After Armageddon owes much of its inspiration to the great Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Many people are surprised to learn that in addition to his famous Sherlock Holmes stories, Conan Doyle was also a prolific short story writer. He wrote hundreds of short stories and many are contained in a wonderful anthology that sits on my bookshelf at home. I often pick it up and read one or two, just to remind myself what a genius the man was. They’re not all crime stories either, which may surprise some people, but this is about my anthology and not the works of Conan Doyle, as great as they were.
For me, writing short stories was part of my transition from being a full time poet to becoming a fully-fledged novelist, and I was fortunate that most of my shorts were picked up for publication in many online and print publications and magazines. My stories became something of a proving ground for me, a way of discovering if I had the will (and the ability) to go on and write full length novels. They also gave me an opportunity to try my hand at writing in various genres, and like Conan Doyle I wrote them for the sheer fun of the exercise.
One of the stories in the collection, Toxic Bitch, was commissioned especially for an anthology entitled Ladies & Gentlemen of Horror (2011) and it was my involvement with that publication that brought me into close contact with fellow author Carole Gill, who was gracious enough to accept an invitation to include one of her short horror stories in After Armageddon.
There’s something for everyone in After Armageddon, from post-apocalyptic tales of horror to science fiction and crime thrillers, and in one story, a touch of romance too.
If you enjoy post apocalyptic short stories, Brian L. Porter's After Armageddon is a good pick.