Cover: Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse by Jason Boyett
Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse by Jason Boyett

So, it’s pretty easy to get lost in the centuries old soap opera that is the Book of Revelation in The Bible. It’s all very complicated, what with the doomsday hype and the uncertain timing and the allegorical interpretation. Which is precisely why we need the Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse, to shed some light on the logistics and how this comes into play in the world religious scene. And author Jason Boyett delivers.

Because Certain Doom is certainly coming…

The full title of the book is Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse the Official Field Manual for the End of the World. Published through Relevant Books, it reads essentially like the Cliffs Notes or one of those For Dummies series books for the Biblical Book of Revelation, but with a cheeky, somewhat sarcastic tone. You know, just my kind of read…

Chapters include Beginning of the End, an introduction to the theme; Apocalyptionary, a glossary of terms; The End Is Near, histories of doomsaying parts 1 and 2; Know Your Potential Antichrists; and Fun with Eschatology, the study of The End (of the world, time, human kind, etc.). Each chapter touches on the Apocalypse from its given topic in a concise and amusing manner, generally eschewing conclusions of who is and isn’t right regarding what beliefs of the End Times are held by dissecting most all of them appropriately. It even holds some of the more unusual and out-there interpretations up to the light to be considered in depth in all of their glory and awesomeness (in all true meanings of that word).

I think some of my favorite sections of Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse are the “Not To Be Confused With” and “Please Use It in a Sentence” sections in the Apocalyptionary and the “10 Requirements” checklists for potential Antichrists, all of which are really funny add-ons. The Armageddon Grab-Bag filled with all kinds of extras is also great. I guess I just love my semi-random additional content, especially the more snarky and humorous the tone, but this surprises no one I’m sure.

Reviewer Jennifer Weigel reading Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse: image of myself with white streaked black hair and miniature top hat peering over the top of the book by Jason Boyett
Reviewer Jennifer Weigel reading Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse

I give Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse 4.0 Cthulus.

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

This book is informative, entertaining and a wee bit terrifying, especially when you truly think about the practical and impractical applications of Apocalyptic theory throughout world history. It offers a great starting point on understanding all kinds of Apocalypse lore and references through the centuries and how so many religious opinions on the topic have come into being, both from cult and mainstream perspectives. Because let’s face it, some of the biggest differences between the two really just come down to popularity and how widespread the narrative is.

My Personal Favorite Apocalypse Story

On a side note, my personal favorite Apocalypse story is Good Omens written by master storytellers Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. I love the evolution of the two main characters, Angel Aziraphale and Demon Crowley, the exploration of their time spent on Earth, love for this world, and the unlikely partnership they develop over the centuries. It is a beautifully written tale of friendship through adversity and of going against the grain to try to save the world from certain doom. The humor is very British. The cast of characters, complexities of fate, and serendipitous happenstance is delightful. And there are scads of pop culture references from the late 1980s. The original book is fun. The audio book is fun. The new TV series on Amazon Prime Video is fun. There is even a new audio book featuring the cast of the TV series, though I haven’t listened to this one and I really liked Martin Jarvis as the Narrator so that’s the one I am recommending. So put your Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse to work and have some fun interpreting The Nice and Accurate Prophesies of Agnus Nutter, Witch. You’ll be glad you did.

And while we’re on the topic of religious interpretation, feel free to check out some of my more religiously themed poetry examining how the Seven Deadly Sins and Holy Virtues relate, as seen earlier here on Haunted MTL.

Prepare for the End by buying the book…

You can purchase the Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse on Amazon from the link provided, just remember that, as always, if you do so we will get some $ back. The Dark Lord says shop away…


About the Author

Jennifer Weigel is a multi-disciplinary mixed media conceptual artist residing in Kansas USA. Weigel utilizes a wide range of media to convey her ideas, including assemblage, drawing, fibers, installation, jewelry, painting, performance, photography, sculpture, video and writing. You can find more of her work at: https://www.jenniferweigelart.com/ https://www.jenniferweigelprojects.com/ https://jenniferweigelwords.wordpress.com/

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