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The Fruit Of Thy Womb - A Horror Tale


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I wrote the original story back in 1992. It was inspired by George A. Romero's "living dead" universe. I did the recording in 2007 as an entry for a small YouTube Halloween contest (I won). I thought I'd upload it here for the Halloween Challenge. I hope you like it (or hate it because it's TOO scary!).:)
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Uploaded: Oct 26, 2009 - 05:41:22 PM
Last Updated: Oct 30, 2009 - 05:35:13 PM Last Played: Apr 01, 2016 - 08:22:02 PM
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MarkHolbrook said 2798 days ago (October 26th, 2009)
Whoa
An AndyMax song!!! Listening!
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MarkHolbrook said 2798 days ago (October 26th, 2009)
Ok man
you need to get a job as a radio horror show narrator! Excellent man... Your voice is perfect for this!
Outstanding!
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maxruehl said 2798 days ago (October 26th, 2009)
Thanks,
my brutha. I'm glad you're enjoying it.:)
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Char said 2798 days ago (October 26th, 2009)
Super creepy.
That voice! Could be endearing or totally frightening. Eeeps! Thanks.
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maxruehl said 2798 days ago (October 26th, 2009)
Thanks,
Char. I do strive for diversity.;)
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sheilad said 2798 days ago (October 26th, 2009)
not listening
not listening... not listening... you can't scare me... not listening... ok.. maybe I will listen.. but with my eyes closed!
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maxruehl said 2798 days ago (October 26th, 2009)
But...
you have to listen! You scared ME, so it's my turn to scare you! OK, you can close your eyes...it's best not to see what's creeping up on you in the dark.:)
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PaulaMunk said 2798 days ago (October 26th, 2009)
If I wore pants
They'd be scared off of me. I have listened about 5 times. You are GOOD at this. Thanks.
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maxruehl said 2798 days ago (October 26th, 2009)
It's
nice to know that it has held up over repeated listenings. Thanks, Paula.:)
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Halloween-2009-Challenge said 2798 days ago (October 26th, 2009)
Oooooh, Scary
Just what I was hoping for on a pre Halloween night.

I can understand why you won, this is very good.

Queeny
maxruehl said 2798 days ago (October 26th, 2009)
Queeny
I'm pleased that you like it and that I can do my part to make your Halloween a little bit scarier.:)
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mr_mordenus said 2797 days ago (October 27th, 2009)
Oh jeeeezzzzz
...no sleeping tonight, buddy. Thanks a lot.

Absolutely superb storytelling. I particularly admire how you use the sound landscapes and touches of effects to enhance the story - this requires a very deft touch, just a little too much and the power of the narration would have been disturbed. Case in point - that distant child's cry at the end made my skin crawl. It was just distant enough to be deeply unsettling, but not so close that it pulled my attention away, just right to spike up the fear. All the way through you kept the balance perfect.... was it really almost twenty minutes? Maybe time went faster because I'd stopped breathing.....
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maxruehl said 2797 days ago (October 27th, 2009)
Mr. M
Your comments made me smile.:) I'm very pleased that the story had the intended effect on you. I was very mindful in creating this that I wanted the effects to be a subtle enhancement to the words and not to overshadow them. I glad to hear that you noticed what I was going for. Thanks very much for the listen and the nice comment.
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magnatone said 2797 days ago (October 27th, 2009)
Fruit of Thy Womb
really Andy, this is so well done! i think i told you earlier that i'm really impressed by your speaking voice - you have the perfect cadence and the quality of your voice is just perfect! have you ever worked in broadcasting??) this story is the essence of CREEPOLA, and your added effects really hit the spot. Great work!
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maxruehl said 2797 days ago (October 27th, 2009)
:)
Thank you, Karen.:) No, I've never worked in broadcasting, but thanks for the compliment. I'm glad you found it sufficiently creepy.:)
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_nderscore said 2797 days ago (October 27th, 2009)
vivid
i started listening casually, but my headphones ended up strangling me to the end. i saw this in black & white like an old episode of the twilight zone..
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maxruehl said 2797 days ago (October 27th, 2009)
Thanks, man.:)
You've got it exactly right. I very much had a stark, colorless (other than the blood!) landscape pictured when I wrote this.:)
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ConnieO said 2797 days ago (October 27th, 2009)
Scary!
Thanks for the scare! Nothing scarier than a closed door silent or with noises behind it...or one cracked open tempting a peek in...AHHHHHH! Oh MOM...wouldn't a divorce have been less painful? ...I'm sorry I can't listen to it from 13:42 on...I'm afraid it will leave indelible images I wish not to have imbeded in my mind!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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maxruehl said 2797 days ago (October 27th, 2009)
Thanks, Connie.:D
Whoa, was it really that scary? Well, I'm glad to hear it, I guess.:) I wish you could have finished it, though. I thought some of the more interesting ideas were at the end. Thanks for the listen though--I'm glad it had an impact on you in some way.:)
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davisamerica said 2796 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
timmy...
where the hell is Lassie when you need her??? This is brilliant.
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maxruehl said 2796 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
Heh.:)
Thanks very much, Jack.:)
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TERRAPLANE said 2796 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
Edgar Allen Poe
Live at MacJams !!! This is brilliant.. impressive writing & production.
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maxruehl said 2795 days ago (October 29th, 2009)
Terry
Thanks for the awesome compliment.:) I'm glad you liked it!
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five_extra_arms said 2795 days ago (October 29th, 2009)
Horrific!
I wondered if I would ever be able to compliment someone with the word "Horrific".

Thanks for the goosebumps!
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maxruehl said 2795 days ago (October 29th, 2009)
Bob
I'll take it! You're very welcome. Happy to hear you found it effective. Thanks very much for listening and commenting.:)
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Calchas said 2794 days ago (October 30th, 2009)
Good grief!
I'm gonna be hugging my Teddy Bear and sleeping with the night-light on! THANKS A LOT BRO! Ha ha...

Very well done man. Bravo...

Be well friend!
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maxruehl said 2794 days ago (October 30th, 2009)
:D
Thanks, man! I'm glad you enjoyed it.:)
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Doug Somers said 2793 days ago (October 31st, 2009)
Yikes
Brilliantly written. The sounds are such an effective highlight on the already visually evocative creepy story line. The tension is so well drawn out, and the horror of a trusted figure being so evil makes the whole story incredibly effective.

The next Mr. Poe??

Doug


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maxruehl said 2793 days ago (October 31st, 2009)
Doug
Thanks for the terrific comments and compliment. It's good to know that you feel I was successful in what I was trying to do.:)
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crissew said 2793 days ago (October 31st, 2009)
Love me some
zombie movies! well written script and well spoken. Love the spooky sound backing. So well done. My fav halloween track yet!
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maxruehl said 2793 days ago (October 31st, 2009)
:D
Thanks Charles! Yup--I'm a zombie movie fan from waaay back. Thanks for the great comments. I'm really glad I was able to make your Halloween a little scarier.:)
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Joanna said 2793 days ago (November 1st, 2009)
eek!
Too scary for me! I'm such a wimp when it comes to horror. At least it proves you accomplished what you set out to do!
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maxruehl said 2792 days ago (November 1st, 2009)
Well...
thanks for trying. I'll take it as a compliment.:)
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Gaylen75 said 2789 days ago (November 4th, 2009)
Sweet
love it! stay away from storage closets!
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maxruehl said 2789 days ago (November 4th, 2009)
Hey!
Thanks, Gaylen!
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paul f. page said 2787 days ago (November 6th, 2009)
Creeped out!
Wow. What a voice...and what a story. Nice. There's something about just audio on a horror story, radio style that creeps up behind us and makes us S-C-R-E-A-M.
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It's got a bit of a creep-out effect going on, but without any words— only the scream.
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maxruehl said 2786 days ago (November 7th, 2009)
:)
Thanks, Paul! I'll check that track out--I always love a good creep-out.:)
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Moviz said 2786 days ago (November 7th, 2009)
Well ...
After listening to this, I come to the conclusion that you're no slouch either as a narrator.... or a writer. I'm not surprised that you won in the competition..... the story is great and I love the subtle sound effects, cheers M
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maxruehl said 2786 days ago (November 7th, 2009)
Mo
I thank you for the compliment. It means a lot--especially coming from someone of your talents. It's gratifying to hear that you liked it.:)
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Vaisvil said 2772 days ago (November 21st, 2009)
This is excellent
My aunt used to play us kids stories like this in a dark basement for Halloween. Very good work.
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maxruehl said 2772 days ago (November 21st, 2009)
Vaisvil
Thanks...I'm glad you liked it.:)
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RAVENS said 2606 days ago (May 6th, 2010)
Wowzers
Your voice is so intense, man I mean intense!!! I have to download this & listen again. "It was just love stuff" great line. Yeah I have to listen again and close my eyes to focus. OMG mommy is a zombie! This is incredible, seriously awesome. Love the effects in the background too, you're good.

I hope you've done more of these spoken pieces. I'll have to check your archives. Love this! (The floorboards, always bad news when you hear them!)

RAVEN ;-)
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maxruehl said 2605 days ago (May 7th, 2010)
:)
Thanks, Raven.:) Currently there are no other spoken word pieces here, but I do have one over on my Youtube channel. (youtube.com/profile?user=maxruehl) I have something there called Psycho Poem.
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michaeljayklein said 2592 days ago (May 20th, 2010)
Eldritch horrors await thee...
Andy, from someone who has enjoyed the supernatural in all it's forms--film, literature, radio, television and even music, I must say, this was an aficionado's delight. Superb work here and it gave even this seasoned veteran a few unexpected chills. Applause!
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maxruehl said 2592 days ago (May 20th, 2010)
!
Thanks, Michael! I'm glad to hear you appreciated it, especially since your such a seasoned aficionado of the genre.:)
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ted23 said 2559 days ago (June 22nd, 2010)
Boo!
Man I freaking love zombies. I had to do exam retakes due to the first resident evil game... Also just finished reading World War Z which was fun.
Really enjoyed your work hear. The echoey background reminded of those games I used to play and are to a comparible standard which is amazing as they must cost millions to make these days.
The story itself left me with super graphic images in my head. A very clear picture of what was going on was being painted. Excellent stuff with a different ending you don't normally find in zombie movies.
Nice one
maxruehl said 2559 days ago (June 22nd, 2010)
Re: Boo!
Thanks, Ted! Glad you found your way here and enjoyed it.:)
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Bowman said 2159 days ago (July 27th, 2011)
I casually put this on
while still at work waiting to hear what Andy - a recent commentator of my work - had to offer.
Within a seconds I was completely spellbound and could do nothing for the next 15 minutes but listen to this tasteful yet lurid tale of woe play out.

This is not only so well written but perfectly performed. Were Stephan King to hear this he would humbly, very humbly sing your praises.
THE WALKING DEAD await.
Cheers?
Charlie
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maxruehl said 2159 days ago (July 27th, 2011)
RE: I casually put this on...
Charlie, thanks so much for the nice comment. I'm so pleased to hear you found it engaging.:)
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djdrshaman said 1651 days ago (December 16th, 2012)
Man
I believe you have succeeded in almost creating or re-creating a genre here. The rhythm of your speech delivery is spot on. It's terrifyingly good. I like you a lot dude !!!
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Char said 1576 days ago (March 1st, 2013)
Back once again.
Please do more..in the same vein. A little psychological thriller would be cool. I love this stuff.
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