Monday, May 11, 2009

Thinking About Polar Bears

Hey, remember a while ago I told you that I submitted one of my little stories, then later it got purchased? Well, now it's actually been released. My story, Thinking About Polar Bears, appears in the latest episode of Pseudopod, a horror podcast, and is narrated by Matt Arnold.

There are a few ways to listen. If you have an iPod, it's easiest to go through iTunes: search for the Pseudopod podcast, and it's the latest episode, titled "Flash on the Borderlands I". You can also listen directly on your computer at Pseudopod.org. This episode is a collection of 3 stories. Mine is the 2nd one, nestled in the middle like a creamy filling. I'm honoured to be included with two fantastically disturbing stories, but if you're squeamish or short on time, you can skip to mine at 10:10. It's not completely safe for work either, though.

It is incredibly strange to hear my words coming out of someone else's mouth, especially read so dramatically (and with an unexpected musical twist). It's been a long time since I've let anyone read my writing (blogging doesn't count), and now having it not only read out loud by one person, but heard by many other people...man, it's a both terrifying and a real rush. I'm so grateful to the fine people at Pseudopod for this, and I hope my little story manages to tickle the darker corners of a few minds out there.



11 comments:

ashley b. said...

Congratulations! It's on my iPod to be listened to on my walk to school...

Phronk said...

Thanks Ashley! I hope it doesn't ruin your day.

Matt Arnold said...

I hope you liked the narration. It was an interesting challenge for me, to sound as emotional as the character obviously felt, without going over the top. Frightened, sad, and nauseated by turns. It helped a lot that Ben was a good director and editor, so he stitched together the best parts of my takes.

SharkBoy said...

downloading right away, can't wait to hear it.
Congratulations, this is quite an accomplishment

Mark said...

Congrats! I'll check it out.

Phronk said...

Matt: Thanks for stopping by! I did like the narration. I wasn't quite expecting the singing, but it added a novel touch and people really seem to be connecting with that aspect. The subtle hint of nausea towards the end was also much appreciated. :)

Sharkboy & Mark: Thanks guys!

Captain Bee said...

If you could get Shatner to read this for an audiotape...welcome to Grammy-ville.

SharkBoy said...

OOOOOOOoooooo
Next time, kick the dog in the throat... twice... and run Phronk, run!!!

Brian said...

Good job.

It reminded me of the giant orb / end-of-world nightmare that haunted me in my childhood... And now, I fear, night-in and night-out for the rest of my life...

Damn you!

Phronk said...

Captain: Haha, that would rule. I'll have his people contact my people.

Sharkboy: How'd you know it was autobiographical??

Brian: Sorry. But tapping into childhood nightmares is much of what horror is all about, so I'll take that as a compliment. :)

Shora said...

Damn, Phronk, and I thought your blog posts were good! It's excellent... congrats babe. Can I get an autographed copy of your first puplished book? I'm such a groupie ;)

Odd re: the Kirk comment above, when I listened the narrator sounded like a cross between that hologram doctor on Voyager and the guy that played "Q". Awesome.