OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! Missing Monarchs is out today and I am in it!

Cover art for Missing Monarchs

Cover art for Missing Monarchs

I’m so excited! Missing Monarchs is finally here! And inside it is my story, ‘The Runaway King’!

Missing Monarchs is a Fox Pocket Anthology – flash fiction on a single theme collected for your pocket-book delectation. My story is a sweet little tale of love and abdication.

Other amazing authors in this anthology include Lou Morgan, of Blood and Feathers fame; Jo Thomas (aka Journeymouse); Chloe Yates; Geri Clark Hellery and more!

You can buy this as a Kindle ebook, or as a paperback. (An ePub will be forthcoming from Spacewitch.)

Full contents below:

Graham Wynd – Headless in Bury

Emma Teichmann – In Absentia

Lou Morgan – Oliver Cromwell’s Other Head

Jonathan Ward – The Collector

Victoria Hooper – The Lost Queen

Ro Smith – The Runaway King

Geraldine Clark Hellery – The Blooding

Rahne Sinclair – Monarch of the Glen

Michael Pack – Paths in the Forest

Jo Thomas – the Lost Kingdom

Christian D’Amico – Matriarch

Paul Starkey – Checkmate

Chloe Yates – Tits up in Wonderland

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! I’m excited – you should buy it!

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Rhube’s Christmas Music for the Apocalypse, No. 8: Stop the Cavalry

Sometimes the apocalypse is mainstream. Jona Lewie’s ‘Stop the Cavalry’ is probably the best known song in this list, expressing fears of nuclear destruction and unending warfare. ‘Mary gladly waits at home/In the nuclear fallout zone’ our hero sings, expressing the Cold War fear of the Bomb, whilst tying the fear of that specific time to a wearyingly timeless one: ‘I have had to fight/Almost every night/Down throughout the centuries’.

Sometimes the doom that looms is not disease or zombies or natural disaster, it’s just humans, doing what humans do. And that’s as true at Christmas time as at any other.

You can buy ‘Stop the Cavalry’ by Jona Lewie on Amazon and iTunes.

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Rhube’s Christmas Music for the Apocalypse, No. 7: Post Apocalypse Christmas

Gruff Rhys’s ‘Post Apocalypse Christmas’ somehow mixes bleak with chipper for this apocalypse themed Christmas number. It comes from his three track secular album, Atheist Xmas EP, and while I remain puzzled as to why ‘secular’ seems to have been interpreted as ‘bleak’, it’s a fun little song for the apocalypse survivor.

You can buy Atheist Xmas EP from Gruff Rhys’s website or from Amazon or iTunes.

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Rhube’s Christmas Music for the Apocalypse, No. 6: Christmas with the Devil

According some Christian views of the apocalypse, there will be a time of tribulation when the Antichrist or Devil will reign on Earth. Christmas would certainly be a special time of year then. Please enjoy Spinal Tap’s ‘Christmas with the Devil’ as a celebration of this particularly dark time of year.

Thanks to @nickjbarlow on Twitter for pointing me this way!

You can buy this song from Amazon and iTunes.

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Rhube’s Christmas Music for the Apocalypse, No. 5: Death to the World

Another choice carol from the H P Lovecraft Historical Society, ‘Death to the World’ celebrates the waking of Lovecraft’s most famous slumbering monster, Cthulhu, who rises from sunken R’lyeh to destroy the world.

Invading the dreams of the unwary with mind-bending visions of madness, the winged and betentacled Cthulhu makes a striking figure, and his rising is certainly a dramatic way for the world to go this Christmas, as the stars align…

‘Death to the World’ comes from the H P Lovecraft Historical Society’s second seasonal album, An Even Scarier Solstice, and can be bought online from their website.

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Rhube’s Christmas Music for the Apocalypse, No. 4: A Post Apocalyptic Christmas

Just ten days until Christmas and it’s time for my favourite apocalypse Christmas song: Art Elliot’s haunting ‘A Post Apocalyptic Christams’. The parodies and novelty songs are great, but I think this song is simply beautiful, really hitting a chord with what us apocalypse lovers find appealing about the genre in the first place. I encapsulates a sense of loss and aloneness amongst the fragments of culture and civilisation that remain, culminating in the final refrain: ‘oh come, oh come emmanuel’. I get chills every time.

Art Elliot is an awesome independent musician with a focus on bleak and apocalyptic folk art. His website is full of awesome music for the apocalypse-lover’s heart. You can buy ‘A Post Apocalyptic Christmas’ from Bandcamp for as little as $1, and I really strongly encourage you to.

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Rhube’s Christmas Music for the Apocalypse, No. 3: Carol of the Old Ones

‘Carol of the Old Ones’ is just one of the many apocalyptic Christmas songs produced by the H P Lovecraft Historical Society, bringing an end to the world in the style of the Elder Gods.

For those unfamilliar with the work of H P Lovecraft, he was a prolific writer of horror stories concerning ancient evils awaking from their slumber bringing madness and destruction to humans who can barely comprehend their existence. The H P Lovecraft Historical Society celebrates this work in song with albums such as A Very Scary Solstice and An Even Scarier Solstice, which you can order from their website.

This song is from A Very Scary Solstice and, unfortunately, it cannot be downloaded separately. However, you can be assured that several other songs from the album will appear in my apocalyptic list of Christmas music, and the whole album is very much worth your time and money.

I’m building a playlist of Rhube’s Christmas Music for the Apocalypse on YouTube. It will be complete on December 24th, ready for you to use in your Christmas celebrations (if you celebrate Christmas) or for your general good cheer at the wintery end of humanity. All embedded videos are a part of the playlist, but you can also view the playlist from the beginning here.

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Rhube’s Christmas Music for the Apocalypse, No. 2: ‘Chrion Beta Prime’

Today’s Seasonal Apocalypse is sponsored by ROBOTS. It’s not hard to appear jovial about the time of year when the penalty is death, so here’s wishing you all a Merry Christmas, from Chiron Beta Prime.

‘Chiron Beta Prime’ is a song by Jonathan Coulton and this video is part of the Jonathan Coulton Project, which makes videos for Jonanthan Coulton songs. You can buy Jonathan Coulton’s songs in a whole host of different ways linked to from his website.

I’m building a playlist of Rhube’s Christmas Music for the Apocalypse on YouTube. It will be complete on December 24th, ready for you to use in your Christmas celebrations (if you celebrate Christmas) or for your general good cheer at the wintery end of humanity. All embedded videos are a part of the playlist, but you can also view the playlist from the beginning here.

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Rhube’s Christmas Music for the Apocalypse, No. 1: ‘Christmas at Ground Zero’

Welcome to the Christmas edition of Rhube’s Christmas Music for the Apocalypse! Kicking it off with a classic of Yule Tide apocalyptic cheer, ‘Christmas at Ground Zero’, by Weird Al Yankovic.

Hailing from 1986, where the Cold War made a nuclear winter a more clear and present danger than it is today, this song capture the spirit of bucking up under the threat of thermonuclear war.

You can buy this from Amazon.

Stay tuned every day until Christmas for more apocalyptic seasonal spirit!

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Rhube’s Music for the Apocalypse, No. 3: It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

It’s way too early in the apocalypse to get maudlin. Keeping it up beat with REM, ‘It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)’ launches us into the abyss with abandon.

How does the world end? Earthquake, hurricane, fire, a government for hire, low flying planes, overpopulation, the Rapture – you name it, this apocalypse has got it. The pounding stream of consciousness lyrics that release into the slower refrain of the title perhaps capture the appeal of the apocalypse to the modern consciousness – that the hecticness and relentless slog of life in an uncertain world, attacked from all sides, is something we fanatise about being released from. However civilisation collapses, if you can come out on the other side freed of civilised burdens, maybe you’d be just fine.

You can get ‘It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)’ from Amazon and iTunes. It’s also on the Rhube’s Music for the Apocalypse playlist on YouTube.

P.S. watch out for the Christmas Music for the Apocalypse count down starting tomorrow!

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