If you live that close to a road that gets so much truck traffic, and you have small kids, wouldn't it behoove you to build a fence around your front yard?
One might think, but then there wouldn't have been a story. They should call this the Hamlet Gambit or something...Perhaps it was just one of many house/yard chores Lewis didn't get around to, with his busy schedule of raising the dead.
Even if there were a fence, it probably wouldn't do much good - cats climb fences (or slip through the bars), and the gate could easily be open on any given day.
If you have to bury your own, then how was the bully revived if no other family members were present?
Because Gus clearly belonged to... whatever it is that dwelled in the Cemetery.
It could just be a saying, and not an actual "rule".
So what happened to Ellie?
She grew up and died.
It's indicated in the book that she was well on her way to going completely insane.
It's fair to assume she stayed with Rachel's parents (where she was when Rachel returned to Ludlow) and grew up in Chicago. Her mental health was probably not great as an adult, but the character seemed old enough to comprehend death and deal with it.
Why does Rachel's father hate Louis? What was it about him that made undesirable to marry his daughter?
She was working to support Louis while he was in medical school (something many spouses of medical/law students do). Irwin didn't like that one bit and saw it as "turning her into a scullery maid."
It seems to be implied that the mission, so to say, of a revived corpse is to kill those close to the one who revived them, torture the reviver through this, then kill them. What happens to the corpse-thing after it finishes this cycle? What does it do?
It appears the thing has to be "put down" after it's revived, as all the examples in the story are: Billy in the fire, Jud's dog, Gage and the cat with Lewis' syringes. It's not addressed what happens if it's not.
I assume that those brought back are Chaotic Evil and have no long-term goals and will just keep finding people and things to torture and kill until they themselves are destroyed.
Was the Indian Burial Ground Demon speaking through Gage at the end telling the truth about Norma Crandall (that she cheated on Jud with some of his friends, let them put it up her ass, down in hell etc)? Going by what happened before when a person was resurrected, when everything he said to them was true, it is, but I cannot imagine sweet old Norma Crandall being so slutty and cruel?
Probably not. I'm sure telling the truth is a low priority when torturing someone with taunts, although Norma's the only one who really knows and she can't say.