“The Diagnostic Demon on Skillman Avenue” by Sisters in Crime-Colorado member, Mel Lake, was published in Bizarre Bazaar by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers on September 1, 2022
“This place smelled like feet and cleaning solution. It was a ‘Save As’ version of every other waiting room I’d been to in the borough. But once you were ushered through the door of this one, you’d be possessed by a demon for a sliding scale fee.”
Meet Todd. He’ll save your life if you step into traffic and might even arrange a meet-cute with your local Starbucks barista. He’s also a demon. “The Diagnostic Demon on Skillman Avenue” is a funny-sad story about a demonic possession gone sideways and the reasons why a human might invite a demon to inhabit them in the first place.
Welcome to the Bizarre Bazaar – a collection of seventeen speculative stories that invite and beguile the reader to look at stories new and old in a fresh light. Fairy tales are reborn as science fiction romps. Silly folklore matures with the weight of tradition to approach truth. And ghost stories teach us all we need to know about love. Moving from tale to reimagined tale, these deft transformations are mirrored in our hearts as we become the change we read.
Join the bewitching bazaar as we once again celebrate the best of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Edited by Veronica R. Calisto and Sisters in Crime-Colorado member, Amy Drayer.
The anthology is available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Bizarre-Bazaar-Collection-Mountain-Anthologies/dp/1734575603/