The unifying theme of AFTER DEATH is an exploration of the afterlife, or what occurs at the moment of death.
The TOC includes thirty-four all-new tales presented by Steve Rasnic, Bentley Little, John Langan, Simon Clark, Lisa Morton, Joe McKinney, William Meikle, Ray Cluley, David Tallerman, John Palisano, and more.
My own story follows a hapless, depressed ex-accountant as he takes what may be his last walk through Japan’s infamous Aokigahara Forest at the base of Mt. Fuji, notorious as a traditional site for the practice of ubasute and suicide since feudal times.
Ubasute (“abandoning an old woman”) was the practice of poor villagers, usually in times of famine, taking elderly or infirm relatives deep into the wilderness where they were abandoned to die.
Aokigahara is to this day the second most popular suicide site in the world, next to the Golden Gate Bridge. People simply park their cars and wander into the woods, never to return. The trees are littered with personal affects and suicide notes, the branches strung with severed hanging ropes.
I first became aware of the Aokigahara Forest when VICE Magazine did a video segment on the volunteer suicide patrol which does its best to find and prevent suicides.
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PUBLISHERS WEEKLY says the following about this book (and mentions my own effort):
“What happens when we die? The answers come in the form of 34 stories that explore diverse notions . . . 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.”
So take a look at it.