Walking in the Shadow: Stories of Life, Death, and the Southern Funeral Home


Walking in the Shadow: Stories of Life, Death, and the Southern Funeral Home

D.S. Bradley
$15.00 from Muddy Ford Press














To get through college, D.S. Bradley worked as a lifeguard, counted out money as a bank teller, answered the phone at a law firm, sold eye glasses, and sealed and striped parking lots. Since graduating from college, he’s taught middle school and high school English, directed a college writing program, and taught college English and writing courses. The experiences, though, that most prepared him for life were the ones he had working as a funeral director.

In this collection of short stories inspired from both life and death, Bradley shares everything from the ridiculous to the sublime about the occupation of funeral director. Meet Arnie, Clyde, Hoke, Coy, Lester, Delbert,and Elvis all characters in their own unique rights, who guided the author through his early years when he undertook a life, well, undertaking. With a poignant mixture of humor, respect, and a healthy appreciation for the absurdities of both life and death, Bradley offers the only insider’s view of the inner workings of a funeral home you’re ever going to get with your eyes open.

D.S. Bradley teaches and writes from a home base in Due West, South Carolina, where he lives with his wife and two children.