After the Apocalypse

12/22/2020

Season one, Episode two The Ford of Death

Season 1, Ep. 2
After the Apocalypse - A story of pandemic survivalSeason one, Episode two The Ford of DeathThe old man looked around.The river, the smoke, the light drizzle and the soft hump of the body making its way down stream to feed the rats of Atlanta.He’d seen his share of death.He’d seen worse than this when he was in Africa and the far east where, until not too long-ago, death still stalked the muddy streets in the old ways....After the Apocalypse is a serial podcast that tells the story of the survivors of a 21st century plague that has catastrophically wiped out 90% of human population.Will they be able to survive?What happens to our modern world when the great plague comes?Can humankind survive and learn, or will it devolve into a dark ages nightmare of our worst traits?Listen to the story of After the Apocalypse and find out.After the Apocalypse is written and produced by Chris Russell (that’s me) aftertheapocalypse.meThe show is narrated by Robert Weinheimer who’s work can be found at https://commandvoices.com/The intro and outro music is by Bobby Quinn https://www.fiverr.com/bobbyquinncThank you for listening to After the apocalypse.Make sure to subscribe and please tell your friends.Because this show can only survive the apocalypse with your help.Be a good survivor and spread the word.Go onto your favorite podcast service and write a review.One of the best ways to directly support the show is through our Patreon page –go to patreon.com/AfterTheApocalypse https://www.patreon.com/AftertheApocalypseLinks to everything can be found in the episode and show notes.You can find out more about the show at our website www.aftertheapocalypse.meUntil next week. Thank you for listening and keep surviving.
12/23/2020

Season one, Episode three, Home and Castle

Season 1, Ep. 3
After the Apocalypse - A story of pandemic survivalSeason one, Episode threeHome and CastleThe old man pushed on as the dirt road turned away from the river and drifted westward.That was a plus because he really didn’t want to go into the city.He was still on the outskirts of the great sprawl of Atlanta.There were more buildings here, not directly on the dirt road but visible through the pine trees draped with kudzu....Show notes: After the Apocalypse is a serial podcast that tells the story of the survivors of a 21st century plague that has catastrophically wiped out 90% of human population.Will they be able to survive?What happens to our modern world when the great plague comes?Can humankind survive and learn, or will it devolve into a dark ages nightmare of our worst traits?Listen to the story of After the Apocalypse and find out.After the Apocalypse is written and produced by Chris Russell (that’s me) aftertheapocalypse.meThe show is narrated by Robert Weinheimer who’s work can be found at https://commandvoices.com/The intro and outro music is by Bobby Quinn https://www.fiverr.com/bobbyquinncThank you for listening to After the apocalypse.Make sure to subscribe and please tell your friends.Because this show can only survive the apocalypse with your help.Be a good survivor and spread the word.Go onto your favorite podcast service and write a review.One of the best ways to directly support the show is through our Patreon page –go to patreon.com/AfterTheApocalypse https://www.patreon.com/AftertheApocalypseLinks to everything can be found in the episode and show notes.You can find out more about the show at our website www.aftertheapocalypse.meUntil next week. Thank you for listening and keep surviving.
12/23/2020

Season one, Episode four, Home Invasion

Season 1, Ep. 4
After the ApocalypseA pandemic survival storySeason one, Episode four, Home InvasionThe old man was awakened by the sound of men shouting.It took him a minute to shake off the haze and remember where he was.He had to pee but that would have to wait.“Nothing in the basement!” the first man shouted from the house. “Check the garage!” The other man shouted back from further away.“The tracks led this way.He was here.Watch yourself.”...Show notes: After the Apocalypse is a serial podcast that tells the story of the survivors of a 21st century plague that has catastrophically wiped out 90% of human population.Will they be able to survive?What happens to our modern world when the great plague comes?Can humankind survive and learn, or will it devolve into a dark ages nightmare of our worst traits?Listen to the story of After the Apocalypse and find out.After the Apocalypse is written and produced by Chris Russell (that’s me) aftertheapocalypse.meThe show is narrated by Robert Weinheimer who’s work can be found at https://commandvoices.com/The intro and outro music is by Bobby Quinn https://www.fiverr.com/bobbyquinncThank you for listening to After the apocalypse.Make sure to subscribe and please tell your friends.Because this show can only survive the apocalypse with your help.Be a good survivor and spread the word.Go onto your favorite podcast service and write a review.One of the best ways to directly support the show is through our Patreon page –go to patreon.com/AfterTheApocalypse https://www.patreon.com/AftertheApocalypseLinks to everything can be found in the episode and show notes.You can find out more about the show at our website www.aftertheapocalypse.meUntil next week. Thank you for listening and keep surviving.
1/3/2021

Season one, Episode five, Killer

Season 1, Ep. 5
After the ApocalypseA pandemic survival storySeason one, Episode five, “Killer”Her name was Janet Kramer, (Pause)but her coworkers called her “KJ”.She didn’t know why.She supposed it didn’t matter anymore.The lines on the road flashed by and she started to fade from consciousness again, caught herself and focused.Who was she now?In this new landscape of chaos and death?...Show notes: After the Apocalypse is a serial podcast that tells the story of the survivors of a 21st century plague that has catastrophically wiped out 90% of human population.Will they be able to survive?What happens to our modern world when the great plague comes?Can humankind survive and learn, or will it devolve into a dark ages nightmare of our worst traits?Listen to the story of After the Apocalypse and find out.After the Apocalypse is written and produced by Chris Russell (that’s me) aftertheapocalypse.meThe show is narrated by Robert Weinheimer who’s work can be found at https://commandvoices.com/The intro and outro music is by Bobby Quinn https://www.fiverr.com/bobbyquinncThank you for listening to After the apocalypse.Make sure to subscribe and please tell your friends.Because this show can only survive the apocalypse with your help.Be a good survivor and spread the word.Go onto your favorite podcast service and write a review.One of the best ways to directly support the show is through our Patreon page –go to patreon.com/AfterTheApocalypse https://www.patreon.com/AftertheApocalypseLinks to everything can be found in the episode and show notes.You can find out more about the show at our website www.aftertheapocalypse.meUntil next week. Thank you for listening and keep surviving.
1/25/2021

Season one, Episode seven, “Home Again”

Season 1, Ep. 7
After the ApocalypseA pandemic survival storySeason one, Episode seven, “Home Again”The skies were darkening now as Janet eased the Range Rover onto the entrance ramp to the expressway. Her hands trembled as she gripped the steering wheel hard, adrenaline still pumping through her body.“That man just committed murder right in front of me”, she said, not sure if she could believe it. What the hell was going on?What was this nightmare?Was it like this everywhere?Episode 7 Outro: Hello from your producer Chris.I wanted to check in and see if any of you folks needed anything.Are you enjoying the story?I’m enjoying writing it.Stick around next week to see what happens to Janet.I really want to keep this going, but I can’t survive the podcasting apocalypse without your help.Specifically, subscribe the podcast, like it, write a review, share it on your social media and send the links to 2 or 3 or 5 friends!And finally, become a patron of the show, go to Patreon.com/aftertheapocalypse all one word and make a donation, that’s really the best way to support the story.I’m not looking to make any money off of this but I do need help to keep the production going.I don’t’ have any artwork of Janet, but I envision here as looking like a bad-ass ironman triathlete.If anyone wants to take a swing at some fan art I’d love to see it.As we progress this will become a book and of course an audio book.I’m already have an audio book on audible from one of my other projects and it gets good traction.If anyone listening is or knows any publishers who would be interested feel free to send them my way! Last week I talked about some of the genesis movies of the apocalypse genre.This week I’ll share one book that has definitely influenced me. Its’ a book called “Earth Abides”, published in 1949 by George R. Stewart.A man is in a remote cabin, and wakes up from having a sickness, only to realize most of the population has been killed off.He doesn’t die because he was bitten by a bat and it gave him partial immunity. Why is it always a bat?I think it was a bat in all those moves I talked about last week too.Anyhow, the book is very thoughtful about how the survivors would act, how the infrastructure would slowly crumble and how civilization would revert.The central metaphor is the Golden Gate Bridge. Stephen King called ‘Earth Abides” his inspiration for the Stand, and Jimi Hendrix said it was his favorite book.I probably read this book 30 years ago and the some of the scenes are still vivid in my mind.If you’d like to contact me directly you can shoot me an email at cyktrussell at gmail dot com. cyktrussell@gmail.comThank you for listening, be safe, and keep surviving.OutroAfter the Apocalypse is written and produced by Chris Russell (that’s me) aftertheapocalypse.meThe show is narrated by Robert Weinheimer who’s work can be found at https://commandvoices.com/The intro and outro music is by Bobby Quinn https://www.fiverr.com/bobbyquinncThank you for listening to After the apocalypse.Make sure to subscribe and please tell your friends.Because this show can only survive the apocalypse with your help.Be a good survivor and spread the word.Go onto your favorite podcast service and write a review.One of the best ways to directly support the show is through our Patreon page –go to patreon.com/AfterTheApocalypse https://www.patreon.com/AftertheApocalypseLinks to everything can be found in the episode and show notes.You can find out more about the show at our website www.aftertheapocalypse.meUntil next week. Thank you for listening and keep surviving.
1/25/2021

Season one, Episode eight, “West”

Season 1, Ep. 8
After the ApocalypseA pandemic survival storySeason one, Episode eight, “West”Janet stopped the Range Rover and threw it into park. The big car had apparently taken enough abuse and refused to keep running.The engine choked and coughed to a rattling halt.Stepping out and shaking the last of the glass fragments from her hair and clothes she looked to see what was going on with her father’s truck.It didn’t look like it had crashed, more like it had simply rolled there.She couldn’t see any immediate signs of trouble.It was with a sense of dread that she climbed down into the ditch to check.She could make out a person inside through the back window.She was afraid of what she would find....OutroAfter the Apocalypse is written and produced by Chris Russell (that’s me) aftertheapocalypse.meThe show is narrated by Robert Weinheimer who’s work can be found at https://commandvoices.com/The intro and outro music is by Bobby Quinn https://www.fiverr.com/bobbyquinncThank you for listening to After the apocalypse.Make sure to subscribe and please tell your friends.Because this show can only survive the apocalypse with your help.Be a good survivor and spread the word.Go onto your favorite podcast service and write a review.One of the best ways to directly support the show is through our Patreon page –go to patreon.com/AfterTheApocalypse https://www.patreon.com/AftertheApocalypseLinks to everything can be found in the episode and show notes.You can find out more about the show at our website www.aftertheapocalypse.meUntil next week. Thank you for listening and keep surviving.Episode OutroOutro S1 E8Hello my friends, how are we surviving? This is Chris your writer and producer talking to you live from the frozen wastes of New England.Today we wrapped up the fourth chapter introducing our friend Janet – “KJ – the Killer” – What do you think?Would love some feedback.As always would love whatever support you can lend me through sharing the story with your friends, (or enemies), as we build our audience and community.I’m enjoying myself but I need your shekels, ducats, real, pounds and dinars to keep the lights on.So do us a solid and got to the Patreon page at patreon.com/aftertheapocalypse and make a donation to keep the story going.This week I’d like to thank Jim for pitching in.I appreciate the support Jim.I’ve always been a fan of science fiction and writing this story has led me to think harder about the genre.For a lot of people SciFi is the stuff of 10 year old boys or nerdy men with no social skills.It gets the short shrift, so to speak.But I’ve always been a fan.I like the way SciFi creates a safe space to explore new ideas.Sort of a sand-box for out-of-the-box thinking.It’s a place where authors can chew on ‘what-ifs?’ and not get beat up culturally for it.I just listened to a piece by Jordan Hill on the Libertarian History of Science Fiction which was thought provoking.He references the hard SciFi authors from the “Golden Age” of SciFi, like Asimov, Heinlein, and all those great stories.I can remember starting to read “Dune” by Frank Herbert or the Foundation books by Asimov and not being able to put them down. I’ll share another foundational, (pun intended), story that has influenced me.It’s a book, that started a pulp serial, written by L. Ron Hubbard – yes that L Ron Hubbard – before he went nutty with the Dianetics stuff - called Final Blackout, published in book form in 1948 and very much influenced by the world wars and that generation’s experience in those wars.It has a character named “The Lieutenant” that is one of the best apocalyptic characters ever written.It’s a bit dated now but it’s a fine piece of writing and I fully intend to lean on it in my apocalypse.Thank you for listening.If you can contribute some to the Patreon that would be great.I’m posting the transcripts of the shows there and other things, like these outros and character sketches – if youbcome a patron you get access to those. Please share with your friends.We are 4 weeks into our official launch and we’re just passing 700 listeners.If I can get a couple bucks from 100 true fans I can keep this project going.My friend Dave is offering to have his daughter do some fan arts on the characters. I love that.I have very clear sense or picture of them in my head but I’d love to see how the picture paints itself for others.I leave you with that my fellow survivors.Next show we introduce my favorite character so far, and I know you’re going to love him as much as I do.As always – Keep Surviving.
2/9/2021

Season one, Episode nine, “Bill the Dog”

Season 1, Ep. 9
After the ApocalypseA pandemic survival storySeason one, Episode nine, “Bill the Dog”Bill the dog watched the old man cooking over a low fire at the edge of a swamp.It wasn’t a fire that humans would likely see or smell, but a dog’s nose was different.Bill had picked up the scent of cooking game and followed it. It was an overcast, fall day.The days were noticeably cooler and most of the leaves had been blown from the trees with the approach of winter. Bill lay concealed in the underbrush and leaves.Silent. Watching.Curious.The old man’s dinner wasn’t the only scent on the breeze.There was, as always, the background smell of smoke and death that seemed to permeate the apocalypse, but there was something else, too.There was the smell of other dogs....Show notes: After the Apocalypse is a serial podcast that tells the story of the survivors of a 21st century plague that has catastrophically wiped out 90% of human population.Will they be able to survive?What happens to our modern world when the great plague comes?Can humankind survive and learn, or will it devolve into a dark ages nightmare of our worst traits?Listen to the story of After the Apocalypse and find out.After the Apocalypse is written and produced by Chris Russell (that’s me) aftertheapocalypse.meThe show is narrated by Robert Weinheimer who’s work can be found at https://commandvoices.com/The intro and outro music is by Bobby Quinn https://www.fiverr.com/bobbyquinncThank you for listening to After the apocalypse.Make sure to subscribe and please tell your friends.Because this show can only survive the apocalypse with your help.Be a good survivor and spread the word.Go onto your favorite podcast service and write a review.One of the best ways to directly support the show is through our Patreon page –go to patreon.com/AfterTheApocalypse https://www.patreon.com/AftertheApocalypseLinks to everything can be found in the episode and show notes.You can find out more about the show at our website www.aftertheapocalypse.meUntil next week. Thank you for listening and keep surviving.