This story is set in the world of Wm. Mark Simmons’s Halflife Chronicles dealing with the adventures and misadventures of semi-vampire private eye Christopher Cséjthe. The latest entry in that series is April’s A Witch in Time. Before he turned his attention to science fiction, Simmons was winning awards for his writing, first as a newspaper journalist and later as a broadcast copywriter. His first book was a finalist for the Compton Crook Award and made the Locus Magazine Best List in 1991. When he isn't writing, Mark is in front of the camera or microphone, having worked in television and now radio where his is the morning voice for Radio Kansas and can be heard throughout half of the Sunflower State.
Fiction Short Story
I see dead people.
Not like that kid in The Sixth Sense, where the departed are all noncorporeal and invisible to the rest of the living.
No, when I see the dead, they’ve crawled back out of their graves and show up in all of their decomposed, cadaverous glory.
When I say “glory” in this instance, I mean it ironically.
Over the years they’ve crossed—or shambled across—my path so frequently that I’ve practically developed my own sixth sense that alerts me when they’re nearby. And, when I awoke, my Spidey-sense was providing the backbeat to Ezra Furman’s “Restless Year” on my clock radio.
“Death!” Furman shouted. “Is my former employer!”Read More