Fantasy magazine

From Modern Mythcraft to Magical Surrealism

I Should Have Been a Pair of Ragged Claws

There is a part of me
that scuttles across the sea floor,
that stares up scowling
at rays of sunlight
filtering down to dapple the sand.
It hides under rocks, shriveled
and twisting. Monster
would be too grand a name:
bottom feeder, scum sucker,
carrion eater – it lives
on all manner of offal,
it cannot be trusted.
But sometimes at night,
its scratches and howls
at the bedroom door
are so insistent, I have no choice
but to let it in. Come, little heart,
I say, rest here a while,
and I lift it onto the bed
where it crawls beneath the covers
to huddle against me, slimy
and hot and beating.



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Alice Towey

Alice Towey. A middle-aged white woman with brown hair sits in front of a bookcase smiling.

Alice Towey is a writer of speculative fiction and poetry based out of Northern California. Her work has appeared in Asimov’s, Fireside, and Clarkesworld. She is a graduate of the Viable Paradise writing workshop. When she’s not writing, she works as a civil engineer specializing in water resources management. Visit for more information on her writing.