Danse Macabre: Close Encounters with the Reaper.

August 23rd, 2012

DECEMBER UPDATE: Danse Macabre: Close Encounters with the Reaper is now available from Amazon.

My short story Matryoshka appears in EDGE Publishing’s forthcoming release Danse Macabre: Close Encounters with the Reaper (October 2012).

I received my contributor’s copy earlier this week, and read the entire book in one sitting. It’s rare that a book literally leaves me breathless, but Danse Macabre did just that. I’m honoured that Matryoshka is included in this stunning (and equal parts disturbing and delightful) collection.

Matryoshka opens with Bronislava, a young mother in 1930s Ukraine, laying out cups and saucers on her kitchen table. She throws nervous glances to the bassinette across the room, which holds her newborn baby boy. The baby is clinging to life, and Bronislava anticipates a visit from Matryoshka, a feared folkloric figure said to accompany immature souls to the Afterlife. Bronislava is determined to reason with Matryoshka, and her confidence surges when Matryoshka, a kindly old lady with a babushka tied under her chin, hobbles into the kitchen. But Bronislava soon learns that reasoning with Matryoshka is a difficult business.

The anthology will be available in both print and eBook forms via online outlets, as well as brick-and-mortar stores like Chapters-Indigo and Barnes & Noble. Watch this space for sales information.

More information about Danse Macabre: Close Encounters with the Reaper (including a downloadable media kit) is available here.

Interior view.

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