Pseudopod, by Karen Bovemyer

First published in Abyss & Apex magazine, in June 2015. 

After Lovecraft’s Dunwich Horror

 

The skin was thickly covered with coarse black fur,

and from the abdomen a score of long

greenish-grey tentacles with red 

sucking mouths protruded limply

 

And from the abdomen a score of long

cries reverberated in the air, shivering with

sucking mouths protruding limply

kissing empty air with flinching passion

 

Cries reverberated in the air, shivering with

love, yearning for touch

kissing empty air with passion flinching

Reaching like me, unanswered

 

Love, yearning for touch

My hand lifted

Reaching, unanswered, like me

until we touched, stroking gently

 

My hand lifted

Tentacle coiling, uncoiling

and we answered, stroking gently

each skin thickly covered with coarse black fur

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Karen Bovenmyer earned an MFA in Creative Writing: Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine. She teaches and mentors students at Iowa State University and serves as the Nonfiction Assistant Editor of Escape Artists’ Mothership Zeta Magazine. She is the 2016 recipient of the Horror Writers Association Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship. Her poems, short stories and novellas appear in more than 40 publications and her first novel, SWIFT FOR THE SUN, an LGBT romantic adventure in 1820s Caribbean, will be available from Dreamspinner Press on March 27, 2017. http://karenbovenmyer. com/

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Posted on July 30, 2017, in Issue 20: The Mythos Planet and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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