Pseudopod 229: On Being Mandy

On Being Mandy

by Sandra M. Odell

Mandy Adams noticed her face peeling off while coloring her hair Monday evening. She leaned over the sink for a closer look at the small flap of skin on the upper right corner of her forehead. She slipped off one of the plastic gloves and gingerly touched it with the tip of a finger; it was thicker than she expected, almost rubbery. Surprisingly, touching it didn’t hurt; in fact, there was no sensation at all.

Mandy carefully took hold of the errant skin between her thumb and index finger and gave a slight tug. It pulled away enough to reveal a hard off-white surface below the edge of her hairline, smooth and cool to the touch like plastic. No blood, no viscera; the revealed underside was the fresh pink of new skin. “What the hell. . .?”

About the Author

Sandra M. Odell

Sandra lives in Washington state with her husband, sons, and an Albanian miniature moose disguised as a dog. Her work has appeared in such venues as Crossed Genres, Daily Science Fiction, Pseudopod, Cast of Wonders, and Podcastle. She is a Clarion West 2010 graduate, and an active member of the SFWA. Her short story collection GODFALL & OTHER STORIES is scheduled for release in April 2018 by Hydra House Books.

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About the Narrator

Tina Connolly

Tina Connolly is the author of the Ironskin and Seriously Wicked series, and the collection On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories. Her books have been finalists for the Nebula, Norton, and World Fantasy awards. Her stories have appeared in Lightspeed,, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and many more.

Her narrations have appeared in audiobooks and podcasts including all the EA podcasts, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and her Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast Toasted Cake. She regularly hosts Escape Pod. Find her at

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