“Martinson’s Face” / Memorable Fancies #1421

Martinson seems to have invented a new facial expression. We see him make this face but don’t know what it means. It isn’t like anything we know: not happy but not really sad; not cynical but not innocent, either. We are mystified. We ask him. Martinson looks up and says, “What expression?” – while making just that expression. We back away, and make excuses not to be alone with him anymore. <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: The Seventh Effect. In this novel from Mélange … [Read more...]

“Celeste’s Necklace” / Memorable Fancies #1419

Celeste found her necklace; it was under a chair. “How did it ever get there?” she asked herself, picking it up off the floor and thinking that if the maid had taken it, it would be far from home by now. “That’s the third time I’ve lost track of the damn thing, and then found it somewhere right here at home.” The necklace wiggled slightly, as if trying to get away from her. Celeste didn’t notice. <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: The Trees of Malice, 16 stories of horror and … [Read more...]

“Mind-Changers – VI: The Body-Sitters” / Memorable Fancies #1057

[The future: Transplanting minds from one living person to another is now possible. ] Can one person own more than one body? Yes, but each body must be inhabited by a different mind, in order to remain alive. That’s how the Body-Sitter profession came about: minds who are paid to keep a vacant body alive and watch out for its welfare, feeding and exercising it, until its owner-mind decides to inhabit it again. Body-Sitter is a responsible profession, because if carelessly performed (such … [Read more...]

“Roles” / Memorable Fancies #1052

[“ACCEPT ROLE, PSYCHOLOGIST URGES” [a headline, quoted by Donald Barthelme] A reported 27% of psychologists have found it difficult to adjust to their role as psychologists, but the remainder have come to accept this designation, or at least reflect on it ruefully, clinically. <END> THE PITCH If you liked this post, please FOLLOW or tell your friends and share a comment here or on other social websites. For an author profile, list of publications, other information, and a … [Read more...]

“Any/More” / Memorable Fancies #1050

After an intensive and well-publicized search, I was the one finally selected, a few years ago, to make official announcements, to relate selected facts and sanitized truths. I attribute this appointment to my having a voice of a certain timbre, a face of plausible innocence, and an believable jaw. Citizens are required to agree with what I say, to affirm it with up and down motions of their heads and, on the National Day, also with loud huzzahs. But I know they don’t believe me anymore, … [Read more...]

“White Thoughts” / Memorable Fancies #1048

     At first, we avoid telling others our secrets; we tell them only to ourselves, alone in the quiet night. And then we cease telling ourselves these secrets, too, as the night has proved too dark for us, the silence too harsh. Eventually we walk from place to place, seeing and hearing only, white thoughts like white noise telling us we’ve never had any secrets, at all. None worth thinking about, surely. <END> THE PITCH If you liked this post, please FOLLOW or tell your friends … [Read more...]

“Mind-Changers IV: Fair Trade” / Memorable Fancies #1047

[The future: Transplanting minds from one living person to another is now possible.] Florida is full of old people who last year were young people with great bodies and healthy brains, who sold their young-brained bodies for lots of $$ and retired into bodies recently vacated by the old, thereby trading a long and impoverished life for a brief fling of wealth, incontinence, and golf. <END> THE PITCH If you liked this post, please FOLLOW or tell your friends and share a comment … [Read more...]