I wanted to blog about this over the weekend, but . . . well, you know. I had other things on my mind. Anyway! I’m not the only who needs assistance right now. My favorite horror podcast, Pseudopod, needs our help. They rely on donations and subscriptions to pay for production costs, pay their narrators, and most importantly, pay the writers who provide the content. In fact, they currently pay writers $100 a story (which is awesome).
Unfortunately, Escape Artists (Pseudopod’s parent company) is in danger of closing at the end of the year. This means no more Pseudopod, no more great horror stories, and one less paying venue for small-time writers like myself. We can’t let this happen. I listen to Pseudopod religiously (even though they rejected my story way back in 2007 due to a bizarre coincidence*).
Anyway, I don’t want to see a good thing die. If you’ve got a few bucks or can go without a fancy overprice coffee for a day, consider sending it their way. I pitched $10 into the hat because that’s all I can spare right now, but I hope to give more in the future. So, let’s keep Pseudopod alive and writhing–at least for a while. They haven’t published me yet.
*I came this close to having my story TOOTHACHE accepted by Pseudopod back in ’07, but the rejected it because . . . well, read for yourself. Here’s an email from the editor, Ben Phillips:
Thank you for sending us “Toothache”. We were greatly entertained by the style and concept, and would likely have accepted it except for a bizarre coincidence: we just purchased a story called “Toothache” from an author named James Maddox, also about a small creature that climbs out of a painful cavity to torment the protagonist. I have absolutely no explanation for this bizarre turn of events, but I will say that I sincerely hope you’ll be encouraged to submit again. Sometimes this type of thing just happens.
I did submit again, but it was a story that wasn’t as good (nor was it really horror), and by that point I was caught up in writing TLM. Yeah. Such is life.