PseudoPod 502: The Trauma Box

D. Morgan Ballmer

by D. Morgan Ballmer

“The Trauma Box” is a PseudoPod Original.

D. MORGAN BALLMER lives in Maple Valley, Washington. His short fiction can be found in “Three-Lobed-Burning-Eye Magazine”, the NOT YOUR AVERAGE MONSTER Anthology, and the upcoming SILENT SCREAMS Anthology. I maintain a small web presence on Facebook.

Your reader – Jairus Durnett – was last heard on Pseudopod in THE SCREWFLY SOLUTION.

The CAST OF WONDERS Flash Fiction Contest info can be accessed at the link.

Info on Anders Manga’s album can be found here.


“Most everyone in Fairview knows of the Trauma Box. None agree on its origins. Some claim the box was brought in by bootleggers during Prohibition as a place to stash illicit booze. Others claim it was used by the FBI to interrogate suspected communists back in ’50s. The Reverend, should you bump into him, will whisper of a family whose sole heir was a malformed child. The deranged boy was supposedly chained inside the box until his untimely death some eighteen years later (or ‘six-six-six years later’ as the Reverend puts it).”