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on: March 18, 2017, 05:49:52 AM
PseudoPod 534: ARTEMIS RISING 3: In The Country

In The Country by Christi Nogle

“In The Country” is a Pseudopod original.

CHRISTI NOGLE teaches college English in Boise, Idaho, where she is fortunate to spend the better part of each day reading and writing. She is an avid reader with eclectic tastes in fiction and a special appreciation for audiobooks. She is — surprisingly! — new to submitting fiction for publication. Except for a short piece published in the local Log Cabin Literary Center’s anthology, “In the Country” is the first piece of fiction she has submitted for publication. She has been very pleased with the responses she has received so far. She wants to thank her friends Elizabeth Barnes and Heidi Naylor for encouraging her to send out her stories, and she wants to encourage others who might be hesitant to send out their work. Her story “Cubby” recently won the Portable Story Series’s Time Travel contest. You can listen to actress Lili Taylor read it here. This contest offers professional narration and recording and gives listeners the opportunity to donate to charitable organizations when they download stories. You can follow Christi on Twitter @christinogle.

This week’s reader – Dagny Paul – is a teacher, writer, failed artist, comic book geek, and associate editor/occasional host of Pseudopod. She is guest editor for Pseudopod’s Artemis Rising 3 event in 2017. She lives in the middle of nowhere, Louisiana. Follow her on Twitter for no good reason @dagnypaul. Listen to her story “There is No Road Through the Woods” on Pseudopod.

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“‘The reason that you’re able to find things when you go hunting for them is sort of the same reason you see faces everywhere. It’s like if you’re hunting for daisies, and you know what a daisy looks like, you have that picture in front of your eyes, and when there is a daisy there to fit into the picture, you will see it,’ Cassie says just as they enter the woods.

‘Then I have a picture of a mushroom, and one of a pretty forest flower—not of a daisy—and one of a turtle shell, all at the same time” Myrna says, “since those are what I want to find.’

‘You can’t. It doesn’t work that way.’

‘It does. I can. I am a very able person,’ Myrna says, adjusting her gait to miss a slimy patch of wet moss.”

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Reply #1 on: March 20, 2017, 10:38:18 PM
I <3 the Faculty of Horror. If you enjoy intelligent discussions about horror films, do yourself a favor and go listen to their podcast.

Also thought Dagny did a great job with the narration here.

Anyone who enjoyed this story should go pick up a Shirley Jackson collection. "The Renegade" would be a good short story to start with (other than "The Lottery" of course), or grab either The Haunting of Hill House (more accessible and "fun") or We Have Always Lived in the Castle (much subtler and crueler).
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Reply #2 on: March 22, 2017, 07:13:34 PM
Yeah, I couldn't follow this one at all. I liked listening to the reading, though.

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Reply #3 on: March 25, 2017, 07:55:12 PM
This one had the elements of an unreliable narrator. Unnerving tone. I think I figured out the plot.  :)

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Reply #4 on: March 26, 2017, 04:43:10 PM
IAnyone who enjoyed this story should go pick up a Shirley Jackson collection. "The Renegade" would be a good short story to start with

Fenrix, I appreciate your mention of "The Renegade." That is one of my favorite Jackson stories.

I also thought Dagny did an amazing job with the narration and that everyone should listen to the Faculty of Horror podcast. I was not aware of Faculty of Horror until I learned they were hosting this story, but I started listening and am already hooked!


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Reply #5 on: May 04, 2017, 03:10:23 PM
This story was unsettling. I'm still not sure what happened...