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This is Horror Award: Fiction Podcast of the Year


We’re honored to accept FOR THE SECOND TIME the This is Horror Award for the Fiction Podcast of the Year category. We would have been perfectly satisfied losing to any of the other folks we graced the shortlist with, and we are humbled by the outcome. Congratulations to all the other winners!

2017 was an amazing year for PseudoPod. We ran three stories by Ramsey Campbell, a master of the short form. We ran a classic from titan editor and writer Karl Edward Wagner which was narrated and sound bed by Anson Mount, who will soon be playing the role of Captain Christopher Pike in the Star Trek Discovery television series. We celebrated Artemis Rising for a third year, and prepared for our fourth year (go check out the five excellent stories we ran in March!) We could gush for hours about all the voices and stories, new and old, that we brought to our listeners. We hope you’ll take the opportunity to take a look at what we did this past year and peek into our back catalog.

We continued celebration our first decade of podcasting weekly short horror fiction, delivering our first anthology, For Mortal Things Unsung, and a sweet tiki mug. Our host and one of our editors participated in the second year of the Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction. And there’s so much more! We couldn’t have done this without our tireless staff, including Dagny, Moaner, Karen, Graeme, Chelsea, Marty, Brian, Shawna, Tad, Scott, Cecilia, Cliff, Britany, Adrian, Kim, Austin, Erin, Otter, Jesse, and Victoria. We look forward to what else 2018 will bring!

PseudoPod 585: ARTEMIS RISING 4: Cinereous (Alternate Narration)

Show Notes

This is an alternate narration from our host, Lucy A. Snyder. Enjoy!


Cinereous

by Livia Llewellyn


Paris

October, 1799


The nails on the heels of Olympe Léon’s boots are the only sounds in the silence of night’s chilly end. Click click click through indigo air, like the metallic beat of a metronome’s righteous heart. As always, when she sees her destination at the end of rue St. Martin, rising black and monolithic against the encroaching country and graying sky, her heart and feet skip beats. She thinks of each single drop of blood, spurting and squirting from the bright flat mouths of the necks, and her small calloused hands and wide bowls to catch them all. Olympe, like all the assistants, is very proud of her training, and very afraid of losing her place, very afraid of sinking back into the city’s bowels, never to return. She never misses a drop.

Read the full story here: http://pseudopod.org/2018/03/09/pseudopod-585-artemis-rising-4-cinereous/

Replay: PseudoPod 364: The Yellow Sign

Show Notes

Longtime listeners or backers of our Pseudopod 10 Year anniversary will be familiar with the artistic work and madcap visions of Jonathan Chaffin of Horror In Clay.  He makes fine horror-themed tiki mugs, art, and ephemera. He made a Cthulhu tiki mug, before that was a thing, and a cask of Amontillado and an Innsmouth Fogcutter.  Now, he has a warning for you. Somewhere in the infinite multiverse, or just on the other side of this shadow, the King In Yellow awaits. “The Pallid Mask” from Horror In Clay is a 8in tiki mug inspired by love for the linked short stories of Robert W. Chambers, and every subsequent writer caught by that fateful play.

The mug is available on Kickstarter, and will ship in August. The mug is part of a collection with companion pieces like a custom-written D6 tabletop RPG module and a Mai Tai glass from the mythic “Shores of Carcosa” restaurant.  Learn more on Kickstarter by searching for “Pallid Mask” or at Horror In Clay.

If you enjoyed this replay, you should seek these out:

PseudoPod 491: The Second Act

PseudoPod 558: Toward the Banner of the King

PseudoPod 574: While the Black Stars Burn

The King in Yellow is available on Gutenberg for free download.


The Yellow Sign

by Robert W. Chambers


“Let the red dawn surmise
What we shall do,
When this blue starlight dies
And all is through.”

I

There are so many things which are impossible to explain! Why should certain chords in music make me think of the brown and golden tints of autumn foliage? Why should the Mass of Sainte Cécile bend my thoughts wandering among caverns whose walls blaze with ragged masses of virgin silver? What was it in the roar and turmoil of Broadway at six o’clock that flashed before my eyes the picture of a still Breton forest where sunlight filtered through spring foliage and Sylvia bent, half curiously, half tenderly, over a small green lizard, murmuring: “To think that this also is a little ward of God!” (Continue Reading…)

For Your Consideration 2018: Original PseudoPod Fiction in 2017


For your consideration we present the Escape Artists stories that ran in 2017 which are eligible in the upcoming award nomination season.

Below are links to some aggregation projects, where fans are building lists of those eligible in the various categories. They’re great tools, and we’d like to thank David Steffen for his efforts. We’ll also link to our Wikia page, containing links to all the eligible Escape Artists stories.

Additionally in 2017, Escape Artists published the anthology “For Mortal Things Unsung: A PseudoPod 10th Anniversary Special.” This book was published in March of 2017. (Continue Reading…)