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« on: September 17, 2017, 12:37:45 PM »

PseudoPod 560: Where the Summer Ends

by Karl Edward Wagner.

“Where the Summer Ends” first appeared in the seminal anthology Dark Forces (1980), edited by Kirby McCauley. This particular anthology was an eye-opener to 12 year old co-editor of Pseudopod Shawn Garrett, and deserves a place on the bookshelf of any fan of weird fiction.

KARL EDWARD WAGNER (1945 – 1994) was an American writer, poet, editor and publisher of horror, science fiction, and heroic fantasy, who was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and originally trained as a psychiatrist. He wrote numerous dark fantasy and horror stories. As an editor, he created a three-volume set of Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian fiction restored to its original form as written, and edited the long-running and genre-defining The Year’s Best Horror Stories series for DAW Books. He is possibly best known for his creation of a series of stories featuring the character Kane, the Mystic Swordsman, which could best be described as featuring the action of Conan and the decadence of Moorcock’s Elric. Wagner also loved the pulp era of short fiction, which is apparent in many of his short stories.

This week’s reader – Anson Mount is perhaps best known for playing ‘Cullen Bohannon’ on the AMC television series Hell on Wheels. You can catch him this fall playing ‘Black Bolt’ in Marvel’s The Inhumans, on ABC beginning September 29th. He and his producing partner Branan Edgens will also be launching a podcast of their own this fall called The Well. In it, Mount and Edgens will feature interviews and stories about creative inspiration from some of today’s most interesting artists, celebrities, thinkers and innovators. But what Anson is truly proud of is the fact that his girlfriend Darah Trang recently agreed to become his wife while standing by a lake in Tennessee and staring up at the 4th of July fireworks. Celebration ensued.

MUSIC USED – “Nobody Cares Lalala” by the band Monplaisir. The track is made available under a CC0 1.0 Universal license (Public Domain Dedication).

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Info on Anders Manga’s album (they do our theme music!) can be found here.

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« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2017, 04:53:00 PM »

Wow. This was perfect. Awesome, creepy story, even better narration (the accents were very good), and the atmospheric sounds and music did NOT overpower the narration, which too often happens. I could even hear every word while driving. Kudos!

Creepy as hell, especially because Georgia and Alabama (where I live and grew up, respectively) are pretty much covered in kudzu.

Kudzu which I'm never going to look at the same way, again.

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« Reply #2 on: Yesterday at 12:21:06 AM »

 I liked all the characters, the scenery, and everything else about the story but I really wished the author dragged it out a little more. We were about to hit the climax, but, was ultimately denied and the possible ranges for what happens after the words runs out is too wide.
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