A pretty curse story about punishing the baddies of the world. The first new collection of short stories in four years by Jeong Bora, Korea's leading horror/sci-fi/fantasy writer.
- Book Intro
The Curse Rabbit
Grandfather always said, "an object used to curse should be made to look pretty." The story of a grandson, who was born into a family that has made curse items for generations, and his grandfather. The main character's grandfather make a cute "curse rabbit" in order to get revenge for the untimely death of his grandson's friend.
One day, as she is about to leave the bathroom after flushing, she hears something calling her from inside the toilet: "Mother." After that, this "head" in the toilet does not leave the protagonist’s bathroom for the rest of its life. People around do not seem to care much about it. "It's not trying to spawn or bite you, why don't you leave it alone."
Suddenly, the protagonist opens his eyes to find out they are covered with black cloth. He can't even see a small light. Is he blind? Then he hears a thin woman's voice. "Teacher Lee, are you okay?" He follows the voice into an absolute darkness, but where is this place and who is he?
"Moon Time: menstruation, period." The protagonist's menstrual cycle continues for 20 days, so she visits a gynecologist. The doctor says there is a hormone problem and recommends a contraceptive pill. The protagonist takes the pill for six months, although the doctor told her to take it for just two, and her menstruation stops miraculously. But a month later, she faints while trying to get out of bed and falls on her knees. She visits the hospital and the doctor tells her, with no expression on his face, "You're pregnant."
"But I'm single and I don't even have a boyfriend!"
Goodbye, My Love
The protagonist's job is to design "companion" robots. After a three-month trial period ends, she purchases the "companion" she created at an employee discount, despite objections from the public of a "conspiracy by the developer companies to sell more robots by lowering the birth rate and causing rapid aging". But the happy times between her and her robot don't last long...
- About the Author
Jeong Bora (F) graduated with a B.A. in humanities from Yonsei University, a M.S. in eastern European regional studies from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Slavic Literature from Indiana University. She lectures on Russian and sci-fi at a university and writes and translates science fiction and fantasy literature. She won the 3rd Digital Writers' Awards' Distinction Award for her novella Ho, and won the top prize at the 1st SF Awards in the short story category with her short story Seed. Her novels include Red Sword, The Door Opened, and The Dream of the Dead. She has written the short story collections Curse Rabbit, Seed, and The King’s Prostitute, and she actively publishes works in many anthologies. Her translated works include Andromeda Nebula, Master and Margarita, Pit, Europiana and The Story of Seven Cathedrals.