The Visitation

Rated 4.50/5 based on 8 reviews
In this short story a lonely elderly widower is visited by his wife who passed away six years earlier. She guides him into the afterlife.
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About Brian Bigelow

Author Brian Bigelow is originally from Minnesota and currently lives in Colorado with his wife Brandy. He is an American author of contemporary horror, suspense, and fantasy and has for over 30 years also written poetry which has been published worldwide. His most recent release is the classic fantasy novel, “Beyond Realms.”

2nd place winner in Erika Szabo's short story competition.

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Rosanne Dingli reviewed on Oct. 15, 2013

Brian Bigelow builds tension on top of emotion in this very brief but powerful story of love, loss, and redemption. Simple things like a cup of tea or the page of a book become charged with the loneliness of this widower, whose name readers do not know, but to whose feelings they can relate.
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Sheryl Seal reviewed on Sep. 6, 2013

A very short beautiful story of the love of a man for his dearly departed wife.
Very short descriptions of the rooms made me feel like I was there in the clutter of the dust covered nic-nacs.
I was deeply touched and feel a bit relieved that there will be someone waiting for me in the great beyond.
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Maria Catalina Egan reviewed on Sep. 6, 2013

This is such a touching story and Seth's pain felt very real, as well as his surprise and joy. Once the reader understands the personal angle the story becomes even more powerful.
I enjoyed the detail of the doilies, the dust, well done Mr. Bigelow. FIVE STARS
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Wanda Hartzenberg reviewed on Aug. 22, 2013

A sweet story of love and loss and a new beginning. At only 7 pages this is an ideal fast read since it will leave you thinking and more than that no one can expect from a book. Bravo to the author to pace 7 pages with so much true emotion.
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debb lavoie reviewed on Aug. 2, 2013

The Visitation by Brian Bigelow
Published 2012 by Brian Bigelow
Smash Words Edition
ISBN: 9781301267736
9 Pages

A beautifully written short story that is rich in imagery, even right down to the teabag floating in Seth’s tea cup. The scene with Seth in his thread bare chair reminded me of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. The lights flicker, and we just know that he is to be visited by something or someone. It turns out to be Seth’s wife, dead six years now, who comes to guide him into the afterlife. I really like this story, it gives us hope, and is a pleasure to read.
I was given this book in return for an honest review.
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Sheila Deeth reviewed on July 29, 2013

A short story filled with honest emotion, Brian Bigelow’s The Visitation explores “the solitary existence of an elderly widower,” nicely framed by the Emily Dickinson quote, “Because I could not stop for Death, he kindly stopped for me.” The author portray’s his character’s love and loss convincingly, and it’s hard not to see people I’ve known living out these daily actions as I read—boiling a kettle, reading a book, turning down the corner of a page. Languid sentences filled with detail, repeated reminders of repeated steps, and actions analyzed into motive and effect, all build into an oppressive loneliness befitting the tale. But there’s light at the end in a visitation that offers no glib answers or religious requirements, just the gentle touch of hope and love. The Visitation felt a little over-slow to me, but that probably says more about my reading than about the tale. An enjoyable short story with a gift, instead of a sting, in its tale.

Disclosure: I was lucky enough to buy my copy when the author was offering it free.
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Megan Peters reviewed on Dec. 17, 2012

A painfully sweet, short story. It is a sweet little ghost story with the potential to be much more. I think it could be a truly excellent piece with a little more emotive description and a polish (mostly for some slight grammatical errors) by an editor.
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Lachelle Redd reviewed on Dec. 4, 2012

Great ghost, love short story.
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