Archive for Episodes

Episode 18: Cockatrice Girl Meets Statue Boy (Part 1) by Willow Fagan


Narrated by Marguerite Kenner and Alasdair Stuart

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Show Notes

Today we present Part 1 of Cockatrice Girl Meets Statue Boy by Willow Fagan. Willow lives in Portland, Oregon. They’re genderqueer, which for them means that they feel more like a pirate princess than like a man or a woman. Their fiction has appeared in Fantasy Magazine, Behind the Wainscot, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2011. To read more about their writing and adventures, go to their blog.

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

Episode 17: Saved (Part 2) by Arin Greenwood


Episode 17: Saved (Part 2) by Arin Greenwood

Narrated by Alasdair Stuart

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Show Notes

Today we present Part 2 of Saved by Arin Greenwood, read by Alasdair Stuart.

We gave Arin’s bio last episode but, at that time, I implied Arin is a boy. And here, I again display my fabulous research skills! Arin is a girl! My very humble apologies to Arin for getting it wrong. So it’s worth saying again, with the correct gender:

Arin Greenwood is a second-year undergraduate at the University of Washington, studying chemical engineering with a focus in nanotechnology. Apart from writing and reading, she is a dedicated musician, and a member of the Husky Marching Band at the UW. She attended the prestigious Alpha Young Writer’s Workshop in Pittsburgh for two consecutive summers, which features lectures taught by professional fantasy and science fiction authors, and the opportunity to meet writers of all ages.

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

Episode 16: Saved (Part 1) by Arin Greenwood


Narrated by Alasdair Stuart

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Show Notes

Today we present Part 1 of Saved by Arin Greenwood. Arin is a second-year undergraduate at the University of Washington, studying chemical engineering with a focus in nanotechnology. Apart from writing and reading, he is a dedicated musician, and a member of the Husky Marching Band at the UW. He attended the prestigious Alpha Young Writer’s Workshop in Pittsburgh for two consecutive summers, which features lectures taught by professional fantasy and science fiction authors, and the opportunity to meet writers of all ages.

Your narrator today is the ever-impressive Alasdair Stuart, the writer and journalist from a small island in the middle of the Irish Sea.

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

Episode 15: Same-Day Delivery by Desmond Warzel


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

Now, last week, I professed ignorance of U.S geography, then went straight on to prove it by locating Virginia on the west coast! It is, in fact on the east coast. My humble apologies to all Virginians for shifting your fair state so far afield! My only defence is that I live in Australia where right now we’re heading into Spring, Christmas is in the middle of Summer, we walk upside-down, navigating our way through hordes of kangaroos, and everything is generally backwards.

Today we present Same-Day Delivery by Desmond Warzel. The story first appeared in issue #11 of On the Premises. Desmond lives in northwestern Pennsylvania, and that his most recent short story publications appeared in Daily Science Fiction, the anthology Candle in the Attic Window from Innsmouth Free Press, and at Tor.com.

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

Episode 14: Bad Kitty by Jason Dextradeur


Narrated by Marguerite Kenner and Alasdair Stuart

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Show Notes

Today we present Bad Kitty by Jason Dextraduer. He lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia. If, like me, you know little about the US, Virginia Beach is the largest city in the state of Virginia; Virginia is on the West Coast. He works as a courier to pay the bills, and writes to keep the stories in his head from driving him crazy. Should he happen to have free time, he likes to spend it with friends, or outdoors letting the wind blow through him, or with a good story. Some of his other stories have appeared in The Hogglepot Online Fantasy Journal, The Absent Willow Review, and 5923 Quarterly.

Your narrators this week are the “Girl Friday Extraordinaire” Marguerite Kenner, who is becoming a welcome regular ‘round these here parts, and The Dark King of podcasting, Alasdair Stuart. Alasdair is a writer and journalist from a small island in the middle of the Irish Sea protected, the legends say, by a wizard who rolled wheels of fire down the central hill to dissuade invaders. Also it rained a lot, and he’s pretty sure that helped too.

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

Episode 13: The Name-Day by Saki


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

Today I wanted to present The Loot of Bombasharna by Lord Dunsany. However, I didn’t check the copyrights well enough. Lord Dunsany’s works are only in the Public Domain in the US, and certainly not in the UK and Australia. My apologies.

However, another very well-known writer was Hector Hugh Munro who used the pen-name Saki. Today we present his story The Name-Day. Saki’s works frequently satirised Edwardian society and culture and often had a mischievous twist, sometimes leaning toward the bizarre. An example of the mischievous is Down Pens, a story about the trials of responding to gift-givers with notes of gratitude, for politeness’ sake.

You can find out more about Saki at the ultimate arbiter of absolute truth, Wikipedia.

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

Episode 11: To Be True (Part 1) by Jess Hyslop


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

Today we present Part 1 of To Be True by Jess Hyslop. Jess lives in London has recently been ejected from the cosy realm of academia into the perils of ‘the real world’, where she is trying to survive the life of an aspiring writer. She studied English at the University of Cambridge and three years later, emerged with her passion for sci-fi and fantasy still fully intact. Extraordinary!

In 2010 she was awarded the University’s Quiller-Couch prize for creative writing, for Augury, a short story set during the Nazi occupation of Guernsey in WWII. You will soon be able to purchase the story from Shortfire Press.

You can find out more about Jess at her blog.

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

Episode 10: Mrs. Jai by Wendy Bradley


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop, Marguerite Kenner and Dani Daly

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Show Notes

Today we present Mrs. Jai by Wendy Bradley. Wendy was the TV critic for Interzone magazine for a time. She edited and published Farthing magazine, described by Ursula le Guin as “cooler than Asimov’s.” She went to the Clarion West writers’ workshop in 2003. She has been a hotel receptionist, bookseller, drama teacher, secretary and Civil Servant. Wendy lives in Yorkshire and works in London. She can be found on Twitter as wendybradley (check the show notes) where apparently she is “influential about football, business and drugs”. And she’s not sure what drugs they mean!

Your narrators this week include Marguerite Kenner, who narrated The Unicorn Tree in Episode 2, and Danielle Daly who narrated A Proof of Unicorns in Episode 6.

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

Episode 8: Alienation (Part 1) by Katherine Sparrow


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

Today we present Part 1 of Alienation by Katherine Sparrow. Katherine lives with her partner in Santa Cruz which she says “is a bit too sunny and mellow for her over-caffeinated Seattle soul.” She’s a graduate of the Clarion West Writer’s Workshop, where she learned many excellent things. She has been selling short stories here and there and is currently writing a book about teenagers and the monsters who love them. Katherine especially likes writing books, because that’s where you get to do big things. Her work has been published in Escape Pod, PodCastle, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine and many others. You can find out much more about Katherine on her website.

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

Episode 7: Damnation by Chris Stamp


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

Today we present Damnation by Chris Stamp. Chris is an interesting guy, he’s had some pretty cool jobs. Right now his company Oakleaf Web Design offers a full range of web design services but he’s also been a game designer and worked for British Aerospace Military Aircraft Division on cockpit design. You can find out more about his exploits, including Mountain Biking and Writing Science Fiction at his website.

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