The book

Apocalypse the Memoir is for anyone with a father. Or secrets. A fifteen year old girl survives the apocalypse and must cross a continent full of zombies to reach her father in Las Vegas. It is the world’s first real zombie memoir.

The author

CS Oliver dedicated her life to reinventing horror film and literature. After two decades writing essays, making award-winning films and living on the road she moved to Justin Bieber’s hometown to write her memoirs. She is married to a Finnish physicist. Apocalypse the Memoir recounts the summer she turned 15.
Apocalypse the Memoir

REVIEWS & PRESS, ETC.

Upcoming: 2016: Nov 13: Amsterdam, NED Nov 14: Brussels, BEL Nov 16: Paris, FRA Dec 7: Duesseldorf, GER Dec 30: Menton, FRA 2017: Jan 7: Reims, FRA Jan 24-26: Porto, POR Feb 11: New Orleans, LA Feb 21: Athens, GA Mar 2: Atlanta, GA Past: 2015: Sept. 13: At 7 pm at The Red Rabbit Restaurant: Book Launch, Stratford, Ontario, Canada. Success! 100+ people showed up! Sept. 16: 4:30 pm, Batch Brewery, Corktown, Detroit Sept. 17: 1 pm, Open Door Free Store, Concord, Michigan Sept. 17:  4:30-6pm At Deano’s Diner, Ashley, Indiana [Download poster - Celebrate Ashley!] Sept. 17: 8pm At Constant Spring, Goshen, Indiana. Sept. 18:  8:30 am (yes, am) at Olympia Candy Kitchen, Goshen, Indiana Sept. 18:  At noon, Clown Alley, Peru, IN Sept. 18:  Afternoon: South Street Smoke House, Lafayette, IN Sept. 18:  Night: Robie’s Restaurant & Bar, Attica, IN Sept. 19: 10:30 am, R&T Junction, Dana, Illinois Sept. 19: Noon, World’s Largest Collection of World’s Largest Thins, Casey, IL Sept. 19: 2pm, Monastery Museum, 110 Garrett St.,  Teutopolis, IL Sept. 19: Night: Pocahontas, IL Sept. 20:  World’s Largest Ketchup Bottle, Collinsville                   Agape Thrift Store, Saint Clair, MO                   Malt Shop, Bourbon, MO World’s Larger Rocking Chair, Cuba, MO                Mule Trading Post, Dillon Outer Road, Rolla, MO                   Malt Shop, Bourbon, MO   Elbow Inn & BBQ Pit, Devil’s Elbow, MO                 Bottums up, St. Robert, MO Sept. 21: 11am, Garita’s Gay Parita, Ash Grove, MO Noon: Precious Moments Chapel, Carthage, MO Afternoon: Most Toxic Place in America, Picher, OK Clanaton’s Cafe, Vinita, OK Blue Whale, Catoosa, OK 6 pm Fassler Hall, Tulsa, OK  Sept. 22: 10 am, Sonic Center, 20 E Archer St., Tulsa, OK Afternoon: Shoe Tree, 3750 E Highway 66, Stroud, OK                 Afternoon:Hydro, OK Sept. 23:   Devil’s Rope Museum, 100 Kingsley St., McLean, TX Cadillac Ranch, I-40 Frontage Rd., Amarillo, TX Ghost town Glenrio, TX/NM Sept. 24: Morning: Mid Point Cafe, 305 W Historic Route 66, Adrian, TX Noonish: Guardian Angel Thrift, 107 S 1st street, Tucumcari, NM Obama’s Library, 623 S Lake St., Tucumcari, NM Afternoon: Blue Hole Road, Santa Rosa, NM Evening: Paletería Michoacana de Paquime, 6500 Zuni Road SE, Albuquerque, NM Evening: Page1 Books, 5850 Eubank Blvd NE #B41, Albuquerque, NM Sept. 25: Morning: Continental Divide, New Mexico Noon/Afternoon: Newspaper Rock State Historical Monument- Petrified Forest, Petrified Forest National Park, AZ Sept. 26: World’s Largest Route 66 Map, Butterfield Stage Co. Steakhouse & Lounge, Holbrook, AZ Jackrabbit Trading Post, 3386 W Highway 66, Joseph City, AZ Abandoned Wild West Theme Park, I-40, Two Guns, AZ (Exit 230 from I-40). Flagstaff Coffee Company, 16 E Route 66m Flagstaff, AZ Pete’s Route 66 Gas Station Museum, 101 E Route 66, Williams, AZ Angel’s Barbershop, 217 East Route 66, Seligman, AZ Sept. 27:  Apocalypse the Memoir Vesper, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV Sept. 28: Moab, UT Sept. 29: Morning: Cisco Ghost Twon, US Hwy 6, Cisco, UT Noon: Arapahoe Cafe, Dillon, UT Sept. 30: Morning: Whistle Stop Cafe, 1400 Argentine St, Georgetown, CO Noonish: Grampa Jerry’s Clown Museum, Arriba, CO Afternoon: Anne Oakely Motel, Oakley, KS Oct. 2: Leila’s Hair Museum, Kansas City, MO Walt Disney’s hometown, Marceline, MO Mark Twain’s home, Hannibal, MO Springfield, IL Oct. 14: 7pm Black Dice Cafe, Toronto, Canada Nov 25: Amsterdam, NED Dec 3: Eindhoven, NED Dec 5: Heidelberg, GER 2016: Feb 14: London, UK Feb 28: Etoges, FRA Mar 4: Los Feliz, LA Jun 21: Omaha, NE Jun 23: Golden, CO June 24: Boulder, CO June 28: Telluride, CO July 2: Cheyenne, WY July 4: Deadwood, SD July 6: Brookings, SD July 9: Owatonna, MN July 14: Punkydoodles Corner Bookclub July 26: Stratford Kiwanis Zombie lecture Aug 7: Grand Rapid, MI Sep 10: Schiedam, NED Oct 7: Namur, BEL Oct 14: Dijon, FRA Oct 17: Prague, CZE Oct 28: Dublin, IRL Nov 9: Bochum, GER
Two women with scissors, zombies and a Chevy pick-up coming to your roadside attraction, diner, bar and motel. Come, be part of our sequel. For booking information, please see the bottom of this page.
ABOUT  

Marnie Woodrow, author of the novels Heyday & Spelling Mississippi:

- August 2015 ”What a wild and wonderful ride your book is! I can smell, taste and hear i even after finishing. It’s a sensory nightmare of the best kind. It’s definitely a landscape of grief and brutality that one would only wish to visit in the pages of a book.”

Roland Faller, Scientist, California:

- September 2015 ”Your book is very unusual. I didn't know what to expect. It is hilarious, weird and serious at the same time. I don't want to spoil others by saying too much.”

Vicki Lass, New Hamburg, Canada:

- September 2015 ”All I can say is WOW! Anymore and I would be a spoiler.”
TOUR DATES
Click to see the tour map or tour manager.
The book: Copyright of CSO, material at this site, CSO & MK. All rights reserved. No use of any of the material is allowed without a written permssion. Last updated on Nov 10, 2016.

Apocalypse the Memoir’s been Bublish’ed!

- September 6, 2015 Exerpt from the book: ”…Indy had no interest in drink. She had entirely avoided it. Until now. A goddamned hitchhiker had broken her perfect streak of non-drinking. She contemplated ramming her fingers down her throat to puke it up but decided it would still count against her...”

Stratford author's first book tells her story using horror, road-trip genres

- Cover story & inteview by Steve Rice in the Beacon Herald (Stratford, Ontario, CAN) - September 8, 2015 “…Although she challenges the elitist attitude that dismisses entire swaths of popular culture as garbage -- ‘it's OK to like zombies -- Oliver promises that the book is fast-paced, fun to read and certainly ‘not just a zombie book….’” 

By Chris Fischer:

- September 9, 2015 “Wow! Just...wow! How's that for a review? But that is truly the thought I had after reading Apocalypse: The Memoir, the first book released by author Chantelle Oliver. Have you ever read a book where, after you finished it, you just wanted to meet the author in order to find out how her mind works? Well, this book is one of those. Following the 15-year-old author as she crosses the country towards Las Vegas to find her father, right in the middle of an apocalypse of massive proportions, the book is full of humor, action, adventure, excitement and again, just...wow! Author Chantelle Oliver has an incredibly interesting and unique writing style, one which I certainly have not run into before. And I do a lot of reading. Her story grabbed me from the first page, and I could not put the book down. Oliver has an great way with words and is extremely skilled with descriptions, so the reader will truly feel as if they are in the scenario, experiencing all the things that our protagonist did. This read was very different and exciting and I enjoyed it completely. Apocalypse: The Memoir is a book that would be best enjoyed by any reader who enjoys extremely creative writing, a fast paced, fun, and exciting read, or just an intriguing book in general. I recommend this book, and am certainly looking forward to seeing what creative work author Chantelle Oliver puts forward next!” 

Kathryn Bennett:

- September 13, 2015 “Take all of your emotions and throw them in a blender, then hit puree and leave them alone for an hour. That is what you feel when you read this book. This emotional story is brutal and grief filled, and yet there is some dark humor within the pages as well. With that said, it is an amazing read with a powerful message behind it. I may have grown up with a father, but I have friends who didn't and I understand them on a different level now. Chantelle Oliver takes a brave leap forward in laying everything bare for us to read, and offers up the truth and nothing but the truth in a way that makes you truly feel connected with the story. This may be an emotional read but it is a story that needs to be told, something that more people who have had absent parents or just experiences in life need to share. I would be more than happy to recommend this book to any of my friends and family. It is emotional but a good kind of emotional.” 

Review by Kelly Nicholls

- September 16, 2015 “I finished reading your book at 4:00 this morning … flipp’n LOVED IT!! It was such an easy, quick, funny, disturbing read; made even more powerful because I heard your upbeat voice telling the story. It’s the first ‘Zombie’ book I’ve ever read - and I’m ready to start reading it all over again! It’s also the first time I’ve seen anyone quote Bazooka Joe in print! Loved that!! Can’t wait for your next book!” 

Apocalypse the Memoir in the London Free Press!

- Originally cover story & inteview by Steve Rice in the Beacon Herald (Stratford, ON, CAN) - It was also picked up by London Free Press (London, ON, CAN). Circulation about 75,000! “…’I think it's sad that people don't get off the interstate and these little diners and bars are struggling and these towns are almost gone,’ she said. ‘And once they're gone there won't be a reason to go on a road trip.….’” 

Unorthodox zombie road trip book tour lands in Goshen

- Inteview by Sheila Selman in Goshen News (Goshen, IN, USA) - September 16, 2015 “…’I lost my father was when I was very young,’ Oliver said. “We spent a lot of time on road trips. Going on a road trip is like visiting my father.’ The Canadian frequently travels to the United States for road trips. ‘I really love America,’ she said.’” 

Route 66 trip brings ‘Apocalypse the Memoir author to Tulsa

- Interview in Tulsa World by James D. Watts (Tulsa, OK, USA) - September 22, 2015 “There’s no gimmickry about this,” Oliver said. “This is very much a memoir of when I was 15. It is, however, a horror story — it can get gory, but there is always a reason for it. Everything is founded on my life and on the road and why genre fiction has been such a big thing in my life.” 

See the new reviews at Amazon!

- October 16, 2015 Click here to go to Apocalypse the Memoir at Amazon. You can read the reviews, POST YOUR OWN or get the book if you don’t have it!

or better:

Apocalypse the memoir is on Goodreads

- October 29, 2015 Check it out! There is also a giveway (5 books) you can enter (click the link above)! And you can review the book at Goodreads.

Review by Suzanne Villeneuve:

- October 29, 2015 I am not a zombie enthusiast, I cannot sit through a horror movie, and I have never seen an episode of The Walking Dead, but I LOVED Ms. Oliver's "apocalypse the memoir".  It works exquisitely on so many levels!  Oh the comfort this painfully thin 15-yr old, with no period on the horizon, breast buds masquerading as tumours, enduring the teasing inherent in finding one's self navigating high school in an undershirt and stretch pants, would have found in the heroine Indy!  Oliver is a brilliant writer, whose optimism, and gritty gore, holds you steadfast until the end, whether you believe you are a voyeur on a literal journey, or a fantastic imaginary respite from the horrors of daily life.  A must read!
Apocalypse the Memoir
Upcoming: 2016: Nov 13: Amsterdam, NED Nov 14: Brussels, BEL Nov 16: Paris, FRA Dec 7: Duesseldorf, GER Dec 30: Menton, FRA 2017: Jan 7: Reims, FRA Jan 24-26: Porto, POR Feb 11: New Orleans, LA Feb 21: Athens, GA Mar 2: Atlanta, GA Past: 2015: Sept. 13: At 7 pm at The Red Rabbit Restaurant: Book Launch, Stratford, Ontario, Canada. Success! 100+ people showed up! Sept. 16: 4:30 pm, Batch Brewery, Corktown, Detroit Sept. 17: 1 pm, Open Door Free Store, Concord, Michigan Sept. 17:  4:30-6pm At Deano’s Diner, Ashley, Indiana [Download poster - Celebrate Ashley!] Sept. 17: 8pm At Constant Spring, Goshen, Indiana. Sept. 18:  8:30 am (yes, am) at Olympia Candy Kitchen, Goshen, Indiana Sept. 18:  At noon, Clown Alley, Peru, IN Sept. 18:  Afternoon: South Street Smoke House, Lafayette, IN Sept. 18:  Night: Robie’s Restaurant & Bar, Attica, IN Sept. 19: 10:30 am, R&T Junction, Dana, Illinois Sept. 19: Noon, World’s Largest Collection of World’s Largest Thins, Casey, IL Sept. 19: 2pm, Monastery Museum, 110 Garrett St.,  Teutopolis, IL Sept. 19: Night: Pocahontas, IL Sept. 20:  World’s Largest Ketchup Bottle, Collinsville                   Agape Thrift Store, Saint Clair, MO                   Malt Shop, Bourbon, MO World’s Larger Rocking Chair, Cuba, MO                Mule Trading Post, Dillon Outer Road, Rolla, MO                   Malt Shop, Bourbon, MO   Elbow Inn & BBQ Pit, Devil’s Elbow, MO                 Bottums up, St. Robert, MO Sept. 21: 11am, Garita’s Gay Parita, Ash Grove, MO Noon: Precious Moments Chapel, Carthage, MO Afternoon: Most Toxic Place in America, Picher, OK Clanaton’s Cafe, Vinita, OK Blue Whale, Catoosa, OK 6 pm Fassler Hall, Tulsa, OK  Sept. 22: 10 am, Sonic Center, 20 E Archer St., Tulsa, OK Afternoon: Shoe Tree, 3750 E Highway 66, Stroud, OK                 Afternoon:Hydro, OK Sept. 23:   Devil’s Rope Museum, 100 Kingsley St., McLean, TX Cadillac Ranch, I-40 Frontage Rd., Amarillo, TX Ghost town Glenrio, TX/NM Sept. 24: Morning: Mid Point Cafe, 305 W Historic Route 66, Adrian, TX Noonish: Guardian Angel Thrift, 107 S 1st street, Tucumcari, NM Obama’s Library, 623 S Lake St., Tucumcari, NM Afternoon: Blue Hole Road, Santa Rosa, NM Evening: Paletería Michoacana de Paquime, 6500 Zuni Road SE, Albuquerque, NM Evening: Page1 Books, 5850 Eubank Blvd NE #B41, Albuquerque, NM Sept. 25: Morning: Continental Divide, New Mexico Noon/Afternoon: Newspaper Rock State Historical Monument- Petrified Forest, Petrified Forest National Park, AZ Sept. 26: World’s Largest Route 66 Map, Butterfield Stage Co. Steakhouse & Lounge, Holbrook, AZ Jackrabbit Trading Post, 3386 W Highway 66, Joseph City, AZ Abandoned Wild West Theme Park, I-40, Two Guns, AZ (Exit 230 from I-40). Flagstaff Coffee Company, 16 E Route 66m Flagstaff, AZ Pete’s Route 66 Gas Station Museum, 101 E Route 66, Williams, AZ Angel’s Barbershop, 217 East Route 66, Seligman, AZ Sept. 27:  Apocalypse the Memoir Vesper, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV Sept. 28: Moab, UT Sept. 29: Morning: Cisco Ghost Twon, US Hwy 6, Cisco, UT Noon: Arapahoe Cafe, Dillon, UT Sept. 30: Morning: Whistle Stop Cafe, 1400 Argentine St, Georgetown, CO Noonish: Grampa Jerry’s Clown Museum, Arriba, CO Afternoon: Anne Oakely Motel, Oakley, KS Oct. 2: Leila’s Hair Museum, Kansas City, MO Walt Disney’s hometown, Marceline, MO Mark Twain’s home, Hannibal, MO Springfield, IL Oct. 14: 7pm Black Dice Cafe, Toronto, Canada Nov 25: Amsterdam, NED Dec 3: Eindhoven, NED Dec 5: Heidelberg, GER 2016: Feb 14: London, UK Feb 28: Etoges, FRA Mar 4: Los Feliz, LA Jun 21: Omaha, NE Jun 23: Golden, CO June 24: Boulder, CO June 28: Telluride, CO July 2: Cheyenne, WY July 4: Deadwood, SD July 6: Brookings, SD July 9: Owatonna, MN July 14: Punkydoodles Corner Bookclub July 26: Stratford Kiwanis Zombie lecture Aug 7: Grand Rapid, MI Sep 10: Schiedam, NED Oct 7: Namur, BEL Oct 14: Dijon, FRA Oct 17: Prague, CZE Oct 28: Dublin, IRL Nov 9: Bochum, GER
Two women with scissors, zombies and a Chevy pick-up coming to your roadside attraction, diner, bar and motel. Come, be part of our sequel. For booking information, please see the bottom of this page.
  TOUR DATES
Click to see the tour map or tour manager.

REVIEWS & PRESS, ETC.

Marnie Woodrow, author of the novels

Heyday & Spelling Mississippi:

- August 2015 ”What a wild and wonderful ride your book is! I can smell, taste and hear even after finishing. It’s a sensory nightmare of the best kind. It’s definitely a landscape of grief and brutality that one would only wish to visit in the pages of a book.”

Roland Faller, Scientist, California:

- September 2015 ”Your book is very unusual. I didn't know what to expect. It is hilarious, weird and serious at the same time. I don't want to spoil others by saying too much.”

Vicki Lass, New Hamburg, Canada:

- September 2015 ”All I can say is WOW! Anymore and I would be a spoiler.”

The book

Apocalypse the Memoir is for anyone with a father. Or secrets. A fifteen year old girl survives the apocalypse and must cross a continent full of zombies to reach her father in Las Vegas. It is the world’s first real zombie memoir.

The author

CS Oliver dedicated her life to reinventing horror film and literature. After two decades writing essays, making award-winning films and living on the road she moved to Justin Bieber’s hometown to write her memoirs. She is married to a Finnish physicist. Apocalypse the Memoir recounts the summer she turned 15.
ABOUT
The book: Copyright of CSO, material at this site, CSO & MK. All rights reserved. No use of any of the material is allowed without a written permssion. Last updated on Oct. 29, 2015.

Apocalypse the Memoir’s been Bublish’ed!

- September 6, 2015 Exerpt from the book: ”…Indy had no interest in drink. She had entirely avoided it. Until now. A goddamned hitchhiker had broken her perfect streak of non-drinking. She contemplated ramming her fingers down her throat to puke it up but decided it would still count against her...”

Stratford author's first book tells her story using horror,

road-trip genres

Cover story & Inteview by Steve Rice in the Beacon Herald  - September 8, 2015 “…Although she challenges the elitist attitude that dismisses  entire swaths of popular culture as garbage -- ‘it's OK to like  zombies -- Oliver promises that the book is fast-paced, fun to read and certainly ‘not just a zombie book….’” 

Chris Fischer:

- September 9, 2015 “Wow! Just...wow! How's that for a review? But that is truly the thought I had after reading Apocalypse: The Memoir, the first book released by author Chantelle Oliver. Have you ever read a book where, after you finished it, you just wanted to meet the author in order to find out how her mind works? Well, this book is one of those. Following the 15-year-old author as she crosses the country towards Las Vegas to find her father, right in the middle of an apocalypse of massive proportions, the book is full of humor, action, adventure, excitement and again, just...wow! Author Chantelle Oliver has an incredibly interesting and unique writing style, one which I certainly have not run into before. And I do a lot of reading. Her story grabbed me from the first page, and I could not put the book down. Oliver has an great way with words and is extremely skilled with descriptions, so the reader will truly feel as if they are in the scenario, experiencing all the things that our protagonist did. This read was very different and exciting and I enjoyed it completely. Apocalypse: The Memoir is a book that would be best enjoyed by any reader who enjoys extremely creative writing, a fast paced, fun, and exciting read, or just an intriguing book in general. I recommend this book, and am certainly looking forward to seeing what creative work author Chantelle Oliver puts forward next!” 

Kathryn Bennett:

     - September 13, 2015    “Take all of your emotions and throw them in a blender, then     hit puree and leave them alone for an hour. That is what you     feel when you read this book. This emotional story is brutal     and grief filled, and yet there is some dark humor within the     pages as well. With that said, it is an amazing read with a     powerful message behind it. I may have grown up with a     father, but I have friends who didn't and I understand them    on a different level now.    Chantelle Oliver takes a brave leap forward in laying    everything bare for us to read, and offers up the truth and    nothing but the truth in a way that makes you truly feel    connected with the story. This may be an emotional read but    it is a story that needs to be told, something that more    people who have had absent parents or just experiences in    life need to share. I would be more than happy to    recommend this book to any of my friends and family. It is    emotional but a good kind of emotional.”

Kelly Nicholls

     - September 16, 2015    Finished reading your book at 4:00 this morning …     flipp’n LOVED IT!!     It was such an easy, quick, funny, disturbing read;     made even more powerful because I heard your upbeat     voice telling the story.     It’s the first ‘Zombie’ book I’ve ever read - and I’m ready to     start reading it all over again! It’s also the first time I’ve seen     anyone quote Bazooka Joe in print! Loved that!!     Can’t wait for your next book!” 

”Apocalypse the Memoir in the London Free Press”

- Originally cover story & Inteview by Steve Rice in    the Beacon Herald (Stratford, ON, Canada) - Also picked up by London Free Press (London, ON, CAN).   Circulation about 75,000! “…’I think it's sad that people don't get off the interstate and  these little diners and bars are struggling and these towns  are almost gone,’ she said. ‘And once they're gone  there  won't be a reason to go on a road trip.….’” 

Unorthodox zombie road trip book lands in Goshen

Interview by Sheila Selman in Goshen News (Goshen, IN).  - September 16, 2015 “…’I lost my father was when I was very young,’ Oliver said. “We spent a lot of time on road trips. Going on a road trip  is like visiting my father.’ The Canadian frequently travels  to the United States for road trips.  ‘I really love America,’ she said.’” 

Route 66 trip ‘Apocalypse the Memoir’ author to Tulsa

Interview by James D. Watts in Tulsa World (Tulsa, OK).  - September 22, 2015 “There’s no gimmickry about this,” Oliver said. “This is very much a memoir of when I was 15. It is, however, a horror story — it can get gory, but there is always a reason for it. Everything is founded on my life and on the road and why genre fiction has been such a big  thing in my life.” 

See the new reviews at Amazon!

- October 16, 2015 Click here to go to Apocalypse the Memoir at Amazon. You can read the reviews, POST YOUR OWN or get the book if you don’t have it!

or better:

Apocalypse the memoir is on Goodreads

    - October 29, 2015 Check it out! There is also a giveway (5 books) you can enter  (click the link above)! You can review the book at Goodreads.

Review by Suzanne Villeneuve:

   - October 29, 2015 I am not a zombie enthusiast, I cannot sit through a horror movie, and I have never seen an episode of The Walking Dead, but I LOVED Ms. Oliver's "apocalypse the memoir".  It works exquisitely on so many levels!  Oh the comfort this painfully thin 15-yr old, with no period on the horizon, breast buds masquerading as tumours, enduring the teasing inherent in finding one's self navigating high school in an undershirt and stretch pants, would have found in the heroine Indy!  Oliver is a brilliant writer, whose optimism, and gritty gore, holds you steadfast until the end, whether you believe you are a voyeur on a  literal journey, or a fantastic imaginary respite from the horrors of daily life.  A must read!