by Ian McHugh
“Monsters Exist” is a Pseudopod Original.
IAN MCHUGH is a writer whose first success was winning the short story competition at his local science fiction convention in Canberra, Australia in 2004. Since then, he’s sold more than 40 stories to publications around the world, and his first story collection, Angel Dust, was published in 2014. You can find his full bibliography, with links to read stories that are available free online, including his past publications at Pseudopod, Escape Pod and Podcastle, at ianmchugh.wordpress.com.
This week’s reader – Ron Jon is a writer, narrator and singer. He has written and published children’s books; scripts and screenplays for animation and live action; musical lyrics and libretti. He is a student of strange phenomena/parapsychology, horror and children’s literature. Ron Jon writes short weird fiction under the name ‘the spectre collector’. See his disturbing videos and hear more of his work on ‘the spectre collector’ blog – thespectrecollector.blogspot.com.au. Download his disturbing albums on ‘the spectre collector’ Bandcamp site – thespectrecollector.bandcamp.com. His new album on Bandcamp is called “Decomposition on ice”.
Info on Anders Manga’s album (they do our theme music!) can be found here.
Monsters exist. Their numbers and nature vary from time to time and place to place, but they are always near.
More often than not, they are nearer than we like to think.
Monsters do not appear in the world fully formed. They are not angels, fallen from the sky. Monsters grow, here. They germinate, as if from a seed, and we water and nurture the seed ourselves.