Prelude to the Apocalypse – Mohammed

Rome, Italy To his neighbours, Aharon was a hard-working office clerk. He was pleasant, polite and kept himself pretty much to himself. Occasionally, he would disappear for a week or two, ostensibly to go on holiday, but there was nothing remarkable about the man who would often hold the door open for those who lived in his apartment building. The …

Prelude to the apocalypse – Leroy

Buffalo Wyoming, USA Yellowstone National Park had something beneath it that had troubled scientists and doomsday preppers for decades. It was the home to a massive super volcano. And whilst it would have blown of its own accord eventually, the impact of a huge piece of space rock just brought matters to a head. Buffalo wasn’t a big town, just …

Prelude to the apocalypse – Rachel

Miami, USA The children were giving her a headache. Rachel Cole looked at her class and felt every sound from them pulse through her brain, a brain that was rapidly being overrun by ZV666. She loved the little dears, including the naughtiest of them, but right now they were an abomination. She had no idea where that thought came from. …

Prelude to the apocalypse – Chloe

Mid-Atlantic “Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We are presently flying at roughly thirty thousand feet, but we are expecting just a bit of turbulence, so I’m going to be switching on the seat belt sign. If you could please return to your seats, that would be much appreciated.” Chloe Brooke looked at the faces of the passengers …

Prelude to the apocalypse – Rick

Dallas, USA Rick Castle was once again fielding calls from the great unwashed. As cynical as his old bones were, he still loved his country, and he was furious. Those bastard terrorists had managed to break into his radio network’s channel and broadcast their vile filth over the airways. The radio network he worked for wasn’t alone in that affliction. …

Prelude to the apocalypse – Dang

Bangkok, Thailand Most demons took whatever hosts they could get when they could get them. The lesser demons weren’t particularly choosy, the commanders of Hell turning a blind eye whenever they ventured to the cool place. If an opening appeared to a susceptible host, it was considered there for the taking. Some humans were difficult to take, but others, like …

Prelude to the apocalypse – Barak

Jerusalem, Israel Barak the “blessed”. That was what his mother called him. She was dead now, long in the ground, killed by the disease that had torn the life out of her. She was therefore not around to be a guiding light in his formative years, leaving him with a father who cursed God and loved only the alcohol that …

Prelude to the apocalypse – Rupert

Dallas, USA Rupert was one of those teachers who never managed to garner the respect of his students. To be honest, teaching wasn’t so much a vocation as something he had fallen into. There were millions of people in the same situation with their jobs and their relationships. You woke up one morning and found life just sort of happened. …

Prelude to the apocalypse – Abeo

Nigeria Nigeria is Africa’s largest grower of maize, producing nearly eight million tonnes a year. That was about to change. Most of the countries of Africa that were able to grow substantial crops were about to witness a cataclysm. Abeo Eze worked on one of Nigeria’s largest farms. He was a labourer, helping to maintain the farm as well as …

Prelude to the apocalypse – Gavin

Yellowstone National Park, USA. When he felt the stresses of life, Gavin Clay liked to retreat from the world into the wilderness for a few hours. He always came to the same spot on the shore of Lewis Lake. He wasn’t much of a hiker, so Gavin picked an area he could drive to. He liked the beauty of nature, …