our favourite book of the year so far
- TIME OUT
2012 is just around the corner…
Are you ready for the end of the world?
Remember the good old days, when doom was straightforward? When all we had to worry about where those Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse from the Bible: Pestilence, War, Famine and Death?
Well now we have reason to believe that there are many more catastrophes waiting to obliterate life as we know it. In 2012 alone, scientists have predicted: a near asteroid strike, dangerous solar storms, a reversal of the earth’s magnetic field, a superbug resistant to all antibiotics. And if we survive all of that, according to the ancient Mayans, there’s another, unknown catastrophe waiting to strike on December 31st… That’s a lot of horsemen.
But with the apocalypse at hand, don’t fret about dying uniformed. The Coffee Table Book of Doom is a revelatory, brilliantly funny, superbly illustrated and erudite compendium of all the 27 doom-laden horsemen we need to worry about – personal doom, gender erosion, asteroid impact, pandemics, super storms, sexual ruin – and much more besides.
Steven has created cartoon strips for many newspapers including The Guardian, The Times, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Die Zeit, The Sunday Telegraph and The Observer. His other works include the animated television series Captain Star; the musical play Crocs In Frocks; about 18 books, including Mr Concerned’s Talking Book of Home Therapy and Jim – the Nine Lives Of A Dysfunctional Cat; the series, Steven Appleby’s Normal Life, for BBC Radio 4, as well as paintings, prints and ceramics for numerous group and one-man exhibitions. Steven is currently drawing the cartoon strip Loomus for The Guardian.
Originally from North Carolina, Art Lester is a writer, journalist and Unitarian minister who now lives in London. In past lives he has owned restaurants, bars, travelled with the carnival and there are reported to be several countries he hasn’t lived in yet. He is the author of the prize-winning Seeing with Your Ears: Spirituality for Those Who Can’t Believe and is collaborating with Steven Appleby on a number of books – so watch this space!