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Abnormal Child
Abnormal Child
Naming
Others N/A
Personal information
Species Human (mutant)
Gender Unknown
Relations Unnamed mother, father and sister
Current status Alive
Biology
Body type Unknown
Height Unknown
Diet Omnivorous
Abilities Wall-crawling
Intelligence
Sentience Sentient
Sapience Sapient
Behind the Scenes
Universe Born of Man and Woman
Created by Richard Matheson

The protagonist of Richard Matheson's short story "Born of Man and Woman" is an unnamed and mostly undescribed abnormal child, who was nonetheless born to ordinary human parents. It also has a normal little sister, who appears to be entirely unaware of her sibling's existence. The complete story can be found here

Biology

All that has been revealed is that it has multiple legs, wall-crawling abilities, and it drips a kind of green fluid. It's also larger than an ordinary human child, and strong enough to accidentally kill a cat by grabbing it. Besides the food provided by its parents, it's also known to feed on bugs. It describes some difficulty in walking on stairs, claiming that its feet "stick to the wood".

Personality

Very little is known about the child's personality although it says that it has "a bad anger with mother and father"

History

The mutant child is usually kept chained to the basement by its parents, and beaten whenever it manages to escape confinement. Although literate and able of keeping a journal, it possesses very limited knowledge of the world, referring to the outside as "upstairs", to regular human children as "little mothers and fathers" and its sister in particular as "the little mother", the family car as "the big machine", etc.

Appearances

  • "Born of Man and Woman", by Richard Matheson (1950)
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