Number 18, in Strange Tales, Tartarus Press, 2004
World Fantasy Award Winner for Best Anthology, 2004
This is an early story now and, as such, I have a somewhat ambivalent relationship with it. I still like the free and wild imagery that came flowing out when I wrote it, though the actual themes that the story is built on are perhaps less interesting than anything I would release now. It received mixed reviews when it came out, but I was pleased to see that the reaction was either love it or hate it - nothing too bland in between!