DAY 12 OF 30: LUCY TAYLOR
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 “If You Touch Me, I Can Cry,” an aging couple experience a world of infectious disease, global quarantine, and hysteria, when a deadly species of flower begins to bloom.
During the longest year of their lives, the fruit trees blossomed and the abandoned gardens up and down Quail Run erupted in extravagant displays, as though in response to calamity, nature celebrated with renewed lushness and fecundity. The hollyhocks Pat had planted the year before exploded in rich violet and vermillion, lobelia and plumbago blanketed the meadow, and fields of sunflowers raised their dazzling faces on both sides of the dirt road that led away from the farmhouse. Such was the flamboyance of flora, with its implicit lie of abundance and good fortune, that Isaac found it painful to look upon. Better to gaze at a countryside barren and bereft, more in tune with his own inner landscape . . .
—If You Touch Me, I Can Cry by LUCY TAYLOR
ABOUT: LUCY TAYLOR
Lucy Taylor is the Stoker-winning author of seven novels and more than a hundred and fifty short stories. Her most recent work is the horror-western Desolation, currently being translated into Italian and Russian, and short stories appearing in the anthologies Body Shocks, The Big Book of Blasphemy, and Brutal. She lives in the high desert outside Santa Fe, New Mexico, where tales of brujas, curanderos, and skinwalkers are part of the local lore.
Publisher’s Page: http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/Horror_Library_7.html