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Published by Independent on 7 April 2015
Genres: Comedy, Contemporary, Science Fiction, Short Story
Source: the author
With a fresh round of spending cuts in the Afterlife and immigration services stretched to breaking point, mistakes are inevitable. Admin errors, but from the Other Side. Anomalies slip through the net and sit down to tea.
It's those at the bottom that suffer, the ones with no say in it. The living world begins to fill up with those who have died but been refused entry to the Hereafter; the dead that haven't died to their full potential. The Book of the Not-Dead-Enough is the story of their continued attempts to keep calm and carry on, in a world that has seen too many George Romero films.
The dead live on in our memories, but the Not-Dead-Enough don't need memories; they need a good beautician and central heating. They've been Beyond and come back. They're not sure they like it.
They're not just pushing up the daisies; they're making daisy chains, tidying up the graveside floral arrangements and downloading Interflora vouchers on their smartphones. If you want something done properly...
Loitering somewhere between Dickens, Pratchett and Douglas Adams, The Book of the Not-Dead-Enough is a debut collection of short shorts and flash fictions that isn't wholly flippant nor wholly serious, but tickles at the join between.
“If you re-read your policy documents, you will see that we would be able to pay out to a surviving dependent or a widower – not to the deceased policy-holder themselves, on account of them being dead.”
The Hereafter is under new management, and with budget cuts and layoffs. With all the changes there’s bound to be mistakes, right?
The Book of the Not-Dead-Enough: Admin Errors is a series of short stories about people who died but continued… uh… moving (?) around on Earth. Some of the stories focus on the NDEs (not-dead-enoughs) themselves, others focus on the more problematic situations that arise after the dead start not… staying dead- such as the dead trying to collect their own insurance or the matter if a couple is still married since, you know, that “until death do us part” bit in the wedding vows. Go figure.
There’s really a lot of witty commentary and thoughtful insights (mostly comparing the NDEs to other political and social “taboos” of society).
Overall, The Book of the Not-Dead-Enough:Admin Errors is a lovely work that will be sure to give you the giggles.