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Title: PseudoPod 662: Indian Giver
Post by: Bdoomed on August 29, 2019, 02:35:19 AM
PseudoPod 662: Indian Giver (

Author: Ray Cluley (
Narrator: Jonathan Danz (
Host: Alex Hofelich (

‘Indian Giver’ first appeared in the collection, Probably Monsters, in 2015. It was reprinted in Ellen Datlow’s The Best Horror of the Year (Volume 8).

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Every man carries his share of ghosts, but there are those who listen to them more than others. That was Grady’s opinion, anyways. And most of those listenin’ didn’t much like what they heard; that was his opinion, too. So he wasn’t surprised to see Tom stumblin’ across the darkening yard towards him. If he was surprised at all it was only that it had taken the man so long.

The taming of the wild west was something Grady never saw—he was a proper lieutenant, not a glorified book-keep or ledger-maker  —but even so, all he saw of the west was tired and worn down. Land and people. Native people, mostly, but Tom carried the same look himself right now. He had something in his hand that was supposed to be Tennessee whiskey but probably wasn’t. It would taste right, though. And they’d drink it down just fine. A tale of woe was best punctuated with whiskey.

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Title: Re: PseudoPod 662: Indian Giver
Post by: Scuba Man on August 31, 2019, 06:05:00 PM
This was a tough episode to listen to (and necessary). The recounting of the roundup was chilling. I can't say I enjoyed the story -- I'm glad I listened to it and let it sink in. .......Grady & Tom on the porch... not expecting absolution.....
Title: Re: PseudoPod 662: Indian Giver
Post by: Scuba Man on August 31, 2019, 06:35:00 PM
Timestamp ~34:05 ...ugly themes... Yep. :(

The 'outro' was damn interesting and I'm glad you brought it to our attention. The Hugo-Loosers-Party without the participants (it's Escape Artists for f@@k's sakes... the doorman didn't clue in?!). Who the hell was let in? ...the hanger-ons?

Mr. Steward... I'm thankful that you keep this entity creeping along. I have never once regretted my monetary contributions!
Title: Re: PseudoPod 662: Indian Giver
Post by: Metalsludge on September 16, 2019, 04:44:48 PM
Having recently read a first hand account of the round up to start off the Trail of Tears in one of the news magazines I follow that referenced it, this story sounded pretty familiar. I like that the story clarifies that many natives by that time would have just been on ordinary homesteads, sometimes prosperous, and we're simply having their stuff taken, as this was often the case in real life.

Seems like there is always something to take, and somebody to take it, in history. Any excuse will do.

The story had the makings of a basic ghost story, but there was something pretty engaging to its narrative, and it sums up well in the end as the supernatural elements creep in.
Title: Re: PseudoPod 662: Indian Giver
Post by: Gary on October 18, 2019, 01:48:01 AM
Nicely done. A tough story whose horror was almost as much from the one participant not wanting to hear it but making himself listen, as it was from the grisly details themselves.
Narration was spot on!
Well done all.
Title: Re: PseudoPod 662: Indian Giver
Post by: Marlboro on October 27, 2019, 12:39:58 PM
A good old fashioned supernatural vengeance story. I enjoyed it.