Apocalypse TV

Apocalypse TV

by Thomas Allbaugh


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Apocalypse TV by Thomas Allbaugh


When a reality TV scout “discovers” Walter in a diner near the hospice where his father has been placed, his life has reached a low point. His father is dying, his college teaching career is under threat, and his life is adrift. The scout wants him for a reality show about religion. In a more self-assured period of his life, Walter would have rejected her questionable offer outright, but now he wavers and allows himself to be drawn in. Maybe this is the jolt of energy his life needs. Maybe, if the show succeeds, his university will be so impressed that they’ll finally treat him with respect. Maybe the show will even be what the producers promise it will be, a serious inquiry into faith. Maybe he’ll become famous.

The show brings Walter attention, but for all the wrong reasons. He is misquoted, misinterpreted, misunderstood, and then shot after he has been dragged across the country in an increasingly frustrating and absurd series of challenges. Will his career and reputation survive the public protests? Will his marriage survive the hints of affairs on the road? Will any kind of “reality” emerge to restore his self-respect?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632134288
Publisher: eLectio Publishing
Publication date: 09/12/2017
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Thomas Allbaugh is associate professor of English at Azusa Pacific University where, until 2016, he was the coordinator for the first-year writing program. Currently he teaches Composition Theory, Rhetoric, and Creative Nonfiction. His first novel, APOCALYPSE TV, is available from eLectio Publishers. His stories, essays, and poems have appeared in publications that include Pedagogy, Writing on the Edge, The Whistling Fire, The Oddville Press, Text LitMag, Blue Moon Review, Relief, and Mars Hill Review. Tips for using his textbook PRETEXTS FOR WRITING in the classroom and further suggestions for teaching writing can be found at www.thomasallbaugh.com.

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Apocalypse TV 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
19055581 More than 1 year ago
by Elena E. Smith What do you get when you combine literary fiction with pop culture? Back in the days of 1980/90s screenwriting, we called it "High Concept." Now, there is a term called "Slipstream," a hybrid story that blends reality with the unbelievable using the nuances and polish of literature. I think Apocalypse TV is slipstream because it takes an ordinary man facing the normal issues of midlife --- career struggles, family life, future goals --- and drops him into a reality TV show. I found the story line entertaining. The plot was well-paced and kept me reading. The ending was satisfying.