Flash: Scarecrow

By Michele Lee

Read by Ben Phillips

Music by Harmaline

Home? it asks, clothed in black feathers and flesh. A winged messenger come to carry me home.

Yes! I cry silently. I turn towards it, trying to pull my arms from the wooden posts that bind them. The voice caws out in fear, then vanishes in a black blur into the sun.

Another one gone. I’ve lost count, and the math doesn’t matter any more.

They killed me I suppose. That pair of walking pools of hate. What else could have happened? I suppose I’d cry, if I could. If my tear ducts weren’t ash mixed with the glue remains of my eyes.

01
Quentin
August 15th, 2008 2:13 am

I thought this well read and I liked the background music. The music gave the reading a nice depth.

As for the story… was okay.

02
August 15th, 2008 10:56 am

Shocking. Horrible. As a gay man living in the United States who is devastated to hear hate crimes are still occurring in our country, this story has truly disturbed me. Which is exactly what a good horror story should do. Thank you pseudopod for posting a story with a gay character, and a subject matter that’ll not only disturb people, but also cause them to think.

03
laughingwolf
August 15th, 2008 10:02 pm

your very first, michele?

that’s superb!

kudos!

04
Me
August 16th, 2008 8:03 pm

A true horror piece. Wonderful. And horrible. And an awesome atmosphere between the reading and the background music/effects.
More please.

05
scatterbrain
August 18th, 2008 8:01 pm

Quite creepy really.

06
geekinco
August 19th, 2008 12:11 am

A truly disturbing story, showing that the hatred that dwells in the heart of humankind is the origin of it’s most horrific acts.

That fence is a sad, lonely place. I hope that peace and comfort were granted to that tortured young man.

I had come out barely a month before that sad event, this story hit me like a sucker punch.

Not sure if bravo is the correct praise but a good flash story. Thank you.

07
August 19th, 2008 10:36 am

Best Flash peice on the pod in a long time. I’d like to hear more from this author.

08
Brave Space Monkey
August 20th, 2008 6:36 pm

The name Matthew Shepard came forth in my mind while listen to this story. Remembering the news reports of what happened to him, truely saddened me.

09
Mira
August 21st, 2008 12:02 pm

This is the first story here that really started to give me the creeps…maybe that’s because I’m gay. o.O Good job, Michele!

10
August 22nd, 2008 4:26 am

Blood and Bloody Ashes, was this story! The narration blended seamlessly with the musical effects, and the lines cascaded down the mountain like an avalanche.

“Scarecrow” will never get out of my head. I’m going to tell everyone I know to come and listen.

11
August 27th, 2008 9:49 pm

This is one of the more horrible stories that I have heard through this podcast, and I mean that in only the best way possible. I do hope that one of these days stories about this kind of strange intolerance will be of nothing more than historical fiction, but for now I hear all too many echoes of our own recent past.

Excellent disturbing work by the author.

The music in this episode? Not so much a fan.

12
Milo
September 12th, 2008 4:50 pm

THAT is how it’s fucking DONE.

Easily the finest piece of horror I’ve heard on Pseudopod thus far.

13
September 14th, 2008 12:51 pm

Well done Michele! I’m also working to get some of my first publication credits but I have to say that you started off with a bang! For a short piece, this was very rich with lots of depth. I enjoyed it a lot!

~Doug

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Mike G
October 18th, 2008 2:18 am

Meh, didn’t do it for me at all. The only thing scary about this story was how tired and played out its prejudiced premise is.

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February 4th, 2009 2:29 am

I thought of Shepperd as well, Space Monkey, and it drove the horror even more forcefully home.