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Last Dance of a Black Widow [Kindle Edition]

Bradley Convissar
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Book Description

Meet Abbey Whistler. She's just died at the age of eighty and waits in her hospital room to be taken to the afterlife. But she quickly learns that crimes committed while alive actually do have repercussions when you die, though Death isn't completely cruel.

From the author of the Pandora's Children collection of short stories, the novellas Dogs of War and King of the Merge, and the free short story Blink comes Last Dance of a Black Widow, a sobering 3,000 word short story that explores the death of a life lived poorly.



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About the Author

Brad spent four years earning his degree in evolutionary biology at Tulane University in New Orleans and should be, according to many of his professors, wandering the globe and searching for new animal species.  Instead, he lives in New Jersey where he practices dentistry during the day and writes at night. He is married with two children and a diabetic, half-blind wiener dog named Friday. 

His interests include, in no particular order: the Philadelphia Phillies, the Philadelphia Eagles, reading comic books, reading non-illustrated books (King, Koontz, Straub, Barker, Deaver, Butcher are among his favorite authors), listening to music (Tool, Disturbed, Godsmack, Chevelle, Three Days Grace and Nirvana are among his favorite bands) and playing video games. Sleeping is considered optional.
Brad can be found at Facebook at Bradley Convissar author and Twitter at @bconvisdmd

Product Details

  • File Size: 93 KB
  • Print Length: 10 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Darkest Days Publishing (October 24, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Z9R27A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,701 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy and wonderful November 8, 2011
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I rarely read horror stories. I just can't stand the tension for a whole horror book.

This story is tightly written with characters that have unfolding personalities. The end is unexpected -- but so is the whole story -- and it makes complete sense.

This satisfactory story only takes a few minutes to read and is very worth it.

Very highly recommended.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And in the end...devine justice prevails. November 2, 2011
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This short read is five stars all the way! Very well written with almost no errors, this story sweeps you into the world just before the afterlife where attonement awaits. You really can't help your feelings of smug satisfaction as eternal justice is meted out to the protagonist. I highly recommend this excellent short.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Short Story November 3, 2011
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This was an entertaining short story that is perfect for your lunch break at work - not too long, not too short, and the author does a great job of quickly grabbing your attention and keeping it. Without having a spoiler, you do go through a range of emotions as you read this from a little sad to a little mad. As I type this review, this is being offered for free in the Amazon Kindle store and is worth a grab!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written, thought provoking read... December 5, 2011
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I really enjoyed this story...the author's vision of what death could be like, bringing the feel of literally the draining of life...no color, no action, no time. A whole new approach to whether it pays to be repentent after a lifetime of evil. It's a nice quick read that leaves you wanting to know more about what happens before and after we 'enter' the story, you get a teaser, little tidbits of info, and that's just enough to get your imagination going and the chill down your spine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truth and Consequences August 30, 2014
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Abbey Whistler, a newly deceased elderly woman, stands in her hospital room waiting for whatever comes...next. In this case it comes in the form of her father who has been dead for decades. And the news he brings isn't good.

This was a well written short story. The idea here is that trying to tap dance your way around being called to account for your life is futile. In the end, with all the lies stripped away, every soul will be judged on the truth of their actions and dealt with accordingly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected July 31, 2013
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This short story is satisfying but should have been more carefully edited--Al Jolson sang the anniversary song, not Al Joplin. The characters were vivid. Worth a few minutes of your time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and well written! January 23, 2013
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If you might enjoy a short horror read that is refreshingly different, I think you would enjoy this 10 page story! It is a well-written tale about an 80-year-old woman who finally passes, not really remembering what the events of her life truly were. Unfortunately, her sins are recorded carefully by Death as they truly occurred. After her last dance is complete and the fragile threads to her life are severed, she is taken to meet the fate that she has earned. A 10 min. read that is well worth the time spent!
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5.0 out of 5 stars good August 21, 2012
By Debbie
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I really liked this story. It was really creepy and really eerie. Short read but entertaining. I think its worth the time.
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More About the Author

Brad Convissar is a dentist by day, a writer of dark fiction at night, and a father, husband, and not-so-proud pet owner when time permits.

He is the author of several dozen short stories, four novellas, and will be releasing his first novel, Blood, Smoke and Ashes, a supernatural thriller, in early 2013.

He was born in Georgia, but moved to southern New Jersey before he could be forced to be an Atlanta Braves fan. He spent his formative years living outside of Philadelphia where he latched on to the Philly sports teams and was promptly disappointed for almost twenty years. He spent his college years in New Orleans, where he earned his bachelor's degree in evolutionary biology at Tulane University, then relocated to lovely Newark New Jersey, where he earned his DMD.

After eight years of bouncing around, Brad finally settled down back in south Jersey, only miles from the house he grew up in. He is happily married and the proud father of two children. He is also "dad' to a diabetic, half-blind eight-year-old daschund named Friday who is little more than a lump on the couch most of the time.

When not filling cavities or performing root canals or extracting teeth or fabricating dentures, or writing, he spends his time playing with his kids, playing video games, reading comic books, reading non-illustrated books, and impotently rooting on his beloved Philadelphia Phillies or less than beloved Philadelphia Eagles.

His favorite authors are, but not limited to, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Clive Barker, Richard Matheson, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Simon Green, Jim Butcher, and Jeffery Deaver. He likes to think he learned something of the art of writing from each of these authors.

To this day, he wonders how the TV show LOST got so bad, so quickly. The wasted potential of the first three seasons still haunts him.

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