Archive for Episodes

Episode 63: The Gloaming, Part 1 by M. E. Garber


Narrated by Dani Daly

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Show Notes

Today we present Part 1 of The Gloaming by M E Garber, who grew up reading about hobbits, elves and dragons, so it’s no wonder that she enjoys writing strange things. She lives in Ohio (in the US) with her husband where, in addition to writing, she enjoys hiking, cooking, travel and chocolate. You can find her blog here.

You narrator is the wonderful Danielle Daly who is currently working on multiple audio book projects the ACX, the Audiobook Creation Exchange.

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

Episode 62: The Quarrel of the Monkey and the Crab by Yei Theodora Ozaki


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

Today we present The Quarrel of the Monkey and the Crab from a book called Japanese Fairy Tales (published 1908) compiled by Yei Theodora Ozaki. Born in 1871, she translated Japanese short stories and fairy tales. They are thought to be fairly loose translations of the originals but were popular and were reprinted several times after her death.

She had an interesting life, being the daughter of a Japanese Baron and a European woman named Bathia Catherine Morrison. You can find out more about her on Wikipedia.

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

Episode 61: The Great Game, Part 6 – When Stars Fall by James Vachowski


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

When Stars Fall is part 6 of a series of stories called The Great Game by James Vachowski and narrated by Barry J Northern. To find other episodes in the series search for the tag The Great Game.

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

Episode 60: The Swineherd by Hans Christian Andersen


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

Today we present The Swineherd by Hans Christian Andersen. Born in 1805 — yes, that’s over two centuries ago — Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author noted for his children’s stories. You may know some of his most famous including The Ugly Duckling, The Snow Queen, Thumbelina, The Little Mermaid, and The Steadfast Tin Soldier. His poetry and stories have been translated into more than 150 languages and have inspired motion pictures, plays, ballets, and animated films.

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

Episode 59: Once There Was A Hero… by Jenny Moore


Narrated by Marguerite Kenner and Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

Today we present Once There Was A Hero… by Jenny Moore. Jenny grew up on a small ranch in Eastern Oregon and decided to be a writer when she was eight. Fifteen years later, her first story was published. Since then, her fantasy stories have appeared in many magazines and on many websites. Currently, she works as an aide at an elementary school.

Your narrator is the ever awesome Marguerite Kenner and… some strangely familiar guy.

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

Episode 58: The Great Game, Part 5 – The Dark Continent by James Vachowski


Narrated by Barry J. Northern

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Show Notes

The Dark Continent is part 5 of a series of stories called The Great Game by James Vachowski and narrated by Barry J Northern. To find other episodes in the series search for the tag The Great Game.

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

Episode 56: Empty Pockets, Part 1 by James Isaac


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

Today we present Part 1 of Empty Pockets by James Isaac. James has three stories (non-YA) placed in three different anthologies that should be out before the year’s end:

Anabiosis, editors John G. Hartness & Emily Leverett, The Big Bad – An Anthology of Evil (publication and other details pending)

The Edge Between, Soul Reflections, Wicked East Press, 2012 (not yet appeared) e Publications, 2012

Waste Not Want Not, Tales for the Toilet, Crowded Quarantine Publications, 2012

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

Episode 55: Flash Collection II by Bethany Powell and David Steffen


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes


Our first story is Color Contacts by Bethany Powell. Bethany didn’t really know people wore contacts until one day in middle school, when one of her classmates ran out of homeroom because one of his flipped. The fascinating trickery of it has stuck with her. (Though he was just as cute in glasses the next day.) She also has a weak spot for manga with plot points about glasses or contacts.

Bethany has mainly published fantasy genre poetry, which you can find at bethanypowell.com. She also keeps a semi-popular Tumblr on suit fashion, mainly featuring Asian celebrities. When not scribbling or reblogging photos, she waits tables in a tea room.


Our second story is The Quest Unusual by David Steffen. David runs the webzine Diabolical Plots, which posts interviews, reviews, lists and other material related to the field of speculative fiction. At this point DP is the only site to regularly review Daily Science Fiction, where this story originally ran. Another highlight is the “Best of” podcast lists, including a “Best Of Cast Macabre”, and in the near future a “Best of Cast of Wonders”.

He has stories upcoming in Escape Pod, Pseudopod, and Daily Science Fiction, and his stories have been published in more than a dozen others. See his a bibliography page on Diabolical Plots for a full listing.

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

Episode 54: The Great Game, Part 4 – In The Bowels of the Sick Man by James Vachowski


Narrated by Barry J. Northern

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Show Notes

In The Bowels of the Sick Man is part 4 of a series of stories called The Great Game by James Vachowski and narrated by Barry J Northern. To find other episodes in the series search for the tag The Great Game.

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

Episode 53: The Cruel Sister by James Breyfogle


Narrated by Tina Connolly

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Show Notes

Today we present The Cruel Sister by James Breyfogle. James writes fantasy and Science Fiction from his home in Pennsylvania.

Your narrator is the fabulous Tina Connolly! Tina lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and young son, in a house that came with a dragon in the basement and blackberry vines in the attic. Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and the anthology Unplugged: Year’s Best Online SF 2008. Her debut fantasy novel IRONSKIN is forthcoming from Tor in October 2012, with a sequel in 2013. She is a frequent reader for Podcastle, and is narrating a 2012 flash podcasting venture called Toasted Cake. In the summer she works as a face painter, which means a glitter-filled house is an occupational hazard. Her website is here. Check the shownotes for details.

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