S.E. Reed’s “Definitely Dead” now in Rabbit Hole V anthology

I’m lucky enough to have my work included in The Rabbit Hole Volume 5: Just…Plain…Weird anthology along with quite a group of talented authors. I especially love the teaser

Welcome to the Rabbit Hole. On our fifth excursion into the warren of the odd, 37 authors lead us down their own little burrows of strangeness : an army of penguins, music that cures, aliens that communicate through old cartoons, images of the future that save, unwanted visions of the now, and, oh yes, it is raining lawyers. All have one thing in common, they are just…plain…weird.
Weird can be funny, weird can be sad, weird can be thoughtful, weird can be mad, but the one thing in common is that weird shares experiences you have, thankfully, never had.
Just be careful, all little bunnies are not nice, but they are memorable.

About the Author
S.E. Reed has lived all over the United States which gives her a unique American perspective. Many of her pieces have a strong southern theme, but she also likes to dabble in the strange, the bizarre and the fantastical. Her debut YA contemporary novel, My Heart is Hurting, is being released July 2023 by Wild Ink Publishing. You can follow her on Twitter or visit her website.

How the stories came about?
Definitely Dead was inspired by a writing prompt about food and transformation from my friends over at The Writer’s Workout. The prompt got me thinking about deconstructed food, which made me wonder, what if a person started to deconstruct? What would that look like? Would they notice? Would it hurt? Would it kill them? Hopefully you had a bit of a laugh reading my story, Definitely Dead, where it’s safe to say the whole person is greater than the sum of their parts (as long as they are still alive).

Dearest Uncle Horace,
What good fortune that you should send Mother a bottle of your latest batch of Horace’s Cure-All Tonic for Men and Women. As you may remember in my last letter, her severe coughing had become nearly fatal. But after ingesting some of your tonic, she seems to be recovering.
However, I do regret to inform you that the smell of your concoction left something to be desired.
Therefore, I took it upon myself to cook it into a rich sweet sauce of plums and raisins—and served it with my famous burnt bottom bread pudding, topped with a dollop of thick heavy cream.
To all our surprise and delight, Mother ate more of my mysterious new dessert than she had anything else in weeks! When you come to visit next month, I’ll be sure to serve you up a plate and provide you with the recipe if you approve of the flavor.

Sincerely, Your Loving Niece,
Rose Saint Claire


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