History of an Executioner



Fiction. For years, the executioner has faithfully performed his duties in a provincial corner of the Republic, enduring the disdain of his fellow citizens. After an uproar over a botched execution in the distant capital, his work is suspended, and he begins disrupting the routines that have defined his life. When rebels attack the town, he must decide whether to resume his old ways.

"HISTORY OF AN EXECUTIONER is a triumph of empathy, imagination, and lucidity. A haunting examination of a humble, civil-servant killer whose lonely existence has arrived at a crossroads. Is he the last of his kind? Would he even know how to be his own man? Could there be any escape from this life of blood and gloom? This first book by Clancy McGilligan truly swept me away--a stunning debut from a spectacularly talented writer."--Skip Horack

"In powerful prose, McGilligan tells a fully inventive and engaging story. You'll want to linger with the sentences and turn the pages. This is a haunting and hauntingly atmospheric novella."--Olivia Clare

"With his first novella, HISTORY OF AN EXECUTIONER, Clancy McGilligan has written a dystopian tale with flawless control, compression, and, in the end, compassion. The story is, by turns, hopeless and hopeful, passionless and passionate, and always, always, interesting. I could not put it down."--Richard Wiley

"HISTORY OF AN EXECUTIONER takes a thoughtful look at the moments that disrupt normalcy. The familiar rhythms of the protagonist's life are replaced with questions about nation, love, and purpose. Clancy McGilligan creates an executioner who grapples with layers of aftermath and the ways these confine and liberate. This imaginative debut examines the meaning of consequence, showing how both subtle and dramatic changes create new challenges and pathways."--Ravi Howard

Product Details

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Miami University Press
Publish Date
January 07, 2020
5.2 X 0.5 X 7.9 inches | 0.35 pounds
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About the Author

Clancy McGilligan grew up in Milwaukee and has worked as a journalist in the U.S. and abroad. He is the author of the fiction book HISTORY OF AN EXECUTIONER (Miami University Press, 2020). His writing has appeared in publications such as Slice Magazine, Sycamore Review, Columbia Journal, Santa Monica Review, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor and Film International.