Pseudopod 338: Beware The Jabberwock, My Son

by Dixon Chance

“Beware The Jabberwock, My Son” was first published *way back* in 1991 in a tiny little photocopied horror zine out of Seattle called FEAR BOOK. The print run was 150. It was the author’s first attempt at trying to write horror for a living, and the results paid so little ($15) that he stayed away from genre fiction for the next twenty years. But now we have podcasts and the world looks much brighter! If anyone remembers actually reading this story in print from back then, the author would like you to contact him. This is what Facebook is for.

Dixon Chance is the pen name of David Ellis Dickerson, a humorist and regular contributor to This American Life, who also hosts the webseries “Greeting Card Emergency” on YouTube. He currently lives in Tucson, but is technically a vagabond.

Your reader this week – Kevin Hayes – has a demo reel you can view at his website (linked under his name), including the short “South of the City”, is directly involved with the Confluence conventions (see here and here for important news about Confluence 2014) and, while you’re at it, check out Raw Dog Screaming Press as well.


“Richard stayed frozen. This is nonsense, he thought. Am I afraid of a funny noise? Of nonsense? He formed a determined smile and decided to recite Humpty-Dumpty’s poem to himself. Maybe that would help him relax, fighting nonsense with nonsense. “_I sent a message to the fish/ I told them, ‘This is what I wish—’_” he said softly.

He had nerved himself up enough to go two steps when he heard the next sound. It was like a lady’s fan—one made of cellophane—being opened. Or a breeze being…folded?

The sound (_whiffle_) came again, and this time it definitely came from the mirror. Definitely. He could imagine its long, snaky neck pouring out of the mirror frame, those two pale unblinking eyes peering around his bedroom as it flew





About the Author

Dixon Chance

DIXON CHANCE is the “just for the joy of it” pseudonym of David Ellis Dickerson, a regular contributor to “This American Life” and other public radio shows, and the author of the memoir HOUSE OF CARDS (Riverhead 2009) about my career as a writer at Hallmark. My work has appeared in The Atlantic MonthlyThe Gettysburg Review, and Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror.

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About the Narrator

Kevin M. Hayes

Kevin M. Hayes has been reading science fiction since he was old enough to read, and has been writing it for almost as long. He is active in the Pittsburgh SFF organization, Parsec and helps put on Confluence, a genre fiction conference every year. He has had stories published in Six from Parsec and Triangulation as well as TV Gods and most recently in The Realm Beyond. He has narrated other stories for Pseudopod and, amazingly, has also published a few limericks.

He lives in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania with the love of his life, some of her children and all of her cats.

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