Pseudopod 003: Little Boy Leg Bone

By Richard Warren.

Read by JC Hutchins.

And Myrriden watched, perched on the dresser. Jack saw him through the corner of his eye. A tall man, tall like Daddy, but his legs and arms weren’t right–long and thin, they reminded Jack of spiders.

Myrriden held a flute to his lips. White, bone white. A leg bone, Jack knew that. Little Boy Leg Bone. The soft music sounded like wind through dry leaves and the distant cry of dogs. It made Jack’s shins ache.

September 8th, 2006 3:05 am

This man JC Hutchins scared me. Please tell me he is locked up somewhere? LOL-Good story and nice reading by JC.

September 8th, 2006 2:01 pm

I always thought that what was missing from Chumscrubber and Thumb Sucker was that Spielbergian sense of childlike wonder. That, by focusing on the medication of teenagers, those stories missed the point of psycho-pharmaceutical annihilation of innocence and imagination. So, this story was perfect. I like that when the protagonist imagines himself as being poisoned, he actually is. I also loved that this story points out that there are other kinds of poison besides the ones prescribed by the doctor.

September 12th, 2006 2:25 pm

is this boy’s father molesting him?

September 12th, 2006 5:34 pm

i loved this the imagination behind it was incredible

September 13th, 2006 7:33 pm

Aw, what a lovely (& creepy) bedtime story! The description of Myrriden was great, but I wish I could have seen more of the Gobs and the other creatures. I wanted there to be more at the end, but that’s probably just me being greedy. ;>

September 15th, 2006 7:04 am

I really liked the story and JC Hutchins did a nice job reading. Of course, I had to keep reminding myself that I wasn’t listening to Seventh Son. Man, Killroy 2.0 IS EVERYWHERE!

September 16th, 2006 5:14 pm

This Richard Warren cat can write.

I love it how you never quite know everything that is going on.
It’s also great that hints of a more expansive backstory of the boys’ companions is given.

In the end, Myrriden speaks in much more perceptive and adult mannor than a first grader can.

Does this mean myrriden and ther others weren’t only his dillusions?

Once again, Bravo.

September 23rd, 2006 11:14 am

This is easily one of my favorites thusfar. The Gobs and such create a mythology of their own. Really good stuff.

October 31st, 2006 11:05 am

Have to agree. This was probably my favorite story. Nothing like making you wonder which side is good, and which is to be watched more carefullly.

January 18th, 2007 11:35 am

JC Hutchens did a great job with this story, especially the clumsy over pronunciation of “Little Boy Leg Bone.” Very creepy.

Mari Mitchell
March 25th, 2008 7:40 pm

Great description.

I so longed to protect Jack.

The mythos was very good.

I thought JC Hutchins over pronounce some of the words.

December 3rd, 2008 7:19 pm

Interesting, but little more.

December 28th, 2008 2:48 am

I didn’t like it.

January 16th, 2009 4:05 am

I want to play with the Grungies too…. T,.,T

August 12th, 2009 10:17 am

Well-handled, managing the ‘ZOMG medicating chilluns!’ meme with delicacy and skill. I was reminded of a sort of darkly resonant retelling of “Drop Dead Fred.” ;-)