Creepily awesome horror story podcast, David Nickle's "The Sloan Men"

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6 Responses to “Creepily awesome horror story podcast, David Nickle's "The Sloan Men"”

  1. Clumpy says:

    What an odd story. It’s at least internally consistent and not just surreal like so many of these stories tend to be. I’m not quite sure what to make of it (I read the text version).

  2. SimeonW says:

    I think the story is an interesting examination of the idea of gender specific power. And, as I posted on the Pseudopod forums, it has a good lesson in it for me… Seriously, guys, protect your man roots.

  3. ananken says:

    Deliciously creepy atmosphere.

    Nice use of the paragraph to give the story, rather then dialogue, concisely and fluidly conveying the information – to then end with:

    “So we kept in touch,” she finished lamely.”

    giving readers the feeling that it was the end of a dialogue in the story, but that as a reader they were privy to a more intimate, even better version of the story then the version that she had told Mrs. Sloan.

    The ending is not believable for me though and also this:

    “Aztec temples Judith had toured once on a trip to Cancun. ”

    http://www.lib.uci.edu/libraries/exhibits/meso/images/3.jpg

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Mayamap.png

  4. lightsyrup says:

    I don’t get it. I mean, I was sufficiently creeped out until the end. I just don’t understand what happened, there – Herman survived?

  5. SimeonW says:

    I think of the story as an observational piece about the evolution of relationships, with just enough fantastic remove to keep readers/listeners involved.

    I think that the ending made sense if the story is an allegory about some aspects of the male/female power dynamic in relationships. In the beginning, the men dominate the relationship, in spite of their actual repulsive nature, until their talismanic phalluses are destroyed and drained of their vital fluids. Then, the women have to maintain the relationship with their powers of accommodation and acceptance.

    The moral for men: Endear yourself, or buy a lot of Viagra.

  6. Jason McIntosh says:

    Yes! I heard this story yesterday and lurved it.

    I don’t consider myself a horror fan, but have been listening to Pseudopod for close to a year and have been very pleased and surprised with its batting average; the quality of the text and the readers both tend to be high. I have discovered a hidden love for “horrible things, well told” through this show.

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