Teddy Bears and Tea Parties (Kindle Edition) by S. Boyd Taylor (review)“And everything tricks and everything cheats and everything everything everything eats.”
S. Boyd Taylor
This horror tale is surreal and brilliant, filled with so many wonderfully, twisted images:
Quotes from the short story: “The bears step around a corner wielding sharpened gears tied to sticks. Homemade meat cleavers to cleave girl meat.”
“Hymn’s skull unfolds outward like paper. White-bone origami undone. Smoke. The scent of cheesecake.”
“Only dead things are still.”
“She hears footsteps in the hall. Soft whooshes on the rotten rug that sound like a tiny voice whispering murder, murder.”
The story begins with an unnamed little girl, a finger missing, bitten off by a teddy bear; Grape jelly stained (teddy bear blood) knife in hand as she calmly questions and tortures a captured bear. She’s seeking the whereabouts of her sister. A prisoner of Hymn.
[Excerpt from story: He screams (teddy bear). And she keeps him screaming.
I don’t know where she is, he says when she stops cutting. Don’t kill me! I still love you!
I still love you.
One more cut and he falls in half.]Obviously, this is not a tale for children!
Devlin Scott (Lyshan Press)