By Kevin Sampsell
Kevin Sampsell likes secrets and techniques. within the brief tale assortment appealing Blemish, Sampsell dives deep into the human psyche to bare the layers of mystery wish, loneliness and desire buried in our hearts. The tales in appealing Blemish demonstrate an American voice that combines humor, experimentation, and unflinching pathos to complete impression.
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Everything he touched seemed gritty, and he found himself mopping and wiping at his desk like an old lady with a morbid fear of germs. He reasoned that there was no real change in his office, and that he’d just now become sensitive to the dirt that had always been there, but there was no denying an increasing nervousness. Long before the car reached the curve, he was straining his eyes through the murky twilight determined to take in every detail. Afterward he realized that he must have given a muffled cry of some sort, for the man beside him looked at him curiously, and the woman ahead gave him an unfavorable stare.
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The nauseously idiotic and rasping note was the same; only it had been intensified. As she came toward him he turned and ran through the storeroom, clattered a key desperately at the lock of the second door to the corridor. “Why, Mr. Wran,” he heard her call, “are you having some kind of fit? ” The door came open and he plunged out into the corridor and up the stairs immediately ahead. It was only when he reached the top that he realized the heavy steel door in front of him led to the roof. He jerked up the catch.
Beautiful Blemish by Kevin Sampsell