I’ve always been fascinated with the near-death experiences and the afterlife. This story was crafted around the concept of malevolent entities, the spirit of a man who knows he has sinned and is punishing himself for it. Once the main character is murdered you’ll notice that he lingers but then tries to escape. I’ve read that some people, especially those who are religious and know they’ve sinned, will journey to a dark place when they pass away.
It’s not necessarily hell but a place where souls rest while in transit to Heaven or Hell, a state of purgatory, and they remain there until they’ve come to terms with their actions. They either choose to condemn God or accept responsibility for what they’ve done and forgive themselves. Some believe this purgatory is Hell while others don’t believe in the afterlife at all, perhaps not content with the idea that they’re not in control of their lives or their destiny.
Nobody wants to believe that their future has been predetermined by a man who exists only on paper, namely the Bible. For this story, the lingering spirit does find peace himself but only after a violent confrontation with his killer and her lover. The subject matter has become something nobody likes talking about because they don’t want to offend anyone but I think it’s important to discuss it because people think and talk about lost loved ones all the time. Nobody wants to be judged and people know friends and family members who were like this character. People can be selfish, jealous, and angry and everyone believes murderers, rapists, and child molesters go to a dark place. Maybe we all know someone with a dark past but that doesn’t mean all is lost. We can at least learn from our experiences and discuss it so others can know and history does not have to repeat itself.