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WITCHING HOUR

ACT ONE SCENE 1: INSIDE A RECORDING STUDIO (WITCH, brightly) PseudoPod, The Sound of Horror! The familiar strains of PseudoPod’s opening music, “Bloodletting on a Kiss” begins. A moment of distortion interrupts, followed by a saxophone-driven 90’s talk show cover of the same song. Canned studio audience applause as the song concludes. WITCH (saccharine, without […]

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PseudoPod 778: Live From The End Of The World

Live from the End of the World by Frank Oreto Highway 28 vanished and reappeared as the windshield wipers fought a losing battle against Hurricane Francis. This storm was Harriet’s big chance. She only hoped she’d live through it. The news van hydroplaned for a heart sickening moment, then the tires caught asphalt again. “Maybe […]

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PseudoPod 771: The Human Chair

The Human Chair by Edogawa Ranpo, translated by Allen Zhang Yoshiko was accustomed to sending her husband off to work at ten each morning. Having at last gained her freedom, she would then make her way to the study which she shared with him and shut herself within its walls, whereupon she busied herself on […]

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PseudoPod 770: The Garden of Adompha

The Garden of Adompha Clark Ashton Smith Lord of the sultry, red parterres And orchards sunned by hell’s unsetting flame! Amid thy garden blooms the Tree which bears Unnumbered heads of demons for its fruit; And, like a slithering serpent, runs the root That is called Baaras; And there the forky, pale mandragoras, Self-torn from […]

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PseudoPod 769: Songs in a Lesser Known Key

Songs In A Lesser Known Key by Mike Wood I’m head down on the Formica-topped table beside the coffee machine, and I’m groaning. The band are taking five. Anne nudges my elbow. Anne’s our pianist. “Don’t let Ralph get to you, Ed,” she says. “He’s an arse. He can’t help it.” I sit up, lean […]

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PseudoPod 767: Death Has Red Hair

Death Has Red Hair by Greye La Spina We three men were hugging the open fire closely. The raw chill of that November night had closed in around us and the blazing logs yielded grateful warmth. Peter Murray was leaning forward in his chair, looking absentmindedly into the leaping flames that sent flickering shadows to […]

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PseudoPod 762: The Thought Monster

The Thought Monster by Amelia Reynolds Long The first of the series of outrages was the case of Welton Grimm. Grimm was a retired farmer with a little place about three miles from town, who apparently had not an enemy in the world; yet one morning he was discovered dead in a patch of woods […]

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PseudoPod 761: The Black Stone Statue

The Black Stone Statue by Mary Elizabeth Counselman Directors, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mass. Gentlemen: Today I have just received aboard the S. S. Madrigal your most kind cable, praising my work and asking—humbly, as one might ask it of a true genius!—if I would do a statue of myself to be placed among […]

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