Online Post Apocalyptic and Dystopian Fiction
Online Post-Apocalyptic Fiction
What do you do when you've read all of the post apocalyptic fiction you can find? You've read the Deathlands series. You've read I am Legend. You've read The Road. You've read The Hunger Games. And now you're suffering serious withdrawal.
Well...If you've not yet searched the internet, there's a vast untapped source of these stories.
The subjects are quite varied, as in published fiction. From asteroids to nuclear bombs, from economic collapse to zombies. If you can imagine the world ending in some manner, someone has probably written about it.
Sometimes the online stories are not quite as polished as published works would be. Many are on forums or message boards, and while most people carefully proofread before posting a chapter, a few people just don't. There's also the potential that the story that you're reading was never finished, and never will be. But if you're willing to overlook the occasional typo, and take the chance that you may have to make up your own ending (completed stories are often noted as such), you may just find a diamond in the rough.
Before you dismiss all online writers as wannabes and not worth reading, I would like to point out David Crocker, aka Halffast, who originally wrote the story "Lights Out" on a message board, and was able to make the leap to published book. If he was good enough, who knows what other talented author is out there, just working up the courage to shop their book around to publishers. Maybe you'll be one of the first to discover them.
I've linked only to stories that either the author has decided to make their story available for free, or to stories in the public domain. If there is a link to a book that should not be available for free, please let me know so that I can remove it.
Here are some writers whose stories started out online.
From online writer to published author. Here's proof that online fiction can have potential.
First written on a message board, this exciting story about a man searching for his family in a world where all of the usual conventions are no longer followed is sure to please.
It only takes an instant for a normal life to get turned upside down and become a survival situation.
A collection of letters, written after the apocalypse on any writing surface available are undeliverable and sit in the Dead Letter Office.
Are You Prepared for the End of the World?
Here's another poll for you. If you want to check out or participate in the previous poll, scroll to the bottom of the page.
There's a lot of fiction about the end of the world and a lot of different ways that people envision it ending. Have you made any preparations for a big change in lifestyle due a disaster (including natural disasters, man made disasters and economic or governmental disasters.)
Feel free to make a comment about your choice
Have you made any preparations for a disaster?
Stories on Message Boards
One very common way for post apocalyptic fiction to be presented is on message board. Sometimes the whole tale is presented in single thread, and sometimes you must search the forum for different chapters, often out of order due to posts by other people.
There is another drawback pertaining to other people posting, though you may consider it a bonus depending on your view. Often on message boards people other than the author will post comments, encouragement, suggestions and sometimes harsh criticism. The reader must be willing to sift through all the comments to get to the meat of the story.
Despite these possible problems, I find reading the fiction on these message boards a lot of fun. As many of the stories appear on message boards devoted to "prepping" or being ready for just those eventualities that the tales speak of, the level of detail is often exceptionally high. It's quite possible to learn something concrete and useful.
I have included only links to message boards that you do not have to register as a member to read.
- Whenshtf Senarios and Stories Forum
The link to the fiction forum of the Whenshtf Message Board.
- Timebomb2000 Member Stories Forum
This is the fiction forum of the preparedness message board Timebomb 2000.
- The Frugal's Forum Archives via the 'Wayback Machine'
The Frugal Squirrel's Fiction section has been closed and the writers have been politely asked to find somewhere else to write. They have moved various places on the web. Access to the fiction section of the archive has also been removed. This is a l
- The Books, Movies and Stories forum of the Survivalist Boards
Besides original fiction, there is also discussion about books and movies in this forum
- The Reading Room Forum of Survival Monkey
Original fiction and discussions about books.
- We Interrupt This Program
An individual novel length story of an asteroid strike.
- The Bug Out
An individual tale of a terrorist attack.
- Zombie Squad Fiction Forum
This is the Fiction Forum of the Zombie Squad message board.
- The Fan Fiction Forum of the Quiet Earth Board
This is the fiction forum of the Quiet Earth message board.
- PAW Fiction board
A message board focusing on Post Apocalyptic Fiction.
- User's SHTF Fiction section of the SHTF Movement Message Board
There are a few original stories in this small fiction section.
- Final Hour
Story of a terrorist attack.
When the Oil Runs Out.
Here's a few fiction books looking at what may happen when oil is no longer as readily available to the masses as it is right now.
How will the life of a teenager change when suddenly there's no oil available to most for driving, shipping goods and heating.
When a family loses touch with a young woman's grandparents, she makes the decision to travel across a United States changed by the lack of fuel. It should have been a simple trip....
Without access to fuel, one community's world gets smaller.
You step in the stream,
But the water has moved on.
That page is not here.
The internet is an ever changing place, and links that worked yesterday don't always work today. I don't always find the links that have been broken, and I would be grateful if you took a moment to let me know if you find a link that's not working. I'll get the message and deal with the problem, but I won't post your message.
Thanks for your help in keeping this list neat and clean.
Post Apocalyptic Comics
Graphic novels and comics set in a post apocalyptic world.
This is a comic set in a post nuclear bomb world.
- The Undisputed King of Nothing
A post-apocalyptic comic, set in a world devastated by a virus.
- Gone with the Blastwave
Online comic following two soldiers in a devastated city
- Romantically Apocalyptic
A beautifully illustrated comic following a small squad of survivors through a devastated land.
- Trinity Blood
Here's a manga story. In the distant future, after the Apocalypse a war continues between Humans and Vampires.
Post Apocalyptic Fiction in Blogs
Another popular form of presenting post apocalyptic fiction online is through a blog. Often story will presented in a journal style with each post being a single day in the life of the characters.
This method of presentation is satisfying to read, with comments allowed on many of the blogs, but unobtrusively at the bottom of each post rather than breaking up the story. Unfortunately, many blogs are started never to be completed. I have included incomplete blogs as well as complete ones.
Blog Authors, if you're on here and would like to send me your own description, either contact me through my profile or leave a message in the guestbook and I'll see that your description is updated. If you're not on this list and would like to be, let me know as well.
- SHTF Fiction Blog
Several post apocalyptic stories in an active blog.
- The Redline: A Tale of Collapse
What choices will you make when a crisis occurs? Will you stand strong or will you be an unprotesting passenger on the Redline?
- E.D. Day- Dead Sydney
A complete novel in blog form set after a pandemic.
- After: A Post Apocalyptic Survival Story
A story of Alien Invasion. This story is complete
- Starvation Ridge
A novel length story set after the collapse of modern civilization. You can also find Starvation Ridge in print, pdf and epub at Lulu.com.
- Something Wicked Comes
A preparedness Blog. There are links to the fiction on the left side.
- TEOTWAWKIAIFF Blog
The End of the World as We Know It, And I Feel Fine.
- Kaijafon's Stories
A blog with several different stories on it
An original fiction serial set in a post-apocalyptic midwest
- 2014: The Way the World Ends
Join 8 Americans as they struggle to survive the end of the world while remembering what it means to be American.
- Odd Billy Todd
A man with personal challenges is the only one to survive the plague in his town.
- Above Ground
Trapped on her first excursion to the surface, Lilith struggles to survive.
- The Philosopher in Arms.
Set 3000 years after a global catastrophe, when civilization is just beginning to rise again.
- The 13
Story about assassins in a post-apocalyptic setting.
- Post Apocalyptic Hobby Story
First (and only) post in what was to be a novel. You never know, maybe they'll get back to it.
- The Brink
An llustrated post-apocalyptic web series.
- Collapse -Canadian Doomer Blog
A Canadian family struggles with the changes the collapse of society brings. Scroll to the bottom for Ch 1 Sc 1.
- And the Geek Shall Inherit the Earth
Lydie has a homestead that is set up to survive almost anything. And it's a good thing that she has it...
- A Will to Survive
A deadly flu pandemic has hit and Sissy, Scott and the children struggle to survive by sheltering in.
- Carry on Damaris
The war has started but life goes on. Sometimes you make good choices and sometimes you don't. Damaris was just trying to survive. Isn't that true of all of us?
- All Roads Lead Somewhere
Del, her father and brother move to a cabin, and the world begins to fall apart around them.
- Fel by the Wayside
What will life be like for some women several generations after TEOTWAWKI? Fel is living it and here is her story.
- Over the Mountain and Through the Fire
An unusual girl struggles across a changed county to get home, only to find that the struggle to survive has only begun.
- Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men
An asteroid impact leaves a clean cut college student struggling to find her place in this new life.
- Forsaken Harvest
A disease has killed off much of the plant life, and Dacey must protect her brother and struggle to survive.
- This is Me Surviving
A teenage girl struggles to survive when a pandemic ends the world as she knows it.
- To All Things There is a Season
As an economic downturn worsens into economic collapse, Leah and Mateo must find there way in new circumstances.
Growing up is a challenge when you are a child of the apocalypse.
- Hollow World
The world as they know it has ended. Anything running on gasoline has either blown up or will-very soon.
- Stand Up and Be Free
There are two stories on this blog. For the Greater Good, about a nuclear attack, and The Troublemaker, about the disintegration of the US.
- The Last Emergency
A terrorist attack shakes the infrastructure of America.
- The Mediator Pattern
BelisCo-San Jose. The corporate city that has all of the most up to date technology.
A devastating weapon irradiates the United States. Starts at Dec 6.
- Miss Lonleyhearts
A new post-apocalyptic story serial. A girl is thrust in the mist of an apocalyptic event.
- Memories of Hope City
A story of a dark and dystopian future.
- Bastion: The Last Hope
When the meteors fall, survivors band together looking for a safe haven. Then they must work together to survive the alien invaders.
- One Year After - A Story of Two Families
This is the story of two families one year after the economic collapse. One family was prepared, and one was not.
What's Your Preference?
The stories I've linked to in this lens have so many different ways for the world to end. Which is your preference? What type of world-ending scenario would you rather read?
How do you want the world as we know it to end (in fiction)?
Books by Readers of This Lens
If you've got a Post Apocalyptic book out there on Amazon, let me know and I'll put it in here to let people know about it.
Our dependence on oil makes our society a fragile one should that oil no longer be so available.
A woman searches for her kidnapped child in a dystopian future.
The regimented life that has kept a survivor alive is turned upside down when a stranger arrives.
Continues where Part I left off. Can the survivor and companion escape?
Separated the pair must escape the military base.
Post Apocalyptic Movies and Audiobooks online
In this list you'll find movies and audiobooks that are available online.
- Nuclear Winter: The Tragic Comedy of the Post Apocalypse
A movie about the apocalypse, a satire of the post 9/11 paranoia.
Even horror writers aren't necessarily prepared for the end of the world. Short story available as both an audio and a text download.
More Books by Friends of this Lens
Here are some more Post Apocalyptic Fiction books.
Follow the survivors as they struggle through the end of the world as they knew it.
A man tries to keep his family together in a changed world.
This story follows other people surviving the same disaster as the previous two books.
A man struggles to find his role and keep his family and friends safe in a world that has been turned upside down.
More Post Apocalyptic Stories.
Here are a few more places to find post apocalyptic and dystopian fiction on the net.
- The Union Creek Journal
When the economy collapses, there's a new normal. Quite a number of chapters long.
- Web Fiction Guides Apocalyptic Stories
This is a great place to find many types of fiction, Post-apocalyptic included.
- Deep Winter on Google Books
A family struggles to survive after a volcano erupts. Also available on Amazon.
- Post Apocalyse Dead Letter Office
Very interesting form. The story is told through letters to various people with each letter an actual real letter complete with envelope. I have linked to the oldest letters. Scroll to the bottom for the first letter
- Apocalyptic Science Fiction on E-book Directory
Classic tales of post-apocalypse fiction.
- Simply Scripts - Original Sci Fi Scripts
This site has quite a number of Science Fiction and Fantasy scripts available for download. There are some Post Apocalyptic scripts here.
- Fanfiction - Fallout
These are stories told in the world of the Fallout video games. They are set in a bleak post-apocalyptic world.
- Fanfiction- Jericho
Fan fiction told in the world of the television show Jericho.
- When the Leaves Fall
This is a tale of preparedness and economic collapse.
- Post Apocalyptic Stories on Fictionpress
The search results of Post Apocalyptic on Fictionpress. There are many stories here by different authors in various stages of completion.
- Indivisible by Troy J Grice
What happens when the economy of the US collapses? Scroll to the bottom of the page for the chapters.
Another post apocalyptic tale by the author of Indivisible
- Bookrix Online Library
A search for Apocalypse on the Bookrix Online Library.
- End of the World Fiction on Helium
A Search for End of the World fiction on Helium
- End of the World
A village prepares for the end of the world.
- Pandemic by Jesse F. Bone
A short story about a Pandemic.
- Fallout Equestria
This story is set 200 years after a nuclear war hit the Pony world.
- The Thin White Line
Everything begins with a single case of the flu. Craig DiLouie shows how a pandemic might unfold, focusing on Canada. There's a link to a free download on this page.
- Andromeda Apocalypse
You are the last survivor of your planet, and maybe even the human race. Interactive fiction. (Game where you type commands to go through the story eg: go north, get flashlight)
- The Permit
A short story of the future.
- The Battle of Lorenz
A story of a dystopian future.
- Post Apocalyptic TP Blues
A short story about developing your niche for survival in the apocalypse.
- Search Results for Post Apocalyptic on Smashwords
There's quite a few stories here. Some are free and some have a low price.
- Asteroid Impact
A family scrambles to prepare for an asteroid impact.
- Nuclear Holocausts: Atomic War in Fiction
This isn't actually fiction, but an essay looking at nuclear war in published fiction.
Do you have a favourite site for reading post apocolyptic fiction online? Have you written some post apocolyptic fiction and would like the world to know? Post here to critique the stories you've read, and to suggest other sites.