Welcome to the world at the end of the world. The skies are shrouded
with burning, oily smoke, the Earth groans under a poisoned corpse, and
the only way out may be deeper into the belly of the beast.
This is a
world about a flavor and a feel as much as it is about extrapolation.
That said, this world has something of an edge to it – it’s a world
nearly killed by the death of wonder, although far from all the wonders
are dead. Put the “grim” back in “grime” and see the world outside the
smeared Perspex windscreen. Mighty-thewed barbarians and grim
mercenaries roam the desolate plains of Ohio.
Giant snakes, and those
who worship them, prowl the ruins of St. Louis. Pirates battle the
Japanese invaders in the South China Sea. Bold British agents, equipped
with experimental bio-technology, thwart the insidious infiltration of
Stalin’s humanzees. Sky-raiders strike from hidden bases in the Sahara,
deros skulk in South American caverns, and the Texas Rangers fight
electrical death worms to save Los Alamos.
Kenneth Hite (Adventures
into Darkness, Trail of Cthulhu) presents a world of savage swords and
rocket men, of were-serpents and war-apes, from Australia’s battered
Empire to the proud city-state of Chicago.