For the spooky month of October, I’m reading my short horror story, “Go-Away Monkey” from my collection The Carp-Faced Boy and Other Tales. It’s set in an older Japan in a small village that has been ravaged by smallpox. If you remember Episode 4 (Monkeys and Monkey Lore), you’ll understand the monkey show coming to town to drive away all the bad luck and disease. But does it work?
Written a full five years before the pandemic, it feels quite prescient to me. What do you think?
It is horror, however. So some trigger warnings:
Sex, disease, some blood, self harm, animal abuse.
*story* (Sorry I can’t transcribe it. I only have the audio rights.)
Intro and outro music by Julyan Ray Matsuura