AD 036 – One with the Monsters   November 11th, 2011

Join us for a dark tale of unlikely partners, thrust together unwillingly to face the dangers in the labyrinth, for the Minotaur King’s amusement. 

Warning: This story is marked mature because it contains scenes of violence. This is not gratuitous and the story also has some very compelling drama.

 “One with the Monsters” by A. Merc Rustad

Read by Chris Hvidsten of the Outcast Novel Podcast

Music cues by Infinity Squared

Download or listen to the episode here.

AD 026 – The Survivor   November 30th, 2010

We have another holdover from October, recorded at the podcasting panel at the Fur Fright convention in Connecticut over Halloween weekend. Peter Katt finished off the panel by doing this live reading, which shows the aftermath of a zombie outbreak through the eyes of a house cat.

“The Survivor” by Sean Silva

Read by Peter Katt

Music cues by Infinity Squared

Other links mentioned in the intro: Seminar from Pendant Productions.

Download or listen to the episode here.

Escape Pod – On Cops and Canines   August 31st, 2010

Escape Pod, the science-fiction audio-magazine has a couple of stories, one recent and one from a couple of years ago, dealing with uplifted canine characters working on the police force. Both stories give an interesting look into the minds of the characters who bridge the gap between animal and human. They also capture the essence of dogs’ personalities quite perfectly and are a treat to listen to, especially for dog lovers. The stories are:

Moby’s Beautiful Music Video   April 19th, 2010

This music video is a few years old, but still worth mentioning for an interesting concept and some dark comedy.

Moby’s Beautiful is a wonderfully twisted skewering of the party crowd, done at a key party with a bunch of people in animal mascot suits. It’s like a furpile on the set of Boogie Nights. The poor rabbit guy is reminiscent of William H. Macey’s character in that film.

There were cries of “fursecution” when it came out, how everyone thought he was making fun of furries. In truth it looks pretty obvious that it doesn’t have anything to do with the fandom. Instead it’s using the suits to create a cartoonish scene and an interesting take on anthropomorphism. They used the costumes to good effect here, playing on the lack of good facial expressions, to heighten the surreal drama.

Pseudopod – Oded the Merciless   April 14th, 2010

Artificial and cybernetic constructs make for interesting characters because they offer the ability to glimpse into a non-human intelligence. Oded the Merciless by Tina Starr is a good albeit dark example of that.

While it doesn’t have any animal characters in it, the story makes good use of anthropomorphism. The computer AI is an intriguing and disturbing character which allows atrocities to be carried out first by passive limitations of  its programming and then actively with dark experimentation on the nature of the human condition.

Warning: Pseudopod is a horror podcast and the story has strong horror elements of the visceral and psychological, and is for fans of the genre and not for the faint of heart.