This new anthology focuses on the what-ifs of the "end-dates" that surround us, and how they impact our lives and our world, and ourselves.
"Modern lives seem littered with expiration dates" says anthology editor Nancy Kilpatrick. "Packaging tells us when our food will go bad; when we can expect appliances to cease functioning; when contracts for the internet finish! But as annoying as these small expiration dates are, they fade to nothing compared to the larger events: when a species goes extinct; when a body of water evaporates, or dies because the PH balance alters; when giant icebergs break apart and glaciers melt forever, threatening the ecosystem of this planet."
Kilpatrick reminds us "From the micro to the macro in terms of expirations, we are faced with the one termination with which we are all too familiar the up-close-and-personal end of life for each of us and for the ones we love. It's the personal that terrifies us most because it feels the most real."
Expiration Date features 25 original pieces of short fiction by some of the world's top Dark Fiction writers.
The stories span a range of emotions. Some will make you laugh, other will make you cry. They are grim and hopeful, sad and joyous, horrifying and comforting. Each has its own personality and will touch you in its own way.
|Publisher:||EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Award-winning author Nancy Kilpatrick has published 18 novels, over 225 short stories, 1 non-fiction book (The Goth Bible) and has edited 13 anthologies. She writes mainly dark fantasy, horror, mysteries and erotica, and is currently working on two new novels. She co-edited with David Morrell the horror/dark fantasy anthology Tesseracts Thirteen. She is the editor of Evolve: Vampire Stories of the New Undead, Evolve Two: Vampire Stories of the Future Undead, and Danse Macabre: Close Encounters with the Reaper.
Nancy won the Arthur Ellis Award for best mystery story, has been a Bram Stoker finalist three times and a finalist for the Aurora Award five times. Danse Macabre won the Best Anthology of the Year from the Paris Book Festival, and Nancy's newest short fiction collection Vampyric Variations won silver in the horror category of the ForeWord Reviewers Book of the Year Awards.
Table of Contents
The Long Wait R. B. Payne
That Brightness Mary E. Choo
Night Market Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem
Sooner Morgan Dambergs
The Great Inevitable Patricia Flewwelling
In a Moment Christine Steendam
Death Drives a Cordoba Ryan McFadden
Prison Break Tobin Elliott
This Strange Way of Dying Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Deaths of Jeremiah Colverson George Wilhite
Best Before/Best After
The Shadow of Death Paul Kane
An Inspector Calls Rebecca Bradley
What Would Lizzie Do? Sephera Giron
Ashes to Ashes Amy Grech
The Greyness Kathryn Ptacek
things in jars - Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
Right of Survivorship Nancy Holder and Erin Underwood
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Many things in life have an ending or an expiration date. It can range from the food in your refrigerator, to the finish of a horse race, to the stopping of a stop-watch, to the end of a person's life. That's what this group of new stories is all about. Stuck in that split second before dying (or not dying) in an auto accident, a woman gets to see how her family will survive, both with her and without her. Fascinated by death from an early age, a woman becomes an EMT to get as close to death as possible. She learns that when a person's time has come, getting in the way, and bringing them back to life, is not a good idea. Death makes several appearances in this book. A group of present-day ghost hunters gets a little too close to the ghost of Lizzie Borden and her axe. A young boy is visiting his very sick younger brother in the hospital; the younger brother's life expectancy is down to minutes. Does he tell his younger brother what he really thinks, that there is nothing after this life, except blackness and decay? On the other hand, does Older Brother tell Younger Brother that he is going to nice place full of green grass, where he will meet his deceased grandparents? When a person dies suddenly, like in an auto accident, is there someone nearby to help them get to the Other Side, or do they have to find their own way? There are a couple of stories about people who, from the outside, look to be in an irreversible coma, but, on the inside, they are very much alive. I enjoyed reading this book. All of the stories are excellent; some of them actually reach the level of Wow. Only a couple of stories get into actual horror. Death will affect everyone eventually; these tales provide some possible ways that it will happen. This is highly recommended.
An interesting collection of tales dealing with the one experience we all have in common; an encounter with death. This volume edited and introduced by Nancy Kilpatrick contains twenty-five short stories exploring this event. Ms. Kilpatrick, with eighteen novels, a multitude of short stories and collections to her name, has more than enough chops to pull this volume together. Through the course of this collection, we meet a Vampire, a Banshee, and more manifestation of death that anyone should have to face at one sitting. We see the results of bargaining with death, dancing with death, pissing death off (hint: It usually does not work out well) and one brave woman who gives death a kiss. We also have a fairy contract and yes there is a dog. Each story is followed with a brief bio and bib of the author. All in all, this a very good read and one that I would recommend without hesitation.
I received an arc of this book from librarything in exchange for a review. Like most anthologies, this one was a mix of good and bad, however the good heavily outweighed the bad. In fact there were only two stories that I didn't finish. There were more 5 star stories in this anthology than in any other I have ever read. I highly recommend it.