How to Kill a Celebrity by Duncan Ralston


How to Kill a Celebrity by Duncan RalstonHow to Kill a Celebrity (great title) is a novelette that follows Annie on the first job of her media career. She’s fresh out of school, and excited to be hired by a New Orleans TV station as a video editor. The job isn’t exactly what she expected. The preemptive video obituaries she prepares are immediately followed by the death of the subject.

As an adopted Louisianian and former New Orleanian, I loved the setting and local references of which there were plenty. There was talk of streets and neighborhoods, Raising Canes chicken, and Sazerac cocktails. This author has to be familiar with the city or he’s a damned good researcher.

It’s an enjoyable twisted tale. As a short story/ novelette,  I don’t think it’s appropriate to try and score it out of 10. If you’re a fan of The Twilight Zone or Tales of the Unexpected, you’ll especially enjoy this.

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Book Cover Blurb:

Annie’s new job is murder.
When Annie Watkins takes a job at a local New Orleans TV station, she begins to think she’s cursed when her preemptive obituaries (“standbys”) seem to be killing off famous people left and right.

With time running out, Annie scrambles to discover what’s really happening to her, but it may already be too late.

This Evil is old… And it always takes a life.

How to Kill a Celebrity, a twisted new story from the author of Gristle & Bone, is “sci-fi” at its darkest, taking its inspiration from The Twilight Zone.