The Hortlak by Kelly Link (Part 1 of 2)


Posted on June 23rd, by Frank Marcopolos in Stories. 10 comments

“Eric was night, and Batu was day. The girl, Charley, was the moon. Every night, she drove past the All-Night in her long, noisy, green Chevy, a dog hanging out the passenger window. It wasn’t ever the same dog, although they all had the same blissful expression. They were doomed, but they didn’t know it.”
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  • http://frankmarcopolos.com Frank Marcopolos

    When we transferred the comments over to the Disques system, the following were “lost” :

    frankmarcopolos

    Submitted on 2009/07/26 at 08:01 | In reply to JimO.

    Yep, there’s a lot to choose from, that’s for sure.

    JimO

    Submitted on 2009/07/26 at 00:33

    I think Stone Animals or Some Zombie Contingency Plans would be great choices.

    frankmarcopolos

    Submitted on 2009/07/16 at 07:51 | In reply to Jim O.

    Thanks, Jim. It was really fun to do. She is a fantastic writer. I may in fact do another story from Magic for Beginners at some point, but I haven’t decided which one yet. And if she puts anything else out on Creative Commons License, I’ll definitely consider that, too.

    Jim O

    Submitted on 2009/07/15 at 23:16

    thank you for doing this story, Kelly Link is a marvel. Feel free to tackle another story of hers. You did a great job on this one.

    frankmarcopolos

    Submitted on 2009/07/02 at 17:42 | In reply to Sherry.

    Hi Sherry, Thanks for listening! Part 2 drops on Tuesday.

    Sherry

    Submitted on 2009/07/02 at 17:40

    Frank,

    I enjoyed this one. I’m looking forward to part 2 when the story really unfolds. Keep up the great work.

    frankmarcopolos

    Submitted on 2009/06/27 at 12:21 | In reply to karen from mentor.

    Hi Karen, I’m honored to have “popped your podcast cherry” as it were. ;)

    There are a lot of great lines in the story, no doubt about it. Kelly Link is just an awesome writer. The pajamas thing will become clearer in Part 2.

    As for the technical issues, it’s hard for me to say without knowing your specs. These audio files are large, though, so if you’re not on broadband, or have a lot of stuff running simultaneously that could be an issue. I’ll look into things on my end, though, to see if I can find anything there.

    Thanks for listening, commenting, and for letting me know about the tech issues! I appreciate it.

    karen from mentor

    Submitted on 2009/06/27 at 12:07

    Frank,

    I am now no longer a podcast virgin. Surprisingly, you have no brooklyn accent, froglike or otherwise.

    The things that hit me in no particular order:

    she looked like she had set her favorite city on fire

    why batu had so many pajamas

    flannel with heads in baskets–that’s just wrong!

    ugly little bed wetting dog

    hated people in december just for practice

    the maple syrup tins..they get a lot of canadians

    the first sentence of to kill a mockingbird!

    frothy meat drink

    squeezable pork…insert obvious joke here

    grape scented magic markers

    you’re wearing my diary

    my favorite part was when…

    Canadian…not a zombie

    comment? The podcast started oddly, then I had no pause or play button…then stopped abruptly…

    hey….just like the first time I was a virgin…lol….no wait, I was serious about the technical issue…the other part just kind of naturally filled itself

  • JimO

    I think Stone Animals or Some Zombie Contingency Plans would be great choices.

    • frankmarcopolos

      Yep, there’s a lot to choose from, that’s for sure.

  • Jim O

    thank you for doing this story, Kelly Link is a marvel. Feel free to tackle another story of hers. You did a great job on this one.

    • frankmarcopolos

      Thanks, Jim. It was really fun to do. She is a fantastic writer. I may in fact do another story from Magic for Beginners at some point, but I haven’t decided which one yet. And if she puts anything else out on Creative Commons License, I’ll definitely consider that, too.

  • Sherry

    Frank,

    I enjoyed this one. I’m looking forward to part 2 when the story really unfolds. Keep up the great work.

    • frankmarcopolos

      Hi Sherry, Thanks for listening! Part 2 drops on Tuesday.

  • http:/http://miscellaneousyammering.blogspot.com// karen from mentor

    Frank,
    I am now no longer a podcast virgin. Surprisingly, you have no brooklyn accent, froglike or otherwise.
    The things that hit me in no particular order:
    she looked like she had set her favorite city on fire
    why batu had so many pajamas
    flannel with heads in baskets–that’s just wrong!
    ugly little bed wetting dog
    hated people in december just for practice
    the maple syrup tins..they get a lot of canadians
    the first sentence of to kill a mockingbird!
    frothy meat drink
    squeezable pork…insert obvious joke here
    grape scented magic markers
    you’re wearing my diary
    my favorite part was when…
    Canadian…not a zombie

    comment? The podcast started oddly, then I had no pause or play button…then stopped abruptly…
    hey….just like the first time I was a virgin…lol….no wait, I was serious about the technical issue…the other part just kind of naturally filled itself in as I was typing…maybe I need to upgrade something…any thoughts?

    • frankmarcopolos

      Hi Karen, I’m honored to have “popped your podcast cherry” as it were. ;)

      There are a lot of great lines in the story, no doubt about it. Kelly Link is just an awesome writer. The pajamas thing will become clearer in Part 2.

      As for the technical issues, it’s hard for me to say without knowing your specs. These audio files are large, though, so if you’re not on broadband, or have a lot of stuff running simultaneously that could be an issue. I’ll look into things on my end, though, to see if I can find anything there.

      Thanks for listening, commenting, and for letting me know about the tech issues! I appreciate it.