‘Maintenance’ by Sussie Anie

Kwesi works in the Loop, a Chinese-run biotechnology laboratory in Ghana. He tells everyone tall tales about what happens in it, until the stories spread further than he would like. When the tensions between the Loop’s super-modernity and the poverty of his neighbourhood meet, he finds himself at its focal point. This story flipping terrifies me. I don’t think it’s even meant to be a scary story; it’s just the unannounced way the macabre arrives. 

First published on The White Review, May 2020