Pandemonium: Stories of the Apocalypse will be released in October 2011.
The collection features over a dozen original stories set at the end of the world, as imagined by science fiction and fantasy writers such as Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Lauren Beukes, Jonathan Oliver, Sophia McDougall and Chrysanthy Balis.
The tales are inspired by the art of John Martin, and the book will be released to coincide with the Tate Gallery's new exhibition of his work. Martin (1789 - 1854) was a Romantic painter with a taste for sweeping Apocalyptic scenes. Although he never received much positive critical attention, his huge and wildly imaginative paintings were popular with the masses. Since his death, Martin's reputation has gone through periods of complete insignificence and others of great renown. In short, he's our type of guy.
The collection is edited by Pornokitsch's Anne C. Perry and Jared Shurin, with a foreword by Tom Hunter, director of the Arthur C. Clarke Award. A portion of the proceeds also goes to the Arthur C. Clarke Award.