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Cast of Wonders 282: Dreidel Of Dread: The Very Cthulhu Chanukah


Dreidel Of Dread: The Very Cthulhu Chanukah

by Alex Shvartsman

Twas the night before Chanukah, and all through the planet, not a creature was stirring except for the Elder God Cthulhu who was waking up from his eons-long slumber. And as the terrible creature awakened in the city of R’lyeh, deep beneath the Pacific Ocean, and wiped drool from his face-tentacles, all the usual signs heralded the upcoming apocalypse in the outside world: mass hysteria, cats and dogs living together, and cable repairmen arriving to their appointments within the designated three-hour window.

“This will not do,” said Chanukah Henry. “I will not have the world ending on my watch, not during the Festival of Lights.” (Continue Reading…)

Episode 247: The Golem of Deneb Seven by Alex Shvartsman


• 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.

Episode 138: Things We Leave Behind by Alex Shvartsman


Narrated by Alex Shvartsman

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Welcome, everyone, to our Banned Book Week special. Banned Book Week is an annual event every September that aims to raise awareness about censorship and to celebrate the right to read. Many local libraries and bookshops hold events to highlight and discuss the social, political and legal issues around literature. You can find out a lot more at the Banned Book Week website, or at another of my personal favorite websites, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, where you’ll find lots of resources including free posters for holding your own event.

To celebrate, Cast of Wonders is proud to present Things We Leave Behind, written and narrated by one of our veteran authors, Alex Shvartsman. You’ve heard Alex’s work previously in The Field Trip; You Bet, and our short Christmas tale Nuclear Family. Excellent stories, each.

Alex is a writer, editor, and game designer from Brooklyn, NY. Over 60 of his short stories have appeared in Intergalactic Medicine Show, Nature, Daily Science Fiction, Galaxy’s Edge and other venues. He is the editor of the Unidentified Funny Objects anthology series of humorous science fiction and fantasy, which just released its third volume. His short story collection Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories is forthcoming in February 2015. This collection’s title story was recently nominated for the WSFA Small Press Award. You can find Alex on Twitter or online.


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

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Episode 109: Nuclear Family by Alex Shvartsman


Read by Big Anklevich

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Today we present Alex Shvartsman’s story, Nuclear Family. Alex has been here several times before — welcome back Alex! Thanks for gracing us with an inventive seasonal story.

Alex Shvartsman is a writer, editor, and game designer from Brooklyn, NY. Over 50 of his short stories appeared in such venues as Intergalactic Medicine Show, Nature, Daily Science Fiction and Galaxy’s Edge. He is the editor of Unidentified Funny Objects anthology series of humorous science fiction and fantasy.

You can find him online at www.alexshvartsman.com or on Twitter as @AShvartsman.

His latest anthology, Coffee: 14 Caffeinated Tales of the Fantastic was released earlier this month. Check it out at www.ufopub.com

Your narrator is Big Anklevich. Big is co-host of the Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine. The show features genre stories brought to you as brilliant fullcast audio productions created by some of the most talented producers in the podisphere. After each story, Big and his co-host Rish treat you to scintillating, thought provoking, and often mind-numbing conversation…oh, sorry, I meant mind-opening…opening?…mind-expanding maybe…conversation related to the day’s story and other geek-centric topics. Check it out at dunesteef.com. You probably won’t regret it…I mean, it’s pretty unlikely that you will…we’re not guaranteeing a lack of regret, just saying that studies have shown a very low amount of regret resulting from checking out dunesteef.com. What’s the downside, right? I mean, let’s say you don’t appreciate it…well, then you just move on. But if you do like it, then, well you liked it so, you’re good. So, check it out. Thanks.

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

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Episode 95: You Bet by Alex Shvartsman


Narrated by John Meagher

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Your story this week is You Bet, by Alex Shvartsman. Alex has been with us before in Episode 75, The Field Trip.

Alex is a writer, anthologist, translator, and game designer from Brooklyn, NY. His short stories have appeared in The Journal of Nature, InterGalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction, Galaxy’s Edge, and a variety of other magazines and anthologies. Keep track of him through his website and Twitter.

Alex is editor of the upcoming anthology, Unidentified Funny Objects 2, which should be available late September or early October.

Your narrator is John Meagher. John is the writer and narrator of Tales of the Left Hand, a continuing fantasy series offering “swashbuckling, intrigue and a dash of magic”. In addition to producing Left Hand, John has narrated stories for Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Podcastle, EscapePod and Psuedopod, as well as several audiobooks, most recently Magician’s End by Raymond Feist. In his secret identity, he’s a graphic designer living in Northern Virginia with his wife, two cats and a daughter on the way.

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

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Episode 75: The Field Trip by Alex Shvartsman


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Today we present Alex Shvartsman’s story, The Field Trip. Alex is a writer and game designer whose short stories appeared or are forthcoming at Nature, IGMS, Galaxy’s Edge, and many other ‘zines and anthologies. His adventures so far have included traveling to over 30 countries, playing a card game for a living, and building a successful business. Alex resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and son. His recently published fiction is linked at his website, and check out his recently published anthology of humorous F/SF, Unidentified Funny Objects. And check out Alex’s kickstarter for his second volume of UFO!

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

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