Pseudopod 141: Flash on the Borderlands I

Three flash fiction stories in one gut churning episode.

“Jordan, when are you going to settle down, get married and have us some children?”

By J.R.Hamantaschen
Read by Ben Phillips

Beth, my most recent girlfriend, said I look like a hanged man when I walk because I always stare down at my feet.

Thinking About Polar Bears

By Mike Battista
Read by Matt Arnold

I wake up exhausted. I hadn’t slept well. My heart still beats
quickly; the aftermath of vaguely remembered dreams.

Exit Exam, Section III: Survival Skills, Question #7

By David Erik Nelson
Read by Alasdair Stuart

7a) You are a werewolf. You kill and eat people. You are a vicious animal.

Theme music as usual: “Bloodletting on the Kiss” by Anders Manga
Additional music in this episode: rare rendition of “LabRatB” by Harmaline

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May 8th, 2009 2:42 pm

I loved this format. Very well done!

May 10th, 2009 1:00 am

that first one would have been interesting assa much lonnnnnnger story… just saying… or perhaps an amusing cartoon show…

May 11th, 2009 7:35 pm

Loved this format the stories were interesting to say the least.

May 16th, 2009 12:34 pm

Great foramt. Keepin it fresh. Way to go Pseudopod!

May 18th, 2009 5:45 pm

What a selection: polar bears, werewolves and demonic turds. What more could a horror fan want!?

July 22nd, 2009 2:34 pm

“Exit Exam” has really stuck in my brain since I listened to it. I find the narrator’s desperate plea for guidance and commiseration to be deeply disturbing. I was reminded of the film “The Woodsman” and some articles I’ve read about pedophiles/rapists released from prison and struggling to keep themselves out of temptation’s way, knowing that they might not be able to resist their urges. It’s a horrible situation to contemplate in many ways, and I think the hint of the supernatural provided a compelling way to examine the concept. Top marks, definitely.

Hel Zalazar
July 26th, 2009 2:56 am

I demand more Jordan. I seriously must know, WTF is going on there? Although, I was quite disturbed by the thought of bowel movement after hearing this.

July 27th, 2009 11:16 pm

I’d LOVE more Flash on the Borderlands! I vote for this style again very soon! I could barely listen to the first story (Not a poop fan) I could hardly STAND the second story (Seeing images of carnage and bloodshed only to understand, too late, that it’s your impending departure from the mortal coil?) and the third was ingenious in its delivery and subject matter. Drawing a parallel the beastly curse of the Lycan and the very real and unsettling lust for something as sinister as pedophilia.

Kudos to all involved and Alasdair for his overall insight and amazing delivery of the final tale.

You guys are AMAZING!

August 13th, 2009 1:09 pm

Wow, all three were great in their own way.

Story 1 comes back to me every time I use the toilet (just like after I read Dreamcatcher).