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• Content Warning: Grief
• Narrated by S. Qiouyi Lu
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• Originally published in Anathema Magazine (April 2017)
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S. Qiouyi Lu is a writer, editor, and translator who has also narrated for PodCastle, GlitterShip, and Acacia Moon Productions. You can visit their website or follow them on Twitter.

 

 

 

 


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

 

Content Warning: A few early F-bombs
• Narrated by Rish Outfield
• Audio production and gust host Jeremy Carter
• A Cast of Wonders original!
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Hugo and Campbell award finalist Sarah Gailey is an internationally-published writer of fiction and nonfiction. Her nonfiction has been published by Mashable and the Boston Globe, and she is a regular contributor for Tor.com and Barnes & Noble. Her most recent fiction credits include Mothership Zeta, Fireside Fiction, and the Speculative Bookshop Anthology. Her debut novella, River of Teeth, is out now. She has a novel forthcoming from Tor Books in spring 2019. Gailey lives in beautiful Oakland, California with her husband and two scrappy dogs. You can find links to her work at her website, or follow her on Twitter.

 

Rish Outfield can be found regularly at The Dunesteef podcast, which he produces with Big Anklevich, and you can hear him pretty much everywhere in the genre story pod-o-sphere. You can find him online.

Jeremy Carter has produced audio for the Dunesteef Audio Fiction magazine, Far Fetched Fables, the Journey Into podcast and StarshipSofa in addition to Cast of Wonders. By day, he teaches physics and maths in the beautiful Peak District. He is a husband, father, photographer, cook and very occasional runner. Follow him on Twitter.

 

 

 


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

 

• Narrated by Dani Daly
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• A Cast of Wonders original!
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Aimee Ogden is a reader, writer, and–of course–gardener who lives with her husband and three-year-old twins in the states of both Wisconsin and chaos. Her work has appeared in Shimmer, Daily Science Fiction, and Persistent Visions. You can follow her online and on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

Dani Daly is one of the assistant editors of Cast of Wonders, and narrating is just one of the things she loves to do. She’s a retired roller derby player and current hobbyist soap maker, for instance. She rants on Twitter, if that’s your thing. Or you can visit her on the EA forums. She loves it there.

 

 

 

 


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

• Authors: Evan Dicken, R. G. Ziemer, Laura Pearlman
• Narrators: Graeme Dunlop, Jonathan Chaffin, Alexis Goble
• Guest Host: Katherine Inskip
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
Why They’re Never About The Good Ones is a Cast of Wonders original!
The Finder is a Cast of Wonders original!
Why I Hate Zombie Unicorns was originally published in Shimmer (Vol. 20, August 2014)
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Evan Dicken’s work has most recently appeared in Analog, Pseudopod, and The Overcast, and he has stories forthcoming from publishers such as Unlikely Story, Fantasy Scroll, and Chaosium. Follow him online.

Graeme Dunlop is a Software Solution Architect. Despite his somewhat mixed accent, he was born in Australia. He loves the spoken word and believes it has the ability to lift the printed word above and beyond cold words on a page. He and Barry J. Northern founded Cast of Wonders in 2011 and can be found narrating or hosting the occasional episode, or working on projects behind the scenes. He has read stories for all of Escape Artists podcasts. Graeme lives in Melbourne, Australia with his wife Amanda, and crazy boy dog, Jake. Follow him on Twitter.

 

 


R. G. Ziemer was born on the South Side of Chicago. He has taught English, worked construction, and never stopped writing. He presently teaches composition at the College of DuPage and is working to complete a YA novel, The Ghost of Jamie McVay. His poetry has recently appeared in the journals Prairie Light Review and Rivulets.

 

 

 

 

Jonathan M. Chaffin is the designer and writer behind the Cthulhu tiki mug and other horror-themed barware collections from Horror In Clay; each object has a backstory and contributes to a narrative for the collection. He also co-owns Mug Crate, the quarterly tiki mug subscription box, has narrated and designed for Pseudopod, and frequently speaks on all things tiki, horror, crowdfunding, and pop culture at events like DragonCon and Anachrocon. He also writes horror movie reviews for The Collinsport Historical Society from time to time.

 

 


Laura Pearlman lives in California with two cats and no unicorns. Her stories have appeared in Shimmer, Flash Fiction Online, Daily Science Fiction, the Unidentified Funny Objects 4 anthology, and Mothership Zeta. You can follow her online and on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

Alexis Goble has been a slush reader for Cast of Wonders since the spring of 2015. She’s new to the world of audio, and you may have heard her Staff Pick episodes last January. Alexis lives in Cincinnati with her partner in a 100-year-old house. You can occasionally find her on Twitter.

 

 

 

 


The Little Wonders theme “Neversus” is by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.

 

• Narrated by Paul Cram
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• A Cast of Wonders Original!
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Jason Kimble left the tornadoes of Michigan for the hurricanes of Florida, because spinning air is better when it’s warm. He lives there with his finally-legal husband. His most recent work appears or is forthcoming in Betwixt, The Sockdolager, Clockwork Phoenix 5, and Escape Pod. You can find more of his nattering at this website, Process Wonk, or on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

The very first story Paul Cram ever narrated was here at Cast of Wonders, and he seems to have been bit by the bug. Paul’s a character actor who casting directors say looks like a cross between Gollum and James Dean. Which may sound like an unusual blend, but it’s working for him, as Paul’s getting cast in such films as Fox Searchlight’s comedy WILSON starring Woody Harrelson & Laura Dern. In the film, Paul plays a few scenes as Harrelson’s kind & gentle cell-mate; the movie is is based on a graphic novel written by Daniel Clowes. You can find the film in theaters now or stream online in months to come.

When not on a movie set or audition, Paul can be found deep-frying chicken wings & cream cheese wontons with his older sister, or arguing about pop culture with his brother Zay around one of the 10,000 lakes of Minnesota. You can find Paul online and on Twitter.

Paul’s interview with Jason is available here.

 


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

• Narrated by Alasdair Stuart
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• A Cast of Wonders original!
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Afalstein JD Kloosterman is a sometime teacher, sometime writer, from the great state of Texas. He mainly writes fantasy, but also dabbles in sci-fi and fanfiction, and is currently working on a steampunk novel due sometime this coming fall. He especially loves stories that focus on the side characters, the people who don’t get to be the heroes, as he thinks they have stories just as interesting. Follow him online or on Twitter.

 

 

 

When Alasdair Stuart is not hosting Pseudopod or running the fine company that bring you Cast of Wonders, he’s professionally enthusiastic about genre fiction on the Internet at places like Tor.com and MCM Buzz. His first collection of expanded podcast essays, Pseudopod Tapes, is available from Fox Spirit Books with volume 2, Approach With Caution, following this year. He lives in the UK with your intrepid editor and their shared herd of microphones. Find him online or on Twitter.

 


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

• Narrated by Fonda Lee
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• Originally published in Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 73 (June 2016)
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S.B. Divya is a lover of science, math, fiction, and the Oxford comma. She enjoys subverting expectations and breaking stereotypes whenever she can. She is the new co-editor for Escape Pod, and her short stories have been published in various magazines, including Lightspeed and Tor.com. Her writing also appears in the indie game Rogue Wizards. Her debut science fiction novella, Runtime, is a finalist for the 2016 Nebula Award. You can find out more online or on Twitter.

 

 

Fonda Lee is the author of the award-winning young adult science fiction novels Zeroboxer and Exo, and the forthcoming fantasy series for adults, Jade City. When she’s not writing she can be found training in martial arts or searching out tasty food in Portland, Oregon. You can learn more about her work on her website or follow her on Twitter.

 

 

 

 


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

• Narrated by Rachel Swirsky
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• Originally published in InterGalactic Medicine Show Issue 40 (July 2014)
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Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator and game designer from Brooklyn, NY. Over 90 of his short stories have appeared in Nature, Galaxy’s Edge, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and many other magazines and anthologies. He won the 2014 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction and was a finalist for the 2015 and 2017 Canopus Awards for Excellence in Interstellar Fiction (more about this later). He is the editor of the Unidentified Funny Objects annual anthology series of humorous SF/F. His collection, Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories and his steampunk humor novella H. G. Wells, Secret Agent were both published in 2015. Follow his work online or on Twitter.

 

 

Rachel Swirsky holds an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers Workshop, and she graduated from Clarion West in 2005. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Hugo, Locus, World Fantasy and Sturgeon Awards. She’s twice won the Nebula Award: for her 2010 novella, The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers Beneath the Queen’s Window and her 2014 short story If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love. You can read or listen to her free online fiction, or buy her collections, singles and anthologies. Find her on Twitter, and follow what she’s up to in her monthly newsletter. You can also support her on Patreon.

 

 


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

Content Warning: Grief
• Narrated by Karen Bovenmyer
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• A Cast of Wonders original!
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Kate Baker is the Podcast Director and Non-fiction Editor for Clarkesworld Magazine. She has been very privileged to narrate over 350 short stories/poems by some of the biggest names in Science Fiction and Fantasy for multiple venues. Kate won the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine in 2011 and 2013, the British Fantasy Award for Best Magazine in 2014 and the World Fantasy Award for Special Award: Non Professional in 2014 alongside the wonderfully talented editorial staff of Clarkesworld Magazine. Kate is currently situated in Northern Connecticut with her first fans; her wonderful children. She is currently working as the Director of Operations for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Follow her online and on Twitter.

 


Karen Bovenmyer
earned an MFA in Creative Writing: Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine. She teaches and mentors students at Iowa State University and serves as the Nonfiction Assistant Editor of Escape Artists’ Mothership Zeta Magazine. She is the 2016 recipient of the Horror Writers Association Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship. Her short stories and poems appear in more than 40 publications and her first novel, Swift for the Sun, will be available Spring 2017. Follow her online and on Twitter.

 

 


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

• Narrated by Patrick Bazile
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• First appeared in Unidentified Funny Objects 2 (UFO Publishing, 2013)
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Desmond Warzel is the author of a few dozen short stories, four of which (including this one) have been featured at Cast of Wonders. He’s also particularly proud of his appearances in venerable magazines like Fantasy & Science Fiction, at nifty websites like Abyss & Apex, and in other quadrants of the vast podcasting galaxy, such as The Drabblecast. His most recent new work appears in the anthology Coven: Masterful Tales of Fantasy, from Purple Sun Press. He lives in Pennsylvania. You can follow him online.

Patrick Bazile is an American Actor/Voice Over Talent and a distinct sound in the voice over industry. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Patrick has voiced everything from PSA’s to major product brands. With a deep, commanding voice often referred to as “The Voice of God”, Patrick demands attention.​ Follow him online and on Twitter.

 

 

 

 


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

• Narrated by Tatiana Grey
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• Originally published in NewMyths.com (Issue 35, June 2016)
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Angela & Joel Enos were raised by the same two people though they sometimes think it was in differing parallel dimensions. The goose told them this was possible as it chased them down the path. Their work together tends to reflect this confounding combination of events.

Angela Enos has been published in A Café in Space, Flapperhouse, Niteblade Magazine, Visibility Fiction, Nonbinary Review’s alphanumeric, and Body Parts Magazine. She is also a designer and artist whose work in theatre has been seen across the United States. Follow her on Twitter.

Joel Enos is a writer and editor who has written comics (Sonic the Hedgehog) and graphic novels (Ben 10 Omniverse) and published short fiction in Whispers from the Abyss, Visibility Fiction, The Lorelei Signal, Theme of Absence and Flapperhouse. Follow him online and on Twitter.

 

Tatiana Grey is a critically acclaimed actress of stage, screen, and the audio booth. She has been nominated for dozens of fancy awards but hasn’t won a single damned thing. She went to NYU and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Follow her online and on Twitter.

 

 

 


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

• Narrated by Megan Leigh
• Guest host Dani Daly
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• A Cast of Wonders original!
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J.W. Alden lives near West Palm Beach, Florida with his wife Allison, who doesn’t mind the odd assortment of musical instruments and medieval weaponry that decorate his office (as long as he brandishes the former more often than the latter). Alden is a graduate of Odyssey Writing Workshop, a 1st Place Writers of the Future winner, and an active member of SFWA. Read more from him at his website, or follow him on Twitter.

 

 

 

Megan Leigh is editor of pop culture blog Pop Verse and co-host of feminist speculative fiction podcast Breaking the Glass Slipper. Her writing has appeared on SFWA, SFF World, Pornokitsch, and Writers’ Workshop. You can follow Megan on Twitter.

 

 

 

 


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