Jack Hafferkamp worked as an arts reporter for the Chicago Daily News and taught journalism at Roosevelt and Northwestern Universities. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science and his doctorate in erotology. Hafferkamp has previously published The Ecstatic Moment with Marianna Beck. He still lives in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Read More
Sepsis: It Is What It Was
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They say that before you die, your life flashes before your eyes. When this happens to Jeffrey Keister, it turns out to be the worst kind of cringe-inducing torture. He has many regrets and doesn’t want to be reminded of the injuries, cruelties, and abuses he has struggled so hard to bury.
But who said life (or death) was merciful? Keister can’t hide from his past forever, especially when his “forever” is ending so soon. As his body lies dying, his mind takes an incredible journey through his past.
Keister revisits all the women who shaped his life—from his abusive mother to his kindly grandmother to a bored Chinese intelligence officer to the ex-wife who broke his heart. With each new scene from his past, Keister learns something new about the many twists and turns his life took.
This dark satire uses one man’s life to show how small decisions can have huge ramifications. Keister remains defiant about his death, but as his dream grows more and more abstract, things start to get weird. Suddenly he’s dodging a dominatrix, chatting with God, and on trial for his life!