April 18 , 2010

The Shell


Martin Wyss carves artistic caskets, and is commissioned by Odessa Crouch who wants to be buried in a purple scallop shell. Odessa comes to “test” the casket and announces her imminent plans to die, so Martin must decide how to extract her from his workshop. From Teresa Milbrodt’s Bearded Women: Stories, this tale is one in a “phenomenal collection” (Asimov’s Science Fiction) of short fiction about the so-called “freaks” trying negotiate a world that is quicker to stare than sympathize.

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