Pseudopod 153: The Hay Devils

By Colin P. Davies

Read by Jaron Cohen

Every July Dad would put me on the Greyhound, wave a hearty goodbye, and shout, “House’ll be hollow without you!” Then I’d clamber up on the seat to hoist my bag onto the rack and listen as he pounded the horn in his rusty old pick-up. This year that parting call sounded more forlorn than ever. To my early-adolescent mind, Dad was becoming increasingly odd and worryingly isolated. Lately, I’d woken at night to hear him talking to Mom. The next day he would confess to me how much he still missed her.

But, for the next month, I could put all that behind me. I was off, a hundred miles to the west, to Granddad’s farm; an Illinois retreat for me and my cousins Ray, Suzie and little Sam. It would be a time of picnics and perfect sunshine, of bicycles in the dust and splashing in the cool river.

As the bus moved out of the city, exchanging the squalor of the slums for the lawns and colonnades of the suburban estates, my thoughts were already racing ahead along the road. This holiday would be so much more memorable.

“This year…” I told myself. “This year I aim to catch me a Hay Devil.”

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phignewton
August 1st, 2009 11:39 pm

i was totally freaked out by whatever is going on in Alisters audio, seriously.. somebody should go round and make sure hes ok.. the ambient sound hassa feel of pure evil incarnate…

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August 2nd, 2009 3:15 pm

This had a good sense of mood, and I really thought it was read well.

But… it was pretty predictable. Right in the opening paragraphs, the question is implied: “Do the Hay Devils exist or not?” So there were really only two obvious outcomes–they exist, or they don’t. If they didn’t exist, the story wouldn’t really be horrific, so I jumped striaght to the conclusion that they did exist. I would’ve enjoyed it more if anything had surprised me.

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cant believe
August 4th, 2009 5:37 am

cant believe this story is not getting more fan praise.

Having heard all pseudo-pods, and being a horror buff, I only got three words to say;

best pseudo-pod ever

I couldnt get to sleep a few minutes after hearing it, a feat hard to achieve now-a-days.

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Devora
August 4th, 2009 6:53 pm

Great reading, wonderful story. We got to enter this kid’s world and it was a fantastic place to go. What a cool grampa, even if he did antagonize the Hay Devils.

The outro was so loud. Wuzzup w/ that?

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scatterbrain
August 6th, 2009 5:36 pm

Excellent Twilight Zoney story.

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Wjr721
August 24th, 2009 9:03 am

Oh man, this was a GREAT story. Sure, it was predictable, but who cares? The ending still gave me chillbumps and I havn’t experienced that in awhile. What was also great about this story is there was no cursing or sexual situations in it yet it still managed to be scary. Every summer I go to camp as a councellor and my cabin always has a large group of 14 to 15 yr old boys. Next summer, once lights go out I’ll be playing this story for my guys. They will eat it up.