A History of Cadmium: 12/07/10
I read "A History of Cadmium" by Elizabeth Bourne shortly after I finished reading Duma Key by Stephen King. So the two stories are thematically linked in my memory. Both deal with history, bad memories, tragedy and artwork.
Cadmium, like her mother and aunt (in the friend of the family sense) is an artist, specializing Expressionist oil paintings. She's now pregnant and is feeling a new connection to her late mother and the life she and her aunt lived all those years ago.
Of course, this being a story in Fantasy and Science Fiction, there's something more going on with the paintings, and one in particular. The what and why of the painting's unusual behavior helps bring to light some dark truths, long buried in the past.
It's a short, moody and utterly delightful story, one of my favorites from the May / June issue.