{Meet The Contributors – Part 3} A Silent Dystopia: New stories in the A Quiet Apocalypse Universe.

A Silent Dystopia Anthology

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A Silent Dystopia, the stunning new anthology set in the Quiet Apocalypse Universe is growing bigger day by day with exciting authors adding their voices to Dave Jeffery’s epic story. Today, we discover who the next three authors are.

Today also brings CaTHEDRAL to PAPERBACK. You can buy Book 2 in the Quiet Apocalypse series from Amazon UK & Amazon US

The Contributors

John Palisano

What was it about the A Quiet Apocalypse universe that made you want to be a part of it?

I was drawn to the project on the strength of the world Dave Jeffery has created. I thought it was a very fascinating map upon which there were many places to explore. 

What were the challenges of writing in an established universe and how did you overcome them?

The biggest challenge centred around how to have the characters communicate in a world where most cannot hear. Initially, I foolishly thought it would just take a minor adjustment. Instead, it took a very new approach, which caused one to use the least number of written messages between the characters. The other big challenge was to simultaneously make it feel like part of that world but having it be its own story.

More information about John and his work can be found HERE.

J.A. Sullivan

What was it about the A Quiet Apocalypse universe that made you want to be a part of it?

The eerie realism of the universe really appealed to me as a reader, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Parallels between A Quiet Apocalypse and the real-world experience were uncanny, especially the desire of some folks to find a scapegoat. As a writer, the entire premise ignited my imagination. Most of my fiction dips into supernatural occurrences, so the opportunity to explore this solidly grounded world allowed me to push myself to contemplate the true grit required to survive the aftermath of a devastating pandemic. In many ways, this universe is all the more frightening and unsettling because of how true to life it is, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to play in this dark space.

What were the challenges of writing in an established universe and how did you overcome them?

When I first discussed the anthology with David T Griffith, I thought my biggest challenge would be trying to enter the mindset of someone living in the UK, as I’ve visited there but certainly do not understand all the nuanced details of British culture. But after being given free rein to set my story closer to home, I was faced with another challenge, envisioning an even sparser populated version of Canada while maintaining links to the broader established universe. Not wanting to reinvent a new order of a fallen major city as done with Cathedral, I leaned into the foreboding wilderness of Algonquin Park, Ontario with a character mentally struggling to endure her isolated existence.  Hopefully, it resonates with fans of the established A Quiet Apocalypse universe.

More information about J.A. and her work can be found HERE.

Steve Stred

What was it about the A Quiet Apocalypse universe that made you want to be a part of it?

From the moment I read A Quiet Apocalypse I was very intrigued with the world Jeffery had created. This was a different, or rather, a unique take on ‘the-end-of-the-world’ scenarios. But one thing I gathered from AQA and its sequel was the underlying theme of hope. Hope has always played a role in my own writing and when I was invited to participate, I was excited to see if I could write a really dark and sorrow-filled story that also had faint hints of hope.

What were the challenges of writing in an established universe and how did you overcome them?

I think the biggest challenge for any writer attempting to add to a pre-existing world, is doing the source material justice. I knew my style of storytelling compliments Dave’s nicely, and having the freedom to write my own story that was set in his world, while ensuring key details were accurate, was a relief. If we’d have had to write specific background pieces for pre-existing characters, I think that would’ve been tough. One really unique aspect of this is the global scope. The writers invited to this anthology are spread all over the world, so we all got to add our own take on how things would go down in places near and dear to us.

More information about Steve and his work can be found HERE.

A Quiet Apocalypse

The end is hear…

A mutant strain of meningitis has wiped out most of mankind. The few who have survived the fever are now deaf.

Bitter with loss and terrified to leave the city known as Cathedral, the inhabitants rely on The Samaritans, search teams sent out into the surrounding countryside. Their purpose, to hunt down and enslave the greatest commodity on Earth, an even smaller group of people immune to the virus, people who can still hear.

People like me.

My name is Chris.

This is my story.

You can buy A Quiet Apocalypse from Amazon UK Amazon US


CATHEDRAL … The world has changed. So have the rules.

In the silence of a quiet apocalypse, there is Cathedral. It is a city like no other, sanctuary for the survivors of a terrible plague that has deafened the world. The walls protect the small community. Rituals and laws maintain order to prevent a return to chaos.

But Cathedral is a dangerous and complex place. For citizens like Sarah and newcomer Paul it can be either home or prison.

They just have to decide where their loyalties lie…

(cover by Adrian Baldwin; central art piece by Dark Artist Roberto Segate)

You can buy Cathedral from Amazon UK & Amazon US

The SaMaritan

The disease known as MNG-U has staked its claim on humanity and ended the world. Those who survive have been robbed of their hearing, deafened in this quiet apocalypse. But in the city of Cathedral, they have found sanctuary.

Inside the walls, the meagre populace relies on harsh governance to keep them safe. Outside the walls they depend on Samaritans, search teams who scour the Wilderness for both resource and threat. Bound by an oath to maintain and defend their city, Samaritans are the line separating Cathedral from disorder and ruin, a mandate they pursue ruthlessly and without question.

Until now.

On a routine recon, one Samaritan will find himself injured and alone and in desperate need of guidance. Where loyalties between the oath made to his beloved city will clash with promises from his past. Now he must question everything he knows, including his own purpose.

Because, lost in the Wilderness, redemption is about to become the only way to stay alive.

The Samaritan: Book 3 in The Quiet Apocalypse series.

(cover by Adrian Baldwin; central art piece by Roberto Segate)

You can buy The SaMaritan from Amazon UK & Amazon US

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