Some wounds are too deep to ever heal.
Two brothers from Michigan are reunited after the death of their father. They’ve never been close, but now they have to live together—and it gets more difficult when one discovers a strange creature, vomited from the body of a dead cat. A creature that eats human pain. It feels good: too good. Soon he wants to hurt himself more, just so the pain can be taken away. But the more the creature becomes a part of his life, the more he damages everything around him.
“There are moments whilst reading The Pain Eater that feel like the teenage discoveries of a Stephen King novel fused with the addictions and desires of a Chuck Palahniuk story. Yet this is very much Kyle Muntz’s story. And what a delight it is.”—Horror DNA
“Playful and painful and surreally real, and great fun to read.”—Brian Evenson, author of Song for the Unraveling of the World
Kyle Muntz is the author of Scary People (Eraserhead Press), and winner of the Sparks Prize for short fiction. In 2016 he received an MFA in fiction from the University of Notre Dame. Currently, he teaches literature and writing at the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in Guangzhou, China.
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