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on: April 13, 2020, 04:25:18 PM
PseudoPod 698: Of Marrow and Abomination

Author: Morgan Sylvia
Narrator: Justine Eyre
Host: Alasdair Stuart
Audio Producer: Marty Perrett

PseudoPod 698: Of Marrow and Abomination is a PseudoPod original.

Show Notes

I am very young when I first dream of the ruined barn.

The barn is nothing more than a burnt-out husk in the northern woods. It stands alone in an overgrown meadow, a blackened shell of rotted shingles and charred, cracked timbers, its weathered grey boards standing in stark contrast to the golden hayfields around it. The northeast is peppered with such ruins. Built by hand, not machine, the old barns are silent, forgotten monuments of a lost age, one where horses, not cars, carried men through the thick, tangled woods, and where woodstoves rather than furnaces kept away the biting winter cold.

It was initially repurposed as a numbers station, a clandestine radio station that broadcasts coded messages to spies via short-wave radio transmissions. Later, it became something else. A black site, of sorts. By then, the Cold War had ended, and we had clawed our way greedily into the information age.

I wonder now if they understood what they were doing, those Cold War doctors with their shiny shoes and thick glasses and slicked-back hair. They chose this spot, no doubt, because it was both isolated and unremarkable. They wanted the space and freedom to explore their madnesses, their alchemy, far away from prying eyes, in a place where only beasts and forgotten ghosts could see. I wonder if it ever occurred to them that the abominations created here would never be contained. They saw themselves, no doubt, as pioneers, inventors. In truth, they were sorcerers as much as scientists, heirs to Crowley and Agathodaemon as much as to Newton and Einstein and Hawking.

They are dead now. The darklings gnaw on their skeletons.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions and the corpses of men like them.

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Reply #1 on: April 14, 2020, 04:40:00 PM
I listened to both the plain narration and the "mood-music" version and I must say the soundtrack adds IMMENSELY to the creepy factor.  Its already good on its own, but soundtrack is a huge part of the "feels" in any movie, so naturally it would be the same with audio stories.   
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Reply #2 on: April 15, 2020, 05:32:34 PM
That was hella good. Bravo all.


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Reply #3 on: April 15, 2020, 09:01:40 PM
Thanks for the words on the soundbed, glad you both liked the story

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Reply #4 on: April 17, 2021, 12:28:43 AM
This episode (with the background sound theme) could have been picked out of a SANDMAN or HELLBLAZER comic book episode (of the Darkhorse variety). Well done!

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« Last Edit: April 17, 2021, 12:33:54 AM by Scuba Man »

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