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The Object of Her Obsession

63 pages41 minutes


Can love transcend death?

For three, long, sweltering summers, Emma Harris has secretly watched Jesse, the boy her uncle hires to fix the fences on their remote North Dakota ranch. Now, years after her father's death, seventeen-year-old Emma is determined to make him hers. There's just one thing getting in her way, and that's her mother. But that won't be a problem for long. Nor will Jesse's indifference to her.

There's something about Felipe-Janssen knives, the fancy ones you used to be able to get at Milano's on Tenth Street in downtown Grand Forks... Most of them are gone now. Misplaced or thrown away. All except the filleter. I was always so careful to keep that one hidden away. I wanted to make sure it wouldn't get lost or misused like the others.


Ages: young adults and older (16+)

Length: approx. 10,500 words

A short, dark, suspenseful tale of self-cutting and murder from the collection Shorting the Undead and Other Horrors.

Saul Tanpepper is a writer of short stories and novels of speculative fiction for the undead of all ages. He lives in Northern California. Please visit him at his home on the web: tanpepperwrites(dot)com.

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