Life Is Short and Then You Die is the Mystery Writers of America's first teen anthology, edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong.
Adolescence is a time of “firsts.” First kiss. First love. First loss. First job. The first taste of adult responsibilities, and the first look at an independent life away from both the restrictions and the security of home.
And in this case, a very different type of “first”: murder.
This short story collection of murder mysteries adds a sinister spin to the joy and pain of firsts that have always been a major part of life, whether it be high school cliques who take the term “backstabbing” too seriously, stumbling upon a body on the way home from school, or receiving a Snapchat message that promises something deadly.
Contributors include Barry Lyga, Caleb Roehrig, Emmy Laybourne, Jonathan Maberry, R.L. Stine, Rachel Vincent, Y.S. Lee, and more!
An Imprint Book
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)|
|Age Range:||15 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers' dismay. All efforts to make her produce "normal" stories failed. Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked away in her basement writing dungeon. She's the author of the New York Times-bestselling Women of the Otherworld paranormal suspense series and the Darkest Powers young adult urban fantasy trilogy, as well as the Nadia Stafford crime series. Armstrong lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids and far too many pets.
Table of Contents
Introduction Kelley Armstrong v
Floater Kelley Armstrong 1
The Day I Killed Coach Duffy R.L. Stine 24
In Plain Sight Y. S. Lee 34
Daddy's Girl Melissa Marr 51
Summer Job Amanda Witt 59
The Boy in the Red Vans Rachel Vincent 77
The Company I Keep Jeff Somers 88
Concealment Eileen Rendahl 106
Night of the Living Dog David Bart 123
Murder IRL Jeff Soloway 137
A Killer Story Julie Tollefson 156
Gnat Joseph S. Walker 175
A Different Hero's Day Anthony Franze Barry Lancet 191
First Party Back Emmy Laybourne 206
What I Did On My Summer Vacation Jonathan Maberry 223
The Things We Don't Talk About Stephen Ross 241
Enemy Lines Caleb Roehrig 259
Six Ways to Kill Your Grandmother Barry Lyga 290
About the Authors 309
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
LIFE IS SHORT AND THEN YOU DIE is a collection of 18 eminently readable stories of murder, some with more mystery than others. Sometimes the teenage protagonist is witness or hero, sometimes perpetrator, accomplice or victim. There are surprises, mostly inevitable when looking back, that's the way it had to be, even if unexpected. Chilling stories, ones that twist your gut, stories with logical motivation, and a few with real life lessons. Stories of dysfunctional families and hereditary legacy, one where ADHD works to the character's advantage. Stories where one incident can change your life, or not. It isn't easy to provide a review without spoilers that does this collection justice, read for yourself!