Aja Gabel on Apocalypse Stories

November 11, 2019

As a first-hand witness to the California wildfires, Aja Gabel reflects on how the natural disaster has changed her views on apocalypse stories for Alta. “I’m disoriented and nauseated watching what I love burn up,” Gabel writes. “It’s not as easy to describe as what I wrote in my apocalypse stories, to witness the incineration of a way of life. And I don’t love apocalypse stories anymore, anyway. I feel like I’m in one.”

Image credit: Senior Master Sgt. Dennis W. Goff

is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of two illustrated books, Last Night's Reading (Penguin Books, 2015) and Sanpaku (Archaia 2018).

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