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September 5, 2013

How Will The World End?

I’d like to welcome Hart Johnson to my blog. She has a new serial called A Flock of Ill Omens with the first part coming out today. Hart asked everyone who is helping her spread the word about her new release to say how we think the world will come to an end. Her suggestions ranged from Aliens, Zombies, Asteroid, A Giant Spaghetti Monster, or an Attack of the Interrobang!? Food for thought, right?

Once you’ve read about Hart’s serial, scroll down to see how I think the world might end…

Deadliest virus in a century, or a social experiment gone awry?

Every year they warned about the flu and more often than not, it amounted to nothing. Sidney Knight, a young freelance reporter had certainly never written on it. But a trip to Lincoln City, Oregon cut short by a beach full of dead seagulls and a panicked warning from her brother the scientist catch her attention. This batch is different. Deadlier. And the vaccine doesn’t seem to be helping. It almost looks like it’s making it worse…

A Flock of Ill Omens

A Flock of Ill Omens is the first episode of A Shot in the Light, an Apocalypse Conspiracy Tale about what happens when people play God for fun and profit. There will be approximately ten episodes, each the equivalent of about 100 pages.

Good Reads has a sneak peek posted. You can find the purchase link and more information about the book here. And if you want it FOR FREE, I will be offering it free on the release dates of at least the next two in the serial: September 19 and October 10.

Hart Johnson writes books from her bathtub and can be found at Confessions of a Watery Tart, though be warned. She is likely to lead you into shenanigans.



During the last two years, we’ve had a rash of earthquakes around the world and in New Zealand, my home country. While the majority of the quakes have occurred in the lower North and the South Islands of our country, we have a sleeping dragon in the Auckland region where I live.

The city of Auckland is built on a field of volcanoes.

Rangitoto, Mt Victoria, North Head

See the three peaks/mounds in the photo above? They’re all dormant volcanoes and there are hundreds more. The volcano in the far left of this photo is Rangitoto, which erupted a mere 600 years ago and is the “youngest” in the region. Mt Victoria (middle) and North Head (right) are much older.

Volcanoes within a field do not usually erupt again. Instead a new one pops up somewhere else, and scientists say that this could happen at any time. We’re due.

I think the huge number of earthquakes occurring worldwide is an early warning, and New Zealand is in the midst of the problem. One big volcano will obliterate Auckland for sure, but I’m thinking a super volcano. One that will cause earthquakes, maybe cause other volcanoes around the ring of fire to flare, trigger large tsunamis and send ripple effects across the globe.

How do you think the world might end? Do you go with my theory, Hart’s theory, or do you have one of your own?

Oops, I almost forgot – today I’m visiting Felicity Heaton where I’m discussing another thing unique to New Zealand—The Terrifying Taniwha! I hope to see you there!


  1. Hart Johnson

    Oh no!!! Sounds like Portland! I lived for a dozen years in Portland, Oregon and there are two dormant volcanoes in the city limits. And Mt. St. Helens, an hour north, blew just in 1980, so they are ALSO due. (which would be SO sad–I love Portland!) Thank you so much for participating!!!

    • Shelley Munro

      I’ve visited Portland. A very pretty part of the country despite the looming volcanoes. All the best with your new release.

  2. Yolanda Renee

    Such a frightening way to go, I lived in Alaska and Washington State, volcanoes coming alive would devastate! I chose a quicker way, because I hate suffering.

    Such an intriguing bloghop!

    • Shelley Munro

      I can’t wait to read how you think the end will go. :)

  3. Alice Audrey

    Death by flue makes for an interesting apocalypse. Having read about some of the epidemics in the 1800’s, and knowing how the virus mutates I can well believe it.

    I think the most probable apocalypse would be the collapse of our ecology due to over population. That means famine, riots, economic breakdowns which would lead to housing, travel, and item shortages – all while natural disasters of ever increasing size rage and pollution causes strange diseases.

    • Shelley Munro

      Yes, something like a black plague or the Spanish flu would decimate the population. It would spread much quicker than in the past because of our modern travel methods.

  4. J.L. Campbell

    Hi, Shelley,
    Didn’t know all that about New Zealand. It’s scary if you think about it too much. I remember a few years ago when the residents of Montserrat had to be evacuated because of a volcano.

    • Shelley Munro

      Our biggest lake is called Lake Taupo, and it’s a volcano crater that has flooded with water. The volcano erupted millions of years ago, but it was a huge explosion by all accounts.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Teresa Coltrin

    I don’t live anywhere near volcanoes, but I do live near the New Madrid fault line.

    You know what? I just don’t want the earth to open and swallow me. :)

    • dallasveronica

      No! It doesn’t sound like a nice way to go.

  6. Sandra Cox

    Flock sounds intriguing!

    • dallasveronica

      I have the first part. I’m looking forward to starting reading.

  7. Maria D.

    I have to admit that I haven’t really thought about it but I suspect that the end of the world will begin with a natural disaster and then that people will use the natural disaster as an excuse to go to war with each other, instead of helping, and then we will all die from a nuclear winter…it’s kind of grim but I just think that disasters bring out both the best and the worst in people – thanks for the info on Hart’s book – A Flock of Ill Omens – I think it’s a great story idea and I like the idea of the 100 page serial portions – I used to follow some short stories in the paper that way

    • dallasveronica

      I agree. Disasters do bring out the best and worst in people. Sad, but true.

      Thanks for stopping by, Maria.

  8. Pat Brown

    You’re talking two different end of the world scenarios. One is actually the end of human civilization — a virulent pandemic could do that, or an extinction level event like a supervolcano, asteroid or an interstellar gamma ray burst, which could bring about the extinction of a lot of life on the planet. There have been mass extinctions that killed off 99% of all life on earth. Or the Mount Toba supervolcano that almost wiped us out.

    I find the whole idea of ELE fascinating. :-) A Flock of Ill Omens sounds like a neat story.

    • dallasveronica

      Thanks for stopping by, Pat. I’m looking forward to starting reading A Flock of Ill Omens.