Episode 96: Sides by Clay Dugger

The Dunesteef is heartily sorry to present the second of their Lost Episode Trilogy, since it is so long overdue.

Carl Stanley has survived the Zombie Apocalypse so far, but that’s not to say he’s escaped unscathed. As a matter of fact, he was bitten by a little girl zombie, and now, he’s starting to feel and act strangely…

Afterward, Big and Rish chat about zombies, and talk a bit about the then-new “Walking Dead” TV series.
Special thanks R.E. Chambliss for producing today’s story and for lending her voice to the episode.

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Related Links:
Clay Dugger’s Site
R.E. Chambliss’s Site
New Fiction Writers
Photos by: mateus27_24-25 and aeviin
Some sound effects were provided by freesound.org.
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17 Responses to “Episode 96: Sides by Clay Dugger”

  1. Thanks for getting this up, guys! Hope the listener enjoys it!

  2. Marshal Latham Says:

    Well Clay, if it’s any consolation, I think it was worth the wait. I remember reading this story on that all zombie, all the time website (I can’t think of its name at this point.) I like it! I think the “then and now” interplay format works quite well.

    I also think it serves the story well to have some distance from “CHEMO: The Condemned” just so that your take on zombie’s stands apart. See, Big and Rish are just trying to take care of you ;)

  3. I’m so glad you liked it, Clay. Sorry you had to wait to so long to hear it.
    I had a great time putting “Sides” together and thought it was a terrific story. I loved how we (the reader/listener) end up rooting for the zombies. Also, “The Voice” was a lot of fun to…uh…voice. ;o)

    Thanks, Big and Rish, for letting me do another one of these!

  4. Henry Gaudet Says:

    Quality stuff, gang. Great story well told. Love the idea of Zombie Lite.

    Does this mean that raw hamburger should be considered a Gateway Food?
    “Sure, it’s only beef today.” That’s what they’ll say. “That’s how it starts. Then one day you come home and your daughter – your sweet sixteen little darling who swears to you that she’s still a vegan – she’s crouched over a pile of goo that used to be your golden retriever trying to suck Rover’s brains out of the eye socket with a crazy straw. Don’t tell me about beef. That’s beef.”

    Thanks to everyone for another great story. Keep ’em coming!

  5. Nicole Suddeth Says:

    Firstly, thank you for the praise and love, but I really couldn’t do it without my oompa loompas. They do the hard work of slogging, whereas I get to skim & rant where appropriate. We now have 17 slush monkeys in our employ, and they are a frisky and opinionated bunch.

    Turn around time varies. There are some that stay in the stew for a long time, and others that get a response within 3-4 weeks. It all depends on how swamped we all are.

    We’ll do our best to keep up with your punishing schedule in future!

  6. Just listened to the outtakes. Renee, your kids ARE amazing at this.

  7. Deblackipod Says:

    Ok first the show is great guys I’ve been listen to you two for awhile and you have gotten better I can even say that if I had to choose between all the podcast I listen to yours is the best even better than the drabal cast don’t get me wrong Norm sherman is great but the get my goats on each is what’s puts you at the top (and you post more often than metamor city I love that cast) two things to mr.outfield one you once made a comment that Detroit is something like a apocalyptic after math in one of your rants I’m from Detroit even thou there is waste land to span the great casim of emptieness which is you sex life I bet if you came here I could get you even you laid in a day also spider man never look like a wimp as Peter Parker only in his suit don’t forget all the heroes of old where made with some obtainable element but everyone has a opinion at this is mine ONE MORE THING PLEASE NOMORE STORIES BY THAT GUY FROM THE DOWN UNDER MAN I FELL ASLEEP ATLEAST TEN TIMES EACH STORY AND I DON’T WANT TO LOS MY JOB I will donate as soon as I get a credit card it is black Xmas

  8. I don’t want to be a jerk to Clay, who did a great job producing my story, but this one didn’t really do it for me. It was definitely well-written, but I wasn’t able to connect to the main character. I just didn’t see the appeal of joining the zombies’ ‘side,’ no matter how desperate or presumptuous the humans got. Frankly, I wouldn’t have blamed the scientists for taking the samples they needed while he was unconscious.

    Perhaps it’s me. Maybe it’s just that I’m a little (*gasp!*) sick of zombies. I don’t know… zombies don’t have a point of view in the same way other antagonists do. Most villains, even monstrous villains, have a vision of what they want. Werewolves represent savagery and brutality, but there’s something kind of neat about that. You think about running wild beneath the moon, feeling your heart beat like the drums at the end of the world, and that’s a little sexy. I barely need to mention the appeal of vampirism. Demons are old and terribly wise, and they back up their arguments with knowledge of the secret names of stars and voices that once sang a part in God’s symphony.

    Zombies want to eat.

    In my mind, zombies make good stage dressing. They’re force-of-nature villains, and what’s exciting them is the extremes they force humans into. But those extremes are only interesting to me when they involve humans descending into cruelty to humans, not cruelty to zombies. I have no sympathy for this particular devil – there’s not enough there to have sympathy for.

    So, yeah. Mechanically great, thematically, didn’t do it for me. See you next week!

    Oh, by the way: this is for Rish. There’s an online crit group over at the Escape Artists forums. You just need to PM one of the mods to join. I’m there and Nathan is there, and a couple of your other authors, too. I think you should join us. I know you already have an Escape Artists login.

    And if you don’t, why, then we will all know that you are a weenie.

    That’s right, sir, a weenie.

    I’ll see you in the crit group.

  9. First off, Mark, if you can’t relate to a zombie eating everything it sees . . . you’re obviously not a fat guy.


    Secondly, unless this is the first show you’ve listened to, you KNOW I’m a weenie. What, exactly, is a crit group?

    • I am so a fat guy. I was playing D&D and the DM was all like “the dragon uses Instinctive Devouring to bite your paladin” and I was all like “ah, yes, instinctive devouring… I have that problem, too.”

      Anyway, a crit group is where we post stories, get feedback, read each others’ stories, and give feedback. It’s a great bunch of friendly, fun, non-judgmental people. You can learn a lot about your writing and how to improve it by. Seriously, having a crit group you can trust, people who will get to know you and whom you will get to know, is absolutely invaluable to any writer.

      Also, it’s a place you can share your stuff without pressure. It’s good practice. Share it with us today, share it with Clarkesworld tomorrow.

  10. Clay Dugger Says:

    The problem is finding a group WITHOUT the mean spirited person who pulls out some tome on “How to Write Properly”. They are the ones who think you have to follow some old, dead person’s rules, or your story is bad, regardless of any other value it might have. Beware those idiots. They don’t like anything new or original. Shakespeare, Olcott, Austen, and Hemingway are the only people who ever got it right to them. First time someone starts quoting a rulebook, run.

  11. Coming late to the party here (discovered Dunesteef six months ago and have been working my way through the back catalog).

    Very much enjoyed this story right up until the end. I don’t normally go in for Zombie stories – nothing against them really, just not my thing – but I very much enjoyed the POV character and the way his situation and the world he was living in was built up. Some very good world building going on here which made for a world that I wanted to learn more about.

    Then, the ending. *Way* too abrupt. Having set up a very interesting new take on zombies, we don’t get to find out how it pans out? What happens when the protagonist gets outside? Can he actually direct the zombies, and can get build a new world? Does he even get outside after munching up the voice lady? Why does he even do that? OK, I get that he’s hungry, but why doesn’t he take the opportunity to get out and explore his new role as potential zombie leader, without so comprehensively burning his bridges? It seemed a cheap shot after all the oh-so-well-crafted world building and character development which had gone before.

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