Pseudopod 061: The Keeper

By Ken Goldman

Read by Alasdair Stuart

An intermittent brightness from above allowed Shelby a study of her captor’s lumpish face that seemed more pockmarked with each new illumination. Standing near, the man stank like raw sewage. He polished off what remained of a sandwich, licking brown grease from stubby fingers that somehow remained filthy.

Shelby struggled against the knots at her wrists and those inside her stomach. Attempting some semblance of composure she breathed deeply, filling her lungs. It didn’t help much. A rotted smell imprinted itself inside her nostrils. Near her, shelves housed a grotesque assortment of stinking pumpkin heads, maybe a dozen of them reduced to disintegrated lumps surrounding the room, one-time jack-o’lanterns whose carved smiles had long since decomposed.

Fighting the urge to gag Shelby focused outside where the black ink of the Atlantic heaved in the darkness. Distant lights of the Jersey shore towns glimmered like painted stars, but nearby no lights shone. Rotating from a pedestal above, a huge beacon scoured the circular room. Its single ray flittered upon the ocean’s whitecaps and exposed a beach that turned to marshland, impossible to traverse. A small boat had been dragged away from the surf, its tracks upbeach indented in the sand near a small shed. The bastard had removed the outboard, probably locked it inside that shack. He had tendered her to this middle-of-nowhere light house, as isolated as it was remote, dragged her to its lantern room to fuck her and then kill her.

Or maybe he would kill her first, and then . . .

Shit . . . oh shit . . . breathe . . .


Happy Halloween, everyone!

01
Jim
October 26th, 2007 12:15 pm

Dang, escapeartists.info and escapepod.org are both down! Man the lifeboats!

02
October 27th, 2007 3:40 pm

Jeez, that was incredible. Very creepy. =/

03
Spork
November 10th, 2007 10:52 pm

This was pretty good. Just when I thought she was getting away, he rose up like any good movie monster. Still not too clear on the face on the lighthouse bit. Is it her face? Why would he start doing that when he hadn’t before?

04
lefty
November 20th, 2007 3:00 pm

Well I’m pretty sure from his last comment that it wasn’t halloween, and there were no pumpkins that he had hallowed out her skull for use as a pumpkin. And I figure he did that to her because she out of all his victims got the closest to fucking him over, so he just decided for an extra bit of nastiness, as revenge.

At least, that’s what I got from it.