Lost in Cat Brain Land

By Cameron Pierce

WINNER OF THE WONDERLAND e-book AWARD, most sensible number of 2010

Sad tales from a surreal international.

A fascist mustache. A desolate tract within a lifeless cat. The ghost of Franz Kafka. Primordial entities mourn the loss of life in their baby. The determined serve tea to mysterious creatures. A hopeless romantic falls in love with a pterodactyl.

From a post-apocalyptic la the place robot gargoyles are legislation, to a blighted suburbia the place the elephant god Ganesh seeks revenge on a guy and his android spouse, Cat mind Land is a spot of family depression and nightmare foreboding. the place sirloin steaks sign up for daycare and ex-lovers go back as tiny dolls. this can be a land of camel humans and the Lord of Meat. The farther into Cat mind Land you get, the more challenging it is going to be to get out.

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I might flip and tilt my head again and chuckle, “Look on the hairy black cloud getting indignant now! ” Or Tanuki could hop into mattress at evening. He’d step frivolously around the blankets and knead his paws into my chest, purring. The shadows of my palms might vanish into the luxurious darkness of his fur, and I’d whisper, “Furry cloud. My hairy black cloud. ” He used to be a stiff cloud now. His black fur used to be as brittle in a few locations as raw spaghetti; it even snapped stressed. A useless cloud. I wedged the scissors among his physique and the sheets and snipped his fur, cautious to not reduce into him. a couple of minutes later, they separated. I set the scissors at the desk. Now that I’d freed the cat of the bedding, the possibility of analyzing his ruined physique and uncovering what destroyed him made my knees bend inward. I felt ruined myself, like I’d awoken into the worst type of hangover, the kind that the nights I went for all of it, breaking shit and beginning shit, fucking up an individual whatsoever i'll, verbally or with my fists and alternative routes, it didn’t topic, as long as it avoided me from getting my fingers on myself. The nightmare emotions of the earlier few days back. They got here again very unexpected, and much worse. nine CAMERON PIERCE My middle and guts flopped like trout suffocating on a sandy financial institution, fish whose lungs have been ripped and flayed via golden treble hooks that a few fisherman yanked out with a scowl and a shrug, simply because we all know trebled barbs don’t budge if you’re smooth and mild with fish that swallow the hook. My middle and guts felt like these fish, other than I didn’t swallow the hook. It have been shoved down my throat, and my mind felt lots worse. i used to be status within the doorway of a breakdown with a useless cat and soon-to-be-ex-girlfriend pushing at my again. I steadied myself opposed to the kitchen desk. I closed my eyes and inhaled deeply of the foul air. I inhaled and exhaled in quick succession. My breaths got here up shallow. Whiffing loss of life gave me sea legs and the spins. i began hyperventilating. I tore myself clear of the desk, eyes watering, and stumbled over to the kitchen counter. I slid a drawer open and grabbed a brown paper bag. On my knees, I held the mouth of the bag tightly over my very own mouth and attempted to recollect tips to breathe. quickly, my inhalations deepened; my respiring stabilized. Brown paper baggage labored wonders opposed to hyperventilation assaults. As I stood, crumpling the bag right into a ball, my telephone vibrated in my pocket. I took it out and checked out the identify and quantity at the display. It was once Ann, most likely calling to flake out or to ensure I wasn’t I making plans on flaking. Our continually canceling on one another had created rifts in our dating from the start. “Tanuki died,” I stated. now not giving her the courtesy of a hi. Silence. “I came across him in our mattress. I don’t recognize what occurred. There’s loads of blood. I can’t pop out this night. I can’t speak. If there’s whatever you must say to me, say it now simply because every little thing is fucked besides. So say what you need to say and 10 misplaced IN CAT mind LAND allow me cross.

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