EP026: The Ludes

By Lisa M. Bradley.
Read by Stephen Eley.

That might seem funny to those who’ve ever bothered to attend these performances, to say that someone didn’t belong. The audience is always a motley sort–faculty and spouses, local musicians and artists, music students and jocks who have to attend so many of these things to get credit for required courses, waitresses and office workers desperate for some culture, their school-age children (alternately awed and bored to tears), homeless folks who need a warm place to sleep for a couple of hours, mentally and physically handicapped folks hauled out as someone’s idea of a good deed, and, of course, recreational drug users with nothing better to do.

Still, he didn’t belong. He was Gothic. Not like those kids who hang out at Hot Topic and think wearing black nail polish expresses their inner turmoil, their eternal angst. I’d seen Goths there before and he wasn’t Goth, he was Gothic–dark and looming, faintly chivalrous in manner, seemingly possessed of a great, tragic secret. I thought of Bronte’s Heathcliff.

Rated R. Contains drug use, some profanity, and codependent creatures of darkness.

Referenced sites:
The Sci-Fi Podcast Network
Geek Fu Action Grip
I Should Be Writing
The Secrets
Slice of Sci-Fi
Alien Ethos
The Signal

Comments (6)

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  1. Jesse says:

    Oooh raunchy language in this one. 😀

    Congratulations on the 26 weeks. It has been one 1/2 year of poddy goodness!

  2. Simon says:

    Hmm naughty words but I dont think they were profane.

    I dont see the point of giving an R rating here in the show notes and not mentioning it in the podcast itself. I for one visit show notes only occasionally and then usually only after listening.

    If you think ratings are needed then they should be included in the ‘cast.

  3. Congratulations on the half-year mark. Your show is one of my most favourite ones out there…

    We are all listening to Dai-Kai-Ju… It’s much better than cats… I’ll listen again and again…

    Your math problem assumes that he’s making copies… if Jimmy does a cut – move, though, then he’s got just the one file left. Now, if he modifies the file before he sends them out, then he’s got 5 files… and he’ll have to copy paste to have 5 files when he’s done… and then… oh no… head spinning… math going funky… mp3s with id3s make mp3id9… aaaaaaaahhhhhhh

  4. Ralf says:

    catching up on the podcast. However, monsters are used these days to destract us from the real evil – mankind.
    Mankind is the “new” evil monster.
    We, as a society don’t believe in monsters anymore, but we know how cruel humans can be to each other.
    So the monsters are mutated humans, by a virus or radiation etc….
    People are more afraid of the next terroist attack, then they are of aliens attacking earth.

  5. Simon says:

    I think you missed the “grey” phase of the 90s completely if you don’t think we are still making monsters. That particular flavour of abducting, cattle mutillating, malevolent government meddling visitors from another world are pure ’92.

    I think this shows a level of sophistication not present before, monsters are no longer archetypes (zombie, warewolf, mummy) but instead they are great specific threats.. The world has got bigger, one thing doesnt scare us anymore however big it is. Blame Lovecraft and the Cthulu for that.

  6. scatterbrain says:

    Daft but with a great new edge.