#Audio. #Halloween A collection of five short-short stories for the season. Read by the Bathtub Mermaid and Friends.
I reach around him and grab the bottle from his far hand, then take a swig. “Not bad,” I said. “Tastes like a ninety-nine… maybe a two thousand. Virgin?”
“Virgin,” he confirms. “Two thousand. Carpathian blend. Shall I heat it for you?
“Please.” I go to the couch and wrap a cotton throw around my legs. He joins me a few minutes later, handing me my favorite mug – a smiley-face with fangs – full of steaming liquid. For himself, he’s got scrambled eggs and a hamburger patty. He says protein is essential.
All of the stories in this episode were written by The Bathtub Mermaid for this year’s HorrorDailies challenge. Find this year’s archive at MissMeliss.com
The Bathtub Mermaid: Tales from the Tub is written and produced by Melissa A. Bartell, and is recorded and produced using the BossJock iPad app and Audacity.
Bathtub Mermaid album art was created by Rebecca Moran of Moran Media
Music used for the opening and closing is a mix of Chris Zabriskie’s “The Oceans Continue to Rise” from the Free Music Archive and Kevoy’s clip of whales off the coast of French Polynesia from Freesound.
Chris Zabriskie’s song is also used under some readings.
Incidental music for this episode is Ghost Dance by Kevin MacLeod, courtesy of the Free Music Archive
In which the Bathtub Mermaid reads a short-short story, Simmering, which is a sequel to Steeping, which she read on this podcast in 2013.
“The original recipe calls for a cup of blood.” He saw the face she made and smiled sympathetically. “Yeah… not my thing either. But anyway, the secret’s in the simmering.” He said the last word softly, with a hint of innuendo.
“Simmering, huh?” She matched his tone, reaching for the glass that had long since supplanted her mug of tea, and swirled the red wine that remained in it for a moment. Red wine with chicken had been a new concept for her, but the Beaujolais David had served complimented the dish nicely. “Simmering,” she repeated thoughtfully. “Interesting word. Sometimes I feel like that’s what we’ve been doing.”
Just a vignette that I jokingly refer to as “cello porn,” even though it’s really not.
Music for this episode was provided by Mevio’s Music Alley, a great resource for podsafe music. Visit them at music.mevio.com. Opening: “Soap in a Bathtub” by Stoney Closing Music: “You Can Use My Bathtub” by Little Thom
She noticed that the floor was covered in dusty reddish-brown soil. Marin was beginning to hate the stuff. It was everywhere, tracked into her café by colonists and members of the space corps, and swirling in on its own every time the airlock was activated. She had hoped being under the dome would lessen the dust factor, but it appeared she’d been wrong.
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The Bathtub Mermaid, Tales from the Tub is written and produced by Melissa A. Bartell, and is recorded and produced using the BossJock
Music for The Bathtub Mermaid is provided by Mevio’s Music Alley, a great resource for podsafe music. The opening song is “Soap in a Bathtub,” by Stoney. The closing song is “You Can Use My Bathtub, by Little Thom.
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In which The Bathtub Mermaid shares an unedited excerpt from her first ever NaNo Novel (from 2004)
Music for this episode was provided by Mevio’s Music Alley, a great resource for podsafe music. Visit them at music.mevio.com.
Opening: “Soap in a Bathtub” by Stoney
Closing Music: “You Can Use My Bathtub” by Little Thom
Recorded and Produced using BossJock
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