Pseudopod 128: Bone Mother

By Maura McHugh

Read by Cat Rambo


The house tilted. A thighbone rolled off my kitchen table and clattered
onto the floorboards. I cocked my head and waited for a warning.
Silence. It was still sulking.

I whacked its bony walls with my hawthorn stick. “Out with it!” I said.

“A man approaches, you withered old crone!” The floor trembled with
irritation.

“A fine house you are! Allowing a stranger to sneak up on me.”



01
George
February 6th, 2009 2:18 pm

Maura McHugh! I have always loved origin stories – this is one of the best!

Great reading too …

02
Noira
February 7th, 2009 1:08 pm

Bravo!

03
February 7th, 2009 10:57 pm

BaBa YaGa is one of the best, most overlooked characters in folklore. Mixing her with Dracula is pure genious!
One of the best stories yet!
Thanks!

04
February 8th, 2009 10:11 am

I am Russian in origin and know Baba Yaga intimately so listened to this with great interest. Brilliantly written. Very poetic with stunning images. Congratulations

05
February 8th, 2009 12:50 pm

Very cool to hear of BaBa YaGa once again – great story and loved the Dracula tie in. Keep it up!

06
phignewton
February 8th, 2009 9:44 pm

bonemother is BADASS!

07
February 9th, 2009 3:05 am

Two of my favorite characters in horror folklore brought together seamlessly, giving further depth to both legends. loved this one. listened to it this morning and again tonight.

08
David
February 9th, 2009 1:33 pm

Great story, excellent blend of legends. Hope to see more stories like this from you guys (and maybe a few more flash pieces).

09
Sgarre1
February 9th, 2009 7:31 pm

Very nice story. I have a bias against fantasy horror but still enjoyed this very much. And extra points for not knocking us over the head with the Wallachian. Good job.

Thanks for listening.

“At the word witch, we imagine the horrible old crones from Macbeth. But the cruel trials witches suffered teach us the opposite. Many perished precisely because they were young and beautiful.”

Andre Breton, ANTHOLOGY OF BLACK HUMOR

10
February 11th, 2009 11:54 am

Quite enjoyable.

If i actually believed in he legitimacy or value of genre lines, i would say this felt like it would have been more at home on podcastle. But i don’t, so i won’t.

11
Sushma
February 11th, 2009 10:04 pm

Loved the story and that it was told from Baba Yaga’s pov.

12
February 13th, 2009 6:53 am

Bueno. Really good story.

13
February 17th, 2009 6:59 pm

Brilliant! I miss hearing it with the Irish accent though.

14
Jacob
February 25th, 2009 6:04 pm

Loved the story! Great reading too!

15
Chesh
February 27th, 2009 2:48 pm

I think the image of Baba Yaga posing as her servant and then unfurling herself before the young nobleman will stick with me for quite some time, as will the image of the hurt house with a single blue petal by the dead fireplace.

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radlilim
June 22nd, 2009 11:25 am

Awesome story, I’ve never heard these two myths mixed, but it was really well done. The POV from Baba Yaga was great too. Great job!