Life Is Short and Then You Die is the Mystery Writers of America's first teen anthology, edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong.
Adolescence is a time of “firsts.” First kiss. First love. First loss. First job. The first taste of adult responsibilities, and the first look at an independent life away from both the restrictions and the security of home.
And in this case, a very different type of “first”: murder.
This short story collection of murder mysteries adds a sinister spin to the joy and pain of firsts that have always been a major part of life, whether it be high school cliques who take the term “backstabbing” too seriously, stumbling upon a body on the way home from school, or receiving a Snapchat message that promises something deadly.
Contributors include Barry Lyga, Caleb Roehrig, Emmy Laybourne, Jonathan Maberry, R.L. Stine, Rachel Vincent, Y.S. Lee, and more!
An Imprint Book
About the Author
Kelley Armstrong graduated with a degree in psychology and then studied computer programming. Now she is a full-time writer and parent, and she lives with her husband and three children in rural Ontario, Canada. She is the author of the Rockton mystery series featuring Detective Casey Duncan, which begins with City of the Lost, and the novel Wherever She Goes. She is the editor of the young adult anthology Life Is Short and Then You Die.
Table of Contents
Introduction Kelley Armstrong v
Floater Kelley Armstrong 1
The Day I Killed Coach Duffy R.L. Stine 24
In Plain Sight Y. S. Lee 34
Daddy's Girl Melissa Marr 51
Summer Job Amanda Witt 59
The Boy in the Red Vans Rachel Vincent 77
The Company I Keep Jeff Somers 88
Concealment Eileen Rendahl 106
Night of the Living Dog David Bart 123
Murder IRL Jeff Soloway 137
A Killer Story Julie Tollefson 156
Gnat Joseph S. Walker 175
A Different Hero's Day Anthony Franze Barry Lancet 191
First Party Back Emmy Laybourne 206
What I Did On My Summer Vacation Jonathan Maberry 223
The Things We Don't Talk About Stephen Ross 241
Enemy Lines Caleb Roehrig 259
Six Ways to Kill Your Grandmother Barry Lyga 290
About the Authors 309