Pseudopod 261: Widdershins


by Robert Mammone

His dreams were disturbed. He saw the moon emerge from behind a bank of racing clouds, the surface yellowed and cracked like old bone. He stood in a clearing, surrounded by outcroppings of rock and trees whose branches were lashed by the breeze. He thought he heard indistinct muttering which, no matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t make out. Gradually, though, the muttering grew clearer, until, with a jolt, he understood.

‘*Widdershins start my hair, widdershins start my hair.*’

There was a sudden blurring and the clearing vanished replaced for a brief moment with an image of Hendricks, face rigid with intent, looming over him, a wad of stinking cotton clutched in one hand. Powerless, he felt the material pressed over his mouth and nose, the fumes filling his nostrils and then he was falling…

About the Author

Robert Mammone

Robert Mammone was born in Australia. Robert isn’t to be confused with the other Robert Mammone, the noted Australian television and film actor.

Robert has tried his hand at writing since at least the late 1980s, when he won an encouragement award for a short piece of fantasy whose name he can no longer remember. A long barren period followed until 2009, when Robert decided it wasn’t worth dying wondering, and turned his hand once more to writing, this time, horror fiction. Of late, he has turned his mind to writing some more fantasy, which has always been his first love.

Robert’s horror and fantasy short fiction has appeared in Doctor Who Magazine, the British Fantasy Society’s 2010 Winter JournalMidnight EchoPseudopod, Filthy Creations and Rogue Blades Entertainment’s upcoming anthology, Assassins.

One day, Robert hopes to write a novel, but for that he needs two things – an idea. And your soul.

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About the Narrator

Frank Key

Frank Key is a British writer, blogger and broadcaster best known for his self-published short-story collections and his long-running radio series Hooting Yard on the Air, which has been broadcast weekly on Resonance FM since April 2004. Key co-founded the Malice Aforethought Press with Max Décharné and published the fiction of Ellis Sharp.

He died on 13 September 2019. In March 2020 a retrospective exhibition of his graphic work and writing, crowd-funded by friends and fans and curated by Pansy Cradledew, was held at the Menier Galley in Southwark.

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