Pseudopod 139: Old Ways

By Dan Dworkin

Read by Jenna Sharpe (who incidentally also voices Naija in Aquaria)

The man in the doorway was backlit by the low hanging sun, and when
he told her about Ray it didn’t seem real.
“Yes ma’am, I’m afraid so.”
Fatima gripped the front of her blouse and twisted. She steadied
herself against the door jam, and when she spoke it was a whisper,
The detective frowned, as he was not learned in Uzbek, “I’m sorry?”
“I say, is impossible.”
Everything about her was fragile and too thin — her wrists, her
neck, even the skin on her face, which was translucent in the morning
“I wish you were right about that, ma’am.”

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April 24th, 2009 2:34 pm

…a fasinating thing about horror is the system of morality involved, for instance it seems just plain wrong that it was the watsisname’ and his relations who got the oogly booglies and not the distraught wife … even though as the protaganist of the story we should have been identifying with her…. a [somewhat] happy ending? nuuuuuu!

April 29th, 2009 11:28 am

Easily 10/10. Wonderfully imaginative and compelling writing equally matched by the masterful reading. A perfect downward spiral tale that adds weight to Jud’s maxim, ‘sometimes dead is better.’ Keep more like this coming, a donation is my pleasure!

Dean Seattle
May 1st, 2009 4:01 pm

Yea, that was good. I liked it much.

May 4th, 2009 9:19 am

This was one of the more realistic stories I’ve heard from this podcast. I really enjoyed the ending and the twist!

May 6th, 2009 3:05 pm

Great episode, and a fantastic reading by Ms. Sharpe. Wow, Pseudopod, once again, you have raised the bar.

You have a fan for life (or at least until Alisdair starts talking with a Texan accent).

June 1st, 2009 1:53 am

This ep was one of the best in a long time. The twist at the end reminded me of an old EC horror comic, maybe a Bradbury adaptation.