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Brain in a Girl-Shaped Jar

... if I need a third eye, I just grow it

Carrie Laben
23 June
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So H. P. Lovecraft and Woodie Guthrie walk into a bar.... which is pretty stupid, because you'd think the second guy would have ducked.

I've never lived outside of New York State, ordered room service, killed anyone, or been to a chiropractor. I have my original appendix and tonsils, which I understand makes me collectible. (My dust jacket is somewhat rubbed around the edges, to be sure.)

For recreation, I look at birds.

My short story "Something in the Mermaid Way" appeared in the March 2007 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine and in Realms: The First Year of Clarkesworld Magazine. It also appears in Rich Horton's Fantasy: The Best of the Year, 2008 Edition.

My short story "Potholes" appeared in the May 2007 issue of Apex Online.

My short story A New Heaven and a New Earth" appeared in the October 2008 edition of Postcards From...

My short story "Invasive Species" will appear in PHANTOM, coming from Prime Books in autumn 2008.

My short story "A Face Like a Monkey" will appear in Haunted Legends, coming from Tor in 2010.

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