Pseudopod 032: Stitching Time

By Stephanie Burgis

Read by Mur Lafferty

Some women talk to angels during their winters alone in the farmhouse. Others dance with devils, their wildest nightmares come true. When their husbands come back into the house for supper, they find their sweet, submissive brides speaking in tongues, mouthing obscenities in deep masculine voices. It takes months with Dr. Grace before these women come back to themselves, months of treatment with a starvation diet, months of bible readings and flagellation.

My friend Ellen was one of those women. We’d heard all the stories when we first arrived in the blazing heat of July, travelling together from Boston. During those
welcoming parties, when all the farming families met together and the children played around our feet, older women took us aside.

The winters are long, they whispered to us; watch out. Don’t let your imagination run away from you. Don’t let your husband see, if it does.

They whispered the name of Dr. Grace.

April 6th, 2007 1:46 pm

Definitely a creepy tale. I will remember from this point forward whenever anyone mentions cross-stitching.

I also enjoyed Ben’s intro. I wouldn’t mind Mur sharing the intros more often.

April 6th, 2007 1:58 pm

I agree about Ben sharing the intro/outro duties. I loved his outro. Let’s have a little sweet Mur every now and then with some rough Ben here and there.

April 10th, 2007 10:20 am

this story creates a great mood with the tone of the reading, esp. with it still being so cold in the middle of April! However, I think it may have flown over my head as to its meaning. I’m still scratching my head…I actually thought our protagonist would’ve been the one to jump to her “freedom,” whether it ended her life or not.

April 10th, 2007 12:36 pm

It was a fun change of pace to hear Ben do the intro/outro for a change. And I’m a sucker for horror in a period-piece setting.

April 12th, 2007 11:44 am

I really liked this one. The intense sense of isolation, coupled with a backwoods rendition of “The Stepford Wives”, really worked well.

And yes, it was nice to hear Ben in front of the mic. He’s a natural.

Mr. Bernie
April 13th, 2007 7:43 pm

quite the podcast!! It was greeat

Mari Mitchell
April 10th, 2008 3:54 pm

These days I tend just love the pods that have a real female slant to them.

January 23rd, 2009 4:58 am

Everyone else said it. Woot for Ben intro. Loved the Podcast. Great reading Mur.