Pseudopod 149: Mira

By Michael James McFarland

Read by David Moore

I won’t go into the details surrounding my dismissal from a well-known East Coast brokerage firm. other than to say I inadvertently let slip some information of a rather sensitive nature and, when it came down to drawing the line, the firm was more interested in maintaining their reputation than my livelihood.

Of course they were. But I didn’t exactly walk away empty-handed. They were all very civilized. There were no black marks on my resume; hell, they even found me another job. At a much smaller firm in Seattle.

And that’s where I met Mira, who this tale is really about.

Links mentioned:
Closing music by Hopeful Machines, a side project of Ego Likeness
Promo for Crescent, by Phil Rossi, rushing Amazon charts on July 9, 2009

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July 4th, 2009 4:58 pm

Pre-listen note: Link for crescent is bogged, should be cescentstation.net
:Eric

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Natasha
July 5th, 2009 4:25 pm

This story really didn’t do anything for me. The ending was obvious from few lines right near the beginning, and as soon as that was clear, the rest just felt plodding and dull. I had to keep rousing myself and telling myself to pay attention. I quite enjoyed the narration, which helped, but overall this story was a disappointment.

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July 6th, 2009 3:12 am

I agree with Natasha: this one had more atmosphere than actual content, more of a peripheral vision feeling to it than a straight recognizable sensation.
I found the outcome inevitable too, and in the end did the outcome really matter?
The horror I found in this story was the absolute loneliness described in it …

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July 6th, 2009 5:05 pm

The story of the succubus is common and the outcome nearly inevitable, but I agree with Satka; the protagonist’s anguish is palpable… and delicious.

:Eric

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phignewton
July 6th, 2009 10:34 pm

well.. at least our protaganist didnt feel the need to murder his his love interest and the new boyfriend with unexpected magical tatoo art! perhaps is a step foward… you just need to GET OVER HER Escapepod ye great Emo bastich! she isnt worth it!

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Jean-Nicol
July 8th, 2009 3:53 pm

Dull, wet and a massive non event. Think about story and plot not about how well you can describe how a dweeb looks at the world.

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devora
July 9th, 2009 6:02 pm

I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the story and I think it was well read. I listened to it late at night and enjoyed being in a spooky, but not frightening, place. What was missing for me was something so palpable in Valknut: the guy’s need for something ELSE besides his own miserable life. Did I miss something that showed how needy he was? Was I supposed to pick that up just b/c he lost his job? Dang, hope I never get fired and end up a zombie in a dark theatre!

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July 14th, 2009 11:42 pm

I don’t think this story is for everyone, but I really liked it.

If you haven’t experienced the apathy and loneliness of a broken heart then this story probably wont resonate with you.

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Spork Fu
August 1st, 2009 5:04 pm

Other commenters are right
Nathasha: plodding and dull
Jean-Nicol: Dull, wet and a massive non event

Obvious and plain. Energy vampire, whoopde doo. But this story adds dullness.
David More is a good narator
Author Michael James McFarland needs to go back to writing technical manuals. He has no character development, only meaningless scene description. the “icy wind” the “huddling shadows” impressed your 7th grade writing teacher, but you never progressed to but those phrases together. Michael James McFarland, You owe Pseudopod a refund, and you owe me some time back. Stop being impressed with your descritions, and don’t write again until you care about your readers. The out-tro was much better written.

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August 11th, 2009 4:06 pm

Apparently I’m the only one who didn’t get it. The ending left me saying “huh?” and I didn’t understand it. Maybe I’m just slow…

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mari Mitcheell
August 23rd, 2009 11:20 am

The story had it moments. I like Seattle and old movies. But the ending… nothing special.