Quip about an Ancient Forest

“Such a wonderous place. I feel you could spend your whole life in this forest and…


Prize Pumpkin

In the melancholy beauty of a village autumn, the pumpkin rests, green and deep orange, among…


Persimmons

Among the leathery green elliptical leaves of a fifty-foot tree, scores of smooth orange globes hang…


Raccoon

Puffy gray fur covers most of this small creature, thinning on the face and dark, handlike…


Black Flies

These are biters: fat, hairy flies the size of a big man’s thumbnail. They leave tiny…


Spider Nesting in Skull

A skull is veiled in soft webbing, a gaunt bride bereft of her body. You bring…


Falling Rocks

First comes a cracking sound, grinding across the high face of the rain-soaked mountainside, and then…


Drained Horse

Sprawled here is a dead white horse, its back arched, legs far apart, head thrown back,…


Huge Pumpkin

Enormous doesn’t begin to describe this elephantine red-orange gourd—it’s big enough to be a small house….


Chest of the Rat King

The fetid reek hits you as the lid of the chest creaks open, revealing the hideous…