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on: May 08, 2009, 07:58:32 AM
Pseudopod 141: Flash on the Borderlands I

Three flash fiction stories in one gut churning episode.


“Jordan, when are you going to settle down, get married and have us some children?”

By J.R
Read by Ben Phillips

Beth, my most recent girlfriend, said I look like a hanged man when I walk because I always stare down at my feet.


Thinking About Polar Bears


By Mike Battista
Read by Matt Arnold

I wake up exhausted. I hadn’t slept well. My heart still beats quickly; the aftermath of vaguely remembered dreams.


Exit Exam, Section III: Survival Skills, Question #7

By David Erik Nelson
Read by Alasdair Stuart

7a) You are a werewolf. You kill and eat people. You are a vicious animal.


Theme music as usual: “Bloodletting on the Kiss” by Anders Manga
Additional music in this episode: rare rendition of “LabRatB” by Harmaline


This week’s episode sponsored by Audible.com, who offers Pseudopod listeners a free audiobook download of their choice from Audible’s selection of over 60,000 titles.



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Reply #1 on: May 09, 2009, 07:40:39 AM
goddamn Alasdair5000, this makes five shows in two weeks?  all of them with extended, inciteful commentary.  you're rapidly becoming the hardest working man in podcasting.


about the last story, you're never morally obligated to kill yourself because of what you might do.  so long as you can build a secure cell for that time of the month or make a living on an oil rig, isolating yourself, you have options.  killing yourself because you have unnatural feelings that you don't want to face isn't a moral obligation, it's cowardice.



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Reply #2 on: May 09, 2009, 11:53:58 AM
Wow.  Helluva flash collection.  Pretty intense.  I heard the warning, but I don't think I was realy ready for numbers 1 and 3. 



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Reply #3 on: May 11, 2009, 03:40:09 AM
Oh the poddy goodness delivered here. Bravo. All the little stories were exquisid. The wolf one? a mite unsetteling, but man great. I like this new "tower" thing..

and seriously Al- you've been putting out a LOT of content as of late! Not that I'm complaining

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Reply #4 on: May 12, 2009, 02:42:48 AM
First off, wonderful to hear a shout out to Valentine Dyall.  And as for The Man In Black, FEAR ON 4 itself rocked and was some of the best audio horror out there in the 80's ("By the River, Fontainbleau" was a particular favorite, and that universal clock episode).

Now as to the 3 flash pieces.  Well, the first wasn't for me - I may be a lifelong Cronenberg fan but if this is body horror, well....

#2 - okay.  Nice mood.

#3 - excellent piece, well done.  Nice to see people approaching old ideas in new ways.  I may be with "Deflective" on the general concept (child molesters and serial killers - well really, the media's versions of them, not the real thing, which is an important distinction - have replaced Nazis as our "moral absolute of evil types" that allow people to posture about "I'm a good person and killing is wrong...except" but then, if we didn't have them, we'd have something else I suppose.  The concept and moral complexities involving mental illness seem almost passe in our "Apocalyptic/End Times/Gotta find me someone to Kill" world) but it was still an excellent idea, well deployed.  Kudos!

Thanks for listening

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Aino Kallas, WOLF BRIDE (1928)





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Reply #5 on: May 12, 2009, 04:04:24 PM
Wow! Pseudopod rockets ahead of everything else as usual. Three stories. Lovely jubbly!

#1) seemed a lot like a gross-out story, and it did have the intended effect- I felt pretty physically sick listening to it. Not the sort of thing I enjoy though... to be honest until PP I didn't like horror at all, but I've got into the whole pyschological side of things of late which is helping to break down the stereotypes of horror as.. well, screaming people and axe murderers.

2) I liked. The mood was maintained right through, the singing awful, the imagery interesting to say the least. I thought.. this is how the world ends, not with a big fight but with everyone individually giving up. Cheery stuff.

#3) Woah. JUST having listened to this might bias me a bit, but I cannot say how much I loved this story. The format was fresh, the ideas disturbing yet fascinating, and the "characters" described in a deeply human and personal way really struck a chord with me. (more cliches coming up) I agree with what deflective said. If you have these issues, you can't view it as your fault, some failing in you that makes you evil or bad or wrong, some choice you make. It's something you're not in control of. You can't externalise it- it is and always will be part of who you are- but you shouldn't kill yourself just because of that. You need to learn to deal with it.
The horror part of this story really hit me, as it's supposed to, with the last of the three segments, about padeophilia. Like others have mentioned, we do dehumanise these people- but they are people rather than just beings. What makes this true horror, however, is the way that it's inescapable. You're held at gunpoint, your house burgled, you're attacked by zombies... all of these things will end, there will be some relief or release from them. When the issue isn't external, when it's a part of you, inside you, and there's no way out- when it smothers everything, that is true horror and desperation and despair.

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So, enough of that rambling. On the whole, fantastic stuff and I'd like to see it again. Thanks Al, and thanks of course to the authors.



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Reply #6 on: May 13, 2009, 07:09:16 AM
i loveeeee psudopod :-)

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Reply #7 on: May 13, 2009, 03:57:23 PM
Just send the bloodied corpses to Al.



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Reply #8 on: May 14, 2009, 06:47:48 PM
No, no, no!  Al gets the blood, Ben gets the corpses.

I won't go into the reasons, but one of these 3 I could empathize with.



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Reply #9 on: May 16, 2009, 12:31:00 AM
these stories rocked my sox.

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Reply #10 on: May 16, 2009, 08:38:49 AM
Loved this, the three in a row format worked really well and a stunning trio to start off with.

I liked all three but thought the third was particularly strong, not because the subject matter was anything new but the format and the delivery was splendidly different to most approaches.

Can I add my praise for Alisdair too, Pseudopod gets better and better and it is, in my opinion, primarily down to Al that it is so good.

Man - despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistication, and his many accomplishments - owes his existence to a six inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.


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Reply #11 on: May 16, 2009, 04:31:11 PM
Very nice!  Three stories for the same old Pseudopod price.  An excellent value in these hard times.  I enjoyed them all! 

The format was remnant of the Drabblecast's Trifecta -which is always a good thing!


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Reply #12 on: May 17, 2009, 11:17:53 PM
Yah, much like a Drabblecast Trifecta and equally as awesome.  The first one was disturbingly wonderful.



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Reply #13 on: May 18, 2009, 06:18:06 PM
The first story was some good shit!

The third story was completely disturbing and unsettling. I'd say the PP Towers covered their bases pretty well :)


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Reply #14 on: May 19, 2009, 08:11:14 AM
The first story was some good shit!

::Groan::

The legacy of Pseudopun lives on...



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Reply #15 on: May 22, 2009, 07:44:26 PM
1. I was really afraid he was going to be coprophagic and self-hating about it. Really graphic story; amazing details.

2. Eh.

3. I appreciated the humor but it went on WAY too long and the thing about the kids at his church was more distressing than horrific.

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Reply #16 on: May 28, 2009, 07:36:34 PM
1. Body horror? Load of old shit more like. 'Air Out my Shorts' has presented better stories than this.

2. Not bad, but it seemed to end suddenly as though the author lost interest "blah blah blah, coming up to word limit so... I get eaten by a dog."

3. Brilliant. Best thing I've heard in ages and all because it's Alasdair reading it. The bait and switch of talking about the wolf on the outside and how that might be nothing compared to the darkness in the human heart, wonderful, and all the more so because it was read in that voice.



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Reply #17 on: May 29, 2009, 09:00:02 AM
No, no, no!  Al gets the blood, Ben gets the corpses.

Look, I don't have an incinerator, and my digging arms are tired.  Just send the bodies to whoever's on your side of the ocean, because even drained they're a lot heavier than the blood -- and let me tell you, overseas shipping rates are a bitch.



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Reply #18 on: May 30, 2009, 07:09:17 AM
meh... too much work, i think i'll just offer a burnt sacrifice and leave it at that.

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Reply #19 on: July 18, 2009, 12:13:37 AM
The first one I was pretty much silently screaming, and didn't really pay much attention to the second. The third was creepy as hell--taking the concept of a werewolf and slowly chopping away the supernatural elements until you find yourself in the perspective of the human equivilant of a werewolf.