Genre: Short Story Collection/Speculative Fiction
“You Have Been Murdered and Other Stories is a collection of weird, speculative fiction containing four stories dealing with the end of the world, both in terms of the death of the individual soul and the running down of the universe as a whole.
“The title story presents a woman who’s been murdered and still has a dinner party to prepare for. In Teller of Tales, a young girl must take on the responsibility of being the necessary conscience of her city. Breach of Contract describes the plight of an oil man who just wants to insure production quotas, but is roped into saving the world. Lastly, The Trouble-Men details what happens when a man trying to survive the end of the world meets up with those who are ending it.”
Andrew Kozma is an award winning author based in Houston, Texas.
What I was looking for when I decided to read this collection of four short stories was a quick read and a change of pace between two longer novels. It delivered on both.
Speculative fiction is a fairly broad umbrella with science-fiction and fantasy as the big name genres included in the description and horror as another. Then there are those gaps between and areas of overlap of that big Venn diagram where a lot of the more original stuff happens. The kind of things people either love or hate. This collection felt like it was in those areas. I found things to like in all the stories. Not my normal thing, but an interesting change of pace.
Some adult language.
No significant issues.
Rating: **** Four Stars
Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 8-9,000 words