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Reply #20 on: November 04, 2008, 08:21:29 PM
Locked room stories are great, I watched the new version of Sleuth the other week and it reminded me of that, only gothic. The sudden reversal of fortunes at the end was really surprising, how often do you have a carefully organised plan that has been several years in the planning that goes wrong? It took me a little while to warm to MarBelle's reading, it felt a bit like it took him a while to settle into the reading and get confident doing it.


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Reply #21 on: November 04, 2008, 08:44:23 PM
I liked the story right until the twist at the ending. My sympathies were with Colin throughout, and the story was very effective as horror, as Ishmael manipulated him and it was unclear how much he was actually able to do and how much he just wanted Colin to think he could. I liked the fact that Colin ended up getting the upper hand, that he had a trick up his sleeve that Ishmael didn't account for - especially so since he telegraphed it earlier, but both myself as a reader and Ishmael as an over-confident schemer failed to pick up on it. Well one.

But the last twist - regardless of whether Colin was telling the truth - essentially detoothed Ishmael. He was no longer the master who made one crucial mistake, but rather he just royally screwed himself over. I would have liked to keep all the amibiguity in Ishmael's camp - does he really have the sight or was he just using information he picked up from Colin years ago? And leave the story with a sense that sooner or later Ishmael would try this again, with some other guard perhaps. End with him beaten, not broken. That would have been a lot more powerful an ending.


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Reply #22 on: November 04, 2008, 10:27:58 PM
Was Ishmael actually sighted, and it was just pitch-dark?

I thought that was made quite clear at the beginning.

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Reply #23 on: November 08, 2008, 02:20:53 AM
Yay! A Halloween story from Escape Artists that doesn't suck!

I enjoyed this one quite a bit. I don't have much more to say, but I don't want to be one of those people that only chimes in when I have something overwhelmingly negative or positive to say. This was just superbly set up and brilliantly, ahem, executed. Good show.


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Reply #24 on: November 08, 2008, 03:16:21 PM
Capital story!  This twisted little tale was a lot of fun.


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Reply #25 on: November 09, 2008, 12:21:57 AM
I enjoyed this story, but it felt like a PseudoPod episode to me.


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Reply #26 on: November 11, 2008, 01:17:54 PM
Creepily awesome. Who cares if it was fantasy or not? Good tale :D


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Reply #27 on: November 11, 2008, 04:27:15 PM
Creepiest story I heard this Halloween, hands down. Hell, in a long time.  Absolutely loved it. I haven't read very much of William Shunn's stuff before, but I hope we hear more of it here soon. 

And MarBelle's reading chilled me. Nice to hear him narrating again.

Oh, and MK Hobson should be an honorary member of the PC team or something. Nice intro. 

All around, a fantastic episode.

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Reply #28 on: November 11, 2008, 08:45:45 PM
Oh, and MK Hobson should be an honorary member of the PC team or something. Nice intro. 

She is.  ;D She also handles the advertising for all the EA podcasts.


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Reply #29 on: November 17, 2008, 03:07:22 PM
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Reply #30 on: November 17, 2008, 08:36:21 PM
Wonderful story, best Halloween story on EA.  I liked the characterizations and the whole conversation aspect of it.  Even the twist was surprising.  I had to rewind to figure out what happened, as I expected a painful end to the guard.


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Reply #31 on: January 05, 2010, 08:45:07 PM
Excellent story!

Usually a distant POV which doesn't get into anybody's thoughts would likewise distance me from the story, but it was used very well here.  It only described what could be heard, not what anyone felt (physically or otherwise) so I was left to guess what the hell each character was doing at any moment.  It did have a Silence of the Lambs feel to it, in a good way.  In the end, I'm unsure of almost every detail of the story, including whether he Ishamael actually had the sight, whether Ishamael actually escaped his shackles, and whether he was actually due to be released, but that didn't bother me at all.  The ambiguity created by the darkness made the whole thing way more interesting than if it had all been shown.

Oh, and the eating in the dark experience sounds interesting--I'd try that some time!


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Reply #32 on: January 06, 2010, 06:28:52 PM
But the last twist - regardless of whether Colin was telling the truth - essentially detoothed Ishmael.

Agreed.  Ishmael had an excellent condescending insanity a la Hannibal Lecter, which I was sad to see taken away.  Great story though.

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