Scott Emerson

by Arthur Graham on November 14, 2017

Scott Emerson’s work has recently appeared in Year’s Best Hardcore Horror Vol. 1, Quick Shivers About Bugs, Destroy All Robots, and Diner Stories: Off the Menu. From 2010-2016 he served as facilitator for Morgantown Poets, a not-for-profit group that hosted free literary events in Morgantown WV. One of these days he’s going to write that fucking novel. He lives in Pennsylvania.
 
 

Stepdad

The bug
was waiting for Gerald
when he came home
from school
 
six feet tall, mandibles
chittering as he sat at
the kitchen table
 
Mommy said, Gerald
This is your new Daddy
 
to which he replied
What happened to my
Other Daddy?
 
The bug clicked
his great sticky jaws
again, patting
his knee, Sit down,
son, I’ll explain
everything
 
Gerald went to bed
confused, scared
by the noises that emerged
from Mommy’s room
moist gasps, the paper-flutter
of wings, wondering why
 
she called him Daddy
too
 
 
 

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