Eleanor just disturbed? The uncertainty is part of the scare. Anne Rivers Siddons was best known for writing posh fiction about posh Southern people when she turned out this perfect haunted house novel. Taking one part economic anxiety from Robert Marasco's Burnt Offerings , one part emotional unease from Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House , and adding her own observations about Southern yuppies, she updated the haunted house formula to include this beautiful, modern home that wages unrelenting psychic warfare against its owners.
Everyone has felt, at some point or another, that their house hates them.
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Siddons' book explains exactly how much. At first, haunted house books were about intrepid investigators unraveling the secrets of a cursed fixer-upper see: The Haunting of Hill House. But Robert Marasco knows what really scares us: Burnt Offerings created the formula of a family getting a fabulous deal on a piece of property they can't possibly afford, then being brutally punished for their sins. In this novel, Dad tries to drown Junior, Mom becomes an obsessive neat freak and Grandma's health fails, until the only thing they can do is run screaming into the night, losing their entire deposit.
Every modern haunted house book about a deal that is too good to be true — from The Amityville Horror to The Shining — has its roots here. A writer at an empty hotel for the whole winter — and just like that, we're racing down those hallways, throwing balls at the wall, no schedule, a stocked pantry, a typewriter waiting over there and thousands of feet of floor space for us to fill with our imaginations.
Danielewski was weird right from the start , as his debut novel House of Leaves amply proves even the footnotes have footnotes, and eventually they take on a life of their own. Partly a haunted house story, partly a love story, partly an account of a fictional film, partly a saga of mental illness — and did we mention that it's written in different colors for different concepts and multiple fonts to designate the multiple narrators? Proclaimed "the finest writer of paperback originals in America today" by Stephen King, Michael McDowell spent his career slumming in the low-rent paperback trade — but that didn't keep him from becoming one of the great 20th century chroniclers of Southern life.
Rooted in Alabama, McDowell's characters explored haunted houses choked by sand dunes, pierced their dead mother's hearts with ceremonial knives and married into families of amphibious river monsters but remained always recognizably human. Though he is best known for writing the screenplay for Beetlejuice and contributing to the one for The Nightmare Before Christmas , McDowell's books are being rediscovered now by readers who want more humanity with their chills. The heir to M. James' tradition of quiet, chilly ghost stories, leavened with some of Daphne Du Maurier's keen psychological insight, Susan Hill has spent years tending her small corner of the horror garden.
Her novel, The Woman in Black , is essentially a slim thesis on the return of the repressed, but it has had an enormous impact, spawning a viewer-scarring BBC adaptation in and a two-person stage play in that has become one of the longest-running plays in West End history. Reading Susan Hill feels like standing in a dark room and feeling an ice-cold child's hand slip into yours.
But our judges felt that Lunar Park was a stronger choice. Shy, awkward museum archivist Kyle Murchison Booth gets tangled up with all sorts of supernatural creepies in Sarah Monette's story collection — sometimes literally, as in the case of the demon lover whose touch leaves scars on his skin. In her introduction, Monette says she was inspired by H. James, but our judge Ruthanna Emrys says that unlike Lovecraft, "Monette makes these into intense character studies where every ghost and monster provides a window into Booth's anxious, lonely psyche. A British acid-folk band retreats to a remote old country house for the summer to regroup and write music after one of their singers dies.
Or maybe it's not? They are, after all, all completely out of their minds on various substances the whole summer. Maybe there's a reason for all those dead birds in the house, for the doors that are locked and then unlocked, for all those odd little details that add up, day after day, reality fracturing a little more — until it breaks.
It's hard to tell what's scarier in this comic series about a Muslim woman and her multiracial neighbors: Or the shadowy, scratchy art by Aaron Campbell, which will give you creeps for days. After Scott Smith's debut with a black-as-night best-selling thriller, A Simple Plan , everyone wanted to know he was going to do next. And it turned out that he wanted to do next was write about Yankee tourists getting trapped in Mexico by a sentient plant. The Ruins could have become a travelers' advisory on the dangers of Latin American tourism, but instead it's a cautionary tale about the risks of bumbling around foreign countries and assuming their culture and traditions only run as deep as what you see on the manicured grounds of your five-star resort.
Published in , Rebecca wasn't just a massive sales success and it wasn't just the basis for a blockbuster Hitchcock film that won two Oscars — it also inspired a resurgence of gothic romances those unavoidable books with covers featuring women running from houses 20 years later.
A tour de force of first-person narration, Rebecca sweeps readers into the point of view of a woman who feels so little right to exist that we never even learn her name. In , Ace Books editor Jerry Gross relaunched the gothic romance after spotting his mother reading Rebecca. Sulky teenager Connie is tired of being compared to her perfect older sister. She wants to hang around with the older kids; she wants to talk to boys. What she gets is an encounter with one of horror's great monsters — Arnold Friend and his creepy gold car. Joyce Carol Oates has said this story was inspired by a real-life serial killer, but everything beyond that has been debated endlessly — is it a feminist fable?
An allegory for the changes America was going through in the s? And what do those numbers on the side of Arnold's car mean? Sarah Crowe may be a novelist, a storyteller by nature, but she is the most unreliable of unreliable narrators in Caitlin R. Kiernan's dark tale of love, obsession and suicide.
Sarah moves into a spooky old house, where she unearths a manuscript written by a former resident about his fixation on the gigantic red oak near the house. The tree seems to be connected to a series of murders and accidents Just a magical girl and her dog Seven years after a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union blows America apart, the country is an unrecognizable hellscape, overrun by competing armies, poisoned by toxic rain and sunk in the permanent gloom of a nuclear winter.
Young Swan — along with her dog Killer and her pro-wrestler buddy Josh — must face down the entity known as "Friend" to avert further horrors — and with her power over growing things, restore life on Earth. This short story by Alice Sheldon is still scarily relevant today in its depiction of a world devastated by a disease that causes men to murder women, and the religious movement that helps justify the killings.
Notably, Sheldon is better known by her pen name, James Tiptree Jr. And today, the James Tiptree Jr. Award is given for works of sci-fi and fantasy that expand our understanding of gender. Nalo Hopkinson "uses Caribbean mythology to create stories that are as horrific as they are character-driven and fresh," says judge Tananarive Due. And this story of loss and guilt and grief, of sparkly red shoes and a young woman coming to terms with an accident that cost several lives is both. It'll warm your heart at the same time it sends a chill down your spine. Amanda has it all — a great career as an architect; a happy, tidy marriage And the dreams — at night, she dreams of a woman with sharp teeth, standing beside a bloody sea.
Is this the demon Naamah, who has apparently been visiting Amanda since her childhood? Or is she just losing her mind? Amanda herself is pretty certain it's a demon. Perhaps we should put a content warning here: A gallery of darkly glittering fairy tales, Angela Carter's book takes "Sleeping Beauty," "Little Red Riding Hood" and "Bluebeard" — among others — and mutates them until they're poisonous draughts of sex and death, garnished with baroque curlicues of sadomasochism and cruelty. A decadent, throbbing book in which the Beast licks off Beauty's flesh, the Erl-King is garroted with his own hair, and Little Red Riding Hood is warned about men who are "hairy on the inside" before throwing her clothes in the fire and seducing the wolf, it resulted in Neil Jordan's feverish and ravishing movie, The Company of Wolves.
Don't step foot in the forest — or if you choose to, read cartoonist Emily Carroll's short story collection first, so you get an idea of what you might be up against.
Carroll's illustrations are shiveringly gorgeous, all bloody washes of red and icy blue shadows, spidery black and faint yellow glows in the darkness, woven through with skittering lines of story. Neil Gaiman's chronicle of Death's little brother Dream isn't strictly horror he is more a mopey goth, annoying and still somehow compelling , but our judges agreed that vast swaths of his realm, the Dreaming, are pretty horrific.
And then there is the story "24 Hours," about a villain who steals an artifact from Dream and uses it to trap a group of people in an all-night diner and torture them — forcing them to confess their sickest secrets, worship him as a god and ultimately kill each other in gruesomely beastly ways. They run the gamut from fairy tale to horror, but all of these stories consider the bodies and experiences of women, the violence visited on them and the ways they respond.
Teenage Miranda Silver is tormented by a craving for things that aren't food, like chalk and plastic, and as this early novel by Helen Oyeyemi opens, she is dealing with her mother's death and the malevolent spirits in her house. Lush and incantatory, packed with twins, strange hungers and hauntings, White is for Witching is a cornucopia of creepy scares. Oh Laura, oh Lizzie — maybe you should just have stayed home. But who can resist the temptations of "Figs to fill your mouth, Citrons from the South, Sweet to tongue and sound to eye? I'll buy, I'll buy.
There is a line you can draw between the ghosts and spirits of horror and the silver nitrate ghosts that flicker across the frames of early silent films, and Gemma Files makes the connection clear in Experimental Film. Film critic Lois is at a low point in her life when, one night at an experimental film screening, she sees a few fragments of mysterious silent footage featuring a woman in a shimmering dress, moving through fields and speaking to workers; this is Lady Midday, a spirit fading along with her films, who sees in Lois a chance to regain her powers.
You know this story even if you haven't read it: A seemingly-idyllic New England village gathers for an annual lottery, at which it is gradually revealed that one resident will be stoned to death to ensure a good harvest. Outraged New Yorker readers canceled their subscriptions when "The Lottery" first appeared in , appalled at Shirley Jackson's insinuation that their comfortable lives might be hiding horrors. But some letter writers wondered whether such rituals were real, and if so, where could they be seen? The horrors in John Fowles' first novel are purely human — it is Fredrick's monstrous desire for and feelings of entitlement toward beautiful art student Miranda Grey that drives the story.
Where before he had been happy collecting and immobilizing butterflies, now it's Miranda he must pin down and keep. And how dare she be so ungrateful, so unwilling? Give this to the Shackleton fan in your life, but then run away quickly. No heartwarming tale of ice-bound persistence here; The Terror takes on Sir John Franklin's ill-fated expedition in search of the Northwest Passage in which he and both his ships were lost.
Franklin's real fate — frozen and starving, locked in the Arctic ice — is awful enough, but Dan Simmons ratchets up the horror with a mystery and a monster that looks like a giant polar bear. Our readers loved Dean Koontz, and our judges agreed that Intensity , his tale of a woman frantically fleeing a murderer, was their choice for the list and a natural fit in this category. There are no evil spirits here, no Elder Gods under the waves — just a tense duet between "homicidal adventurer" Edgler Vess, addicted to the intensity of experiences, and intended victim Chyna Shepherd, who turns the tables on Vess, risking her life to stop him.
Hopefully not, but if we don't guard against it, maybe so, too. The Girl Next Door is that guard. The big star of the Dell Abyss imprint, Poppy Z. Brite now Billy Martin spoke in the language of the marginalized, the forgotten and the lost. Brite's first two novels, Lost Souls and Drawing Blood , were inspirational texts for goth kids, gay kids, lost kids, unwanted kids — basically everyone the Happy Shiny '90s didn't have room for — telling them that no matter what anyone said, they belonged.
Exquisite Corpse , on the other hand, was a romance novel about two serial killers so bleak and unforgiving, it almost ended Brite's career. It pulls off that impossible trick of getting us to side with people we have no business siding with, and then it punishes us for our complicity, it punishes us for leering, it leaves us feeling dirty and compromised. When horror is really working, it works like this. What hath the Internet wrought? To find the most original ghost stories these days, you have to dive into the online world of creepypasta: Like a nest of squirming eels, these stories mutate, procreate and cross-pollinate with alarming speed and slipperiness, occasionally getting mistaken for reality.
Penpal — and its close relative John Dies at the End — capture the spirit of online horror and trap it between two covers. Not strictly a vampire story, despite the license-plate pun of the title — but Joe Hill's tale of a child predator who whisks his quarry away to a place called Christmasland where their souls are imprisoned to the tune of sugary Christmas music is still plenty blood-chilling. With its biker heroine with supernatural gifts pursuing her classic-car-driving nemesis through roads real and strange, NOS4A2 is a wild ride.
The aliens in Octavia Butler's short story are awful-looking insectoids who implant their eggs in human hosts, but that is actually not what is horrible in "Bloodchild. The Tlic see humans affectionately, as big warm convenient animals. And the humans, though troubled, mostly return that affection.
Keep your vampires, werewolves and haunts — few things are as scary as "the darkness of man's heart. Blessed be the fruit This classic feminist dystopia is prominent in the public mind right now, and not just because it has been made into a TV series. Atwood's book mines true horror from what people do to one another poor Offred, suffering through the Ceremony every month — and to themselves.
Who really thinks Serena Joy was happy with her accomplishments? Toni Morrison's towering and beautifully crafted story concentrates the horrors of slavery into one singular horror — the apparition of Beloved, whose mother Sethe has killed her to spare her from being taken by slave catchers.
While slavery has been over for a decade when the book opens, it's as much a specter in Sethe's new home as Beloved is and is destined to haunt and scar lives long after her unquiet spirit disappears. Beloved isn't a horror novel in the strictest sense of the word, but our judges felt it more than deserved a place here. Butler , John Jennings and Damian Duffy. Octavia Butler's story of a young woman yanked backwards in time from the s California to the slave quarters of a Maryland plantation is horrifying enough on the printed page, but John Jennings and Damian Duffy's graphic adaptation means you really can't look away.
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These mutants are looking for the fabled Nuclear Throne. An episode of Arch Oboler 's popular s and '40s radio horror and mystery anthology serial, Lights Out. A deranged university chemistry student creates what turns out to be an "super-dissolving substance", with the potential, among other uses, to become "a doomsday chemical superweapon ". The story is set in between the events of Resident Evil 6 and Resident Evil 7: The story is set in the 31st century, in a world where humans have regressed to primitive tribal societies as a result of some unspecified calamity.
Their technologically advanced predecessors are vaguely remembered as the "Old Ones. Originally broadcast on the NBC television network. The film's original director, Boris Sagal , died in a freak mishap during filming, and was replaced by his successor, David Greene. The teleplay was written by Robert L.
Arcade video game designed by Dave Theurer and developed by Atari, Inc. Later ported to many different home computing and gaming platforms, for many years afterward. Considered one of the most notable classic video games of all time. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. A growing nation of genetically evolved apes is threatened by a band of human survivors of a devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier.
The game takes place 45 years in the future, after a calamitous virus outbreak, known as Radical-6, has exterminated almost the entire human civilization. A military android questions its continued existence, after the last of its human comrade-counterparts dies out from the effects of a mysterious doomsday super-weapon that was unleashed at the end of a generations-long global atomic war.
The Late, Great Planet Earth. Bestselling blockbuster Bible prophecy -based "mockumentary" novel, co-written by Hal Lindsey and Carole Carlson, and later adapted into a feature-length theatrical motion picture narrated by Orson Welles. Epic , and its follow-up sequel Inferno. Published by Ocean Software now Atari. Published by gaming company Avalon Hill. Eco nuclear waste explosion on the moon, followed by earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, etc. Created by Gerry Anderson and wife Sylvia Anderson. This "rare and unusual" series of shows featuring many top Hollywood film performers of that era was written, produced, and directed by Arnold Marquis , as part of a special postwar campaign aimed at convincing the public to place the then-newly developed technologies of nuclear energy and weaponry under United Nations control.
Created by independent British game developer Introversion Software , and inspired in part by the film WarGames. Countdown to Looking Glass. Shadow on the Hearth. Judith Merril ; later adapted for television in Backstory featuring a satirical fake TV news story regarding the final depletion of the Amazon rain forest and game play take place in the year , in which a powerful alien attack force threatens to obliterate the Earth. PlayStation 3 online game depicting a new world war 20 years after a meteor strike hits much of the Earth's surface.
A fungal spore infection turns most of humanity into monsters and a small band of survivors try to live on. Novel by Sakyo Komatsu about a lethal supergerm that kills humanity in months; later adapted into a movie. The Diamond of Darkhold. The Prophet of Yonwood. The People of Sparks. The Last Book in the Universe.
Louise Lawrence - A scientist uses a time machine to travel to the future and film the results of a nuclear war in a bid to prevent it from happening. However, his actions could have serious repercussions for the mutated descendants of the human race. Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Frederik Pohl under the pseudonym James MacCreigh. The Skin of Our Teeth.
Masamune Shirow - Japanese manga and subsequent anime adaptations. Yukito Kishiro - manga series containing post-apocalyptic elements and taking place in a highly futuristic dystopian world. Yukito Kishiro - a continuation of the former manga series containing the same elements as previous but goes into greater detail as to how the dystopia came about.
A World of Women . Beresford - A global plague has decimated England's male population and the once-predictable Gosling family is now free to fulfill its long-frustrated desires. Jean-Baptiste Cousin de Grainville - regarded as the first story of modern speculative fiction to depict the end of the world . Usune Masatosh i - ongoing manga series later adapted into an anime. Clamp - ongoing manga series. Song by the band Warrant on the Dog Eat Dog album; depicts an Earth devastated by war where life lives on only by artificial means.
Arjen Anthony Lucassen - series of concept albums depicting the end of life on Earth in due to, among other factors, a catastrophic nuclear war. Edwin Muir - deals with society's regression to pre- Industrial Revolution conditions in the wake of a nuclear war. Peter Porter - written in the style of a radio broadcast warning of an impending nuclear attack.
Song adaptation of the above Porter poem, written and recorded by the Scottish post-punk group the Scars. With virtually all of humanity wiped out by a meteor strike, the game follows the exploits of an army of survivors, fighting bandit raiders and hostile armies across the planet's desolate remains. PC video game, from Pipeworks, set in the post-apocalyptic earth in which Earth has been destroyed by crystals. Novel series created by Mark Ellis , aka James Axler. John Christopher - novel series, made into a TV series in the '80s.
An alien alliance called the Covenant begin attacking human colonies in By , almost all of the human colonies are destroyed and the Covenant are attacking Earth. Crytek - A near future where an ancient alien spacecraft has been discovered beneath the ground on an island in the East Philippines sea. Fowler Wright - A huge flood devastates the world; only the English Midlands survive. Children of Morrow and Treasures of Morrow.
Hoover - set in California several centuries after pollution has all but wiped out the human race; published in and respectively. North America has retreated into hunter-gatherer societies and military kingdoms some years after an apocalyptic ice age. The Mara and Dann novels.
Doris Lessing - Mara and Dann , and sequel: Other Lessing novels like Memoirs of a Survivor and Shikasta deal with apocalyptic themes. The first book was originally published as two books, starting in An ancient whale species recreated through a genetic experiment turns out to have been telepathic, and the whales issue a telepathic call which cause most of humanity and other large land mammals to walk into the oceans and drown.
Nitrome Limited - flash game by about a character in a yellow hazmat suit attempting to free the world from a race of robots with a variety of bombs. A sequel, Toxic 2 , was released in Flight of the Conchords. Le Temps du Loup. Only the nobles possess futuristic ships, and the richest have domed cities where the debilitated earth can still support life. Wolves are proclaimed extinct, but found a way to enchant humans. Five wolves are on a quest to find 'Paradise', along with a Flower-Maiden, who was created from a Lunar Flower by a Noble.
A second apocalypse ends the series, with a presumable renewing of the planet. Four of the five characters are seen in the renewed world. Uses computer animation to simulate the sort of creatures that may evolve from present-day animals. In the world depicted in the series, the human race has left Earth to colonize the stars.
The future descendants of humanity have sent probes back to Earth to record what has become of it. The Book of the New Sun. Heinlein -human society on a future Earth is slipping into a gradual, but inevitable, collapse. Much to the dismay of the only male left, the women of the island continue the human species for thousands of years where they evolve into seal-like creatures. Planet of the Apes. Published between and The Dark Tower Series. First book published in To Serve The Master.
Created by Gene Roddenberry ; ran between and The British science-fiction sitcom ; first ran between and , was restarted in Against the Fall of Night. The City and the Stars. Dan Simmons - a sequel The Rise of Endymion. The Mote in God's Eye. Larry Niven , Jerry Pournelle. Manga by Yasuhiro Nightow , published between and David Drake , published between and Larry Niven - An expedition from earth to find a futuristic planet, a ring surrounding a star, results in the members finding that a meteor puncture in the ring's floor and power failure caused the cities to break apart and civilization to collapse.
Series by Douglas Hill - a lone soldier fights to bring down the organisation which unleashed a deadly radiation against his planet, killing all his people and rendering the planet uninhabitable. Stirling and David Drake , published between and Don McKellar - follows the lives of several individuals as they cope with their final six hours on Earth before the apparent incineration of the Earth by the sun the cause of the apocalypse is never directly stated. The Deconstruction of Falling Stars. The episode of Babylon 5 - written by J. The End of the World.
The episode of the television series Doctor Who. Songs of Distant Earth. Clarke - in which the last survivors of Earth arrive at a distant colony unexpectedly. Frank Lillie Pollock where a second sun's light incinerates the Earth. Limited series by Garth Ennis depicting the adventures of a man traveling on Earth's surface a few years after a solar event called The Burn. Followed by a sequel, Just a Pilgrim: Film series based on the book series, concerning the Rapture.
The manga and subsequent anime movies and TV series by Kia Asamiya - The story is set in a Blade Runner -style world which has been invaded by demonic beings. Season 4 and 5 are based around the pre-apocalyptic world in which the angels are gearing up for a battle between heaven and hell. James Blish - a black magician brings about the end of the world by releasing all the demons from Hell. Brian Keene - And its sequel City of the Dead. Rather than the zombies being an infection, as in most zombie fiction; these zombies are reanimated by demonic entities, the sisquisim, from the Old Testament.
Brian Keene - a Lovecraftian tale of one of the last survivors on earth. In the novel, the world floods causing several monsters appear, mainly gigantic, maneating earthworms. Garth Nix - A novel in which a group of extradimensional beings invade earth and cause all human adults over the age of 14 to vanish. Dean Koontz - A novel in which a malevolent demonic force kills off the majority of the human race. The Shadow of Yesterday.
The role-playing game, in which the unification of all people in a fantasy world under a single, supernatural language results in the destruction of a world by what is presumed to be an asteroid that becomes that world's new moon, one that eclipses the sun for a week out of each month. A role-playing game, in which an advanced civilization is threatened and destroyed by supernatural forces that religion is knowingly, and in some ways unknowingly, centered on.
The reasons for the Dayworld dystopia seems to be a combination involving overpopulation, ecological catastrophe, some sort of disaster that rendered petroleum unusable, and World War III. This is hinted at in the second book. Stirling - Ongoing series of novels and short stories. A disaster of indeterminate cause most speculation within the novels concerns an all-powerful outside force, often facetiously referred to as " Alien space bats " causes electricity, combustion engines, and modern explosives to cease functioning.
A series of novels set in a world created by Storm Constantine - humanity is replaced as the planet's dominant species by a race of mystic hermaphrodites. War and plague ravage the human population, but no single cause is specified. Ongoing comic series, which takes place roughly years in the future, where North America is a dustbowl and lacking modern technology. The Last Man . The Book of Machines. The novel Erewhon ' s section The Book of Machines. Richard Jefferies - the nature of the catastrophe is never stated, except that apparently most of the human race quickly dies out, leaving England to revert to nature.
Wells - Towards the end of the book The Time Traveler witnesses the Suns expansion, causing the death of all life on Earth. The War of the Worlds. Shiel - A volcanic eruption floods the world with cyanide gas. Forster - A short story emphasizing machinery instead of computers. Jack London - Sixty years after an uncontrollable epidemic, the Red Death, has depopulated the planet, James Howard Smith tries to impart the value of knowledge and wisdom to his grandsons.
William Hope Hodgson - the Sun burns out and the last of humanity is sheltered in an arcology from the hostile environment and the creatures adapted for it. George Allan England - two characters wake from suspended animation and find that some great disaster has torn an enormous chasm in the Earth and created a second moon.
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Play by Karel Capek - notable for coining the term ' robot '. The War of the Giants. The Shape of Things to Come. Filmed as Things to Come in Only a group of children survives and forms a strange new humanity. Things to Come . A future second world war leads to a breakdown of civilization in most of the world, with technology returning to medieval levels by By the Waters of Babylon. Philip George Chadwick, when a near-invincible army of artificially created soldiers - the flesh guard - falls into the hands of an untrustworthy power, continental Europe forms an alliance and invades Britain.
The resulting carnage, involving poisonous electric gas, "humanite" atomic bombs, and the unfeeling march of the Flesh Guard, reduces whole cities and towns in Europe to smoking rubble.
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A cartoon short by Hugh Harman - animals rebuild a post-apocalyptic world after humanity has fought wars to the point of extinction. Pat Frank - Depicts a world in which a nuclear power plant explosion renders the entire male population infertile. Not with a Bang. Asimov, Isaac - a later book, Robots and Empire gave a different explanation. There Will Come Soft Rains. Ray Bradbury in The Martian Chronicles. Arch Oboler - the film shows the aftermath of a nuclear war, centered on a group of five survivors.
Ray Bradbury - short story in The Illustrated Man. When Worlds Collide film. The Day of the Triffids. John Wyndham - Initially thought to be a blinding meteor shower, but later suggested to be a manmade satellite based weapon accidentally discharged, allowing the bioengineered Triffid plants to dominate. A new primitive society emerges long after a nuclear war. Invasion USA [ citation needed ]. Star Man's Son . Norton, Andre Also published as Daybreak: Daphne du Maurier - survival horror.
The short story The Birds by Daphne du Maurier - made into the film The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock - in which birds begin launching spontaneous mass attacks against humanity. Gerald Heard ; a mildrew-generated fog appears to undermine civilization. The Nine Billion Names of God. Clarke - A short story taken from the short story collection of the same name. Wylie, Philip - Cautionary for its time , civil defense -themed "tale of two cities": Some Will Not Die. Slaves To The Metal Horde. The Last of the Masters.
Dick - short story novelette by Dick, Philip K. Elsewhere, the last government, a highly centralized and efficient society, is in hiding from the Anarchist League, a global militia preventing the recreation of any government. Day the World Ended . John Wyndham - U. The aftermath of a nuclear war in a rural Canadian community. The Long Tomorrow . Brackett, Leigh - in the aftermath of a nuclear war scientific knowledge is feared and restricted.
World Without End . Edward Bernd, starring Hugh Marlowe , Rod Taylor - Robust 20th Century men—narrowly escaping the ubiquitous "time warp"—kill giant spiders, help pale nerds and their beautiful women emerge from underground, and retake the post World War III surface from troglodyte mutants. Fritz Leiber - A small family struggles to survive at near-zero temperatures after Earth is ripped from its solar orbit. Invasion of the Body Snatchers. John Christopher - A virus that destroys plants causes massive famine and the breakdown of society.
Made into the film No Blade of Grass. Nevil Shute - also the films based on the book. Rand, Ayn - American society slowly collapses after the country's leading industrialists mysteriously disappear. Teenage Cave Man . Jones , The world's machinery grinds to a halt after comet dust arrives.
Terror from the Year A made-for-television play by J. Several of the issues brought up in the programme were discussed in an hour-long debate following its conclusion. A group of survivors from an atomic war become trapped in an underground station - During the play, broadcast live on Armchair Theatre , one of the actors Gareth Jones actually died whilst the show was on the air. George, Peter - filmed as Dr. Strangelove by Stanley Kubrick. The poem from Collected Poems — by George Macbeth.
On the Beach . The World, the Flesh and the Devil . Shiel 's The Purple Cloud. A TV adaptation of a play by Marghanita Laski. Pat Frank - the aftermath of a nuclear war in a rural Florida community. The Twilight Zone - numerous episodes, and its revivals. Atomic War Bride [ citation needed ]. A Yugoslav science fiction drama film directed by Veljko Bulajic. Shigeaki Hidaka, a Japanese film about a third world war started when the US accidentally drops a nuclear bomb on South Korea Japanese title: Yonju-ichi jikan no kyofu.
The Time Machine . A Canticle for Leibowitz. Miller, Jr, Walter M. Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman. The Last Woman on Earth. The Earth's oxygen levels drop suddenly, suffocating most life—survivors in an oxygen-producing jungle speculate that this happened because of "a bigger and better bomb" but the reasons are not made clear. Beyond the Time Barrier. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Ballard - First published novel. World destroyed by increasingly powerful winds. Panic in Year Zero! A movie about a family that escapes Los Angeles after the city is devastated by a nuclear attack.
This Is Not a Test. Loosely based on the John Wyndham novel of the same name. The film Triffids are a venomous space-borne plant, and arrive on Earth via meteorites. Brian Aldiss - Presents a dying Earth where vegetation dominates and animal life is all but extinct. Ballard - Climate change causes flooding. Anthony Burgess - Global over-population and famine leads to mass chaos. John Christopher - A decrease in radiation from the sun causes a new ice age. Comic books series by Gold Key Comics. Novel by Austrian writer Marlen Haushofer.
Adapted to film in by the same name. A forty-something woman while vacationing in a hunting lodge in the Austrian mountains discovers that a transparent wall has been placed that closes her off from the outside world; all life outside the wall appears to have died, possibly in a nuclear event. War novel by Ralph Peters.
Islamic extremists launch a series of dirty bomb attacks against the West, which results in a backlash against Muslims. A radical Christian government takes over the US and sends the Army, Marines, and a National Guard full of evangelicals to invade and retake a long-nuked Israel. The Last Man on Earth. The Time Travelers [ citation needed ]. The Dalek Invasion of Earth. The Doctor Who serial. Some examples from the relaunch are in Army of Ghosts and Doomsday , and in The Sound of Drums and Last of the Time Lords though it could be argued that only the Master is alien.
The Day the Earth Caught Fire. Ballard - A super drought evaporates all water on earth. Brian Aldiss - The human race becomes sterile. Time of the Great Freeze. Robert Silverberg - Another ice-age has engulfed the earth.
A group from New York travels over the ice to London in the year Nuclear War Card Game. Thomas Disch - Alien flora is seeded on Earth, and quickly comes to dominate all landmasses, threatening Human extinction. John Christopher - Civilization destroyed by massive worldwide earthquakes. Television adaptation of the Novel of the same name. Daleks - Invasion Earth AD.
The jungle in Africa starts to crystallize all life and expands outward. Harry Harrison - Made into the film Soylent Green directed by Richard Fleischer - showing a world where humanity had become massively overpopulated, and a vague ecological disaster is creating a growing dust bowl, and the entire economy is collapsing.
Late August at the Hotel Ozone. Konec srpna v Hotelu Ozon  . In the Year [ citation needed ]. Journey to the Center of Time [ citation needed ]. Kavan, Anna - earth threatened by Nuclear winter. Planet of the Apes . Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Dick - basis for the film Blade Runner. John Brunner - Set in a future of extreme over-population. The Bed Sitting Room . Originally based on a play by Spike Milligan and John Antrobus. Roger Zelazny - made into a movie and a Hawkwind song Marco Ferreri Italian title: Il Seme dell'uomo . Michael Moorcock - Set in a new ice age on earth. Beneath the Planet of the Apes . The second film in the Planet of the Apes feature film series. Kir Bulychev - in Russian language. No Blade of Grass .
Based on the novel The Death of Grass. Doctor Who serial Inferno in which attempts to tap the Earths core for power leads to a volcanic apocalypse. Glen and Randa . The Omega Man . Kit Pedler , Gerry Davis. A microbe designed to eat waste plastic gets loose. Directorial debut for Douglas Trumbull. An ecologically-minded astronaut struggles to save the last bio-dome preserving what's left of Earth's wildlife. Adventures with uncooperative droids and the rings of Saturn ensue. John Brunner - The United States is overwhelmed by environmental irresponsibility and authoritarianism.
The End Of The Dream. A Thief in the Night. In , a crew of space travelers tries to colonize Venus after Earth is destroyed by a " doomsday device ". Directed by Herbert J. Leder , Lee Sholem , and producer Harry Hope. Battle for the Planet of the Apes [ citation needed ]. The fifth movie in the Planet of the Apes feature film series. Refuge of Fear [ citation needed ].
El refugio del miedo . Directed by Peter Fonda. A research team discover a way to travel into the future, and in doing so discover that a worldwide ecological catastrophe is imminent. They send a group of earnest teenagers forward in time to repopulate the Earth after the disaster - but it doesn't end well. Flight of the Horse. A manga series by Go Nagai that tells the tale of a Japan devastated by a massive earthquake and mass volcanic eruption and isolated from the rest of the world, with the remnants of humanity divided between the strong and the weak.
A sequel to Nagai's Devilman series. Stephen King - An unknown phenomenon makes Earth's machines turn against humanity. It was later made into the movie Maximum Overdrive , which added an alien invasion subplot. The Camp of the Saints. Swiss film, French title: Made for TV movie. A mutated virus created by a solar flare destroys virtually all of the human population.
One family has survived, and endeavors to travel across America to their family home. James Herbert - The last two novels of The Rats trilogy show how after a nuclear war, humanity is overthrown by mutated Giant Black Rats. A Boy and His Dog . A young man Don Johnson and his dog Tiger, the dog actor struggle for survival and encounter strife in a harsh, post-apocalyptic wasteland where food, water, and women are scarce.
Based on the writings of Harlan Ellison. Black Moon [ citation needed ]. The Noah [ citation needed ]. Daniel Bourla - An American soldier becomes the sole survivor of a nuclear war. A Doctor Who story that also features alien invasion. Guerrillas from the future explain that they are attempting to kill someone because he caused an explosion at the peace conference, starting a series of wars that left humanity vulnerable to Dalek conquest. Return to the Planet of the Apes. The Coming of the Horseclans. Robert Adams - followed by seventeen other books in the horseclans series.
Series by Robert Adams - first book The Girl Who Owned a City. Society is chased into domes by an ecological disaster, and holds a ceremonial death ritual for all citizens who reach the age of 30 to control the population. A man who formerly helped control the population flees the domed city to avoid his own ceremony. BBC series about the daily struggles of British survivors of a plague which kills most of the world population.
The People Who Own the Dark [ citation needed ]. Amando de Ossorio Spanish title: Dick - in collaboration with Roger Zelazny. Eckert - The stability of the Earth comes into question. The Winter of the World. Poul Anderson - Civilization and a new species has emerged from a deadly Ice Age that has destroyed all previous life.
Ralph Bakshi - A good wizard and his evil brother battle some two millennia after Armageddon. Larry Niven , Jerry Pournelle - A comet impact. John Christopher - A virus wipes out the weak and the old, until the planet is populated by young teenagers only. Heine - The planet is decimated by a virus, as told through the eyes of one survivor. Stephen King - Collected in the book Night Shift.
Short story, tells the tale of a virus which turns males into female-hating psychopaths when sexually aroused. Deathsport [ citation needed ]. An anime series by Hayao Miyazaki. Supermagnetic WMDs devastate Earth and causes virtually all land to be submerged underwater. Chelsea Quinn Yarbro - Two humans search for a way to survive in toxic wasteland. Game from TSR, Inc. Buck Rogers In The 25th Century. Mostly futuristic in appearance, but outside of the gleaming Utopian city lies apocalyptic ruins swarming with mutants.
Australian movie; depicts a declining civilization through the eyes of the titular character who seeks revenge. John Crowley - Civilization transformed several millennia past an unspecified collapse of civilization. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Choose Your Own Adventure. Larry Collins , coauthor Dominique Lapierre.
This Time of Darkness . Japanese film also known as Virus , directed by Kinji Fukasaku. The Shadow of the Torturer. The Road Warrior . The second installment in the Mad Max series. This movie follows the titular character as he interacts with a community based around a small oil refinery and a group of marauding bandits. Film version directed by Christian de Chalonge. Jerry Ahern - Series. First book , Total War. Game from Fantasy Games Unlimited. Series of seven books by Paul O. Williams - first book , The Breaking of Northwall A thousand years after a series of nuclear exchanges.
Craig Harrison - Adapted into the movie of the same name. The Day of the Triffids TV series. Post-apocalyptic Italian film  . Returning astronauts encounter bikers and mutants in a post-nuclear setting. Released as "Zombie Aftermath" in the UK. Cyberpunk manga series by Katsuhiro Otomo published by Dark Horse Comics - about a group of young bikers in a post-apocalyptic Tokyo who clash with the government and psychics with incredible power.
Adapted into a animated movie. Human Highway [ citation needed ]. A low-budget B-movie - an extremely loose adaptation of the novel She by H. Rider Haggard , starring Sandahl Bergman as a post-civilization warrior. Warriors of the Wasteland . After a nuclear way humanity is reduced to starving tribes with roving gangs seeking to take what they can by force. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross. The anime series and its sequels rewritten and combined with The Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross and Genesis Climber Mospeada to create Robotech ', which dealt similarly with post-apocalyptic themes.
An Italian film set in featuring a mercenary out to rescue the last fertile woman on Earth. Exterminators of the Year [ citation needed ]. Le Dernier Combat . Warrior of the Lost World . Yor, the Hunter from the Future. Patrick Tilley - series, set at the end of the 3rd millennium. Series by William W. Johnstone - first book , Out of the Ashes. Fist of the North Star. Influential shonen manga series by Buronson and Tetsuo Hara - A warrior trained in a powerful martial arts style rights wrongs and battles evil warlords in a post-apocalyptic world.
Inspired the landmark anime series, a live-action film, and many games. The Last Children of Schewenborn. Series by Hideyuki Kikuchi - first book , Novels and later anime movies , set ten thousand years after a nuclear war occurs in ,. Dark Enemy [ citation needed ]. In the Cell saga of Dragon Ball Z , a time traveler arrives from a post-apocalyptic future where two powerful killer androids have destroyed much of the world, and attempts to stop the same thing from happening in the main timeline.
After an atomic war Phillip Hammer and Marlowe Chandler have spent 15 years on their own in a bunker, then they find the keys to the last MX missile. All men, except two who were hibernating, die after a war with the use of an M-bomb that kills only males. Whitley Strieber , coauthor James Kunetka. Hayao Miyazaki - Based on the manga of the same name. Michael Swanwick - Also an alternate history Story - the Three Mile Island reactor incident resulted in a very large release of radioactivity, devastating the Northeastern U.
An adaptation of the first two books in the trilogy by John Christopher. Landmark post-apocalyptic anime series based on the manga of the same name.
Game from Game Designer's Workshop - set in a world where a Sino-Russian war degenerates into a limited nuclear conflict that eventually drags in Europe and America. Series of films dealing with a future devastated by a war between humans and machines, the attempt of the machines to kill the hero of the human resistance in the past, and the attempt of the hero and others to prevent this future from ever coming to pass. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome . The third installment in the Mad Max series. This film follows the titular character as he interacts with the post apocalyptic community of Bartertown.
Warriors of the Apocalypse . After civilization is wiped out by nuclear war, an adventurer leads a group of wanderers on a search for the fabled Mountain of Life. Children of the Dust.
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David Brin - A novel set in Oregon after the apocalypse. Series as a basis for the movie of the same name. The Steel, the Mist and the Blazing Sun. This is the Way the World Ends. Nourse - Follows the progression of a new outbreak of Black Plague and the struggle to survive as society collapses.
Larry Niven , Jerry Pournelle - Baby elephant-like invaders hurl asteroids at earth, humans revolt. Margaret Atwood - Dystopia is fueled by rampant infertility caused by pollution. The Legend of Orin. The Adolescence of P GamebookAnd its source books, supplements and sequels was the first role-playing game from Palladium Books, conceived and written by Kevin Siembieda.
In Colorado, years after a nuclear war in the USA, humanity is back to the stone ages. Fist of the North Star [ citation needed ]. Animated Japanese film based off the manga of the same name. When the Wind Blows. Jimmy Murakami - adapting the graphic novel by Raymond Briggs. Series by David L. Robbins - first book Stephen King - Aliens remotely control machines trucks, cars and even vending machines to kill the human population before invading.
Based on the Stephen King short story Trucks. Whitley Strieber and James Kunetka. The End of the Whole Mess. Stephen King - short story The End of the Whole Mess a distillate of a Texas aquifer, originally harvested and distributed worldwide to reduce human propensity for violence—curses humanity with premature Alzheimer's disease and senility.
Cherry [ citation needed ]. Death Run [ citation needed ]. Hell Comes to Frogtown [ citation needed ]. The Soviet Union blames the U. Based on the Jerry Ahern pulp novel series. Three technicians working in an underground laboratory discover that a nuclear war has destroyed most of the above ground world. Series by Isobelle Carmody - first book War interstellar , Aliens ancient civilizations , Disease Mutations , Technology Use of Artificial Intelligence , Supernatural Daemons and Sorcery , Future collapse Isolation of colonised planets , Social collapse Return of medieval superstitions , Human decline Negligence of fundamental human rights.
The Eldar , a technologically advanced race who dominated the galaxy until the 29th millenium and was superior to the nascent human race, fell into moral decadence, causing the disfigurement of reality to numerous star systems colonised by the people of Earth fuelled by the negative emotions of countless sentinent species brought into instability and unending conflict merely for survival, while at the same time the majority of humanity's population had degraded to a pre-industrial society due to the loss of technology due to a massive confrontation with artificially intelligent machines over thousands of years, until an Empire forcefully united most humans under a fascist totalitarian theocratic regime that conducted an unending war for the genoside of every other advanced lifeform, including some affected by supernatural factors.
David Gemmell - The world is devastated by huge tsunamis. Most of the technology left in the world is on par with the mid to late s but there are some newer weapons around. Twilight of The Gods. In the Country of Last Things. Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future. After a war against the machines in which the humans lost, a small group of resistance fighters must keep humanity alive against the evil forces of Lord Dread. Groundbreaking anime movie based on the manga of the same name. Miracle Mile [ citation needed ]. She-Wolves of the Wasteland [ citation needed ]. The Gate to Women's Country.
A computer game set in an alternate timeline where the earth's population is enslaved by an alien species known as the Orbs. Miniature wargaming Miniature wargame by Games Workshop - A role-playing game franchise composed of the game and associated novels and short-story anthologies set within the Dark Future universe. Pat Cadigan - A novel set in a cyberpunk world following a vaguely described natural cataclysm. War of the Worlds: The second season of this television spin-off from the movie was set after a successful alien invasion.
The Blood of Heroes . Australian film written and directed by David Webb Peoples. Empire of Ash II [ citation needed ]. Empire of Ash III [ citation needed ]. Folk of the Fringe. Orson Scott Card - novella "West," plus several short stories. A racing game by Atari Games set in the aftermath of nuclear war with races taking place in the wastelands left over from the war. Al Sarrantonio - About a worldwide uprising of werewolves. Rogers - Combines themes of the rapture and zombies. Story by Joe R. Bacteria causes the dead to rise. Bounty Hunter chases quarry and encounters evil cult.
The Handmaid's Tale . The Girl from Tomorrow. Australian children's drama in which a girl from the 31st century after the Northern Hemisphere has been destroyed in the Great Disaster, later revealed to be a nuclear holocaust becomes stranded in the 20th century. In the sequel, Tomorrow's End , she and her friends fight to prevent history from being changed in such a way that the Southern Hemisphere is destroyed as well.
Isaac Asimov , Robert Silverberg extension written by Silverberg of the Asimov story of the same name. A nuclear exchange triggers the return of Ley Lines and Interdimensional Rifts or portals. These Ley Lines and Portals subsequently cause several natural and supernatural disasters. A mysterious plague has swept over the entire world, causing everyone to suffer from amnesia, leading to the collapse of civilization.
Based on a novel by Hideyuki Kikuchi. ITV show, about 3 people who lived after everyone else in England was turned to dust by a chemical that was accidentally released by a television presenter. The City, Not Long After. Pat Murphy - In the wake of a devastating worldwide plague, a handful of artists transform the City of San Francisco, and fend off marauders with a touch of magic.