Flash: Garbage Day

By Russell L. Burt

Read by Elie Hirschman

Kenneth was twelve when the significance of garbage day first struck him. That’s when it became his job to patrol the household’s trash bins, bag their contents, and then toss the bags into the huge plastic garbage can outside his kitchen door. Well, now it was a huge blue can. Back then it had been a couple of smaller, metal cans. But superficial differences aside, the result was always the same. The detritus that had accumulated over the week was gone, disappearing while you slept, as if by magic.

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January 1st, 2008 1:35 pm

Very funny and creepy at the same time. The idea of trashing one self is so absurd that it makes for great reading!

02
Julie
January 1st, 2008 5:24 pm

What a creepy, deranged guy! I really enjoyed this Flash!

03
Zippy
January 2nd, 2008 12:59 am

A good Flash, possibly the best yet :)

04
Stuart
January 2nd, 2008 9:07 am

At last, Russell L Burt, the greatest podcast horror writer in the world, gets to feature on Pseudopod.

05
January 2nd, 2008 12:30 pm

Wonderfully CREEPY. Well done RB.

That reminds me, I have to go bring the garbage cans in.

06
January 3rd, 2008 3:06 am

Nice work Elie (reading) and Russell

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Drea
January 3rd, 2008 12:15 pm

Yay Russell!! You all should really go check out all of his other work, if you haven’t already!!

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Nicole
January 8th, 2008 1:45 pm

OMG!

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Nicole
January 8th, 2008 1:46 pm

OMG!
(apparently the forum doesn’t like a “less than 3” heart/love…)
In my efforts to get organized and declutter, I’m totally taking the story’s philosophy to heart… in it’s milder sense, of course.

10
January 15th, 2008 1:31 am

Happy to see R.L. Burt on Pseudopod. I’ve been a long time listener to his podcast. As always he’s got some creepy ideas and this story was great fun to listen to.

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Scatterbrain
February 23rd, 2008 7:02 pm

Creepy, but needed more build

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scatterbrain
March 21st, 2008 9:46 am

I love Burt! I’ve just listened to all of his collection at podiobooks.com, Come let me Whisper. It’s great!

13
Mari Mitchell
March 25th, 2008 4:42 pm

I thought the reading of this one felt a bit rushed…

I liked that he throw himself away.

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Mara
May 8th, 2009 3:08 pm

Brilliant

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Ken
August 9th, 2009 12:42 am

Loved it. I kind of chuckled and grimaced at the same time. Excellent creepy tale, with more than a pinch of humour.

Will look out for RLB more in the future.