Polyphemus’ Cave

A 1930s B movie actor returns to his mother’s side in rural Idaho for the funeral of his father, killed helping clear up after the derailment of a circus train. The official word is death by elephant–but word around town is that something older escaped when the train left its tracks. From Monstrous Affections, this tale is part of Stoker Award-winner David Nickle’s collection of short fiction about love in all its horrific proportions.

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David Nickle is the author of numerous short stories and several novels, including Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism, Rasputin’s Bastards, and The ‘Geisters. He lives in Toronto, where he works as a journalist, covering Toronto City Hall for Metroland Media Toronto.

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