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Those who’ve been around here awhile are probably already familiar with Pseudopod, but in case you’re not, they’re a terrific horror fiction podcast. I sold my first story to Pseudopod clear back in 2009, when I was still three years away from having a book out with my name on it. It remains a favorite, and you can listen to it here.

Over the years I’ve enjoyed a good working relationship with Pseudopod, and sold them a few more stories. The folks who work there are all great people who do great work, and though we (or at least I) tend to think of podcasts as something separate from, say, magazines, there are few horror publications going that consistently produce the kind of quality that you get from Pseudopod, full stop.

This year represents their tenth anniversary, and in honor of the occasion they’re holding a Kickstarter to raise funds to help pay narrators. (They already pay their authors pro rates, making them also one of the only consistent pro-paying all-horror markets around.) The Kickstarter has all sorts of great reward tiers, and one of the most exciting aspects is that the folks at Pseudopod have assembled their first anthology for the occasion, including some classic reprints from their archives but also featuring new tales by Damien Angelica Walters, A.C. Wise, and yours truly, to name a few.

I’m really happy with “New and Strangely Bodied,” the story that I wrote for For Mortal Things Unsung, and I’m excited for it to make its way out into the world. Besides the anthology, there’s a backer tier where you can get every one of my books, in case you don’t have those already, including the forthcoming deluxe edition of Never Bet the Devil & Other Warnings from Strix Publishing. (And speaking of Strix, there’s also a backer tier that gets you Never Bet the Devil along with Strix’s first publication, The Book of Starry Wisdom, featuring a deluxe illustrated treatment of three of Lovecraft’s stories, along with essays by myself and several other, more notable voices in the weird field.)

But really, I don’t need to be telling you any of this, because a picture is worth a thousand words, and there’s only one thing you really need to know: Look at this freakin’ tiki mug!

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Pseudopod is the horror podcasting arm of Escape Artists, Inc. who also do the science fiction podcast Escape Pod and the fantasy-themed Podcastle. All three are fine sources for excellent audio fiction, and all three are in some trouble. Their listener base has been growing substantially, but their paid subscribers haven’t kept up, and all three are in danger of shutting down by the end of the year if they don’t raise some much-needed funds. You can hear more about it at the Escape Artist’s metacast.

My personal experience has been with Pseudopod, who have been kind enough to podcast two of my stories; “The Worm That Gnaws” way back in 2009, which remains my favorite reading of any of my stories that I’ve ever heard, and “Black Hill,” my Lovecraftian oil field story back in 2011. Working with Pseudopod was a great pleasure both times. Their editors were friendly and easy to work with, and their readers were absolutely fantastic. They’re a great voice in the landscape of online horror fiction, and one that we’d all be poorer for having to do without, so if you’re a listener consider throwing a few bucks into the hat, and if you’re not a listener already, consider checking them out today.