EP025: The Great Old Pumpkin

By John Aegard.
Read by Stephen Eley. Music by Toby Chappell.

As you are no doubt aware, I am the issue of solid Dutch stock—the prosperous Van Pelt family of St. Paul. Mine was a comfortable and happy childhood, and I spent much of it in the devoted service of the Great Old Pumpkin. For him, I cultivated an annual pumpkin patch. I also evangelized him in the community, relating the tale of how, every year on Hallowmas Eve, the day when the spiritual most strongly encroaches on the substantial, this mightiest of gourds would rise to revel across the world with the most sincere of his adorers. My neighbors were understandably skeptical; after all, not once had this superbeing ever chosen to grace my pumpkin patch or any other place in our town. I vowed that I would coax him into my backyard, and I set out in the manner of a learned man to discover how I might do this.

Rated PG. Contains dark imagery and terrifying fruit.

Referenced sites:
Eyes of Ligeia

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  1. Nice job from head to toe. Kudos to Toby and his creepy music. Pleasant way to slack at my desk on Fri-afternoon, getting ready for the weekend. Keep it up Steve!

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  3. Rick says:

    Oh my God. That was hysterical.

  4. dragon says:

    very nice. loved it.

  5. Martha says:

    Very, very fun. Again. Loved the music, too. I subscribe to lots of good podcasts, but look forward to Escape Pod in a special way each week. Keep up the good work!

  6. Simon says:

    The music worked well. Its not essential. but it worked. Done badly it could have distracted.

  7. Lee Goodman says:

    Didn’t see the Lucy reference until the ending came up and smacked me on the side of my head.
    Great story , great music
    Keep up the good work!

  8. Dawn says:

    The only thing that would have made this better would have been getting Mur Lafferty to voice Lucy at the end.

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  11. scatterbrain says:

    Did not get the ending.

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