Pseudopod 228: Flash On The Borderlands VII – Tableaux & Displays

Show Notes

Three Flash Fictions of Still-Lives, Voyeurism and Exhibitions

(a regular “Night Gallery”, if you will…)

“Hunting” is a PseudoPod original

“What Makes You Tick” was originally printed in War of the Worlds: Frontlines and the text can be found here:

“Pageant Girls” was originally published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Issue #42


By Kirsty Logan

There was only one inner door, so the hunter opened it. He held his candle at arm’s length, but still could see nothing more than the foot of an ocean-sized bed. The hunter crawled across its length, disregarding the brief waft of mold from the blankets. He placed the candlestick on the squat table beside the bed and pulled the covers up over his body.


By David Steffen

…they bring their straps and their knives and explore the frontiers of my body. They will find nothing.


By Caroline Yoachim

Didn’t take long to find where it was coming from, and it was a bad thing. I wasn’t the only dead girl in the pageant. The new girl, the new dead girl, she was competition.

About the Authors

Caroline M. Yoachim

Caroline M. Yoachim is a photographer and writer currently living in Seattle, Washington. She has published more than two dozen fantasy and science fiction short stories, in markets that include Asimov’s, Lightspeed Magazine, Interzone, and Daily Science Fiction. She is also a favorite author featured on Drabblecast and Toasted Cake. In 2011 Caroline was nominated for a Nebula Award for her novelette “Stone Wall Truth,” which you can read online at her website.

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Kirsty Logan

Kirsty Logan is a writer of fiction and journalism. Her books are The Gracekeepers and The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales. She is a writer, book reviewer, and writing mentor for WoMentoring and the Scottish Book Trust. She also writes a column on the X-Files for The Female Gaze.

Her short fiction and poetry has been published in print and online, recorded for radio and podcasts, and exhibited in galleries. Her debut novel, The Gracekeepers, is out now! It’s about a circus boat in a flooded world.

She lives in Glasgow, where she mostly hangs out with her fiancée Annie and her rescue dog Rosie, reads ghost stories, drinks coffee, crochets things, listens to riot grrrl, & dreams of the sea.

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David Steffen

David Steffen writes video processing algorithms for traffic control systems by day, and writes fiction at other times. He lives with his wife and three dogs in Minnesota.

He is the co-founder of the Submission Grinder, and co-edits the non-fiction zine Diabolical Plots. His fiction has been published in many great venues including Escape Pod, Daily Science FictionBull SpecAE, and Pseudopod, as well as Tina Connolly’s Toasted Cake podcast.

David has been running periodic “Best Of” podcast fiction lists for many years.

He has also created the Long List Anthology, which is a self-publishing anthology project collecting stories from the longer Hugo Award nomination list. (Info and vendors here.) Among other points of interest, it includes several stories that have been previously published in Escape Artists casts: “Makeisha in Time“, “The Truth About Owls“, “When It Ends, He Catches Her

David has been a dedicated listener to all the Escape Artists podcasts for years, and you can find him on the forum as “Unblinking”.

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About the Narrators

Rick Stringer

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Rick Stringer is from Variant Frequencies, a monthly podcast of original fiction. Stories blending gothic horror with space adventure, dark fantasy with sci-fi, recalling the reality-bending vibes of The Twilight Zone, and offering something wholly unique that fits in between and outside. Their podcasts are fully produced, including talented voice actors and original music scores. Subscription is free. Entertainment and escapism are guaranteed.

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W. Ralph Walters

Your reader this week is W. Ralph Walters, whose FREQUENCY OF FEAR website hasn’t been updated in a while but still has treasures to be plundered. He read the extremely popular “What Makes You Tick” in Pseudopod 228: Flash On The Borderlands VII – Tableaux & Displays.

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Mur Lafferty

Mur Lafferty

Mur Lafferty is the co-editor and sometime-host of Escape Pod.

She is an American podcaster and writer based in Durham, North Carolina. She is the host and creator of the podcasts I Should Be Writing and Ditch Diggers. Her books have been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, Philip K. Dick, and Scribe Awards. In the past decade she has been the co-founder/co-editor of PseudoPod, founding editor of Mothership Zeta, and the editor or co-editor of Escape Pod (where she is currently).

She is fond of Escape Artists, in other words.

Mur won the 2013 Astounding Award for Best New Writer (formerly the John W. Campbell Award), and the 2018 Hugo Award for Best Fancast for Ditch Diggers. She’s been nominated for numerous other awards and is always doing new things, so check her website for the latest.

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Mur Lafferty