I had students turn in stories about:
a) a woman who joins an "Experience Club" where one of the exercises is to retain as much water as possible. So she makes careful incisions all over her body, takes a day-long bath, and fills herself up with water. Later, she and her husband have sex and the water seeps out onto the sheets.
b) a woman who moves into a house where a group of slightly insidious, wish-granting gnomes live in chicken coops in the back yard.
c) a nine year old sent from the future to assassinate a senator in the hopes of preventing a meteor from hitting the earth.
d) a minister obsessed with a strange mating dance that he read about in National Geographic who ends up buying an elephant gun and then burning down his house.
I'd like to think the Aimee Bender, Brian Evenson, Kelly Link, and Padgett Powell stories we read in class had some effect on them but they might just be a strangely-wired bunch.