Pseudopod 031: Last Respects

By Dave Thompson

Read by Scott Sigler

But they were only stories. No one lived forever, certainly not us.

I’ve read stories about the sorrows immortals suffered because of how much they had seen over their long lives. What rubbish. I would trade my mortality for their immortality in a heartbeat if it meant another day with Catherine.

A scream rang out from downstairs. I smiled when I heard applause, my grandchildren now being praised by their mother as the scream faded to a whimper and the giggles were replaced by slurping sounds.

March 30th, 2007 12:21 pm

Wow. That’s a hell of a way to fall asleep after midnight! Thanks, Mur and Ben for the great show and thanks to Scott for taking the time to read it.

March 30th, 2007 12:40 pm

I really enjoyed this story. When I meet Dave Thompson, I’m going to kick him in the nuts for making me choke up on the recording.

March 30th, 2007 12:47 pm

Gee, I can’t, um, wait for that. Seriously, I’m not sure if a higher compliment can be paid by Mr. Monday Bloody Monday.

March 31st, 2007 3:10 am

It’s ironic; you’d expect vampire stories to be plentiful in the slush pile, yet this is the first vampire story I’ve heard in a while. The editor of Postcards from Hell made a similar observation–everybody’s doing cannibals and serial killers, and nobody’s doing ghosts, werewolves or vampires.

March 31st, 2007 9:21 am

Yes, but Dennis, I didn’t say we didn’t get them. I said this was the first one we liked enough to buy.

March 31st, 2007 2:35 pm

I liked this story. It wasn’t real spooky, more of a parody I’d say. The whole Christian vampires thing was extremely clever. I laughed when the preacher started talking about the last supper and blood and flesh and all XD Scott did an excellent job of narration, too.

April 1st, 2007 3:55 am

Sigler is such a narration whore.

Thompson has some writing chops, man. No doubt about it. And a gift for mining genuine emotion. The vampire aspect is actually what I enjoyed least about the story. But I’m just wasted on vampire fiction in general. There has to be a really brilliant twist on the genre to hold my interest at this point, and while Dave created some clever moments, his take fell short of that for me. Still. Skilled writing, solid character work, and it felt genuine. Good on ya, DK.

April 2nd, 2007 1:41 pm

Heh. After hearing Scott doing the Vampire Grandpa voice, I can’t get the picture of a vampiric Jimmy Stewart out of my head.

Fun story, Great voicing by Scott.

April 2nd, 2007 2:02 pm

overall i liked this story, good choice.
vampire stories were great fun for me once but it’s rare to find the same enjoyment anymore. kinda like cotton candy that way.

having said that, please, enough of mr Sigler for a while. i appreciate that he wants podcasting to do well and thinks we should all buy his book to make it happen but the story could have been so much better without a lisping daughter and the main character slipping in and out of jimmy stewart impersonation.

different people prefer different narrators but Scott has been everywhere for a couple months. i just need a Sigler free zone for a while.

April 3rd, 2007 1:13 pm

I was very moved by this story. The way the author examines loss, change and family is touching and feels very honest.

I was pleased that the author chose to examine these ideas in using vampires. Taking it out of the context of the everyday allowed me to look at these ideas from a different angle than I usually do.

This story is a great accomplishment. Those involved in it’s production on Pseudopod should be very proud.

April 6th, 2007 1:41 pm

Great story! There’s just no shaking the horrible damage that’s been done to the vampire in genre fiction, and I was so relieved when Mr. Thompson’s story turned out nothing like I had expected.

Also a great read by Scott. Though, I kept expecting his reading to start filling up with lots and lots of violence at any minute.

I blame the fact that I’ve listened straight through his first three podcast novels in the last week and a half.

April 11th, 2007 5:54 am

I enjoyed that a lot, though I think Mr Sigler’s choices for the voices of the old vampire and his daughter were ill-advised. I don’t know, maybe I’m flashing back too much to shows like ‘Jackanory’ that I grew up with, Kenneth Williams could do a variety of voices but he was reading children’s comedy, when that’s not the intended medium it is jarring.

The one thing I’m not clear of is whether this is is supposed to be an alternative universe where ordinary humans are, by and large, savage animals, or whether this is supposed to be a world much like our one where the vampires capture regular humans and keep them penned like animals?

April 12th, 2007 1:16 pm

I’m not so sure those have to be two different worlds, Loz. Keep people naked in a pen like animals from birth, for generations on end, and it’s easy to imagine they could get pretty feral. Not to mention inbred.

April 27th, 2007 6:05 pm

loved the story. the christian vampire twist was a nice touch.

hated the narration, all your female characters sound like a gay stereotype, hell all your voicings sound like a stereotype of something. for balance, i like your writing.

June 23rd, 2007 2:37 am

Quite honestly this story made me want to cry during some parts. Overall I thought the story was ace. An interesting take on vampires in my opinion. I was confused at first about the “livestock” that was mentioned throughout the story. Now I understand, but when I was listening I was pretty lost.

I kept picturing Yaks for some reason. Completely out in left field.

Mari Mitchell
April 10th, 2008 3:34 pm

Well I can understnd why this one was a standout. I liked the use of different voices.