DAY 16 OF 30: VALYA DUDYCZ LUPESCU
16. Valya Dudycz Lupescu presents “The Tooth Butcher”
15. Gene O’Neill presents “Ring Rust”
14. H. Pueyo presents “Death Republic”
13. Scotty Milder presents “Giant and Child: A Fugue”
12. Lucy Taylor presents “If You Touch Me, I Can Cry”
11. Terry Dowling presents “The Key to Mabella”
10. Christi Nogle presents “The Apartment”
9. Baba Jide Low presents “Pretties / Serpent”
8. Kristi Petersen Schoonover presents “February Thaw”
7. Bentley Little presents “In the Valley”
6. Rex Burrows presents “Skandalopetra”
5. Alex Woodroe presents “Abandon”
4. Cody Goodfellow presents “Hand of Glory”
3. Natalia Theodoridou presents “The Mouth”
2. Jo Kaplan presents “Her. House.”
1. Michael Harris Cohen presents “Never Better”
In “The Tooth Butcher,” an amiable and ageless dentist gives teeth to ghosts, a chance for them to reexperience mortality.
A record number of ghosts waited outside his office, their hands knocking and nails clawing impatiently at the glass. Several were freshly dead and full of the fearful tension that accompanied those days. At least they stayed outside; they would not enter until invited. Only the oldest and strongest could breach the protections he put in place.
A young man with his mouth stretched wide pressed himself across the glass, attempting to rip it off the frame. Looking closely, Dr. Hamm realized he was missing his teeth and lips and much of his face. Still, the ghostling was not strong enough and only succeeded in rattling the window gently. Dr. Hamm knocked on the glass and bared his own teeth in a predatory snarl that stretched unnaturally wide, startling the ghost off the glass . . .
—The Tooth Butcher by VALYA DUDYCZ LUPESCU
ABOUT: VALYA DUDYCZ LUPESCU
Valya Dudycz Lupescu has been making magic with food and words for more than 20 years, incorporating folklore from her Ukrainian heritage with practices that honor the Earth. She’s a writer, instructional designer, and mother of three teenagers. Valya earned her MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her poetry and prose have been published in anthologies and magazines that include The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, A World of Horror, Kenyon Review, Gargoyle Magazine, Gone Lawn, Strange Horizons, and Mythic Delirium. Valya is the author of The Silence of Trees. Along with Stephen H. Segal, she is the co-author of Forking Good: An Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of The Good Place; and Geek Parenting: What Joffrey, Jor-El, Maleficent, and the McFlys Teach Us about Raising a Family (Quirk Books). Valya’s graphic novel, Mother Christmas, is forthcoming from Rosarium Publishing in 2022. You can find her at www.vdlupescu.com and on Twitter @valya.
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