Pseudopod 070: Rapunzel’s Room

By John Dodds

Read by MAinPA

In the showers later, she raised her right arm and examined her armpit minutely. Even after having shaved it yesterday with the LadyShave it still seemed hairier than it should. Normally, at worst, it was like the chin of a cartoon character like Desperate Dan or Fred Flintstone, a constellation of black dots. Now it was almost full length again. The hair had grown long enough to curl into a matted bush beaded with droplets of perspiration. It simply wasn’t possible. Unless it was caused by those vitamin supplements she had been taking. Those, and the performance enhancers so she could work out longer and harder.

December 28th, 2007 3:28 pm

I’m still listening to the story, but I just had a quick note.

There is something jarring to me about hearing a story written from the point of view of character who is English being read by someone who’s accent is not. This has happened before the other way around with previous EscapePod and, I think, PsuedoPod.

Sometimes the setting and cultural details are vague or otherworldly enough that it doesn’t matter, but with stories like this one, it’s distracting.

That said, I like the story so far and think that MAinPA did a great job recording it. This comment shouldn’t reflect on either her or Mr. Dodds.

December 29th, 2007 6:40 pm

I agree. Also, escape pod did two Christmas stories this year, I was hoping for at least one. I realize Christmas horror is harder to come by then scifi fiction I was hoping for something dark this time of year (maybe even a New Year’s themed episode).

December 29th, 2007 10:12 pm

Nice, nice. I liked the story.

I agree with David about wanting something heavier on account of it being the Christmas season.

I can’t help but thinking that this story could have ended on a much scarier note, but I dunno…

January 2nd, 2008 1:12 am

Creepy, disturbing, DISGUSTING.
But oddly satisfying, perhaps the girl in the tower doesn’t really need rescuing after all.

January 8th, 2008 1:42 pm

I hate this story. It’s nauseating.
…and I will never forget it.
Which, I guess, is how good horror is supposed to be. *shrug*
But I’m a bit sick of ‘poor little rich girl’ stories. “Oh no, I’m an abused supermodel with no self-esteem! Boo hoo! Things are happening to me and I have no control!”
I’d have been much happier if she’d gone the Medusa route, taken control and actively engaged her problems – or those that cause them.

PS – you peeps want Xmas horror? Check out “In the Late December” on escapepod. A bit saccharin on the ending, but dark enough SF that it should suffice. Plus the ending song rocks!

January 14th, 2008 10:02 pm

This was just plain lame. Poor little rich girl turns chinchilla-in-a-headlock girl power snoozer ending.

Now, I admit my attention wandered while I was walking my dogs, but that woman at the door at the end…was that the first appearance of that character?

Oh yeah…and this thing made no sense whatsoever! I’m getting really tired of the gross out tales as horror. This shtick is getting really old.

January 31st, 2008 7:18 pm

Tedium on tedium. Long physical descriptions of things that do not advance the story or develop a character. It was a cute idea, Rapunzel is hairy all over, we get it. The restatement of the premise probably comes from a writer who thinks everyone else is stupid and has to have things described again and again for the dummies who are his audience. This writer made what should have been a fun 100 word drabble a painful, pointless meander of boredom. Sadly, he will soon change his name, and I will get sucked into another meandering waste of time in the future.
I have liked the other stories on the site though. Thank you.