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Apr 20, 2021

The Infernal Itch by Bruce Boston. Narrated by Joel Simler. Hosted by Erik Grove. #fantasy #writing #hell


I turned up the hot water and let it flow across my body. I took the shampoo that Dr. Pederson had given me, poured a dose between my palms, and rubbed it into my scalp. As the medication penetrated the itching lessened and disappeared. I'd been through this routine before and knew relief would be temporary. Within hours it would again feel as if my scalp were infested by a colony of angry mites.

My life had seemed perfect until a couple days ago. That was when limousine pulled up across the street, the dreams began, and the itching started.


Bruce Boston is the author of more than fifty books, including the novels The Guardener’s Tale and Stained Glass Rain. His  poems have appeared in Asimov’s SF, Analog, Weird Tales, Amazing Stories, Daily Science Fiction, NewMyths, Pedestal, Strange Horizons, Nebula Awards Showcase and Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. His poetry has received the Bram Stoker Award, the Asimov’s Readers Award, and the Rhysling and Grand Master Awards of the SFPA. His fiction has received a Pushcart Prize and twice been a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award (novel, short story). Find him at


Joel Simler is an audiobook narrator born and raised in the Pacific Northwest - which is truly the best place to be a narrator as he can happily hunker down in his padded closet… err...uhh, his recording booth for those excessively rainy days. His love of reading can be traced back to his grandpa, who first introduced him to his first fantasy series. He also blames his grandpa for his getting in trouble in grade school during class for reading, instead of listening to the teacher. Find him on social media @SimlerSound and at


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