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on: September 20, 2020, 02:53:11 AM
PseudoPod 722: Teeth – Part 2

Author: Matt Cardin
Narrator: Jon Padgett
Host: Alasdair Stuart
Audio Producer: Chelsea Davis

“Teeth” was the first story published at “Thomas Ligotti Online” in 1998. It was later reprinted in The Children of Cthulhu in 2002, in Dark Awakenings in 2010, and in the excellent 2019 collection “To Rouse Leviathan.” This last book was editor Alex’s favorite collection from 2019 and recommends it strongly to all fans of Ligotti.

Show Notes
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The words on that page signaled the end of my journey through the dark corridors of Marco’s obsession. Rather than trying to see what lay past page forty-six and risking another encounter with that awful picture, I closed the notebook and shoved it far back into a drawer, wishing fiercely that it could be equally easy to bury the memory of it. But try as I might, I could not stop my thoughts from returning to it and gnawing on it like a trapped animal might gnaw off its own leg. That was exactly the way it felt: as if  I had become ensnared in some vile trap and grown so desperate to escape that I might willingly do violence to myself. But no matter how many times I examined and reexamined and struggled violently against the notebook’s all-encompassing message of horror and despair, I could find no way to extricate myself from it, no loose spring or faulty trigger in its mechanism that might allow me to slip free. Its internal coherence and emotional power, as well as its universal scope, made it the perfect prison for mind and spirit.

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Reply #1 on: September 20, 2020, 06:36:59 PM
Whoah Nelly! That was a bit of glorious, purple prose (without the bigotry and nastiness of Lovecraft). I wonder if the dreaded page 46 would be a cognitohazard as outlined in the SCP universe.

I appreciated the low tech approach of the horror. No stargates. No spaceships. No woo woo. No chanting (with Bloom County’s, Bhagwan Bill The Cat [ack!]). No thermonuclear-fueled rips in space-time. It was a picture. A 2-dimensional image in a notebook. Using some kind of insanity-causing, violent geometry.

I’m looking at the world a little bit differently after this story. Nice!
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Reply #2 on: September 24, 2020, 08:07:49 PM
I really enjoyed the story, and the narration was fabulous!