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[[caption-width-right:350:*Sigh* [[http://www.peterbeard.com/ Dear Diary]]...]]

->''... even now I can hear the footsteps of that shambling monstrosity, and hear its eerie piping upon the wind. Poor Blakely, he never dreamed -- but now the door is being smashed to flinders, and at last I behold what my meddling has awakened! And now it is dragging me across the floor toward its hideous suckered mouths! Ia! Ia! The Goat With a Thousand Young! No!''
-->-- ''{{Everything 2}}'', [[http://www.everything2.com/title/The%2520Lovecraftian%2520compulsion%2520to%2520keep%2520writing%2520even%2520as%2520one%2520is%2520being%2520devoured "The Lovecraftian compulsion to keep writing even as one is being devoured"]]

A story is told through a log, diary, or journal that a character used to document their activities and progress through the backstory before [[GoneHorriblyWrong something bad happened]] to its writer. This is a handy way to fill in heroes who arrive LateToTheTragedy, and one of the first (or [[RedShirt last]]) things that a "rescue" party answering a DistressCall will find.

You can expect that whomever made this log will have recorded events up until their last breath. If the heroes (and thus the audience) choose to read this log from the beginning, the log will no doubt start and progress the same way, with hopeful characters recording the casual details of their lives and work, until things start going sideways and the entries shift towards concern, disbelief, desperation and/or (ultimately) insanity. The final -- and [[ConservationOfDetail usually the most important]] -- entry may range from incoherent gibberish as the remaining character tries to warn the world of what happened to them, to a final cogent statement [[FlingALightIntoTheFuture warning the reader]] not to repeat their mistake (or how to otherwise clean up after them).

This log can be written or recorded in a variety of ways; if it's a video log, the downhill progress of the situation will be punctuated visually, e.g. degradation in the appearance of the character, their surroundings, or even the video itself. Bonus points if a video log's final entry shows the character ultimately succumbing to whatever horror took over. Double bonus points if it's a written log that somehow ''still'' records the author's final dying moments.

Depending on the timeframe and nature of the apocalyptic event, the log may have gone through RagnarokProofing in order to be legibly retrieved by the heroes.

Not to be confused with PostApocalypticDog, or the apocalyptic Loge from Creator/RichardWagner's ''[[Theatre/DerRingDesNibelungen Götterdämmerung]]'', or with the CaptainsLog. See also VideoWill, the various times when the CassetteCraze applies to disappearances, and some of the less pleasant cases of MessageInABottle.

See also LostInTransmission, DistressCall, LateToTheTragedy, ActionSurvivor, AlmostDeadGuy, HarbingerOfImpendingDoom, SendInTheSearchTeam, IgnoredExpert, UndeadAuthor, PosthumousCharacter, PosthumousNarration, ThatWasTheLastEntry. [[IThoughtThatWas Not to be confused with]] [[ToiletHumor the]] [[BowelBreakingBricks result]] of consuming a MasochistsMeal with a GargleBlaster. Occasionally overlaps with BloodStainedLetter.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The horror manga, ''Mail'', has a story titled "Portrait"; it starts with a woman picking up and arranging her sister's belongings after she had committed suicide via self-immolation and discovering her diary. The diary describes the last few weeks of her sister's life including finding a rare portrait and her growing obsession with it. It starts of with her trying to discover more about the painting, to learning more about the girl in the painting, to writing in her diary that she thinks there is something creepy going on in her apartment, to thinking that the source of the creepiness is that new painting she is so fond of to realizing that sometimes, the eyes of the sleeping girl would open up, to finally writing over and over again how she wants to die. When reading that last page, the woman who finds her sister's diary realizes that [[spoiler:the last few pages handwriting slowly changes from her sister's handwriting to someone else's. When she realizes this, she looks at the portrait and realizes that it's looking straight at her. It turns out that the portrait of the girl still has the girl's spirit trapped inside due to the sympathy she got in life, cheering her to live on despite the fact that the only thing she ever wanted was to die and end her suffering and since then, has been committing suicide through the various owners of the portrait!]]
* The Director's Cut of episode 21 of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' opens with a security video taken about a month before Second Impact. It starts off in a mundane way, picking up not only chatter from staff but a conversation between Gendo and Keel on the nature of scientists. Then with a crash, the scene cuts to the moment when Adam begins to grow into [[OurAngelsAreDifferent the Giant of Light]], and we hear shouting from scientists trying to get the Angel under control. The picture cuts off just as Adam's giant, glowing hands reach into the frame. Similarly, all we see of the activation of Unit 04 is a mushroom cloud rising up from the test site, followed by static.
* In ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie'', Dr. Fuji records logs showing his team's eventual creation of Mewtwo. The final log shows their deaths at the [[PsychicPowers mind]] of their enraged creation.
-->'''Dr. Fuji:''' We dreamed of creating the world's strongest Pokémon... [[GoneHorriblyRight And we succeeded.]]
* In the manga ''Manga/SevenSeeds'', most of humanity died out in an apocalyptic event. The "7 seeds" are people who were put into deep sleep far below the surface, and then woken and released far in the future when the Earth has become habitable again. However, it turns out they were not the only humans to survive past the event. The main characters later find one of many vast underground shelters built before the event, but [[spoiler:nobody is alive there anymore. They find a desiccated body and a journal kept by one of the entertainers asked to come work in the shelter to raise morale. Most of the inhabitants of the shelters were deceived as to why they were there, but come to accept their new life; at first the outlook is hopeful, and there are other shelters they can communicate with. However, eventually technical problems cause the food supply to fall short, and many of the residents of the shelter are told they are to be sent off to another shelter - in reality they are going to be killed. Supplies dwindle and, in addition, eventually contact is lost with all other shelters, presumably because everyone is dead. The journal's author writes of how he and the people in charge fabricate new communications from the other shelters so that the residents won't lose morale. Finally a virus breaks out and slowly the entire population of the shelter falls ill and dies. As he dies the journal's author manages to trap the virus in a freezer where it cannot infect anyone else. His last act is to paint a X on the freezer door, and then he dies outside it with his journal.]]
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' features one in the side-story "Ilse's Notebook", about a member of the Survey Corps that religiously documented her activities and findings in a journal. Even as she's running for her life, she continues to write and she only stops when she's devoured by a Titan. It ends up being found a year later by Levi and Hange, and contains information that [[ChekhovsGun proves vital]] to the story later on. [[spoiler:It reveals Ymir to be a person significantly connected to the Titans, but also provides our first hints that Titans may have very sinister and ''human'' origins...]]
* In ''Manga/{{Ooku}}: the Inner Chambers'', as Blessed Kasuga lay on her deathbed; knowing that a new outbreak of [[{{Gendercide}} the Red-faced Pox was killing most of the boys in Japan]], a severe famine was making inroads into the rest of the population, and the line of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu was [[SuccessionCrisis extinct save for]] a [[HeirClubForMen single unaknowledged female by-blow and her infant daughter]]; she ordered a record of the collapse of the country to be written by a young scribe employed within the most hidden areas of Edo Castle and named [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Chronicle of a Dying Day]]. Some [[AvertedTrope 70-odd years later]], [[SheIsTheKing Shogun Tokugawa Yoshimune]] called upon an ancient scribe living in a quiet corner of her harem in the hopes of learning more about some of the oddly illogical customs of [[LadyLand her domain]][[note]](what is with the new names given to heads of households for one thing?)[[/note]].
* Two are discovered in ''Anime/SuiseiNoGargantia'':
** The first is in an OVA, when the Gargantia fleet stumbles upon a giant derelict fleet that's apparently been abandoned and rusting away for quite some time. Based on the captain's logbook Ridget finds, along with some detective work from Pinion in the engine room, some light bugs crystallized the main engine, rendering it useless, and forcing the survivors to get on smaller ships and sail away. It also gives Ridget some closure as a FlashBack of seven years earlier reveals her friend left Gargantia to go with a guy she met on this particular fleet, and she had been wondering what happened to them since then.
** A second one occurs in episode 9, when Ledo finds an old recording at the bottom of the ocean, which details humanity on Earth a long time back when it was starting to freeze up. The contents are a shocking revelation to him, and contradicts everything he'd been taught by the Galactic Alliance about their losing battle in the ForeverWar with the Hideauze aliens.[[spoiler:It turns out that the Hideauze, which were also present on Earth, were genetically modified humans. The predecessor for the Galactic Alliance, the Continental Union, who believed humans should stay humans, were opposed to the genetic experiments performed by the Evolvers, who wanted to modify humanity so they could survive in space to leave behind an increasingly freezing and hostile Earth, and would later become the Hideauze. In space, both groups went to war with each other over their beliefs, while on Earth humans forgot about the Evolvers, and the Earth Hideauze gradually "evolved" into the "whale-squid" that humans generally stay away from and treat with some respect.]]
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[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': a number were posted on a special Wizards of the Coast website to fit the storyline of Scars of Mirrodin block - Farris of the Anvil, Unctus of the Synod, Kessla of Temple Might, Ria of Bladehold, and - technically - Roxith, Thane of Rot, a full-time bad guy. The final scorecard: Farris fighting a hopeless battle in the Phyrexian Furnace layer, Ria having saved her home city once but without a great deal of hope for next time, Roxith torn to shreds, Kessla killed by her own bomb, and Unctus corrupted by Phyrexian oil.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Comicbook/DoctorStrange's log in ''{{Marvel 1602}}''.
* In ''Countdown'', when an unstoppable virus destroys an AlternateUniverse (a universe that had ALREADY been destroyed and remade), we see the last days from through the journal of Buddy Blank. We watch through his eyes as the universe becomes a planet where humans and animals are transformed into violent, bloodthirsty {{Half Human Hybrid}}s.
* Brilliantly used in ''ComicBook/{{Grendel}}'' to illustrate the self-doubts and conflicts within Brian Li Sung, as he slowly succumbs to the Grendel identity. [[spoiler:The brilliant part is that what at first seemed to be mere doodles in his journal's margins turn out to be the musings of the increasingly self-directing Grendel spirit, itself!]]
* Twitch's journal in ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}''.
* Dr. Delia Surridge's journal in ''ComicBook/VForVendetta''. In the graphic novel (though not the movie), she describes V's art projects in fascinated detail; these turn out to be intricate bombs and poisons that he later uses to destroy Larkhill and escape. The graphic novel also mentions that many pages are missing, leading to much speculation over what info they may have contained. Finch suggests that the missing pages contained information on V's identity and the reason he was imprisoned in Larkhill, also claiming that given where the journal was found in the police search that he deliberately placed it there so the government could collect it.
* Rorschach's journal in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''.
* The entirety of the illustrated novel ''Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection'' is treated this way. The book is framed as a journal that was being kept by a young doctor attempting to survive the ZombieApocalypse. [[spoiler:It cuts off suddenly, mid journal entry, several days after the character reaches a supposedly safe haven. No explanation is given, and it is simply stated that the journal was recovered later, and no-one knows what happens to the journal writer, or the other people from the safe haven.]]
** There is a [[EpilepticTrees possible explanation.]] [[spoiler:The zombie plague was started by a totally-not-high-fructose-corn-syrup-honest food additive, with sufficient concentrations causing those who ate it to become the living dead. While the narrator is fairly strict about his diet, he has only one food he indulges in -- [[WeaksauceWeakness baked beans,]] which he always eats with aplomb. The moral of this story is to always check the ingredients list of the food you eat... seriously, the book was rather {{Anvilicious}} in that regard.]]
* Franchise/{{Superman}} has one in the {{Elseworld}}s ''Distant Fires''.
* Dan Turpin's internal monologue in ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis''.
* Season 9 of ''ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': after dying in season 8 [[spoiler: Giles' diaries are being read by Angel, who MustMakeAmends by taking over Giles' responsibilities and who is trying to find a way to bring resurrect him]].
* ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye: First-Aid records a log when the medical station is hit with a disease that causes the recipients to have their internal organs turned to liquid and cry out their eyes. He tries to stay hopeful as everyone dies or comes close to it, lamenting that he, and his remaining coworkers (except Pharma, who "accidentally" locked himself in a containment cell) are all infected, and will succumb to the disease soon.
* The entirety of the narration of ''ComicBook/InnocenceLost'' is in the form of a letter from Sarah Kinney wrote to her daughter and creation, {{X-23}}, in the event she was unable to tell her about her origins herself. Unfortunately, that's exactly what ended up happening. [[TearJerker Even worse, because the letter was so badly fouled by Sarah's blood, Laura was never able to read it herself until she was given the copy Sarah had the foresight to also send to Wolverine just in case.]]
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''[[http://meganphntmgrl.livejournal.com/80785.html A Statement in the Ice]]'', a one-shot ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''/''CthulhuMythos'' crossover which uses the concept that [[spoiler:Adrian]] called down a ''real'' EldritchAbomination rather than had one customized.
* ''[[http://featherfish.livejournal.com/196763.html#cutid1 The Baker Street Record]]'', an epic ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes''/''Literature/HouseOfLeaves'' crossover, is one giant ApocalypticLog, much like ''House of Leaves'' itself.
* In ''Subject 014'', a ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' Fanfiction, Anko is in an AbandonedBase and is reading one of these and the last entry sudden trails off the clipboard. Anko then checks the date. [[OhCrap the last entry was written seventeen minutes ago]].
-->'''Anko:''' Fuck!
* The ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' DarkFic, ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5251546/1/Log_of_the_End_of_the_World Log of the End of the World]]'', is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly what you'd expect it to be]]. Although there are a few chapters where it goes out of the log format, the majority of the fic is written as journal entries written by the surviving [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Nations]] after [[spoiler:a nuclear war kills millions around the world, including Nations like Russia, Poland, Hungary, Finland, Ukraine, Belarus, (South) Korea, Taiwan... The list truly ''does'' goes on]].
* Dr. Brainstorm records something similar to one while his lab is ablaze in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** In ''Fanfic/SweetiesMansion'', Sweetie Belle finds torn pages of a shared journal by Madame Fleur and Spector that explains about how they lived before they were turned into ghosts and clues about the mystery of the mansion itself.
** ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestria'', like its [[VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}} source material]], is full of these. Much of the backstory of before the war is explained through computer logbook entries and [[TransferableMemory memory orbs]] scattered about.
** In ''Fanfic/{{Jericho}}'', surprisingly given the setting, but also downplayed. The most exact events of what's going on are told from a little girl's diary, and so it's not explicit at all what's going on. While it's not a normal example of an apocalyptic log, since the end hasn't technically happened in them, they do tell a story of things getting worse, but, at the times Jericho arrives, the dark events ''aren’t over yet''.
** The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' has two examples, both of which somehow ended up in the possession of [[spoiler: [[MysteriousWatcher the Interviewers]]]], who eventually saw them end up in Twilight's possession.
*** The first is Razzaroo's book, containing every last detail of the G3 world and the ponies living there [[spoiler: as the Alicorns and Draconequi [[CosmicRetcon erased it all from existence]].]]
*** G2 Bon Bon's diary, containing accounts from herself and the other G2 Mane Cast on the [[ApocalypseHow/{{Class2}} collapse of G2 society]] [[spoiler: and their G3 incarnations' reactions to the above mentioned erasure.]]
** The Music/{{Aviators}} song "One Last Letter" is set in a BadFuture [[WhatIf where the Mane Six failed to stop Discord]] and centers on [[TitleDrop Twilight writing a final letter to Celestia]] before [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie being completely discorded herself]].
* In the fanfic-of-a-fanfic, ''Literature/TheDarkPast'', the boys exploring an ancient alien spaceship discover the final log recording made by the only remaining relatively able-bodied crew member [[spoiler: right before he killed himself]]. The recording gives them enough clues to understand what happened and also provides some plot exposition.
* The MarvelUniverse fan film [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YDYL6oECjU #TRUTHINJOURNALISM]] is basically ''Film/ManBitesDog'' with the twist that the camera crew realizes that they're becoming accomplices to a scumbag and try to back out. [[spoiler: Venom]] doesn't take it well...
* The HiddenFrontier season 1 episode ''Perihelion'', in a manner similar to the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode ''Night Terrors'', features an excellent cameo by Gabriel Köerner, in logs which show him deteriorating under the constant pressure of hallucinations, system failures and mutiny:
--> "I think I may have to kill my Chief Engineer."
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{WALL-E}}'': Override Directive A113.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Felidae}}''. The progressively alcoholic veterinary Dr. Preterius holds a pre-mortem camera diary of him and his two lab assistants trying to develop a new "''glue''" for organic tissue, by experimenting with homeless cats in his practice in his house's basement. The first trials lead to gruesome deaths of several cats, as the prototype glue turns out to be acidic. The next trials on a special homeless cat promptly named [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic "Claudandus"]] are way more successful. However, they have to cut the agonized cat open again for further experimenting. Then, the experiment's funding is cut, and both of Preterius' lab assistants quit. Preterius, who is slowly succumbing to his alcoholism, keeps on working independently, and seemingly goes mad at the end when he claims Claudandus to be talking to him. It should be noted that ''Felidae'' is a crime story told from the viewpoint of a talking cat. Therefore, Preterius' ravings aren't as nutty after all.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the "[[FoundFootageFilms found footage]]" genre of horror movies, a good portion of the film is supposed to be footage recorded by someone experiencing a horrific scenario.
** The infamous exploitation film ''Film/CannibalHolocaust'' is split into halves, the first being the recovery of an Apocalypse Log, and the second being the log itself. Because the film was made way back in 1980, this makes the found footage genre OlderThanTheyThink.
** ''Film/TheBlairWitchProject'' [[TropeCodifier brought the found footage genre into the mainstream]]. It comprises footage shot by an ill-fated documentary film crew researching the Blair Witch urban legend. The film was marketed as real found footage, causing some confusion amongst more gullible viewers.
** ''Film/TheLastBroadcast'' is a pseudodocumentary featuring found footage from a disastrous cable-access paranormal program. The film pre-dates the vastly more successful ''Blair Witch Project'' by a short time, causing many viewers to mistake it for a rip-off.
** ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'' is a "worm's eye view" of a {{Kaiju}} film in which a man records himself and a group of survivors struggling through New York City during a monster attack.
** ''Film/{{REC}}'' and its American remake ''Film/{{Quarantine}}'' are found footage recorded by a female reporter and her camera man while trapped inside an apartment building with zombies. There's also a subversion of the trope when they discover a dictation machine in a RoomFullOfCrazy. You'd assume that the machine would hold an Apocalyptic Log about the zombie virus's origins, but the batteries are dead, so [[TheUnreveal the message is incomprehensible]].
** ''Film/ParanormalActivity'' is presented as footage taken by a man whose girlfriend is being terrorized by a demon. It's made pretty obvious that putting up a camera has only made the demon more active - and angry.
** ''Film/ManBitesDog'' is also an example that predates the ''Blair Witch Project''.
** There is also the 70s b-movie, ''Film/TheLegendOfBoggyCreek'' about bigfoot.
** The style of ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'' is meant to evoke this, even though the film itself doesn't fit the category. Aside from shooting on relatively inexpensive DV cameras and using odd angles to mimic a "found footage" look, several scenes were deliberately staged to resemble photographs from the genocide and war in Bosnia.
** ''Film/GraveEncounters'' is this. It's supposed to be the footage the titular ghost-hunting show takes when they go into an abandoned mental hospital to film an episode. Obviously all of it was supposed to be fake (as shown by the spokesman of the show paying a custodian to say he saw something creepy), but, of course, the ghosts soon turn out to be real, and very, very nasty. It seems to switch between the in-universe cameras and regular ones, though (probably so the whole film wouldn't be in slightly grainy green-light)
** ''Film/AlienAbductionIncidentInLakeCounty'' (a remake of ''UFO Abduction'' a.k.a. ''The [=McPherson=] Tape'') predates ''The Blair Witch Project'' and involves a family celebrating Thanksgiving in a secluded cabin when the power goes out. When searching for the source of the outage, the family stumbles on a UFO and a group of aliens who start terrorizing the family. Besides the typical "shaky cam" effect, suspense is added by the fact that the aliens are never shown in detail, as their very presence somehow causes the camera to pixelize. The aliens also possess some sort of PsychicPowers, allowing them to mind control the family. There are two endings: one involves the family members disappearing one-by-one, with the boy holding the camera finally dropping it when coming face-to-face with one of the aliens; the other has the aliens simply walk into the dining room, the family marches out under mind control, and an alien switches off the camera.
** Some of the footage used in ''Film/TheBay'' is this, like the videos left by Dr. Abrams, head doctor who must deal with the outbreak at the local hospital, and Jennifer, a young girl who records the progress of her infection via a Skype/YouTube-like web app.
* ''Film/IAmLegend'' is a variation on the typical setup, as its the main character keeping the log of his continuing research into the plague, almost three years after the [[ZombieApocalypse Vampire Apocalypse]].
* ''Film/IslandOfTerror'' had such a log, explaining how anti-cancer research resulted in the creation of the bone-eating Silicates.
* In ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', the crew of the eponymous ship head to the planet of Miranda and come across a lot of dead folks who had apparently lain down and died with no explanation. When they come across a video log from a rescue mission, they find out what happened to the planet. They also see what happened to the rescuers. [[GoryDiscretionShot We don't see]], [[SoundOnlyDeath but they do]].
* George Pal's version of ''[[Film/TheTimeMachine1960 The Time Machine]]'' in the form of the talking rings that explain how a nuclear conflict created two separate species of humanoids.
* In ''Film/OverdrawnAtTheMemoryBank'' (which appeared on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''), there's one of these for the process the heroine uses to try to save Fingal's mind.
* In ''Film/TheKillerShrews'' (another ''[=MST3K=]'' episode), there is a {{Narm}}ful scene where a scientist, having just been bitten by one of the title monsters, sits down at a typewriter and records the process of his body succumbing to the shrew's poisonous saliva. Based upon the real-life incident of herpetologist Karl P. Schmidt (see folder "Real Life", below).
* In ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'':
** When the Fellowship reaches the Mines of Moria, they find Balin's journal next to his grave, which reads:"They have taken the Bridge and the second hall: we have barred the gates...but cannot hold them for long...the ground shakes...drums in the deep...we cannot get out. We cannot get out. A shadow moves in the dark. Will no-one save us? They are coming...They are coming."
* From ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'':
-->'''King Arthur:''' ''(about the inscription on the rock)'' What does it say, Brother Maynard?\\
'''Brother Maynard:''' It reads, "Here may be found the last words of Joseph of Arimathea. He who is valiant and pure of spirit may find the holy grail in the Castle of Aaaaarrrrrrggghhh..."\\
'''King Arthur:''' What?\\
'''Brother Maynard:''' "The Castle of Aaaaarrrrrrggghhh".\\
'''Sir Bedevere:''' What is that?\\
'''Brother Maynard:''' He must have died while carving it.\\
'''Sir Lancelot:''' Oh, come on!\\
'''Brother Maynard:''' Well, that's what it says.\\
'''King Arthur:''' Look, if he was dying, he wouldn't have bothered to carve "Aaaaarrrrrrggghhh" into the rock. He'd just say it.\\
'''Sir Galahad:''' Maybe he was dictating it.\\
'''King Arthur:''' Oh shut up!
** This is actually a humorous subversion. [[spoiler: "Aaaaarrrrrrggghhh" is actually the name of the castle where the Holy Grail is being kept]].
* A very abbreviated version can be found in ''Film/EventHorizon'', wherein the salvage crew finds the ship's logs. The first portion shows the ambitious crew getting ready to perform the experimental hyperspace jump, but it cuts out at the moment of entry, to be replaced by horrific images of what happened to the crew after [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace the trip]]. The last coherent line recorded on the log is [[spoiler:"Liberate tutume ex inferis", or "Save yourself from hell".]]
* The remake of ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet2010'' has one from an AsianAndNerdy video blogger. We see several video entries about his dreams of Freddy... and then we see one with him asleep. He then suddenly slams into the camera and the screen blacks out.
* Both the ''Film/TheZombieDiaries'', and ''Film/DiaryOfTheDead'' have this for the ZombieApocalypse.
* The pseudo-remake of ''Film/DayOfTheDead'' had the survivors come across a scientist's video-log in a underground medical facility (which was very reminiscent of ''Film/ResidentEvil''). The log also shows the scientist turning into a zombie.
* In the cult classic ''Film/NightOfTheCreeps'', James Carpenter "J.C." Hooper leaves a audio recording for his friend explaining how the alien leeches get into your head and incubate. They then create more "brain slugs" before they kill you and reanimate your corpse. His voice is clearly changing, due to the fact he's slowly turning. It's one of the few things in this Horror/Comedy hybrid film that's played bone chillingly straight.
* The DVD extras for ZackSnyder's remake of ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004'' had a video log of Andy's last days right up until he became a zombie. The log also had a short clip of what appears to be his family, which he partially recorded over.
* Subverted in ''Film/TheCore'': Zimsky records his thoughts on his impending death... until he realizes the tape recorder's going to die with him and bursts out laughing. His final words are "What the fuck am I doing?"
* The 2001 ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' has this, explaining how the crash of Leo Davidson's ship turned the desolated planet into a simian dystopia.
* The original 1954 ''Film/{{Gojira}}'' featured a reporter giving a blow-by-blow description of Gojira's destruction of Tokyo, ending with his description of the monster's attack on the tower he was broadcasting from.
* ''Film/TheThing1982''. Helicopter pilot [=MacReady=] leaves an ApocalypticLog to warn the eventual rescuers about the title monster.
** Incidentally, you end up being able to ''listen'' to this log in [[VideoGame/TheThing the unofficial 2002 video game sequel]] of the same name.
* The ''Franchise/EvilDead'' trilogy uses this trope as the catalyst for its plot, as Professor Knowby, the researcher who first unearthed the [[TomeofEldritchLore Necronomicon]], kept an audio journal chronicling his battle with his [[DemonicPossession demon-possessed]] wife Henrietta, and his failed attempt to survive the night. Unfortunately, he'd also recorded the recitation of the demon summoning spell that'd accidentally caused the mess to begin with, meaning that anyone who listens to the whole tape ends up going through the exact same thing.
* As the rescue team enter the deserted Glasgow in ''Film/{{Doomsday}}'' we're treated to excerpts of Kane's log, detailing his frantic attempts to survive in a barricaded hospital as civilisation outside crumbles and burns in the aftermath of the [[TheVirus Reaper virus]] outbreak.
* Timothy Treadwell's tapes in ''Film/GrizzlyMan'' constitute this, even to the point of recording Tim and his girlfriend being eaten by a bear (although with audio only).
* Such log in Creator/LucioFulci's ''Film/TheHouseByTheCemetery'' leads to TheReveal regarding the Freudstein House's CreepyBasement.
* In ''Film/{{Dagon}}'' the OnlySaneMan tells Paul all about the rise of Dagon.
* The BBC docudrama ''Supervolcano'' has a group of people watching the logs of a dying scientist, who documents the conditions of the U.S. after the eruption of Yellowstone. Subverted, in that [[spoiler:the scientist actually survives, and is one of the people watching the logs]].
* The titular journal in ''Film/AntarcticJournal'' clearly wants to be an Apocalyptic Log, but since the guys who find it don't really read much of it, and the pictures are vague, it fails in its attempt.
* The anthology films ''Film/{{VHS}}'' and ''Film/VHS2'' revolve around a collection of these.
* ''The Age of Stupid'' is a 2009 pseudo-documentary that is created as one. The various clips we see are old recordings from our time, viewed by a sole archivist played by the late Pete Postlethwaite, living in an arctic repository in the mid-21st century in a world where damage from climate change has driven humanity to extinction. The man attempts to create a film showing how humanity didn't save itself when it had the chance.
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* Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': In ''The Fellowship of the Ring'', the Fellowship go into the Mines of Moria, but find out that all the dwarves of Moria had died. They discover a chronicle of Balin's doomed attempt to recover the mines of Moria in the Chamber of Mazarbul. Gandalf finds the log of the last siege by the orcs:
-->''"They have taken the bridge and the second hall. We have barred the gates, but cannot hold them for long. The ground shakes. Drums...drums in the deep. We cannot get out. A shadow lurks in the dark. We cannot get out... ''They are coming''."''
** The last three words are written in a jagged scrawl with the final letter terminating in swift descending line. It's fairly obvious the author wrote this just before the last line of defense was breached.
* ''The Last Survivors'' series is done this way.
* John Barnes' ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sky_So_Big_and_Black The Sky so Big and Black]]'' is set in a solar system where they're {{terraforming}} Mars for living room. They can't use Earth any more, because it's inhabited by a {{hivemind}} united by a behavioural {{meme}}, Resuna, which is aggressively trying to spread itself to the rest of humanity (it just wants to help!). The novel is the log of a psychiatrist going over and adding to his notes of his latest patient, plucky ActionGirl Teri, and is one part her adventures {{terraforming}}, one part a discussion of exactly how memes work to take over a person, and one part, well, where these two things intersect. The psychiatrist catches the meme off Teri, and the entries in his log show his mind going.
* Played with in ''Literature/WorldWarZ'', which is an oral history of a narrowly-averted ZombieApocalypse.
* ''And the Ass Saw the Angel'', by Nick Cave, is the protagonist's stream of thought as he sinks into [[QuicksandSucks quicksand]].
* Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}'': not a scientific log, but a video recording left by Door's father, as he is increasingly fearing for his life, that ends with his almost on-screen death.
* Charlotte Perkins Gilman's ''Literature/TheYellowWallpaper'' is meant to be the journal of a woman losing her sanity.
* ''TheMothDiaries''. [[spoiler:Or, you know, it might not be that at all.]]
* ''Literature/TheHouseOnTheBorderland'' by Creator/WilliamHopeHodgson consists of a brief FramingStory and this.
* Also by the same author, Chapter One of ''The Boats of Glen Carrig'' features a shorter example.
* The heroes of Barry Hughart's ''Literature/BridgeOfBirds'' find one of these carved into the wall of an ancient ruined city, describing the monster that ruined it.
* Creator/StephenKing
** "The End of the Whole Mess", found in the collection ''Literature/NightmaresAndDreamscapes''. Like ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'', this one is a variation in that the entire story is the Apocalyptic Log and the reader is the one discovering it.
** "Survivor Type", included in the collection ''Literature/SkeletonCrew'', follows a similar tack, with the survivor of a shipwreck recording his time on a tiny rockpile of an island where there's pretty much no local wild life or edible plants. The spelling and grammar steadily deteriorate as he descends into madness. He eventually resorts to [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalizing]] ''[[{{Autocannibalism}} his own body]]''. [[spoiler:"Lady fingers they taste like lady fingers."]]
** One of King's recent stories "1922" turns out to be this. In somewhat Lovecraftian fashion, the writer apparently continues to write even as [[spoiler:the supernatural rats that have stalked him since he murdered his wife finally get around to devouring him]]. Of course, it's possible that he's just insane... [[spoiler: The epilogue indicates that the manuscript was devoured along with the man, subverting the trope.]]
** King seems to like this trope. It's also in ''Literature/TheStand'', in the form of Fran's and Harold's diaries-though they dont die while writing them.
* Creator/HPLovecraft loved these. Many of his stories consist almost entirely of Apocalyptic Logs, usually ending with the narrator in an asylum or clearly about to be eaten by something.
** Including, but not limited to, the seminal ''Literature/TheCallOfCthulhu''.
** His non-mythos story, "The Temple," is supposed to be the log of a German submarine commander found in a bottle washed up on the Yucatan peninsula.
** "Literature/{{Dagon}}" and ''Literature/TheThingOnTheDoorstep'' are even better examples. As referenced in the page quote, "Dagon" (and a number of other tales) end with the author writing something ''as the horror is entering the room''. Why he actually ''writes'' his final despairing scream is a question only Creator/MontyPython can answer.
*** To be fair, Lovecraft does handle it more realistically than some of the more extreme parodies. In ''Dagon'', for example, the final paragraph is written to sound like the narrator was frantically scribbling as much as he could and it is not entirely clear just what happens- [[spoiler: just as much as you can say that he was attacked by a sea creature, you could also argue that he was just crazy and hallucinated the whole thing which led him to commit suicide by jumping out a window).]]
** Also "The Hound", a short story about two grave robbers coming under a strange curse ends with the final lines revealing [[spoiler:the entire story was a suicide note--the narrator could no longer cope with the unfathomable terror]].
** ''Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness'' could be considered a variation of sorts. It's written as an account by one of the surviving members of the expedition regarding just what the heck happened, but it still serves a similar function. Lake's report on his discovery would be closer to a straight example, though it doesn't record the actual horror that he experiences. Also in a weird, twisted sense, the artwork which tells the story of the rise of the ancient empire of the Elder-Things, and their fall at the hands of the Shoggoths.
** Lovecraft's not the only one to write stories like this in the CthulhuMythos. In Frank Belknap Long's story ''The Hounds of Tindalos'', a police officer investigating a writer's sudden death finds a few scraps of paper he had written on, the last of which was apparently scribbled as he was attacked and killed by the titular monsters. Robert Bloch also wrote a story ''titled'' "Notebook Found in a Deserted House", which is basically a 12- year-old boy writing down everything that happened to him in a notebook while he's hiding from the horror that's literally just outside his house. It suddenly ends mid-sentence just as he's found.
* ''[[Literature/TheTomorrowSeries Tomorrow, When the War Began]]'' by John Marsden includes a letter to one of the main characters from her father, early in the text. The sentiment is something like, "I'm going home to destroy this letter as soon as possible, so if you find this letter, I'm right and something is very, very wrong. ''Go bush''."
* In Creator/GarthNix's ''Literature/{{Sabriel}}'', the heroine discovers a magical recording of the last moments of a soldier's life.
* ''Literature/LordsOfNight'' by ThomBrannan has the framing device of TheChosenOne telling a story about how the Locust People escaped from the Atlantis exhibit at the Smithsonian and ended the world. Later, AfterTheEnd, he writes about he and his associates tried to put it right.
* "M.S. Found in a Bottle" by Creator/EdgarAllanPoe, also a MessageInABottle. The protagonist states that he's writing the account for posterity, and that if he is about to die or suffer some other fate that would render him incapable of finishing the story, he will put it in the titular bottle and throw it in the sea. He apparently does so when he goes down a whirlpool on a ship full of TheVoiceless...
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** ''Discworld/AHatFullOfSky'' quotes a few passages from a book recording a wizard's attempts to contain and control a Hiver, a mind-controlling monster that gradually turns whatever creature it possesses into a pathological id. To drive the point home, the last few pages degenerate into "Those ''fools!'' I'll show them! [[TheyCalledMeMad I'll show them]] ''[[TheyCalledMeMad all!!!!!]]''" ranting, and finally completely incoherent random letters.
** ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' has the numerous, disjointed, seemingly-random-numbered notes left by the painter of ''The Battle of Koom Valley'', who slowly went mad (including thinking alternately that he was being chased by a giant chicken and that he ''was'' a giant chicken). The last one -- only known to be so because it was found under his dead body -- read "It comes! ''It comes!!!''" He was found with his throat full of chicken feathers.
** In ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'' the last few pages of the Library's copy of ''The Summoning of Dragons'' have been scorched...
* ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'' may or may not be one of these, depending on whether or not you think the sea captain who narrates the FramingStory will rescue his ship from the Arctic ice.
* Creator/DanSimmons seems to really enjoy these. In ''Literature/{{Hyperion|Cantos}}'' the ApocalypticLog is subverted as we get to read the journals from the character as he goes insane from sickness and then as he gets better. In ''The Terror'' it's much nastier as the journal appears through out the book slowly becoming more and more hopeless until in the final entry [[spoiler:he tells us how he finally managed to kill the people who captured him as he dies of starvation, scurvy and freezing cold.]]
* ''Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDoctorJekyllAndMrHyde'' has Dr Jekyll give the narrator his ApocalypticLog in the final chapter.
* Creator/BramStoker's ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' is assembled from several of these logs, with a few newspaper articles thrown in.
* W.J. Stuart's {{novelization}} of ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'' has an excellent example of the ApocalypticLog, in which "Doc" Ostrow, having had a taste of the mental powers provided by the UpgradeArtifact, suggests the answer to the question of how the incredibly advanced Krell {{Precursors}} could have been wiped out in an instant: by unleashing [[TheHeartless invincible monsters from their subconscious minds]]. As he feared, the [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity effects]] of the UpgradeArtifact killed him before he could explain any further.
* In the novel based on true events ''Mila 18'', one person decides to keep a log of his starving to death as a Jew in Nazi occupied Warsaw. He figures since he is starving, he might as well contribute to science with full logs of all the effects. That is not the only instance of ApocalypticLog, as other Jews also record the atrocities and their resistance for posterity. [[DownerEnding This is not a happy book]].
* ''Literature/TheThirdWorldWar: August 1985'' includes excerpts from the emergency logs of three communities during the war and pulls this twice. The first log ends when the building it is in is destroyed by a bombing raid (with a statement that the book was found in the ruins), but resumes with the backup copy describing the situation. The second, from an area in central Birmingham, ends with [[spoiler:the warning of Birmingham's imminent nuclear destruction being received, stopping mid-word. A statement follows that its charred remains were found in the destroyed building]].
* A ''Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse'' novel features a Cyberman-obsessed researcher recording her experiences for future references as she is gradually converted into a Cyberman. Unusual, in that no one gets to discover it -- once she's converted, her original personality is wiped away and she no longer recognises the logic in recording it, and so destroys the recording.
* Australian novel ''Underground'' is essentially a set of memoirs written by Leo James -- washed-up property developer and brother to the [[PresidentEvil tyrannical Australian Prime Minister]] -- during his imprisonment in the near-abandoned Parliament House. In these memoirs, he records the events that led to the permanent state of emergency, his unwanted travels up and down Australia's east coast, his capture and the weeks of torture and imprisonment that followed. The memoirs and the novel end with the moments before Leo's execution:
-->''I hear marching footsteps in the hall outside. Orders yelled. I think the fuckers are actually going to shoot me in ''here''. And God help them, they sound Australian.''
* In the ''Lord of the Rings'' parody novel ''Literature/BoredOfTheRings'', Tim Benzedrine leaves a note for the boggies the morning after they stay with him in which he enters a drug flashback ''while writing''.
* Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse
** ''The Illustrated Star Wars Universe'' does this with a research team on Dagobah.
** Maybe it's the same team, maybe it's not, but in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'' the protagonists, heading to Dagobah, find the malnourished and uneducated grown children of a survey team which had been stranded, and all of them were dead of one thing or another. The last adult left a datapad behind, with longer and longer gaps between entries as the item's power ran out. Fever, wild animals, and starvation were the threats. The last entry has the woman on her deathbed, weeping as she confessed that they had started to [[spoiler: [[NoPartyLikeADonnerParty feed dead parents to their starving children]].]]
* The introduction to the novel of ''Film/DrStrangelove'' says that the manuscript was found under a rock in the Great Northern Desert by aliens.
* In ''Orphans in the Sky'', a hidden log found by the original crew's remote descendants details the mutiny that led to their spaceship being lost in space and its inhabitants forgetting that there ever was anything Outside the Ship.
* ''[[Literature/AcrossRealtime Marooned in Realtime]]'' by Vernor Vinge. The diary of the person marooned in real time, while the rest of the survivors of the Singularity used stasis fields to leap forward in time. Decades long record of attempting to change the appearance of the surface of the planet enough to trigger the observation satellites. The hero has to be sedated after reading it.
* At least half of ''Strange Objects'' by Gary Crew is taken up by the serialized journal of Wouter Loos, one of two convicted killers marooned on the western coast of Australia in 1629. At first a straightforward record of Loos and his "friend," Jan Pelgrom, attempting to seek shelter with a local tribe, the journal slowly becomes more and more supernatural- especially with the introduction of a mysterious ruby ring that Pelgrom wears. However, the truth of this particular matter is never quite resolved, as the most overt record of anyone displaying magical power is in the final chapter -- by which time, Loos is [[UnreliableNarrator delirious]] and barely coherent in his last pages.
** Being a ScrapbookStory, ''Strange Objects'' also includes diary entries written in 1986 by the scrapbook's "compiler," Steven Messenger. The diary begins with Messenger's accidental discovery of a small cache of artefacts that once belonged to Loos and Pelgrom: though most of them are quickly handed over to the authorities, Messenger succeeds in taking one- a small jewelled ring, which he keeps on a necklace. As the months pass, he begins to experience a feeling of BeingWatched, and frequently mentions encountering a silent "double" of himself. Eventually, Steven begins wearing the ring on his finger; according to the epilogue, he vanished from his home soon after and was never seen again.
* Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/TillWeHaveFaces'' has Orual break off in mid-sentence, followed by a section (in italics) saying that she had been found dead with her head on the book. Unusually, she was not writing about her impending death; once she commented at the beginning of Part II that she wished she had time to do it over, but since time is short she will just go on, she never again alludes to knowing that she hasn't got much time.
* In the last ''Literature/EmpireFromTheAshes'' book, Sean and friends find an ancient digital diary documenting the fall of society on that planet, [[spoiler:as the general populous went mad from listening to the dwindling hyperspace transmissions of the Fourth Imperium as a loose bio-weapon killed '''everything''' on '''every''' other world, turning against technology as the source of the disaster]].
* ''JasonXPlanetOfTheBeast''. The space station crew managed to acquire a few of the logs of the ''Blackstar 13'' (a shuttle Jason had gone on a rampage in) before it crashed into a nearby planet. The last log was made by the ship's hiding and rambling cook, and ends with Jason bashing through the door, and horribly murdering him.
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' has an ApocalypticLog in the form of [[spoiler:Dalinar's visions]]. Yes, an ApocalypticLog [[spoiler:from God]].
* In ''Literature/RatmansNotebooks'' (since renamed to {{Willard}}), the titular character's diary has become this by the end of the story.
* ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'' uses this trope in a rather interesting way by having the narrative point of view occasionally shift to Martine Desroubin's subvocalized journal entries. The segments are thus effectively an apocalyptic log in the progress of being written. They're doubly intriguing because she is blind and is therefore writing solely from her own experiences and perspective. Later, her journals are recovered from Otherland and she spends time reading them to analyze her own CharacterDevelopment.
* The Creator/ArthurConanDoyle short story "The Horror of the Heights" details the adventures of an intrepid aviator who flies above 40,000 feet and encounters an "air jungle" - an entire ecosystem of atmospheric beasts. He barely escapes from a predatory creature on his first flight, and records his intentions to go back up later and explore more thoroughly. The framing story reveals that the aviator's plane was found crashed and the aviator himself missing. All that was found in the plane was a torn, blood-stained journal. The last words are hastily scrawled: "Forty-three thousand feet. I shall never see earth again. They are beneath me, three of them. God help me; it is a dreadful death to die!"
* Creator/GeorgeRRMartin's "The Plague Star", the (chronologically) first [[Literature/TufVoyaging Haviland Tuf]] story. The beginning of the story is a diary left by the last survivor of diseases sent by the title object, a biowar seedship of the Terran Ecological Engineering Corps. It describes how the plagues killed the alien inhabitants of the planet, his wife, and finally himself.
** Also, in [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire A Storm Of Swords]], Sam's messages to Castle Black during an attack by wights take this form, as they start out informative but become terrified and hasty as the battle turns against them.
* In Creator/DavidBrin's ''Literature/KilnPeople'', several of the disposable clones of Albert Morris get to describe their own demise in first person. As a {{lampshade}}/justification, Albert is used to them being unable to return to him for inloading, so he deliberately orders blanks fitted with voice recorders and a compulsion to recite.
* An in-story example for ''Literature/ExtremelyLoudAndIncrediblyClose''. [[spoiler:Oskar comes home from school early on the morning of September 11, 2001 and finds to the voice mails his father, who works in the WTC, has left on the answering machine. When he calls again, Oskar freezes and listens as his father's last words go to voice mail. He hides the tape out of shame and panic and never tells anyone, but listens to it by himself at times.]]
* ''Literature/TheSoundAndTheFury'' has a depiction of one character's breakdown that works in many of the modern conventions, including using worsening punctuation and capitalization to show the character breaking down, a blackout that starts abruptly mid-sentence, and said blackout is filled with a just barely comprehensible, completely unpunctuated or attributed flashback about the source of the character's trauma, followed by a sudden, temporary jerk back to the present, in which we get to find out what happened while he blacked out.
* In ''[[Literature/TheBooksOfEmber The City of Ember]]'', a journal from one of the first residents of Ember is found [[spoiler:as Lina and Doon find their way out of the city. In the prequel to ''Ember'', ''The Diamond of Darkhold'', this log is shown to be the work of the protagonist of ''Darkhold''.]]
* Hans Heinz Ewers's short story [[http://www.digital-eel.com/blog/library/spider.htm ''The Spider'']] is about a hotel room whose guests always end up hanging themselves, and it mostly consists of the journal of Richard Bracquemont, a medical student who offers to investigate.
* The novel of ''DoubleIndemnity'' consists of entries from the main character's diary leading up to his SuicidePact with the [[StarCrossedLovers star-crossed]] love interest. In the film, the story is told from the mortally wounded protagonist's recording on his Dictaphone.
* The end of ''{{Rant}}'' by Creator/ChuckPalahniuk subtly implies a strange subversion of this. The interviews that make up the story are from a world that doesn't exist, but only because the events of the story caused it to cease existing. What's worse is that the story not only fails to tell the reader how to avert this "apocalypse" from happening again, it states that it can't be stopped, that it '''will''' happen again, and that nobody will ever notice except for the twisted degenerates that figured out how to pull this trick. Except for the few people who have become gods through murder and rape, reality is one big LotusEaterMachine.
* ''Literature/HowNOTToWriteANovel'' features one example, ''"'And One Ring to Bind Them!' Said the Old Cowpoke,"'' wherein a young woman's bubbly ''normal'' diary morphs suddenly into an ApocalypticLog about [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext lizard-men taking over the world.]]
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confessional_poetry confessionalist school]] of poetry frequently deals with themes of mental illness and suicide. Perhaps its most famous member is Sylvia Plath, whose collection of poems ''Ariel'' and semi-autobiographic novel ''The Bell Jar'' chronicle her slide into clinical depression and, ultimately, suicide.
* ''OryxAndCrake'' has a very short, but no less creepy, variation, found by the protagonist after a devastating global pandemic:
-->Beside a vase of withered flowers and a framed father-and-son snapshot--the child was a boy then, seven or eight--there's a telephone scratch pad. Scrawled across the top page are the words GET LAWN MOWED. Then, in smaller, fainter letters, ''Call clinic'' . . . The ballpoint pen is still on the paper, as if dropped from a slackening hand: it must have come suddenly, right then, the sickness and the realization of it both.
* All three books of the ''LifeAsWeKnewIt'' trilogy are like this though minus the death ending.
* ''TheZombieAutopsiesSecretNotebooksFromTheApocalypse'' plays this straight,with the protagonist writing until he falls victim to the zombie virus.
* Near the end of ''Feed'', the first book in the {{Newsflesh}} series has [[spoiler: Georgia's last blog-post]], which begins very coherently, but slowly degrades as zombie-fication nears completion. The writing stops mid-word when the author is [[MercyKill shot]].
* ''Literature/HouseOfLeaves'' is ''three'' apocalyptic logs, embedded within each other; reading the story keeps driving people over the edge.
* ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'': Syrah Syara's diary ends with her reminding herself who she is while succumbing to the Syren's possession.
* Don Tumasonis' horror story "The Prospect Cards" is a sales catalog of very odd postcards. The back of each card has a fragment of the log from an expedition intended to milk an isolated tribe of all their wealth, while the front has a picture that hints at each expedition member's fate. [[spoiler: [[BodyHorror The pictures]] [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice aren't]] [[PublicExecution reassuring]].]]
* In ''Literature/AndromedaNebula'' the starship ''Tantra'', making emergency landing due to lack of fuel, discovers anothe starship, ''Sail'', which was lost decades ago. There they find a log describing how ''Sail'' was forced to land, and how its inhabitants were killed one by one by some unknown creatures which always attack from the dark.
* The [[FictionalDocument fictional memoir]] that makes up the backbone of ''Literature/{{Julian}}'' ends as the titular character invades Persia. The rest is told in diary entries and field dispatches, which become increasingly harried as the campaign goes south.
* The ''Literature/OlogySeries'' features several among its installments, usually featuring the alleged author of the book and the tragic end of their research expedition. (''Egyptology'', ''Pirateology'', etc). One exception that formula is ''Mythology'', where the log is of a man who borrowed the book and wrote notes in the margins.
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* ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'', episode "Space Vampire". The title creature (called a "Vorvon") is being tracked by a man named Helson (possibly from "Dr. Van Helsing", as a ShoutOut to ''{{Dracula}}''). Helson's drone makes a recording of him confronting the Vorvon: it ends with him being killed. Buck discovers the monster exists by watching the tape.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** In the episode "Silence in the Library", the Doctor and his companion listen to a recorded message (censored "for tone and content") on a data-terminal in an abandoned library. "Message follows: Run. For God's sake, run. Nowhere is safe... We can't -- Oh, they're here. Argh. Slargh. Snick. Message ends."
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E3TheCurseOfFenric "The Curse of Fenric"]] featured the runic inscriptions of a Viking who made the mistake of stealing a flask [[SealedEvilInACan containing Fenric, Evil Incarnate.]]
-->"I am the only one left now. I raise these stones to my wife, Astrid. May she forgive my sin. The day grows dark, and I sense the evil curse rising from the sea. I know now what the curse of Fenric seeks: the treasures from the Silk Lands in the east. I have heard the treasures whisper in my dreams. I have heard the magic words that will release great powers. I shall bury the treasure for ever. Tonight, I shall die, and the words die with me."
** "The God Complex": The episode opens with a young policewoman writing an account of her final moments as she succumbs to brainwashing that seems to befall everyone who arrives in the 'hotel'. The Doctor and the others later discover this.
* Parodied by ''Series/RedDwarf'' in the episode "Psirens". While investigating a derelict ship, the crew find a flight recorder showing a fear-crazed astronaut munching a burger as he documents the horrible fate of his crew. A hideous insectoid monster approaches as the astronaut backs away in terror. A spray of red splatters across the screen...
-->[[spoiler:'''Astronaut:''' You've squeezed all the ketchup out of my burger!]]
* Played for laughs ([[GallowsHumor sort of]]) in the final episode of ''[[Series/{{Blackadder}} Blackadder Goes Forth]]''. Darling is preparing to go over the top to his death.
-->'''Darling:''' Made a note in my diary on the way here. It simply says... "Bugger."
* ''Franchise/StarTrek''. Several episodes in several series feature the crew discovering the logs of the last folks to encounter the disease/NegativeSpaceWedgie/villain of the week.
** ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''
*** In the second pilot "Where No Man Has Gone Before", the crew discovered the log of the last people to encounter the AGodAmI effect of passing through the barrier at the edge of the galaxy. It ends with the ship's captain giving a self-destruct order.
*** "That Which Survives". The last survivor of a colony leaves a computer message for any of her people who might find it.
--->'''Losira:''' My fellow Kalandans, welcome. A disease has destroyed us. Beware of it. After your long journey, I'm sorry to give you only a recorded welcome, but [[DeadManWriting we who have guarded the outpost for you will be dead by the time you take possession of this planet]]. I am the last of our advance force left alive. Too late the physicians discovered the cause that kills us. In creating this planet, we have accidentally produced a deadly organism. I have awaited the regular supply ship from home for medical assistance, but I doubt now whether it will arrive in time. I will set the outpost controls on automatic. The computer will selectively defend against all life-forms but our own. My fellow Kalandans, I, Losira, wish you well.
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''
*** One especially notable case: in the episode "Contagion", the ''Enterprise'' downloads one of these from the USS ''Yamato''. Unfortunately, the log had hidden in it the computer virus that caused the Yamato to blow up.
*** "Night Terrors" has a chilling log from the Captain of the "Brattain", who is going steadily insane.
---> "First officer Brink and his men were behind it. They got to the engines, they don't work anymore. Had to eliminate Brink!"
*** In at least two episodes ("Time Squared", "Cause and Effect"), the ''Enterprise'' crew receive an ApocalypticLog out of a NegativeSpaceWedgie... from themselves.
--->'''Picard:''' All hands, abandon ship! All hands, abandon-
*** Also nicely subverted in one episode where it turns out the person who made the log is still alive, and quite upset that the crew was watching her video diary.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis''
** The Atlantis expedition finds an Apocalyptic Log in the {{pilot}} episode:
-->'''Melia:''' In time, a thousand worlds bore the fruit of life in this form. Then one day our people stepped foot on a dark world where a terrible enemy slept. Never before had we encountered beings with powers that rivalled our own. In our overconfidence, we were unprepared and outnumbered. The enemy fed upon defenseless human worlds like a great scourge, until finally only Atlantis remained. This city's great shield was powerful enough to withstand their terrible weapons, but here we were besieged for many years. In an offer to save the last of our kind, we submerged our great city into the ocean. The Atlantis Stargate was the one and only link back to Earth from this galaxy, and those who remained used it to return to that world that was once home. There the last survivors of Atlantis lived out the remainder of their lives. This city was left to slumber, in the hope that our kind would one day return.
** Also happens in "The Daedalus Variations". Sheppard & Co., aboard an empty ''Daedalus'', find a video log left by the captain before the ship was abandoned.
* ''Series/StargateUniverse'' uses a variation of this concept in the episode "Time" -- the difference is the log is created by Eli in an alternate timeline then sent into the past through a wormhole. This wound up being recursive: at the end of the episode, Matt records a second ApocalypticLog explaining what had been discovered the first time 'round, so that when the crew found it the next time, they'd have a leg up. At least two loops and logs were required to ensure the crew's survival, but for all the viewer knows, there were three, or [[FridgeHorror three hundred]].
* ''Series/TheXFiles''
** The episode "Ice" shows the first and last videos of the sequence. At first the tidy, cheerful and well-lit scientists of an arctic research base report digging ice cores from record levels; the second is gloomy and shaky, with one dishevelled man saying "We're not... who we are... we're not... who we are..." before being attacked.
** The episode "Død Kalm" also includes the Apocalyptic Log. This episode is about an ill-fated ship which had the supernatural effect of rapidly aging its passengers. Scully keeps a journal of their misery, stating "Agent Fox Mulder lost consciousness at approximately 4:30 this morning, the 12th of March. There is nothing more I can do for him, or for myself. Supplies are exhausted, no food or liquid consumed for over 24 hours."
** The seventh season episode "X-Cops" starts with a homage to ''Series/{{Cops}}'' (where a cameraman follows a sheriff's deputy check up on some disturbance), when they are suddenly attacked by something that stays ''just'' out of the camera's view all the time.
* This happens in an episode of the ''Series/LogansRun'' series. The protagonists discover an ancient bunker from [[AfterTheEnd before the end]] holding a few HumanPopsicle survivors (the best and brightest) from the ancient civilisation devasted by a plague. There is also an Apocalyptic Log from a man dying from the disease, but holding out long enough [[spoiler:to reveal he discovered that one of the hibernated people is an imposter (and potentially a murderer).]]
* The ClipShow episode of ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' featured an ApocalypticLog that the TeenGenius left in case they lost the RobotWar. It provided a brief character summary and log of the fight, but most of it focused on the [[strike: merchandise toys]] weapons and equipment they'd been using all season that the prospective finder of the log would find nearby, the general impression being "if you've found this, we lost our war of attrition. You are now one of the last humans alive. Here's what you have to work with- now take up our fight". An odd case of seeing the ApocalypticLog as a caution of what might happen if they lose, rather than a means of figuring out how they lost.
* ''Series/{{Jericho}}'' does this in the first episode with an answering machine. Doubles as one heck of an ''OhCrap'' moment, as we quickly find out that [[spoiler:the message originated in a totally different city than the one that the characters and viewers knew had just been nuked, meaning that the disaster was not just local.]]
* The original ''Series/LandOfTheLost'' had the Marshall's tracking down installments of a diary by a predecessor to the land. Eventually, they enter a cave full of dormant Sleetaks and find his long decayed corpse and his final entry in a small section. They read that he never found a way home and was doomed because of being trapped in the cave with the Sleetaks awake. Suddenly, the Marshall's heard the sound of the Sleetaks waking up, take the hint and barely manage to escape themselves.
* Dr. Jenner of the CDC is making an ongoing video log in ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' when the group of survivors comes across the CDC. Several of his entries are shown in the episode ''Wildfire''.
* ''The End of the Whole Mess'' from the anthology series ''Nightmares and Dreamscapes'' is basically this trope.
* One of the challenges in season 1 of ''Series/ScreamQueens'' has the contestants filming these, ''[[Film/TheBlairWitchProject Blair Witch]]''[[FoundFootageFilms -style]], in order to test how well they can act on their own without co-stars to prop up their performances.
* ''Series/LostTapes'' does this at times: the episode ''Devil Dragon'' starts with a man documenting his attempt to survive in the Australian rainforests for a television show, but turns into an Apocalyptic Log when he is bitten and stalked by a megalania. It even ends with him [[spoiler:sending a message to his wife and daughter before making one last desperate break for safety, only to be caught by the megalania and dragged off, never to be seen again]]. Others are much shorter examples where a person tries to get out of danger until the very end of the episode when they realize they will never escape from the monster chasing them and make a last minute attempt to warn people that it's out there before they are attacked and killed.
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[[folder:Music]]
* "Death Story" by Lecrae is the last-minute prayer of a gangster on his deathbed.
-->''I wronged You, I see that, I want to give in,\\
But I ain't really sure if you'll forgive me my sins...\\
Well, this is it. No more discussion to do.\\
I don't know much, but I know I should be trusting in... [[{{Flatline}} BEEEEEEEEEEEEP...]]''
* "The Chariot" by The Cat Empire.
-->''This is a song that came upon me one night\\
When the news it had been telling me\\
About one more war and one more fight\\
And "aeh" I sighed but then\\
I thought about my friends\\
Then I wrote this declaration\\
Just in case the world ends.''
* "Chiron Beta Prime" by Music/JonathanCoulton.
-->''That's all the family news that we're allowed to talk about\\
We really hope you'll come and visit us soon\\
I mean we're literally begging you to visit us\\
And make it quick before they [message redacted]''
* "Experiment IV" by Music/KateBush.
-->''Then they told us\\
All they wanted\\
Was a sound that could kill someone\\
From a distance.\\
So we go ahead,\\
And the meters are over in the red.\\
It's a mistake in the making.\\
...\\
We won't be there to be blamed.\\
We won't be there to snitch.\\
I just pray that someone there\\
Can hit the switch.''
* "Space Oddity" by Music/DavidBowie.
-->''Ground Control to Major Tom\\
Your circuit's dead, there's something wrong\\
Can you hear me, Major Tom?\\
Can you hear me, Major Tom?\\
Can you hear me, Major Tom?\\
Can you.... ''
** Even more appropriate is Music/PeterSchilling's answer to "Space Oddity", "Major Tom (Coming Home)"
-->''Earth below us, drifting, falling\\
floating weightless, calling, calling\\
home...\\
Across the stratosphere a final message,\\
give my wife my love, then nothing more.''
** The acoustic version on the ''Sound+ Vision'' album even [[LastNoteNightmare ends with a choked sob, and the Morse Code for S.O.S. repeating into the fade.]]
* Dr. Jekyll sings an Apocalyptic Log in the musical version of ''Theatre/JekyllAndHyde''.
* "Two Suns in the Sunset" by Music/PinkFloyd describes the last few moments of a man's life before he is killed by a nuclear bomb.
-->''the rusty wire that holds the cork\\
that keeps the anger in\\
gives way\\
and suddenly it's day again\\
the sun is in the east\\
even though the day is done\\
two suns in the sunset\\
could be the human race is run\\
and as the windshield melts\\
my tears evaporate\\
leaving only charcoal to defend\\
finally i understand\\
the feelings of the few\\
ashes and diamonds\\
foe and friend\
we were all equal in the end''
* Music/BillyJoel's "Goodnight Saigon" - the first two lines let you know that it doesn't end well.
* Music/{{Loudness}}'s song ''S.D.I.,'' which is about a world going into nuclear war:
-->All the nations will be glowing\\
On their way to hell\\

-->Angels of death are marching closer\\
The last supper's held\\
Here in the land you'll see no more\\
I'll see you in hell\\
They call it war\\
* Similarly, [[Music/MasakiYamada EZO]]'s ''Fire Fire'', with the entire song describing nuclear war and the world after, with a plea at the end to stop the war before it happens. [[http://www.lyrics59.com/lyrics-907871/ezo/fire-fire.html Lyrics here]] as the ''entire song'' is this.
* Music/IronMaiden's "Satellite 15...The Final Frontier" is about a pilot in a damaged ship giving his last report.
* "Pioneers over C." by VanDerGraafGenerator, which, like "Space Oddity" deals with space exploration gone wrong:
-->We left the earth in 1983\\
Fingers groping for the galaxies\\
Reddened eyes staring up into the void\\
A thousand stars to be exploited\\
Somebody help me, I'm falling\\
Somebody help me, I'm falling down...\\
Into sky, into earth, into sky, into earth
* Music/{{Rush}}'s "Cygnus X-1" is about a space pilot flying his ship directly into the heart of a black hole. Subverted in the second part, "Hemispheres", where he comes out the other end.
* Mind.In.A.Box's "Stalkers". By the sound of things, the singer is either suffering from a mental breakdown from paranoid schizophrenia, or being [[YouWillBeAssimilated forcibly assimilated]] by a HiveMind.
-->''I can feel my thoughts dying out\\
so my last thought is just your name\\
and it is all that will remain...''
* "30k ft" by Assemblage 23 is about a doomed airline passenger making a final phone call to his wife/lover. The song [[KilledMidSentence cuts off in mid-sentence]] at the end.
* {{Eminem}}'s "Stan" has the final tape recorded by Stan, just before he [[DrivenToSuicide drives his car off a bridge]] because he thinks his hero Eminem is deliberately ignoring him. [[spoiler:Stan's girlfriend is locked in the trunk]]. It's only at the last minute that he realizes he has no way to send the tape.
* The radio edit/commercial edit remix version of Music/VioletUK's ''Blind Dance.'' It is an ambient sound / SpokenWordInMusic / ElectronicMusic ApocalypticLog of the end of the world. The line about the nuclear facilities became even HarsherInHindsight after the Fukushima meltdown disaster. (The original song is GothicMetal IntercourseWithYou and ObligatoryBondageSong.)
* Music/{{cosMO}}'s Adventurous Girl and Miniature Garden Game starts out as a song about a [[{{Moe}} cute little girl]] exploring a SugarBowl. At around two minutes in, the music video zooms out, superimposing the image of a heartbeat monitor onto the girl. She then discovers a pile of what appears to be stick figures with Xs drawn over their faces. The rest is a parade of really confusing imagery, which gets more and more distorted as the song goes on, while the beeping of the heartbeat monitor goes on behind the music. Eventually, the video starts glitching to the point when it's very difficult to see anything. The song ends with the girl saying she'll see everyone in the aforementioned Sugar Bowl again, and then fades out to the monitor flatlining. [[spoiler: In a later song, it's revealed that [[UnreliableNarrator the world that she's in is an artificial reality, and she has no idea what's going on]].]]
* Comedy Musician Music/{{Stephen Lynch}}'s ''Dear Diary'' series is diary entries by either celebrities or famous figures in history before something really bad happens to them. One example is: [[spoiler:Christopher Reeve writing an entry about a horse he hopes to tame...]]
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[[folder:Other Sites]]
* Numerous ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' records.
** Notably [[http://web.archive.org/web/20100128022529/http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/personal-journal-of-dr-bishop the personnal journal of Dr. Bishop.]] [[spoiler:Attempted rape on machine goddesses is bad, especially if you're a cyborg, m'kay?]]
** Perhaps more notable is the rather chilling, [[spoiler:not to mention, literal]], example revealed by [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-093 SCP-093]].
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1025 SCP-1025 is a subversion]]. [[spoiler:There was no threat. All the SCP does is make people ''think'' that other people are infected with horrible diseases. After the research staff go completely out of control with hypochondria-by-proxy, somebody from O5 comes along and just [[MundaneSolution sticks the SCP in a box somewhere]]]].
** ''[[http://www.scp-wiki.net/document-recovered-from-the-marianas-trench Document Recovered From The Marianas Trench]]''
** SCP-370 has Incident-370-A, a personal log written by the Foundation doctor in charge of the expedition that found SCP-370. It details the progressive infection and death of expedition personnel caused by SCP-370's influence. Although he had been infected himself, he managed to use a ritual (which required 80% of his blood supply) to contain it. It ends with a ThatWasTheLastEntry that breaks off in mid-sentence.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-772 SCP-772 ("Giant Parasitoid Wasps")]]. The scientist who discovered the wasps kept a journal. It details how he found a body filled with wasp larvae, let them hatch and contained them, and how they escaped, attacked and implanted eggs in him. It ends with a ThatWasTheLastEntry of him cutting himself open so the larvae could escape.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-772 SCP-772 ("The Soup")]]. Dr. George Farrow was suffering from cancer and had less than six months to live. He tried to cure himself with stem cell therapy and ended up changing himself into a mass of protoplasm.
** [[http://scp-wiki.net/scp-930 SCP-930 ("Seagull Island")]]. One of the survivors of the wreck of the U.S.S. Kete kept a journal of his experiences. One by one the other 18 survivors vanished in the night, apparently just walking away. The remaining survivors sometimes found the bodies hanging in the trees, but none of the others ever came back. The last survivor saw glimpses of something in the bushes that was worse than anything he'd ever seen.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1983 SCP-1983 ("Doorway to Nowhere")]] is an extensive one, left by one of the many agents sent inside,, the last one left alive when he wrote it. It details what he saw, how the creatures he saw inside work and reproduce, and what he thinks may work to take them down, punctuated with several hopeless statements. He finishes saying he'd leave the report where it could be found, and then make sure the creatures wouldn't be able to use his heart for their nest. [[spoiler:When they finally found the note, the SCP had been neutralized, but it's certain the one who did the deed had found the note]].
-->''Good luck. Morituri te salutant''
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2661 SCP-2661 ("The Hoof Diary")]]. A man who took an anomalous drug was compelled to build an enormous maze. After he did so a cow-like humanoid appeared out of the maze, killed him and ate him. The man left a diary describing his increasing compulsion to build the maze and worship the being who would appear from it.
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[[folder:Poetry]]
* Creator/ShelSilverstein combines this with SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion in some of his poems:
** ''Boa Constrictor'':
-->''Oh no, he swallowed my toe\\
Oh gee, he's gotten my knee\\
Oh fiddle, he's up to my middle\\
Oh heck, he's up to my neck\\
Oh dread, he's ''mmmmmfffff...''
** ''The Slithery Dee'':
-->''...He came out of the sea;\\
He ate all the others,\\
But he didn't eat--SL-U-R-P...''
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[[folder:Radio]]
* Creator/OrsonWelles' infamous radio version of ''Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds'':
** Commentator Carl Phillips describes the effects of the Martian heat ray right up to the bitter end:
-->'''Phillips:''' A humped shape is rising out of the pit. I can make out a small beam of light against a mirror. What's that? There's a jet of flame springing from the mirror, and it leaps right at the advancing men. It strikes them head on! Good Lord, they're turning into flame!\
''(screams and unearthly shrieks)''\
'''Phillips:''' Now the whole field's caught fire. ''(explosion)'' The woods... the barns... the gas tanks of automobiles... it's spreading everywhere. It's coming this way. About twenty yards to my right...\
''(crash of microphone, then dead silence)''
** An even better example is the announcer broadcasting from atop the CBS building in New York, watching the Martian's poisonous smoke drift across the city.
-->'''Announcer:''' Smoke comes out, black smoke, drifting over the city. People in the streets see it now. They're running towards the East River, thousands of them, dropping in like rats. Now the smoke's spreading faster. It's reached Times Square. People are trying to run away from it, but it's no use. They're -- They're falling like flies. Now the smoke's crossing Sixth Avenue... Fifth Avenue... a hundred yards away... it's -- it's fifty feet.... ''(a thud, as he collapses)''
** Made even creepier with the other half of the ApocalypticLog from the radio immediately following: ''"2X2L calling CQ... 2X2L calling CQ... 2X2L calling CQ... New York. Isn't there anyone on the air? Isn't there anyone... 2x2L--" *silence*'' Now remember that this was being portrayed as a news broadcast...
* The Creator/BigFinish ''Series/DarkShadows'' audio play ''The House By The Sea'' is told through a collection of tapes a man is leaving for his psychiatrist. The recordings tell of how the man, Gerald Conway gradually tries to unravel the mysteries surrounding the house he has rented (rented because he kept seein it in his dreams). Things start hotting up when he keeps reporting finging human teeth throughout the house, he sees a ghost, records a conversation with [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Barnabas Collins]] (whose voice fails to appear on the tape) and holds a seance in which we hear him being briefly possessed by the assorted spirits who occupy the building. Of course, it all culminates when [[spoiler: he breaks into the celler, finds a human skeleton and a living shadow which starts making ''pump pump'' noises causing Conway to have a heart attack and the final moments reveal that he has been taken over by the freed remains of the warlock, Nicholas Blair]].
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[[folder:Standup Comedy]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAHS3NJtpa0 Pea Green Boat]], by comedian StewartLee, turns the story of The Owl and The Pussycat into a BlackComedy about the pussycat [[OceanMadness going slowly mad]] and believing that the owl is in love with him.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The prologue to the ZombieApocalypse game ''TabletopGame/AllFleshMustBeEaten'' has a scientist, just bitten by a zombie, discuss the transformation from human to infected cadaver in a truly disturbing series of logs. The last few are ''after'' his death, as the brain is the last thing to go... and the final one has him reduced to groaning that the hunger is all he has left.
* There's at least three examples along these lines from the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' magazine ''White Dwarf'', although two are merely dealing with attacks by vampires and Necrons respectively.
* Not a tabletop RPG, but a ''letter-writing'' RPG, the out of print [[CosmicHorrorStory Lovecraftian]] game ''De Profundis'' was presented wholly as a collection of letters from someone gradually going insane after having a dream about a book that laid out the game's rules. Part of the supernatural insanity gripping the "author" involved writing down and sharing the game to try to spread the insanity.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''
** The background book ''Xenology'' turns out to be one drawn-out example of this, written by an Inquisitor examining another's work at gathering and studying various alien beings in a hidden facility. [[spoiler:It turns out the "Inquisitor" who set up the facility is actually a Necron Lord who established it to study other organic races, and once he was finished, he lured the other Inquisitor to the facility to study ''him''.]]
** We never get to read it, but the galaxy-sized locust swarm that is the Tyranid race was named because of the ApocalypticLog that was left behind, buried 1000 feet underground, on the planet Tyran. Most of the Tyranid Codexes -- combinations of backstory and rulebook -- contain detached descriptions of Tyranid attacks that read like an encyclopedia entry based off an ApocalypticLog as well.
** Similarly, the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' background book ''Liber Chaotica'' is written as an in-character study of the Chaos Gods. As the book goes on, the author starts having more and more ominous visions and making less and less sense as he descends into madness. At least half of the quotes in the Necron, Tyranid, and Dark Eldar codexes fit this trope.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** A ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' supplement contained, as FlavorText, the diary of an explorer describing his journey around the Concordant Plane of the Outlands. The diary takes on a distinct tone of encroaching madness after he set foot into the Caves of Thoughts, the domain of the mindflayer deity Ilsensine the Great Brain. It doesn't end well.
** Module S4, ''The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth'', had a diary left by a previous expedition into the title dungeon. It had vague hints of what was to come, with several sections with [[LostInTransmission vital information being smeared and smudged]]. It ended with the party meeting the FinalBoss of the dungeon.
** The ''Tome of Strahd'' is something of a half-journal/half-manifesto written by [[TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}} Count Strahd von Zarovich]], which details in his own words the night he made his pact with Death and sacrificed his younger brother in exchange for immortality and the love of his brother's fiancée. Said fiancée, consumed with grief, flung herself from the castle walls rather than live without her love. The Tome's final words reflect Strahd's anguish at seeing her being constantly reincarnated by the Dark Powers only to be lost to him time and time again.
*** Plenty of other {{Ravenloft}} supplements use excerpts from victims' diaries, journals, and literal ships' logs as flavor-text.
** ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' module [=DL12=] ''Dragons of Faith''. A page from a ship's log tells of the destruction of the ship and the fate of its crew.
** Module [=DA1=] ''Adventures in Blackmoor''. In the Comeback Inn the {{PC}}s find a parchment scroll written by Hepath Nun. It tells the story of how his adventuring party searched for, found and entered the Inn. It further tells of how they were trapped inside, couldn't find any way out and eventually went through the Gate in the cellar. Only Hepath Nun decided not to go, because he was too scared. The {{PC}}s find his body hanging from a chandelier near the scroll.
* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu''
** ''Shadows of Yog-Sothoth'', adventure "The Warren". When the {{Player Character}}s enter a room sealed by rubble, they find a skeleton and a piece of paper with the last words of the victim. It describes how he heard cult members chanting, a bolt of lighting striking the house and finding the door blocked. [[ThatWasTheLastEntry His last words were "I am sitting now waiting for rescue. It has been eight hours."]]
** Also, in the adventure "Horror on the Orient Express," the ''player characters'' keep [[ApocalypticLog Apocalyptic Logs]] to allow replacement investigators to join a very long, detailed investigation fully up to speed.
** Supplement ''Cthulhu Companion'', adventure "The Mystery of Loch Feinn". Professor Gibbson's journal details his investigation of the Water Horse and his run-ins with the [=MacAllans=] -- the Cthulhu cultists who eventually killed him.
** ''Fearful Passages'', adventure "Armored Angels". Professor Powell's notes give information on his plan to open a gate to the planet Yuggoth. The last page of his diary give a horrifying account of the invasion of Mi-Go and a Dark Young of Shub-Niggurath through the gate.
* ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' has one of these as a magic item detailed in the ''Grimoire of Grimoires'' supplement -- the Hildebrand Recording, an attempt at capturing a seance with a ghost on tape. The poor researcher got an EldritchAbomination instead, which proceeded to toy with his psyche before ripping him to shreds. It's just as bad as you think it is.
* Many of the cards one can draw on the Forbidden Island in the ''Touch of Evil'' expansion "Something Wicked" detail an exploration party gradually succumbing to a lycanthrophy curse. Several other cards can ''inflict'' lycanthopy on the exploring player.
* The recent "Jihad" series of ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' sourcebooks feature a number of these, usually from victims of the Words frequent use of [=WMDs=]. Probably the most distressing are the [[spoiler:cries for help from Alarion; the population are dying from a bioweapon attack, but claim there are un-infected children]].
* ''TabletopGame/{{Normality}}'' can pretty much be described as ApocalypticLog from start to finish, [[spoiler:insofar as it makes any sense at all.]] Extra points for [[spoiler:having the [[AuthorAvatar ''authors'']] die in-game]] halfway through though.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Rolemaster}}'' campaign setting ''Shadow World'', supplement 'Norek: Intrigue in a City-State of Jaiman''. A powerful crystal inside a mine causes radiation poisoning in the miners. They think it's a plague and seal off the mine to protect the outside world. After the effects get worse, the miners seal themselves in their rooms to await death. One of the miners leaves a diary of the events that the {{PC}}s can find.
* The free solo RPG Swords of the Skull Takers on 1km1kt.com is about the player creating an apocalyptic log, unless they win. Even then, Diabolic Victories can get even more disturbing.
* ''The Morrow Project'' adventure R-002 ''Project Damocles''. In the BackStory, a group of scientists create an artificial intelligence but a nuclear holocaust begins while they're testing it. They try to escape the underground area where they're working but the AI (named Damocles) malfunctions and won't let them out. One of the project members, William Lezrow, records the events that led up to the disaster and the fate of each of the team members. The {{PC}}s can find it and read it as they explore the area.
* ''Chivalry & Sorcery'' 3rd Edition adventure ''Stormwatch''. The {{PC}}s can find the log of an old expedition that was destroyed by a disease. Because the members did not die on holy ground, they were not properly laid to rest are were condemned to become undead.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* Conversed in ''Theatre/MaryMary'', where Mary, blaming Bob for being too analytical, compares him to "those people who take an overdose of sleeping pills, and sit there making notes while they're dying: '4 A.M. Vision beginning to blur.'"
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[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* At DisneyThemeParks, one of these can be heard while waiting in line for the Jungle Cruise ride.
* At Busch Gardens Europe, Curse of Darkastle is an Apocalyptic Log... set into an [[GroundhogDayLoop Endless Loop]].
* The plot of Curse of Pompeii and many other Howl O Scream rides is often one of these, too.
* HalloweenHorrorNights Orlando occasionally uses this on their websites to build up the storyline for the houses and scarezones. A notable example was the 2004 house, Disorientorium, supposedly a Wonderworks-style tourist attraction based around disorientation and illusions. Most of the story is told through the Blackberry of a man who became more and more obsessed with the attraction, to the point of breaking in and gradually losing his faculties, until the final entry is [[spoiler: a blood-splattered phone with a bullet hole in the screen and a garbled message frozen below it]].
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent'' is basically built upon this trope. The main character, Daniel, wakes up in a castle with, you guessed it, Amnesia. His only clues to any backstory or objective come from diary entries he wrote to himself, on account of his amnesia being self-inflicted. These entries tend to sound more and more unhinged as the player finds them throughout the game.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'' has Patient Interviews with idealistic doctors trying to cure some of Arkham's worst inmates hidden throughout the game. Each has five segments and they all end up getting more and more unnerving as you find them.
** The worst is definitely Zsasz, whose doctor truly tries to cure him... so he tries to kill her halfway through. The last bit has him escape, and his current doctor giving an urgent call to warn her... but she can't talk, there's someone at the door... [[spoiler:but a [[{{Feelies}} preorder bonus comic]] reveals that Batman stopped Zsasz before he was able to go through with it.]]
** Croc's is a close second for most unsettling... his doctor simply can't believe that he's cannibalistic like the rumors say... well, at the end he escapes... she makes it out unscathed, but the scene she sees... [[AnArmAndALeg isn't pretty]].
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'': [[spoiler:Arakune]] actually becomes oddly sympathetic [[spoiler:for a cannibalistic swarm of insects held together by a mind hanging off the brink of insanity]] thanks to this. His arcade ending starts with an audio log on tape, detaling his undisclosed job and how he hates meetings regarding turning a local phlebotonium into weapons because of the "hard chairs and harder people" involved. Eventually, the logs become slightly more detailed as he begins to find out things about the power source that "everyone uses, but no one quite understands". He thinks he's cracked it when it fast forwards forward again... [[spoiler: and we slowly hear his descent from coherent, normal speech into the scattered, stuttering voice he speaks with in game, slowly detailing the process of his becoming Arakune.]]
-->"Of cour[[spoiler:se i]]f [[spoiler:I]] don'[[spoiler:t]] ha[[spoiler:ve a]] face, I[[spoiler:'ll]] j[[spoiler:u]]st make one."
* ''VideoGame/{{Brink}}'', as unlockable Audio Logs.
* In ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', seeing the video playback of the Day of Lavos is what prompts our heroes into trying to prevent it from happening.
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'' with the plaques of the Plunder Island Naturalist Society.
-->'''Guybrush:''' ''(reading the last plaque, found on the edge of a quicksand pit)'' "[[QuicksandSucks Quicksand]] pit. [[QuicksandSucks Quicksand]] pits of this type are common throughout Plunder Island's nature trails. Many an unwary traveler has found himself trapped and unable to esca- Someone, anyone, please, please help me, I'm sinking..."
* Much of ''Franchise/DeadSpace'''s story is told through these. In the first game [[spoiler:the opening recording is ''also'' an ApocalypticLog, but you don't get to see the apocalyptic part until the end of the game.]]
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx''
** In the undersea lab level of ''VideoGame/DeusEx'', at least one scientist attempts to send a message for help all the way to the last moment. The message, retained in text format, is notably filled with spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors, as would be expected. In several other points in the game, the last words of the dead are to be found on datacubes left beside their bodies, including in the Hong Kong Canal Road tunnel collapse, X51's underground section and the [=MJ12=] base under [[spoiler:Hell's Kitchen]].
** Likewise, the Antarctica level of ''VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar'' is also strewn with Apocalyptic Logs.
** It is to be noted that the designer of ''Deus Ex'', Warren Spector, had previously worked on ''VideoGame/SystemShock'', which, as noted below, used this trope effectively as a core means of plot progression.
* Though your protagonist is present for the beginning of the Apocalypse in ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} 3'', most of the story of the game, as well as the How and Why of said event, is told through the scattered Apocalyptic Logs of Mars City's scientists, soldiers and workmen.
* Practically every book you can find in ''VideoGame/DungeonSiege'' and its expansion. For bonus points, most of them contain variations on "The rest of the pages are covered in what appears to be blood."
* One example in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' involves an expedition to Solsteim in a "flying ship" [[{{Magitek}} powered by magic]]. As one can expect, it crashed, leaving everyone dead but the man who had spent his life designing the ship. He records the days he spent stranded in the Solsteim wilderness, slowly freezing and starving to death. The last sentence trailed off, due to his hand becoming too frozen to write. You later have to bring the journal back to the man in Kraal who funded the whole trip, which starts an annoying FetchQuest.
** There is also a second example in the dungeon of the tower Tel Vos. A construction crew was working on building the place, and fragments of the foreman's journal are all that is left. They are scattered around to be found by the player. What's mildly funny is that the Telvanni who owns the place doesn't actually care that much there's an eldritch abomination under his tower. Or that he sent the construction crew or hired them in the first place.
* Some quests in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' have this. For example, the [[http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Oblivion:The_Forlorn_Watchman_%28quest%29 Forlorn Watchman]] quest allows the player to read the log of an abandoned, haunted ship and the [[http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Oblivion:Lifting_the_Vale Lifting the Vale]] quest involves collecting the journal of a messenger who was headed to the same place as you. [[http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Oblivion:Origin_of_the_Gray_Prince The Origin of the Gray Prince]] has one of these at the end in the form of [[spoiler:a diary]].
** There is also a miniquest near Kvatch involving a man that believes he must appease "The Sunken One" to prevent the rest of the world from suffering the same fate as Kvatch. You don't meet him while he is still alive, learning of his quest (and its depressing ending, as he died believing that his failure to appease The Sunken One will doom the entire world) through journal entries.
** A [[http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Oblivion:Trolls_of_Forsaken_Mine Fighter's Guild quest]] sends the player to find out why some comrades (including the guildmaster's over-protected son Viranus, who [[IJustWantToBeBadass desperately wants a chance to prove himself in battle]]) haven't come back from clearing out a troll-infested mine. They're all dead, of course. The son's journal, found on his body, explains how it all went wrong, ending with:
--->''I hear trolls''
--->''I'm sorry Mother''
*** For bonus sad points, in his diary he writes about another Fighter's Guild member that he had a very, um, [[HoYay special]] relationship with. Four feet away from Viranus is that guy's corpse.
* There are quite a few of these in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''.
** In a great deal of dungeons, most commonly those featuring the Falmer, the player will find already slaughtered bodies and the remains of those who went through the dungeons before. The player will also often find the journals of those ill fated travelers, often involving the situation leading up to their grisly demise. Many involve them noticing [[HellIsThatNoise strange sounds]] or [[BrainwashedAndCrazy strange]] [[GoMadFromTheRevelation behavior]] [[MoreThanMindControl in their compatriots]] with increasing frequency, just before everything goes horribly wrong... this is usually the only way to gain any kind of background as to what happened in these places, and most are quite harrowing.
** One example can be found in Japhot's Folly. Japhot's journal chronicles his ill-fated attempt to start a settlement on the inhospitable hellhole of an island. Even when the rest of the settlers went ScrewThisImOuttaHere, he stubbornly refused to leave. He was eventually reduced to eating ice-moss before starving to death. The journal is found in a a small locked room with Japhot's dessicated body. The final entry in the journal?
--->''OH GODS HELP ME''
** Labyrinthian is another good example, and one involved in a major questline. As the player delves deeper into the dungeon to find the Staff Of Magnus, they come across ghostly imprints of a group of eager young wizards who seek to discern the secrets of the place, serving as an Apocalyptic Log the player can see unfold before their very eyes. The expedition is marked failure - one of the explorers dies before they reach the final chamber, and another is forced to be left behind in a room with a trap. The group visibly starts cracking mentally before they even reach their goal, which they have to force themselves to continue towards... and [[spoiler: then they accidentally free [[SealedEvilInACan a trapped Dragon Priest...]]]]
* The Mo'ia Atoll tablets in ''VideoGame/EndlessOcean'', albeit a lot less disturbing than most. Also, the emails you get after discovering parts of the Deity Idol.
-->''There is something... from the window...''
* ''VideoGame/{{Exmortis}}''
** In this online game , while exploring the abandoned house you discover the journal of the most recent inhabitant, a man who found the house while hunting deer in the surrounding forest. The earliest entries report that shortly after he started exploring the house, he heard countless voices screaming at him in rage before he fell unconscious: when he awoke, he found himself unable to leave, forced to listen to the ghostly voices speaking to him- voices belonging to "The Exmortis." Over the course of the next few entries, the writing grows increasingly deranged, as the man is slowly brainwashed into a pawn of the Exmortis. The final entry claims that a party of five hikers is approaching the house, and all of them are to be sacrificed in a ceremony to release the Exmortis into the mortal realm. Later [[spoiler:it's revealed that the writer is none other than the player character, suffering from amnesia after making four out of the five sacrifices needed to release the Exmortis.]]
** ''VideoGame/{{Exmortis}} 2'' features the diary of a farmer who found himself unlucky enough to observe the destruction caused by the Exmortis in the months after they were released, recording the news of initial attacks on isolated communities, the first autopsy of an Exmortis creature, the [[RedSkyTakeWarning sky turning red]], the assaults on capital cities, the failed [[NukeEm nuclear retaliation]], and the [[RageAgainstTheHeavens fall of major religions]] and [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt most of human society]]: he also kept several newspaper clippings of each event, most of which are found pinned to a cork board in one of the rooms of his home. Eventually, the farmer finds himself directly in the path of the oncoming Exmortis horde, and has no choice but [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled to kill his wife and two children, and then kill himself.]]
* ''VideoGame/FableII''
** In one quest, you can find pages from the increasingly illegible diary of a man who escaped being sacrificed by cultists, befriended a band of hobbes, and started to think ''he'' was a hobbe too.
** The promotional site for ''Fable II'' also included one of these to explain the fall of the Heroes Guild, covering the journals of an unnamed Hero who survives the fall and then tries to escape extermination at the hands of the anti-Hero mobs. [[spoiler:He even writes a journal entry as he's dying of a gunshot wound with the mob breaking down the door to his house. What a trooper.]]
** Another chilling example is "Terry Kotter's Army", the area behind the Wraithmarsh Demon Door. Cotter was a shy, young MommasBoy who befriends an army of silent golems called the Knights. His journal, which lies beside his corpse in a room filled with suits of armour, details his first encounter with the Knights and his ever-more frequent trips to the cave where he found them. His final entry simply repeats over and over the phrase: "They watch. They watch. They watch. They watch."
** Also, the first cave you enter also has three pieces of paper -- a journal entry, a letter and a suicide note -- written by three dead treasure hunters who grew to mistrust each other and, amusingly, poisoned each other at the same time.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series is packed with these, most notably [[EvilutionaryBiologist The Master's]].
** Probably the best example in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' is in the [[Creator/HPLovecraft Dunwitch]] [[ShoutOut Building]]. Something about the building is conducive to turning people into [[OurGhoulsAreCreepier radiation ghouls]]. In the days after nuclear war, you can read the journals and track the progress of the building's residents as they lose higher brain functions and end up as violent, mindless [[ImAHumanitarian cannibals]].
** The Keller Family Tapes one must collect in order to get the Experimental MIRV in ''Fallout 3'' detail how one family desperately tried to survive the coming war by finding a vault in the National Guard Depot to huddle in. One is even recorded as the bombs are falling. The last of the logs is from a member of the family who refuses to spend life inside the vault with his father. He decides to give them his part of the passcode and walk into a mushroom cloud. "Have a happy Holocaust!" There are also some holotapes in Little Lamplight that shed some light on him the city started up.
** [[http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Diary_of_Candace_Keller There's a cut tape that provides an epilogue]] for the Keller family's saga that can be obtained in the PC version through the console. It was originally meant to be found in the shelter that the other tapes are about trying to get to, and indicates that at the very least Dad and Candace survived. However, Candace complains that her father keeps leaving the shelter and going out into the bombed-out DC ruins to scavenge for useless junk and that everytime he does, he lets a little more radiation in...
** There's also the notes and holotapes from the residents of Vault 92, and the scientists performing experiments on them.
*** And Peter Stevens' journal entries in Vault 87; in the last entry he appears to be [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness going mad]] after losing his son Jason and hearing the laughter from Little Lamplight on the other side of the door.
** The logs of the Canterbury Commons search party that was looking for Cheryl. [[NeverFoundTheBody Neither they nor you are able to find her]], although you find the corpse of one of the searchers, which spawns a Super Mutant Behemoth.
** And then there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-5hd5DSNsU this]] in the Point Lookout DLC. A crashed plane with a blackbox recording, a ParachuteInATree, and a soldier's skeleton.
** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' has Vault 11. The first thing the player hears when searching is an audio log of three people swearing they can never mention what happened inside, then one of them turning a gun on the other two. Searching the terminals inside, [[spoiler: you slowly piece together that the vault was operating under the assumption that one of theirs had to be sacrificed every so often to keep operations functioning. The first sacrifice was their Overseer. After that, they tried doing it through [[DemocracyIsBad elections]], at least, until the major voting bloc started blackmailing one "candidate's" wife for sexual favors to keep her husband from being elected, then elected him ''anyway''. She then started killing as many of the bloc as she could get her hands on, which led to her being elected Overseer, and her first decision was to change to a random selection process. The bloc then started a revolution that ended only when there were only five people were left and they refused to give anyone up... which, it turned out, they were supposed to do in the first place.]]
** You also find four letters at the Matthews Animal Husbandry Farm, showcasing the mental collapse of the writer who is forced to kill their own parents when they become feral ghouls, then develop the paranoid conviction that the farm animals have become ghouls too. The last note is found in the burnt-out house, as the writer decided to burn themself to death to prevent the ghoul animals from eating them. (How the last note survived the fire is a mystery.)
** In the ''Honest Hearts'' DLC, there is a series of supply caches left by a survivalist, each accompanied by a journal entry. The last, found with the man's skeleton and a unique Service Rifle, is his own epitaph.
** The radio signal Oscar Zulu in Fallout 3 consists of a man broadcasting a distress call asking for medicine for his sick son, repeating over and over. [[spoiler: If the player investigates they will find an improvised fallout shelter in a nearby sewer drain, with one room containg the skeletons of a man and woman, and another the still active ham radio. However a child's skeleton cannot be found, leaving the son's fate unknown.]]
** In ''Mothership Zeta'', you find recordings from the people that the aliens have captured, most of which are deceased by the time of your arrival. One records a captive being mutated into an Abomination, the alien version of a Feral Ghoul.
** One can find a lot them in the ''Lonesome Road'' DLC, not surprising given the nature of the Divide, [[spoiler: nuked during the great war then nuked again by accident two centuries later, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero thanks to the Courier]], turning it into an irradiated treacherous hell hole]]. these include a soldier's diary that ends with a series of random letters from when the apocalypse happened, numerous travelers and NCR scouts who tried to cross the Divide and ended up defeated by it, a silhouette of a flash-vaporized person, and some haunting graffiti of unknown vintage proclaiming everyone is dead. There also several holotapes left by BigBad Ulysses describing his travels in the Divide itself, the Big Empty, and Zion Canyon.
* The ''VideoGame/FatalFrame'' series of games include text diaries, audio logs and, as appropriate to the genre, ghostly apparitions that record exactly what happened before the whole situation went to hell in a handbasket. Sometimes, the last expression can be taken quite literally...
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' includes one of these on the spaceship ''Ragnarok''. In an odd subversion, the crew apparently ''succeeded'' in destroying the aliens infesting the ship, and made the log in case anyone else encountered the creatures. [[spoiler:Considering that the Ragnarok was left orbiting the moon, abandoned, and with more of the same aliens on the ship, however....]]
** The DS remake of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' features a sort of mental example. When you pause, you can see a small sentence that the leading character is currently thinking. Switch to Kain just before he is taken over by Golbez again at the end of the Sealed Cave, and you get lines like "this feeling... I've felt this before" and "No... not... not again!"
* In ''VideoGame/{{Grandia}}'', the party finds a captain's log on a ghost ship detailing an attack by a sea creature that killed the crew. Guess what promptly happens.
* In ''VideoGame/TheGuardianLegend'', the SoleSurvivor of NAJU's native population left a ton of helpful notes, including the introduction to the premise of the plot. The full text can be read in the quotes page.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}'' mod ''VideoGame/TheyHunger'' has a series of audio logs left by a doctor experimenting on the... [[NotUsingTheZedWord creatures]]. His final recording (which describes his own infection) plays [[spoiler:right before he attacks you]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}'' has as its second-to-last level a high school in Seattle dotted with old style tape-recordings containing the details of a detective's investigation of the murderer and assassin Emir Parkreiner. The tapes become increasingly disturbing, as the facts presented seem bizarre and contradictory (much to the exasperation of the detective). The final tape ends with him mentioning in shock that Emir is standing ''right in front of him'', with his final words cut off by a gunshot.
* Ansem's Reports in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts''. Especially subtle in the first game, where you only have the odd-numbered logs to begin with, showing Ansem under steadily increasing threat from the Heartless... then you're handed the even-numbered logs in the second-to-last area, [[spoiler:and learn that he ''created'' the things.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'' several can be found throughout the game in the form of journals, including one from a boy whose parents make an attempt to escape long after the infection has hit and [[spoiler:the leader of a doomed DisasterDemocracy]].
* ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}''
** ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 2'' includes several logs from the doomed Marine crew. The corpses of certain Luminoth warriors (which mark the locations of PlotCoupons in the Dark World) can also be scanned to get accounts of their deaths (generally concluding with a BolivianArmyEnding).
** The entire plot of Metroid Prime Hunters is revealed by reading lore datashades with the scan visor on the way. It's impossible to miss several crucial messages that refer vaguely to something called Gorea, but unless you actively look for the log it's basically a GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere when it arrives, and you never get to know what's going on.
** The first ''Metroid Prime'' also had Chozo Lore scattered throughout the world (mostly in the Chozo Temple stage). Some of these detail Samus's past, while others talk about the spread of Phazon and the death of the Chozo on Tallon IV.
** Space Pirate logs and computer scans in the ''Metroid Prime'' are largely a record of memos, announcements, and reports detailing the Space Pirates' [[MookHorrorShow increasingly desperate attempts to stop Samus from killing them all]]. Let's emphasize that: your enemies are keeping Apocalyptic Logs about ''you'', the hero. Since the game, in fact, largely consists of Samus killing them all, this alternates between mildly depressing and extremely awesome.
** The best logs are in ''Prime 2'', when Samus and Dark Samus inadvertently attack the same Space Pirate installation. Their logs read something along the lines of "oh ''crap'', there's ''two'' of them."
** ''Metroid Prime 3'' loves this, as it has a series of journals for each [[spoiler:corrupted]] planet you visit. The Space Pirate lore gives you a bit of a twofer as [[spoiler:it begins with Dark Samus corrupting them, and continues on as Samus begins killing them all. Again]].
** Bryyo is also a variant, as [[spoiler:it details the literally planet-shattering civil war that drives the surviving natives to savagery, ''before'' TheCorruption arrives.]]
** There's also a message from [[spoiler: the Aurora Unit of the destroyed Valhalla? First you have to activate the message by getting a code from a dead trooper, then you have to listen to its deep voice go on about how it feels the "Darkness Coming..." Add in the effects such as the ship rattling and it just adds to the apocalyptic factor.]]
* Bungie has a long history with this sort of exposition. Their early games ''PathwaysIntoDarkness'', ''Myth'' and ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' all relied almost exclusively on this method of story telling.
** This trope is also invoked to the letter on at least one computer terminal in ''Marathon Infinity''.
-->"The shields are gone, not down, but gone, and so are the engineers. It's coming back, I'm sure: and my last mercy is immolation."
** There's also:
-->"I am [[ZardOz Arther Frain]], Chief Petty Officer, USEC Marathon.\\
Arther Frane calling all USEC personnel.\\
Calling Cmdr. Robert Blake...\\
Calling Security Chief Jones...\\
Arther Frain calling any USEC controlled ship in vicinity... \\\
Station hull breached, we are losing pressurization. More than half the men are without vacuum suits. Patrols reporting intruder, last location unknown.\\\
Any USEC controlled ship surviving nova event, transport when ready.\\\
Arther Frain calling.\\
That is all..."
** ''Pathways'' in particular took this even further, as instead of reading the journals lying next to mangled corpses in order to progress, you can use a mysterious artifact to ''talk to them''. Needless to say, most people aren't very talkative after spending twenty or forty years trapped in their corpse as the Horror-spawned monstrosities that killed them shamble by and occasionally nibble on them in the darkness.
** ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', also by Bungie, includes something similar in the form of the Terminals, which contain reports, memos, and recordings made the Forerunner chronicling their war with the Flood.
** ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' first introduces the Flood by way of a video recording from the helmet cam of a (deceased) Marine named Jenkins. If you read the novelisation, though, you find out that the marine who's video the Chief watched wasn't dead at all -- he'd been turned into a combat form, but had somehow retained his consciousness, turining it into an "AndIMustScream" scenario.
** ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'' features 30 hidden Audio Logs littered about New Mombasa that reveal a subplot called "Sadie's Story," in which a girl attempts to reach her scientist father during the panic of the Covenant finding Earth. [[spoiler:It's best described as a BittersweetEnding.]]
** ''Halo CE Anniversary'' also had terminals added, telling backstory to the upcoming ''Halo 4''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'': The tape left by Yukari's father, and the Old Documents found in Tartarus. Interestingly, the writer of the Old Documents ''survived'' - according to the last one, [[spoiler:she now runs the Antique Store in Paulownia Mall]].
* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline'' has the character find the logs of Red Ring Rico, a fellow hunter who is always one step ahead of the player. The logs mostly serve as a guide for the levels, enemies, and bosses the player encounters. It's not until the final level that Rico notices all the creepy architecture and realizes something is wrong. The final log found right before the last boss [[spoiler:which Rico unknowingly released, killing her]] was presumably recorded minutes before the player got there. It makes the whole thing a lot more personal than something that was recorded a while ago.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''
** The original ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' (and their {{Videogame Remake}}s ''[=FireRed=]'' and ''[=LeafGreen=]'') feature logs throughout the abandoned, Pokémon-overrun Cinnabar Mansion detailing the discovery of Mew, and its giving birth to Mewtwo. The last entry obliquely notes Mewtwo's "vicious tendencies".
** The movie adaptation goes on to use the same trope in describing Mewtwo's origin (see above in Anime and Manga), through a narrating scientist who's almost Lovecraftian in his devotion to finishing his report. "We dreamed of creating the world's strongest Pokémon...and [[GoneHorriblyRight we succeeded]]."
** ''VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness'' has one during the [[spoiler:Cipher takeover of Phenac City]] when the player goes to the mayor's house, only to find [[spoiler:he's not there. There is a note, however, to Justy on the second floor, which shows his growing concerns over the increasing Cipher presence in Phenac. The letter abruptly ends.]]
** A subversion also appears in the first ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'': Late into the game, Rui's grandfather sends Wes an email, but most of it is cut off, causing Rui to fear that her grandpa may be in trouble. They arrive at Agate Village, and learn that her grandfather's perfectly alright: It was cut off because her grandfather was unfamiliar with current technology. He then supplies Wes with the thing he alluded to in an email: a Master Ball.
* At various points throughout ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'', you can escape the testing facility into the 'warehouse' areas, and there you find various notes, clues and mementos left by previous test subjects... including [[spoiler:lovingly enshrined pictures of the Weighted Companion Cube.]]
* In ''VideoGame/ProjectFirestart'', the science logs detail the initial conception of the genetically-engineered organisms all the way to when they become too aggressive to control.
* '''Every''' ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' game has these, often including succumbing to TheVirus and committing suicide. Generally, since everyone you meet in the average ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' game is dead or crazy, nearly the entire {{backstory}} of the game series is told through this trope. One obliviously continues writing about how ''itchy'' and ''hungry'' he's become. [[spoiler:After you read the last page, the author bursts out of the closet behind you.]]
** The remake of the first game for the Gamecube even has one written by one of the ''monsters''. [[spoiler:Lisa Trevor, the daughter of the architect of the Spencer Mansion, and the first test subject of the Mother virus. By the time you face her (and her diary ends) she is essentially a 45 year old woman with the personality of an insane 14 year old, that being the age at which she was infected. The final entries of her diary are broken, incoherent, desperate cries for her mother, whom she had become obsessed with and had murdered several years earlier, believing her to be an imposter and tearing off her face.]]
** Saving the game requires a typewriter and consumes a typewriter ribbon, meaning the player's save files are an ApocalypticLog.
** ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' is different from the others in that the logs are generally written by your enemies, and usually detail either general orders or what plans they happen to have for you. Nevertheless, there is at least one "Oh crap the protagonist has killed us all" note to be found.
* In the beginning of ''VideoGame/RuneScape'''s Stronghold of Security is a corpse. Looting it gets you a journal written by the explorer as he wandered through the place. It vaguely describes the monsters and atmosphere of each level, and at the end he writes that he has run out of food and needs to head back through the dungeon, and just prays the monsters don't get him. [[FridgeLogic There are no monsters in the area where you find his corpse,]] and you can bypass most of the monsters by using the nearest ladders to go back up.
** Later on you'll find one in Mort'ton, a ruined town where the populace has gone mad with a strange affliction. The log tells of the affliction's spread and concludes with the author succumbing and writing gibberish. [[spoiler:The quest in the area deals with using the author's research to develop a cure.]]
** However, easily the most literal use of this trope is during the quest Ritual of the Mahjarrat where you have to go to a ruined plane called Kethsi and, after an extensive puzzle, find a bunker with a log sitting at a desk detailing how [[spoiler:The natives of this plane found the Stone of Jas and, upon using it for a few months, learned rather unfortunately that its use causes creatures known as the Dragonkin to appear and [[DisproportionateRetribution destroy every living thing on the plane the stone was used on.]]]]
* In ''VideoGame/SeikenDensetsu3'', the party stumbles upon the captain's log of a GhostShip. The last page is nothing but "death" (or "die") repeated over and over again, and one party member is cursed to become a ghost soon afterward.
* ''VideoGame/SilentHill4: The Room'' had a version of these in the red memo pages the main character collected in his scrapbook -- so many red pages, in fact, that between [[GottaCatchThemAll catching them all]] and traveling among different worlds, it felt more like a diabolical version of ''Myst'' than a ''Silent Hill'' sequel.
** The other games feature this to an extent, such as the scattered pages near the beginning of ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'' (which are basically a tutorial on how to deal with enemies). However, it is often the ''absence'' of explanation as to [[MindScrew what on earth is going on that makes things creepier]].
** The final tutorial you find, though, greatly increases the creepiness: it's just the phrase "Run away!" [[MadnessMantra repeated over and over]].
** In the first ''VideoGame/SilentHill'' has the main character himself doing this: before you save for the first time he mentions that he'll write his experiences down and leave them behind, in case someone else ends up going through the same thing. Sure enough, in ''VideoGame/SilentHill3'' you can find Harry's notes from the first game in the amusement park.
* In ''VideoGame/StarControl II'', your {{Redshirt}} lander crew will discover some logs left by the Androsyth. Apparently, the entire race managed to catch the attention of [[EldritchAbomination an unseen something from "outside".]] And now... they're all ''gone'', bar the cities full of crazy. Predictably, the guy reading the log doesn't escape with his sanity intact.
* A staple in the ''VideoGame/SystemShock'' series; logs from personnel can be found scattered everywhere and frequently out of order.
** ''VideoGame/SystemShock 2'' in particular, contains an audio log which follows this trope word-for-word, where a scientist tries to focus on conveying useful information about [[BigBad The Many]], even as he is being devoured. In ''VideoGame/SystemShock 2'', the logs each come with a little icon of the speaker's head and face, not moving, probably just there to show players what they looked like. One, Anatoli Korenchkin, is infected by the Many early on, as the logs show. At one point he leaves a log full of him speaking in a warped voice about the glory of the Many; the icon, rather than his face, shows a mass of unfacelike tissue, vaguely like a jellyfish. At a later date he sends the player character an e-mail which contains the same icon; it can be seen a few minutes into [[http://www.viddler.com/explore/Raar/videos/19/ this]] LetsPlay.
** You find quite a few of these through the course of ''VideoGame/SystemShock'''s SpiritualSuccessor ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}''. For example, Dr. Steinman's logs detail how, thanks to [[PsychoSerum ADAM]] abuse, he went from an ambitious plastic surgeon to a deranged, self-proclaimed "[[MadArtist Surgery's Picasso]]" whose motto was "Aesthetics are a moral imperative." And it gets the bonus points too. In one log, Dr. Suchong, a man the player has been given some ''very'' good reasons to hate, is reporting that the plasmid he designed intended to force the Big Daddies to bond with Little Sisters and protect them, violently for preference, is more or less a failure. At the same time, a Little Sister can be heard in the background, trying to get his attention. Fed up with her bugging him, Suchong slaps her, and then a Big Daddy's whalecry can be heard. Guess what happens next. [[spoiler:You find it on a body stuck to a desk by a [[LightningBruiser Bouncer]]'s [[ThisIsADrill drill]]. [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Gee, how could that have happened?]]]] ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' maintained this trend for the most part; the few people the player makes direct face-to-face contact with don't live long after the meeting, with the exception of the eerie Little Sisters and Dr. Tenenbaum.
** Both ''VideoGame/SystemShock'' games relied on this trope thematically. The times that the player is able to make human contact are so rare as to be notable; the only communication the character typically gets is through voice logs and emails left by the dead...or those who will be dead by the time he reaches them. Due to ADAM absorbing and containing memories of its previous users, you can sometimes see Ghosts throughout Rapture. The Apocalyptic part comes in because, well, obviously ''something'' had to have happened to them.
* The infamous "The Cradle" level of ''VideoGame/{{Thief}} 3: Deadly Shadows'' was built around this, allowing a separate (and chilling) diversion from the main story line.
* ''VideoGame/ThreadsOfFate'' has a somewhat silly example of this: Mint comes across the remains of a workshop and finds a diary. There are only a few entries, but the second to last one has the magician howling about how incredibly genius he is for hiding the item inside a monster. The final entry has his lamenting his foolishness for doing the same thing, once the monster escapes. Mint's only response the situation: "Moron."
* ''VideoGame/{{Unreal}}'' had no movies, no dialog and no explanatory scenes. The plot (along with random facts) was relayed entirely through logs, some of which were of the "oh no we're doomed" variety.
* The ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament2004'' mod "VideoGame/AlienSwarm" (which basically [[PoorMansSubstitute lets you play out]] the ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' movie in an "original" and copyright-free environment]]) has a number of these scattered around the Swarm-infested outposts and drifting space hulks. One even involves a crewmember on a colony, who was LateToTheTragedy because he was outside when the Swarm attacked. He complains and wonders where everyone is, [[DramaticIrony then notices that there are a lot of lifeforms in Sub-Processing.]] He ends the log saying he's [[GenreBlind going down there to ask them what's going on.]] [[spoiler:You can find his body later on, in two separate rooms.]]
* ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines''
** The recordings of doctor Grout, the LA Malkavian Primogen, in the madhouse sequence. Hey, he's a Malkavian. They ''all'' go insane.
** There's also less logical examples (Grout wasn't in any direct danger when he wrote his last log) found in the Ocean House Hotel and the LA sewers, with people even writing down "aaaaah!" ''while they were being assaulted''.
** The Ocean House Hotel is a terrible offender, where a woman's diary describes how during their stay her husband was basically acting out ''Film/TheShining''. It ends with an entry where she wrote down that her son seemed to be knocking on her door (who writes that in their diary?), then the woman apparently went to open the door, found her husband who just murdered their son, and then WENT BACK to write so panickly in her diary before being murdered herself.
* The generally weird ''VideoGame/YouAreEmpty'' had a level set in an abandoned farm. Along the way you'd see written notes from the former owners indicating that the chickens were growing strangely quick, and that something was wrong with them. Sure enough, near the end of the level, you have to fight van-sized chickens.
* Both ''VideoGame/{{Penumbra}}'' games had plenty of these type of logs. First with Dr. Roberts' (the spider hater) insane diary, then with Eloff Carpenter (who recorded on cassette his horrifying final moments) and at last, with Philip himself.
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''
** In the first game, whilst out on a particular quest on Kashyyyk, you find the corpses of several Wookies -- all murdered by the shape-shifting assassin you're looking for. Thankfully one of his victims was GenreSavvy enough to keep a diary of the systematic murder of an entire hunting party:
-->We found Grarwwaar's body last night: what was left of it. If we do not leave the Shadowlands soon, I fear we will all become victims of the Faceless One.
** The logs of the Republic ship ''Harbinger'' in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II''.
** As well as the entire Peragus level before it, containing holographic recordings of the crew being systematically killed off by an assassin droid turning the station's automated systems against them.
-->"Mocking Query: Coorta? Coorta, are you dead yet?"
** ''KOTOR'' enjoys this trope quite a bit. ''KOTOR 1'' let you find the journals of a Terentatek hunting party, each written shortly before the final fights of their owners, each written in a manner that suggests doom. At least one Sith student heading into a tomb left a datapad on how he or she was going to get around the traps and monsters left in there. A party going after a malfunctioning assassination droid with oversensitive hearing and using stealth belts takes a moment to log this and note with irritation that one of their number is clumsy. ''KOTOR 2'' had these in multiple places, from the holorecordings on Peragus to the journal left inside the Jekk' Jekk Tarr's ventilation system...It's hard to find a planet that doesn't have one of these.
** Malachor V. Unfortunately, this only serves as a stunning reminder that the entire planet and everybody on or around it were obliterated too fast for even The Force to catch up, so maybe it doesn't much count.
*** Not to mention a reminder that level is no where near finished.
* The tradition of dying words holograms continues in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' where you find multiple examples of quest instructions and macguffins from such holograms. Apparently, it's remarkably easy to set up and record your dying words and still look directly into the camera while you're being murdered or mauled by wild beasts.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has a few of these.
** Vigil is the textbook example, though originally designed as the overseer of the research station, [[spoiler:Vigil adapted by his creators with the most complex translator algorithms they had so he could communicate to future species and contained every piece of information they had on the Reapers and their plans to buy future cycles more time while giving him the tools needed to stop Sovereign from retaking the Citadel once he learnt of the situation.]]
** In one case, the party boards a spaceship that is seemingly abandoned besides one brain-dead man on life support. It eventually becomes clear that the comatose man's lover, a powerful biotic, was violently opposed to his being taken off life support. Logs left by the captain and the ship's doctor reference her declining mental state, and it's fairly obvious that she eventually killed all the other passengers. [[spoiler:If you turn off the man's life support, she will appear behind you and attack.]]
** And then there's Ilos, where you can hear recordings from the Protheans [[spoiler: as they try to get the word out about the Reapers in the vain hope of fighting them off.]] The fact that the recording is slightly garbled doesn't help.
--> ''Cannot be stopped... cannot be stopped...''
** The second game lives on this trope; nearly every mission or sidequest includes, at a minimum, a datapad or two documenting events in the process of going horribly wrong. Notable examples include the excavation site with the datapad reading, "If you're reading this, GET OUT RIGHT NOW," the [[spoiler:logs of the quarian scientists on the ''Alarei'' (including Rael'Zorah's last message to Tali)]], and [[spoiler:the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1APcaqh0jJs logs of the Cerberus team]] studying the derelict Reaper, which depict the horrific course of reaper indoctrination, even though the reaper is supposed to be dead.]]
--->[[spoiler:"But a dead god can still dream!"]]
** That last has one log that stands out, at first seeming more banal and harmless than the others. Someone talking about his wife Katy's anger management issues. The other exclaims that Katy is ''his'' wife, he must have told the first the story. He hadn't. They wonder how the hell they can remember the same thing. In context, you can see that this is part of the LossOfIdentity and indoctrination they're going through.
** Part VideoGame and part WebOriginal, in the days and hours leading up to the release of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', the Twitter account [[https://twitter.com/#!/AllianceNewsNet Alliance News Network]], [[AudienceParticipation along with hundreds of fans]], performed a flawless viral ad campaign, releasing tweets in real time of the [[EldritchAbomination Reaper]] "invasion" of Earth, not unlike the radio show ''Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds''.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' itself has far fewer instances of this trope. Most logs are made with no hint or inkling of the fate that befell the writers, like at the Ardat-Yakshi monastery and the hopeful, doomed staff and refugees [[spoiler: at Sanctuary]]. The situation devolved too quickly for them to write about it. On Mars there's one memorable instance of a banal email that suddenly became an allcaps warning that the atmosphere was venting. At the end, on Earth, there are a few logs scattered around
** A demo for the {{DLC}} [[http://uk.gamespot.com/mass-effect-3/videos/mass-effect-3-the-devil-and-the-deep-blue-sea-6390079/ Leviathan]] certainly makes it appear that they're making a strong comeback, with a level on a crashed ship whose crew ran out of food. [[spoiler: And were [[MindRape indoctrinated]], though arguably this was a kindness - the crew would have died of starvation either way, but this way they did not feel hunger.]]
** Crossing over with FlingALightIntoTheFuture, we have the [[spoiler:Refusal ending of Mass Effect 3]].
* ''{{Notrium}}'' has you the player writing a log each day you're trapped on the planet for any who find your corpse, it can very easily turn apocalyptic after you've been on the planet awhile and succumb to one of the many ways of dying.
* ''VideoGame/TheWhiteChamber'' has three "reports" by one Arthur Anderson that gives insight into what the hell was going on prior to all hell breaking loose. [[spoiler:He happens to be responsible for what the protagonist goes through, and makes TheReveal in person... Sort of.]]
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' Storm of Zehir has an example of this in the wizard tower "Tempest's Fury". In this tower, they were experimenting on a djinn. Then the obvious happens, as it does with most [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters unpleasant experiments on extremely powerful entities.]] You can find a journal in one of the rooms, of which the last two entries are "I'm certain the wards on my room can keep him out," and, presumably moments before being obliterated, "I was wrong about the wards."
* [[Creator/BenCroshaw Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw]] adores these.
** Episode 1 of ''VideoGame/TwelveThirteen'' includes a document of the days before an orderly's demise at the hands of the [[spoiler:mutants]], ending with said orderly holding his pistol to his head, ready to fire.
** In ''Trilby's Notes'', the third installment of the ''VideoGame/ChzoMythos'', diaries are found belonging to a dead traveler, telling of the death of his wife and his own slow loss of sanity, concluding with the series' ArcWords: [[spoiler:it hurts]].
** Not forgetting the tie-in fiction, ''The Expedition'', charting a journey in the Mythos DarkWorld, [[spoiler:with repeated ArcWords at the end, signifying the narrator's continuing terrible, painful existence.]]
** Additionally, if Trilby dies during ''Notes'', you are treated to a brief note stating that these were the last words written in a notebook found in the wrecked hotel (as Trilby was himself keeping a log during the game).
* In ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'', some of the few logbooks written by humans are quite apocalyptic, but it's nothing next to those [[spoiler:the Tasen]] write when [[spoiler:the Komato attack]].
* Sierra's ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest V: The Next Mutation'' has this as Roger Wilco pokes around in Genetix, finding around what causes the BodyHorror disease he has been witness of, explained in the scientist logs. Pretty chilling when combined to the creepy background music, and when you realize they dumped this vicious mutagen where they could dispose of it, by bribing high-ranking [=StarCon=] officers.
** A Second example is on ''Klorox II'', where Roger digs up the doomed colonist's log. A third is in ''Space Quest 4'', where Dr. Lloyd is describing the destruction the Vohaul-possessed supercomputer has done to Roger's homeworld. For a comedy series, ''Space Quest'' was nasty about inducing FridgeHorror.
** In another Sierra game, ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIV'', the hero will find, in the adventurer's guild, the story in the logbook written by a paladin called Piotyr of how he attempted to defeat the [[EldritchAbomination Dark One]] and ended up dead, and how the mage Erana tried to seal it away and was trapped with it for eternity.
* The journal collecting missions in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' plays this for laughs where you collect the journal entries of scientist Patricia Tannis. The entries depict her SanitySlippage as she progressively becomes more AxCrazy and more {{Cloudcuckoolander}} with every day (including [[CompanionCube developing a relationship with her audio recorder]]).
** An early mission in the ''Zombie Island of Dr. Ned'' DLC plays this straight, by way of the ECHO correspondence of Jakobs Cove logger Hank Reiss. Gradually, his ECHO logs detail the zombie outbreak on Jakobs Cove, though for his part Hank remains hopeful throughout the ordeal -- why, the company physician, Dr. Ned, thinks he can develop a cure! Hank volunteers to be a test subject for the cure, and his last log ends as he's just about to go see Dr. Ned. [[spoiler:As you find out a little later, Dr. Ned turned him into a wereskag. You're forced to kill Hank after Ned sics him on you.]]
*** In the same DLC, there's a mission where you collect the logs of various other adventurers who tried to tackle the zombie problem at Jakobs Cove. Most of them are very confident in their first log, and near tears, overwhelmed by the creatures in their second.
** ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' has a number of these. In particular, one mission involves collecting the notes of an adventurer named Taggart, an old pal of Sir Hammerlock's. It appears Taggart went missing after he set off to study Stalkers. As you collect his notes, you discover that for a while, Taggart had fun punching Stalkers and learned quite a bit about their behavior, until a big one he calls "Henry" (after his mother) stole a special mother's day present. An incensed Taggart vows revenge, and in his next log [[spoiler:he is dying, having had his hands eaten by Henry. Henry comes back to finish the job as Taggart screams for his beloved mother.]]
** In the Caustic Caverns, there are ECHO logs detailing the Dahl mining operation that discovered Crystalisks, giant rock creatures with precious crystals on their bodies. At first, Crystalisks were friendly to humans, and a big one called Blue seemed to take a particular shine to Security Officer Boothe. When Boothe was killed by her boss over the matter of 'killing Crystalisks for their crystals, yes or no', the creatures went berserk and killed the whole crew. It's implied that this was the StartOfDarkness, so to speak, for the Crystalisks, as they've been hostile to humans ever since.
* Alric's journals in ''VideoGame/{{Torchlight}}'' as he gets crazier and crazier from the effects of Ember.
** And, in [[VideoGame/TorchlightII the sequel]], we get one in the form of scattered diary entries spread around an abandoned sawmill whose inhabitants were gradually picked off by werewolves, along with another in the form of a diary entry in one optional ice cave that's a direct shout out to ''Film/TheThing1982''.
* ''VideoGame/SecondSight''
** While searching the abandoned village of Dubrensk, John Vattic finds a diary belonging to one of the dead villagers -- apparently the mother or father of one of the psychic children being experimented on nearby. As the writer refused to leave the village when [[spoiler:Director Hanson]]'s mercenaries invaded, it's safe to assume that he or she was murdered some time after writing it.
** Also, scattered throughout the Zener facility under Dubrensk are notes on the various children that were held in the facility: almost all of them ended up horribly deformed by their medication.
* ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}} 2'' has a live version of this: At various points in the game, you can listen to live radio broadcasts delivered by Henry Stillman from the [[ZombieApocalypse overrun]] city of Philadelphia. After running out of food and booze, his last broadcast ends with: "I think I'll go for a walk."
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'' has something like this with Subject 16's encrypted messages and voice clips, especially towards the end of his sanity streak.
* In the fifth chapter of ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'', Max Roivas picks up three notes from his father, each more distressed than the last. Four if you count the envelope with the key. There's also Brother Andrew's diary entries in Paul's chapter and Private Jackson's letters in Peter's chapter.
* Either subverted or mis-handled in the casual game ''VideoGame/MysteryCaseFiles: Dire Grove'', in which you collect videotapes from some graduate students' ApocalypticLog. [[spoiler:The video clips include footage of things the students couldn't possibly have filmed themselves, like the four of them driving off in their car. While this ''could'' be a HandWaved continuity error, it's later implied that the supernatural forces in Dire Grove have [[UnwittingPawn lured you there deliberately]], so those same forces might have doctored the tapes' contents.]]
* You find one right near the end in ''VideoGame/TheSpiritEngine2'', attempting to FlingALightIntoTheFuture, warning not to use [[spoiler:the World Eye]], as it will cause the user to become [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity insane]]. The villains find it as well, but they're too impatient to translate it all. [[spoiler:It's anybody's guess whether reading its warning would have changed their course though]].
* Bones are scattered throughout the Crystal Desert in ''VideoGame/GuildWars''. Examining some of them lets you read the last written entries by the person when they were alive. The desert really, ''really'' sucks, by the way....
* A quest-related diary in ''{{Tibia}}'' ends like this:
-->''It's just [[AloofBigBrother Arthei]]... he got burnt really badly... I barely recognise his face... Kala is sitting at his bed 24 hours a day with red swollen eyes and praying for his life. When she falls asleep in exhaustion we are keeping watch.''\\
(from here on, all of the pages have been torn out, only the last page remains:)\\
''[[CameBackWrong THE FIRST DAY OF ETERNITY I CAN SEE NOW. FOOLS. ALL OF YOU. HAHAHAHAHA.]]''
* The Dorfs of ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' will often make artworks depicting significant events in the fortress. "Significant events" usually means "terrible, bloody violence": "On the item is a finely-designed image of a goblin and dwarves in pink tourmaline. The dwarves are dead. The goblin is laughing."
-->"[[{{Boatmurdered}} Engraved on the wall is an exceptionally designed image by a dwarf and a frog demon by 'Emperor Sankis' Gatinbomrek. The frog demon is striking down the dwarf]]."
* The first ''Descent: {{Freespace}}'' game has the main plot hinge on one of these. The log itself is shown throught the player in segments during cutscenes, and documented the rise of an empire, their conquest of hundreds of star systems, their contact with a powerful new race, and ends just before their destruction by the [[OmnicidalManiac Shivans]], thousands of years before the game starts. Bonus points for being the last recording not just of an individual, or a group, but an entire species. The last message, which is found by the player's side of the war late in the game, is the key to the survival of the human and Vasudan race.
-->[[spoiler:"There is little left for us. Little time. But much irony. The galactic destroyers that darkened out skies are not invulnerable. The can be stopped, but we have no way to deliver the blow. This, then, will be our legacy. In subspace, they cannot use their shields. And into subspace, they can be tracked."]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} 3'' and ''Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil'' both have a few PDA's in them with this. Most of the PDA's are members of the task force complaining about security problems, other members, or the occasional ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight, however a few PDA's involve people trying to relay a last minute message, and the one inside of Hell details two logs about a man being toyed with for nearly two days by the demons. One man involved in the storyline gives you a data disc he asks you to send back to Earth when you escape which details the entire plan that [[spoiler:Dr. Betruger and]] the powers of Hell had for Mars.
* At least one of the ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' games does this, detailing [[spoiler: Shou Tucker]] cracking under the pressure of having to create [[spoiler:a chimera that can speak]], while you may not see him or Nina in the game, knowing the adaptations and seeing what went on in his head is ''horrifying''.
* ''VideoGame/StarcraftII''
** In the mission "In Utter Darkness", the Protoss [[spoiler: create and seal one of these, along with the history of their species, into a temple as the last of their civilization is destroyed by the Xel'Naga hybrid-controlled Zerg Swarm. The mission is a prophetic one that takes place in an alternate future.]]
** Egon Stetmann's logs on the Zerg and Protoss specimens read like this (''"it grew an ocular organ today"'', ''"it must be getting power from somewhere"'', ''"at the first sign of trouble I'll throw it out of the airlock myself..."''). By the end of the game, [[spoiler:it's subverted with the Protoss specimen, which has been helping Stetmann all along, whereas the log on the Zerg specimen still seems to be playing straight.]]
* ''{{Shivers}}''
** Professor Windlenot's tape recorder plays back an audio journal in which he discovers the [[SealedEvilInACan Ixupi]] have been released from their vessels and are loose in the museum. The player hears how the professor is dying due to the Ixupi sucking out his life.
** Both of the two kids (who unwittingly released the Ixupi) leave behind notes too. The boy's notebook is instructive and helpful at first, but end in panicked scribbles about having to find some place to hide. Do some poking around near where you find it, and you'll find... his dessicated corpse, curled up inside one of the displays. Hiding didn't help, evidently.
* Parodied in the ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' official blog with [[http://www.teamfortress.com/post.php?id=3692&p=1 A Week in the Life of the TF2 Team]], where they depict themselves as insanely devoted to making new {{Nice Hat}}s, to the detriment of everything else.
* The summer camp in ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' has a history of the area display, complete with gradual decent into madness of the entire town. The display is matched with the rings of an ancient tree, making it a literal Apocalyptic Log.
* One of the secret Reports in ''[[VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy Dissidia 012 Duodecim Final Fantasy]]'' is written by a [[spoiler:Lufenian]] scientist. It's a log of the events happening around his lab in [[spoiler:Cardia]], including a few things about [[spoiler:Garland]]'s growth and [[spoiler:Cosmos]]. When disaster strikes, his final log is this:
-->''Military on orders to [[DeadlyEuphemism expunge]] all persons with knowledge of experiments.\\
Lab is on fire as I write this. But I'm not letting go of these documents. This will be my final stand.\\
Sucks to know you're going to die.''
* ''VideoGame/TheLordOfTheRingsOnline''
** One of them is the Book of Mazarbul from the original saga, which you actually get to write the final entry in during the "We Cannot Get Out" session play in Moria.
** In an early quest, you are tasked with recovering the journal of a dead Dwarf outside a cave filled to the brim with spiders. Piecing together the pages reveals an Apocalyptic Log that ends with the Dwarf preparing to take the battle to the spiders to keep himself from being used as bait for his cousin, a spider-slayer who has passed his prime.
* In the original ''Videogame/{{Alone in the Dark|1992}}'', one of the first things you find is the suicide letter of Jeremy Hartwood. It is literally written just after he has unwittingly released [[SealedEvilInACan the evil of the mansion]] and hears the footsteps of the newly awakened [[EldritchAbomination abominations]] closing in.
* Every dungeon in ''TalesOfMajEyal'' has some form of records or diary entries, and almost all of them end with the writer about to die horribly at the hands of the dungeon boss. Twists include: the writer let the boss kill him, the writer allied with the boss, the writer ''is'' the boss, and, at least once, the writer may possibly have gotten out alive.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}'': after being dropped into a cavern near a buried alien spaceship, the PlayerCharacter, Nomad, narrates his observations as he moves through the spaceship, becoming more and more nervous as the extent of the danger becomes clearer. By the end of the level, he's pleading for anyone who hears his transmission to evacuate the island, because the aliens are waking up. In a later level, naval officers on an aircraft carrier are playing back Nomad's transmissions in classic ApocalypticLog style. [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope Nomad is there to hear them.]]]]
** Played straight with the CELL blackboxes in the third game.
* Some of the Blackboxes in ''VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}}'' are records of KickTheDog moments. The others are these.
* After things go wrong in ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'', it is possible to read the minds of corpses, many of whom are recalling their last moments. [[BlackComedy Most of them are full of snarky commentary and]] LampshadeHanging.
* In ''Videogame/AlienLegacy'', you are the captain of a colony ship sent from Earth (which, by that point, has likely been destroyed by a vicious alien race), arriving at its intended system only to find out that another colony ship got there first (it was sent later but had a faster engine). However, instead of thriving colonies, you find nothing but ruins and messages. Besides surviving and establishing colonies of your own, the main task of the game is to discover the fate of the original colonists. And yes, by the end, the messages get more ominous and vague, even suggesting that those same vicious aliens have found you.
* Caynan's log in ''VideoGame/{{Bioforge}}'' as he slowly succumbs to insanity after his UnwillingRobiticization. {{Lampshade}}d; as the MadScientist Dr. Mastaba notes, the victims of the cyborgization process after a certain point all typically begin to obsessively write down everything that's happening to them.
* The final level of ''VideoGame/{{Messiah}}'' contains a couple of scientists' logs to that effect--they chronicle [[spoiler:how Satan broke free of imprisonment, how only a handful of people survived, and how they managed to find out how to defeat Satan.]]
* ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' is loaded with these. Some people leave them on lecterns or with abandoned personal possessions, and others carry them around until they die and you find their corpses (or until after they die and you defeat their undead corpses). Sanctuary may be a CrapsackWorld but at least it seems to have a high literacy rate.
* The Japanese Famicom version of ''VideoGame/{{Shadowgate}}'' has first-person narration, rather than the third-person narrator all English versions have. This includes TheManyDeathsOfYou, which are even more ludicrously melodramatic.
* In the 2013 reboot of ''[[VideoGame/TombRaider2013 Tomb Raider]]'', the history of the island Yamatai, on which Lara is stranded, is mostly told through a whole collection of documents, which range from the personal diaries of a court priestess two thousand years ago to the last words of an unfortunate WWII-soldier.
* Parodied in ''Videogame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth'', where during the spaceship section of the game you can come across audio logs from a hobo who notes that he keeps coming across audio logs from other people, each more "boring and irrelevant" than the last and wonders why everyone (including him) is taking their time to make these rather than focus on escaping. Predictably, the final log ends abruptly after [[spoiler:the hobo finds some green goo, turning him into a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Nazi Zombie]]. The last we hear is him spouting Nazi propaganda in German]].
* One of the trailers for ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'' has the last surviving crewman of a crippled [[SpaceNavy SolForce]] destroyer describing the disastrous FirstContact with the [[SapientCetaceans Liir]] and the [[TheReptilians Tarka]] (well, technically, they didn't even get to talk with the Liir before the latter were destroyed by the Tarka). The Tarka opened fire on the small [=SolForce=] flotilla. Only one ship managed to complete a [[SubspaceOrHyperspace node]] jump, but the ship's reactor was hit, and deadly radiation flooded all compartments. The survivor explains that he will die soon from radiation poisoning and is sending this message to both warn [=SolForce=] about the Tarka and warn other ships not to board their destroyer. According to ''The Deacon's Tale'' novel, the message was received.
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* The ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' visual novel, ''Kotomi's route'', her parents left her a testimony and a teddy bear in a briefcase despite of many important scientific files are being contained in it, and they wrote the testimony ''during'' a horrible airplane crash.
* [[spoiler:Professor Imagawa]] in ''VisualNovel/YuNo'' left one of these to chronicle her last days after becoming trapped underground. While she eventually discovered the way out, she grew too weak to actually take that method of escape and instead wrote down how to do it. Unfortunately, the solution is no longer at her body because Takuya wasn't the first one to find her, so he has to figure it out himself.
* In the visual novels of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'', The TIPS show that Shion kept a journal as [[spoiler:she was going mad due to Hinamizawa Syndrome]]. Although you actually do get to see many of the events that the journal refers to, it gives a closer look into her mind as the events unfold and ends with the "Notebook of Happiness" entry, which ends, as you might guess from the ironic title, [[spoiler:"I'm sorry for having been born"]]. Naturally, it was cut from the anime.
* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'', the first arc ends with a note written by Maria Ushiromiya that relates to the murders that took place on the island of Rokkenjima in 1986. Later on, it's revealed that the note was actually written by [[spoiler:Yasu]], who is also revealed to have written the first and second arcs; they washed up on the mainland in message bottles.
* In ''VideoGame/ShinSuperRobotWars'' [[Anime/SPTBlueCometLayzner Eiji Asuka]] is able to identify an artifact that [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Eri Anzai]] brought back with her: a storage device which despite its age he may just be able to get running. After some fiddling with it, he gets it to project a hologram - a hologram of a beautiful woman. With an expression of deep sorrow, she relates that her people are the descendants of refugees from war with the Balmar. They had scarcely begun establishing their own culture on this distant planet when the offworldly assault came again, and the battle rages on even as she records her words. She tells of a massive battle of attrition, the destructive fruit of which is a ravaged surface of the planet soon to be submerged as the polar ice melts. Believing their destruction to be imminent, her people have created twelve special children using the DNA harmonizing apparatus, and sent them to the highest spot on the planet in the slender hope that they can one day revive her people, and with her people's last reserves of Tronium. With a sad smile, she says that even the faintest glimmer of hope that one day her words will be heard and understood makes the undertaking worth it, and says that all depends on the twelve children, and the Mutron-powered combat robot, Raideen.
* Plenty of these can be found in ''VideoGame/CorpsePartyPC98'', recording the thoughts of various people who've been pulled into Tenjin Elementary before. The [[FanSequel Fan Prequel]] ''VisualNovel/CorpsePartyZero'' actually hinges on the ''creation'' of one of those notes... while other notes seem to directly mirror their experiences to a startling degree...
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* In Warren Ellis's ''Webcomic/{{Superidol}}'', a pop culture writer describes a computer-generated IdolSinger's [[TheVirus viral]] takeover of the world.
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater''
** In issue [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2005/03/03/episode-522-the-descent-into-sanity/ 522: The descent into sanity]], the Light Warriors end up trapped in an ice cavern: Black Mage keeps a journal over the next five days, documenting the group's growing insanity as they explore the caves and their infestation by [[EldritchAbomination horrors from beneath the earth]]. Subverted when it's realised that Black Mage has gone temporarily insane, and the experiences he records in the journal never happened. [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Or he just made it up, writing a story in the hopes it would be published should someone find it.]] After all, what's a better way to kill time when you're trapped?
** Later, when they travel to the sunken Sea Shrine in a submarine which is ''really'' their aptly-named airship "The Deathtrap", Black Mage falls into a spoken version. After he tells you of his team's decent into madness, Red Mage tries to tell him it's only been a few hours since they started the journey. Black Mage keeps narrating with something to the effect of "I ignored the gibberish which sprouted from my former teammates misshapen lips." Apparently he really likes doing this. Or he just [[OmnicidalManiac wants to see them all dead. As usual.]]
-->'''Red Mage:''' What kind of follower of [[EldritchAbomination dark and unnamed gods]] are you that you can't even make a successful [[SanityMeter sanity check]] against ''boredom?''
* {{Lampshaded}} and parodied in the first KITTEN arc of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''
** [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005260 A memo]] from , after [[spoiler:Gamzee flips out]].
** [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004443 Another one]] as well, when Sollux starts talking.
** [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002104 TT: The walkthroughs vaguely suggest an impending threat before they end. The already poorly constructed sentences become even more curt and ambiguous. As if written hastily and with a sense of alarm. Actually, their dedication to updating the walkthrough under such circumstances is admirable.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheUnspeakableVaultOfDoom'' [[http://www.goominet.com/unspeakable-vault/vault/361/ explains]] why apocalyptic logs are more and more detailed these days.
* [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=69 Happens in a strip from]] ''Webcomic/VGCats'', even though the writer actually comes out okay.
* ''Webcomic/NuzlockeComics'', in Season 2, had Ruby and his Pokemon finding the records of Mewtwo's creation. [[MoodWhiplash Ruby falls asleep in the middle of the video.]]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', [[TheSpock Nymgrock]] finds the elven sages' forgotten diaries which chronicle the first spread of the Blood Fever which occurred hundreds of years earlier. The first entries show some curious, out of the ordinary events in the sages' lives. However, as the entries progress, the effects of the Blood Fever start showing up in more gruesome ways and the writings become increasingly desperate and terrified, eventually culminating in the respective final entries where the writers perform a HeroicSacrifice to end the plague. [[ForeGoneConclusion It doesn't work because the plague shows up deadlier than ever in the present day, which has been the very reason Nymgrock sought out the diaries in the first place to find information about what could be causing the plague]].
* There's a web-only story which isn't an apocalypse log, but a diary found in a life raft out at sea. The sole survivor of a shipwreck saw dolphins around her all the time and believed that she was turning into one; the last entry is more or less a heavily misspelled variant of "Flippers are useless. Fuck it, I'm going into the water."
* ''[[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Journal_of_Kith The Journal of Kith]]'' chronicles one dwarf's ill-fated quest to re-discover [[VideoGame/DwarfFortress the ruins of an (in)famous dwarven fortress]] -- {{Boatmurdered}}.
* It is very common in ''Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos'' for the stories to be told in an ApocalypticLog format. But then, if you're writing about seeing [[HumanoidAbomination Slendy]], that means [[CaptainObvious you've seen him]], and if you've seen him, it means [[ParanoiaFuel he let you]]...
** ''WebVideo/EverymanHYBRID'' has Doctor Corenthal's reports, which are left in bags for viewers to find. [[spoiler:The weirdest part is that the three patients he mentions have the same names as the main characters, despite the reports supposedly being written in the 1970s.]]
** The journal that set ''Blog/MyNameIsZytherys'' in motion seems to be one... though it's filling itself out [[TomeOfEldritchLore independently]] with the title character's own handwriting.
* [[http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1732348/regex-match-open-tags-except-xhtml-self-contained-tags/1732454#1732454 A web programmer who has seen too much reports back from the abyss]]. Also a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
* Several notes in ''Roleplay/RubyQuest'', particularly [[spoiler:Filbert]]'s journal, detailing his... tests... of the limits of the treatment. It's a CosmicHorrorStory where everyone has recurring amnesia, so what else would you expect?
* The Alternate Reality Game "WebVideo/BenDrowned" is an account of what happened to one person who picked up a haunted ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' cartridge, and what happened to the people who interacted with it.
* The [[http://www.somethingawful.com/d/news/that-insidious-letter.php "Active Area"]] entry in the [[http://www.somethingawful.com/series/30.php "That Insidious Beast"]] series from Website/SomethingAwful. It's written by an everyman rather than a scientist, but it does describe unspeakable horrors and it also ends [[spoiler:with his suicide]].
* [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=12960482800A04322800&page=2#28 The forum game]] is especially creepy due to the fact that it's never implied what's really going on.
** Justified in that an unexplained setting would practically make it easier for people to write logs as creepy as they can imagine them since the mystery would remove most limits to their logs, allowing them to establish any horrific event as probable since there are no specific details to abide by.
* Blog/SevenshotKid has gone this way not once, but twice.
* Right-wing YouTuber Nightvisionphantom made an "If Obama Wins" video during the 2008 election (needless to say, it was quietly removed afterwards), in which he claims to bethe last surviving member of a resistance who fought a losing battle against the Islamofascist hordes that Obama unleashed upon the world.
* The {{ARG}} viral campaign for the Nine Inch Nails album ''Year Zero'' is a wide collection of barely decypherable websites That describe a CrapsackWorld. These websites are sent from the future by a team of computer programmers and quantum physicists as a warning to those of us living in the time of the events triggered their circumstances. Bonus points for one entry written by a White House aide describing the monster sent to allow the Earth to... shall we say, [[KillEmAll start]] [[ResetButton over]].
* The blog ''The Darth Side'' records the thoughts of Darth Vader from Episodes 4-6, ending with Vader preparing to take Luke to their final meeting with the Emperor.
* [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/stars Stars]], a story in TheWanderersLibrary, describes the stars descending to earth and destroying [[spoiler: The Land of Elrich]] as punishment for returning to ways of violence and warfare.
* ''Literature/TheSickLand'', the blog of a researcher posted at a remote station on the fringes of an EldritchLocation.
* Gleefully parodied along with several other horror game cliches in the "Oh the Horror" segment of [[http://jayisgames.com/games/escape-9000-jayisgames-office/ this]] Flash game released for AprilFoolsDay.
--> "I have never kept a journal before, but I figured that the occasion of moving into that house where that occult-inspired mass suicide happened 30 years ago was an excellent time to start."
* Two of Robert Brockway's ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' columns focus on him taking a series of drugs, driving him steadily more insane until concluding with a note from Dan O'Brien describing his behavior at the point where he can write no further - the [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-amazing-new-experimental-drugs-i-just-took-a-review/ first]], nootropics (which according to Dan, were all actually cocaine in false packaging), the [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-attention-deficit-drugs-reviewed-by-taking-them/ second]], various methylphenidate formulations and a [[AllNaturalSnakeOil natural ADD "remedy"]] that turned out to have a dangerous interaction with the methylphenidate.
* [[LetsPlay/SonicTheHedgehog2006 Let's Play Sonic the Hedgehog 2006]] chronicles the slow descent of the Posse from naive optimism to crushing despair.
* LetsPlay/Protonjon was one of many who dared to try VideoGame/KaizoMarioWorld. His breakdown over the difficulty of the game became the stuff off legend (and StupidStatmentDanceMix).
-->'''Proton Jon:''' ''(audibly on the verge of tears)'' MOVE FASTER POKEY!
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' features a rather unique and disturbing take on this trope, as Franz Hopper (a.k.a. Waldo Schaeffer), the creator of [[{{Cyberspace}} Lyoko]], uses the supercomputer's "Return to the Past" function to create a GroundhogDayLoop, while preserving a video file of his attempts to avert his and Aelita's impending abduction by government agents during that looped day. By the time the entry for "day 1000" rolls around, his sanity seems to be hanging by a thread (and there are still a thousand more entries to go). Meanwhile, as far as his daughter and the outside world are concerned, no time has actually passed at all.
* MemeticMutation has turned JustForFun/CandleJack from ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' into a perpetual generator of exam
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', the Planet Express team, on their way to the hive of giant space bees, a.k.a. "deadly, deadly bees," on a quest to gather space honey, discover the wrecked ship of their predecessors, who were killed whilst undertaking the same mission. They discover the black box recording, which recorded a conversation between a nervous underling suggesting they turn back because it's too dangerous, and the over-confident captain insisting they press on to glory. And then recorded the sounds of their horrible, horrible deaths moments later. Leela, who has been taking the role of "over-confident captain" in the current team's efforts, is particularly keen to pretend they never found it.
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' Classic episodes "The Invisible Monster" (Isaiah Norman's notebook) and "The Sea Haunt" (the ship captain's log).
* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode 'Pandemic', as Randy's incessant camcordering of the disaster gets on Sharon's nerves. And it turns out he didn't have a tape in it.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has the sports announcer discussing everything going on in the Pro-Bender arena. Then the Equalists invade and he continues narrating the events. "One of the masked men has currently broken into this booth and is about to electrocute me. I am currently wetting my pants" in the same announcer's voice without emotion.
* Seen in the multipart episode "Notes From The Underground" in the 2003 ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|2003}}'' series, and actually called in advance by Michaelangelo, who is a sci-fi aficionado. Later on used again in the episode "The Trouble With Augie", recording the destruction of an interdimensional culture by their seemingly-benign visitors.
* A classic ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost'' episode, "The Energy Monster", features a posthumous recording by the scientist who created it.
* Done in Disney's ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' series by a character who actually lived, but thought he was going to die and didn't get to finish his entry. Didn't help when he said that the item that he (falsely) believed would solve the problem plaguing the jungle was "hidden inside the p-", leaving Tarzan and Jane to run around the hut exploring every item they could find beginning with "P" (it was the phonograph machine, for the record.)
* ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Beyond the Farthest Star". 300 million years ago a member of the crew of the dead ship left a warning message telling what happened to them and why they decided to destroy their own ship.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' has one in the episode Holly Jolly Secrets. Finn has found an old set of VHS tapes that contains a video diary of the Ice King. [[spoiler: The last tape is the diary of a human, Simon Petrikov, as he slowly loses his mind and humanity, until finally becoming the Ice King.]] Bonus points for the apocalypse taking place in the background over the course of said log.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Heart of Ice," Batman does some sleuthing around [=GothCorp's=] facility and finds a videotape inside Viktor Fries' case file. The videotape has him documenting on a revolutionary process that he developed of cryogenesis that he is placing his terminally ill wife, Nora Fries, in until he can develop a cure for her. Suddenly, Ferris Boyle bursts in and demands that he shut down the experiment due to his stealing money from him to commit the experiment. Viktor attempts to reason with and eventually is forced to point a gun at Boyle to stop him from halting his experiment. Boyle then tries to reason with him, before promptly kicking him into some vials containing chemicals relating to the cryogenetic process, causing a biohazard, with Fries also visibly deteriorating from the accident while calling Nora's name in a lamenting manner as the tape ends.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', Dipper reads in journal #3 that the author needed to hide the book away from someone before it trails off.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', Doc uses a submersible bodysuit in an attempt to salvage a 40-year old spacecraft wreck in the Sargasso Sea, and records his progress with a handheld tape recorder. However, he quickly steps into a giant clam that eats the suit's legs. Until he actually finds the wreck he's pretty much resigned to his fate. "I've taken refuge in the forward compartment and am now running on reserve power. Mobility hindered... morale low... no radio contact. Oh, yeah, I lost my locator. And yes, I realize the irony of that."
* Parodied on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Peter gets a birthday card from Cleveland of the "record your voice" sort. The recording starts out as Cleveland just saying happy birthday, than comedically spirals into [[PoliceBrutality a violent run in with a racist cop]].
-->'''Peter''': ...Ah, I'm sure he's fine.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* David A. Johnston: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_A._Johnston "Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it!"]]
** Another victim of the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption, an amateur radio operator named Gerry Martin, also radioed to Vancouver to report the eruption. His last recorded words were "Gentlemen, the uh, camper and the car sitting over to the south of me is covered. It's gonna get me, too. I can't get out of here..."
** A subversion occurred with photographer Reid Blackburn, another victim-- [[http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=0VZOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=OfkDAAAAIBAJ&pg=2330,1530433 his camera was recovered after the eruption]], but the heat had ruined the film inside.
* Vince Coleman: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vince_Coleman_(train_dispatcher) "Stop trains. Munitions ship on fire. Approaching Pier 6. Goodbye."]]
* The ''RMS Titanic'': [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Titanic "We are sinking fast... women and children in boats. We cannot last much longer."]]
* The 1942 siege of Corregidor, Philippines, and the [[http://www.angelfire.com/nc/n4nck/n4flw.html final radio message sent by Sergeant Irving Strobing]]. "They are piling dead and wounded in our tunnel. Arm's weak from pounding key, long hours, no rest, short rations, tired. I know how a mouse feels. Caught in a trap waiting for guys to come along and finish it up."
* A number of soldiers of the Soviet garrison of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defense_of_Brest_Fortress Brest Fortress]] held out in the basements of the old fortress for over a month after it was overrun in the early days of Operation Barbarossa. One carved into a wall: "I'm dying but I won't surrender. Farewell, Motherland. 20.VII.41"
* Scott's diary from the 1912 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terra_Nova_Expedition Terra Nova Expedition]]. Quite depressing reading.
-->''We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker, of course, and the end cannot be far.\\
It seems a pity but I do not think I can write more.\\
R. Scott.''\\
[Scrawled]\\
Last entry. ''For God's sake look after our people''
* The onboard video camera was recovered from the wreckage of Space Shuttle ''Columbia'' after the disaster and the last few minutes were played, although it stopped before the actual disintegration.
* The entirety of the ''{{Hindenburg}}'' disaster was caught on film and narrated by radio presenter Herbert Morrison, who was audibly overcome with grief and horror until he could no longer bear to continue. On seeing the gigantic airship burning, and people falling from the passenger decks, he coined the famous aghast phrase: "OhTheHumanity!" Despite the shocking power of the explosion, amazingly, [[NoOneShouldSurviveThat about two-thirds of the passengers escaped alive.]] The other one-third died mainly because they panicked and jumped out of the cabin before the it hit the ground.
* There are a number of appropriately awful accounts from the Submarine world, notably the brief log kept by the survivors of "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_submarine_Kursk_explosion Kursk]] "after her sinking. And, even worse, the audio recording from "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Thresher_%28SSN-593%29 USS Thresher]]'s" underwater telephone. The captain kept up a narrative as the submarine sank, totally out of control, and passed crush depth. Utterly horrifying.
* And so forth. Real life examples aren't going to detail an apocalyptic horror, or anything, but will definitely qualify in the "desperation and insanity grow from entry to entry" sense.
** And even in cases where the witnesses weren't part of those who died, records of traumatic events still capture moments in history with terrifying clarity: the Zapruder film of JFK being shot, the morning of 9/11/2001...
* ''Any'' detailed, candid diary writing by a person in the grips of depression or similar can read like one of these. Things are going great, then one starts going downhill...
** For example, the last words Kenneth Williams wrote in his diary before his apparent suicide were, "What's the bloody point?"
* ''Literature/TheDiaryOfAYoungGirl'' better known as "The Diary of Anne Frank".
* A heroic example from September 11 is Todd Beamer, who used an on-plane telephone to recount what had happened on United Flight 93 and a plan to take back control of the plane: "[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Are you guys ready?]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Let's roll."]]
* Less 'heroic', but far more fitting with this trope is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTMF6k3c3q4 Kevin Cosgrove's last phone call]] from an upper floor in the south tower of the World Trade Center. As he describes the situation, he suddenly shouts, "''Oh, '''God!'''''" and screams as the building collapses around him.
* OlderThanPrint: Less known is the 1349 [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/ashorthistory/archive/topic38.shtml report of the Black Death]]:
-->''I, Brother Clyn of the Friars Minor of Kilkenny have written in this book the notable events which befell in my time ... so that notable deeds shall not be lost from the memory of future generations I, seeing many ills, waiting for death till it come, have committed to writing what I have truly heard; and lest the writing perish with the writer, I leave parchment for continuing the work, if haply any man of the race of Adam escape this pestilence and continue the work which I have begun.''\\\
[in another hand] ''Here it seems the author died.''
* This is sort of the whole reason they have black boxes on airplanes. The CVR, or Cockpit Voice Recorder, records everything said in the cockpit and over the radio on an aircraft.
-->[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska_Airlines_Flight_261 ALA 261 First Officer]] - I think if it's controllable, we oughta just try to land it --\\
ALA 261 Captain - you think so? ok let's head for LA.\\
ALA 261 - [thump]\\
ALA 261 First Officer - you feel that?\\
ALA 261 Captain - yeah.\\
ALA 261 Captain - ok gimme sl-- see, this is a bitch.\\
ALA 261 First Officer - is it?\\
ALA 261 Captain - yeah.\\
ALA 261 - [[KineticClicking 2 clicks, then a extremely loud noise 1 sec later]]\\
ALA 261 Captain - [upside down and falling fast] [[DistressCall Mayday]]
** The most common last word on black box recordings is "[[OhCrap Shit!]]" (or its equivalent in the pilot's native language). This is rendered as "Unintelligible" when said recordings are broadcast on the news.
* Christopher [=McCandless=] kept a diary of his time in the Alaskan wilderness, which documented his eventual death by starvation in Alaska on the 112th day of his excursion. Notably, this also appears in literature and film as ''Into the Wild''.
* The last speech that Jim Jones gave to the residents of Jonestown was recorded for posterity. In it, you can hear him direct the older members of the community to help the younger children, and for them to "not worry about the children's crying; [the punch] is just a little bitter. It's not painful." Makes for some [[http://www.archive.org/details/ptc1978-11-18.flac16 chilling night time listening.]]
* [[http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/?page_id=35667 The Edith Roller journals.]] A former college professor, she kept a detailed log of her daily life in America and Jonestown. She never came home.
* After the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004, a tourist victim's camera was recovered with the memory card still readable. Photos of the wave were published, one of them shot just a few seconds before the guy was pulled under.
* Even the "scientist records his last thoughts, scientifically" variant has occurred; Allan Blair, the scientist credited with proving black widow spider bites are dangerous to humans, took a rather direct route, as recounted in Gordon Grice's "The Red Hourglass." The guy continued writing notes until the pain proved too much; then he had an assistant continue taking notes. Fortunately, though he proved spiders can be dangerous, he did manage to survive the bite.
* Well-known herpetologist Karl P. Schmidt did this in 1957, after being bitten by a small boomslang viper; he believed it wasn't large enough to be dangerous, so he did not take antivenin, but did type a running log of his symptoms through the night and into the next morning; he was found dead later that day.
* While it doesn't work 100%, it's still an interesting type of this. In Aokigahara, a forest in Japan famous for the amount of suicides that have taken place there, photos have been taken of trash and items strewn around where the bodies were found. There are things like shoes, hair brushes, papers, glasses, and much, much more. If you were to look through it, it would probably give you a great deal of information about the person and what was going on in their lives before they ultimately ended themselves.
* On a lighter note: [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2010/jun/23/wimbledon-2010-tennis-live Xan Brooks of the Guardian liveblogs the Isner-Mahut match at Wimbledon]].
-->'''7.30pm:''' Let it end, let it end, it's 46-all. It was funny when it was 16-all and it was creepy when it was 26-all. But this is pure purgatory and there is still no end in sight. John Isner has just struck his 90th ace. Nicolas Mahut, poor, enfeebled Nicolas Mahut, has only hit 72. Maybe we should just decide it on the number of aces struck? Give the game to Isner and then we can all crawl into our graves.
** The blog reached full-on ZombieApocalypse proportions in a couple of places.
* An episode of ''I Shouldn't Be Alive'' recalled the story of two campers, hopelessly lost in the woods, stumbling upon the abandoned campsite of a more experienced climber. Among his belongings, there was a detailed journal recording the climber's attempts to get out of the valley, and his dwindling food supply. [[spoiler: They later found his body.]]
* A [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eejQPUyeNiY recorded footage]] of a diver who had a diving accident and died, the video shows how he goes in the water, starts diving just as he normally would, but things starts to go wrong when the diver begins sinking and cannot react. The video basically records the process along with the reaction of people watching it. Be warned, the footage is rather disturbing...
* There is an UrbanLegend of a man detailed his agony of being LockedInAFreezer. A freezer which [[YourMindMakesItReal turned out to be turned off.]] According to Snopes, there is no proof that this ever happened.
* The events that the film ''Lost Signal'' are based on.
* The Balibo Five -- a group of TV reporters from Australia and New Zealand who travelled to EastTimor in 1975, shortly before the [[UsefulNotes/IndonesiansWithInfantry Indonesian military]] seized control of the territory. Three days before he was killed -- suspected to be the work of Indonesian militants - one of the reporters, Greg Shackleton, recorded a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojS0B2WRS3o film newsreel]] about the local villagers and their impending plight in the face of military aggression.
* "June 3rd 1864, Cold Harbor Virginia, I was killed." The final entry of a Massachusetts volunteer in the Army of The Potomac in the UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentich_disappearance disappearance of Frederick Valentich]] in 1978. While flying his light aircraft from Melbourne to King Island he reported to ATC that he was being harassed by an unidentified "aircraft" that he presumed was an Air Force jet of some kind, but none were operating in his area, nor were any civil planes in the vicinity. In his final transmission he comes to a frightening realisation:
-->"That strange aircraft is hovering on top of me again." (open microphone for two seconds) "It is hovering and" (open microphone for one second) "It's not an aircraft."
* UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant completed his autobiography five days before succumbing to throat cancer. His notes concerning the progress of his cancer were reportedly required reading in medical schools for many years.
* During the shooting at Columbine High School a library phone line was left open by a teacher who called 911 before the shooters' entrance forced her to leave the phone to go hide. The open line caught and recorded the sounds of students being killed and injured, the dialogue of the shooters to their victims and each other, and after the shooters leave the surviving students being told to quickly flee out a nearby door then dead air. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HsYMgn9aHs The first five minutes of the call]] were released in which by listening carefully under the conversation of the teacher and 911 operator several things can be heard. Including a bomb going off, the shooters cheering and after entering the library shouting at the students get up, and three shots being fired (two of the shots were fatal).
* Jessica Gawhi posted a twitter post on her wall regarding a visit with her mom. [[http://twitpic.com/a9vfbk it was taken just a few minutes prior to Jessica's death during the 2012 Aurora theater shooting.]]
** [[http://twitter.com/sully_2003/status/226179758357110785 #TheDarkKnightRises oh man one hour till the movie and its going to be the best BIRTHDAY ever]] - Last tweet of theater shooting victim Alex Sullivan.
*** And the TearJerker reply from a friend of his:
--> '''@pikachudiamonds:''' i hope you're okay :(
* For 33 years, the fate of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S._A._Andrée%27s_Arctic_balloon_expedition_of_1897 S. A. Andrée's Swedish Arctic balloon expedition of 1897]] to the north pole remained a mystery. In 1930, the remains of the three expedition members, their camp and a large number of photos and diary entries were found at Kvitøya island. In these, the men had recorded in extrodinary detail how their balloon crashed after just three days on july 14, their increasingly desperate attempts to get back to Svalbard the following three months and their ultimately doomed battle against cold, hunger, disease and exhaustion. Andrée ended the last coherent diary entry, from early october, with the words: ''"With such comrades as these, one ought to be able to manage under practically any circumstances whatsoever."'' All the members of the expedition are believed to have perished just a few days later.
* In the days before committing mass suicide several members of the Heaven's Gate cult recorded [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-s1oqIIfN4 final]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhYrSF3ubBc exit]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKQ2a7tQLd4 statements.]] The morning after the suicide the tapes with the recorded statements were delivered to a surviving member.
* HunterSThompson: ''"No More Games. No More Bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More Swimming. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. No Fun for anybody. 67. You are getting Greedy. Act your old age. Relax. [[SuicideIsPainless This won’t hurt.]]"''
* {{Bjork}} once had a stalker by the name of Ricardo Lopez. He had planned to kill her with a letter bomb wich would launch a discharge of corrosive acid upon opening, and he kept a video diary detailing the process of his plans. During the course of the diary we can clearly see Ricardos mental health erode, culminating in him [[spoiler:shaving his head, painting his face and blowing his brains out with a revolver, on camera.]] A perfect example of an Apocalyptic log.
* The increasingly irrational log entries of amateur sailor [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Crowhurst Donald Crowhurst]], whose mental state gradually deteriorated to the point of suicide during a solo round-the-world sailing race.
* A man driving with his daughter during the April 17, 2013 explosion of the fertilizer plant in West, Texas pulled out his camera phone to record the plant on fire, when the whole thing suddenly exploded ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROrpKx3aIjA&feature=youtu.be about 30 seconds into the video]]). The last thing you hear in the footage is the man's daughter repeating "Daddy, please get out of here...Dad, I can't hear, I can't hear." Both father and daughter were fine and relatively unscathed.
* The transcript of the recording from ''Apollo 1'', the crew of which died when a fire started in the cockpit during a test.
-->'''Ed White''': Fire!
-->'''Gus Grissom''': I've got a fire in the cockpit!
-->'''Roger Chaffee''': I'm burning up!
-->[screams]
-->[silence]
* The final transmission from RNLB Solomon Browne, the lifeboat involved in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penlee_lifeboat_disaster Penlee lifeboat disaster]], as it attempted to rescue the crew of the MV Union Star in hurricane force winds. Both crafts, and their crews, were lost.
--> [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=yeIX0VnUMKo#t=2365s ...We've got four off at the moment, male and female. There's two left on board... *loud noise, followed by dead air*]]
* Donald Campbell's final transmissions from his Bluebird boat as he tried to break his world water speed record and died when his craft somersaulted over and crashed.
--> "A hell of a bloody row in here. I can’t see anything... I’ve got the bows up. I've gone. Oh..."
* While the streamer in question survived, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuP9qt2AIMk getting caught by an earthquake in the middle of a stream]] has to count for something (link in Spanish, with English subs).
-->''"...and the floor is shaking quite a bit... we are live with a quake here, must be magnitude 6... 7... [[ThisIsGonnaSuck now it's up at 8]]...earthquake, earthquake, guys! It's moving quite-'' '''*sounds of rattling furniture* ''' '''''I'M GONNA DIE, I'M GONNA DIE!'''"''
* Charles Gordon kept a detailed diary of the [[TheRiverWar Siege of Khartoum]], ending prophetically: "If the expeditionary force... does not come within ten days, the town may fall; and I have done my best of the honor of our country."
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