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Episode 143: Dagon by H. P. Lovecraft

Episode 143: Dagon by H. P. Lovecraft

Narrated by Alasdair Stuart Listen above or download here. Show Notes For horror fans, the initials HPL bring an instant chill to the spine. The man’s work hardly needs introduction. His Cthulhu mythos and its denizens have appeared in and influenced the entire artistic spectrum, from film and television, to...
Episode 142: Marrow by Mav Skye

Episode 142: Marrow by Mav Skye

Narrated by Barry J. Northern Listen above or download here. Show Notes This week’s installment in our annual horror story collection is Marrow by Mav Skye. Mav believes scarecrows have souls. They are rebels on poles, waiting their time to rise up as one and take over the world. In...
Episode 141: Reading Time and A House in the Forest

Episode 141: Reading Time and A House in the Forest

Authors: Beth Cato and Shawn Bailey Narrators: Dave Thompson and Lizzie Listen above or download here. Show Notes This week we bring you another pair of stories about endings, starting with Reading Time by Beth Cato. Beth is the author of The Clockwork Dagger, a steampunk fantasy novel just released...
Episode 140: Of Pumpkin Soup and Other Demons and The Ghost of Grammy Goneril

Episode 140: Of Pumpkin Soup and Other Demons and The Ghost of Grammy Goneril

Authors: Natalia Theodoridou and Austin H. Gilkeson Narrators: Katherine Inskip and Christiana Ellis Listen above or download here. Show Notes It’s October, everyone. That means it’s time for our annual Halloween special. This year we’ve gone for a theme, presenting a collection of horror stories about endings, both figurative and...
Episode 139: Little Wonders 6 - A Little Laughter

Episode 139: Little Wonders 6 – A Little Laughter

Authors: James Vachowski, Charity Tahmaseb and Terry L. Mirll Narrators: John Cmar, Princess Scientist and Dave Robison Listen above or download here. Show Notes You’re listening to Little Wonders, our thematic flash fiction collections. This episode we bring you A Little Laughter. To start things off, we bring you Continue?...
Episode 138: Things We Leave Behind by Alex Shvartsman

Episode 138: Things We Leave Behind by Alex Shvartsman

Narrated by Alex Shvartsman Listen above or download here. Show Notes Welcome, everyone, to our Banned Book Week special. Banned Book Week is an annual event every September that aims to raise awareness about censorship and to celebrate the right to read. Many local libraries and bookshops hold events to...
Episode 137: The Filigreed Cage by Krystal Claxton

Episode 137: The Filigreed Cage by Krystal Claxton

Narrated by A. P. Clarke Listen above or download here. Show Notes Our story this week is The Filigreed Cage by Krystal Claxton. Krystal writes speculative fiction in the sliver of time between raising a four-year old with her unreasonably awesome husband and being a full-time computer technician. She enjoys...
Episode 136: Flotsam by Rebecca Schwarz

Episode 136: Flotsam by Rebecca Schwarz

Narrated by Jeff Hite Listen above or download here. Show Notes Our story this week is Flotsam by Rebecca Schwarz. Rebecca comes to us from Austin Texas where she’s and active member of the Slugtribe Writers’ Group and the Codex Online Writers’ Group. She has attended writers workshops with Paolo...
Episode 135: Flowers For The Dead by Jamie Mason (Part 2)

Episode 135: Flowers For The Dead by Jamie Mason (Part 2)

Narrated by Paul Cram Listen above or download here. Show Notes This week we bring you the conclusion of Jamie Mason’s Flowers For the Dead, narrated by Paul Cram. You can find the author’s and narrator’s biographies in the show notes of Episode 134. We dedicate these episodes to the...
Episode 134: Flowers For The Dead by Jamie Mason (Part 1)

Episode 134: Flowers For The Dead by Jamie Mason (Part 1)

Narrated by Paul Cram Listen above or download here. Show Notes This week we bring you part one of Flowers For The Dead by Jamie Mason. Jamie is a Canadian sci-fi/fantasy writer whose short fiction has appeared in On Spec, Abyss & Apex, the Canadian Science Fiction Review and been...
Episode 133: A Well-Lit Dungeon by Mark Mills

Episode 133: A Well-Lit Dungeon by Mark Mills

Narrated by Adam Black Listen above or download here. Show Notes This week we present A Well-Lit Dungeon by Mark Mills. A Cincinnati resident, Mark teaches composition and literature at Northern Kentucky University. He has published work at Tor.com and in Necrotic Tissue, Brain Harvest, Short Story America, Pill Hill...
Episode 132: The Collector by Jameyanne Fuller

Episode 132: The Collector by Jameyanne Fuller

Narrated by Alasdair Stuart Listen above or download here. Show Notes This week we present The Collector by Jameyanne Fuller. Jameyanne writes fantasy and historical fiction and is usually buried under at least ten story ideas. She graduated from Kenyon College in May 2014, and in October she will be...
Episode 131: Survivor by Josh Roseman

Episode 131: Survivor by Josh Roseman

Narrated by Marguerite Kenner Listen above or download here. Show Notes This week we present Survivor, by Josh Roseman. Josh Roseman (not the trombonist; the other one) lives in Georgia (the state, not the country). His writing has appeared in Asimov’s, EscapePod, the Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine, StarShipSofa, and this...
Episode 130: The Phobos Monolith by Preston Dennett

Episode 130: The Phobos Monolith by Preston Dennett

Narrated by Heather Amy Robinson Listen above or download here. Show Notes This week we present The Phobos Monolith, by Preston Dennett. Preston has worked as a carpet cleaner, fast-food worker, data entry clerk, bookkeeper, landscaper, singer, actor, writer, radio host, television consultant, teacher, UFO researcher, ghost hunter and more....
Episode 129: Into The Forever Place by Luke Thomas

Episode 129: Into The Forever Place by Luke Thomas

Narrated by Heather Welliver Listen above or download here. Show Notes UPDATE: Due to a recording error the story has been temporarily removed. We’ll have the corrected version back up for you as soon as possible. Our story this week is Into The Forever Place by Luke Thomas. Luke is...
Episode 128: Robots Don’t Cry by George Edwards

Episode 128: Robots Don’t Cry by George Edwards

Narrated by Pete Milan Listen above or download here. Show Notes This week we present Robots Don’t Cry by George Edwards. George owns a smartphone repair shop in Tipton, Indiana and says he earns working capital by writing papers for college students. He’s an anarcho-capitalist in the tradition of economist...
Episode 127: Learning the Game by Michael Haynes

Episode 127: Learning the Game by Michael Haynes

Narrated by MK Hobson Listen above or download here. Show Notes Our episode this week is Learning the Game by Michael Haynes. Michael lives in Central Ohio where he helps keep IT systems running for a large corporation during the day and puts his characters through the wringer by night....
Episode 126: The Perfect Prom by Kat Otis

Episode 126: The Perfect Prom by Kat Otis

Narrated by Mur Lafferty Listen above or download here. Show Notes This week we present The Perfect Prom, by Kat Otis. Kat lives a peripatetic life with a pair of cats who enjoy riding in the car as long as there’s no country music involved. Her fiction has appeared in...
Episode 125: The Clasp by Jarod K. Anderson

Episode 125: The Clasp by Jarod K. Anderson

Narrated by Elie Hirschman Listen above or download here. Show Notes This week we present The Clasp, by Jarod K Anderson. Jarod used to teach English at Ohio University. Currently, he works at a foundation that raises money for a wide range of college scholarships. He writes about education by...
Episode 124: Old People Rules by Holly Schofield

Episode 124: Old People Rules by Holly Schofield

Narrated by Melissa Bugaj Listen above or download here. Show Notes This week we present Old People Rules, by Holly Schofield. Holly travels through time at the rate of one second per second, oscillating between the alternate realities of a prairie farmhouse and her writing cabin on the Canadian west...
Episode 123: Taxidermy and Other Dangerous Professions by JR Johnson

Episode 123: Taxidermy and Other Dangerous Professions by JR Johnson

Narrated by M K Hobson Listen above or download here. Show Notes This week we present Taxidermy and Other Dangerous Professions by JR Johnson. JR grew up in the folded Appalachian hills, where she learned to love Fall, blueberries straight from the bush, and the stream beneath the willows near...
Episode 122: Sundae by Matt Wallace

Episode 122: Sundae by Matt Wallace

Narrated by Kate Baker Listen above or download here. Show Notes A screenwriter, novelist, and the award-winning author of over one hundred short stories, Matt Wallace spent a decade traveling the western hemisphere as a professional wrestler and combat instructor before retiring to write full-time. He now resides in Los...
Episode 121: Little Wonders 5 - Trope Twists

Episode 121: Little Wonders 5 – Trope Twists

Authors: Jessica Holscher, Charity Tahmaseb, Michael Strickland and Alexandra Grunberg Narrators: John Cmar, Chloe Yates, Big Anklevich, and Rish Outfield Listen above or download here. Show Notes This is Little Wonders, our collection episodes featuring flash fiction and poetry centered around a theme. This episode we bring you the conclusion...
Episode 120: Master Madrigal's Mechanical Man by Scott C. Mikula

Episode 120: Master Madrigal’s Mechanical Man by Scott C. Mikula

Read by Marguerite Kenner and Graeme Dunlop Listen above or download here. Show Notes Today we present Scott C. Mikula’s story, Master Madrigal’s Mechanical Man. Scott is a husband, father, software developer, board gamer, swing dancer, and has been told he makes a mean chocolate chip cookie. On his better...
Episode 119: Pictures in Crayon by Elizabeth Shack

Episode 119: Pictures in Crayon by Elizabeth Shack

Read by Tina Connolly Listen above or download here. Show Notes Today we present Elizabeth Shack’s story, Pictures in Crayon. Elizabeth lives in central Illinois and has worked as a software copywriter, a newspaper reporter, and a tour guide at a NASA visitor center. Her work has been published in...
Episode 118: Perihelion by Vajra Chandrasekera

Episode 118: Perihelion by Vajra Chandrasekera

Read by Graeme Dunlop Listen above or download here. Show Notes Today we present Vajra Chandrasekera’s story, Perihelion. Vajra hails from Colombo, Sri Lanka. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Clarkesworld, Apex and Lightspeed, among others. You can find more stories via his website, vajra.me. You may know...
Episode 117: Pignus by Jez Patterson

Episode 117: Pignus by Jez Patterson

Read by Graeme Dunlop Listen above or download here. Show Notes Today we present Jez Patterson’s story, Pignus. Jez is a British teacher and writer, currently based in Madrid. You can find out more about Jez and her work at jezpatterson.wordpress.com. Theme music is “Appeal To Heavens” by Alexye Nov,...
Episode 116: The Feathered Cloak by Edward Ahern

Episode 116: The Feathered Cloak by Edward Ahern

Read by Graeme Dunlop Listen above or download here. Show Notes Today we present Edward Ahern’s story, The Feathered Cloak. Ed resumed writing after forty odd years in foreign intelligence and international sales. He has his original wife, but advises that after 46 years they are both out of warranty....
Episode 115: Bad Poets Society by James Aquilone

Episode 115: Bad Poets Society by James Aquilone

Read by Graeme Dunlop Listen above or download here. Show Notes Today we present James Aquilone’s story, Bad Poets Society. James is a writer and editor from Staten Island, New York. He has short stories coming out soon in Weird Tales Magazine and Third Flatiron’s Spring 2014 anthology. He is...
Episode 114: Now Cydonia by Rick Kennett (Staff Picks 2013)

Episode 114: Now Cydonia by Rick Kennett (Staff Picks 2013)

Read by Marguerite Kenner Listen above or download here. Show Notes Today, we present Now Cydonia, the story that won us a 2013 Parsec award, a fact of which we’re immensely proud. Now Cydonia ran as Episode 71 back in March of last year. One reason I’m personally so proud...
Episode 113: The Malthus Alternative by Jamie Mason (Staff Picks 2013)

Episode 113: The Malthus Alternative by Jamie Mason (Staff Picks 2013)

Read by Graeme Dunlop Listen above or download here. Show Notes Graeme’s staff pick for 2013 is The Malthus Alternative by Jamie Mason. I guess the staff pick is meant to be from 2013 but I couldn’t resist looking over our whole back-catalogue. From the time this idea was floated,...
Episode 112: Kulturkampf by Anatoly Belilovsky (Staff Picks 2013)

Episode 112: Kulturkampf by Anatoly Belilovsky (Staff Picks 2013)

Read by Hans Fenstermacher Listen above or download here. Show Notes Barry’s staff pick is the story of war by music, “Kulturkampf”. I had tremendous fun working with Anatoly on picking the appropriate music for this story. It’s a very clever and entertaining steam-punkish tale of battling classical composers. And...
Episode 111: The Giant Who Dreamed of Summer by Jess Hyslop (Staff Picks 2013)

Episode 111: The Giant Who Dreamed of Summer by Jess Hyslop (Staff Picks 2013)

Read by M K Hobson Listen above or download here. Show Notes As our longtime listeners know, Cast of Wonders takes the month of January off each year, so we can recharge our batteries, and get out in front of the next year’s production schedule. And this year is no...
Latest entries

Delayed Episode

The house-moving gremlins have hidden my microphone, and this week’s episode will be posted just as soon as I can brave the Cardboard Fortress for its safe return. Thanks everyone!

The Cat With Blue Fur Contest

Hello everyone! I wanted to tell you about a fantastic contest being run by our good friends at The Drabblecast right now! Long-time Drabblecast listener Bart Epstein decided to sponsor an episode of the show through his work with the Jefferson Education Accelerator, but he decided to do much more than just sponsor a show....
2014 Parsec Finalists!

2014 Parsec Finalists!

The 2014 Parsec finalists have been announced, and Cast of Wonders has again made the cut! This year we’re finalists in two categories: Best Speculative Fiction Story: Long Form Broken by Cedric Johnson and Veronica Giguere Camp Myth: Phoenix Watching by Chris Lewis Carter (from Cast of Wonders) Fire on the Mound by William J....

Camp Myth RPG Receives ENnie Nomination!

Congratulations to Chris Lewis Carter and the Camp Myth RPG for making the ENnie Award short list in the Best Family Game category! The ENnies are a series of fan-created awards for tabletop RPGs given every year at GenCon in Indianapolis. Good luck, Chris!! Felix, Argee and Moxie are rooting for you!

Summer Strikes Again

It’s Allen’s turn to be on vacation – we’ll see you next week!

On Vacation

Listen above or download here. Hello everyone! Marguerite is on vacation this week and next. Allen has a great book recommendation for you – check it out!

Submissions Update

Hello everyone! A quick note for our authors. We’re now caught up on most stories submitted before May 1st. (I have a few re-submits which require further reading.) As always, if you haven’t heard from me regarding a story submitted in this window, please drop me a line. Due to vacation schedules, our next response...
Metacast 2: State of the Union 2013

Metacast 2: State of the Union 2013

Listen above or download here. Show Notes Hello everyone! This is your editor, Marguerite Kenner. Every year, one of my favorite game companies publishes a Stakeholders Report. As Steve puts it, while the company only has one shareholder, lots of people have a stake in its success and so he writes them an annual report...
Camp Myth: Phoenix Watching - Chapter 15

Camp Myth: Phoenix Watching – Chapter 15

By Chris Lewis Carter Listen above or download here. Show Notes Happy New Year, campers! And welcome to the final chapter of Phoenix Watching, Chapter 15! What’s happened to Felix? Are Argee and Moxie okay? What happened to the phoenix that prompted it to attack, and how are it’s inferno feathers intact? Pay close attention...
Episode 110: The Alchemist's Children by Nathaniel Lee

Episode 110: The Alchemist’s Children by Nathaniel Lee

Read by Danie Ware Listen above or download here. Show Notes Today we present Nathaniel Lee’s story, The Alchemist’s Children. Nathaniel has been here several times before — welcome back! Nathaniel Lee’s writing can be found in various places around the Internet, including Daily Science Fiction, Ideomancer, and Intergalactic Medicine Show. You can follow his...
Camp Myth: Phoenix Watching - Chapter 14

Camp Myth: Phoenix Watching – Chapter 14

By Chris Lewis Carter Listen above or download here. Show Notes Merry Christmas, campers, and welcome back! Ready for chapter 14? Last week Althea the Sphinx posed a riddle our campers couldn’t refuse, and only Felix’s quick thinking saved them from being sphinx food. But what was that Althea said about Moxie? Listen close campers,...
Episode 109: Nuclear Family by Alex Shvartsman

Episode 109: Nuclear Family by Alex Shvartsman

Read by Big Anklevich Listen above or download here. Show Notes Today we present Alex Shvartsman’s story, Nuclear Family. Alex has been here several times before — welcome back Alex! Thanks for gracing us with an inventive seasonal story. Alex Shvartsman is a writer, editor, and game designer from Brooklyn, NY. Over 50 of his...

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