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Cast of Wonders 276: A Secret of Devils

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


A Secret of Devils

by Cassandra Khaw

The devil came to Georgia on a Saturday night. Atlanta, specifically. His arrival was heralded by no omens; he took a bumblebee-black cab to the city’s heart, a little suitcase in tow. His attire was sharp enough to kill, of course, but you expect that sort of thing with the devil.

“Where we going?” asked the driver.

“Where we’re needed” came the reply. (Continue Reading…)

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Episode 252: The Forty Gardens of Calliope Grey by Aimee Ogden


The Forty Gardens of Calliope Grey

By Aimee Ogden

 

In her fourth-floor apartment on Wrightwood Avenue, Calliope Grey kept forty gardens of varying size and composition. She had gardens in drawers, in old hat-boxes and mixing bowls. In the drawer that pulled out from beneath her stove, she had a desert garden of cactuses and sagebrush; in the plastic freezer box that was meant to store ice cubes, she grew bearberries and arctic moss.

Real gardens, in miniature, not models or mere toys. Calliope didn’t go out looking for them, but they’d found their way to her one by one. It had been some years since she’d discovered a new one, but she still harbored hopes every time she opened a cupboard or peered beneath the furniture. Once, she’d opened a box of cereal only to have a jumble of dirt and tangled roots go spilling into her bowl. Another time, she’d left a coffee cup out on the end table overnight and found it overflowing with a tiny raspberry bramble the next morning. It didn’t matter where they come from, only that they found their way to her. She had room in her heart for all of them, and plenty more to spare.

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Episode 233: Staff Pick 2016 – Saurs by Craig DeLancey


• Narrated by Marguerite Kenner
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• A Cast of Wonders original!
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Show Notes

Every year in January, Cast of Wonders takes the month off to recharge, plan the year ahead and highlight some of our favourite episodes. A different member of the Cast of Wonders crew will present their favorite story of 2016 each week in January.

We hope you enjoy editor and host Marguerite Kenner’s favorite story from 2016, Saurs by Craig Delancey. The story originally aired March 13, 2016 as part of our Dinovember special, Episode 218.


craig-delanceyCraig Delancey’s YA novel Gods of Earth is available from 47 North Press. He lives in upstate New York and, in addition to writing, teaches philosophy at Oswego State, part of the State University of New York. Stop by his web site, of follow him on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

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, 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.

 


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

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Episode 224: Welcome to Willoughby’s by Michael Reid


• Narrated by Motti Schleider
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• A Cast of Wonders original!
• 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

Michael Reid bookends his days working to perfect his method for turning cups of tea into stories. His work has appeared on EscapePod and in AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review. In 2015, he attended the Clarion Writers’ Workshop, from which the main take-away was that he should stop trying to solve story problems by randomly inserting volcanoes. He lives near Toronto, Canada, with his husband, a big white dog, and a volcano. During the middle bits of the day, he teaches astronomy to anyone who will listen. Follow him on Twitter.

Motti Schleider lives in the northeast, has a cat named Mr. Blake, loves gaming of all kinds, and is an avid reader. He’s also a newly minted Cast of Wonders slush reader, so please join us in welcoming him into the fold.


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

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Episode 218: Dinovember! Saurs by Craig DeLancey


• Narrated by Marguerite Kenner
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• A Cast of Wonders original!
• 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

Listen above or download here.

Show Notes

craig-delanceyCraig Delancey’s YA novel Gods of Earth is available from 47 North Press. He lives in upstate New York and, in addition to writing, teaches philosophy at Oswego State, part of the State University of New York. Stop by his web site, of follow him on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

Special thanks to Emma Thompson for the use of her photograph in this week’s episode art, featuring her three adorable dinosaur lovers.

And if you’ve a hankerin’ for a weird western that lets you fight an undead T-Rex, check out Deadlands! And tell Shane, Clint and Jodi I sent you.


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

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Episode 155: Aisha Bets Her Life on Magic by Jarod K. Anderson


Narrated by Julia Rios


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Show Notes

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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Episode 149: Bricks and Sunlight by M. K. Hutchins


Narrated by Dani Daly

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Show Notes

Megan Hutchins is the author of the YA fantasy novel Drift. Her short fiction has appeared in IGMS and Daily Science Fiction. She studied archaeology at BYU, giving her the opportunity to compile ancient Maya genealogies, excavate in Belize, and work as a faunal analyst. You can find out more on her website, or when she tweets.

The story is narrated for you by Dani Daly, who you might most recently remember from Episode 107, The Surfacing by Kurt Newton. Dani lives on Long Island with her husband and cats and has been busy training to play roller derby the past year. She occasionally blogs at her website, and you can find the YA audiobook she narrated, Sister Raven by Karen Rae Levine on Audible. It’s a story about a young girl raised to think she’s someone she’s not and how she goes about finding her true self. She’s also on Twitter.


Midnight in Karachi, hosted by Mahvesh Murad.


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

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Episode 137: The Filigreed Cage by Krystal Claxton


Narrated by A. P. Clarke

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Show Notes

Our story this week is The Filigreed Cage by Krystal Claxton. Krystal writes speculative fiction in the sliver of time between raising a four-year old with her unreasonably awesome husband and being a full-time computer technician. She enjoys attending DragonCon in costume, science magazines, and feverishly researching whichever random topic has just piqued her interest. Keep up with her at her website, or on Twitter. Krystal has a few upcoming releases. Her story The Newsboy’s Last Stand is coming out in Unidentified Funny Objects 3 on October 1st and another story, Bitter Remedy was released in Plasma Frequency Magazine #13 earlier this month.

Your narrator for the story is Andrew Clarke. A. P. Clarke is a London-based artist who writes songs, tells stories about his cat, and runs the Nine Worlds Film Festival. He worries he does not have enough time to do all the important things in life, like drinking.


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

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