Welcome to Pseudopod!

You’ve found the world’s premier horror fiction podcast. For a decade, Pseudopod has been bringing you the best short horror in audio form, to take with you anywhere. We pay our authors professional rates for original fiction and we reach more people every week than any other short fiction horror market.

We’re celebrating our 10th Anniversary this year. For details, check out our Year10 page.

Are you new to Pseudopod? Don’t let our decade of content daunt you. We’ve assembled a list of stories that show the strength and diversity of our offerings. Check it out here (or at the “New to Pseudopod?” link on the left side of the page).

WARNING: This is a podcast of horror fiction. The stories presented here are intended to disturb. They are likely to contain death, graphic violence, explicit sex (including sexual violence), hate crimes, blasphemy, or other themes and images that hook deep into your psyche. We do not promise to provide ratings or specific content warnings. We assume by your listening that you wish to be disturbed for your entertainment. If there are any themes that you cannot deal with in fiction, that are too strongly personal to you, please do not listen.

Pseudopod is for mature audiences only. Hardly any story on Pseudopod is suitable for children. We mean this very seriously.

This is Horror Award: Fiction Podcast of the Year

We’re honored to accept the This is Horror Award for the inaugural Fiction Podcast of the Year category. And we’d like to think we’re not the Jethro Tull to the Metallica’s we graced the shortlist with. Congratulations to all the other winners!

2016 was an amazing year for PseudoPod. We ran our 500th Episode with a story by Fritz Leiber, followed with a classic by Robert E. Howard narrated by Anson Mount, who will soon be playing the role of Black Bolt in the Marvel Inhumans television series. We celebrated Artemis Rising for a second year, and prepared for our third year (running now!) We celebrated our first decade of podcasting weekly short horror fiction, ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to pay for an our first anthology and a sweet tiki mug, and completed the one-year qualification period to register as a SFWA Qualifying Market. Our host and one of our editors participated in the inaugural year of the Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction. And there’s so much more! We hope you’ll take the opportunity to take a look at what we did this past year and peek into our back catalog. We look forward to what else 2017 will bring!

PseudoPod 534: ARTEMIS RISING 3: In The Country

by Christi Nogle

 

“In The Country” is a Pseudopod original.

CHRISTI NOGLE teaches college English in Boise, Idaho, where she is fortunate to spend the better part of each day reading and writing. She is an avid reader with eclectic tastes in fiction and a special appreciation for audiobooks. She is — surprisingly! — new to submitting fiction for publication. Except for a short piece published in the local Log Cabin Literary Center’s anthology, “In the Country” is the first piece of fiction she has submitted for publication. She has been very pleased with the responses she has received so far. She wants to thank her friends Elizabeth Barnes and Heidi Naylor for encouraging her to send out her stories, and she wants to encourage others who might be hesitant to send out their work. Her story “Cubby” recently won the Portable Story Series’s Time Travel contest. You can listen to actress Lili Taylor read it here. This contest offers professional narration and recording and gives listeners the opportunity to donate to charitable organizations when they download stories. You can follow Christi on Twitter @christinogle.

This week’s reader – Dagny Paul – is a teacher, writer, failed artist, comic book geek, and associate editor/occasional host of Pseudopod. She is guest editor for Pseudopod’s Artemis Rising 3 event in 2017.

She lives in the middle of nowhere, Louisiana. Follow her on Twitter for no good reason @dagnypaul. Listen to her story “There is No Road Through the Woods” on Pseudopod.



YOUR SPECIAL GUEST HOSTS THIS WEEK
– Tackling all things horror with a slash of analysis and research, horror journalists and occasional academics Andrea Subissati (who kicks off as Executive Editor with the May/June issue of Rue Morgue (#176), on stands May 1, 2017 and available digitally one week prior to newsstands at RUE MORGUE DIGITAL) and Alexandra West are your hosts for brain plumping discussions on all things that go bump in the night.

Produced independently in Toronto, Ontario The Faculty of Horror is your best source for classic and contemporary horror film discussions that will haunt the libraries of your mind! Subscribe to The Faculty of Horror through iTunes, Stitcher or via RSS. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and join in the discussion on our official subreddit!


Info on Anders Manga’s album (they do our theme music!) can be found here.


“‘The reason that you’re able to find things when you go hunting for them is sort of the same reason you see faces everywhere. It’s like if you’re hunting for daisies, and you know what a daisy looks like, you have that picture in front of your eyes, and when there is a daisy there to fit into the picture, you will see it,’ Cassie says just as they enter the woods.

‘Then I have a picture of a mushroom, and one of a pretty forest flower—not of a daisy—and one of a turtle shell, all at the same time” Myrna says, “since those are what I want to find.’

‘You can’t. It doesn’t work that way.’

‘It does. I can. I am a very able person,’ Myrna says, adjusting her gait to miss a slimy patch of wet moss.”

PseudoPod 533: ARTEMIS RISING 3: Drift Right

by Wendy N. Wagner

Drift Right is a Pseudopod original.

Wendy N. Wagner is the author of more than 30 short stories and two novels for the Pathfinder role-playing game. Her 3rd novel, AN OATH OF DOGS, is due out Summer 2017 from Angry Robot. She is also the managing/associate editor of LIGHTSPEED and NIGHTMARE magazines. 

This piece was inspired by a trip to the Columbia River Maritime Museum and the Bumblebee Cannery Museum, both of Astoria, Oregon. Astoria has a long history of fishing and many of its original settlers were Finnish. It was also a hotbed of unionizing activity during the first few decades of the 20th century.

Your Narrator: Wilson Fowlie has been reading stories out loud since the age of 4, and credits any talent he has in this area to his parents, who are both excellent at reading aloud.

He started narrating stories for more than just his own family in late 2008, when he answered a call for readers on the PodCastle forum. Since then, he has gone on to become PodCastle’s most prolific narrator, reading or appearing in over 30 episodes. He’s a member of the EA Home Run club, having narrated for all four casts, and has narrated for many other podcasts, including Beam Me UpCast MacabreDunesteef Audio Fiction magazine and the Journey Into… podcast. He fits in all this narrating between his day job as a web developer in Vancouver, Canada, and being the director of a community show chorus called The Maple Leaf Singers.


Info on Anders Manga’s album (they do our theme music!) can be found here.


The tide was in, and the butter and brine smell of the sea covered the stink of the river. The Kultaseni nosed against the current, keeping to the edge of the shipping channel. Ben kept a tight hold of the tiller and found himself forgetting to blink as he peered ahead into the darkness. Clouds like wool felting wrapped up the sky, and the air was thick with unshed rain.

He risked a quick glance at the man standing in the stern. Arlo Koskis bigness defined him, set him apart from the other men in Astoria. At the Suomi Ladies Auxiliary annual tug of war, Koski was always called to be team captain. At union meetings, even the Seattle organizers shut up for him to talk. Ben could remember sitting at the back of the Suomi Brotherhood Hall with his brother Joe, listening to Koski and wishing he could be something, anything like the man.

All Four Escape Artists Podcasts Confirmed as SFWA Approved Markets

The Escape Artists podcasts are delighted to announce that Pseudopod, Podcastle, and Cast of Wonders have entered the list of approved short fiction markets maintained by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (“SFWA”). They join sister-show Escape Pod.

Since 2006, Escape Artists has been at the leading edge of audio short fiction. Its four podcasts provide free, weekly stories in their respective genres across every element of speculative fiction. Their combined back catalog of nearly 1800 episodes encompass a huge array of authors and narrators, from industry giants to emerging talents. Each episode features flash or short fiction and commentary, supporting EA’s ‘One Story, Told Well’ mission.

‘Everyone at Escape Artists is thrilled to see this confirmed’ said owner, Alasdair Stuart. ‘We’re very proud of the number of authors who have their first professional sales with one of our shows. Bringing all four shows’ pay rates into synch, and being approved SFWA markets, will continue to support our goal of lowering barriers to entry in publishing. Sales to EA podcasts will now count toward SFWA membership requirements for authors, and bring a wider range of voices to genre fiction.

For more information visit escapeartists.net, or follow @EAPodcasts on Twitter.