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Death. Who has not considered their own mortality and wondered at what awaits, once our frail human shell expires? What occurs after the heart stops beating, after the last breath is drawn, after life as we know it terminates?

Does our spirit remain on Earth while the body rots? Do the remnants of our soul transcend to a celestial Heaven or sink to Hell’s torment? Can we choose our own afterlife? Can we die again in the hereafter? Are we given the opportunity to reincarnate and do it all over? Is life merely a cosmic joke or is it an experiment for something greater?

Included within this critically acclaimed anthology are answers to these queries alongside tales and suppositions relating from traditional ghosts to the afterlife of e-coli. Explore the afterworld of an Australian cowboy. Discover what the white light really means to the recently departed. Consider the impact of modern, or future, technology on the dead. Follow the karmic path of reincarnation. Travel from the 999th level of Fengdu’s Hell to the gates of Robot Heaven.

Enclosed are thirty-four all-new dark and speculative fiction stories (including Steve Rasnic Tem, Bentley Little, John Langan, Simon Clark, Lisa Morton, et al.), each beautifully illustrated by Audra Phillips, and exploring the possibilities AFTER DEATH . . .

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Winner of the 2013 Bram Stoker Award® for Superior Achievement in an Anthology
  Trade Paperback ISBN-13: 978-0-9885569-2-8   Edited by Eric J. Guignard  
  ebook ISBN-13: 978-0-9988275-5-1   Illustrated by Audra Phillips  
  Library of Congress Control Number: 2013930612   Published by Dark Moon Books  
  First edition published April 5, 2013   Number of pages: 332 (about 123,500 words)  
  Cataloged at ISFDB here   Made in the United States of America  
  * Download the Press Release HERE! *  
  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  
  In Eric J. Guignard’s latest anthology he gathers some of the biggest and most talented authors on the planet to give us their take on this entertaining and perplexing subject matter . . . highly recommended to anyone who is fascinated by what happens after we die and just enjoys a great short story.   Famous Monsters of Filmland  
  An excellent collection of imaginative tales of what waits beyond the veil.   Amazing Stories Magazine  

• Introduction by Eric J. Guignard
• Someone to Remember by Andrew S. Williams
• Boy, 7 by Alvaro Rodriguez
• Sea of Trees by Edward M. Erdelac
• The Last Moments Before Bed by Steve Rasnic Tem
• The Resurrection Policy by Lisa Morton
• High Places by John M. Floyd
• Circling the Stones at Fulcrum’s Low by Kelda Crich
• I Will Remain by David Steffen
• Tree of Life by Aaron J. French
• The Reckless Alternative by Sanford Allen & Josh Rountree
• The Thousandth Hell by Brad C. Hodson
• Mall Rats by James S. Dorr
• Afterword by Ray Cluley
• Like a Bat out of Hell by Jonathan Shipley
• The Overlander by Jacob Edwards
• Forever by John Palisano
• My Father Knew Douglas MacArthur by Bentley Little


• Robot Heaven by Jamie Lackey
• Beyond the Veil by Robert B. Marcus, Jr.
• Prisoner of Peace by David Tallerman
• A Feast of Meat and Mead by Christine Morgan
• Be Quiet At The Back by William Meikle
• Cages by Peter Giglio
• Hammerhead by Simon Clark
• Marvel at the Face of Forever by Kelly Dunn
• The Unfinished Lunch by Trevor Denyer
• I Was The Walrus by Steve Cameron
• The Devil’s Backbone by Larry Hodges
• The Death of E. Coli by Benjamin Kane Ethridge
• Final Testament of a Weapons Engineer by Emily C. Skaftun
• Acclimation Package by Joe McKinney
• Hellevator by Josh Strnad
• In and Out the Window by Allan Izen
• With Max Barry in the Nearer Precincts by John Langan
• Illustrations by Audra Phillips

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