Creature of the Thaumatrope


“Creature of the Thaumatrope”
Crime & Mystery Short Stories, Flame Tree Publishing, 2016. (fantasy short story)

The clockwork thaumatrope rested on a small kidney-shaped table by the window in the office of Doctor Pierrick Harbin, gleaming golden in the afternoon sunlight except where blood had speckled it. Close by, the body of a scarred, swarthy man lay beside a fallen chair, face-up in a pool of dried blood.