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on: July 29, 2019, 12:56:31 PM
PseudoPod 658: I Hate All That Is Mine

Author: Leigh Harlen
Narrator: Heather N. Thomas
Host: Alasdair Stuart

“I Hate All That Is Mine” originally appeared in the anthology, Lost Films, published by Perpetual Motion Machine

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The beanbag crunched and whooshed as Karla dropped into it. No one older than sixteen should have to sit in a beanbag, but she didn’t complain and did her best to get comfortable. While Hailey set up her movie, she rehearsed what she would say when it was over to cover how much she hated it. The camera work was really good. I loved the way you lit the room. That one shot was really striking. No, I’m not lying, I really liked it.

“This is going to floor you, I swear. It’s the best thing I’ve ever made.” Hailey’s hands trembled almost as much as her voice as she hooked up the cables between her laptop and the flat screen television mounted on the wall of her basement bedroom.




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Reply #1 on: August 08, 2019, 03:03:45 PM
This one was fun. Perhaps one could view it as a story that sort of encapsulates the way that horror stories in general compel the reader or viewer to wish to see what is beyond the door, even as you know it may not be good for you to see. But then, that dread is all part of the appeal!

Seems like Hailey sort of having it in for her friends may have been a subtext here. That would fit the title too. Her, "We are friends, aren't we?" line near the end also seems to suggest this. The artiste will be eye rolled and dismissed by her associates no more.
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Reply #2 on: August 26, 2019, 04:58:03 AM
I have a history with unopened bedroom doors and generally enjoyed the tension-ratcheting horror on this one. 

I wonder a bit how the protesters resisted the power of the film entity.  Did none of them actually see it and they just had friends/family members who exhibited strange behavior?  Given how mild the symptoms seem to be after only one or two viewings, a full-on protest and street brawl seems like a bit of an overreaction without having direct experience of the supernatural effects.  Are they then somehow actually protected by something?  Did the story just posit that angry shouting retrograde asshole protest-happy conservative Christianity is in fact the one true religion?  ;-)

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Reply #3 on: April 03, 2020, 09:04:14 PM
This has become one of my favorite short horror stories of all time. I've listened to it at least five times now. Leigh Harlen's prose is visceral and the same time otherworldly which is quite a feat to pull off. The feeling of being on a steady cam track as the story pulls you further and further into itself is superb.

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Reply #4 on: April 03, 2020, 11:04:52 PM
The feeling of being on a steady cam track as the story pulls you further and further into itself is superb.

I love how you put this. Stories about films that probably don't exist is a favorite of the editorial team, and we've got two more coming up later this year.

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Reply #5 on: April 04, 2020, 05:14:18 AM
Stories about films that probably don't exist is a favorite of the editorial team, and we've got two more coming up later this year.

Oh, excellent!  Stories about films really get under my skin.  The story about the film that starts off with the woman on a wheel covered with bits of glass haunts me to this day.  I could swear I’ve seen that scene. 



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Reply #6 on: April 04, 2020, 01:01:41 PM
Stories about films that probably don't exist is a favorite of the editorial team, and we've got two more coming up later this year.

Oh, excellent!  Stories about films really get under my skin.  The story about the film that starts off with the woman on a wheel covered with bits of glass haunts me to this day.  I could swear I’ve seen that scene.


Right there with you on Final Girl Theory, by A.C. Wise. Phenomenal story and that scene is so giallo.

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Reply #7 on: April 08, 2020, 01:47:38 PM
Thanks for reminding me of the title, Fenrix!