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Library At The End Of The World Library at the End of the World is hosted by noted survival and preparedness authority Jim Cobb. He's long been a fan of post-apocalyptic and disaster fiction and this show will focus on the books, TV shows, and movies that center on all the ways authors and directors have destroyed the world. We'll be talking about electromagnetic pulse, plague, nuclear war, alien invasion, zombie uprising, and so much more. Reviews, author interviews, even some real world survival and prepper tips along the way.

  • Library At The End Of The World - Episode #0
    on September 8, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    The Library at the End of the World is hosted by noted survival and preparedness authority Jim Cobb. He's long been a fan of post-apocalyptic and disaster fiction and this show will focus on the books, TV shows, and movies that center on all the ways authors and directors have destroyed the world. We'll be talking about electromagnetic pulse, plague, nuclear war, alien invasion, zombie uprising, and so much more. Reviews, author interviews, even some real world survival and prepper tips along the way. Fridays on Project Entertainment Network […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 1
    by Jim Cobb on October 20, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    In the premier episode, host Jim Cobb discusses his early discovery of post-disaster fiction and the influences on his own career as a disaster readiness consultant.  He also interviews Sharon Ahern, co-author of THE SURVIVALIST book series and learns how she and her husband Jerry plotted the stories, researched products that were featured, and just how much real life was inserted into those stories. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 2
    on October 27, 2017 at 11:00 am

    In our second installment, Jim begins the show with talking about his theories on why end of the world fiction is so popular.  Then, the focus shifts over to prepper fiction, such as how it is different from other types of end of the world stories and what is the Prepper Fiction Checklist.  From there, Jim talks to popular prepper fiction author Franklin Horton, author of Borrowed World.  They discuss how that series began, what prompted the writing of the books, and how realistic the plot might actually be.  Jim wraps up with the Three Minute Survival Tip, this time discussing the importance of water. […]

  • Library At The End of The World - Episode 3
    on November 3, 2017 at 11:34 am

    In episode 3, The Road Warrior is on the menu.  Jim talks about the first time he saw Max and his sawed off double barrel shotgun and the impact it had on him.  Author Adam J Whitlatch is the guest this week.  His book, THE WELLER, is very much the literary equivalent of The Road Warrior.  Adam and Jim discuss the inspirations behind THE WELLER as well as the enduring popularity of post-apocalyptic books and movies. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 4
    on November 10, 2017 at 11:00 am

    In our 4th installment, we're talking about Young Adult disaster fiction.  There's an awful lot of it coming out these days and much of it is quite good.  We touch on The Hunger Games and a couple of others.  Then, Jim interviews Mike Mullin, author of the Ashfall series, and among other things they discuss what happens when the supervolcano underneath Yellowstone National Forest finally blows? […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 5
    on November 17, 2017 at 11:00 am

    In episode 5, the focus is on post-apocalyptic communities. While the lone wolf Road Warrior is fun to read about, small villages and groups are interesting, too.  There's a lot to take into account when writing about a survival community, from the group's structure to division of labor.  Author Kristan Cannon joins Jim to talk about her Kingdom of Walden series, which focuses on a community in Northern Ontario after a major societal collapse.  Also, details on how to win the Library at the End of the World Shameless Bribe contest! […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 6
    on November 24, 2017 at 11:00 am

    This week's installment is all about movies.  The Road Warrior, Escape from New York, Exterminators in the Year 3000, the list of classics, some more dubious than others, goes on and on.  Jim chats with David J Moore, author of WORLD GONE WILD, the definitive guide to post-apocalyptic films.  Jim also reveals a helpful hint or two for those participating in the Library at the End of the World Shameless Bribe Contest. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 7
    on December 1, 2017 at 11:00 am

    In this installment, Jim talks a bit about the different sorts of time frames or settings for post-apocalyptic fiction.  He then chats at length with Sean Ellis, author of CAMP ZERO.  They talk about that book, action stories in general, and playing in other creators' sandboxes.  And, of course the weekly Three Minute Survival Tip. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 8
    on December 8, 2017 at 11:00 am

    PANDEMIC by Yvonne Ventresca is one of Jim's favorite disaster books.  While geared toward the Young Adult crowd, it isn't filled with fluff, rainbows, and unicorns.  Instead, we have the Blue Flu, a virus that leaves infected patients gasping for air.  This week, Jim sits down with Yvonne to talk about the book, pandemics in general, and why Young Adult disaster fiction seems to be all the rage. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 9
    on December 15, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    This time around, we're talking about the theme of isolation in post-apocalyptic fiction.  Many stories and movies revolve around the "last man on earth" scenario.  Jim interviews Andrew Barker, a British filmmaker whose film A RECKONING is a brilliant portrayal of solitude.  And, of course, the weekly Three Minute Survival Tip, this week featuring a discussion on post-collapse barter & trade. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 10
    on December 22, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Putting a paranormal slant on post-apocalyptic fiction isn't necessarily new but it isn't all that commonplace.  This week, Jim chats with Acacia Parker, whose book RECESS has an interesting combination of a journey through a ravaged world with decidedly paranormal elements.  For the weekly survival tip, we're talking about how to stock up on prescription medications. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 11
    on December 29, 2017 at 11:00 am

    In this week's installment, we're talking a little about sailing, a little about wilderness survival, and a little about the end of the world.  Join us as Scott Williams tells us how he transitioned from writing survival manuals to engaging and entertaining novels and how he went from working with a traditional publisher to doing it all himself.  Plus, the Three Minute Survival Tip, this week featuring a quick discussion on emergency kits for the vehicle.&nbs […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 12
    on January 5, 2018 at 11:00 am

    This time around, we're talking about the ultra-violent and sometimes sleazy "men's adventure" post-apocalyptic stories.  The high-octane car chases, blazing gun battles, and more often than not a little eye candy waiting for the hero's return.  Eric Compton, reviewer of PaperbackWarrior.com sits down with Jim to talk about the Outrider series by Richard Harding, one of their favorites of the men's adventure books from back in the day.  The Three Minute Survival tip after the interview is all about planning for communication during a disaster. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 13
    on January 12, 2018 at 11:00 am

    In many dystopian tales, science is the culprit for the downfall.  Often, the eggheads were trying to make things better and it just didn't go as planned.  This week, Jim talks to Ashleigh Reynolds.  Her series, beginning with Paroxysm Effect, looks at what would happen if mankind had been freed of negative emotions and violence for decades, and then suddenly those feelings came rushing back at once.  This week's Three Minute Survival Tip talks about the importance of having comfort foods in the pantry. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 14
    on January 19, 2018 at 11:00 am

    In this installment, we're finally discussing one of the most popular post-apocalyptic themes - ZOMBIES!  Allen Gamboa joins Jim to talk about his Operation Zulu series and undead fiction in general - why it is popular and how hard could it be to survive a zombie pandemic?  The Three Minute Survival Tip this week is focused on choosing a knife for your survival kit. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 15
    on January 26, 2018 at 11:00 am

    In this week's episode, we spend some time with prolific author Boyd Craven.  He has written more than 30 books in just the last few years, with more on the way.  From EMP to gritty sci-fi dystopian tales, he covers them all.  Jim and Boyd discuss some of those stories as well as writing styles, survival advice, and the importance of hope in post-apocalyptic fiction.  The Three Minute Survival Tip this time around is about getting friends and family on board with prepping. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 16
    on February 2, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Like the idea of mashing together the supernatural and the end of the world?  Be sure to check out this week's episode as Jim sits down with Josh Matthews, author of the Hell Gate series, to talk about what happens when demons from Hell invade our world.  The Three Minute Survival tip this week is on how to find and network with local preppers in your area.&nbs […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 17
    on February 9, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Some folks like their apocalypse filled with fantasy.  Others prefer a gritty, realistic look at what could happen and how it could all shake out.  This week, we're talking with Dave McIntyre, author of The Fall series as well as winner of Alone (season 2) on The History Channel.  We talk about the creation of The Fall series, the importance of realism in fiction, and some of his experiences during his 66 day stay on Vancouver Island.&nbs […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 18
    on February 16, 2018 at 11:00 am

    A slight change in pace this week as we didn't include an interview.  Instead, Jim gabs for a bit about his favorite post-apoc movies and why they are so cool.  The Three Minute Survival Tip this week is the importance of keeping your survival plans realistic. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 19
    on February 23, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Authors and filmmakers have many visions of how societies may form and operate after a world-changing disaster.  Most often, it isn't a vision of sunshine and rainbows, either.  This week, we're talking with Barry Hunt, director of the independent film The Further Adventures of Anse and Bhule in No-Man's Land.  The movie is set many years after a major calamity and focuses on a small group of survivors who were children who have now grown up without the influence of adults.  The Three Minute Survival Tip this week is all about off-grid cooking. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 20
    on March 2, 2018 at 11:00 am

    A little change of pace this week.  Instead of a book or movie, we're talking about a little card game called CONFLICTED!  Highly popular among the prepper and survival crowd, as well as with gamers in general, CONFLICTED is all about balancing your morals and ethics with your survival needs after a major collapse.  What would you be willing to do in order to survive?  Jim sits down with Shanna and Joshua Wiscombe, two of the people behind the scenes at CONFLICTED, to discuss how the game was developed, how it is played, and more. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 21
    on March 9, 2018 at 11:00 am

    One interesting aspect of post-apocalyptic fiction is how one disaster can lead into the next and how characters deal with that.  Rarely is it just a single cause, such as a pandemic or nuclear event.  Instead, there is often a domino effect.  This week, we interviewed author DJ Cooper and talked about her Dystopia series, which highlights this domino effect as one disaster leads to the next.&nbs […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 22
    on March 16, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Let's say there were a global catastrophe of some sort.  What would descendants of survivors decades from now think about us?  Would they have been taught anything about their history?  In this week's episode, we talk with Matthew Cox about his book The Forest Beyond the Earth, in which a 12 year old girl discovers there's a world far beyond what she's known.  We also talk about Cox's Roadhouse Chronicles, filled with car chases, flying bullets, and other fun stuff. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 23
    on March 23, 2018 at 10:00 am

    The mid-1980s was a fun time for those of us who were, and still are, fans of post-nuke action and adventure.  Mutants, gun fights, car chases, all that great stuff was available in spades.  The Endworld series by David Robbins was right there in the thick of it, though it had a few unique spins that served to separate it from the rest.  This week, I sat down with David and talked about Endworld, how his other series are connected to it, and some other fun stuff. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 24
    on March 30, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Some authors want to entertain, others want to inform, and occasionally some do both.  Our guest this week is Sara Hathaway, author of the Changed Earth series.  She falls firmly into that third category.  Engaging stories with actual survival and preparedness information scattered throughout. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 25
    on April 6, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Zombies have risen, once again, and threaten our very existence!  In this episode, we sit down with author Joseph Zuko, whose series The Infected takes an interesting look at the whole fast zombie vs slow zombie debate.  Let's put it this way, after hearing what he had to say about his series, I'm ready to give zombie fiction another try! […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 26
    on April 20, 2018 at 10:00 am

    After an absence last week, we are back!  This week, we're talking with Brian Parker, author of several books, both traditionally as well as self-published.  His Path of Ashes series has hints of the classic Swan Song by Robert McCammon and is definitely worth checking out. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 27
    on April 27, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Community, either the continuation of an existing one in the face of disaster or the formation of a new one in the aftermath of collapse is a running theme in post-apocalyptic fiction.  This week, author Joseph Hansen joins us to talk about his Zombie Rush series.  The Three Minute Survival Tip this week is on researching government emergency plans. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 28
    on May 4, 2018 at 10:00 am

    This week, we're talking zombies once again. Author Rich Baker joins us to fill us in on his Zed's World series.  We also talk a bit about making a living as a writer.  The Three Minute Survival Tip this time around is on choosing backup gear. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 29
    on May 11, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Remember the Branch Davidian standoff in Waco, Texas?  Hard to believe it has been 25 years already.  Jerry Gordon's debut novel, Breaking the World, examines a slightly different version of the events we heard from the media.  What if the predictions by the compound's leader, David Koresh, came true?  What if the end of the world was truly coming as he foretold?  Three teens, all of them non-believers, learn the truth and fight to survive.  Then, the Three Minute Survival Tip discusses how to handle the aftermath of defending yourself in a violent encounter. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 30
    on May 18, 2018 at 10:00 am

    No interview this week but a quick discussion about one of Jim's favorite post-apocalypse series from the 80s - The Warlord by Jason Frost.  Imagine California even goofier than normal, separated from North America by a series of quakes and covered in a dome of impenetrable chemicals and radiation.  Fun times, my friend, fun times.  &nbs […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 31
    on May 25, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Underground or otherwise hidden survival bunkers are a popular trope in post-apocalyptic fiction.  Often, it is what happens once the survivors re-enter the world at large that the fun begins.  The Children of Apis series features just such a story.  Author John Raposa joins Jim to talk about his series and more.  The Three Minute Survival Tip this week features a discussion on situational awareness. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 32
    on June 1, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Beyond just the sheer body counts involved in world-ending catastrophes, horror and the apocalypse often go hand in hand.  Our guest this week, Jon Merz, has started a new series that illustrates what might happen if vampires were real and they brought about the downfall of society.  Then, for the Three Minute Survival Tip, Jim talks about the realities of using booby traps as security devices. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 33
    on June 8, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Let's take a tour through the irradiated wastelands, shall we?  Don't worry, we'll be safe in our high-tech LandMaster vehicles, complete with 12 wheels, rockets, and more.  That's right, folks, it is time to visit Damnation Alley!  Join myself and my buddy Josh Haney from No Fate Survival as we talk about this true gem from the late 1970s.  The Three Minute Survival Tip this week talks about a few common prepper mistakes and what to do about them. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 34
    on June 15, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Prepper fiction has become sort of the modern equivalent of the old "Men's Adventure" post-apocalyptic novels and series from the 1980s.  But rather than a nuclear holocaust taking out the country, it is usually EMP, though occasionally pandemics or terrorist attacks crop up.  My guest this week is Chris Weatherman, a.k.a. A. American, author of the Going Home series and sort of a founding father of the modern prepper fiction genre.  After the interview, stick around for the Three Minute Survival Tip, which is about preparedness prioritization. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 35
    on June 22, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Zombies are on the menu once again here at the Library at the End of the World.  These aren't the run of the mill zeds, though.  Depending upon where they originated, they have different abilities and such.  Pretty interesting twist, actually.  Join us as author Brian King, writing as E.E. Isherwood, talks about his Sirens of the Apocalypse series.  Be sure to stick around for the Three Minute Survival Tip, too! […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 36
    on June 29, 2018 at 10:00 am

    This time around, we're talking prepper fiction again, but with a slight twist.  Imagine a story with all the drama and action, but without being bogged down by endless intricate descriptions of every piece of gear the characters use.  Patti (P.A.) Glaspy joins us this week to talk about her Powerless World series, her post-apocalyptic fiction inspirations, and the importance of writing about regular, everyday people.  The Three Minute Survival Tip this week is all about prepper tourist traps and how to avoid them. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 37
    on July 6, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Listeners get to meet Pepper in this episode.  She's taking over Jim's hosting duties today as Jim's voice isn't doing well.  Our guest this week is Jeff Motes, who has written a series called Once Upon an Apocalypse.  What happens when those who prepare for the end of the world are put to the test when an EMP strikes?  Stick around for the Three Minute Survival Tip which is about why you should trust your gut. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 38
    on July 12, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Jim is back this week, having finally shaken off the Captain Tripps virus.  He is joined by L Douglas Hogan, author of the Tyrant series as well as Oath Keepers.  They talk about those books as well as prepper fiction in general.  Stick around for the Three Minute Survival Tip, this time discussing resource conservation in survival situations. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 39
    on July 27, 2018 at 10:00 am

    What was the last post-apocalyptic story you read that was written solely or predominantly from the female perspective?  Yeah, I thought so.  Our guest this week is Shelby Gallagher, author of The Divide, the first in a planned trilogy called A Great State.  It is written from the perspective a single mom trying to keep her son alive as the world falls apart around her.  Stick around for the Three Minute Survival Tip, this week discussing the realities of planning for post-collapse bartering. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 40
    on August 3, 2018 at 10:00 am

    This week we're delving into dystopian fiction.  Our guest is Alison Ingleby, a British author who has two books out so far in her Wall series.  Dystopian fiction might differ in subtle ways from post-apocalyptic fiction but they live next door to one another.  The Three Minute Survival Tip this week discusses the vital difference between preparing and improvising. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 41
    on August 10, 2018 at 10:00 am

    We're visiting the dystopian genre again this week, this time a future where the very air has become poisonous.  My guest is Aaron Frale and his Atmospheric Pressure series will take your breath away.  Okay, yeah, that was admittedly REALLY corny.  The Three Minute Survival Tip this week talks about the realities of self-defense. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 42
    on August 17, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Dystopia is on the agenda once again this week.  This time around, we're talking with Janet McNulty, who has written one full trilogy in this genre and has another in the works. Then, we move to the Three Minute Survival Tip, this week about feeding stray cats?&nbs […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 43
    on August 24, 2018 at 10:00 am

    What if you could eliminate any need for obtaining resources like food, water, and shelter?  You'd never have to worry about paying bills or finding your one true love.  The catch is you'd have to give up your physical existence and live out your life as a digital being.  If you refuse, you're hunted down.  Suddenly, doesn't sound quite so awesome, right?  That's the premise of Forced Conversion by Donald J. Bingle.  We talk with him about this book and his thoughts on the genre itself.  Then, we move over to the Three Minute Survival Tip, this week on learning basic navigation. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 44
    on August 31, 2018 at 10:00 am

    A short episode this week, perfect for that quick bus ride to work.  Jim talks about some of his earliest influences, especially a few books by John Christopher, and how life often seems to circle back to things.  The Three Minute Survival Tip this week might be the most important one you'll ever hear. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 45
    on September 7, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Most post-apocalyptic fiction is either focused on the disaster and immediate aftermath or the story takes place several decades or more later.  What about that middle ground?  How does society right itself and get back to some semblance of normalcy?  This week, we talk with author Deidre Gould who tackles those questions in her After the Cure series.  In the Three Minute Survival Tip, we begin the observance of National Preparedness Month. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 46
    on September 14, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    We're talking zombies again this week, but these walkers are a little bit different than the typical ones we see in the genre.  Author Armand Rosamilia tells us about his Dying Days series as well as about the Project Entertainment Network, the folks who give the Library here a home. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 47
    on September 21, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    This week, we're talking zombies with William Schlichter, author of the No Room in Hell series.  He's an educator and we had a really good talk about the genre as well as his books.  The Three Minute Survival Tip is a continuation of our honoring National Preparedness Month. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 48
    on September 28, 2018 at 11:43 am

    This week, we're taking a stroll through history.  Post-apocalyptic fiction has been around far longer than many people realize.  Let's take a look at how we got to where we are today and talk a bit about the different sub-genres in the niche.  Then, in the Three Minute Survival Tip, we close out National Preparedness Month with some info that will help keep you and your family safe during emergencies. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 49
    on October 5, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Something a little different for our show this week.  A few weeks back, I was a guest on the You've Got to be Kidding Me podcast and had a great time with Tom and Skip on that show.  We decided we'd do a true crossover event and have them on my show as well.  We chatted about our favorite post-apocalyptic books, the genre as a whole, and had some laughs along the way. […]