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• Narrated by Jen Albert
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• A Cast of Wonders original!
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Barbara A. Barnett is a writer, musician, orchestra librarian, Odyssey Writing Workshop graduate, coffee addict, wine lover, and all-around geek. Her short fiction has appeared in publications such as Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction, and Flash Fiction Online. Barbara lurks about the Philadelphia area, where she lives with her husband and a pantsless stuffed monkey named Super Great. You can follow her online or on Twitter.

 

 

Jen Albert is an entomologist, writer, editor, narrator, game-player, cosplayer, streamer, reader of All The Things, and haver of far too many hobbies. Jen somehow became co-editor of her favorite fantasy fiction magazine and podcast; she now wonders if she’s still allowed to call it her favorite. She lives in Toronto with her husband and her very large, very hairy German Shepherd. Follow her online and on Twitter.

 

 

 


Theme music is “Appeal to Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available from Promo DJ or his Facebook page.

• Narrated by Nadia Niaz
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• Originally published in Pank Magazine (2013)
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Daniel José Older is the New York Times bestselling author of the Young Adult series the Shadowshaper Cypher (Scholastic), the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series (Penguin), and the upcoming Middle Grade sci-fi adventure Flood City (Scholastic). He won the International Latino Book Award and has been nominated for the Kirkus Prize, the Mythopoeic Award, the Locus Award, the Andre Norton Award, and the World Fantasy Award. Shadowshaper was named one of Esquire’s 80 Books Every Person Should Read. You can find his thoughts on writing, read dispatches from his decade-long career as an NYC paramedic and hear his music at his website, on Youtube and on Twitter.

 

 

Nadia Niaz is a writer, academic, creative writing teacher, language nerd and editor who is mostly from Melbourne but still a little bit from lots of other places. When she’s not working with words, she’s usually dancing. Follow her online and on Twitter.

 

 

 

 


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The Trevor Project: http://www.thetrevorproject.org/

 


Theme music is “Appeal to Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available from Promo DJ or his Facebook page.

• Content Warning: Grief
• Authors: Jennifer Lee Rossman, Jenny Rae Rappaport, Evan Berkow, David Steffen and Christine Lucas
• Narrators: Stephanie Morris, Setsu Uzume, Kate Baker, Makenzi Newman and Mur Lafferty
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
Always There was originally published in Lakeside Circus in February 2014
Chrysalis, The Black Veils, Moments in the Crawl, and Even Death are all Cast of Wonders originals!
• Read along with the text of the stories: Chrysalis, The Black Veils, Moments in the Crawl, Always There and Even Death
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Jennifer Lee Rossman is a science fiction geek from New York, where she crochets, watches Doctor Who, and threatens to run over people with her wheelchair. Her short story “Scrapefoot” is featured in Circuits & Slippers, an anthology of sci-fi fairy tale re-tellings. Follow her online and on Twitter.

 

 

Stephanie Morris is a professional fangirl by day and the lone library assistant staffing a college circulation desk at night. She has narrated short stories for all four Escape Artists podcasts as well as StarShipSofa, has guest-blogs on subjects ranging from book recommendations to zombie turkeys, and performed Shakespeare in a handful of weird churches. Until she suppresses her inner perfectionist enough to create a website, you can find her on Twitter.


Jenny Rae Rappaport is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing workshop, and holds a BA in Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University. Her work has previously appeared in Knitty and STRAEON. She lives in New Jersey with her family, where she divides her time between novel writing and herding small children. Follow her online and on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

Setsu Uzume is the assistant editor at Podcastle, and spent their formative years in and out of dojos. They also trained in a monastery in rural China, studying Daoism and swordplay. While they have dabbled in many arts, only writing and martial arts seem to have stuck. Find them on online and Twitter.

 

 


Evan Berkow lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and a small menagerie consisting of two enormous gray cats and one adorable rescue dog. His fiction has also appeared in Strange Horizons, Escape Pod, and Crossed Genres Magazine. He’s a member of SFWA, Codex, and the Brooklyn Speculative Fiction Writers critique group. Find him online and on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

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. She 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.


David Steffen is a writer, editor, and software engineer. He edits Diabolical Plots, which began publishing original fiction in 2015. He runs the Submission Grinder, a tool for writers to find markets for their work. In December 2015 he published The Long List Anthology, which is a collection of 21 stories from the longer Hugo Award nomination list last year. His own stories have been published in many nice places, including the other three Escape Artists podcasts, Drabblecast, and Daily Science Fiction. You can follow him on Twitter.

 

Makenzi Newman is a tenth-grade student in Louisiana. She likes to write stories and poetry, and this is one of her first narrations!

 

 

 

 

 


Christine Lucas lives in Greece with her husband and a horde of spoiled animals. A retired Air Force officer and mostly self-taught in English, has had her work appear in several print and online magazines, including the Other Half of the Sky anthology, Daily Science Fiction, Space and Time Magazine, the Triangulation: Morning After anthology and Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. She is currently working on her first novel, and in her free time she reads slush for ASIM. You can follow her online.

Mur Lafferty has been called one of the worst-kept secrets in science fiction and fantasy publishing, but she’s no secret to Escape Artists fan. She’s been the host and co-editor of both PseudoPod, and is the current co-editor of Escape Pod along with Divya Breed. She’s also the host and creator of the podcast I Should Be Writing and Ditch Diggers, which is a finalist for the Hugo this year with co-host Matt Wallace. She is the 2013 winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her novels include The Shambling Guides and Six Wakes. Full links to all her social media haunts will be in the show notes. Follow her online and on Twitter.


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

• Narrated by Katherine Inskip
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• A Cast of Wonders original!
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Victoria Sandbrook is a fantasy writer, freelance editor, and Viable Paradise XVIII graduate. You can find her work at Shimmer, in Sword & Steam Short Stories, and now on Cast of Wonders. She is an avid hiker, sometimes knitter, long-form talker, and initiate baker. She often loiters around libraries, checking out anything from picture books to monographs. She spends most of her days attempting to wrangle a ferocious, destructive, jubilant tiny human. Victoria, her husband, and their daughter live in Brockton, Massachusetts. She reviews books and shares writerly nonsense online at on Twitter.

 

Katherine Inskip, assistant editor of Cast of Wonders, teaches astrophysics for a living and spends her spare time populating the universe with worlds of her own. She is addicted to chocolate and Japanese logic puzzles. You can follow her online and on Twitter.

 

 

 

Leigh Wallace is an Ottawa writer, artist and narrator who works as an Access to Information and Privacy analyst for the government of Canada. Her art can be found at Tea Princess Chronicles and is upcoming in the Sunvault anthology. Her fiction is available in Tesseracts 19, PodCastle and Urban Fantasist. She is a graduate of the 2013 Viable Paradise workshop. You can find more of her work at DeviantArt or on Twitter.

 

 

 


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

 

 

• Guest host Sandra M. Odell
• Narrated by Marguerite Kenner
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• Originally published in Interzone Magazine #258 (May/June 2015)
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Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam’s fiction and poetry has appeared in magazines such as The Toast, Clarkesworld, PRISM International, and Lightspeed. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program and curates the annual Art & Words Show in Fort Worth, Texas. She lives with her partner and two literarily-named cats: Gimli and Don Quixote. You can visit her on Twitter or through her website.

 

 

 

Marguerite Kenner is a native Californian who has forsaken sunny paradise to live with her true love in Merrye Olde England. She frequently wears so many hats that she needs two heads. When she’s not grappling with legal conundrums as a commercial solicitor, lecturing, editing Cast of Wonders, or helping behind the scenes as COO of Escape Artists, she can be found narrating audio fiction, studying popular culture (i.e. going to movies and playing video games) with her partner Alasdair Stuart, or curling up with a really good book. You can follow her adventures on Twitter.

 

 

Sandra M. Odell lives in Washington state with her husband, sons, and an Albanian miniature moose disguised as a dog. Her work has appeared in such venues as Jim Baen’s UNIVERSE, Daily Science Fiction, Crossed Genres, Cast of Wonders, Podcastle, and Pseudopod. She is a Clarion West 2010 graduate, and an active member of the SFWA. You can find out more about her work at online and follow her on Twitter.

 

 

 


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

 

• 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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Read along with the text of The Finder
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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.