Pseudopod 012: Skinwalker: Deception

By M. B. Nelson

Read by Mur Lafferty.

Delores took a long swallow of tea. It scalded her throat, but she didn’t care. Pain was her friend now, and physical pain at least gave her the feeling she was alive, that she still continued. The cicadas hummed, the sheep bleated to be out of their pens, the dogs barked, the world went on whirling, and Monty was dead. It didn’t seem possible that this day would arrive, and now that it had she felt — what?

November 17th, 2006 11:22 am

I -Loved- the sound of your voice with that piece. Perfect!

November 17th, 2006 2:04 pm

Great story! I loved the dip into the Navajo world.

November 20th, 2006 8:55 am

I didn’t care for this one; in fact it actually lost my interest very early on.

Sure, the cross-cultural content had merit, but simply portraying a fascinating culture doesn’t give the author a free pass for writing a tale with three thousand words or so before anything really happens. And yes, I realize we are given lots of pertinent information during this early-to-mid chunk of the tale, and I don’t fault that, but it just didn’t hook me in the marrow like other stories here have. Just my two cents.

Mur, I agree with past comments that your commentary is a lot better when you just relax and open up a bit, as you do on some of the other ‘casts you work on. With this tale, it felt forced, like you were trying too hard to be witty and clever. Just be yourself.

November 20th, 2006 3:14 pm

Another great selection from Mur and Ben … and another excellent reading. Nice tight little tale here, masterfully executed. This podcast is getting better and better by the week!

November 28th, 2006 10:09 pm

Y’know…naming the white guy, WHITE is kinda like hitting the reader over the head with a fucking frying pan…

December 7th, 2006 5:03 pm

Acutally, that was done on purpose. This is a selection from a larger scope featuring William White as the POV. He’s teased a lot throughout the scope. It works–in context, but this chapter was in Delores Tsinnie’s POV, not WWhite.

Hey, there’s real people on the earth named White.

December 14th, 2006 4:48 pm

I liked this one — but I probably don’t qualify as the “average” horror fan. I’m not big on gore (particularly gore being read aloud, because I can’t skip over it), but I definitely like the creepy, the freaky, and the weird. Sometimes I skip Escape Pod stories because of that — but this one is very listenable. Thanks!

Mari Mitchell
April 3rd, 2008 2:51 am

Mur read this so well. The best reading in a long while. I like her even better as a reader than host.

I really like that if the story calls for a woman, a woman reads the story and so. I know it seems very basic but it means a great. Thank you.

I watch a fair amount of gorey movies. I will say, I look away, and skip over bits that look as if they will be painful.

I am told some of the stories I have told are gorey. No matter what I write, it never bugs me, and in researching I rarely find something too over the top, but a movie… Fast forward. EWE.

I only care for gore where it is called for, just like sex, not every story needs them, so do.

Once again any story that has a since of place is richer than one that does not. Stories like this shows how we are basicaly a like, fear and pain, even if culture and goegraph, ect. pulls a part, under, we are the same.

Unless of course there is something… hidden.

January 18th, 2009 10:34 pm

I really enjoyed this one. I have heard many stories of these people. This is yet another that fasinates me.

August 9th, 2009 2:59 am

I think “Surprise! Werewolf!” is probably one of the least engaging ending devices I’ve seen to date. It may be worse than “It was all a dream.”

Maybe I’m wrong, though. Maybe all stories should end with a central character randomly attacked by a werewolf from the bushes. I suppose I should at least give it a try before I knock it.