You’ve often wondered why pulling feels so good. You think about it when you lie in bed, fingers twirling and scraping against your scalp, finding purchase on a single hair, yanking and feeling the follicle release.Trichotillomania, also known as hair-pulling disorder, is a mental disorder characterized by a long-term urge that results in the pulling out…

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Nicole Calande

Nicole Calande is a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course and has worked at several independent publishers. Her writing has been featured at Catapult and she recently won F(r)iction’s Spring 2020 Creative Nonfiction Contest. When she isn’t writing short stories, she produces Monsters Out of the Closet, a queer horror anthology podcast. She is currently working toward an MFA at San José State University.

Lia Liao

Lia Liao is an illustrator who currently resides in New York. She studied as a psychologist until 2020 when she decided to pursue a career in illustration. She combines her knowledge in psychology with her skills in illustrations to create her own unique style. Her style is rational and logical. But at the same time, it is emotionally striking.

First Featured In: No. 20, winter 2023

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