... for your listening pleasure, is live now right here, over at Pseudopod, the weekly horror podcast. It's read with wit and panache, by horror writer / reader Bob Eccles.
The story originally appeared in On Spec Magazine under the title "Ground Bound," and is also part of my collection Monstrous Affections - which, by startling coincidence, is now available for pre-order here.
Okay, it's not actually a startling co-incidence. The good folk at Pseudopod were good enough folk to co-ordinate the publication of the podcast with the launch of pre-orders for the collection -- and for that, a yard shout-out is in order. If you haven't checked 'em out yet, and think you might enjoy the discovery of new horror voices through, well, voices, you owe it to yourself. And if you don't want to do that without a couple of solid recommendations, I understand completely. Here are four.
Furnace-Room Lullaby by Leah Bobbet
Jihad over Innsmouth by Edward Morris
The Music of Erich Zann by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
The Sloan Men by David Nickle (me!)
That last one appeared exactly a year ago, read with gusto and nuance by podcaster Cunning Minx. It also appears in Monstrous Affections. It kicks it off, in fact, and might have something to do with the cover illustration.