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“The Judas Child” by Damien Angelica Walters

A boy wanders the park. It's deserted other than another boy around 8 in a Ninja Turtles t-shirt. He asks if he'd like to see a monster. Turtle thinks he's lying, but goes with him anyway, curious to see. As they walk, the boy thinks of the moment the earth moved and dropped him into the monsters lair, how having become bored of taking bites out of him, the monster now sent him out to bring back more young boy meat.

About the Author
Damien Angelica Walters is the author of Paper Tigers (Dark House Press, 2016) and Sing Me Your Scars (Apex Publications, 2015), winner of the This is Horror Award for Short Story Collection of the Year. Her work has been nominated twice for a Bram Stoker Award, reprinted in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror and The Year’s Best Weird Fiction, and published in various anthologies and magazines, including the 2016 World Fantasy Award Finalist Cassilda's Song, Nightscript, Cemetery Dance Online, Nightmare Magazine, and Black Static. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two rescued pit bulls.
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