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Episode 89: The Carmel B Crazies

Show Notes

Today we present Rick Kennett’s story, The Carmel B Crazies. Rick works in the transport industry in Melbourne, Australia as possibly the longest serving motorcycle courier in the world, now pushing 33 years on the road. He’s been writing SF and ghost stories for about the same period with recent appearances in Aurealis (The Australian Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine), The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine and The Ghosts & Scholars Book of Shadows from Sarob Press.

This story features one of Rick’s ongoing characters, Cy De Gerch. You may remember Cy from Episode 71 (Now Cydonia) where she encountered mysterious happenings on the face of Mars. We’re very proud and pleased to say that Now Cydonia was nominated for a Parsec Award in the category “Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form)”. And in fact, it is a finalist! Warm congratulations to Rick on making the finals; I shall be crossing all my digits for him and Now Cydonia.

Rick has some upcoming works to be published as ebooks by Cooperative Ink. There are two Cy De Gerch publications; one is the novel Presumed Dead and the other, a collection of Cy stories titled Thirty Minutes for New Hell. Cooperative Ink will also publish Rick’s young adult novel The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea which features another of my characters, Ernie Pine the reluctant ghost-hunter.

Your narrator is our hard-working editor, Marguerite Kenner.


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Episode 88: Dragon Art by Christopher Partin


Narrated by Adam Black

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Show Notes

Today we present Christopher Partin‘s story, Dragon Art. Christopher lives in a small coastal town named Astoria, Oregon. He spends most of his time going to school as an English major, devouring books of all kinds (especially children’s books, as a good children’s book will be accessible for all ages), writing like there’s no tomorrow, and, when he’s not feeling particularly reclusive, enjoying the company of friends. He is also an avid book and quote collector, space traveler, and wielder of the fabled thagomizer. He believes children are brilliant, and their creativity and curiosity should be encouraged, not obliterated. Currently, he is working on his first novel. You can follow him on Twitter.

You narrator today is Adam Black. Adam is a recovering neuroscience student, although he’s working hard to relapse again. He enjoys reading, bicycling, and shouting into microphones, the last of which he sometimes records. He doesn’t have a public web presence yet, which makes him sad, so he will probably change that soon.

Theme music is “Appeal To Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.

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Episode 87: Little Wonders 1


Authors: Kara Hartz and Eric Juneau
Narrators: Marguerite Kenner and Dave Robison

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Show Notes

Hello everyone! Surprise! Today, July 21st, is the two year anniversary of Cast of Wonders. We couldn’t be prouder, and to celebrate we’re debuting a new type of episode. You’re listening to the very first Little Wonders, a collection of flash fiction and poetry centered around a theme or genre. We’re going to start things off nice and easy with a pair of science fiction shorts.


Up first, we have Immersion by Kara Hartz. Kara writes and lives in my old stomping grounds, Northern California, with the support of her husband and children and despite the attentions of her cats. She loves Science Fiction and Fantasy because she is drawn to incredible ideas. You can find her blogging sporadically here.


Our second story this week is Influx Capacitor by Eric Juneau. Eric is a 31-year-old software engineer living in Minnesota with his wife and two daughters. His hobbies include writing, video games, reading, and eating as much barbecue as he can find. Huh, we have a lot in common! He blogs about his quest to become a ‘capital-A’ Author here. Recently, Eric has started a new fiction project chronicling a healing mage’s experience in World of Warcraft, available here.

For your narrator, we bring you the audio stylings of podcaster extraordinaire Dave Robinson, from Roundtable Podcast. Dave embarked on his life mission to be an Agent of Awesomeness armed only with a theater degree. He had learned at an early age that – if you ACTED like you knew what you were doing – people tended to believe you.

This principal has resulted in most of his employment, from graphic designer, to software instructor, from event coordinator to web applications developer. Throughout it all, however, theater remained a constant, and he would trod the boards with any performing troupe that would have him.
When podcasting became all the rage, he discovered a new venue to ply his not inconsiderable talents… audio fiction. Since arriving on the scene, he’s had the privilege of lending his voice to numerous dramatic readings for such notables as StarshipSofa, The Drabblecast, Tales to Terrify, and the trifecta of Escapepod, Pseudopod, and Podcastle. He’s thrilled to add Cast of Wonders to his performance credits.


Our lovely new Little Wonders theme, “Neversus”, is from Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.

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Episode 86: Ieia by S. K. Bickley


Narrated by Alethea Kontis

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Show Notes

Our story this week is Ieia, which originally appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of Tales of the Talisman. S. L. Bickley is a poet and student from Dayton, Ohio who will soon be relocating to Montana to continue her studies in the shadow of the appropriately named University Mountain. You can find out more about her at her website.

S. L. is one of the editors of a print literary journal called The Germ, which will be publishing its third issue this fall.

You narrator today is Alethea Kontis. Princess Alethea Kontis is the author of many shiny books for children of all ages. Her debut YA fairy tale novel, Enchanted, won the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award in 2012 and was nominated for both the Andre Norton Award and the Audie Award in 2013. Born in Burlington, VT, Alethea now lives with her Fairy Godfamily (and a teddy bear named Charlie) in Ashburn, VA. You can find out more about Alethea and her work at her website.

Theme music is “Appeal To Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.

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Episode 85: Patterns by Susan Oke (Part 2)


Narrated by Marguerite Kenner and Alasdair Stuart

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Show Notes

Today we present part two of Susan Oke’s story, Patterns. Susan spends her days working in the Higher Education sector, and her nights, weekends and every spare minute writing short stories and working on her first novel. Susan’s short stories have appeared in the magazine Words With Jam, and the Words Made Flesh (Tree House Press) and If Only You Could See Yourself (Words Just Words Publishing) anthologies. Her latest story Junction 13: There and Back Again will appear in the Writers in the Crowd anthology (Tree House Press). Susan regularly blogs for the webzine Astronaut.com: where Science Fiction meets Reality.

You can find out more about Susan on her WordPress site Loving Life in the Rain.

Your narrators are Alasdair Stuart and Marguerite Kenner, both familiar to anyone who’s been with us for a while.

Theme music is “Appeal To Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.

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Episode 84: Patterns by Susan Oke (Part 1)


Narrated by Marguerite Kenner and Alasdair Stuart

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Show Notes

Today we present the first part of Susan Oke’s story, Patterns. Susan spends her days working in the Higher Education sector, and her nights, weekends and every spare minute writing short stories and working on her first novel. Susan’s short stories have appeared in the magazine Words With Jam, and the Words Made Flesh (Tree House Press) and If Only You Could See Yourself (Words Just Words Publishing) anthologies. Her latest story Junction 13: There and Back Again will appear in the Writers in the Crowd anthology (Tree House Press). Susan regularly blogs for the webzine Astronaut.com: where Science Fiction meets Reality.

You can find out more about Susan on her WordPress site Loving Life in the Rain.

Your narrators are Alasdair Stuart and Marguerite Kenner, both familiar to anyone who’s been with us for a while.

Theme music is “Appeal To Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.

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Episode 82: Mr. Scampers War by J. S. Bell


Narrated by John Cmar

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Show Notes

Today we present a story from J. S. Bell. Mr. Bell is a full-time dad and part-time writer who makes a living in sales only because he can’t write fast enough to pay the bills. He has two novel projects with an agent, and a publishing credit with The Western Online (“Mitchellsville”). He is a Lap Servant to two cats, Frost and Bramble, who help him with his stories by walking across the keyboard and adding random letters.

You narrator today is John Cmar. John is an infectious diseases physician in Baltimore who splits his time between treating horrors such as syphilis, and molding the next generation of doctors, while repeatedly washing his hands in between. When not herding his six cats or going fanboy over the space endeavors of his wife Moon Ranger Laura, John infectious various podcast projects with his voice. He is the Chief Medical Officer and Bad Doctor in Residence at The Secret Lair podcast, and ruminates over all manner of things at his personal blog, SaintNickanuck.com.

Theme music is “Appeal To Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.

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Episode 81: Little Tear by Philip Meeks


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

This week’s story is from Philip Meeks. Philip has only recently started writing fiction after spending most of his writing life working in theatre and television. He’s written for Emmerdale and Doctors and had plays produced around the UK. Hes also an actor of sorts and can be found at Christmas playing panto Dame for QDOS, Britain’s top pantomime producers.

Philip’s latest play “Murder, Marple and Me” is a mystery featuring Agatha Christie and the English actress Margaret Rutherford, who was the first person to play Miss Marple on screen. It’s playing in London at the Ambassadors Theatre in June for a few special performances. It’s part of the celebrations for the 60th Anniversary of Agatha Christie’s play The Mousetrap.

You can find Philip on Twitter.

Theme music is “Appeal To Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.

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Episode 80: Small Magics by Alethea Kontis


Narrated by Dani Daly

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Show Notes

Today we present Alethea Kontis‘ story, Small Magics. Alethea helped us start Cast of Wonders with her story The Unicorn Tree, all the way back in Episode 2; I recommend you go back and listen to it if you haven’t already. Princess Alethea Kontis is the author of many shiny books for children of all ages. Her debut YA fairy tale novel, Enchanted, won the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award in 2012 and was nominated for both the Andre Norton Award and the Audie Award in 2013. Born in Burlington, VT, Alethea now lives with her Fairy Godfamily (and a teddy bear named Charlie) in Ashburn, VA. You can find out more about Alethea and her work at http://aletheakontis.com.

Your narrator is the wonderful Danielle Daly. Dani has narrated for us many times before and we’re very happy to welcome her back. She’s recently been busy recording stories through the Audiobook Creation Exchange and one she recommends to the Cast of Wonders audience is called Sister Raven by Karen Rae Levine. Bound by magic to Old Mother, Beetle Girl lives a lonely life on the fringes of her Native American society. When forced into the role of Keeper of the Ravens, she must break the bonds of her cruel mother, confront a powerful shape-shifter who threatens to destroy the village, and solve the mystery of her past. Dani loves this story she loves tremendously; it can be purchased on Audible, Amazon.com or iTunes. You can find out more about Dani at DaniReads.com.

Now, just how good are your etchings? It’s time to find out because now, we’ve a tale to tell…


Theme music is “Appeal To Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.

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Episode 79: Loma’ai by Jessie Bishop Powell


Narrated by Tina Connolly

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Show Notes

Today we present Jessie Bishop Powell‘s story, Loma’ai. Jessie has been writing since age 10. Her favorite authors include Dianna Wynne Jones, Tamora Pierce, and Neil Gaiman. She holds a Master’s Degree in English from the University of Kentucky but considers it irrelevant to good writing. She blogs at http://jesterqueen.com. Her next young adult project is a book featuring a plucky thief named Flori. Snatches of that story can be found on her blog. I will warn that her blog contains adult language at times!

Your narrator today is the inimitable Tina Connolly. Tina lives with her family in Portland, Oregon. Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and her Nebula-nominated novel IRONSKIN is now out from Tor Books, with the sequel COPPERHEAD coming in Oct 2013. She narrates for Podcastle and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, runs the Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast Toasted Cake, and her website is tinaconnolly.com.

Now, can you See clearly? You sure? Because now, we’ve a tale to tell…


Of this story, Jessie says, “‘Loma’ai’ is a response to epic fantasies, where a protagonist saves the world. Most of us aren’t going to have that chance. But that doesn’t detract from the importance of the things we can save. So this is a story about the significance of those small acts of bravery that, though they may not protect the planet, are yet of incalculable importance.”


Theme music is “Appeal To Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.

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Episode 78: The Giant Who Dreamed of Summer by Jess Hyslop


Narrated by M K Hobson

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Show Notes

Today we present Jess Hyslop’s story, The Giant Who Dreamed of Summer. You may remember Jess’ wonderful story To Be True, which was Episodes 11 and 12 of Cast of Wonders. Jess lives in Cambridge, UK, where she spends a good deal of time wandering between bookshops, cafes, and cinemas while pondering her next writing project. She studied English at the University of Cambridge, and was there awarded the Quiller-Couch prize for creative writing in 2010. Her winning story, Augury, has since been published by Shortfire Press. Her short fiction has also appeared in Daily Science Fiction and Bewildering Stories, and is forthcoming in Interzone and Mirror Dance. She tweets @JinxedJester.

Your narrator today is the marvelous M K Hobson. M K is a writer extraordinaire whose work has appeared in many publications such as Realms of Fantasy, The Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Interzone and Sybil’s Garage. Her debut novel The Native Star was published to critical acclaim in September 2010 by Ballantine Spectra. She can be heard frequently on fantasy podcast PodCastle, both as guest host and narrator. You can find out more about M K and check out her extensive bibliography at demimonde.com.

Now bundle up warm because there’s still more than a touch of Winter in the air. All cosy? Good! Because now, we’ve a tale to tell…


Theme music is “Appeal To Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.

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