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Comments on: Pseudopod 009: Counting From Ten

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By: Amber

Sat, 17 Jan 2009 22:55:56 +0000

I liked it and i believe that i could do it...aslong as my friend was passed out and not able to scratch me to death, but then again i'm not sure she could with only two fingers.

By: Mari Mitchell

Wed, 02 Apr 2008 23:33:32 +0000

This one was okay.

Do not get me wrong, I did not think it was poorly written or read, the story simple did not appeal to me.

I do agree with Mur, it is really about friendship.

Should Mur read this, my mother liked horror too.

By: Phillip

Sat, 24 Feb 2007 18:35:24 +0000

A great story from beginning until end... Jc, you should read all of the stories, i love the way you express yourself while reading.... It shows alot of emotion! I almost had to go to the bathroom from such excitement! Definitly a keeper! Pseudopod, keep up the good work! xD

By: phignewton

Sat, 16 Dec 2006 21:42:38 +0000

went on a little long but... yes, nothin like good ol fashioned finger reduction to bring on the heebie jeebies.

By: Steve Feldon

Tue, 05 Dec 2006 00:29:53 +0000

I've known Michael Montoure for nearly fifteen years, and I was one of the people who urged him to submit to Pseudopod. At a more personal level, I've gamed with him--Vampire: the Masquerade--and so I have been personally scared by him. I've read his writing both published and unpublished. This was the best possible presentation of Counting From Ten I can imagine, even better than reading the original text. . . .

By: Tony Bullard

Thu, 16 Nov 2006 03:22:58 +0000

Spork: You're going to feel really bad when you find out that the author lost his nose in a horrible accident when he was a kid. Hey, maybe that would make a good story! j/k Loved the story! thanks!

By: Adrian

Sat, 11 Nov 2006 00:03:45 +0000

Bravo. My favorite story so far. Great characters.

By: Spork

Sun, 05 Nov 2006 23:38:26 +0000

I take it back. I do have one complaint abou this story. It came to me today while I was doing...stuff. Where were the smells? What did the girl smell like? Perfume? Sex? What did his idiot buddy smell like? Funk & fear? What did the antiseptic smell like when he was cleaning the wound? How about the hospital? What about the smells of the old house? If there were that many people there, food would have been served. I liked the story, but I couldn't really identify what was missing until I remembered the lack of fully sensory descriptions of place. Smell is an important one. It also makes me wonder what the rum tasted like. Was it good, or cheap, or coconut, or..?

By: Spork

Sat, 04 Nov 2006 15:47:42 +0000

Holy crap! An actually good story on here! The characterizations were perfect, the reader was actually capable of expressing emotion, frustration, helplessness, bewilderment, etc. It was wonderful. Mur even spoke a bit, and dropped that "I swear it's true" childish horse shit. Mur, pay attention here. KEEP DOING THIS.

By: JustaJ0e

Fri, 03 Nov 2006 17:52:10 +0000

For me this was the first real HORROR story on Pseudopod. I have enjoyed all of them and several of them would be counted among my favorites but for me this is the first to really fall into MY category of horror. Really squeamishly, uncomfortably enjoyable. As for the stories use of cliche' gimmicks ... sure there were a few, but they were well used. I am reminded of when I first heard "Greenday" getting airplay and I commented to a friend on how much I enjoyed them. He responded derisively "They're just doing The Clash". "True" I responded "but I LIKE The Clash and since The Clash ISN'T doing The Clash anymore I'm glad someone else IS!" So, as far as I'm concerned if your going to reuse stuff in creating your new story it's A-OK with me ... just as long as the end result is as good as this. :)

By: Luse

Thu, 02 Nov 2006 15:20:17 +0000

Great return to form, loved this story. Certainly stuck with me this week, Keep 'em coming!

By: Simon

Thu, 02 Nov 2006 12:17:36 +0000

This is my favourite Pseudopod since Bagman - nice work and one of the best readings i've heard in ages. It looks like every had a pet pieve over a different cliche in there which I suppose says more then about us readers than the writer - who was clearly using the old trick of using the cliche's to scaffold the tension. Personally, I had trouble with the "abused mysterious old lady with a ring" cliche, I'd really have prefered another reason for the horror than a straight "curse". Please, no mysterious gypsy wenches from the east! Nonetheless, this one stuck with me.. Nice stuff!

By: que!

Thu, 02 Nov 2006 00:32:17 +0000

A definite THRILLER! :0)

By: Gabriel

Wed, 01 Nov 2006 17:07:37 +0000

The first story that REALLY gave me the creeps and made me squirm. Dunno if I liked that or not.

By: Colin F

Wed, 01 Nov 2006 16:03:44 +0000

Myself enjoyed that story. :-) I thought the balance struck by the author was just right. Gruesome enough to make you feel slightly queasy but not so much that you coudn't listen on. Didn't see the son's double-cross coming. I groaned out loud at that point - on the way from my car to the office - and got a strange look from two other employees!

By: Joseph

Tue, 31 Oct 2006 21:59:47 +0000

Alan, being all hallows eve the entire world is coming to pseudopod for their creepy fix. The bandwith is being a finite resource and must be divided amongst many downloaders. Wait for it, it's worth the wait.

By: Alan Keatinge

Tue, 31 Oct 2006 21:30:38 +0000

Odd things going on with your site. I can't get your latest cast (#9) at any faster than about 4Kn/sec. This means It'd take me an hour to download it. I do like to listen but hmm, just checked and it's speeded up to about 22KB/sec. not great but still faster. Have you had any other complaints about transfer speed? Please note I normally get your casts down in about 2 1/1 mins so half an hour is rather unusual. Alan

By: Gabriel

Tue, 31 Oct 2006 19:36:39 +0000

Sat down and listened to all nine episodes over the last few days and so far this has been the best. I love that it is subtle for a while and then just plain gruesome! Great listen, thank you.

By: Adam

Tue, 31 Oct 2006 17:21:59 +0000

I loved the story, but this is the first one I had to skip portions. Squeamish + Finger Loss + Driving = Bad Juju Keep 'em comin!

By: Joseph

Tue, 31 Oct 2006 02:25:10 +0000

excellent! The best story on Pseudopod to date!

By: Jonathan Gillespie

Mon, 30 Oct 2006 20:54:01 +0000

Now this is more like it! Some good old-fashioned, inescapable doom. And it didn't begin with three thousand words of dialog or descriptions of business meetings. What a concept! All joking aside, this is the best tale I've heard on Pseudopod. Nice work. I did find myself a little irritated over yet another use of an all-too-common setup, i.e.: Bumbling, dishonest "cursed" character shows up at an apartment in middle of night to recount his woes and begin a series of horror-related events whereby he is aided by a reluctant, condescending but ultimately loyal "friend" character. ...The reason for this is it's a staple done to death in horror. Go check out "Absolution insured" over on Variant Frequencies if you want to see what I'm talking about. Thing is, who cares? Like "Absolution Insured", this piece works great. And the ending is both poignant and manages to clamp down hard.

By: Tom

Sun, 29 Oct 2006 20:58:55 +0000

Mur, I really love your writing. Your stories at Escape Pod and on Podiobooks are some of my favorites, but this week you committed one of my pet peeves: "Edited by ... and myself. I have stolen this explaination from ?A Way With Words? from KPBS: ( 4.? How did the misuse of the word myself come to be? Everyone now says, "Jane, Robert, and myself are going to the movies" and "They awarded trophies to Jane, Robert, and myself." Do people use the word myself because they don't know whether or not to use the word I or me? We congratulate you on your penetrating analysis of the epidemic that we have dubbed the Myself Reflex. The most succinct statement that explains why so many speakers and writers misuse, abuse, and overuse the pronoun myself was cobbled by Red Smith, the graceful New York sportswriter: "Myself is the foxhole of ignorance where cowards take refuge because they were taught that me is vulgar and I is egotistical." In other words, speakers and writers are often addlepated or chickenhearted about choosing the proper cases for their pronouns: the nominative case ? I -- for subjects and the accusative case ? me -- for objects. The only three contexts in which myself should ever appear are: (1) as a reflexive pronoun used as an object of a verb whose subject is the same: "I hurt myself climbing the walls of my home." (2) as an intensifier: "I myself wouldn't be caught dead bungee jumping." (3) in special idioms: "I removed the popcorn from the ceiling all by myself."

By: Loz

Sun, 29 Oct 2006 18:38:23 +0000

I did like this story, it was a bit slow to start but sped up nicely. I always enjoy stories where nice people ('nice' admittedly being something of a moveable feast) have to do horrible things. And the betrayal by the son of the woman who cursed Tommy, well, even though you could tell something of the kind was coming Mr Montoure wrote so well that those kind of moments are like when the band plays your favourite song at a gig. All together now...! And I've just listened to the episode of Small World with Mur on. I'm sorry if I offended you in previous weeks. I really liked your introduction this week. While I agree that you don't want to do a Steve Eley I don't think there's anything wrong with welcoming people in.

By: Adolfo

Fri, 27 Oct 2006 22:20:24 +0000

Great story. My favorite part was the son of the decesaed ring owner using the return of the friend as an opportunity to mess with the person responsible with his mothers death. Too many stories like this end with a forgiving and magnamous family ending the curse. Forget that!

By: Paul from Des Moines

Fri, 27 Oct 2006 18:45:16 +0000

I hear that! Very good story. And JC's reading of it did it quite the justice it deserved. Looking forward to next week!

By: Bazooka Joe

Fri, 27 Oct 2006 16:40:10 +0000

I agree, today's show defintiely reminded me of King's Thinner. Nice twist at the end! For those of you who are interested, I interviewed Mur about Pseudopod on my podcast, which is called Small World. You can find the interview at or download it directly from

By: JClark

Fri, 27 Oct 2006 15:02:42 +0000

Wow, a very different kind of story from the last few. I liked it. It was like a mix of Stephen King's Thinner, and Final Destination, though with a different dynamic at work, being centered around a troubled but strong friendship. JC Hutchins' reading was great too, though after 7th Son I can't help but think that this sounded like a conversation between John and Kilroy 2.0 (though without the messiah complex).