By Kathe Koja
He drove the feeder road to the sounds of Mozart, 40’s show tunes, flashy Tex-Mex pop. Beside him sat the string bag, bulging loose and uneven, like a body with a tumor, many tumors; like strange fruit; like a bag of gold from a fairy tale. The hair in the bag was beautiful, a thick and living bronze like the pelt of an animal, a thoroughbred, a beast prized for its fur. He had braided it carefully, with skill and a certain love, and secured it at the bottom with a small blue plastic bow. The other items in the bag he had purchased at a hardware store, just like he used to; the soda bottle he had gotten at the airport, and emptied in the men’s room sink.
This story, with mind-bending twists and turns, first appeared in Graven Images: 15 Tales of Dark Magic and Ancient Myth, edited by Nancy Kilpatrick and Thomas S. Roche (Ace Books)
Praise for Kathe Koja’s short fiction:
“Daring . . . reminiscent of Poe and Calvino . . . In these stories, Koja uses her considerable gift for sensory description to real purpose.” – Publishers Weekly
“Koja’s provocative storylines and evocative prose combine reality with invention, the supernatural with the everyday.” – New York Times Book Review
For more about Kathe and her books, stories, and performance art, visit her at http://www.kathekoja.com/blog/. On Twitter, visit her @KatheKoja
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