PseudoPod 10th Anniversary Celebration

For our 10th Anniversary celebration we teamed with Horror in Clay, numerous authors, and members of the online horror community to make our 10th Halloween something special.

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Narrator Pay

In 2015, Pseudopod started paying authors rates to qualify for SFWA and HWA membership for original full length stories.  In 2016, we started paying authors these rates for all original stories. With the successful funding of our Kickstarter campaign, we started paying our narrators in 2017.

We sucessfully funded our Kickstarter campaign

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As part of this campaign, we funded the production of a mug and an anthology that both celebrate what PseudoPod has been and become over the last 10 years. We had an essay for every day of the campaign from members of the community that have impacted and been impacted by Pseudopod.

The Anthology: For Mortal Things Unsung

This anthology is not just “A Decade of Pseudopod.” In addition to reprints both familiar and new to the Pseudopod audience, the anthology will include brand new stories from Orrin GreyDamien Angelica Walters, and A.C. Wise. We have a new Coyote Tale from Jim Bihyeh, a Tale from the White Street Society by Grady Hendrix, and a Tale of the Guru Keresh by Tim W. Burke. Editor Alex Hofelich has woven a thread of Pacific Ocean resonance throughout the anthology, to go along with our exquisite tiki mug.

Check out the full table of contents. Cover art was provided by Hugo Award winning artist Elizabeth Leggett.

Check out a couple story previews:

“Walk in Beauty” by Jim Bihyeh (an original Coyote Tale)

“Notes on the Writing of Horror: A Story” by Thomas Ligotti (reprint)

 

The Mug

We’ll let Jonathan M. Chaffin of Horror in Clay tell you more about the mug in his own words. Not-so-coincidentally, Jonathan also designed our very first logo and t-shirts:

“The Pseudopod Tower tiki mug (as even I’ve started calling it) was originally called “The Eye of Kanaloa.” (It was only called that in my head, and it didn’t catch on.) The front depicts a Kanaloa totem, rare for a tiki mug. In the mythology of the old Hawaiian gods, Kanaloa is symbolized by the squid or by the octopus. He exists in complement to Kane, the god of creation, and guides the way to hidden springs . . . which I thought was appropriately symbolic for the dark places horror writers mine for inspiration. Unique among representations of the old god, statues of Kanaloa have round eyes. According to Kauai tradition, if you could look into the eye of Kanaloa, you would see a mystic pattern and be healed. Peering deep into the eye of OUR Kanaloa may turn out differently . . . there appears to be a fanged, tentacled and clawed beastie inside. Use your own best judgment.

The microphone is a Shure 55 vintage mic similar to the one I used to borrow for narrating.

The obverse of the mug shows one incarnation of Pseudopod Tower—from noxious catacombs beneath to soaring spires and roofs above; existing both in and between worlds. The Tower is composed of as many categories of horror as I could cram together. This mug is one of the truest examples I have ever created of the architectural confusion of pop culture references that is my brain. It is jammed with allusions and homages to horror, tiki, radio, and eldritch lore. Deep in the bowels of Pseudopod Tower, we see the ghastly-organic engines and servers (and beasties) tended by one of our dedicated Slush-masters. What horrors will be brought forth next?”

The Essays

We shared daily personal essays from members of the Escape Artists family including staff, narrators, and authors. Check out essays from:

A Century of Horror

We started the showcase with Fritz Leiber’s “A Bit of the Dark World” as our 500th Episode. Over the next year we will be releasing a bonus story each month with a representative story from each decade of the 20th Century. These are still coming while we work out a bonus content delivery mechanism that provides all the controls we need.