PseudoPod 114: The Cellar


The Cellar

by Stephen Owen


“I’m Mr. Sinclair.” The smiling old man introduced himself. “Not too early, am I?”

“Whatever you’re selling, I ain’t interested,” said the man, ignoring Sinclair’s offer of a handshake. He was taller than Sinclair by a couple of inches, probably in his mid-forties, with cropped blond-grey hair and a permanent frown etched between tired-looking eyes.

“Didn’t they tell you?” said Sinclair, studying a piece of paper in his hand, then checking the brass door number. “I’ve come to look round your house.”

“No-one said nothing.”

“It is still for sale, isn’t it?”

“Oh sure, just wasn’t expecting…”

“Of course, I can always come back another time,” said the old man. He frowned and scratched his chin. “That would be rather inconvenient, though. I’ve come all the way from Oxford. Traffic was an absolute nightmare.”

About the Author

Stephen Owen

Stephen Owen was born near Stratford on Avon, and was educated at Warwick School. He lived and worked in the Netherlands and Italy before attending University. He has always been captivated by Poetry.

Stephen Owen is also interested in positional astronomy and astrology. He is a member of the British Interplanetary Society.

In the 1980s Stephen played clarinet and electric bass in Leamington Spa punk bands. He was also involved in the Left politics of the time. A long hospitalization for Breakdown was the prelude to the writing of The Cosmographs. The late Kathleen Raine encouraged Stephen to persevere with The Cosmographs.

Stephen Owen died in July 2012.

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About the Narrator

Ian Stuart

Ian Stuart is a writer/performer living in York. He has done work for the BBC and Manx Radio, as well as audiobooks, historical guides and promotional videos. He is also a storyteller/guide for The Ghost Trail of York, taking tourists round the city and telling them some of its darker secrets. You can read more about his poetry and his dog, Digby, on his blog, The Top Banana. If you wish to contact Ian about voiceover work of any kind , you can get in touch with him on Twitter at @yorkwriter99. His greatest boast is that he is the father of a famous son.

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