Dictionary of Doom FRONT COVER
Dictionary of Doom
I started this project in the 1990s. Much of it is written but it is one of several manuscripts that need updating. It was conceived as a coffee table book, a humorous offering at Christmas perhaps. All humour left me as I began the research at a time when ecological issues such as global warming and acid rain were being sneered at.

My initial interest came about from reading the Sunday Time's Blueprint for Survival when I was a student in the early 1970s. There was nothing funny about looming overpopulation at the time (the article's doomsday figures have been exceeded half a century earlier than predicted), so it was no surprise I would have to pitch the tone of my Dictionary of Doom rather differently.
One reason I abandoned work on it was because my American literary agent thought it was "too weird" for the American market. He did think the religious material in it would be of interest to publishers in the lead up to 2000. Groups of fundamentalists were then stockpiling weapons and ammunition in Montana and Idaho in anticipation of biblical End Times manifesting at the end of the decade. I then began work on my Encyclopaedia of Millenarianism for an American academic publisher that soon turned into the even more grandly-titled Encyclopaedia of the Millennium.
It seems a dictionary of doom could be a useful reference book when you scan news items today. Much of what is construed as news is doom-mongering or catastrophe for its own sake. Regarding the selling of newsprint and advertising, it makes good headlines, draws dramatic pictures and fuels speculation and conspiracy theory.
It is planned as number three in my Really Useful Books series.