Archie Johnson was prepared to meet his death in the electric chair. At least, he thought he was. The sentence had been read; he had had his last meal; and the prison chaplain had asked God to have mercy on his immortal soul.
Then, just as they were strapping him in, Archie suddenly remembered there were a few things he wanted to do before leaving this earth. This yarn has been called a “dead man’s dream.”
One of my favorite all-time short stories is An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, written by American author Ambrose Bierce. This yarn is my take on the same theme. Again, it’s a “dead man’s dream.”
“What a powerful short story! Having read several of John Isaac Jones’ other works, I knew I was in for a tale laced with depth; this did not let me down. I have to admit that I did figure out where this story was headed (not always the case with this author), but in no way did it spoil my interest. In fact, in this case it piqued my interest as I realized exactly what the main character was going through. As the title and cover illustration suggests, Archie Johnson has a seat reserved for his final trip home. As we can only imagine, despite the evil deeds one may do, somewhere inside there still lives good, sweet memories. The question is; does our life really flash before our eyes before we go home? I would highly recommend this short story to anyone and especially those that enjoy an introspective look into the mindset of a killer at a crucial point of his life.” — Bill Beaulac
“I was crying at the end! I could hear Elvis singing as tears fell on the last page of the book. One of the best short stories I’ve ever read.” — Amazon reviewer