Afterlives: The Year’s Best Death Stories, 2023



The Year鈥檚 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鈥檚 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 Morat贸 | M. L. Krishnan | Jill Tew | Osahon Ize-Iyamu

Sydney Paige Guerrero | J.A.W. McCarthy

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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 Morat贸

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

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