EP006: Jenny Nettles

By Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald.
Read by Stephen Eley.
All stories by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald.
All stories read by Stephen Eley.

On the morning after his death, a clear fluid began to leak from the Jenny‘s mainmast: slow, glistening droplets that curled out and ran downward from where the knives were stuck in the wood. “It’s water,” said the ship’s cook. “But not fresh. Salt. Like blood.”

“Not like blood,” said Big Tom, who had also tasted it. His cheeks were sunken, and his eyes were hollow and dark. “Not like blood — like tears.”

Rated PG. Contains violence, supernatural themes, and sailors who do not swear.

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  1. Chris says:

    Not bad. Not bad at all. Nice way to start the day, a classic ghost story. What made it all the better was the weather here in Cleveland this morning…cool, humid, and foggy.

  2. Thomas says:

    First off, the level of detail with regards to the boat is really well done. I also thought that the historical detail and the technical knowledge of that era was rather impressive (and helped to draw me into some of the story)

    I was fading in and out towards the end of the story, simply because its hard to sustain momentum when people are dying from dehyrdation.

    2 cents worth 🙂

  3. T.J. says:

    Wonderful, atmospheric ghost story.

  4. David Brake says:

    Thanks for the podcast but please… don’t try any more accents!

  5. SFEley says:

    Ha. Too late!

    I am sorry for the pain, however. For what it’s worth, I do try to find narrators who can handle the accents better when they’re thick throughout the story.

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  7. scatterbrain says:

    It dosen’t seem “brutal” enough for it’s subject.