After Lives: Stories About Life After Death ed. by Pamela Sargent & Ian Watson, 1986, TOC


Table of Contents

xi • Introduction (Afterlives) • essay by Ian Watson and Pamela Sargent
1 • The American Book of the Dead • novelette by Jody Scott
29 • Time of Passage • (1964) • short story by J. G. Ballard
47 • Of Space-Time and the River • (1985) • novelette by Gregory Benford
89 • Out of My Head • novelette by James E. Gunn [as by James Gunn]
113 • A Work of Art • (1956) • novelette by James Blish
137 • The Rapture • poem by Thomas M. Disch [as by Tom Disch]
139 • Wood • novelette by Michael N. Langford
161 • A Woman’s Life • short story by W. Warren Wagar
179 • Into That Good Night • novelette by James A. Stevens [as by James Stevens]
217 • Prometheus’s Ghost • novelette by Chet Williamson
247 • Small Change • (1982) • short story by Ursula K. Le Guin
257 • A Draft of Canto CI • short story by Carter Scholz
269 • Dust • novelette by Mona A. Clee
297 • Diary of a Dead Man • short story by Michael Bishop
313 • Fair Game • novelette by Howard Waldrop
335 • In Frozen Time • short story by Rudy Rucker
345 • Tropism • short story by Leigh Kennedy
353 • If Ever I Should Leave You • (1974) • short story by Pamela Sargent
373 • Time’s Hitch • poem by Robert Frazier
375 • The Rooms of Paradise • (1978) • short story by Ian Watson
399 • Checking Out • short story by Gene Wolfe
405 • The Region Between • [Afterlife of Bailey] • (1970) • novella by Harlan Ellison


Sleeping Beauties: The Deluxe Special Edition! A Chilling New Epic Novel by Stephen King & Son, Owen King!

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Sleeping Beauties: The Deluxe Special Edition

A Collectible Limited ONE TIME PRINTING of this Chilling New Epic Novel by Stephen King and Owen King!

Artwork: Jana Heidersdorf

About this Deluxe Special Edition:

Cemetery Dance Publications is very pleased to announce our Deluxe Special Limited Edition of Stephen King and Owen King’s collaborative novel, Sleeping Beauties. In this spectacular father/son collaboration, the authors tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place… The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the…

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“A Revelation of Cormorants”—A Creepy Short Story by Mark Valentine…

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A Revelation of Cormorants

Mark Valentine, 20xx

*Cormorant, from the Latin for “sea-raven”. The Tudors saw the bird as a symbol for gluttony: Shakespeare refers to “hungry Time” as a cormorant. It may have gained this reputation because of its proficiency at catching fish. Milton, however, invested the bird with a dark glamour: he likened Lucifer sitting in the Tree of Life to a cormorant, no doubt because of the bird’s habit of standing with its black wings spread out to dry. The satanic image stuck. The occultist and poet Ludovic Horne wrote of his “Cormorant days/dark and sleek” Atheist essayist Llewelyn Powys refers to the birds as “satanic saints” in Parian niches on the chalk cliffs of Dorset, but he celebrated them too as manifesting the ecstasy of the moment, as they plunge into the sea after the silver-scaled fish of their dreams. Conan Doyle alludes to…

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Welcome to The Sanguine Woods

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il_570xN.418131679_33uaWelcome, friend, to my writing and poetry blog…words of darkness and light…The Sanguine Woods.

I wanted a place to share writing and poetry, excerpts and quotes, the dark and horrifying, and the light and inspirational : my own and the words of others, past and present.

From the Romantic Poets, to poets of today; nature and war poetry, heartbreaking poetry, poetry of hope—-and poetry and prose that focus on LGBTI themes, that population of brothers and sisters most dear to my heart.

And from the vast array of writers of all things weird and macabre…fiction, essays, excerpts, opinions on the craft of writing…there are great pieces out there about the philosophy of using words to make art. And one of my favorite areas of writing: the great horror stories in the short form (story, tale, sketch, novelette, novella)…ghosts and ghouls, demons and monsters, creeping fungi and frightening things we haven’t yet…

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