Expiration Date by Nancy Kilpatrick

Expiration Date

byNancy Kilpatrick

Paperback | February 17, 2015

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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.

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

Nancy KilpatrickAward-winning author Nancy Kilpatrick has published 18 novels, over 225 short stories, 1 non-fiction book (The Goth Bible) and has edited 13 anthologies. She writes mainly dark fantasy, horror, mysteries and erotica, and is currently working on two new novels. She co-edited with David Morrell the horror/dark fanta...
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Title:Expiration DateFormat:PaperbackDimensions:274 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:February 17, 2015Publisher:Hades Publications, Inc.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1770530622

ISBN - 13:9781770530621

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Table of Contents

Negotiating Oblivion


    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

Resisting Extinction


    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? — Sèphera Girón
    Ashes to Ashes — Amy Grech
    The Greyness — Kathryn Ptacek
    things in jars — Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens
    Right of Survivorship — Nancy Holder and Erin Underwood