Afterglow By Maria Herring
The first line of Afterglow is one of the most eye-catching openings to a short story I’ve ever read in my life. And this fascinating tale of the supernatural continues throughout at that same high level of narrative skill and originality.’ Anthony Grey, founder of Tagman E-Tales and author of international best-selling historical novels, Saigon, Peking and Tokyo Bay.Death comes to us all, doesn’t it ? But it can come more quickly for some than others – especially if you don’t watch where you’re going! But, you’ll be pleased to hear, death isn’t the end. At least not if you don’t want it to be. You can choose to go off and be one with the universe, but you can also choose to stay on as a guardian angel and help someone less fortunate than yourself. Well, more fortunate than yourself really, in the sense that they’re still alive, and you’re now dead. But you can analyse their status for yourself. If they’re surrounded by a healthy-looking glow that shines brighter than the sun, they’re all right. If they’re dull, that’s where you want to start. It might sound a bit tricky, but don’t worry. I’ll pop into existence to explain it all to you properly once the paramedics have scooped away the last of your remains and got the traffic rolling again. My name’s Jesus, by the way. And no, not in any tedious religious sense. You’ll find out more about that too on the other side. But try not to get lumbered with a job like the last angel I had come through here. Total rookie, but hardly to be blamed because the woman she latched onto had her own secrets. No less than eight of them, in fact. Which is really the whole point of the story. So I suggest you read Afterglow now, then think about it carefully — and then read it again very slowly, so when it’s your turn to go, you don’t make the same mistake she did.