Archive for June, 2012
Pseudopod 288: The White Dog

by Fyodor Sologub


Probably published before 1896, this story appeared in in English translation in 1915 and was published in WEIRD TALES magazine in 1926.

Fyodor Sologub was a Russian poet, novelist, translator, and playwright, a pessimist with a morbid sense of humour (characteristic elements of European fin de siècle literature and philosophy), and a significant figure of the Symbolist movement. Sologub became in Russia one of the four best-known writers in his time with Andreyev, Kuprin, and Gorky. His reputation as an “archetypal decadent” stemmed from his early prose works, which are characterized by the blending of reality and fantasies, quietly demonic spirit, world-weariness, and existential despair. “It’s life that’s the dream / I relinquish the old lies / And the torturing of time.” Sologub’s child characters are often haunted by abnormal psychic experiences and a longing for death. He died in Leningrad on December 5, 1927. He was said never to have been seen laughing during the whole of his life.



Your reader this week is Tanja Milojevic, is originally from Serbia but has been in the US since the age of 5. She has been voice acting since her senior year of high school and can be heard all over (including Darker Projects, Broken Sea Audio Productions, 19 Nocturne Boulevard, Edict Zero, Pendant and Dunesteef). She produces her own radio dramas and posts them to her podcast LightningBolt Theater of the mind (click the link – we dare you). She says “I’m visually impaired and have ROP and Glaucoma, but use gold wave which is very accessible with the jaws screen reader to mix and record my work.”



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“In a barely audible voice the old woman mumbled: ‘Yes, I am a crow. Only I have
no wings. But there are times when I caw, and I caw, and tell of woe. And I am given to forebodings, my dear; each time I have one I simply must caw. People are not particularly anxious to hear me. And when I see a doomed person I have such a strong desire to caw.’”

Pseudopod 287: Final Girl Theory

by A.C. Wise


The story was first published at ChiZine but the link to the actual story has expired.

A.C. Wise was born and raised in Montreal, and currently lives in the Philadelphia area. Her work has appeared in publications such as Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, and ChiZine, among others. In addition to her writing, she co-edits the inimitable Journal of Unlikely Entomology. Links to the author’s website and the Journal can be found by clicking their names.



Your reader this week is John Meagher is the writer and narrator of Tales of the Left Hand, a continuing fantasy series offering “swashbuckling, intrigue and a dash of magic,” (just click the link – you know you want to). In addition to producing Left Hand, John has narrated several audiobooks, most recently Crown Imperiled by Raymond Feist. In his secret identity, he’s a graphic designer living in Northern Virginia with his wife and two cats.



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“The woman screams. The screen dissolves in a mass of spinning color, and the opening credits roll.

You know what the worst part is? The opening sequence has nothing to do with the rest of the film. It is what it is; it exists purely for its own sake.”

Pseudopod 286: The Bee Charmer of Beckett Falls

by Patty Templeton


This piece was posted in the fall of 2011 on the creatively collaborative website hitrecord.org. “The Bee Charmer of Beckett Falls” is dedicated to Shawna Flavell, who inspired it.

Patty Templeton is a writer and a Readers’ Advisor at a Chicagoland library. Her work has appeared in Steam-Powered II and Rosebud Magazine. In 2010, she won the first ever Naked Girls Reading Literary Honors Award and has been a runner-up for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award. She can most often be found doing one of three things: writing, reading or stomping around at rock ‘n roll shows. Click the link under her name above to check out her blog!



Your readers this week are George Cleveland & Julie Hoverson.

George Cleveland is collaborating with his cats on several ghost stories from the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Julie Hoverson is a woman of mystery. And horror. And sometimes sci fi or comedy (or even romance). She writes, produces, and acts in the award-winning podcast audio drama series 19 Nocturne Boulevard, which debuted in 2008 and has been running at a breakneck pace ever since, but she has also been featured in such other shows as “Edict Zero: FIS” and “Warp’d Space“. Outside of podcasting, she has been known to do live events at conventions, costume contests, renfaires, and any place else where flamboyant style is appreciated. Inside podcasting, it’s too dark to see (to completely misquote Groucho).



“Beckett Falls could’ve been sucked up by a twister for all I had in it. It wasn’t worth a full show and it made me nervous. We gave it one tent and a single twilight. Gas up, chalk a few marks and go.

Far as I ever saw, Shawna Garrett was Beckett Falls’ one breath worth breathing.”



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Pseudopod 285: Kill Screen

by Chris Lewis Carter


The story was First Published in Murky Depths #18, which was released in October, 2011.

Chris Lewis Carter has been featured in over a dozen publications – both online and print – including Murky Depths, Niteblade, Word Riot, Nelson Literacy 8, and Pseudopod 252: The Cord. He is currently working on his first novel, and is the lead writer for Rival Threads: Last Class Heroes, a video game scheduled to be released for iOS, Windows, and Mac in 2012. His website can be found at the link under his name, above.

Also, please check out Chris’ kickstarter campaign for a new fantasy series (click the link), CAMP MYTH.



Your reader this week is Josh Roseman (aka Listener on the forums, click his name to visit his website). Josh is a writer, web developer, and 100 percent human being. He’s been published in Asimov’s, and heard here on Pseudopod as well as on Escape Pod and StarShipSofa. His most recent publication is “Greener” in the April/May 2012 issue of Asimov’s.



Your “lost souls” this week were:

Jacquie Duckworth – Jacquie is an actress and co-founder of Corporate Improv Solutions, a training company that uses improvisational theater techniques to improve employee communication, sales, and customer service skills. Contact her at Info@CorporateImprovSolutions.com.

Mark E. Phair – Mark is a familiar voice to Pseudopod listeners (please see Pseudopod 267: Mentor and Pseudopod 239: The Line).

Jesse Livingston – Jesse’s work has been featured on Pseudopod and The Drabblecast. All of his music, as well as his first novel A THOUSAND LIFETIMES IN AN HOUR, can be found at Reconstructionrecords.com (just click the link under his name).



“I finish cataloging his junk. It’s nothing but shareware for ancient computers, old printer drivers, and a dozen of those America Online discs. I should charge him for making me dig through this mess. ‘Sorry, kid. Even if this stuff didn’t reek, you don’t have anything worth… Hmm?’

At the bottom of the box is a jewel case with no insert. The CD inside has the words Mr. Plott’s Bad Game written in black marker.

‘All right, let’s make a deal.’ I pop open the register, and the sound finally catches his attention. ‘Five bucks for the entire thing.’”

Pseudopod 284: She Said

by Kirstyn McDermott


The story was originally published in SCENES FROM THE SECOND STOREY (ed. Amanda Pillar & Pete Kempshall, Morrigan Books, 2010), and subsequently won both a Ditmar Award and an Australian Shadows Award. It has been reprinted in THE YEAR’S BEST AUSTRALIAN FANTASY AND HORROR (ed. Talie Helene & Liz Gryzb, Ticonderoga Publications, 2011).

Kirstyn McDermott (click the link under her name above to visit her website) has been published in various journals, magazines and anthologies, including Aurealis, Southerly, GUD, More Scary Kisses, Southern Blood and Island. Her short fiction has received various awards and her debut novel, MADIGAN MINE, was published by Picador in 2010 and subsequently won the Aurealis Award for Best Horror Novel. Kirstyn has a forthcoming collection in the Twelve Planets series by Twelfth Planet Press and her new novel, PERFECTIONS, will be published later this year by Xoum. More information will be posted to her website as details become available.

She also produces a monthly podcast with her good friend, Ian Mond, called The Writer and the Critic, where they recommend and discuss a variety of books, mostly spec fic in nature. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and fellow author, Jason Nahrung.



Your reader this week is Christopher Reynaga whose blog can be found by clicking the link under his name. Christopher is a storyteller. In this day and age that translates as novelist, short story writer, and your humble narrator.



“‘As I lifted my brush to the canvas, as I felt the paint flow thick and eager from the bristles, I could see the end, how it needed to be finished. I could see the promise that glimmered beneath the threat, the mercy inherent in destruction. My hand steadied, and worked.”