Press and Reviews:

Superb book with excellent characters, dialog, and pacing. I was reminded of the movie Shaun of the Dead, and this story would make an excellent addition to the genre. Modern CGI is definitely up to the challenge to add the touch of realism without turning it into a cheesy cliche. Can't wait for his next book.

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— Caren Zufelt

Holy shit, this was funny. It was a bit more grim than the publisher lets on, but the apocolypse does that.

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— Four of Them

Fan Art by Christian Dovel: "I haven't read the novel in some time but have had this image on my mind for quite a while. Like a song stuck in in my head. I am sure you hear it a lot but, to add my two cent's worth, it was a great read. Both hilarious and horrifiying at the the same time."

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— Christian Dovel

This book was great, all sorts of great nerdy pop culture references! It has it all: Star Trek, Star Wars, comic book junk and even included an Arthur Dentian bathrobe reference. [...] This book had a very American upfront sort of humor that I really liked. The characters were perfectly done and the story was a little bit insane, which I enjoyed immensely!

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— The Audit

I absolutely loved this one! I'm always up for some good apocalypse-themed fiction and this one rocked. We've got: Nuclear bombs, mutated monsters, hilarious group of misfit survivors, angst, sorrow and an ambiguous, but hopeful, ending. 5 stars.

— Kim
 What Kim's Reading

With shades of old-fashioned horror movies popping up here and there, you never know what to expect when you turn the pages of this book. The blend of pop culture and locker room humor somehow work, especially when placed on top of the fast-paced race to stay alive. Marcus Alexander Hart has found his niche in science fiction.

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— Roxy
 Bookspot Central

First and foremost, The Oblivion Society is funny. I'm talking over the top hilariously funny in parts. From Hart's description of the Clintonesque exploits of the U.S. President to his portrayal of two Russians monitoring the skies for missiles while drinking vodka and playing Tetris, I found Hart's sense of humor to be a refreshing addition to this type of fiction and laughed out loud several times while reading. And the book isn't just minimally sprinkled with humor, it's saturated with it, often bundled with pop culture references of varying familiarity.

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— Ben Stanley
 Speculative Fiction Junkie

Irreverent and sometimes shocking-but always entertaining-The Oblivion Society is a enjoyably offbeat adventure. Its intriguing story and strangely likeable characters will pull you in, and its crisp, clever dialogue and sharp wit will keep you coming back for more. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a sequel.

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— Kristin Dreyer Kramer

The book is exactly what I like to read and exactly how I want my novels to read... fast, funny, a little quirky, but with a great voice, strong pacing, a touch of sentimentality, lots of action, and most of all memorable characters that you want to read about and get to know.

The Oblivion Society is one of those all too rare books that I didn't want to put down. And when I did, I couldn't wait to get back to it. Marcus Alexander Hart is a fun and exciting writer. You won't be sorry with this one.

Let's all hear it for the smaller presses willing to take a chance on books like this. Support them. Love them. They are a writer's best friend. (Next to cigarettes and bourbon.)

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— D.Z. Allen
 Editor of Muzzleflash and Out of the Gutter

In no time we're picking up the pieces with Vivian Gray, and four others, who spend at least half their time engaged in reference heavy banter. This clearly works best for readers in the target group, who will have the best chance of spotting the cues. For everyone else there are still things to enjoy, and older/younger cultural references that will raise a titter. [...] [Best suited for those] who are intrigued by the idea of a bawdier, post-apocalyptic radioactive version of Friends.

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— Nathan Brazil
 SF Site

The story's about the characters, and that's where the conflicts and arcs shine, and where the one-liners string together page after page. A lot of the jokes were targeted for the comic- and sci-fi-geek audience, and I did find one or two fell flat when I didn't get the reference, but I got most of the references without being exceptionally well-versed, and I was laughing uproariously through most of the book. And I don't mean laughing uproariously "on the inside".

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— Kaolin Fire
 Greatest Uncommon Denominator Magazine

Although not exactly a horror novel, The Oblivion Society will be of interest to anyone into the post-apocalyptic thing. This screwball dark comedy deals with a bunch of Floridian slackers who survive an accidental nuclear war by being in the right places at the right time. [...] Marcus Alexander Hart's novel is a very fun time full of some slick prose and genuinely hysterical moments. [...] Permuted Press continues to publish some of the best in post-apocalyptic tales.

— Nick Cato
 The Horror Fiction Review - Winter 2008

At the heart of The Oblivion Society is a story about friendship amongst twenty-something-year-old outcasts told with verve, authority and no small amount of humor. [...] Readers intrigued by the notion of what a collaboration might play like between Kevin Smith and Christopher Moore on the subject of nuclear war (and what comes after) will enjoy Hart's entertaining novel.

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— Daniel Robichaud
 Horror Reader

Many independently published books don't get much attention or reviewed very widely compared to mass market books published by huge corporations. They often publish very good books, though, that are deserving of a wider audience. The Oblivion Society is one such book.

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— Douglas R. Cobb

As the climax approached swiftly and aggressively (like the semi truck in Maximum Overdrive) I found myself eagerly tearing through the pages, something that has rarely happened since I was a teenager. I read the last four chapters in a single sitting, racing the clock to my bed time. [...] It's a testament to Hart's storytelling prowess, and the deft manner in which he collected all the plot elements at the very cusp of the dramatic climax, that I was willing to forgo my normally very rigid week day slumber deadline.

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— Ed Hawkins
 Chainsaw Monkey

The only negative things I can say about this book are: One, I hated to see it end. Two, once I started this book I was unable to put it down which meant I didn't get around to doing other things I should have done. But, it was more than worth it. If you are a fan of comedy and/or the post apocalyptic genre you absolutely have to add this to your collection, and let's all hope that this becomes a movie. It is that good.

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— Elliot Spencer

Hart is a true master of characterization and dialogue. He displays a real gift in that department; the characters come to life on the page. Dropping geek and pop culture references- with nods to everything from "99 Red Balloons" to Ghostbusters- throughout the book, The Oblivion Society is genuinely hilarious. The dialogue is witty and fast-paced, and it will sweep you along as the story progresses. Hart deftly combines elements of science fiction and horror, with a constant undertone of humor. [...] Hart here has managed to write a humorous, entertaining journey through the feel-good apocalypse. It should not be missed.

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— Class-B.net

This book is absolutely amazing in every conceivable way. The characters are believable (sadly enough in some situations... Trent, the sex crazed wannabe gangster for example). The dialogue is hilarious. And the situations are completely priceless (a gas station, a shot gun, and a blind girl... need I say more?) Not to mention mutants, and who doesn't want their nuclear post apocalypse filled with spider men, rat armed geeks, bat winged beauties and German shepherd sized killer kitty cats? [...] All in all there is no reason not to buy this book, read it, and cherish it for the rest of your life. I mean hell, why not laugh at the apocalypse right?

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— Shawn Rutlede

Of all the independently published books I have ever read, I believe that The Oblivion Society is by far the best. I strongly recommend it to all those who enjoy science-fiction with a comedic twist.

— Christopher Andrews
 Author of Pandora's Game and Dream Parlor

There are a lot of comedy novels (and novelists) out there, but there seems to be a dearth of comedy novels that are also genre novels. In fact, I can count on one hand the number of high-profile authors with the wherewithal to venture into that territory without hesitation. The reason might have something to do with the fact that writing that kind of novel requires an in-depth knowledge and absolute love of the genre, as well as an ability not to flinch when poking fun at those same genre elements.

Marcus Alexander Hart has all of that, in spades. The Oblivion Society is not strictly a laugh-a-minute kind of novel, but it does demonstrate a sly understanding of geek culture, which is just as funny. Basically, if you like Christopher Moore, you will like this novel.

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— A Betterment Worker
 Working Towards the Betterment of Publishing

Here at the offices we call him Mr. Hart, so we can pretend we're Professor Kingsfield from The Paper Chase. But you don't remember that TV show, so for your purposes he's Marcus Alexander Hart, the twisted mind behind our product-minded Random Reviews. If you'd like to get deeper inside his pop-culture-laden, nerdy head, check out his comic, apocalyptic novel at OblivionSociety.com.

— Jeff Bond
 Editor-in-Chief, Geek Monthly
 Geek Monthly, February 2007

Marcus Alexander Hart is a master of character and dialogue, as well as being deeply steeped in both pop culture and hard core geek lore. His world is populated by well conceived, believable people whose strengths and weaknesses make them both unique and real, and he gives a respectful nod to the great examples of the horror, disaster and science fiction genres.

The Oblivion Society is a smart, hip, fun, ride through our worst cold war nightmares. Read it today. You won't be able to put it down.

— Michael Gallant
 Editor, QuantumMuse.com

What hooked me was the quality of the writing and the ability of the author to tease me on from one page to the next. [...] Literature? That's a hard label to justify, but I think so. [...] I'm glad Marcus Alexander Hart wrote this story. I'm glad that someone still writes books that champion the finer qualities of being human, even if he spills a lot of blood and guts in doing so.

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— Glynn Compton Harper
 Author of A Perfect Peace and Arise Beloved

The Oblivion Society is funny, don't get me wrong, but it isn't a comedy with a charred landscape as the backdrop. If you go into it thinking you'll be giggling yourself to sleep over mutated bugs, you'll be sorely disappointed. The Oblivion Society is a tale of survival after one of the most unimaginable thing humans are capable of... that just happens to be funny.

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— Bill Fleming
 The Suffolk Voice

The Oblivion Society is a novel filled with sharp wit, entertaining characters, and scenarios that can only be described as "delightfully absurd." This fast-paced novel combines one part sci-fi B-movie adventure, one part foul-mouthed slacker comedy, one part post-apocalyptic road movie, with just a pinch of chick-flick to create an explosive read.

— Alistair Hoel

Hart's prose is electric and probing, and his scenes stay with you long after you've put the book down. Sweet and brutal in equal measure, The Oblivion Society is by turns a bright and bouncy pop song, then as ruthlessly cruel as Celine Dion. Post-apocalyptic survival has never been so much fun!

— Austin McKinley
 Senior Editor, Flying Car Comics

[Check out The Oblivion Society] in preference to most of Tom Holt's later efforts, most of Terry Pratchett's later efforts and, despite the comparison, in preference to anything by Robert Rankin. He doesn't beat Douglas Adams but there's no shame in that.

— Leo Stableford

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