There's been a fair amount of discussion lately on the good ol' web, via podcasts in particular, in regards to prologues--and epilogues as well. In other words, do you use them or do you avoid them like the Black Plague?
Personally, I believe it's fruitless to completely dismiss prologues and epilogues outright. Some have. I will not expose them here, but they're out there.
Prologues and epilogues are tools. If used correctly, they can tell a more compelling story. If overused, just for the sake of using them, then frankly they give the tools a bad name.
Some view prologues and epilogues as devices that need to be far removed, time-wise, from the current story. I disagree. Many thrillers use them to introduce the killer or an added scene to increase tension.
Use them, if deemed necessary.
I am still at work on my short story collection. Hopefully, by next week, I'll be much closer to completion.
Until then, happy writing . . .