Short Sips Vol 2 from Pill Hill Press is now available in print from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. It features many fine short horror stories, including my own ‘TOOTH AND BONE.’
This story was conceived in a dentist chair during a harrowing series of painful and bloody purification rituals. I passed the rites and returned to my tribe inspired to write a horror story and find better dental insurance.
Recently, my lovely wife gave me a certificate for a professional massage. Lying in a dark room, face down with a stranger, my mind wondered to the macabre as it is wont to do. Tickling my mind was a particularly ghastly segment on a Discovery Channel show about parasites that can infest the human body. As the stranger dug into my muscle and sinew a new idea began to take root in my brain. I urge you, go see the dentist before reading my story. And get a massage, you deserve it. But do it soon. Once I write my massage story you may not find them so relaxing.
My short horror story TOOTH AND BONE will appear in Short Sips, the second volume of Coffee House Flash Fiction from Wicked East Press. The story details the unfortunate meeting of an unscrupulous dentist and a patient in dire need of the dental arts.
I’ve spent a lot of time in dentist chairs, and that is where this story was conceived. I was going through a particularly vigorous deep gum cleaning when I thought, “How strange it must be to put your hands into a total stranger’s mouth?” The story came back to me recently as I was having a root canal performed (for a second time). I kept the thinking about it when I lost
the crown on the fresh root canal. By the time I went back for the new crown I owed nearly $2,000.
The dentist had a long list of other things that needed to be done. And things that needed to be redone. This may have colored the tone of the final story a bit. It’s not a happy story, but I hope you’ll think it’s a fun one.
My dentist says that if you ignore your teeth they’ll go away. I say watch where you put your fingers.