Pseudopod 024: Honest Ghosts

By Stephen Dedman

Read by Ben Phillips

“I thought that having the name would be enough – I remember you saying that we remember the Ripper and the Boston Strangler and Zodiac because they had cool names, while almost nobody remembers John Haigh or George Smith or Jerry Brudos. I wrote to the police and the papers, but I don’t think they’ve taken me seriously… but if you were to write a letter, it’d be different. You’re a writer, you know how it should be done, what it should say.”

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February 9th, 2007 12:48 pm

Good Story. Riveting. With a fun ending. Well Read, too. I just wish it was longer…

02
February 11th, 2007 2:32 pm

“Fan Mail”…now that was inspired!

I have to say I’m jealous of the author–that’s a story idea I don’t think I would ever have come up with on my own.

I agree with ComputerKing–good story, and well read.

03
February 12th, 2007 8:56 am

The good stories are the ones that have such a good and simple idea you think, “why hasn’t that been done before?”

HONEST GHOSTS is such a story. It is well executed and makes you wish you had written it.

Good job Mr. Dedman! (If that is indeed your real name and not your ‘ghost’ name!)

04
February 14th, 2007 12:52 am

Definitely one of the best stories since the Bag Man.

05
Joseph
February 14th, 2007 1:11 am

Great story. Original. Lovely ending! Fan mail indeed!

06
Harlequin
February 14th, 2007 5:34 pm

Wow. Just wow.
I am at once both in love with this story and in awe of the writer, and jealous that I didn’t ever think of that.
My hat is off to you, sir.

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Terrence
February 15th, 2007 11:12 am

I loved the narration of the story…but I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I don’t think I fully got the meaning of “Fan Mail”… Was Tom’s story, in fact, true and personal?

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Kevin
February 16th, 2007 10:52 am

Loved it. Great story.

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March 9th, 2008 8:44 pm

Absolutely hilarious ending.

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Mari Mitchell
April 9th, 2008 8:02 pm

Loved the ending. It was just right.

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Amber
January 20th, 2009 2:09 am

I wish I could write and tell stories like that. Any suggestions if you ever see this again?

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Mara
June 1st, 2009 7:57 pm

Wow. I just got back from Baycon. Eeeeeeeeesh.

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Fenrix
June 5th, 2009 11:55 pm

Thought you should know that some of the files associated with this are marked episode 23 instead of 24.

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