Episode 5: Impatient for Death, A Love Story by Carmilla Voiez

Broken Mirror, Black, Red, Shattered, Glass, Carmilla, Voiez“Impatient for Death, A Love Story” from Carmilla Voiez’s book Broken Mirror and Other Morbid Tales is being featured this week. Through tragedy and loss Chloe finds her love, but can she find herself? Listen to the episode here! This episode was brought to you by Burialgrounds Coffee Co. Stop by their site to purchase some Daywalker. Purchase your copy on Amazon here! After the show, stop by  Facebook, Twitter, or by sending an email to bfranke.acnbooks@gmail.com. Write them, record a MP3, even video your review; we’ll find a home for them. Please leave a review for our show on ApplePodcast and Stitcher. Thanks for listening!

One note before the show, this story discusses suicide attempts. Everyone here at Indie Beginning and the author understand that many topics can bring listeners to uncomfortable places that they have worked so hard to be free of. If you or anyone you know is struggling with suicide there are resources available. In the United States Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or if you are in the United Kingdom you may call the Samaritans by dialing 116 123.

10 Replies to “Episode 5: Impatient for Death, A Love Story by Carmilla Voiez”

  1. I’m not sure I want to call this a review, I can’t be unbiased about this tale. This also might be a little confused and rambling as the story had quite a profound effect on me.

    This is one of those stories that showcases how good a short form fiction can be – Carmilla conveys so much emotion and feeling in so few words and brings a vibrant, living character to the page.

    I cared about Chloe from the outset, I was intrigued by the Death character and how Chloe had such an intense relationship with him. I’m hesitant to call it unrequited love, but I get the sense that Chloe feels it is.

    There is a real sense of desperation as Chloe takes more and more risks to influence the Death figure. At this point I also have to say the scene of the road accident hit me very hard; the imagery was so vivid and the emotion so raw. The line “In the passenger seat of a crushed car, her lover kissed another” brought a lump to my throat.

    As for the final act…what can I say, it destroyed me. There was a momentary feeling that Chloe had purpose and it was what Death knew all along…until the end when he steps in.

    Practically this story is perfectly self contained with a clear narrative. It also gives you the headspace to interpret it in different ways. For me it was a lesson in that we humans don’t get to negotiate with death, he doesn’t care what we want, he has his own plans. We have one life we have to do the most in it and be the best we can be…because you never know.

    I also realised that I have always assigned a male gender to Death, it never occurred to me why. Now I’m thinking about that question…there are some many possible reasons…is because of my own gender? Is it because of European folk lore or because of books and cinema? That’s a whole other debate.

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    1. We agree with you Paul. Until shows such as ‘Dead Like Me’ came to be we really never once thought about Death having a anything other than a male gender.

      Thank you for taking the time to listen and comment!

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    2. I never really thought about death having a gender! Or actually wanting to chase death for non-depression related purposes! I believe that is what makes this such a great horror piece, the close proximity to another person’s reality. Great work Ms.Voiez, just added it to my kindle-I look forward to the other stories inside!

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  2. This is considered horror? I found it to be more of a life lesson story. Not horror. It reads out-loud very much like poetry, too romantic (I think) for the horror genre. I’m not at all mocking it, I did enjoy the read. As a horror fan (mainly movies, and Stephen King to name one author) I expect some sort of a build-up to something more gruesome. Or more of a shock value. SO I guess my question for the author is: what signifies horror, outside of the blood, guts, and shock we’ve all come to admire?


    1. I agree. I wouldn’t call this particular story horror either. It’s in a collection of morbid tales that includes horror stories. I don’t think blood, guts and shock are prerequisites for a good horror story. I believe that creepy atmosphere can be equally effective.

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  3. As someone who has attempted to suicide; this gives light to others in understanding depression. Sometimes, it’s a subtle as a calling. Not just the deep and dark void. For me, like Chloe, I didn’t realize there was another way to live outside of chasing death until I started writing. It wasn’t until I was on the final page of my novel that I realized it had been over a year since I last wanted to chase after that final kiss myself.

    This story is me.

    I thank you Ms.Voiez and Indie Behinning for sharing it.

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    1. S.R.
      ACN is glad that you found a way out of that chase, and a new life beyond your “subtle calling.” We are very happy you found a way to positively connect with Carmilla’s short story.


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