In Has the World Ended Yet? we start with retired superheroes living in a soulless suburbia where everyone gets lost trying to get home. Then the angels start to fall from the sky. Is it Armageddon? And do we want the world to end or not?
In a series of linked short stories Peter Darbyshire weaves together superheroes, ghosts, the undead, a hired hitman, the Cold War, the Rapture and avenging angels in a Twilight Zone–style collection that is riveting and human. We follow characters that are identifiable through situations that are unreal, through a technicolour landscape we are all familiar with. The end of the world is not what we expect, what any of Darbyshire’s characters expect and may not really be happening at all. But should it?
"Halloween Special: Watching the World End with Peter Darbyshire" (Open Book, 31/10/2017)
"The linked stories feature superheroes, zombies, ghosts, and many equally strange human counterparts in Twilight Zone-esque tales. Even in the midst of deeply bizarre situations, Darbyshire's characters are vibrantly real and achingly relatable, as he creates the most human of moments even as humanity faces its possible end."
Beautiful Books: Has the World Ended Yet? (Michel Vrana, All Lit Up, 01/11/2017)
"Conveying the awesome strangeness of these stories is the striking cover art by designer extraordinaire Michel Vrana who shares with us the process and inspiration behind his cover design."
"Most Anticipated: Our Fall 2017 Fiction Preview" (Kerry Clare, 49th Shelf, 07/10/2017)
"Award-winner Peter Darbyshire’s new book is Has the World Ended Yet? (October), which begins with retired superheroes in a soulless suburbia . . . and then angels start to fall from the sky."
Top Picks for October 2017 (Loan Stars, 09/08/2017)
Peter Darbyshire's Has the World Ended Yet?: Stories makes the top ten picks on Loan Stars for October 2017.