In this cabinet you’ll find richly-constructed realities; these worlds really come to life, strange as they are. We start with a shot (or two) of the grotesque, chased by a splash of hope. Trust these authors to loosen up your imagination.
Mouth, by Helena Bell at Lightspeed Magazine
In the middle of the night, when Ann knew that no one and no thing could wake him or her, she would take something. Not so large and noticeable as a mouth, but perhaps a small patch of skin near the right hip. The top nib of one of their pinky toes. She took the appendix of the boy who took her virginity, and the bone spur of the girl who cheated.
Ann knows everyone leaves bits and pieces of themselves everywhere; she’s just helping out. What started as the accidental silencing of her brother turns into a hobby of collecting pieces. A nose here, a hand there…maybe, just maybe, she can pull it all together into a whole. Until then, all her relationships are doomed to fail as soon as they ask what happened to her brother. Read more »