For the follow-up to this story, please check out “The Mother And The Worm”
and then proceed to “Nourished By Chaff, We Believe The Glamor”, part of the Trio of Terror.
The Garden and the Mirror
by Tim W. Burke
She asked me, “Will you teach the secrets of the soul and flesh?”
Her eyes glowed like onyx in the gaslight. Her skin seemed translucent, but the young man fidgeting beside her on my drawing room sofa was paler still. His fine suit and shirt sagged on him; the cadaver in him emerging.
The young man blanched at her boldness, “My wife has always been an enthusiast for mysticism. Back home in Atlanta, we tried homeopathy, faith healing, and God knows how many quacks. But the tumor grows. My fevers are getting worse. I can’t even travel home because my head aches –”
“Mr. Alecsandri,” the young woman, Olivia Spalding, leaned to me, “Our friends here told us that you cured their little boy of consumption.”
“I remember the case. I taught the boy to banish it.”