I know, I know. Reading a book called This is How You Die, seems a little morbid. But it’s actually a really fascinating writing prompt. Each of these short stories features something called, “The Machine of Death.” The machine can predict how you die, but not when you will die. All of the stories are a little different, but they all center around the premise, what would you do if you could find out, from a machine, how you will die, and once you find out how you will die, how will it change your life?
I heard about this book from one of my favorite internet comic artists, Ryan North who is one of the editors and also one of the short story authors. Short stories are about all a person with my attention span can muster these days, so this book is a nice temporary distraction.