This story is not intended to glamorize suicide or death in the least. On the contrary, my artistic intent is to illustrate that even within the most depressed person still lives the person they really are and want to be. For months, I've feared that the man I once was had been lost to depression, and I see now that I was wrong. I'm still me, and I've been able to reassert myself. If you suffer from depression, I want you to know that you, too, can overcome this godawful disease in real life. Being a ghost is only an option in fiction! And if you're the loved one of someone with depression, I want you to know that no matter how your loved one behaves outwardly, he or she is still inside, struggling to break free.
It's a short story (I think it's 36 Kindle pages) and priced at just 99 cents (or equivalent for foreign markets). If you don't own a Kindle, that's okay; you can download Amazon's Kindle for PC program (free) which allows you to download Kindle e-books and read on your PC (hence the name of the program). I was initially going to submit this to be considered for a paranormal romance anthology, but owing to the personal nature of the content I elected instead to self-publish. So, here are the links and I would very much appreciate it if you would consider splurging on my short story, or at the very least promote it. Also, of course, I'll be happy to respond to any criticism or reviews either on Amazon's page or here.
Oh, and if you happen to detect shades of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper," that's probably not by accident. It wasn't a conscious inspiration, but it did cross my mind as I wrote that there were some obvious parallels.
"The Posthumous Romance of Charles and Rae"
Amazon (Canada) - coming soon!