One of the things I liked about this story is how you can see her actions from an adult's perspective at the same time it's told from that of a child. I remember the squirming and fidgeting, the questions and acting up, of kids at the wake I last attended.
I felt sorry for the young girl, not able to accept or understand death. And I found it strange that the girl knew her mother had been undergoing chemotherapy treatments. That took me out of the story a bit. After all, she seems young enough that her family would simply call it medicine or treatments to make mommy better or something of the sort.
The music lyrics were a great touch - very creepy. I loved how the lyrics of the song and the words of the preacher took on whole new meanings to the ears of a small child. What was meant to be reassuring, became ominous, even hauntingly disturbing.
I find myself finding the story more creepy, disturbing, and intriguing than a horror story as categorized. But, then again, I haven't had a good scare since I watched Nightmare on Elm Street and couldn't sleep that night (even though I watched it in the morning). The story was cool, but I wouldn't call it scary.
“Mom died in her sleep last night.” Those are terrifying words for a child to wake up to. The beetle that falls off the stretcher and stares at her is only the beginning one of the strangest and most frightening times in Lori’s life. Death is not a pretty thing, especially not when the funeral is to be at the Lights Out Chapel and Crematorium.
Once she walks into the funeral parlor, she experiences things that no little girl should ever have to experience. No one is acting normal. No one can see what is going on. Is Lori the only one who sees the blood oozing from the pictures of Jesus on the cross? Doesn’t anyone else see the beetles? Is Lori hallucinating when she sees her mom sit up and hears her speak? There is absolutely nothing soft and tender about what happens to Lori.
From her overly morbid piano teacher to the creepy preacher and a father that just isn’t acting like himself, Lori is surrounded by people and things that hint of something bizarre. Once she leaves the Lights Out Chapel and Crematorium, things will go back to normal. Or will they?
Lisa Binion is a writer, editor, and wife. She makes her home in the beautiful state of Kentucky. Her two children are now grown, but she has been blessed with two beautiful grandchildren, Tyler and Zoey. Her family also includes four dogs, four cats, and two goats.
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