“The Emerald Coat and Other Wishes” by Emily B. Cataneo

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Alex has had one job her entire life: guard the Emerald Coat. Like her parents and her sister before her, she sits in the dank little museum guiding people through the rooms that all reek of death. The first time Violet came to visit the museum Alex assumed she was just another bubbly young woman who truly had no understanding of death. However, Violet is no less troubled than Alex herself. The two form a strange bond over their fascination with the Emerald Coat and its power to take life out of whoever is brave enough to try it on. Alex has lost her sister and her parents to the mysterious powers of the coat. She knows her destiny is to follow them into the shadows of the afterlife, but that means she must put on the coat: her deepest fear and greatest curiosity.

The Emerald Coat and Other Wishes

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About the Author
Emily B. Cataneo is a writer of literary fantastical fiction who lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her work has appeared in magazines such as Interfictions: A Journal of Interstitial Arts, The Dark, and Black Static, and was longlisted for Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016. She is a 2016 graduate of the Clarion Writers' Workshop in San Diego.
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