Short Story Review: “Object Lesson” by Jason Brock

“Object Lesson” by Jason Brock
From The Devil’s Coattails edited by Jason Brock and William F. Nolan
Cycatric Press, 2011

In “Object Lesson,” The Devil’s Coattails co-editor Jason Brock delivers a short, meditative tale on a couple of lives in limbo: a woman who has been in a coma for eight years, and her son, who has put his own life on hold to be with her, letting three jobs and a marriage slip through his hands in the meantime.

The son is struggling with a choice that no one wants to face: continue to prolong his mother’s death at the expense of his own life, or bring her journey to an end so his can begin anew. Unfortunately it’s a choice that many people are faced with, and you’ll learn a lot about yourself based on your thoughts as the son sits at his mother’s bedside, plug literally in his hand, trying to determine the course of his future.

“Object Lesson” is a quick read, very short and to the point, but unlike many stories with more girth, this one sticks with you after the last page has been turned. It’s a nice little contribution by Brock; a touch of human horror in the midst of the book’s more supernatural offerings.

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