written by David Steffen
On November 9, 2009 I posted my very first “Best Of” podcast list, the Best of Pseudopod, which was based on Pseudopod episodes 1-167 and flash episodes 1-22.Â Well, I’m still listening and still enjoying myself, so I figured there’s no reason I can’t make another list.Â I expect this will become a yearly thing, and will usually cover everything within 1 calendar year.Â This one will be a tiny bit different because a bit more than a year has passed since my last, which is why this is 2010+.Â It will cover episodes 168-219, 60 stories total (because there are a few episodes with more than one story).
Pseudopod reached landmark episode 200 during this time period, and this range of episodes includes my premier on Pseudopod, episode 169 “The Disconnected”.ÂÂ In addition, I received another acceptance letter from them just a few weeks ago for my flash story “What Makes You Tick”, which should appear some time in 2011.Â Now, on to the list.
Instead of ten in the list, I’m going to include 10% of the total and make it a Top Six (plus honorable mentions).
If you like this list, check out my other “Best Of” articles.
1.Â The Snow-White Heart by Marie Brennan
read by Ben Phillips
I love reimagined fairy tales, and this may be my favorite of all.Â This is a reimagining of Snow White.Â Finally, a story that explains why she’s so darn pale, and why she lives with seven strange little men.
2.Â Ankor Sabat by C. Deskin Rink
read by Ben Phillips
A man on an all-consuming quest to save his wife from the evil cult that has taken her, so many years ago.Â This starts a little slowly, but I enjoyed it enough that it didn’t bother me.Â The story went on just a tiny bit longer than it needed to, but other than, it was great.
3.Â The Dark Level by John F.D. Taff
read by Ian Stuart
Near empty parking garages are one of the creepiest locations in the modern world, and this story takes that idea and magnifies it.Â There’s something not quite right about this particular garage.Â Enhanced greatly by the amazing Ian Stuart’s reading, you’ve got to check this out.
4.Â The Mother and the Worm by Tim W. Burke
read by Paul S. Jenkins
This picks up where the The Garden and the Mirror (another Pseudopod story by the same author) left off.Â This stars the same two main characters, the yantra master and the woman who wants to use his power.
5.Â The Horror of the Heights by Arthur Conan Doyle
read by Alasdair Stuart
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is, of course, most well known for his Sherlock Holmes mysteries, but apparently he did some supernatural horror as well.Â This is the tale of a daring man who flies his plane to impossible heights, and the chronicles of his visit.
6.Â Spirit of Nationalism by Richard Marsden
read by Mike Bennett
Historical fiction tends not to suit my fancy, but I really enjoyed this one, supernatural horror story taking place during Napoleon’s invasion of Russia.Â The plot seemed familiar, but it didn’t go where I expected.
1.Â Corvus Curse by Barry J. Northern
read by Ian Stuart
Note that the author is also editor of Cast Macabre, a new horror fiction podcast, which I am currently listening to.Â Expect a Best Of Cast Macabre, coming soon.
2.Â Turning the Apples by Tina Connolly
read by Cayenne Chris Conroy
3.Â The Evil-Eater by Peadar O Guilin
read by Wilson Fowlie
5 thoughts on “The Best of Pseudopod 2010+”
Hi. Thanks for putting my story, “The Dark Level,” in your top three of Pseudopod for 2010. Glad you enjoyed it. I have to say that Ian’s reading really drove the story home. I’m proud of the story in its written version and really jazzed by what Pseudopod did with it. It’s my second story on the Pod, and I hope to have more. They are great! Anyway, thanks again!
Awesome! I’m honored to be on your list!
Thank you for the honor.
I have another story coming up soon on Pseudopod.
I look forward to hearing it. I have another coming up on Pseudopod as well. 🙂