Posts Tagged ‘end of the world’

Episode 143: Dagon by H. P. Lovecraft


Narrated by Alasdair Stuart

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Show Notes

For horror fans, the initials HPL bring an instant chill to the spine. The man’s work hardly needs introduction. His Cthulhu mythos and its denizens have appeared in and influenced the entire artistic spectrum, from film and television, to poetry, dramatic productions, plush toys and even an excellent series of tiki mugs. An argument could be made that Lovecraft is to the macabre and strange what Shelley is to epistolary horror and Shakespeare is to modern romantic comedy.

The man himself, well, that’s more complicated. It would be easy to dismiss Lovecraft’s neuroses and prejudices as products of his time, but that’s an argument that, if you’ll pardon the pun, doesn’t hold water. It’s difficult to find something new to say about a man whos short life has been subject to as much study as his work, so instead I’ll direct you to my favorite source for all things HPL – the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society. And while you’re there, check out their EXCELLENT radio dramas.

Dagon was once of Lovecraft’s first short stories and was published in 1919 in The Vagrant.

And who more fitting for the narration of a classic tale of apocalyptic horror, than Pseudopod’s own keeper of the dark tower Alasdair Stuart. For those of you who don’t know him, he’s a freelance culture journalist, comic book aficionado, amateur food blogger, and author in his own right. And he makes the best evening pick-me-up cup of tea this side of R’yleah. 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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Episode 142: Marrow by Mav Skye


Narrated by Barry J. Northern

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Show Notes

This week’s installment in our annual horror story collection is Marrow by Mav Skye. Mav believes scarecrows have souls. They are rebels on poles, waiting their time to rise up as one and take over the world. In her spare time, Mav writes scary tales up in the attic of her hundred year old home. The stories are usually for adults, because adults like to be scared too! But this tale isn’t written for adults. This one is just for you, dear listener, and especially for Thor, Moses and Helena. Mav is the author of Supergirls, The Undistilled Sky, and a forthcoming horror novel, Wanted: Single Rose. You can find her online at her website, or on Twitter.

The story is read for you, at special request from Mav, by our very own artist and producer Barry J. Northern.


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Episode 141: Reading Time and A House in the Forest


Authors: Beth Cato and Shawn Bailey
Narrators: Dave Thompson and Lizzie

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Show Notes

This week we bring you another pair of stories about endings, starting with Reading Time by Beth Cato. Beth is the author of The Clockwork Dagger, a steampunk fantasy novel just released from Harper Voyager. Her short fiction can be found in InterGalactic Medicine Show, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, and EscapePod ran her excellent Red Dust and Dancing Horses last week. She’s a Hanford, California native transplanted to the Arizona desert, where she lives with her husband, son, and requisite cat. Her website is BethCato.com, and from there you can find links to her presence on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

The story is read for you by one of the cornerstones of fiction podcasting, the Easter Werewolf himself Dave Thompson, the host and co-editor of PodCastle. He’s narrated stories there, as well as EscapePod, Drabblecast, and here at Cast of Wonders. He’s also narrated Tim Pratt’s novel Briarpatch and Greg van Eekhout’s Norse Code, on sale at Audible. His stories have been published at EscapePod, Pseudopod, Drabblecast, and other cool places. He lives in Southern California with his lovely wife and three children, one of which I’m secretly convinced is Dave’s experiment in cloning technology.


Our final story this episode is A House in the Forest by Shawn Bailey. He sent me a pair of biographies to work from, for as he says like Hannibal, he’s incapable of turning that gaze inward. Shawn longs to change the world, but doesn’t want to interact with it in any way. He is also the leading spokesman behind a campaign against advertising, which he cannot seem to get off the ground. Shawn keeps a Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg underneath his pillow to ward off the evil entities known as the hunger spirits. He is nomadic for eight months out of the year, and lives in the attics of unsuspecting home owners. The other four months, he is feral. His Novella Sorry Charlie is available on Amazon, and he’s working on a trilogy, the first volume of which is called The Village. You can check in on him at his website.

The story is narrated for you by Lizzie. She works in data visualisation, and her work hours are consumed with thinking about data, how it fits together and how to visualise it in a simple manner for others. To escape this she is a keen gamer, writer and reader vanishing off into fantasy worlds for hours at a time. She currently lives with her husband and dreams of a time when they might have space to own a cat or a dog.


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

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Episode 140: Of Pumpkin Soup and Other Demons and The Ghost of Grammy Goneril


Authors: Natalia Theodoridou and Austin H. Gilkeson
Narrators: Katherine Inskip and Christiana Ellis

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Show Notes

It’s October, everyone. That means it’s time for our annual Halloween special. This year we’ve gone for a theme, presenting a collection of horror stories about endings, both figurative and literal. The dead and the undying. Spirits sea monsters. Apocalypses writ both large and small. Welcome to The End of the World.


We’ll start things off on the lighter side with two flash offerings. How about a nice warm bowl of soup to fortify yourself for the days ahead, with Of Pumpkin Soup and Other Demons, by Natalia Theodoridou. Natalia is a media and cultural studies scholar currently based in Portsmouth, UK. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, Crossed Genres, and elsewhere. She is a Rhysling award nominee. She’s also a first reader for Goldfish Grimm’s Spicy Fiction Sushi, and next month the Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women will include her story The Eleven Holy Numbers of the Mechanical Soul. You can find her online as well as Twitter.

Pumpkin Soup is narrated for you by Katherine Inskip, another of my new friends from LonCon. Katherine weighs galaxies for a living, and builds worlds in her spare time. She is addicted to chocolate and Japanese logic puzzles. She’s not entirely new to podcasting and narrating fiction, but doesn’t have any projects to share. Yet…


The Ghost of Grammy Goneril is written by Austin H. Gilkeson. Austin is a Japanese government bureaucrat by day and a writer by night (and sometimes by lunch). His stories have appeared in Underneath the Juniper Tree and Spellbound. This story was originally published in the Halloween 2013 edition of Underneath the Juniper Tree. It was inspired by the Japanese Obon festival, and his memories of eating disgusting candy given to him by his otherwise loving grandparents. He is currently revising a novel-in-stories about the story’s main character, the wicked witch Mab Ipswich, and hopes to submit it soon. He lives in Chicago with his wife and son. You can find him on his blog and on Twitter as @osutein.

Your narrator is the wonderful Christiana Ellis, our own Nurse Withers from Camp Myth. Christiana is a writer and podcaster living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her comedic science fiction audiodrama, Space Casey, recently completed its second season, and her novel Nina Kimberly the Merciless is available in print, ebook, and as a free podcast audiobook. You can follow her on Twitter and Google+, and find everything she does at her website.


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

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Episode 128: Robots Don’t Cry by George Edwards


Narrated by Pete Milan

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Show Notes

This week we present Robots Don’t Cry by George Edwards.

George owns a smartphone repair shop in Tipton, Indiana and says he earns working capital by writing papers for college students. He’s an anarcho-capitalist in the tradition of economist Murray Rothbard, who’s known for playing a key role in developing the underpinnings of modern libertarianism. George’s influences include Orwell, Rand and Huxley. He’s also a former political blogger, but decided that illustrating tyranny through fiction is more his style. You can find George on Facebook.

Your narrator is Pete Milan, whom you may remember from Episode 108, The Cardinals of Ever-June, which ran last year.

Pete is a writer, narrator, audio drama producer and voice actor, among other things. He has appeared on both Pseudopod and Escape Pod, as wells as previously here at Cast of Wonders. He also appears regularly in several audio drama podcasts from Pendant Audio, as well as their new prestige production, Phantom Canyon, available from iTunes, Audible and Amazon. While you’re there, look for the audiobooks he’s narrated, including Hugh Monn: Private Detective and Sentinels: When Strikes The Warlord.

At the moment, he’s writing a novel with four other people, which he does not recommend doing. At all. For more information, visit him at his website.

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

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