|The Meal of Lord Candlestick/Leonora Carrington|
The Chaos Orchestra
A thunderstorm sweeps in over the foothills. Lightning sets fire to several firs clinging to a sandstone cliff above town. All the lights go out. Rain beats against roofs, windows, doors. Inside the church at the centre of town, a man with a stocking pulled over his head begins to pull bell ropes. Fire spreads through the hills. He smiles at the church custodian, bound and gagged, slumped beneath the belfry window.
(Previously published in Madhat Lit )
House by the Lake
On a vacation run, he passed the house, saw it was for sale. Back at his rental cottage he made the call. When he showed up for the tour his wife was with him. They both told the owner how much they liked “the western decor.” The owner corrected them: “Southwest.”
(Previously published in Flash: The international Short-Short Story Magazine)
The paintings above are by Leonora Carrington.
If you want to know more, you can find the beginning of my series on her life and work