- Paperback: 332 pages
- Publisher: Dark Moon Books; paperback / softback edition (April 5, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0988556928
- ISBN-13: 978-0988556928
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,669,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Amazon Book Review
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"What happens when we die? The answers come in the form of 34 stories that explore diverse notions . . . Though the majority of the pieces come from the darker side of the genre, a solid minority are playful, clever, or full of wonder. This strong and well-themed anthology is sure to make readers contemplative even while it creates nightmares."
--Publishers Weekly; publishersweekly.com
"AFTER DEATH raises the eerie voices of many of today's top horror writers in a ghostly chorus of wonder, magic, and tragedy. Highly recommended."
--Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Extinction Machine and Fire & Ash; jonathanmaberry.com
About the Author
Eric J. Guignard writes dark and speculative fiction from the outskirts of Los Angeles.
His stories and articles may be found in magazines, journals, anthologies, and any other media that will print him. He's a member of the Horror Writer's Association, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Of America, and the International Thriller Writers. Recent magazine publications include "Buzzy Magazine", "Beware the Dark", and "Stupefying Stories".
As an editor, he's published the anthologies, "Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations" and "After Death...", the latter of which won the 2013 Bram Stoker Award®. Read his novella, "Baggage of Eternal Night" (a finalist for the 2014 International Thriller Award), and watch for many more forthcoming books, including "Chestnut 'Bo" (TBP 2015).
Visit Eric at: ericjguignard.com, his blog: ericjguignard.blogspot.com, or Twitter: @ericjguignard.
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Who hasn't wondered what happens to us after death? Does our soul go on? Are we reborn? Is it just endless emptiness?
It seemed I was always reading this at night. In the dark. I guess I like to torture myself, because some of the anthologies are just plain creepy. Like "Boy 7″ by Alvaro Rodriguez doesn't sit well right before bed.
Most of the anthologies were good, some I found myself skimming through. Of course, what I found insightful or scary you might find boring and vice versa.
Some of them were so good that I thought a whole novel could be written around the storyline. The two that come to mind are "The Resurrection Policy" by Lisa Morton and "Acclimation Package" by Joe McKinney
Overall, it is such a great collection I can't imagine being without it. This is the type of book you could easily gift at Christmas (or Chrismahannaqwansika:P ) to any book lover.
When I saw the writers listed in the contents, I had high expectations. I can happily say that those expectations were exceeded. There are stories by Joe McKinney, John Lanagan, William Meikle, Lisa Morton, AJ French... and many others, their names in the contents make this being a great anthology almost a given. I will concentrate my review on a few of the things that surprised me.
The first story in the anthology sets the tone. Andrew S. Williams' "Someone to Remember" is beautiful and sentimental. The first of two stories in the anthology to wonderfully utilize classical mythology. The other is Jonathan Shipley's "Like a Bat out of Hell," which brilliantly uses mythology to examine changing belief.
If you'd told me someone was going to write a story about Joe Strummer in the afterlife, I would have been very skeptical, maybe even a little preemptively pissed off. And yet, Sanford Allen and Josh Rountree have pulled this off admirably, penning a story that I think gives Strummer's spirit his due.
My favorite is "A Feat of Meat and Mead" by Christine Morgan. This story not only tickled the fantasy genre/Norse Mythology center of my brain, but I also love what it has to say about belief.
It was no surprise to me that the John Palisano story "Forever" is as good as it is. I loved Palisano's novel Nerves, and his stories "Available Light" (Lovecraft EZine) and "The Tennatrick" (Midnight Walk) are some of the best Lovcraftian stories I've read. But I wasn't prepared for how sentimental and wonderful "Forever" is.
"I was the Walrus" by Steve Cameron as well as "The Resurrection Policy" by Lisa Morton and "Acclimation Package" by Joe McKinney remind me of stories by John Brunner or Philip K Dick, fun mixings of science, science fiction, and metaphysics.
Overall the effect of these stories is an odd mix. There's the sad and sentimental. The beautiful and romantic. Some of these stories are just plain fun. But best of all these stories have me thinking about them long after I've put the book down.
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Having reviewed Eric J. Guignard’s previous anthology, ‘Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations’, I was very happy to be...Read more