The Lord’s Supper
“If you let God in and then don’t let him out again, what happens to your body?”
Is the board itself haunted or does my house have to be?
How will you add in any new births from our family? There’s none of us on the list. What will you do with the deaths? Will you write those in, too?
The People Under the StairsThe People Under the Stairs
The Ten Commandments
He’s been slain in the spirit
Kristen Arnett is the author of With Teeth: A Novel (Riverhead Books, 2021) and the NYT bestselling debut novel Mostly Dead Things (Tin House, 2019) which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in fiction. She is a queer fiction and essay writer and she lives in Florida.
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