A brief history of Machine of Death; Execution by Beheading

Two weeks out from the release of the second Machine of Death anthology, “This Is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death”–hip hip hooray! The first installment, “Machine of Death: A Collection of Stories About People Who Know How They Will Die,” has kind of a storied history.  I won’t recount it in its exhaustive entirety …