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Scalp by H.H. Pak (audio)

Clarkesworld Magazine

Clarkesworld Magazine

Fiction, Science Fiction

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🗓️ 3 April 2024

⏱️ 19 minutes

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This episode features "Scalp" written by H.H. Pak. Published in the February 2024 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine and read by Kate Baker. The text version of this story can be found at: https://clarkesworldmagazine.com/pak_02_24 Support us on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/join/clarkesworld?

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You are listening to a Clark's World magazine podcast with your host and narrator Kate Baker.


Greetings Clark's World Citizens. I hope this podcast finds you extraordinarily well.


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So our first story is titled Scalp and is by H. H. H.P. H.Pock graduated in


2023 with a double major in biology and English. She is a Los Angeles born child of immigrants and a strong believer in the power of sacrificial love.


When she is not working towards her aspirations in the medical field, she runs a small illustration business, dreams about space operas, and


cobbles together stories for her ongoing speculative universe about people searching for each


other amidst interconnected apoculipses. So, my dear listeners, I hope you can sit back.


Relax. And let me tell you a story. He is King Lear in the windows sunshine. There is a pastina boiling on the stove in a kitchen as familiar as his soul.


Mad monologues push against his fogged oxygen mask, vibrating with his tremoring lips,


his ragged breathing, the impossible weight of the actor's script.


There are electrodes pressed against his exposed neurons.


He is pale.


He has never been so pale before, like a dying person, almost blue.


Far below him passes eyelids, the glass, and the long distance to a waxed floor, the janitor


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