In this terrifying and provocative collection, sixteen writers rage against the devastating psychological impact of illness.

A retiree’s decline drives him to a shocking act and a stubborn sculptor’s perception is shattered by her hometown blight. A grief-stricken parent embraces an abhorrent sacrifice, a model son is compelled to seek revenge, and a busy housewife must reconcile that her tasks are suddenly insurmountable. Mysterious creatures atrophy a man’s dreams as well as his muscles, an abandoned vampire must rebuke her cravings, and a pyromaniac’s world burns when his demons come calling.

These stories and poems—fraught with regret, anxiety, and grief—prove that sick damages so much more than just our fragile shells.

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