Sorry about the alien invasion

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in anthology:story, Blog, clockwork dagger, whimsy | 2 comments

It’s August 19th, and I’m part of a cooperative effort to blog about the end of the world. I’m doing a different take.

If the world ends in the next few weeks, do know that I’m deeply sorry.

You see, on February 8th, 2009 I blogged about a dream I had. To quote:

I dreamed that I sent out queries for Normal and a male agent responded right away to sign me, and in turn sold the rights quickly. I walked through a massive vault filled to the high ceiling with ARCS of all genres. I searched the shelf for the alphabetical placement of my last name – ah! I found the Cs! It should be right about –

The building shuddered, and a hundred books splatted to the floor like paper meteorites. I ran out of the vault and outside, where I found a full alien attack in progress.

Yeah, that’s my luck.

Yep. That’s how my subconscious works.

As with all prophecies, there are some contingencies involved. Normal brought me together with my agent (who is female), but did not sell. I’ve now had my ARCs for The Clockwork Dagger for a few months and thus far the world hasn’t ended. That I know of. But is the apocalypse caused by my having a book release, period?

There is one book that is coming out today, and even if it doesn’t cause the end of the world, it does describe 26 ways it can happen.

A is for Apocalypse

Listing at Goodreads.

What do you get when you take twenty-six amazing writers, randomly assign them a letter of the alphabet and give them complete artistic freedom within a theme?

A is for Apocalypse contains twenty-six apocalyptic stories written by both well-known and up-and-coming writers. Monsters, meteors, floods, war–the causes of the apocalypses in these tales are as varied as the stories themselves.

This volume contains work by Ennis Drake, Beth Cato, Kenneth Schneyer, Damien Angelica Walters, K. L. Young, Marge Simon, Milo James Fowler, Simon Kewin, C.S. MacCath, Steve Bornstein and more!

There’s a release day party over on Facebook today!

This book would make great reading while you’re sitting in a bunker surrounded by canned food. Just sayin’.

And if The Clockwork Dagger doesn’t bring about our demise in the next while, it’d make good bunker-reading, too. Gremlins make everything better.


  1. Hey, I’m Ebon Talifarro, my class (8th grade) wants to interview you, would you have time to answer a few questions?

    • Hi Ebon! Sure, I’d love to answer your questions. Please email me at Beth.L.Cato at I look forward to hearing from you!