Podcasting seems to have gripped the world of genre fiction recently, with pioneers like Scott Sigler using it as a writing career launchpad.  But I hadn’t realised how terribly effective the medium was until I started listening to the stories available at Pseudopod.com

I’ll mention a few stand outs that have left a lasting impression with me. 


Grave of Ships by Richard Marsden is one of those lovely, lyrical, haunting tales that stays with you long after it is finished.  But the realy beauty in this story is in the reading.  Read by Ian Stuart, Grave of Ships is enhanced by his regional accent so much that the story is lifted above those that come before or after.

There’s nothing terribly new or innovative about Infestation, but what it does is, literally for the protaganists, get under your skin and burrow away.  The reading isn’t as fine as Grave of Ships, but the story is definitely momorable!


But the highlight of this week’s listening has to be Hometown Horrible, by Matthew Bey.  Those who love Lovecraft, will love this.  The reading is spot on, and the story will leave you puttung your jaw back into place.  When it gets down to the last few minutes, and all the pieces fall into place, you’ll walk away marvelling at Bey’s ability.

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3 Responses to Podcasting

  1. Matt says:

    Thanks for the review of Infestation. It’s my first publication. I noticed, from your site, that your most recent rejection had feedback. That’ s awesome. 2 of my 3 last rejections had decent feedback. It took almost 2 years for me to get to that point.

    Also, we had identical wordpress blogs until I changed mine the other day. Anyway, let me know if you want to swap stories for review.

    • Robert Mammone says:

      More than happy to swap stories for review. I’m nearly completion on one (should be in the next week), which I would value feedback on.

      Thought your story was very effective and well written, by the way. Suited the reading very well.

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