David Hudnut


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  • An Encounter With Death on Feb. 01, 2013

    Edgar Allen Poe meets erotica If Edgar Allen Poe had been a woman who wrote gothic erotica, he would have written An Encounter With Death. Both poetic and brooding, Dawn Akemi's short tale is a powerful look at the desperation we all feel as Americans burdened by the national obsession with over-achievement. Vanessa, the story's heroine, is ready to let go of that obsession. Her life is a mess. Nothing has turned out like she'd hoped. She invites Death into her bedroom, hoping to find release from the pain of failure by ending her own life. But she had no idea that Death would be so handsome… Equal parts Literary short story and Erotica, Dawn Akemi's An Encounter With Death is thoughtful, provocative and thrilling. A great read for people who enjoy darker themes. In particular, there's some vivid imagery of the afterlife in Akemi's tale that I found to be uniquely entertaining.