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The Sound of Horror

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By: Tim C.

Thu, 12 Jun 2008 18:29:43 +0000

I thought this was going to be some sort of homage to Hitchcock, especially when she went after the escaped crow and found the little boy's bracelet. But then, when the narrator described later what had happened to her, I stopped and said, "WHAT, you got to be kidding me!" What is the deal, here. Was she a human-sized crow, or a crow-sized crow, or what? And why?! This reminds me of the movie, The Fly, where Jeff Goldblum's character has chunks of flesh falling off him, revealing the fly underneath. At least there, there was a reason for the transformation. The author's brain must have jumped track at some point and got her genres mixed up.

Nope, sorry. Didn't do it for me.

By: JD

Tue, 22 Apr 2008 14:02:30 +0000

The story was ok. But the 100th monkey effect is bullocks, Mr. Stuart! Sorry.

By: harvestersel

Wed, 16 Apr 2008 04:25:09 +0000

good stories

By: chinawhite

Mon, 14 Apr 2008 04:00:36 +0000

well said ben... thank you

By: Rob

Mon, 14 Apr 2008 02:07:30 +0000

Thank you Ben.. i feel cleansed. Good Karma to all.

By: ben

Sun, 13 Apr 2008 20:42:51 +0000

I have deleted several communications between Spork, Chinawhite, and Rob as irrelevant to the general public's interest. I could split hairs further (I'm looking at you, comments 9, 10, and 16 too) but basically: everyone please comment on the story, not on other commenters, nor even moderation policy. If you want to discuss such things, start a thread on -- preferably under "About Pseudopod" if you want to make sure I see it -- and try to be as specific as possible about the nature of the complaint. Thanks everyone.

By: Spork

Mon, 07 Apr 2008 23:21:18 +0000

I would like to nominate the posts of chinawhite and Rob as "things of which I am accused of doing, but never actually do in any of my posts."

Now that's out of the way...

This story was dull. Extremely dull. I, too, stopped after the temple piercing. Also, having the story read by someone with only one emotional tone to her voice was tedium heaped onto boredom. Also, in continuing the fine Pseudopod tradition of having the wrong people read the wrong stories, every time I listen to an American describe something as bloody, I keep wondering why _____ was covered in blood. Please stop doing this. There's a cultural element to just colloquialisms and that element is lost when you have have a narrator lacking in the foundations of that culture read them. Just stop it, already.

By: Mitch Small

Fri, 04 Apr 2008 06:49:00 +0000

Great narration can only go so far. Progress is slow and predictable.

By: Dom

Mon, 31 Mar 2008 23:55:55 +0000

Man, I dunno what to think about this one. Interesting concept, but it just didn't grab me, you know?

By: Inez

Fri, 28 Mar 2008 05:07:33 +0000


By: Maureen

Wed, 26 Mar 2008 16:07:44 +0000

A fascinating tale, elegantly conceived . . . . I like this story a lot. It has much to say about the human condition to those who are willing to listen. Imaginative, beautifully written, evocative . . . .

By: Sarina

Wed, 26 Mar 2008 09:50:30 +0000

The writer has such vivid imagination, and her writing is superb. I don't understand those who think otherwise.

By: Rob

Tue, 25 Mar 2008 18:24:28 +0000

I really enjoyed this story, kinda creepy to listen to while driving down a dark rainy mountain. Looking forward to your next story. People mostly place negative comment on peoples work that the envy. I think the masses would agree. Keep up the great work.

By: chinawhite

Mon, 24 Mar 2008 04:46:49 +0000

The story is truly creepy and is so because of the great choice of words. It's unfortunate that there are close minded insecure readers (also whom i assume think that they are fantastic writers or just insecure about their own works) that they feel the need to be so harsh. Of course you can please everyone but really, take into account the the long grueling proces involved and maybe you'll think again before making such comments.

By: lefty

Mon, 24 Mar 2008 00:59:12 +0000

i don't know how the grace of the words escaped me either, but they did. by a lot. i've been listening to pseudopod since the begining, and this was the worst story yet.

i did like the word-whore. it was the story that felt like nails pounded into my ears.

By: David

Sun, 23 Mar 2008 16:33:25 +0000

Not your best work.

By: Sam

Sat, 22 Mar 2008 20:55:37 +0000

The grace of the words, as Mari puts it, was pleasant and effective. Particularly in the voice of the Word Whore. But I feel that the story itself was sloppy and uninspired. The conceit didn't really break the gravity of Hitchcock's the Birds and the conclusion was profoundly unsatisfying. The narrator's transformation wasn't given the attention it deserved. Sorry to be a downer.

By: Deanie

Sat, 22 Mar 2008 16:59:47 +0000

Great story with an unexpected twist at the end. Beautifully written and narrated. What's not to like?

By: Mari Mitchell

Sat, 22 Mar 2008 07:38:32 +0000

Sometimes I think the mark of any good story or art or song is it ability to for people to love it or hate it. Neither is wrong.

I liked the story. But I like stories about crows and a like.

Frankly I cannot see how the grace of the words escaped those who disliked the story. But them my tastes can go against many.

I loved this story. It is one I will cherish. Already it tucked into my heart.

By: lefty

Sat, 22 Mar 2008 03:37:56 +0000

It was predictable and hard to listen to. In the future, if Pseudopod has nothing better to play I would prefer they played nothing at all.

I'm sorry to be so harsh, I love Pseudopod and really do appreciate the work that the makers put into it to entertain us. Thank you very much.

By: Eileen Kernaghan

Sat, 22 Mar 2008 01:48:44 +0000

I quite enjoyed this. Very creepy, and I thought the reader's voice really did justice to the story.

By: v

Fri, 21 Mar 2008 19:03:02 +0000

Eh, preferred the sandwich story.

This has been done. If I hear or read one more story about evil animals...

I normally try to listen all the way through, but I gave up on this one after the narrator got it in the temple.