“Mistress Morpheus” by David Galef

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When his wife dies, he cannot sleep. Even tranquilizers won't work. He calls the escort agency and they send a woman who seems to know what to do. He is soon sleeping soundly. Now she comes every Friday at nine, but her behavior is becoming more disturbing.

Mistress Morpheus

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About the Author
David Galef has published over a dozen books: the novels Flesh, Turning Japanese, and How to Cope with Suburban Stress (a Book Sense choice, listed by Kirkus as one of the Best 30 Books of 2006); the short-story collections Laugh Track and My Date with Neanderthal Woman (winner of Dzanc Books’ Short Story Collection Award); two children’s books, The Little Red Bicycle by Random House and Tracks by William Morrow Junior; two translations of Japanese proverbs by Tuttle, Even Monkeys Fall from Trees and Even a Stone Buddha Can Talk (reworked as a one-volume collection called Japanese Proverbs: Wit and Wisdom); a work of literary criticism, The Supporting Cast; an edited anthology of essays called Second Thoughts: A Focus on Rereading; a critical edition of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles; a co-edited anthology of fiction called 20 over 40; the poetry collection Flaws and Kanji Poems, and the chapbooks A Man of Ideas and Other Stories (Noemi Press winner), Apocalypses, and List of Lists. His work has been translated into Russian, Spanish, and Japanese. His latest volume is Brevity: A Flash Fiction Handbook, from Columbia University Press. In addition, he has written over one hundred short stories for magazines ranging from the British Punch to the Czech Prague Revue, the Canadian Prism International and the American Shenandoah. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Newsday, The Village Voice, Twentieth Century Literature, The Columbia History of the British Novel, and many other places. His awards include a Fulbright fellowship, a Henfield Foundation grant, a Writers Exchange award from Poets & Writers, and a Mississippi Arts Council grant, as well as residencies at Yaddo, Ragdale, and Virginia Center for Creative Arts. A co-founder of the M.F.A. program in creative writing at the University of Mississippi, he is now a professor of English and creative writing program director at Montclair State University. A former fiction columnist for The Writer, he is also a humor columnist at Inside Higher Ed.
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