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Modern lives seem littered with expiration dates. 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.
Nancy Kilpatrick has gathered together twenty-five original stories by Kelley Armstrong; Nancy Holder and Erin Underwood; Steve and Melanie Tem; Lois Gresh; Gar and Judy Reeves-Stevens; Daniel Sernine; Paul Kane; Sephera Giron; Kathryn Ptacek; Steve Vernon and others to look at the what-ifs of our expiring future.
These 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. You can expect to be touched in some way.
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. Arranged in three sections, the table of contents include:
Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word -- Kelley Armstrong
Banshee -- Daniel Sernine (translation by Sheryl Curtis)
Riding Shotgun -- Elaine Pascale
The Twenty Seven Club -- J. M. Frey
Trinity Death -- Steve Vernon
What I Said to Richie was? -- Ken Goldman
To Dance, Perchance to Die -- David McDonald
Death Doll -- Lois H. Gresh
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 & Garfield Reeves-Stevens
Right of Survivorship -- Nancy Holder and Erin Underwood
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.
"Every one of us comes with an alpha and an omega stamp, an inception and an expiration date." says Kilpatrick, "Knowing this is what allows us to focus on what is truly important: paying attention to our best-before date and treating ourselves, each other and life in general with kindness, understanding, respect, and experiencing the awe of the miracle that we are, at this very moment, alive "
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About the Author
Award-winning author Nancy Kilpatrick has published eighteen novels, over one hundred and ninety short stories, five collections of stories, and has edited nine other anthologies. Much of her body of work involves vampires. Nancy writes dark fantasy, horror, mysteries and erotic horror, under her own name, her nom de plume Amarantha Knight, and her newest pen name Desirée Knight (Amarantha's younger sister!) Besides writing novels and short stories, and editing anthologies, she has scripted four issues of VampErotic comics. As well, she's penned radio scripts, a stage-play, and the non-fiction book The Goth Bible: A Compendium for the Darkly. Nancy won the Arthur Ellis Award for best mystery story, is a three times Bram Stoker finalist and a five times finalist for the Aurora Award.