“The Blues” is up on Pseudopod! (plus my location photos from the story…)

After a bit of an unforeseen delay, the incredible Pseudopod podcast has just posted a reading of my story “The Blues”, read for you by Gabe Diani, writer and star of the fantastic horror-comedy “The Selling”.

Gabe, along with his partner-in-crime, Etta Devine, are the masterminds behind The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: The Robotic Edition, and are currently producing and gearing up for their next feature, Diani and Devine Meet the Apocalypse, a comedy road movie about two comedians caught unaware by the end of the world, or as they put it: “Like ‘The Road’…but funnier!”… which is perhaps the best tagline for a piece of art, ever.  Check out their page, and when the Kickstarter is up, I’ll let you know.

Gabe and Etta are both old friends of mine, and I was honored that they volunteered to step in and read “The Blues” after the first reading suffered some issues. Their read turned out better than I could have hoped for, and I’m incredibly grateful to Shawn Garret, the editor of Psuedopod for all his help.

Having a story on Pseudopod is an enormous honor for me, as it was one of the reasons I started writing horror (4chan’s /x/ being my other big inspiration). I’m thrilled to have followed, at last in numerological sense, the incredible Thomas Ligotti, with episode 351 “The Bungalow House”, which was fantastic.

I am deeply appreciative to you all for your readership and support over the years, and thank you for being here with me. It would mean a great deal to me if you downloaded the show, left me feedback here, or at the Psuedopod Forums, and I would be especially grateful if you would share this episode with a friend if you liked it, or an enemy, if you didn’t.

Hit “Continue Reading” for some photographs of the locations in “The Blues”

“The Blues” is a personal piece for me for a few reasons: the town of Winters is not far from where I grew up. I wrote “The Blues” after a visit there, and many/most of the locations are real, and geographically accurate. You could easily plot the movement of the story on Google Maps, should you be so inclined.

If you’re interested, I have some photos of some of the locations featured in the story, posted below.

The Railroad Bridge that runs parallel to the footbridge (There’s a geocache hidden beneath this one, if I recall correctly) :The Railroad BridgeThe colored houses:

The Houses

The “Look Up” Graffiti in the Summer:
Look Up SummerAnd later, in the Autumn:

Look Up Autumn

That bridge picture, that I like to use as my avatar, is the footbridge upon which the story begins:The Bridge

As always, thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoyed the episode. If you’re not already subscribed, I hope you found your new favorite podcast.

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