A human body part in the wild
The story might begin with a person who has gone insane, but it is really the finest method to demonstrate what happens when this noxious fungus thrives. Its form, color, and size are entirely consistent with those of a sinister and deadly beast’s ear. It also has an unpleasant odor.
It was originally discovered in Europe more than a century ago. It is tiny when it is born, but as it matures, it takes on this unusual form that seems to be too much like a red ear. To make things clear, you cannot eat it. It looks like a gummy candy ear, but don’t even consider trying it.