The Frankenstein myth turns the concept of Monster on it’s head. Is it the entity who’s pieced together from the previously dead parts of multiple people? Or is it the scientist who’d even venture into said types of experiments?
This unique variation filters through the mind of Kimberly, the predominant personality of a pieced-together person that died naturally in an Influenza Pandemic. However, she can hear the voices and personalities of her body’s component parts. The doctor, meanwhile, isn’t always waiting for women to die before to takes the parts he covets. He also rapes and beats the narrator ritualistically.
Always together, the women that comprise the collective voice of the body band together, but meekly under the constant threat of beatings, rape, and having their individual voices silenced by having their body part removed and replaced . . .
Two factors disrupt the cycle. Firstly, rot creeps into the body again starting at the wrist sutures. Then, the doctor covets the beautiful piano playing from a young woman at a party he hosts . . .
This tale appears in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2016 edited by Paula Guran, I received directly from Prime Books. I’ve previously read this author’s excellent “The Floating Girls: A Documentary” and “Umbilicus”.
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