Only Pests

(Awaiting Illustration)

Miss Lucy Plumley-Perishing relishes killing flies. After all, they are only pests. But, left alone in the family mansion, where will she stop when all the flies have been dispatched…?

Think: Angela Carter meets Edgar Allen Poe

Shortlisted for the international Silver Wyvern prize, Poetry on the Lake Competition, by poet laureate Carol Ann-Duffy.

How it begins:

Miss Lucy Plumley-Perishing
was notable for relishing
the task of killing flies.
On languid summer afternoons,
she’d chase them in and out of rooms,
with something vaguely hellish in
her pretty almond eyes…