Together (again) by Russell Hemmell


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Silvery, sticky blood in the doll’s veins,

sliding against porcelain layers

to thicken up into lumps of red glue.


Hungry bacteria

crawl along,

making inert bodies

tremble and alive.


In a blink of plastic eyelids

in splinters and twinkles

and gusts of icy winds

they’ll clash one day


— inside that hidden sharp place

— inside your hollow chest

where fear and horror are two faces

of the same absent god.

RUSSELL HEMMELL is a French-Italian transplant in Scotland, passionate about astrophysics, history, and Japanese manga. Recent work in Aurealis, Cast of Wonders, Flame Tree Press, The Grievous Angel, and others. SFWA, SFPA, & HWA member. Find them online at their blog earthianhivemind.net and on Twitter @SPBianchini.