Short stories by Emily B. Cataneo

Emily B. Cataneo is a writer and journalist. Her short stories have appeared in magazines such as Lightspeed, Nightmare, Indiana Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, The Dark, and Interzone. She was long-listed for John Joseph Adams’ Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy in 2016 and mentioned in Best American SFF 2018, and her debut collection was released in May 2017. Common motifs in her stories include twisty female protagonists, the Victorian occult, mysterious animals, strange museums, early twentieth century Europe and the aesthetic of fairytales. As a journalist, Emily started her career reporting full time on local issues for the Boston Globe and seven other newspapers in the Greater Boston area. Since becoming a freelancer, she has reported on stories on three different continents and around the United States, and her stories have appeared in numerous publications including NPR, Undark, Slate, Salon, Wired, The Financial Times, Atlas Obscura, The Baffler,  JSTOR Daily and Roads & Kingdoms. She loves writing about intriguing people and subcultures, books, feminism, the ocean, plants, history, and more. Her work has been translated into Russian and translations of her work are forthcoming in French and German. Fun fact: these are the three languages that she has studied at various points throughout her life. Emily holds a B.A. and a B.S. from Boston University and an MFA in fiction from North Carolina State University. She is a 2013 graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop in Manchester, N.H. and a 2016 graduate of the Clarion Writers Workshop in San Diego. She is the co-founder of the Redbud Writing Project, an adult education creative writing school in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she teaches classes on fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, and more.

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A young woman guards the main exhibit of her family's London museum: The Emerald Coat, a garment which kills whomever dons it by permanently transporting them to another realm. The woman lives as a gatekeeper to death, wondering when she will fulfill what she believes to be her ultimate fate — putting the coat on herself, and leaving this world forever.