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My Life Stuck In Someone Else's Body is a short comedy novella, written by young author, Nathan Thornsbury. The story follows an adventure in the life of a man named Jebbidiah Cromlocke... Who's dead. Jeb is actually a part of an exclusive organization in AfterLife called 'The Borrowers'. The Borrowers job is to inhabit the body of a person if their death isn't supposed to have happened (Among other rules), and they finish the persons last wishes for them (Like making amends with loved ones, avenging their deaths, etc.). Jeb lives a pretty good (after-)life as a Borrower, with his succubus girlfriend, hard-to-understand drinking buddy, a new pet, an admittedly jerkass superior... And as he soon discovers: A descendant, who's soul breaks the first rule of AfterLife, by escaping Hell itself.Your boss (Death himself, the scary bastard he is.) gives you and the other Borrowers the task of finding this escaped soul, and returning it back to Hell.Go on a journey as Jeb, as he tries to help his descendant/pseudo-daughter Elizabeth to escape the forces of AfterLife.


This book provides examples of:

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Annabelle's claws.
  • Accidental Misnaming: A running gag is that Jeb either does not know how to spell or say his superior officers name, Gargnarathal (Or he just doesn't care enough to try and do it right.)
  • Accidental Murder: Elizabeth doesn't mean to kill the man who attacked Jeb. To be fair, it was the same man who killed her originally, so she was rightfully a bit panicked.
  • Action Girl: Elizabeth.
  • Adult Fear: Even though she isn't his literal daughter, Jeb definitely views Elizabeth as if she were such, and the idea of ones daughter being hunted down to have their soul dragged back to Hell definitely qualifies.
  • Aerith and Bob: We have Jebbidiah Cromlocke & Elizabeth Finch.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Jeb always calls his superior variations of 'Gargar'.
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  • All Psychology Is Freudian: In the story, we actually meet the soul of Sigmund Freud as the Borrowers try to use Jebbidiah's psych profile to catch him, but all Freud can point out is that Jeb probably went to go reconcile with his mother.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: There are a few, but one of the more notable ones are that the heads of the Cerberus in some cultures actually did have different genders... somehow...
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Most of the Daemons that are encountered in the story.
  • Apocalypse Wow: Near the end of the story, we find out that the Borrowers are hunting Elizabeth is because one of the ways that the world could actually end, is that a soul escapes the forces of AfterLife for a fortnight. Jeb doesn't believe how that could mean the end of the world... He soon finds out though.
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  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Played seriously this time. Jeb and Elizabeth are out under the stars, when Elizabeth asks Jeb if there actually is a God. Jeb laughs this off, pointing out that not only are they being hunted down by the forces of AfterLife, that he is a spirit from the 1800's, and that she has actually been to Hell herself. She points out though that there can be an afterlife without there being a God, and she almost enters Despair Event Horizon territory when she asks him "If there actually was a God, then why would he allow all of this shit, all of this suffering?" Jeb genuinely doesn't know how to answer her, so he tries to comfort her by telling her that as a Borrower, he himself has met God, though in reality, he's never met God face-to-face, even on his sporadic trips to Heaven.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Many of the souls in Hell have been sent there for some truly heinous things, and some that are not so heinous...
  • As the Good Book Says...: There are so many overly friendly people in Heaven who use these exact words.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: It is said that there is an even more prestigious place for ones soul to be sent than Heaven... Valhalla!
  • Atlantis: Jeb actually asks Cthulhu himself if he could hide Elizabeth there until this whole mess blows over.
    • He doesn't.
  • Awful Truth: When Jeb & Elizabeth find out why the forces of AfterLife are so intent on returning Elizabeth to Hell.
  • Ax-Crazy: Many of the forces of AfterLife get into Ax-Crazy territory.
  • Back from the Dead: The whole idea of the Borrowers.
  • Bad Boss: Gargnarathal is more of a jerkass boss...
    • Death himself gets into this territory though.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: When Jeb talks about how Charon was born of the Cerberus... Kinda...
  • Bittersweet Ending: Elizabeth is dead (Again), and her soul is forever trapped in Limbo. Jeb and Booker are no longer friends. Annabelle has not forgiven Jeb for turning against his friends in Hell, and Jeb is officially kicked off of his position on the Borrowers. But... Jeb can still talk to Elizabeth through the tear in Limbo, the wide-spread corruption among the Borrowers is being investigated, and Jeb is apparently given a chance on a task force from God himself, in order to investigate the plans of Lucius... So Bittersweet?
  • Black Comedy: A comedy that takes place primarily in Hell, and follows the hilarious adventures of a dead man and his multiple-great grand daughter in order to escape the icy grasp of Death himself.
  • Body Horror: The description of Booker: A giant hole in his chest with a grotesque smashed in head and jaw.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: How Booker originally died.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Just about every character has at least a few moments of this, but Jeb and Elizabeth do it the most.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Elizabeth dies in Jeb's arms.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Or in this case, "Do Not Remind Cthulhu that he owes you money from your monthly poker games."

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