The American entertainment industry has no shortage of horror and post-apocalyptic fantasies. Zombies, aliens, plagues, serial killers, and imaginary monsters take over our imagination on the screen and the page. We suspend our disbelief for a few hours, entranced by blood, gore, and suspense, then return to the safety of our living rooms, free of monsters and zombies. Unlike the traditional horror stories, there is nothing imaginary about Chernobyl. For those who lived through it, the adversaries - the atom and the State - are real, invisible, ever-present and seemingly invincible.