“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...]

“We Remember Charlie” / Memorable Fancies #1404

Charlie died up there, in that little room. That was his favorite place in all the world to hang out, with all his books and gadgets and stuff, and it just seemed such a shame to move him, take him away to someplace he never knew, someplace cold and dark he probably wouldn’t have liked. So Charlie’s still in the attic. We hold our noses and remember him. <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 … [Read more...]

“Fallout” / Memorable Fancies #1382

Claire and Donald buy their starter home, a 1950’s Cape Cod. In their back yard, they discover a long-forgotten underground fallout shelter. Sixty years ago, a murder occurred there. Now, there will be another. [A story line from my collection The Trees of Malice from Abuzz Press: 16 tales of horror and the weird too creepy to share. Buy it on Amazon.] … [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...]