Pseudopod 98: Among the Moabites

By Michael Hartford

Read by KJ Johnson

The first time Wilson saw them was when he opened the medicine cabinet
one groggy morning in search of aspirin and his toothbrush. Between the
familiar can of shaving cream and the plastic tumbler that held his
toothbrush, lying on his crushed and twisted tube of toothpaste as if it
were a luxurious pillow, were two tiny people. They were no bigger than
his thumb, and a little pinker, lounging in a tangle of spindly limbs.
One of them lifted its head from the toothpaste and he slammed the door
shut.








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01
July 11th, 2008 8:52 pm

I murmured “Wow” when I finished reading this. This was an incredible story, and I hope you guys employ this writer more often. Fantastic!

10/10

I was hoping the little buggers would put up more of a fight!

02
BadMonkey
July 15th, 2008 4:05 pm

Not creepy until you get home, and its late and its dark, than you aren’t sure what you just saw out of the corner of your eye…

I’m going to get cat. ;)

03
July 20th, 2008 2:48 pm

Perfect. From the story to the length of the production to the reading of said material – Possibly my favorite Pseudopod so far.
COMEUPPANCE RECEIVED!!

04
Spork
July 21st, 2008 8:20 am

Not horror in the least. It was an excellent podcastle story in the wrong feed once again.

Audio quality and reader quality were fantastic.

05
Alice
July 27th, 2008 7:38 pm

I loved this story, I was totally enthralled, but then… I thought the ending was a huge letdown.

I have no problem with ambiguous endings, but this one told us nothing at all… or at least, that’s how I saw it. Though maybe I missed something… they’re outside the house — is the implication that they can’t get back in? Though maybe that isn’t the point. Maybe the war isn’t a war of physical boundaries but a war of sexual hierarchy… I think I just answered my own question. It doesn’t matter whether they can get back into the house or not. Hm. What does everyone else think?

And I do think this is a horror story. Horror doesn’t have to be gory or immediately scary… For me it has more to do with making the familiar seem bizarre. And this story definitely did that. I definitely think it’s in the right feed.