Trent Walters, poetry editor at A&A, has a chapbook, Learning the Ropes, from Morpo Press.

Susannah Mandel’s short story “The Monkey and the Butterfly” is in Shimmer #11. She also has poems in the current issues of Sybil’s Garage, Goblin Fruit, and Peter Parasol.

Luc Reid writes about the psychology of habits at The Willpower Engine. His new eBook is Bam! 172 Hellaciously Quick Stories.

Kat Beyer’s Cabal story “A Change In Government” has been nominated for a BSFA award for best short fiction.

Your Recent Visit from the Monkey God

by Luc Reid

Supposedly–this is what people are saying, anyway–you, meaning you specifically, the reader of this piece, have been visited by the Monkey God some time in the last six weeks or so. I don’t know what he did to you.
You probably wouldn’t have seen him, but if you did, you might not have realized it at the time. It’s true that his traditional form is a Tibetan macaque wearing an ornate, six-tiered golden crown studded with big, fat pearls and always askew. He also often wears random items of clothing that look like they were shoplifted without regard to style or color, but when visiting people he’s more likely to be a vague form seen from the corner of the eye, or an old lady with a face very much like a monkey’s, or a slightly ribald street performer. Regardless, you will know him by his works.

If there was something you were very serious about and set on, something you planned out and prepared for carefully but that went completely haywire at the last minute due to some completely random interruption, that was probably the visit. Alternatively, it may have been something bizarre and painful that happened out of the blue.

The Monkey God particularly enjoys irony, mixing things that aren’t usually supposed to go together (like librarians and roosters, for instance), and violating expectations. He generally visits people, but occasionally spends time screwing things up for other animals, particularly pets.

The reason I tell you this is that the Monkey God loves you, and for various reasons (honestly, I think it’s just that he’s uncomfortable with these kinds of conversations) he probably won’t tell you about it himself. He expects you to step back from your situation, see how ludicrous it is, laugh, gain new perspective on your life, and understand that it was all for you own good, which frankly (and I’ve told him this in prayer scroll after prayer scroll, but I’m not even convinced he picks up his mail) is a little much to ask, if you want my opinion.

Sorry to interrupt your day with this. Hope that was useful to know about. And I get the impression that he’s planning a return trip, so hold onto your hat and try to keep a sense of humor. I know I will be.

This story is related to Luc’s Delayed Appearance of the Monkey God, but not to Daniel Braum’s Boon of the Monkey God. There’s a story behind that, but it’s not very interesting, so I’ll leave it out.

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2 Responses to “Your Recent Visit from the Monkey God”

  1. David Says:

    February 13th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Story #500!

  2. Christy Says:

    February 23rd, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Love it 🙂