Matthew Warner

Die Not in Vain

Death claims him. Repeatedly.

His airliner crashes. He breaks his neck falling down stairs. His gas pump explodes.

Each accident feels real. He remembers dying. And yet, each time, Joe Merrill wakes up moments later — seemingly in a parallel reality where his death didn’t occur.

His wife thinks he’s going crazy. Hell, he thinks he’s going crazy. Except his Alzheimer’s-ridden mother is having these visions, too.

And then there’s that stuff in his mother’s attic suggesting they’re not the first. . . .



Die Not in Vain has the best airplane description I have ever read. I hate flying and Warner managed to encapsulate the feeling of every nerve in my body during a flight. The rest of the story is equally gripping and disturbing.”
— Andreya, Amazon reviewer of the collection Dominoes in Time