Afterlives: The Year’s Best Death Fiction 2023

Curated By Vajra Chandrasekera

Death is an integral part of life, waiting on the other side for each of us. Writers, however, have no need to wait. They can cross the boundary as easily as stepping from one room to another. These eighteen stories from 2023 will take you into that room and beyond. From death’s chamber to the hood of a Camaro, from quiet woods to shrieking space. Death awaits. Let us go and meet it.

Isabel J. Kim | Tehnuka | Michael Roch | Eugenia Triantafyllou
Will McMahon | Bendi Barrett | Diana Dima | Eden Royce
B. Pladek | Avra Margariti |EC Dorgan | Gabrielle Emem Harry
Samir Sirk Morató | M. L. Krishnan | Jill Tew | Osahon Ize-Iyamu
Sydney Paige Guerrero | J.A.W. McCarthy

Cover by: Inkshark

Full Table of Contents:

Day Ten Thousand, by Isabel J. Kim

Loving Bone Girl, by Tehnuka

The Gates of Lanvil, Michael Roch, translated by Karine Saint Jacques

Six Versions of My Brother Found Under the Bridge, by Eugenia Triantafyllou

Notes on the Burning Place, by Will McMahon

The Bone Meal Corps, by Bendi Barrett

Pomegranate Anatomy, by Diana Dima

Don’t You Weep, by Eden Royce

Spring Woods Spring, by B. Pladek

Death Comes for the Sworn Virgins, by Avra Margariti

Buffalo Gothic, by EC Dorgan

A Name Is A Plea and a Prophecy, by Gabrielle Emem Harry

Brainworms, by Samir Sirk Morató

Interstate Mohinis, by M. L. Krishnan

I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm, by Jill Tew

Great Things of Which to Speak Of by, Osahon Ize-Iyamu

Liwani by, Sydney Paige Guerrero

All the Dead Astronauts, by J.A.W. McCarthy

Book Info

Publisher: Psychopomp
Length: 239 pages
ISBN: 979-8-89116-006-4
Price: $19.99 (print), $5.99 (ebook )

About Vajra Chandrasekera

Vajra Chandrasekera is from Colombo, Sri Lanka. His debut novel The Saint of Bright Doors won the Locus, Nebula, and Crawford awards, and was a New York Times Notable Book of 2023. His second novel Rakesfall is out now. His short fiction, poetry, and nonfiction has appeared in AnalogWest Branch, and The Los Angeles Times, among others. He has worked as an editor for Strange Horizons and Afterlives: The Year’s Best Death Stories, and as a judge for the Dream Foundry Writing Contest and the Salam Award. He is online at and probably on whatever social media still exists at the time you’re reading this.