PseudoPod 516: The Fox

by Conrad Williams


“The Fox” was first published March 1st 2013 as a chapbook by This Is Horror and reprinted in THE BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR: VOLUME SIX.

In 2007 CONRAD WILLIAMS won the International Horror Guild Award for Best Novel for The Unblemished. In 2008 he won the British Fantasy Award for Best Novella for The Scalding Rooms. In 2010 he won the British Fantasy Award for Best Novel for One.

Your narrator – Kaushik Narasimhan – is management consultant by day and struggling writer and general dilettante by night. He tweets at @Kazarelth and his writing can be found at Kaushik’s Blog.

Pseudopod has launched our TEN YEAR Kickstarter! CHECK IT OUT! Please consider pledging (every little bit helps!) as we are just over halfway there!


Info on Anders Manga’s album (they do our theme music!) can be found here.

“Megan was trying to push past her mother and now I was able to breathe more easily. Kit was just trying to shield Lucy from what was inside the coop. Or rather, what wasn’t. The chicken-wire had been torn open. All four chickens were gone. No feathers, no signs of a fight whatsoever. Just one spot of blood on the ramp leading into what Megan had been referring to as the ‘chook-chook’s bunga-oh’.”

PseudoPod 515: The Magician’s Apprentice

by Tamsyn Muir


“The Magician’s Apprentice” was first printed in Weird Tales, Issue #358 for Winter 2012 and was reprinted in The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2013, edited by Rich Horton and The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Five, edited by Ellen Datlow.

TAMSYN MUIR is a horror, fantasy and sci-fi author whose works have appeared in Nightmare Magazine, F&SF, Fantasy Magazine, Weird Tales and Clarkesworld. She is a graduate of Clarion 2010, and was a 2012 Shirley Jackson Award nominee this story. She is a 2015 Nebula Award nominee and 2015 Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction for her novelette “The Deepwater Bride”. She is from Howick, New Zealand. She blogs from tumblr and Tweets from Twitter.

Your narrator – Louise Ratcliffe is a scientist, artist and stay-home Mum. She lives in New Zealand having moved there from England 12 years ago when her Maori husband brought her home. They have 3 children, 3 cats, 9 chickens, 8 ducks and a goat called Steve. She spends her time creating Art Yarn, and knitting body parts and blankets. Her work can be seen on Facebook at her Top o’ the Meadow fibre art page, or you can find her on Ravelry as Giggigoofer.

Pseudopod has launched our TEN YEAR Kickstarter! CHECK IT OUT! Please consider pledging (every little bit helps!) as we are just over halfway there!


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

Info on Anders Manga’s album (they do our theme music!) can be found here.

When she was thirteen, Mr. Hollis told her: “There’s never more than two, Cherry. The magician and the magician’s apprentice.”

Pseudopod 514B: Halloween Parade 2016

Happy Halloween!


This year’s Halloween Parade by Alasdair Stuart is being released as a bonus episode.

Check out his blog at follow him on twitter @AlasdairStuart and grab a copy of his book The Pseudopod Tapes Volume 1 and preorder Volume 2 by backing the kickstarter campaign.

Pseudopod wants to congratulate Karen Bovenmyer on receiving the Mary Shelley Scholarship from the Horror Writers Association.

Lisa Morton, HWA President, said “We believe these recipients represent the future of the horror genre, and we’re very proud to be able to assist them in reaching their educational and professional goals,” Applicants to the scholarships were required to submit educational plans and/or essays, which were evaluated by committees. This year marks the third year that HWA has provided scholarships. The scholarships will re-open to applicants in early 2017.

Karen Bovenmyer earned an MFA in Creative Writing: Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine. She teaches and mentors students at Iowa State University and serves as the Nonfiction Assistant Editor of Escape Artists’ Mothership Zeta Magazine. Her short stories and poems appear in more than 30 publications and her first novel will be available Spring 2017.  Listen for a story from her on Pseudopod in early 2017. Halloween is also her birthday, so go congratulate her, wish her a happy Halloween, wish he a happy birthday, and go read her personal essay up on our kickstarter today.

For more information on HWA’s scholarships, please visit Complete biographies of all the 2016 winners may be found at

PseudoPumpkin carved by frequent and amazing narrator Ant Bacon.

Halloween Parade music is “Depraved are Lurking” by Terrortron (a side project of Anders Manga). Download Terrortron on Bandcamp.

For Mortal Things Unsung

Pseudopod is putting together the first anthology to be released by Escape Artists. This is an integral part of our first Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for our narrators. For Mortal Things Unsung is inspired by the poem “Sympathetic Horror” translated from the French of Charles Pierre Baudelaire by Clark Ashton Smith.


Athirst for mortal things unsung

In shadowy realms of lone surmise


Or translated a different way, “We have a story for you, and we promise . . . it’s true.”

Under this banner we are assembling a phenomenal anthology celebrating stories from every year of Pseudopod plus a number of original stories from authors we love (in alphabetical order).

  • Charles Pierre Baudelaire translated by Clark Ashton Smith – “Sympathetic Horror”
  • Matthew Bey – “Hometown Horrible”
  • Jim Bihyeh – “Walk in Beauty” (an original Coyote Tale)
  • Tim W. Burke – “The Voyage and the Ship” (a story of the Guru Keresh)
  • Chris Lewis Carter – “Kill Screen”
  • Dixon Chance – “The Murmurous Paleoscope”
  • Irvin S. Cobb – “Fishhead”
  • Tina Connolly – “Turning the Apples”
  • J. Lily Corbie – “Like Dolls”
  • Eugie Foster – “Oranges, Lemons, and Thou Beside Me”
  • Orrin Grey – “New and Strangely Bodied” (original)
  • Grady Hendrix – “The Yellow Curse” a tale of the White Street Society (new to Pseudopod)
  • M.K. Hobson – “Votary”
  • Nina Kiriki Hoffman – “Stillborn”
  • Mel Kassel – “The Lady with the Light” (original)
  • Joe R. Lansdale – “Down By The Sea Near The Great Big Rock”
  • Livia Llewellyn – “Stabilimentum”
  • Thomas Ligotti – “Notes on the Writing of Horror: A Story”
  • Paul Mannering – “The Ashen Thing”
  • David Nickle – “Looker”
  • M.C. Norris – “El Dentisto que Corta”
  • Sandra M. Odell – “Used”
  • Jon Padgett – “Murmurs of a Voice Foreknown”
  • Dagny Paul – “Standard Procedure” (original)
  • Tim Pratt – “Gulls”
  • Clark Ashton Smith – “The Garden of Adompha”
  • Lucy Snyder – “Magdala Amygdala”
  • David Steffen – “What Makes You Tick”
  • David Tallerman – “Stockholm Syndrome”
  • Lavie Tidhar – “Watchers”
  • Damien Angelica Walters – “In the Deepest, Darkest Holes” (original)
  • A.C. Wise – “Harvest Song” (original)
  • Alyssa Wong – “The Fisher Queen”

All of this will be wrapped in a shroud of cover art by Hugo Award-winning artist Elizabeth Leggett. Follow the link to her portfolio and see her other amazing work. Teases and reveals about the art to come soon to project backers.

Check out the campaign at:

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