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A Dramatic Reading of H.P. Lovecraft’s “From Beyond”

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Here’s some Halloween fun for your earholes!

Recently I performed a reading of H.P. Lovecraft’s “From Beyond” on The Drunken Odyssey podcast. Three other fine readers and stories by old H.P. are featured as well.

I am the final reader, but I encourage you to check out the other stories first.

https://thedrunkenodyssey.com/2016/10/15/episode-228-readings-from-hp-lovecraft/

Episode 175: The 5th Annual Flash Fiction Spooktacular!

Recently I had the opportunity to read live with a number of very talented folks.

Check out this Halloween-themed spooktacular show!

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Episode 175 of The Drunken Odyssey, your favorite podcast about creative writing and literature is available on iTunes, or right click here to download.

Flash Fiction Spooktacular Jesse Bradley Jesse Bradley (Photo by Patrick Greene)

In this week’s episode, I share a recording of a Halloween show in Jesse Bradley’s prose reading series, There Will Be Words, in which I was a reader.

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Besides moi, the show featured

Raymond McKee

Will Garland

Danita Berg

J. C. Sevcik

Peg Martin

Catherine Carson,

and Tom Lucas.

Flash Fiction Spooktacular JC Sevcik JC Sevcik (Photo by Patrick Greene)

NOTES

Check out Michael Hearst‘s new album, Film Music and Other Scores, Vol. 1.

Film Music and Other Scores

Episode 175 of The Drunken Odyssey, your favorite podcast about creative writing and literature is available on iTunes, or right click here to download.

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MattyLovesPodcast EPISODE FIFTEEN: “Night Brothers of the Night”

The show is getting better and better. Join us every Friday this month for Halloween-themed fun and jibber jabber.

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Episode fifteen continues our Halloween Primer!

DR. J explains his dissertation, DRAGON MAGAZINE, and gaming.

SID better explains CREEPYPASTA for the listeners, the SLENDERMAN, and STEPHEN KING’S “THREE LEVELS OF HORROR.”

MATT talks briefly about MARBLE HORNETS.

The guys talk about the joy of research and horror.

“DR. TOM” talks about the game, “Call of Cthulhu.” Roll for insanity.

Star Trek VI somehow makes its way into the conversation.

MATT speaks briefly on the new comic, Tokyo Ghost in relation to Mike Judge’s Idiocracy.

What does it take to write HORROR? How do some of these guys come up with this stuff? SID explains.

The guys also give a few of their favorite HALLOWEEN films.

Enjoy one of the most enjoyable discussions yet.

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How the Hell Did This Happen?

I looked in the mirror today, and I was really quite surprised.

Turns out my head is a little pumpkin with small coils of wire protruding out, conducting purple electricity like veins pump blood.

How have I never noticed this before? How could I possibly have a small pumpkin head?

Clearly evolution will not provide any illumination in this matter. Experts might study me, but they will merely mumble and hedge about, unable to make any conclusions.

My head is simply a little pumpkin.

Debates could rage, courts could hold trials and testimony would establish nothing but the most minimal facts in this case.

Simply put, my head is a little pumpkin.
Not a squash.
Not a tuber.
Definitely not a legume.
Not like any other fruit, vegetable, or flower.

Only a pumpkin, which I think makes it a gourd. If you want to be technical about it.

That’s my head.

And all these wires sprouting out from it in a Medusa-like fashion? What the hell are they there for? This is starting to stress me out. I’ll probably get hives.

What would happen if I, or a friend, an enemy, or a curious stranger were to pluck one of these wires from my pumpkin head?

Would I die?
Would I convulse?
Would I simply smile and say, “What was that for, dear chum?”

For all this conjecture, let’s not and say we did. I’m somewhat worried about the whole situation, and I should probably calm down a bit.

I think I told you, this is a recent development. At least I think so. No one has ever told me and I honestly never thought to look. Imagine my embarrassment. Imagine the feeling that you may have been going through life with a pumpkin head and no one has ever had the courage to say anything to you.

You would think someone might crack a joke at Halloween.
But NO.

What will the guys at work say? What sort of shame will my parents feel? How could I have never noticed this before? How will I get through this? What are the five stages?

Shock, Denial, Depression, Acceptance, and Thanksgiving? Is that how it goes? It’s going to take some time. Can you feel my pain? It’s OK, I don’t need your endless sympathy. I can figure this out.

I imagine that life with a pumpkin head will really not be all that different than life with a regular head. I bet that people won’t even notice, or be too afraid to say a thing.

Maybe at parties I’ll say, “I’ll bet the last thing you expected to see at the party was a guy with a pumpkin for a head.”

Or maybe I’ll say, “Go ahead and touch it. You know you want to.”

That’ll break the ice for sure!

I just don’t want people to see me as different. Pumpkin head, regular head – it’s all just the same.

I expect that some people will probably just burn in envy silently as they admire my pumpkin head, but I don’t want that. I want them to feel good about themselves. I might be a guy with a little pumpkin head, but really, I’m no different than anyone else.

Funny, I thought I would be much more upset about this whole thing, but writing it down made me feel a lot better about it.

Thank god I have a blog.