Guest Appearance – Escape Pod #486: Blight

by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
read by Christiana Ellis

(Originally posted here!)

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Pseudopod 419: “Nurse” by Thomas Kearns (Read by Christiana Ellis)

Originally posted here!

by Thomas Kearnes.

“Nurse” first appeared in the now-defunct print magazine Wicked Hollow and was featured in the horror anthology TRUE DARK.

Thomas Kearnes is a 37-year-old author living in Houston, where he’s studying to become a licensed chemical dependency counselor. He has been published mainly in literary magazines, but writes horror on occasion. He has two collections of literary fiction available – PRETEND I’M NOT HERE from Musa Publishing and PROMISCUOUS from JMS Books.

Your reader – Christiana Ellis – appeared on Pseudopod recently reading Prince Of Flowers.

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“Helen has been in the bathroom for fifteen minutes. Her limit is ten. She knows this. I have the contract in my purse, next to her caddy of anti-depressants and stabilizers. I will show it to her once she returns and say, ‘What did we agree upon last month? I know you like this restaurant, but if I can’t trust you here, we can’t come anymore. Do you understand?’

I watch for other women to leave the restroom, to catch the clues not even an accomplished talent like Helen can hide. Older women, their faces pinched sour with disgust and the younger ones, especially in the summer, who bolt from the room with whispers and backward glances. Poor Helen. Like most unfortunates in her position, her hard, impenetrable blindness prevents her from knowing the effect she has on others. In some ways, I prefer our afternoons or mornings in public to the interminable days in which her paranoia keeps us trapped in her home. Aided by the indulgence of others, I can trace her movements and perform my duties more easily.

I check my watch. Twenty minutes. No doubt Helen would implore me in her singsong voice, pale blue eyes darting like goldfish, that time had escaped her. This is nonsense. Those afflicted with her condition, in addition to her myriad other difficulties, have few skills, but they do possess an inborn awareness of where they are in time. This knowledge they rarely apply to their own betterment, but it is a unique gift, a grain of sand’s awareness of where the tide will next fall.

Helen’s salad sits rearranged, uneaten. One of my coworkers once joked she couldn’t understand these women who regurgitated their meals yet never ate them. What were they vomiting? You can tell from this ignorance my coworker is a poor nurse. For unfortunates like Helen, eating, like most intimate activities, was something she only could do alone. Perhaps that is what was taking so long. I believe she was at the point in her illness where she took a perverse pride in the fact she could continue her behavior without anyone trying to stop her. After all, if one makes it her mission to destroy another, someone usually will step in, but if one decides to destroy herself, most will just step aside.”

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Pseudopod 398: Prince Of Flowers

by Elizabeth Hand.

“Prince of Flowers” was Hand’s first published story. It appeared in Twilight Zone Magazine in 1988, was subsequently reprinted in The Year’s Best Horror and has appeared in various anthologies since then, as well as in her story collection LAST SUMMER AT MARS HILL. “Much of the story is drawn from my own experiences working at theSmithsonian Institution in the 1970s-1980s. I was at the National Air & Space Museum, not the National History Museum, but spent as much time in the latter as I could. In those days, a Smithsonian ID badge allowed you to access all areas — not any more, alas.”

ELIZABETH HAND is the author of numerous award-winning novels and collections of short fiction, as well as a longtime reviewer and critic whose work has appeared in theWashington PostLos Angeles TimesSalon, and many other publications.

As mentioned by Al, please consider throwing a few bucks to the Bobby Lombardi Fundraiser.

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Space Casey Season 2 Episode 10 – Finale!

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Space Casey was Written and Produced by Christiana Ellis
Cast for episode 10 includes:
Christiana Ellis as Casey
Billy Flynn as the Defense Attorney
John Cmar as the Judge
Nathan Lowell as Benjamin Franklin
Wesley Clifford as AL
P.C. Haring as Sam the Bartender
Nobilis Reed as Korven Maltese
Will Ross and Phil Rossi as the Beings Formerly Known as the Old Ones
Grant Baciocco as Feeblo
Music:
Heading Out and Surf-Blaster from The Vara-Tones
Some Kind of Hate by Angie and the Car-Wrecks
Sound Effects come from the Freesound Project (List of Sounds I’ve Downloaded)

Creative Commons License Space Casey by Christiana Ellis is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Based on a work at http://spacecasey.com. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://christianaellis.com.

 

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Space Casey Season 2 Episode 09

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Space Casey was Written and Produced by Christiana Ellis
Cast for episode 9 includes:
Christiana Ellis as Casey
Billy Flynn as the Defense Attorney
Wesley Clifford as AL
Veronica Giguere as Phleboshi High Priestess
Music:
Heading Out and Surf-Blaster from The Vara-Tones
Sound Effects come from the Freesound Project (List of Sounds I’ve Downloaded)

Creative Commons License Space Casey by Christiana Ellis is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Based on a work at http://spacecasey.com. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://christianaellis.com.

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Space Casey Season 2 Episode 08

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Space Casey was Written and Produced by Christiana Ellis
Cast for episode 8 includes:
Christiana Ellis as Casey
Billy Flynn as the Defense Attorney
John Cmar as the Judge
Nathan Lowell as Benjamin Franklin
Jeff Hite as the SWAT guy
Christopher Morse and Jared Axelrod as the Agents of Earth
Music:
Heading Out and Surf-Blaster from The Vara-Tones
Sound Effects come from the Freesound Project (List of Sounds I’ve Downloaded)

Creative Commons License Space Casey by Christiana Ellis is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Based on a work at http://spacecasey.com. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://christianaellis.com.

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Space Casey Season 2 Episode 07

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Space Casey was Written and Produced by Christiana Ellis
Cast for episode 7 includes:
Christiana Ellis as Casey
Billy Flynn as the Defense Attorney
John Cmar as the Judge
P.G. Holyfield as the Warehouse Guard
Nathan Lowell as Benjamin Franklin
Justin Diehl as the student
Chuck Tomasi as Townsfolk 1
Kreg Steppe as Townsfolk 2
Steve Riekeberg as Townsfolk 3
Jeff Hite as British Soldier 1
Podcasting’s Rich Sigfrit as British Soldier 2
Music:
Heading Out and Surf-Blaster from The Vara-Tones
Sound Effects come from the Freesound Project (List of Sounds I’ve Downloaded)

Creative Commons License Space Casey by Christiana Ellis is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Based on a work at http://spacecasey.com. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://christianaellis.com.

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Space Casey Season 2 Episode 06

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Space Casey was Written and Produced by Christiana Ellis
Cast for episode 6 includes:
Christiana Ellis as Casey
Wesley Clifford as AL
Billy Flynn as the Defense Attorney
John Cmar as the Judge
Podcasting’s Rich Sigfrit as the Prosecuting Attorney
J.C. Hutchins as the Newspaper Reader
Nathan Lowell as Benjamin Franklin
Music:
Heading Out and Surf-Blaster from The Vara-Tones
Check out The 33, by J.C. Hutchins!
Sound Effects come from the Freesound Project (List of Sounds I’ve Downloaded)

Creative Commons License Space Casey by Christiana Ellis is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Based on a work at http://spacecasey.com. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://christianaellis.com.

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Space Casey Season 2 Episode 05

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Space Casey was Written and Produced by Christiana Ellis
Cast for episode 5 includes:
Christiana Ellis as Casey
Wesley Clifford as AL
Billy Flynn as the Defense Attorney
John Cmar as the Judge
Stephen Granade as a Phleboshi Chanter
Alex White as a Phleboshi Chanter
Veronica Giguere as Phleboshi High Priestess
Patrick Dailey as the Phleboshi Acolyte
Clinton Alvord as the Horse Cart Driver and a Phleboshi Chanter
Music:
Heading Out and Surf-Blaster from The Vara-Tones
Check out The 33, by J.C. Hutchins!
Sound Effects come from the Freesound Project (List of Sounds I’ve Downloaded)

Creative Commons License Space Casey by Christiana Ellis is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Based on a work at http://spacecasey.com. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://christianaellis.com.

 

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Space Casey Season 2 Episode 04

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Space Casey was Written and Produced by Christiana Ellis
Cast for episode 4 includes:
Christiana Ellis as Casey
Wesley Clifford as AL
Billy Flynn as the Defense Attorney
Stephen Granade as Phleboshi Disciple 1
Alex White as Phleboshi Disciple 2
Veronica Giguere as Phleboshi High Priestess
Music:
Heading Out and Surf-Blaster from The Vara-Tones
Touched by God by Al Phillip and the Woo Team
Check out Disasterpiece Theatre!
Sound Effects come from the Freesound Project (List of Sounds I’ve Downloaded)

Creative Commons License Space Casey by Christiana Ellis is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Based on a work at http://spacecasey.com. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://christianaellis.com.

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