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The Funeral Tourist

“The Funeral Tourist,” by Andrew J. Skerritt, appears in the Winter 2019 Issue of MQR. Everyone who leaves home and visits another place or country for any pur- pose other than business is considered a tourist. If you are a native of a Caribbean island but

“We Will Return After These Messages,” by J.D. Ho

I think of my grandmother whenever I delight over rotting corpses and the life cycle of maggots, when I research methods of picking locks, escaping from car trunks, or working myself loose when I am tied to a chair and someone is trying to pull my teeth out with pliers. I think of her when I see unmarked vans with suspicious drivers. I think of her in dark alleys, or when I read news stories of cat murders.

Baba and the Pontiac

That Pontiac was a classic American beauty: a long, wide yellow convertible with sparkling nickel and chrome trim, and gray leather seats with yellow stripes running down the middle.