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• 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.

• Authors: Anica Lewis, Rajiv Moté, KB Sluss
• Narrators: Alex Acks, John Chu, Marguerite Kenner
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• All three stories are Cast of Wonders originals!
• Read along with Multiple Choice
• Read along with Remember the Ifrit
• Read along with Not-So-Stock Photos
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Anica Lewis is a Youth Services librarian as well as a writer and reader, the better to squeeze more books and bookish people into her life. She is definitely not the secret identity of any superhero. Why would you even ask that? You can follow her online or on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

Alex Acks is a writer, geologist, and dapper AF. Their debut novel, Hunger Makes the Wolf, was published by Angry Robot Books under the pen name Alex Wells. Their debut novel, “Hunger Makes the Wolf”, is available at fine booksellers now. Alex has written for Six to Start and been published in Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, Daily Science Fiction, and more. Alex lives in Denver with their two furry little bastards, where they twirl their mustache, watch movies, and bike. For more information, visit their website or follow them on Twitter.

 

 

Rajiv Moté is a writer living in Chicago who moonlights as a software engineering manager. He completed certificates in creative writing at both Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, and has fiction published in Unlikely Story: The Journal of Unlikely Observances. He takes perverse glee in whittling down word count and killing his darlings. His daughter and wife star in his personal cast of wonders. He’s on WordPress and Twitter as @RajivMote, which is a continuing source of puzzlement and shame.

 

 

John Chu is a microprocessor architect by day, a writer, translator, and podcast narrator by night. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming at Boston Review, Uncanny, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, and Tor.com among other venues. His translations have been published or is forthcoming at Clarkesworld, The Big Book of SF and other venues. His story “The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere” won the 2014 Hugo Award for Best Short Story (available narrated by John himself at EscapePod). Most of his fiction is available on the web, and you can follow him on Twitter.

 

 

As KB Sluss, Karissa’s short stories have appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Everyday Fiction, Luna Station Quarterly, and Stupefying Stories. She is also a first reader for Strange Horizons and an editor at Quantum Fairy Tales. As Karissa Laurel, she is the author of several adult and YA novels. Her latest, “Heir of Thunder”, is a YA fantasy about the daughter of the god of thunder. You can follow her online and on Twitter.

 

 

 


James Tiptree Jr. Award Honors list

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

• Narrated by Katherine Inskip
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• Guest host Fonda Lee
• A Cast of Wonders original!
• Learn more about Artemis Rising
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Amanda Helms is an SFF writer living in her home state of Colorado. Favorite things include the perfect cup of tea, walking her dog on sunny days, and fuzzy socks on cold ones. She’s a 2014 graduate of the Viable Paradise writing workshop, and her fiction has appeared previously at Cast of Wonders. You can follow her on her website and on Twitter.

Katherine Inskip teaches astrophysics for a living and spends her (infrequent) spare time populating the universe with worlds of her own. She is a mother to two boys, and enjoys chaos, water-fights, tree-climbing, and thwarting plans for world domination. Katherine is addicted to chocolate and Japanese logic puzzles, narrates for a variety of podcasts, and wishes she’d started slush reading decades ago. You can read her blog, Trisigmatic, or follow her on Twitter.

 

Fonda Lee is the author of the award-winning young adult science fiction novels Zeroboxer and Exo. 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.

 

 

 

 


The Artemis Rising 3 image was commissioned from Ashley Mackenzie. Ashley is an artist and illustrator based in Edmonton, Alberta. She was born in Victoria, BC and grew up between Vancouver, BC and Edmonton, AB. After studying online for a year through AAU in San Francisco, CA she moved to Toronto to pursue a degree in Illustration at OCADU. Though she loves the challenge of creating complex conceptual illustrations and finding new ways to navigate ideas visually she also enjoys making concept art and decorative illustration. When not drawing she can be found reading, playing videogames or thinking about her next project.

Illustration by Mat Weller. Artemis Rising logo designed by Scott Pond.


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

• Narrated by Roberto Suarez
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• Guest host Gail Carriger
• A Cast of Wonders original!
• Learn more about Artemis Rising
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Marie Vibbert is a member of SFWA and an IT professional from Cleveland, Ohio. She has ridden 17% of the roller coasters in the United States and played for the Cleveland Fusion women’s tackle football team. Find out more about her online or follow her on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

Roberto Suarez is a community college advocate and program manager in Portland, Oregon. He is the co-host and producer of A Pod of Casts: The Game of Thrones Podcast and Radio Westworld: The Westworld Podcast. You can find Roberto on the web and on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

Gail Carriger writes comedies of manners mixed with paranormal romance. Her steampunk books include the Parasol Protectorate, Custard Protocol, Supernatural Society, and Delightfully Deadly series for adults, and the Finishing School series for young adults. She is published in many languages and has over a dozen NYT bestsellers via seven different lists. She was once an archaeologist and is overly fond of shoes, octopuses, and tea. You can follow her on Twitter.

 

 

 


The Artemis Rising 3 image was commissioned from Ashley Mackenzie. Ashley is an artist and illustrator based in Edmonton, Alberta. She was born in Victoria, BC and grew up between Vancouver, BC and Edmonton, AB. After studying online for a year through AAU in San Francisco, CA she moved to Toronto to pursue a degree in Illustration at OCADU. Though she loves the challenge of creating complex conceptual illustrations and finding new ways to navigate ideas visually she also enjoys making concept art and decorative illustration. When not drawing she can be found reading, playing videogames or thinking about her next project.

Illustration by Mat Weller. Artemis Rising logo designed by Scott Pond.


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

• Narrated by Wilson Fowlie
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• Guest host Alethea Kontis
• A Cast of Wonders original!
• Learn more about Artemis Rising
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Rati Mehrotra lives and writes in lovely Toronto. Her short stories have appeared in AE – The Canadian Science Fiction Review, Apex Magazine, Abyss & Apex, Podcastle, and many more. Her debut novel, Markswoman, will be published in early 2018. You can follow her online and on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

wilson-fowlieWilson Fowlie has been reading stories out loud since the age of 4, and credits any talent he has in this area to his parents, who are both excellent at reading aloud. He started narrating stories for more than just his own family in late 2008, when he answered a call for readers on the PodCastle forum. Since then, he has gone on to become PodCastle’s most prolific narrator, reading or appearing in nearly 30 episodes. He’s a proud member of the Escape Artists hat trick club, having narrated for PodCastle, EscapePod and Pseudopod as well as Cast of Wonders, in addition to StarShipSofa, Beam Me Up, Cast Macabre, Dunesteef Audio Fiction magazine and the Journey Into… podcast. He fits in all this narrating between his day job as a web developer in Vancouver, Canada, and being the director of a community show chorus called The Maple Leaf Singers.

Alethea Kontis is a princess, author, fairy godmother, and geek. Author of over fifteen books and contributor to over twenty-five more, her award-winning writing has been published for multiple age groups across all genres, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, humor, contemporary and paranormal romance, poetry, graphic novels, Twitter serials, and non-fiction. A former child actress, Alethea hosted over 55 episodes of Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Rants on YouTube, and continues to host Princess Alethea’s Traveling Sideshow every year at DragonCon. She enjoys audiobook and podcast narration, speaking at middle schools across the country (in costume, of course), and one day hopes to make a few more movies with her friends. Alethea currently resides on the Space Coast of Florida with her teddy bear, Charlie. Find out more about Princess Alethea and the magic, wonderful world in which she lives here at her Patreon, or follow her on Twitter.


The Artemis Rising 3 image was commissioned from Ashley Mackenzie. Ashley is an artist and illustrator based in Edmonton, Alberta. She was born in Victoria, BC and grew up between Vancouver, BC and Edmonton, AB. After studying online for a year through AAU in San Francisco, CA she moved to Toronto to pursue a degree in Illustration at OCADU. Though she loves the challenge of creating complex conceptual illustrations and finding new ways to navigate ideas visually she also enjoys making concept art and decorative illustration. When not drawing she can be found reading, playing videogames or thinking about her next project.

Illustration by Mat Weller. Artemis Rising logo designed by Scott Pond.


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

• Narrated by Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• Guest host Justina Ireland
• A Cast of Wonders original!
• Learn more about Artemis Rising
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Show Notes

Sandra M. Odell lives in Washington state with her husband, sons, and a grumpy orange cat. When she’s not imagining fantastic adventures in far away places, she helps run her husband’s game store. Two of her stories have previously appeared on Cast of Wonders — Episode 182 “A Troll’s Trade”, and Episode 83 “The Dictionary’s Apprentice”. You can find out more about her work online, or follow her on Twitter.

 

 

 

Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and three children. By day she works as a breast oncology nurse. At all other times she juggles, none too successfully, writing, reading, gaming and gardening. She has been published or has stories upcoming at EscapePod, An Alphabet of Embers, People of Color Destroy Science Fiction, Strange Horizons and Fiyah!. You may have heard her narrations at Strange Horizons, Far Fetched Fables and all four of the Escape Artists podcasts. Speaking of which, she is co-editor over at PodCastle. Khaalidah is on a mission to encourage more women and POC to write and publish science fiction stories. Of her alter ego, “K” from the planet Vega, it is rumored that she owns a time machine and knows the secret to immorality. You can catch up to her posts at her website and follow her on Twitter.

Justina Ireland is a science fiction and fantasy author and part time Harpy. She’s an editor at Fiyah, a magazine of black speculative fiction, and the author of Vengeance Bound and Promise of Shadows. Her next young adult book, Dread Nation, which features finishing schools for aspiring zombie slayers and is set in an alternate 1880s America, will be published in 2018 by Balzer and Bray, an imprint of Harper Collins.  Her adult debut, The Never and The Now, a story of diaspora and the fight for cyborg equality will be published in 2018 by Tor, an imprint of Macmillian.  Think Battlestar Galactica meets 12 Years a Slave with a dash of the Musical Hamilton thrown in for fun.  Because why not?  You can find Justina at her website and follow her on Twitter.






















 


The Artemis Rising 3 image was commissioned from Ashley Mackenzie. Ashley is an artist and illustrator based in Edmonton, Alberta. She was born in Victoria, BC and grew up between Vancouver, BC and Edmonton, AB. After studying online for a year through AAU in San Francisco, CA she moved to Toronto to pursue a degree in Illustration at OCADU. Though she loves the challenge of creating complex conceptual illustrations and finding new ways to navigate ideas visually she also enjoys making concept art and decorative illustration. When not drawing she can be found reading, playing videogames or thinking about her next project.

Illustration by Mat Weller. Artemis Rising logo designed by Scott Pond.


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

• Authors: Rachael K. Jones, Katherine Inskip, J. Lily Corbie
• Narrators: Katherine Inskip, Alasdair Stuart, Dani Daly
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• All three stories are Cast of Wonders originals!
• Read along with More Than Machines Will Fall to Rust
• Read along with A Coat of Salt and Sand
• Read along with She and I
• Discuss this story on our forum
• For a list of all our stories, authors and narrators, visit our Wikia page
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Show Notes

More Than Machines Will Fall to Rust

Rachael K. Jones grew up in various cities across Europe and North America, picked up (and mostly forgot) six languages, an addiction to running, and a couple of degrees. Now she writes speculative fiction in Athens, Georgia, where she lives with her husband. Her work has appeared in dozens of venues including Shimmer, Lightspeed, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Strange Horizons, EscapePod, PodCastle, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and The Drabblecast. She is an editor, a SFWA member, and a secret android. Follow her on online or on Twitter.

The story is narrated by Katherine Inskip.

 

A Coat of Salt and Sand

Katherine Inskip teaches astrophysics for a living and spends her (infrequent) spare time populating the universe with worlds of her own. She is a mother to two boys, and enjoys chaos, water-fights, tree-climbing, and thwarting plans for world domination. Katherine is addicted to chocolate and Japanese logic puzzles, narrates for a variety of podcasts, and wishes she’d started slush reading decades ago. You can read her blog, Trisigmatic, or follow her on Twitter.

This story is Katherine’s first professional story sale – congratulations!

Alasdair Stuart is the owner of Escape Artists and the host of Pseudopod. When he’s not doing either of those things, he’s professionally enthusiastic about genre fiction all over the place, like Tor.com, MCM Buzz and Fox Spirit Books. He lives in the UK with your intrepid editor and their shared herd of microphones. Follow him at his blog, Man of Words, or on Twitter.

 

 

 

She and I

J. Lily Corbie is a lifelong horror and fantasy enthusiast. She’s passionate about mythology and folklore and loves bats, bones, butterflies, and octopuses. Her work has appeared on Pseudopod. She lives with three cats and a dog, and you can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

 

 

Your narrator is our own assistant editor, community manager, and flash fiction contest runner Dani Daly. You can follow her on Twitter or say hello over at the EA forum.

 

 

 

 

 


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

• Narrated by Rachael K. Jones
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• A Cast of Wonders original!
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Brent C. Smith is a transplant to the frigid north of Portland, Maine where he lives with his girlfriend (and Cast of Wonders alum, Jen Welch) and his faithful hound. When he’s not trying to keep warm, he writes industrial automation software by day, and made-up stories at night. Brent’s fiction has appeared previously at Daily Science Fiction, New Myths, and the Unidentified Funny Objects 4 anthology. You can follow him online or on Twitter.

 

 

 

Rachael K. Jones grew up in various cities across Europe and North America, picked up (and mostly forgot) six languages, an addiction to running, and a couple of degrees. Now she writes speculative fiction in Athens, Georgia, where she lives with her husband. Her work has appeared in dozens of venues including Shimmer, Lightspeed, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Strange Horizons, EscapePod, PodCastle, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and The Drabblecast. She is an editor, a SFWA member, and a secret android. Follow her on online or on Twitter.

 

 


February is Women in Horror Month, an international, grassroots initiative, which encourages supporters to learn about and showcase the underrepresented work of women in the horror industries. Whether they are on the screen, behind the scenes, or contributing in their other various artistic ways, it is clear that women love, appreciate, and contribute to the horror genre. Check out the hashtag WiHM8 for plenty of suggestions. Or if you have the stomach for stronger fair, our sister show Pseudopod.

You can find all our own Women in Horror episodes here!


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

• Narrated by Barry Haworth
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• Originally published in The Fifth Book of After Midnight Stories (1991)
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Rick Kennett has had horror and SF stories published in several magazines, anthologies and podcasts including Dunesteef, Pseudopod, and here at Cast of Wonders. He won two Parsec Awards for podcast stories in 2013, a year that also saw the publication of his novel The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. One of those Parsec Awards was for Cast of Wonders Episode 71, Now Cydonia, one of the several Martian Ranger Cy De Gurch stories. When not toiling at the day job in the transport industry, he can be found wandering cemeteries – necrotourism – or working as the podcast reporter for the Ghosts & Scholars M R James Newsletter. You can follow him online.

Barry Haworth works as a statistician for the Australian Taxation Office which is more interesting than you might think. He holds a Masters degree in Statistics. Outside of work he is a keen reader of science fiction and enjoys choral singing and taking part in amateur theatricals, having performed such roles as Prospero in The Tempest, Major-General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance, and Ebenezer Scrooge and Marley’s Ghost in two different versions of A Christmas Carol.

Barry has narrated episodes of Escape Pod, PodCastle and also the Cheap Astronomy podcast. He lives in Brisbane, Australia with his wife Sylvia, those of his children who haven’t left home yet, and whatever the current quota of pets is.


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!
Read along with the text of the story
• Discuss this story on our forum
• For a list of all our stories, authors and narrators, visit our Wikia page
• Come visit us on Facebook and Twitter


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Show Notes

Jennifer Hykes has previously had stories appear in Betwixt, Abyss & Apex, PodCastle, and Apex Magazine. She lives with her husband and two cats just outside of Pittsburgh, PA. She is fairly certain that the cats are not enchanted princes, but it is sometimes hard to tell with these things.

 

 

 

 

Your narrator is our own assistant editor, community manager, and flash fiction contest runner Dani Daly. You can follow her on Twitter or say hello over at the EA forum.

 

 

 

 

 


February is Women in Horror Month, an international, grassroots initiative, which encourages supporters to learn about and showcase the underrepresented work of women in the horror industries. Whether they are on the screen, behind the scenes, or contributing in their other various artistic ways, it is clear that women love, appreciate, and contribute to the horror genre. Check out the hashtag WiHM8 for plenty of suggestions. Or if you have the stomach for stronger fair, our sister show Pseudopod.

You can find all our own Women in Horror episodes here!


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