The Suffering Clown

Nicole Cushing, "The Suffering Clown" in The Mirrors (Cycatrix Press: 2015).

Snuck into the anthology, this King in Yellow story is handled with precisely the right touch. Cushing has a way of distilling philosophical pessimism into something that delivers a gut-punch. It has clowns in tatters with cosmic connections; its got grime, hopelessness, and loss. Ultimately, we must sell out and reconcile ourselves to living in this sham of a world. Have a great weekend!

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