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Congratulations to Julia Rios, our narrator on Episode 155, Aisha Bets Her Life On Magic, for winning the 2015 Ditmar and Aurealis Awards for the excellent anthology Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories which is also on this year’s Tiptree Award Honor list.

And if you’re a fan of Podcastle’s very own Dave Thompson, his short story collection And Welcome Back is on Kickstarter now. His stretch goals including a chapbook and audio book collection of Easter Werewolf mad libs stories by such luminaries as Ann Leckie, Amal El-Mohtar, Rachael K. Jones, Nathaniel Lee, M.K. Hobson, Matt Wallace, Mur Lafferty, and more. You don’t want to miss it.

-Marguerite

Narrated by Rikki La Coste, Isis La Coste and Fiona “Princess Scientist” Van Verth
Forthcoming from Solaris in May 2015 in The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 9, and from Tor.com.


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This week we have a special a full cast audio production for you, Ellen KlagesAmicae Aeternum.

Ellen is the author of two acclaimed YA historical novels: The Green Glass Sea, which won the Scott O’Dell Award, the New Mexico Book Award, and the Lopez Award; and White Sands, Red Menace, which won the California and New Mexico Book Awards. Her story, Basement Magic, won a Nebula Award in 2005. In 2014, Wakulla Springs, co-authored with Andy Duncan, was nominated for the Nebula, Hugo, and Locus awards, and won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novella. Ellen lives in San Francisco, in a small house full of books and other strange and wondrous things.
Learn more at her not-updated-often enough website.

The story has three narrators for you. First, we welcome back Fiona “Princess Scientist” Van Verth. Fiona narrated The Girl With The Picollo from our Little Wonders special in September last year. Fiona is a 7th grader, and sometimes videoblogger – you can see her daily Advent Calendar podcast every year in December.

Rikki LaCoste was the co-creator and co-host of the quirky and provocative podcast Kakophonos Internet Radio (presently in suspended animation). He’s a reoccurring narrator for the Escape Artists short fiction horror podcast, Pseudopod. He’s also a musician and the creator of an eclectic musical project called Panthea, which can be listened to on Bandcamp.

Isis LaCoste is the pre-teen daughter of Rikki. Like her father, Isis is an aspiring young actress, a prolific artist and musician who also has a Pseudopod narration to her credit. In 2014 Isis won the award for Dramatic Excellence in her school. She and her father live in Toronto, Canada.


Now that you’ve listened to the story, here’s the lullaby Rikki wrote!


Theme music is “Appeal to Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.
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Originally published in Betwixt issue 4, Summer 2014

Narrated by Katherine Inskip and Jeremy Carter


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Our story this week is haunting Speaking to Skull Kings, by Emily B. Cataneo. Emily is a writer of dark literary speculative fiction. She grew up in New England, lived in Boston, Massachusetts for seven years, and now lives in Berlin, Germany, where she works as a freelance journalist when she’s not writing fiction. In her spare time, she’s usually riding her bike, reading about the early twentieth century or navigating the tricky waters of learning German.
Her work has appeared in anthologies such as Chiral Mad 2, the Stoker-nominated Qualia Nous, and Steampunk World, as well as the magazines Black Static, The Dark and Betwixt. She is a 2013 graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Emily has a story coming out in shortly in Interfictions: A Journal of Interstitial Arts called The Emerald Coat and Other Wishes. It features a deadly coat, ghosts in bathrooms, and a young woman who must decide whether to follow in her family’s peculiar footsteps.

You can find her on online, on Twitter and on Facebook all under her name.

For your narrators we welcome back Katherine Inskip and Jeremy Carter.

Katherine teaches astrophysics for a living and spends her spare time populating the universe with worlds of her own, which you can read at her blog, Trisigmatic.

Jeremy Carter teaches by day and produces audio by night. He has produced stories for Starshipsofa, Dunesteef, Far Fetched Fables, Journey Into and this episode for us. Thanks Jeremy!

Both Katherine and Jeremy are also on Twitter, as Chesneycat and JECarter76, respectively.


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

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Narrated by Melissa Bugaj
Originally appeared in The Colored Lens, Issue 12, Summer 2014


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Jenni Moody is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and of the Clarion West Writers Workshop. Her stories have been published in Booth, Gingerbread House, and Mason’s Road. She’s lived in a dry cabin in Alaska and a small town in Japan, and was once chased by a family of bears through the Yukon at midnight. She collects stamps (inked, not licked) and writes in Huntsville, Alabama. Her flash fiction story How to Break Up with Your Zombie Boyfriend will be published in an upcoming issue of Strangelet. There are a couple of places you can find out more about Jenni’s work: her website, her Twitter feed, and her Pinterest board, where she posts story ideas.

Your narrator for the story is Melissa Bugaj. You may remember her from Episode 124 last year, Old People Rules. Melissa is the proud mom of a nine-year-old boy and seven-year-old girl. She is a special educator in her sixteenth year of teaching. Mel has taught all grade levels from preschool to grade five in both general and special education. This past year, however, she left the world of elementary school to teach Special Education in a High School Conceptual Physics and Chemistry class. She survived her first year of being the shortest person in the classroom and was enthusiastic to get back to teaching velocity, gravity and atoms for the 2014-2015 school year. In her “free time,” she co-produces an excellent children’s story podcast with her techie husband called Night Light Stories and writes a blog about the silly antics of her family called According To Mags.


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

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Narrated by Michelle Ristuccia

Warning: This episode contains the single use of a racial slur. Listen to the commentary after the story for a discussion of why the term is present.


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The Rum Cake Runner, by Jessi Cole Jackson, was originally published by Crossed Genres Magazine in December 2013. Jessi lives with her husband in the prettiest part of New Jersey, though she’s not from there. By day she builds costumes for a Tony-award winning theatre. By night she writes stories, questionable poetry and lots of abandoned outlines. She’s currently up to her elbows dressing a show and revising a YA novel. When she’s not working she enjoys cooking, reading, and exploring local farms. You can read more about her sometimes exciting (but mostly just normal) life at her website.

The story is read for you by Michelle Ristuccia. Michelle has read for us before, with the excellent Black Hole Sun by Alethea Kontis. Michelle enjoys slowing down time in the middle of the night to read and review speculative fiction, because sleeping offspring are the best motivation. You can find out more about her rabid love of SFF, podcasting, and raising future geeklings at her blog, Waking Dreams, stalk her on Twitter, or read her reviews at Tangent Online.


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

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Narrated by Alasdair Stuart


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M. Bennardo‘s short stories have recently appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Clarkesworld. He is also co-editor of the Machine of Death series of anthologies. He lives in Kent, Ohio, and you can find out more about his work at his website or on Twitter.

To narrate the story we welcome back the dulcet tones of the man at the top of the Pseudopod Tower, Alasdair Stuart, who our listeners last heard this Halloween past with the classic Lovercraft tale Dagon on Episode 143.

Alasdair is a literary jack of all trades, who’s credits include freelance culture journalism, comic and film critique, amateur food blogging and PR work, not to mention fiction of his own. He’s most frequently found on Twitter or his website.


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

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Narrated by Marguerite Kenner


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Christian McKay Heidicker’s work has appeared in Spinetinglers, Solarwyrm, and two separate publications called Defenestration, a word that implies throwing something out the window, which Christian hopes doesn’t mean anything about his future. His first book THE KING OF ARCADIA will be published by Simon & Schuster in the summer of 2016. You can find more of his work on his website.

There Are No Marshmallows in Camelot is a Cast of Wonders original.

Learn more about the new LGBTQ podcast Glittership!


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

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Sorry everyone, winter colds have caught us. Keep warm and we’ll see you soon!

Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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David Steffen writes fiction and code. He is the co-founder of the Submission Grinder, and the editor of Diabolical Plots. His fiction has been published in many great venues including EscapePod and Daily Science Fiction. We haven’t featured one of David’s stories for quite a while, not since way back in 2012 with Episode 55 and his story The Quest Unusual.

This story originally appeared in Daily Science Fiction in November 2012 and if you’re a fan of the Tina Connolley’s EXCELLENT Toasted Cake podcast, you may recognize it from their March 2013 broadcast.

Diabolical Plots Year One fiction line-up can be found here. And check out their Best of 2014 picks for Cast of Wonders!

What more can I say about our narrator this week, the one and only Graeme Dunlop. Graeme is a Software Solution Architect and Voice Actor living in Melbourne Australia. He is the sound producer for the horror podcast Pseudopod, and past host of this very podcast! You can find him on Google+ and he occasionally tweets as @kibitzer on Twitter.


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

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Narrated by Paul Cram

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This week we bring you the conclusion of Jennifer Noelle Welch’s The Seal King, narrated by Paul Cram. You can find Jen and Paul’s biographies and links to their web pages and Twitter accounts in the introduction to last episode.


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

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Narrated by Paul Cram

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Jennifer Noelle Welch grew up in Mystic, Connecticut, and currently writes fantasy and speculative fiction in Portland, Maine. Her stories have appeared in such publications as Aoife’s Kiss (where this story was originally published), Penumbra, and InterGalactic Medicine Show.

When she isn’t writing, you can find her exploring the nearest museums, junk shops, and barbecue restaurants. Yum! She’s currently hard at work on a novel. You can find her on Twitter or at her website.

For the story’s narrator, we welcome back Paul Cram. Paul narrated the excellent Flowers for the Dead by Jamie Mason, Episodes 134 and 135, last year.

Paul’s voice is newer to the world of audio than it is to other acting forms, with last year’s episodes his first narration credit. Fans will hopefully be excited to hear that he is currently in the studio narrating two upcoming full-length audio books that come out this spring. Congratulations, Paul!

Paul Cram grew up performing on stage and in more recent years traveling the United States working on low-budget independent films, such as the action espionage movie Contract Killers or maybe as the mohawk-hair-cut thief in the b-horror movie 13 Hours in a Warehouse.

When not on a movie set or recording booth, Paul can be found deep-frying chicken wings & cream cheese wontons with his older sister, or searching for discarded railway spikes with his little brother at the local train yards around the 10,000 lakes of Minnesota. You can find him both online and on Twitter.


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

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Narrated by Julia Rios


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Jarod K. Anderson is a fan of comic books, tattoos, pulp detective novels, herpetology, folklore, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, video games, and all things sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. Growing up, he wanted to be either a ninja or a maple tree. These aspirations led him to teach college English. Teaching college English led him to try other things.

Jarod’s work has appeared in numerous online and print publications including Daily Science Fiction, Escape Pod, Electric Spec, The Colored Lens, and elsewhere.

We published his wonderful story, The Clasp, as Episode 125.

Look for his forthcoming work in Apex Magazine and Fantasy Scroll. His bestselling books of science fiction writing prompts (co-written with his wife Leslie J. Anderson) include: Inklings: 300 Starts, Plots, and Challenges to Inspire Your Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy and 100 Prompts for Science Fiction Writers. He lives in Central Ohio. You can find him online and on Twitter.

Podcast fiction fans will recognize the voice of our narrator this week, the excellent Julia Rios. Julia is a writer, editor, podcaster, and narrator. Her fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have appeared in several places, including Daily Science Fiction, Apex Magazine, and Goblin Fruit. She is a fiction editor for the Hugo-nominated magazine, Strange Horizons, and co-editor with Alisa Krasnostein of Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories, and the Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction 2013.

You can hear other stories she’d narrated at Pseudopod, and I narrated one of her stories, the chilling Oracle Gretel, which ran as PodCastle’s episode 261. To find out more, visit her website.


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

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