Why am I such a fan? Because I like being scared! The tentacular Pseudopod team has kept me company on long drives, while cleaning house, sitting in waiting rooms, walking along the beach at sunset, or tucked in bed in a pitch black room with nothing more than Alasdair’s dread and cheery “Welcome to Pseudopod.” to warn me of the horrors to come. Until the end music fades, I am hostage to my own imagination, locked in a cage of the author’s design. The stories are regularly creepy, sometimes cathartic, and often terrifying enough to make me doubt my senses when I finally turn off the lights at night. Narrators breathe unlife into the written word, lending their talents to my malaise, and I love it.
As for authors, Pseudopod delivers a variety of both new and old voices I might never have discovered on my own: Orrin Grey (seriously, listen to “The Worm That Gnaws”); Alyssa Wong (“The Fisher Queen
,” multiple award finalist, swoon); Russell McLean (“The Tooth Fairy
”, totally worth it); Robert W. Chambers (“The Yellow Sign
,” a classic!); Sonya Dorman (the chilling “Go, Go, Go, Said The Bird
”); Jeff Hewitt (“Face Change
,” dark, bloody comedy). Even my own works have found their way into the clutches of Pseudopod’s editors. The entire family of Escape Artists, Inc., productions are, indeed, a fantastic petri dish for new and up and coming authors to get their works out there to the eager public. Each show also embraces classic short fiction, celebrating the chance to share splendid works with a new generation of fans.
Why is she telling us this? Because horror audio fiction whispers dark secrets in our ears that are not always banished come sunrise. The words linger, the voices slide over our skins, seeping into our pores. Close your eyes. Listen. The Pseudopod tentacles have a story to tell you, and they promise you . . . it’s true.
Sandra lives in Washington state with her husband, sons, and a grumpy orange cat. A writer who does writerly things, she likes to think she knows what she's doing with stories in places like Daily Science Fiction, Crossed Genres, Pseudopod, and Podcastle. She's got some stories coming up at Escape Artists early next year, so keep an ear out. Find out more about her work at writerodell.com
. Or give her chocolate. That works, too.