Beyond

Tales of the Afterlife

Fiction - Anthology
179 Pages
Reviewed on 07/09/2021
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Author Biography

James Flanigan created business, technical, and promotional writing content for many years while pursuing a career in sales and marketing. It has only been in the past few years that James has turned his attention to fiction. The first short story he wrote about an Elvis impersonator at a crossroads in life was selected for inclusion in an anthology titled Visions of Life 2. James went on to write numerous short stories concerning his thoughts on the afterlife and selected sixteen for his collection titled Beyond: Tales of the Afterlife. A common thread woven among all the stories is humor. Also present in each story is an invitation for the reader to contemplate their final destination, the afterlife.

James still has a few years left in his sales and marketing career before being able to devote more time to writing during retirement. In the meantime, James is writing stories for a second anthology with friendship as the theme. He practices writing by running an eclectic humor blog at www.jimflanigan.com.

James lives with his wife, two of their five children, and two dogs in the Chicago suburbs. In his spare time, he enjoys walking, biking, and swimming. In the spring of 2021, James was elected to a local governmental position.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Cassie Widjaja for Readers' Favorite

Beyond: Tales of the Afterlife by James J Flanigan is a slightly morbid collection of fiction short stories with a dash of humor. Every one of us has wondered at least once what happens after death. This book will be the right fit for those interested in the afterlife. All sixteen original stories are a perfect blend of dark humor and barroom philosophy. They include stories from the past, present, and possible future. From seeing a very different form of God to a deal with a rebel angel, this collection has everything you could want. Written to make its readers laugh and think about life's ultimate destination, this book is bound to blow your mind!

James J Flanigan hit the ball out of the park with his collection of short stories. I love how James vividly described each scene, allowing me to properly understand what the character is facing and what he is feeling. Each sentence within these tales advances the plot and serves a purpose. James has interesting concepts for each short story, for example, 'Doggone.' My favorite short story would have to be 'A pop star and a deal with the devil,' seeing as I find it ironic that little things can make humans drastically want to end their lives. Each story made me laugh, just as it has made me rethink my perception of life after death. Beyond: Tales of the Afterlife definitely doesn't hold any punches back, and it's a book not to be missed!