This is the Way the World Ends

February, 2031: The global population now stands at an estimated 400 million, and every survivor bears the scars of humanity’s struggle to defeat an enemy few believed could exist. Some nations have emerged from the war stronger than ever. Others still struggle to survive. Some no longer exist at all.

In the aftermath of the zombie pandemic Keith Taylor, noted pre-war author of apocalyptic fiction, traveled the world to gather the first hand accounts of survivors from every walk of life, culture and strata of society, ranging from American political leaders to British journalists to Mongolian miners to members of India’s homeless underclass.

Together these chilling interviews describe the course of humanity’s most brutal war, leading from the initial emergence of the virus in the Siberian wilderness to the visceral, heart-rending Shibuya footage, through the confusion of the US President’s impeachment to the unintended and disastrous consequences of the UN’s sweeping refugee amendment, and ending with us battered and broken, diminished but not defeated, in the fragile peace we now enjoy. Together these accounts represent the most illuminating and complete commentary to date of humanity’s loss.

From these candid interviews emerges an image of early 21st century civilization as it truly was: imperfect, fragmented and wholly unprepared for a disaster on such a scale. This is the Way the World Ends takes an unflinching, uncompromising look at the world we had and lost; a look at the pain we suffered due to our inability to accept a single, simple truth:

Zombies are real.

Note: Readers who lived through the pandemic may find the interviews contained within this collection distressing. Discretion is advised.

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“This is the Way the World Ends is the book I’ve been searching for all these years… Like World War Z, it feels like something that could really happen. Something that already HAS happened.” — BroadHorizons

“I cried, I actually gagged, I swore, I hurt, I cheered. This book crosses all genres and is captivating, soul touching, and frightening more for what it shows us about ourselves as universally human, than for any specific apocalypse cause. I would highly recommend this to anyone with a brain and a heart. It’s that good.” — J.S. Coppage

“Really excellent take on how a real zombie apocalypse might spread.” — IceDragonArt

“This is just one of those books; one of those dangerous ‘just one more page’ novels that leave you missing meals and wondering how it reached 2AM when you sat down in the afternoon. Wonderfully conceived and imaginatively written, each chapter sings out with a unique voice that leaves you feeling as if you really live in the world of the story.” — Chasmmm