Eugenia Planchette - A Horrifying Tale by WinonaCookie

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Born into one of New Orleans’ oldest and most venerable families, Eugenia Planchette was no ordinary Southern belle. No matter how many governesses informed her that methodically dissecting crawdaddies and baby alligators was NOT ladylike behavior, little Eugenia would not be deterred. Despite her indelicate hobbies, Eugenia grew up to be an uncommonly fetching young lady, so if she was a trifle vain, who could blame her? She was certainly at no loss for suitors when she took up her studies at Tulane (medical school, of course), and her grades seemed impervious to her habit of dancing the nights away in the French Quarters’ most notorious nightclubs. Perhaps it was at one of these that she inadvertently insulted a voodoo priestess or just irked one of her more chemistry-minded classmates, but someone spiked her absinthe with something that caused an inexorable descent into madness. As far as the good doctors could tell, she became convinced that the best way to preserve her youthful appearance would be to remove her face and keep it in the icebox, only to be used when she really “needed” it, and apparently that is exactly what she did. Although the results would have made her a useful instructable for an anatomy class and certainly a pertinent case study in psychiatry, her surgical adventure, needless to say, ended her medical career. What Eugenia lacked in practicality she made up for in execution, however, and in truth the Face (as it came to be called) held up quite well.

Eugenia and her removable face are pictured here in her parlor while her astonished cat, Poutine, looks on.

This original artwork and story are copyright Ramona Szczerba 2008. Copyright to this material is in no way transferable with the sale of this item. The buyer is not entitled to any reproduction rights – neither image nor story can be reproduced without my express written permission. Thanks!

When Ramona Szczerba (a.k.a, Winona Cookie) is not being a psychologist in private practice in San Diego,she enjoys creating whimsical children’s illustrations in watercolor, but also loves working with collage and assemblage. Her artwork and short stories have appeared in several publications including The Steampunk Bible and can be seen at Originals available – check for availability.
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  • CrimsonLotus
    CrimsonLotusabout 6 years ago

    Lovely!! … or pehaps I should say “Charmed, I’m sure”!
    Your images and tales are wonderful.

  • ENaLu
    ENaLuabout 6 years ago

    Oh Eugenia!! Bless! what a remarkable story and image :)))

  • izzybeth
    izzybethabout 6 years ago

    humorous wonderful image…

  • WonderlandGlass
    WonderlandGlassabout 6 years ago

    I think I may have encountered her, incognito, of course, working as a locum tenens at our little hospital in Ohio-‘putting her face on’ when she thought no one was looking…. could this be possible?
    Please keep these images coming, Winona… they certainly brighten the days of many. Peace

  • Psyche
    Psycheabout 6 years ago

  • WinonaCookie
    WinonaCookieabout 6 years ago

    Thanks, everybody! Sometimes I creep MYSELF out with these stories!

  • lindybird
    lindybirdabout 6 years ago

    Dear Winona, I sometimes read your stories and the accompanying art (and vice versa) over and over to let it sink in. I chuckle every time! You have a brilliant mind, and exceptional sense of humor.

  • Steve  Woodman
    Steve Woodmanabout 6 years ago

    Loved it!

  • MuscularTeeth
    MuscularTeethabout 6 years ago

    thats excellent.

  • Lividly Vivid
    Lividly Vividabout 6 years ago

    I’d love to feature this in Mad Hatters if you’d like to join!

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