Three flash fictions about those darker spirits we know so well…
“Dog” and “Annotations” are PseudoPod originals.
“The Drowner” was originally published in Albedo One, #40
“Annotations” uses this chime sound from Freesound.
“The Drowner” uses these water and seascape sounds from Freesound.
By Stephen Hodgkinson
The girl stared out of her bedroom window. Her neighbour, the little boy was playing alone in his garden. She hated him, she hated his constant happiness, and she hated the confident way he dealt with his own company.
She hated him and she was very lonely.
“You could kill him” said a tiny voice lurking somewhere in the room.
by Brady Golden
There are any number of books containing illustrations of the runes to be inscribed at the ritual’s onset. Some exist only in the private collections of reclusive eccentrics, while others are as close as your local library, misfiled at the ends of dimly lit aisles that smell like public toilets.
By Peadar O Guillin
As they sank together, Sean continued to stare into the strange white face of the Drowner. It hadn’t decayed too badly. The hair must have kept growing after he’d been lost. Bits of twig lay tangled there and tiny fry swam in and out of it as the walls of the island’s roots kept rising away from them. The eyes were whole too and Sean fancied he saw a flicker of recognition in them as well as a slight, shy smile on the rotted lips.
About the Authors
Sample some of Peadar’s FROZEN STORIES. Random House published his first novel,THE INFERIOR, in 2007 (2008 in North America). The translation rights have since been sold to ten different markets. A sequel called THE DESERTER will be appearing in the U.S. and Canada in March 2012. He is also the author of numerous short stories, the most recent of which is “Heartless” over at BENEATH CEASELESS SKIES (December 2011), “Fairy Gold”, due out in LORE in March 2012 or “The Dowry” in the next issue (#16) of BLACK GATE.
Brady Golden lives in Oakland, California with his wife and daughter.
Stephen lives & works in Manchester, United Kingdom.
About the Narrators
Melissa Bugaj is the proud mom of a nine-year-old boy and seven-year-old girl. She is a special educator in her sixteenth year of teaching.
Mel has taught all grade levels from preschool to grade five in both general and special education. This past year, however, she left the world of elementary school to teach Special Education in a High School Conceptual Physics and Chemistry class. She survived her first year of being the shortest person in the classroom and was enthusiastic to get back to teaching velocity, gravity and atoms for the 2014-2015 school year.
Cian Mac Mahon is an Irish Software Engineer who in a past life was the world’s youngest professional podcaster, ran a radio station and very nearly ended up being a journalist.
While he hopes to some day revive his show which podfaded many years ago, he now spends most of his free time playing about with cameras and cooking, as old microphones and sound-desks lurk in the shadows, right at the edge of eyesight.
Soccer lover, hustler, audiophile, reclaimed wood collector and multidisciplinary designer. Producing at the junction of aesthetics and programing to create great work for living breathing human beings.
Eve Upton is huddled in the darkness of the cupboard. She appears to be scratching words into the floor. Upon closer inspection, they say: nolite the bastardes carborundorum.