Cuts is Pushcart Prize nominated writer Larry Handy’s dark
spiritual thriller. Kyle and Kat are in a toxic marriage. Kyle is an
origami artist who teaches at a University. Kat is a practicing witch
who runs an occult bookstore. After an argument turns violent, Kyle
accidently kills Kat. Feeling frantic and guilty, he’s willing to do
anything to stay out of prison. Despite not believing in Kat’s
witchcraft, he attempts to perform a resurrection spell, which he has to
learn in one night. While Kat’s body lies in the bathtub, he combines
the forces of dark magic and 1,000 Paper Cranes to defy nature in hopes
of saving them both.
Great story, a dark and disturbing narrative." A.
Santana, author of "Imperial Slaughterhouse".
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tortured cats as a kid. Kat was demon-possessed as a kid. Years later
they met and got married, years later-longer they wished they hadn’t.
a day Kyle washed dishes—after dinner, after breakfast. That day he
offends me, Kyle, that you’re not considerate. You know how I hate
coming home and seeing dishes in the sink. You came home before I did,
why didn’t you wash them?”
didn’t use them. They aren’t my dirty dishes.”
doesn’t matter. I do your laundry, you can do my dishes. The fact of
the matter is they need to get done. I’m sick of this apartment. I’m
sick of living here. I’m sick of these neighbors, this energy. I’m
so ready to move.”
pointed to an open magazine on the coffee table. “The interview the
art magazine did with me came in today. When I came home I spent some
time reading it. Five pages
all about me. Have a look. See?”
could have read it after
washing the dishes.” Kat ignored the magazine and left the room. “I
had to fire Shanice today,” Kat said from another room. “She’s
incompetent. She’s lazy. She doesn’t care about her work. She just
wants to get paid without doing anything. She’s such a stereotype.”
her cat, leaped from the cabinet and down to the floor, startling Kyle.
The cat looked at him and growled. Kyle was allergic to cats and took an
allergy pill whenever he went home.
Do you even know what day it is today?”
another day, I guess.”
is Azazel’s birthday. He’s 26 years old today. That’s 121 years
old in people years. The oldest cat lived 38 years, and I know
Azazel’s going to beat that, aren’t you, Azazel? Do you even care,
Kyle? Kyle. Kyle!”
stared at the art magazine. “Do I even care? Do you even care,” he whispered under his breath,
touching the magazine.