Archive for Episodes

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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Episode 77: The Long Cut by Tom Howard


Narrated by Norm Sherman

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Show Notes

Today we present Tom Howard’s story, The Long Cut. Tom is a short story writer from Little Rock, Arkansas. Of this story Tom says, “My four children are the inspiration for this story as I was frequently lost when they were little, and they would ask, ‘Dad, is this another one of your long cuts?’ It made perfect sense to them that if a short cut got you there faster, a ‘long cut’ would get you there much, much slower. Cheeky monkeys.”

Your narrator today is the fabulous Norm Sherman. Norm is the host and editor of the weird and wonderful — and Parsec award winning — Drabblecast, which publishes “strange stories by strange authors for strange listeners, such as yourself.” In addition he is the editor and co-host of the long running science-fiction podcast EscapePod. Both podcasts server excellent fare, some of it quite adult.

His smooth tones may be heard in many places in the pod-o-sphere such as PodCastle, The Guild of the Cowry Catchers, The Fullcast Podcast and many other fine audio productions. You can find Norm in many places online such as Facebook.

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

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Episode 76: Dragonomics by Lance Schonberg


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

Today we present Lance Shonberg’s story, Dragonomics. Learning from his children how to follow his dreams again, Lance has long since allowed his writing to tip over the border into obsession, and typically has too many writing projects in progress at any given moment. Some of his stories have even seen publication. In between trips to the word processor, Lance is currently conspiring to commit both a podcast and electronic publication. He can be found lurking on Twitter as WritingDad, on Facebook, and even on his own website (where you can also find several wonderful stories he’s serialized).

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

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Episode 75: The Field Trip by Alex Shvartsman


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

Today we present Alex Shvartsman’s story, The Field Trip. Alex is a writer and game designer whose short stories appeared or are forthcoming at Nature, IGMS, Galaxy’s Edge, and many other ‘zines and anthologies. His adventures so far have included traveling to over 30 countries, playing a card game for a living, and building a successful business. Alex resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and son. His recently published fiction is linked at his website, and check out his recently published anthology of humorous F/SF, Unidentified Funny Objects. And check out Alex’s kickstarter for his second volume of UFO!

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

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