by John Boden

He licks the apple that laid on her chest. The meat is thick and gray and tart. Her corpse is still as he eats more of the feast upon it.  The pears that nestle in the crook of her pale neck. The grapes that lay on her dead eyes. The cheeses and meats on her stomach and arms. He feels the money in his pocket. He feels the swelling  of his gut with each bite of sin-filled food. He looks at her peaceful face and hopes with all his heart.

This time, he’ll stop eating when the food is gone.


John Boden lives a stones throw from Three Mile Island with his wonderful wife and  sons. A baker by day, he spends his off time writing or working on Shock Totem. He likes Diet Pepsi and  cheeseburgers and  sports ferocious sideburns. While his output as a writer is fairly small, it has a bit of a reputation for being unique. His work has appeared in 52 STITCHES, EVERYDAY WEIRDNESS,METAZEN, BLACK INK HORROR, WEIRDYEAR, NECON E-BOOKS, SHOCK TOTEM, the John Skipp edited PSYCHOS and a few upcoming projects. His not-really-for-children children’s book, DOMINOES is a pretty cool thing.

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