Living Forever and Other Terrible Ideas

Living Forever and Other Terrible Ideas

Living Forever and Other Terrible Ideas

Living Forever and Other Terrible Ideas


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Think you want to live forever? Think again. You may wake up as a zombie tourist, doomed to shamble the sights of Los Angeles. Or you could be a clone, body and memories intact but lacking something you can’t quite name. Your frozen head might linger for centuries in a museum while other souls gallivant about the universe. You might be reincarnated as a plastic lawn flamingo or seated Buddha or garden gnome. Or into an unbreakable cycle of servitude. Or you may just outlive the people and things that gave life its flavor.

Emily C. Skaftun’s debut collection brings you flippant wish-granting fish, flying tigers, foul-mouthed fairies, rogue robots, vengeful trees, medical dreams, interstellar squirrels, murderous teddy bears, magic-helmet-wearing rollergirls, rampaging aliens, a dash of eldritch horror, and a sprinkle of ghosts.

These 18 stories, spanning a decade, balance on the knife-edge between whimsical and poignant, exploring fates far weirder than death.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933846989
Publisher: Fairwood Press LLC
Publication date: 11/10/2020
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction by Tim Powers

Melt with You

Diary of a Pod Person

Last of the Monsters

Frozen Head #2,390

10 Things to Do in Los Angeles After you Die

Only the Messenger

The Thing with the Helmets

The Taking Tree


Dad’s Christmas Presence

No Alphabet Can Spell It

A Matter of Scale

Snow Angels

Down in the Woods Today

A Fairy Tale

My Only Sunshine

Frænka Askja’s Silly Old Story

Apology for Fish-Dude

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