It’s a Wonderful Afterlife (Stocking Stuffers) by John Amory ~ Book Review by Lirtle

its-a-wonderful-afterlife-cover-1Title: It’s a Wonderful Afterlife (Stocking Stuffers)

Author: John Amory

Publisher: JMS Books

Cover Artist: Written Ink Designs

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 12/05/2015

Length: Short Story (<15K)

Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction, Winter Holiday


Workaholic Logan rests only one day of the year: Christmas Day, and then only because when he tried to open his coffee shop on that day once and no one showed up. Ever since his parents died on Christmas Eve over ten years ago, Logan keeps busy to keep his feelings at bay and keep people at a distance, even going so far as to ignore his younger brother’s invitation to spend the holiday together.

But a car accident and a Christmas Eve encounter with a mysterious stranger named Michael, which may or may not be a dream, will change the way Logan sees his past, his present, and his future.

My View:

Immediately, I was emotionally pulled into this story. John Amory told me a lot about Logan without making it obvious. I already felt a connection. It didn’t hurt that Logan was driving in crap weather near the Penn/NJ border. Been there, buddy, been there. Frosty windshields are the worst.


And then…


Logan looked outside. His last memory was of snowfall, but the ground was covered only in frost. The lawn glittered in the moonlight as if it were blanketed in stars.


I’ll just tell you, this is an emotional read. It might have simply been the day I read this? Oh screw it, that’s not even the case. I wasn’t sure I could go through with reading this when I realized the set-up. But I wanted to. So I did.


I barely made it.












And chocolate chip cookies.


Before too many tears stain my notebook and cause the ink of my notes to smear and smudge, let me tell you about Amory’s writing. It has an easy, uncomplicated, and sophisticated style, the cadence flowing along naturally. It’s easily modern without trying too hard, it’s casual but with purpose. He made it very easy for me to feel invited into this story.


Damn  him.


wipes tears and smudges away with equal mock disgust


If this is typical for him and his storytelling, I’m in.


The ending felt a little rushed but I forgave that because the emotion maintains, shining through. Sometimes things can turn on a dime, even when it feels like everything else around you is inching backwards.


I recommend this story, even for as difficult a read it was.


I’m off to see what else John Amory has written to share with us.
Damn. The ink’s smudged after all. sniffs


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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4 thoughts on “It’s a Wonderful Afterlife (Stocking Stuffers) by John Amory ~ Book Review by Lirtle

  1. This was such a wonderful read. I haven’t read most of his, but I remember when his Jury Duty had just came out, I loved it and kept him as one to watch for. This definitely had me looking forward to seeing what I’ve missed in between.

  2. Hey Carolyn, I saw “Jury Duty” too, and I’m going to have to add it. This one was just… gah! <<< would have been my review on anywhere else but here LOL

  3. Hee! I’m glad you came up with more than that in your official capacity, but I at least would have understood the gah! 😉 Hope you enjoy JD when you get to it!

  4. Thank you both so much! Lirtle, drop me a line on Twitter or GoodReads if you don’t already have “Jury Duty.” It was a limited run and is out of print, but I should be able to get you a copy if you don’t already have one… especially if it means more reviews as sweet and kind and amazing as this. Thank you!

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