Episode 70: A Song for the Season by Eliza Hirsch


Narrated by Kate Baker

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Show Notes

Eliza Hirsch is an amateur writer of both adult and YA horror, science fiction and fantasy. When she’s not writing, she’s reading. When not doing either of those, she’s spending time with her wonderful husband, wishing she had a kittycat, or doing that whole earning money thing at her day job. You can find out more about Eliza here.

Your narrator is the fabulous Kate Baker. Kate is the the Podcast Director and Nonfiction Editor for Hugo award-winning Clarkesworld Magazine. You can find out more about Kate at katebaker.net where you’ll also find a list of her narrations.

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

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Episode 69: Cosmetic Procedures by Desmond Warzel


Narrated by Rish Outfield

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Show Notes

Today we present Cosmetic Procedures by Desmond Warzel. We’ve featured stories by Desmond before in Episode 15, Same Day Delivery and Episodes 34 & 35, The Most Precious of Treasures, and we’re very happy to welcome him back. You can find more from Desmond in the Jan/Feb issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Today’s story first appeared in the anthology It Came From Her Purse from Sam’s Dot Publishing. Check the shownotes for details.

Your narrator is the excellent Rish Outfield, who co-edits The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine, with Big Anklevich, where can hear quality audio productions of genre fiction, and listen to Rish and Big dicsuss, well, just about everything! With lots of geek references.

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

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Episode 68: Mercurial Skin by Raechel Henderson


Narrated by Marguerite Kenner

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Show Notes

Today we present Mercurial Skin by Raechel Henderson. Raechel once worked in a bookstore that bears a striking resemblance to the one in the story, although the books never whispered to her. She has since traded selling used paperbacks for running her own publishing company, Eggplant Literary Productions.

Your narrator is our esteemed editor, Marguerite Kenner. Marguerite is a native Californian who has forsaken paradise to be with her one true love in Merrye Olde England. She currently wears so many hats that she needs two heads.

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

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Episode 67: Barsoom in June by Brian Hurrel


Narrated by Dave Thompson and Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

Today we present Barsoom in June by Brian Hurrel. Brian is an American who narrowly missed being born in Glasgow. A lifelong science fiction fan, he is especially fond of Golden Age stories from the forties and fifties. His fiction has appeared in the science journal Nature and magazines such as Daily Science Fiction and Bete Noir. His many previous occupations include high school English teacher, carpet installer, cab driver, and US Marine. He now develops software for the financial industry and lives in New Jersey with his wife and son.

Your narrators today are myself and my good friend Dave Thompson.

By day, Dave battles through reams of red tape writing corporate documentation. But his real job is co-editing and hosting the fantasy podcast PodCastle where you’ll find fantasy stories of all stripes. He is a published author and also a respected and frequent narrator for many venues. You can find two of his audio book narrations on Amazon: Norse Code by Greg Van Eekhout and Briarpatch by Tim Pratt.

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

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Episode 66: The Egg Game by S. R. Algernon


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

We begin the Cast of Wonders year with The Egg Game by S. R. Algernon. S. R. Algernon has been an avid reader of science fiction for many years. He studied fiction writing in North Carolina, U.S.A., and currently lives in Singapore — where making mischief with eggs in lifts would be strongly and justifiably frowned upon.

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

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Episode 65: The Great Game, Part 7 – The Mustard Wyrm by James Vachowski


Narrated by Barry J. Northern

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Show Notes

The Mustard Wyrm is final installment of a series of stories called The Great Game by James Vachowski and narrated by Barry J Northern. To find other episodes in the series search for the tag The Great Game.

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

Episode 63: The Gloaming, Part 1 by M. E. Garber


Narrated by Dani Daly

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Show Notes

Today we present Part 1 of The Gloaming by M E Garber, who grew up reading about hobbits, elves and dragons, so it’s no wonder that she enjoys writing strange things. She lives in Ohio (in the US) with her husband where, in addition to writing, she enjoys hiking, cooking, travel and chocolate. You can find her blog here.

You narrator is the wonderful Danielle Daly who is currently working on multiple audio book projects the ACX, the Audiobook Creation Exchange.

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

Episode 62: The Quarrel of the Monkey and the Crab by Yei Theodora Ozaki


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

Today we present The Quarrel of the Monkey and the Crab from a book called Japanese Fairy Tales (published 1908) compiled by Yei Theodora Ozaki. Born in 1871, she translated Japanese short stories and fairy tales. They are thought to be fairly loose translations of the originals but were popular and were reprinted several times after her death.

She had an interesting life, being the daughter of a Japanese Baron and a European woman named Bathia Catherine Morrison. You can find out more about her on Wikipedia.

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

Episode 61: The Great Game, Part 6 – When Stars Fall by James Vachowski


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

When Stars Fall is part 6 of a series of stories called The Great Game by James Vachowski and narrated by Barry J Northern. To find other episodes in the series search for the tag The Great Game.

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

Episode 60: The Swineherd by Hans Christian Andersen


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

Today we present The Swineherd by Hans Christian Andersen. Born in 1805 — yes, that’s over two centuries ago — Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author noted for his children’s stories. You may know some of his most famous including The Ugly Duckling, The Snow Queen, Thumbelina, The Little Mermaid, and The Steadfast Tin Soldier. His poetry and stories have been translated into more than 150 languages and have inspired motion pictures, plays, ballets, and animated films.

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