“Estate Sale Blues” / Memorable Fancies #1821

My neighbor died. There was an estate sale the next week, items unwanted by the family heirs who’d picked the place over already. Mostly old things of little value – my neighbor had been old and her things were old, but ordinary. In the kitchen, amid other brics and bracs, a coffee mug sat alone on a shelf, the word “Grandma” on its side. That item was tagged five cents, and no one had bought it. Or even picked it up, I think, to see how weighty, how fraught it might feel in their … [Read more...]

“Hell’s Open House” / Memorable Fancies #1694

Hell has an open house. There are refreshments, “hot” hors d'oeuvres still wriggling on their skewers, crying for mercy. You say, how extraordinary: one of them looks just like me! And your host, smiling broadly, says, “Yes ... yes.” [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“Heavenly Dreams” / Memorable Fancies #1670

[“To dream that you are resurrected from the dead” – from What Your Dreams Mean] Suddenly I’m here again. What happened? I look around. People in white robes are standing around me, staring down at me. One raises a scalpel... [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“November 2 :: All Souls Day” / Memorable Fancies #1665

In our community, every year on All Souls Day we honor our oldest living resident. Flowers, bright cards, and breathing equipment are frequently given. There is a rule that no one can win this award more than once. This rule has certain consequences.... … [Read more...]

“Who’s in charge here?” / Memorable Fancies #1626

[“I cannot self-terminate.” – Terminator 2: Judgment Day] [“I’d rather be nothing.” – Alien 3] [“It is forbidden to unplug yourself.” – Jean Baudrillard] Opinions differ about suicide. Some call every death a suicide, giving up the will to survive the disease, or elude the killer. Others dismiss this view as delusive; we have no say in our deaths, they say, however much we passionately want to control this second-most-important life event, no matter how well we’ve convinced ourselves … [Read more...]

“The Shadow-Merchant” / Memorable Fancies #1457

[“When the coffin is about to be lowered into the grave, most of the spectators recoil a little lest their shadows fall in.” – Frazer, The Golden Bough] My profession is to stand near the graves as coffins are being lowered, and let a bit of my shadow be interred with the worthy dead (and I’m sure they’re worthy, as my fees are high). In this way, a slight loss of my self has comforted those now underground, while above ground I prosper. In my own will, I have asked that twelve other … [Read more...]

“In lieu of flowers…” / Memorable Fancies #1432

In lieu of flowers, send a shovel and a strong man to dig me out. By the time you read this, I will already have tired of my new, dark home. <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: The Trees of Malice, 16 stories of horror and the weird too creepy to share. From Abuzz Press. … [Read more...]