Short Story Sale: Danse Macabre anthology, edited by Nancy Kilpatrick
My short story “Death in the Family”, a retelling of the classic folktale Godfather Death, will be in Edge’s upcoming anthology Danse Macabre: Close Encounters with the Reaper, a collection of stories about Death, edited by Nancy Kilpatrick.
About the anthology:
This anthology could be the most unusual and original collection of stories you’ll ever read! Twenty-six literary reflections embody the themed, classical artwork devoted to the spectrum of humanity’s intriguing interactions with the Angel of Death in all his/her/its manifestations.
The table of contents, wherein I am in some pretty good company:
- Introduction by Nancy Kilpatrick
- Danse Macabre by Ian Emberson
- The Secret Engravings by Lisa Morton
- Death in the Family by Morgan Dempsey
- Blue-Black Night by Tim Reynolds
- La Senora Blanca by Lucy Taylor
- Totentanz by Nancy Holder
- Totentanz by Erin Underwood
- Out of the Sun by Gabriel Boutros
- Pressed Butterflies by Lorne Dixon
- Matryoshka by Sabrina Furminger
- Fingernails by J. Y. T. Kennedy
- Ghost Nor Bogle Shalt Thou Fear by William Meikle
- Death Over Easy by Suzanne Church
- Mr. Go Away by Brad Carson
- A Song for Death by Angela Roberts
- Therapy by Bev Vincent
- Me and Lou Hang Out by Tom Piccirilli
- Elegy For a Crow by Opal Edgar
- The Angel of Death by Lawrence Salani
- The Physician’s Assistant by Dan Devine
- An Appointment in the Village Bazaar by Stan Hampton, SR.
- The Exclusive by Edward M. Erdelac
- For I Must be About My Father’s Work by Brian Hodge
- The Death of Death by Tanith Lee
- Symeon by Bill Zaget
- Old Man With a Blade by Brian Lumley
- Population Management by Tom Dullemond
I’m happy this story got some legs on it. It was the first thing I wrote after a long bout of writer’s block, and while it was flawed, I liked the heart of it. At the time there was a short story contest, and I wrote this because I liked the prompt, and decided what the hey, just submit it. Obviously it didn’t win, but it was shortlisted, which was a much-needed boost to my self-esteem at the time. When I saw the call for this anthology, I remembered this story, and how it probably wasn’t that far off the mark. So I went over it, rewrote it, and submitted it, and here we are.
Danse Macabre will be coming out in October, just in time for Halloween.
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