The Goodbye Family and the Great Mountain by Lorin Morgan-Richards follows the lives of Weird West undertakers Otis, Pyridine, and their daughter Orphie.
Pyridine is a witch and matriarch mortician. Otis is a brainless but bold hearse driver, while Orphie is the appointed grave digger for her strength of twenty men.
Through bumbling, Otis discovers his neighbors are turning into zombies, a mystery that is directly affecting their burial business. In their backyard cemetery, they travel to the underworld for answers. Together, they uncover a plot to surface the evil entities that would otherwise burn in the Lake of Fire, have risen again through oil pumps that are bottled up as a tonic medicine for the ground above.
The tonic goes fast, and the host takes over the body when the body perishes. Can the Goodbyes hilarious gaffes and revelations plug up the works? Find out in this fast-paced carriage ride through the underworld. The story includes an exclusive foreword by entertainer and medium Richard-Lael Lillard.
Overall, I really enjoyed the illustrations throughout this novel. It really made the story more vibrant and memorable. I love the names used too and how unique they are. The Goodbye family surname made a lasting impression on me because it suits this storyline so well. I definitely recommend reading this novel. It has funny and heartwarming moments bringing you on
Lorin Morgan-Richards is an author and illustrator, known mostly for his YA fiction. A fan favorite is his daily comic series The Goodbye Family about a family of eccentric undertakers living in the Old Weird West with their daughter Orphie who oversees the town of Nicklesworth as their sheriff.
Richards’s writing career started in 2009, with his latest novel The Goodbye Family and the Great Mountain (2020) being his thirteenth release. In addition to writing and illustrating, Richards colorizes Old West and Victorian-era photography.