PseudoPod 746: Rattlesnake Song


Rattlesnake Song

by Josh Rountree


The Last Picture Show came to the movie house on the square in the fall of nineteen seventy-one.  We snuck in with warm cans of Pearl and sat on the back row so we could take quick hits off our cigarettes and snub them out before anyone noticed the smoke.  I fell in love with Cybil Sheppard and figured she could wind me up just like she did all the guys in Anarene.  I recognized that small town that had been something once but was now engaged in a battle with time. Every sandstorm, every gust of West Texas wind stripped away another layer of paint and vitality.  That dying town was our inheritance.

When the movie ended we spilled out onto Front Street with our half-full beer cans stashed in our jackets.  Dean Champion’s dad had been a big hat over at the refinery in Big Spring before he hung himself, so Dean had sprung for the beer.  We piled into his Chevelle and I made sure I was in the back seat, squashed tight against Stacy Bell’s thigh.  Once upon a time that prospect would have excited me, but that time had passed.  

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PseudoPod mentions in January 2021


We’re excited to make our inaugural appearance on the Preliminary Ballot for the Stoker Awards with “FFUNS” by Johnny Compton.

2020 Bram Stoker Awards® Preliminary Ballot Announced


We’re excited to make our inaugural appearance on the @locusmag Recommended Reading List with “Tara’s Mother’s Skin” by Suzan Palumbo and narrated by Arielle John — check out the full amazing reading list here!

2020 Locus Recommended Reading List

 


Andrea Blythe shares 20 bits of media she loved in 2020. We appreciate seeing “Five Fridays During Lent” by Christine Lucas and “Of Marrow and Abomination” by Morgan Sylvia (plus more!) among this list of excellence. Check out the full list!

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PseudoPod 745: Cleaver, Meat, and Block


Cleaver, Meat, and Block

by Maria Haskins


The first thing Hannah learned when she came to live with her grandparents after the Plague, was how to wield the meat cleaver. Grandma taught her, guiding her hands in the backroom of the old butcher shop on Main Street. Showing her how to wrap her fingers around the handle, how to put her thumb on the spine of the handle for extra power and precision, how to let her wrist pivot when she cuts.

“You don’t need to be strong,” Grandma said. “The weight of the blade, the sharpness of the edge, is enough.” (Continue Reading…)

Mother Horror challenges you to Take A Walk In The Night, My Love


First, I must use this opportunity to encourage horror fans that if they are only digesting their horror fiction through the traditional method of the written word, I strongly recommend integrating some audio into your diet.

This is only my third PseudoPod episode but already I can feel my appetite for more grow stronger every day.

Take A Walk In The Night, My Love” by Damien Angelica Walters is a whole meal. Immediately after savoring the thought and care that Walters put into preparing this feast for your horror soul, your mind will continue to lap at the lingering morsels.

It’s proving to be somewhat of a challenge to share my full experience because this is one of those stories where all of the discoveries need to be preserved and not spoiled. So I’ll start with what I can freely exchange: The moment the narrator, Justine Eyre, began speaking — I felt my shoulders fall. I exhaled. There’s something so dreamily intimate and almost hypnotic about her voice. She has a nuanced way of ending her sentences that captured my attention and later, my affection. I’ll be looking for more stories that she has narrated.

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