Pseudopod 147: Orifice

By John F.D. Taff

Read by Kris Johnson

The needle touched skin, vibrated with the small hum of a person in deep concentration.

A smell, electrical, full of ozone with metallic undertones, crackled from everything in the cramped little backroom of the tattoo parlor.

There was a brief moment of contact, full of excitement and anticipation.

Jesse grasped my hand, squeezed it tightly.

Then, the needle broke the skin, punched through.

A dot of color, a bright, iridescent green, lay side by side with a perfectly circular dot of blood that had been coaxed to the surface by the tattooist’s instrument.

Jesse’s skin flinched, relaxed.

The needle approached again, penetrated.

June 20th, 2009 3:48 pm

ah-hmmmsssssss.. the subtext in the story.. ‘girls have orifices that other guys might stick things in..’ comes off as being somewhat self-serving on the part of the protaganist.. like ‘yeh so get over it allready’ instead of ‘wow, thats awfull’

June 21st, 2009 9:07 am

Distressing as all get out. High quality, indeed.

Ogion The Silent
June 24th, 2009 2:36 am

I think the subtext is “the narrator is a delusional nutjob”. I didn’t much like this one. Right from the opening paragraph it seemed overwritten.

June 26th, 2009 9:27 am

Not the worst, not the best. Worth listening too.

I can see what the writer was going for, but it same out unfortunately gynophobic.

What I am curious about was the feedthepod seg at the end with the ‘How much do you weigh now Caroline’ bit. Could someone enlighten me what the heck that was about. It really freaked me out!

Changwa Steve
July 2nd, 2009 1:41 pm

Really cool idea, poor execution. Very cliched writing. But vastly better than I could do.

Hel Zalazar
July 26th, 2009 2:50 am

Considering all of my tattoos have been of flowers, this sufficiently creeped me out on a personal level. Aside from that, the writing IS a tad cliche. Also, it didn’t feel quite frightening, more of just disturbing.

August 11th, 2009 4:12 pm

This was a weird one. Kudos on an original idea. I didn’t notice it being “cliched” as I listened, but maybe I would have noticed if I had read it. I liked the voice actor as well, especially his disdain for Mutt was very well acted.