New from When the Dead Books
Last Night While You Were Sleeping
Displacement, replacement, injection, rejection, the best and the worst birthdays ever, vengeful spirits, disgruntled bridge trolls, a semi-sappy Satan, Bloody Mary as you’ve never seen her, Bigfoot, a suburban brush with the undead, rainbows you don’t want to find the end of, and more.
This collection includes mostly dark and sometimes humorous poetry, flash fiction, and short stories from the mind of Michelle Kilmer, including ‘Mirielle’, a finalist in the Crypticon 2014 Writing Contest.
LAST NIGHT WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING also features illustrations by talented artists including Rob Sacchetto, Nick Gucker, Kriscinda Lee Everitt, Travis Bundy, James Lacroix, and others.
Praise for Last Night While You Were Sleeping [paperback]: “Last Night While You Were Sleeping” by Michelle Kilmer is a collection of some of most brilliant, creepy, and fun tales and verses I have ever read. There is a little bit of everything in here, which is something I love. From one story to the next, I didn’t know what to expect. Kilmer’s imagination is like a celebrated muscle car. No need to burn rubber when the light turns green, because everyone already knows the car is fast. She builds speed slowly, but with total confidence. Even so, at some point in each one of these stories, her imagination hits a nitrous oxide octane booster button. And Holy Crap! What the heck just happened? “Mirielle” is a story about a man who would do anything to get his dead lover back. This one stayed with me for a long while after I read it. It’s disturbing, in a good way. Obachan is a ghost story about a little girl who is visited by her dead grandmother, offering sweets. Eat up! “Submission” is about a writer obsessing over whether a story will be accepted by a publisher. In most story collections, just like in most music CDs, you get a couple tip top efforts and the rest is filler. Not so here. I thought “Mirielle” would be the best story, until I read “House Husband”. I thought “House Husband” would be the best story, until I read “Submission”, and so on. I’ve read a lot of short story collections, and frankly this is one of the best. There is something for everyone here, but what struck me the most is that every story is amazingly good. That never happens. This one has my highest recommendation. Check it out!”