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“It Feels Better Biting Down” by Livia Llewellyn

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An unusual set of twin sisters sit in their home enjoying a beautiful summer afternoon until they hear the hum of a lawnmower next door. The neighboring house has been empty for quite some time, and the girls are curious to meet the new people. They both decide to go investigate since they always make decisions together. In fact, they may as well be one person going so far as to have people call them Sister with no distinction. Sometimes they even forget their own names…And sometimes they forget that they are two separate people.

It Feels Better Biting Down

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About the Author
Livia Llewellyn is a critically-acclaimed writer of dark fantasy, horror, and erotica, whose short fiction has appeared in over forty anthologies and magazines and has been reprinted in multiple best-of anthologies, including Ellen Datlow’s The Best Horror of the Year series, Years Best Weird Fiction, and The Mammoth Book of Best Erotica. Her first collection, Engines of Desire: Tales of Love & Other Horrors (2011, Lethe Press), received two Shirley Jackson Award nominations, for Best Collection, and for Best Novelette (for "Omphalos"). Her story "Furnace" received a 2013 Shirley Jackson Award nomination for Best Short Story. Her second collection, Furnace (2016, Word Horde Press), was published this year to rave reviews—Pulitzer Prize-nominee Kelly Link calls her work “astonishing,” and Paul Tremblay says Furnace is “expertly, beautifully written…surely one of the best to be published in 2016.” You can find her online at, and on Facebook and Twitter.
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