Friday, November 11, 2011

Guest Post: Jason Krumbine on the Needs of a Grim Reaper

Curling Up By The Fire would like to welcome Jason Krumbine, author of Two and a Half Dead Men, The Dead Couple, and Better Off Dead, an urban/fantasy/paranormal/crime series entitled The Grym Brothers Series.  Thane and Mort, bounty hunters for dead souls, are the heroes in these novels and you can follow their adventures as they help those souls who are not too certain they want to head into the afterlife.  Also, make sure you read the details on how you can win your own copies of these novels found at the end of the post. 

5 Things Every Grim Reaper Needs

by Jason Krumbine

Because this was probably keeping you up all night, I give you, in no particular order, the five things every grim reaper needs:

Good Hygiene
Being a grim reaper takes you to all sorts of interesting places and allows you to meet all sorts of fascinating people. Unfortunately, it can also take you to a lot of disgusting places and you can meet a lot of disgusting dead people. Eventually you’ll get used to the smell(occupational hazard). Other people won’t. Be a good friend and make sure you keep a solid supply of pleasant smelling soaps and shower after every reaping. Also, brush your teeth twice a day, not because you’re a grim reaper, but because it keeps your breath minty fresh.

A Cool Car
Some might say it’s not cool to be seen driving a dead granny to the afterlife, but that’s an easily solved problem: Get a cool car. It doesn’t matter what dead soul you’ve got in that backseat, everything looks better when it’s riding in a classic. Convertibles highly recommended.

A Good Sense of Timing
You don’t want to show up too soon or too late. How awkward would it be if you arrived to pick up Sarah’s soul and Sarah’s not dead yet? Egg on your face. Or what if you miss grabbing that dead guy at the nursing home and he ends up haunting the place for several hours before you finally get there? Newsflash: old people are easily scared to death. You’re supposed to be gathering the dead, not making more of them.

A Sense of Style
Don’t walk around in a hooded robe. Just don’t. You’re perpetuating an ancient stereotype. Plus, it’s tacky. The grim reapers of today don’t wear robes. They dress in fine suits and snazzy outfits. Remember, you’re representing Death, you need to look sharp.

Easily the most important thing on this list. Seriously, you’re going to be touching more than a few dead bodies: Everyone from the old guy who passed away peacefully in his sleep, to the knucklehead who accidentally cut off his own head. Dead bodies might be icky, but it’s part of the job. Also, do you know how many diseases they carry? You’re a grim reaper, not candidate to get reaped. Glove it up.

So, there you have it. Five things every grim reaper needs. All you need now is to get trained by a licensed Grim Reaper, signed off by the Council of Reapers and you’re good to go! Let’s get out there and start reaping!

About Jason Krumbine
Jason Krumbine is the author behind the pulse pounding, wisecracking Alex Cheradon Series, the dead soul hunting Grym Brothers Series (including Two and a Half Dead Men, The Dead Couple and Better Off Dead), and the tongue-in-cheek paranormal romance “A Graveyard Romance.”

You can visit his website at or visit him at Twitter at and Facebook at

You can also email him at

About The Grym Brothers Series

People die every day.

But not all of the souls can or want to move onto the afterlife.

That’s where the brothers Thane and Mort Grym come in.

Thane and Mort are bounty hunters for dead souls. They inherited the job from their father and they’re two of the best in town.

But when there’s a double homicide at the Kirkland Motel the Grym brothers end up with more than they bargained for. In a world without vampires, zombies or the undead, one of their bounties might not be as dead as he’s supposed to be.

Jack and Cindy were a happily married couple. She was an elementary school teacher. He was an aspiring children’s book author. They had the perfect life together, until the day they decided to kill themselves.

Suicides, by their very nature, tend to head directly into the afterlife.

Jack and Cindy’s souls never arrived.

Grim Reapers are real. They are governed by the Council of Reapers. Reapers are responsible for the capture and containment of dead souls that refuse to or cannot move on to the afterlife.

Thane and Mort Grym are two such reapers.

They say dead men tell no tales, but that’s just because they’ve never worked as a Grim Reaper.

Grim Reapers are real. They are governed by the Council of Reapers. Reapers are responsible for the capture and containment of dead souls that refuse to or cannot move on to the afterlife.

Lori Standford’s mother died six months ago. Now she’s back, haunting Lori out of her home. Lori turns to her close friend, Emma Grym, mother of Thane and Mort Grym, for help.

Now Thane and Mort find themselves embroiled in a mystery of dead men that stretches all the way to the top.

Giveaways, Contests & Prizes!
Join Jason Krumbine at the Pump Up Your Book Live! November Author Chat / Book Giveaway Party on Friday, November 18 starting at 8 p.m. eastern!

Jason will be giving away three e-copies of his books in The Grym Brothers Series! You could win a copy of Two and a Half Dead, The Dead Couple and Better Off Dead simply by attending the chat and asking Jason a question. All there is to it!

For details on chat, visit the official chat page for the November authors at Pump Up Your Book Live!


  1. Thanks for hosting me today, it was a great opportunity.

  2. omg, that is one of the most hilarious posts I've ever read! You never think about the practicalities of being a grim reaper, and now I can't stop thinking about Death with minty fresh breath!

    Totally gonna check these books out now!


  3. Jason, you're welcome, and look for my review on Monday.

    Lori, I'm glad you enjoyed the post. It was certainly fun to read.

  4. Lori,

    Glad you enjoyed the post, I love making people laugh! I hope you enjoy the books :)