For Mortal Things Unsung

Pseudopod is putting together the first anthology to be released by Escape Artists. This is an integral part of our first Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for our narrators. For Mortal Things Unsung is inspired by the poem “Sympathetic Horror” translated from the French of Charles Pierre Baudelaire by Clark Ashton Smith.


Athirst for mortal things unsung

In shadowy realms of lone surmise


Or translated a different way, “We have a story for you, and we promise . . . it’s true.”

Under this banner we are assembling a phenomenal anthology celebrating stories from every year of Pseudopod plus a number of original stories from authors we love (in alphabetical order).

  • Charles Pierre Baudelaire translated by Clark Ashton Smith – “Sympathetic Horror”
  • Matthew Bey – “Hometown Horrible”
  • Jim Bihyeh – “Walk in Beauty” (an original Coyote Tale)
  • Tim W. Burke – “The Voyage and the Ship” (a story of the Guru Keresh)
  • Chris Lewis Carter – “Kill Screen”
  • Dixon Chance – “The Murmurous Paleoscope”
  • Irvin S. Cobb – “Fishhead”
  • Tina Connolly – “Turning the Apples”
  • J. Lily Corbie – “Like Dolls”
  • Eugie Foster – “Oranges, Lemons, and Thou Beside Me”
  • Orrin Grey – “New and Strangely Bodied” (original)
  • Grady Hendrix – “The Yellow Curse” a tale of the White Street Society (new to Pseudopod)
  • M.K. Hobson – “Votary”
  • Nina Kiriki Hoffman – “Stillborn”
  • Mel Kassel – “The Lady with the Light” (original)
  • Joe R. Lansdale – “Down By The Sea Near The Great Big Rock”
  • Livia Llewellyn – “Stabilimentum”
  • Thomas Ligotti – “Notes on the Writing of Horror: A Story”
  • Paul Mannering – “The Ashen Thing”
  • David Nickle – “Looker”
  • M.C. Norris – “El Dentisto que Corta”
  • Sandra M. Odell – “Used”
  • Jon Padgett – “Murmurs of a Voice Foreknown”
  • Dagny Paul – “Standard Procedure” (original)
  • Tim Pratt – “Gulls”
  • Clark Ashton Smith – “The Garden of Adompha”
  • Lucy Snyder – “Magdala Amygdala”
  • David Steffen – “What Makes You Tick”
  • David Tallerman – “Stockholm Syndrome”
  • Lavie Tidhar – “Watchers”
  • Damien Angelica Walters – “In the Deepest, Darkest Holes” (original)
  • A.C. Wise – “Harvest Song” (original)
  • Alyssa Wong – “The Fisher Queen”

All of this will be wrapped in a shroud of cover art by Hugo Award-winning artist Elizabeth Leggett. Follow the link to her portfolio and see her other amazing work. Teases and reveals about the art to come soon to project backers.

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