PseudoPod 303: Flash On The Borderlands XIII – Responsible Parties

Show Notes

Magnitude Seven was originally published in Niteblade, December 2011.

A Murder of Crows and Always Grinning are PseudoPod originals.

A Murder Of Crows

by Tres Crow

Read by Malcolm Charles

I grab him by his shirt and yank him to his feet. He is so thin, a bird, just like his mother, and the reek of liquor from his pores and breath stings in my nostrils. I shake him.

“John…” starts my wife, dropping the shovels, but I wave her away.

“Stop your whining. It’s your fault we’re out here. If you weren’t such a goddamn idiot,” I yell at him and I shake him and I stamp my feet.

Magnitude Seven

by David Glen Larson

Read by Patrick Bazile

Levoy found a road at the bottom of the stairs, and followed it to a city of blue and white tents. There were strange people all around him: dog people, pig people, tin-can people, people with legs made of tires and arms of twisted steel, and rat people too. All of them had no eyes.

There were also children making masks from scraps of wood and other broken things for tourists that would never come here. The children had no eyes.

One of them called out his name. It was Marta, a friend from the school Magnitude Seven destroyed. Marta had no eyes.

Always Grinning

by Nathaniel Lee

Read by Rikki LaCoste

With an audible thump, a man threw himself at the glass, arms splayed. Jay jumped before his conscious mind caught up with his reactions. Some asshole office-clown playing a prank.  But there was something wrong with the man’s head.  Jay peered up at the window as he resumed walking, then stopped dead barely ten feet away from the building. The man wasn’t moving, hadn’t thrown himself at all.  He was dead.  He had to be, couldn’t still be alive.  Could he?  Jay saw bones jutting from one limp leg, saw the bruises and black smears of blood across the man’s pudgy, gray-haired face.

About the Authors

Nathaniel Lee

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Nathaniel Lee (aka Nathan Lee) puts words in various orders and intermittently receives money in return. His fiction can be found in dozens of venues online and off. A full bibliography can be found at his writing blog,

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David Glen Larson

After leaving the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, David worked as a screenwriter and television writer for several years before writing his first short story, which recently appeared in Daily Science Fiction. He has also published speculative poems in magazines like NitebladeIdeomancer, and the British Fantasy Society Journal (formerly Dark Horizons).

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Tres Crow

Tres Crow lives in Atlanta with the two people he loves most in the world. He’s been published in decomPEmprise ReviewFull of CrowThe Foundling Review, as well as the website Check out his blog, Dog Eat Crow World, at the link under his name above.

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About the Narrators

Patrick Bazile

Patrick is an American Actor/Voice Over Talent and a fresh sound in the voice over industry. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Patrick has voiced everything from PSA’s to major product brands. With a deep, commanding voice often referred to as “The Voice of God”, Patrick demands attention.?

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Rikki LaCoste

Rikki LaCoste wears a variety of hats, caps, berets, and on occasion, a bonnet or sombrero. He’s narrated for Pseudopod and Starship Sofa as well as Cast of Wonders. (more…)

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