Pseudopod 022: Them Eyes

By Nicholas Ozment

Read by Stephen Eley

She’s standing in the kitchen. She’s on the phone. She’s got it to her right ear, ‘cuz pulpy head-juice is runnin’ down her left ear. She’s talking into the phone.

“Guess what your son-in-law did this time? He killed me.”

I grab the phone out of her gore-soaked hand, slam it down all sticky onto the receiver. I yell at her.

“You know what you just did?! You just signed your mother’s death warrant.”

January 26th, 2007 2:17 pm

Great story! I liked it better than Fetal Position. that was just distrubing.

January 27th, 2007 4:37 am

Aw! This one was cute!

January 27th, 2007 11:24 am

iTunes says 21, you say 23, and the website says #22.

uh, which is it?

January 27th, 2007 12:23 pm

That was great. Really good story, and I really like Steve Eley’s reading on it.

I started listening to Pseudopod when it first started, and was bi-weekly, but then with school and everything found I didn’t have time to really devote to listening and all the stories started to pile up. So psyched to see it’s a weekly thing now.

January 27th, 2007 11:29 pm

…a fun story, but is it horror? one expects a good horror story provoke a viceral reaction, a sense of fear, dread, nausea, that sort of thing, not just bad things happening to people.. that said i loved Steve Eley’s reading of it!… pleeease, use that voice from now on!

January 29th, 2007 11:48 am

Oh, and I liked this story, but it felt like more of a flash than a full length.


More more more!

January 29th, 2007 2:06 pm

Wow, this was great! I loved it! Had me laughing, esp when the demon came and hit him over the head with the crowbar “now and then”. A lot better than the previous one. Thanks!

January 29th, 2007 5:11 pm

Really great story.

January 30th, 2007 10:31 pm

Jeez, looks like I’m going to play the spoiler this time by being the first commenter talkng about how much I disliked this story. It didn’t strike me as funny, or entertaining, or even amusing. I just… didn’t like anything about it.

Ironically, I though both of Mur’s points about the troubles with dark humor applied to this story. The humor felt forced (and wasn’t particularly funny), and the ridiculous parts were too ridiculous to take seriously. I also thought the narrative was weak. I didn’t feel I knew enough about the characters to care about them or what was happening to them (beyond what you feel for anyone that far gone, but again, that’s not funny). Parts of the story were obviously real, parts were fantasy, and parts were supernatural, but I’ll be darned if I could tell you what was what, the whole thing seemed a bit muddled in that regard.

Oh well, to each his own of course. I think this is the first Pseudopod story that I’ve actually disliked, so that’s a better batting average than even my favorite authors. I’ll be looking forward to the next story!

February 2nd, 2007 12:29 pm

I enjoyed this story. It made me laugh in several places.

April 26th, 2007 4:41 pm

while the narrator keeps saying them eyes, I have to say “That Dress”

Elias Gan
July 12th, 2007 8:21 pm

File a “Missing bitches report”? Hilarious! Otherwise, interesting concept but not much to recommend about this — wife-murdering scumbags are funny? Um…really?

Mari Mitchell
April 9th, 2008 7:08 pm

I would have liked a great deal more if the corpse was giving him trouble and another purgatory story. That seems so old to me.

So this for me is a five out of ten; decent and almost good.

And no, it did not strike me as fun. But I am a hard nut to crack when it comes to that.

Sorry all.

January 19th, 2009 4:38 am

I agree with the wee-gee board people. Fun-Fun.