The collection containing first published short story is due out July 16, and is available for preorder right now! The book is called This Is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death and centers around the idea of a machine which, given a small blood sample, prints a small slip of paper containing the method of your eventual death. Of course, there is a certain Delphic uncertainty to it: a reading of MEDICINE might refer to a fatal reaction to a drug, or maybe a missed dose of an important prescription. But it could also be fulfilled through being crushed by a falling pharmacy shelf, or a snapped spine after slipping on spilled cough syrup.
The collection is the sequel to Machine of Death, published in 2010. Like the original, each story is named with a particular prediction (which are customarily listed in all caps), and some of the stories begun their intrigue with the words of the title itself: “FLAMING MARSHMALLOW,” “HEAT DEATH OF THE UNIVERSE,” “NOTHING,”and “HIV INFECTION FROM MACHINE OF DEATH NEEDLE,” for example.

My submission, one of around thirty selected from the thousand or so entries, is titled “ROCK AND ROLL,” and was released in advance as a preview for the book, so it’s available here. Give it a read, if you’re so inclined. If you enjoy it, go check out the original book and preorder a copy of the second volume!

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