Monday, December 07, 2009

Prelude To An Itch

I recently posted Episode 10 of my Prelude To A Scream podcast.

EP10 features "Phantom Mitch" which was the first horror story I ever sold and was originally published in the magazine Wicked Mystic in 1993. It received honourable mention in The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror #7 and was reprinted in my 2004 short story collection One Hand Screaming.

"Phantom Mitch" (which is a play on words between the phenomenon of the "phantom itch" and a nickname for Michelle) looks at the concept of the itch supposed felt on phantom limbs and proposes the idea that the amputated limb might exist on some other ethereal plane or "afterlife." What if a man with an amputated arm could reach into the afterlife and hold hands with his dead wife? It's a morbid and bitter-sweat love story.

Episode 10
contains the full story as well as notes on the writing of the tale. I also come out and shamelessly beg for listeners to provide feedback or ask questions which I'd be happy to answer in a future episode of the podcast.

Download MP3 by right-clicking here.

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