Despite the world's insecurities, the most common drama of all is not of apocalypse now, but of apocalypse deferred; the pain of living is having to wait it out. In Apocalypse Then, DeMarinis's characters try alcohol, they try travel, and (most of all) they try off-limits love. They find themselves in harm's way, or put themselves there - but in life, as the title story states, "sometimes the worst doesn't happen."
Used availability for Rick DeMarinis's Apocalypse Then
September 2004 : USA Hardback
January 2006 : USA Paperback
January 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition