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Novelette: “The Gorgon”

“The Gorgon,” by Tanith Lee

Appeared in Shadows 5, an anthology of quiet horror (Doubleday, October 1982, edited by Charles L. Grant); collected in The Gorgon and Other Beastly Tales (DAW Books, 1982); appeared in Nightmare Magazine (read here), February 2014 (issue 17); featured in PseudoPod 604, July 26th, 2018

8,001 words—I really thought it was less

Interesting. (Spoilers.) I wondered how this story would reveal its Medusa, and it managed to surprise me, presenting a mundane disfigurement followed by the real Medusa, the ugliness inside the protagonist himself.


Short story: “The Fainting Game”

“The Fainting Game,” by Nino Cipri

Featured in PseudoPod 603, August 3rd, 2018

4,912 words

I love the concept, the game, the viciousness of the sisters, the dickishness of the dad that points to a deep dysfunction in the family. I felt like I wanted more though. More about the other kids Maya disappears and her motivations for doing so. Anyway, really interesting story. PseudoPod is having a great run of stories lately.

Short story: “Take a Walk in the Night, My Love”

“Take a Walk in the Night, My Love,” by Damien Angelica Walters

First published in the anthology The Madness of Dr. Caligari (Fedogan and Bremer Publishing LLC), edited by Joseph S. Pulver Sr.; featured in PseudoPod 606, August 10th, 2018

3,983 words

(Spoilers, big ones.) The unfolding mystery was great, though the title should have tipped me off that the husband was behind it somehow—the title and for that matter the first line. I must have been distracted. But then the husband reveal is followed up with an even bigger one. I like the reference to Rebecca, though maybe that’s too much? Not sure.

Short story: “The Town Manager”

“The Town Manager,” by Thomas Ligotti

First published in Weird Tales, September–October 2003; featured in episode 605 of PseudoPod, August 3rd, 2018; also read here on YouTube

A few thousand words

I love the escalating strangeness at the beginning—escalating strangeness always charms me—and the ending. This isn’t the kind of thing you think of when you think of horror; the trolley driver’s brutal end is the only overt horror in the whole piece. But what fine horror it is.

Short story: “Beyond the Dead Reef”

“Beyond the Dead Reef,” by James Tiptree, Jr.

Appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, January 1983; won a 1983 Locus Award for best short story; collected in Tales of the Quintana Roo (Arkham House, 1986), which won a 1987 World Fantasy Award for best collection); appeared in PseudoPod 603, July 13th, 2018 (though not reprinted as text—perhaps there was a problem getting the rights)

A few thousand words

Interesting, but the initial buildup strikes me as long and not closely related to the main story (even though I love the murder plot), the monster is silly, and the moral at least borders on heavy-handed. Perhaps I’m reading it from the wrong era.

The framing comments on how unreliable the narrator is ought to undermine the story, it seems to me, but don’t. Is that typically the case? Are we wired to enjoy a good story regardless of what we think about the storyteller?

Short story: “Love Will Tear Us Apart”

“Love Will Tear Us Apart,” by Alaya Dawn Johnson

First published in Zombies vs. Unicorns (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2010); appeared in PseudoPod 581, February 9th, 2018, and replayed July 20th

7.075 words

(Heavy spoilers.) I was hooked from the first few lines. Talking mac and cheese, indeed.

I don’t quite believe Jack would invite Grayson to feed on his father’s body, at least not at the drop of a hat.

Short story: “The Plutonian Drug”

“The Plutonian Drug,” by Clark Ashton Smith

First published in Amazing Stories, September 1934; appeared in PseudoPod 591, April 20th, 2018, and replayed July 27th of the same year; also online here

4,072 words

Clever. The initial dialogue infodump is a bit clumsy, but maybe that was a common convention at the time. (Or does it count as infodump if it’s mainly for worldbuilding rather than having much effect on the plot?)

Short story: “Moon-Face”

“Moon-Face: A Story of Mortal Antipathy,” by Jack London

Appeared in the newspaper The Argonaut July 21st in either 1902 or 1906; read as part of PseudoPod 589: Flash On The Borderlands XLII: Misanthropes, April 6th, 2018; also online here

2,253 words

A good creepy yarn. Reminds me of Poe’s “Tell-Tale Heart,” where the narrator wants to kill the old man for no reason except that there’s something about his eye.

Short story: “The Good Mothers’ Home for Wayward Girls”

“The Good Mothers’ Home for Wayward Girls,” by Izzy Wasserstein

Read by Tatiana Grey for PseudoPod 588 as part of ARTEMIS RISING 4, March 30th, 2018

3,536 words

A good creepy story.

I like the way Grey gives each of the girls a distinct voice.

Short story: “Emperor All”

“Emperor All,” by Evan Marcroft

Read by Kris Straub for PseudoPod 590, April 13th, 2018

4,336 words

A fine dark tale. The main character is unlikable, but you keep listening/reading to find out what happens next.