Very late, but here we are! I had some very exciting news yesterday, but it's something I shall talk about in another post. For now, let's have a look at one of the short stories featured in Unnerving Issue #2.
Celia Bates is dying. Her children are around her, a reverend is by her side. Her husband - dull, bullish Stephen, whom Celia never loved - looms over her, and Celia begins to plan her ultimate escape...
This story explores the sacred idea of the Last Wish of the dying - something that must be honoured, no matter how strange, or inexplicable. Celia knows that her husband is waiting for her in the afterlife, and, now on her deathbed herself, she knows that the only card she has left to play is her dying wishes. We get some brilliant scenes of Celia and Stephen's life together, and they play as being very real, and the feeling of a life being wasted with the wrong person is a very powerful one.
The scene where Celia finally passes away, and Stephen gets his hands on her, is a wonderfully evocative one, with some powerful imagery - but I wish the conclusion of this story wasn't quite so rushed. The last few lines suggest a kind of morbid comedy that hasn't been present during the rest of the piece, and I think it would have been nice to develop Celia's relationship with her children, as that turns out to be her saving grace. But, overall, this is a really interesting take on the afterlife, and a person's need for freedom - even at the last.
Unnerving Magazine Issue #2 is available here - it's well worth a read! We'll see you back here next Sunday, for regularly scheduled reviews...
Musings on my life as a writer.