Monsterhearts is a 14 day event (named after a pervy RPG) wherein my writing group votes on a monster each day to include in a story concept. As we march toward Valentine’s Day, the theme is supernatural romance…
MONSTERHEARTS — DAY 1 — ELDRITCH
CONTENT WARNINGS: Disability as a Plot Device, Theosophy
TITLE: TULIP MY TULPA
CHARACTERS: Zach, a cool guy who can barely move and cannot speak. Tulip, a being with her own spiritual reality, born from his mind.
PREMISE: Zach was living the cool guy life until the motorcycle accident and the traumatic brain injury. Living at home and barely alive, his mom the medical woo-meistress talks to him about the things one can do with their mind. Things like creating a real separate person from yourself, with whom you can keep company while too crippled to speak aloud.
He does the deed, creating a tulpa in his mind named Tulip. She’s great, in a way, everything he wishes he could be. But Tulip does have a mind of her own, one bent to love and nurture Zach. They realize at some point the esoteric spiritual exercise has granted Zach the possibility of recovery from his locked-in state. But there is a cost.
THE HOOK: Zach’s mind-body connection is toast, but if he replaces his own mind with that of Tulip, he’ll be able to speak and move more normally again. But to do that, he’d have to let his own mind dissolve completely. Tulip loves him too much to let him do that, but also loves him too much to let him stay locked-in forever. What’s a girl to do?
Cover art by me, ballpoint pen and Photopea.