Posts Tagged ‘first contact’

Episode 190: Staff Pick 2015 – Home Isn’t by Kelly Sandoval


Narrated by Katherine Inskip
Audio production by Rikki LaCoste
Originally published in Flash Fiction Online.


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Show Notes

Every year in January, Cast of Wonders takes the month off to recharge our batteries, plan the year ahead, and highlight some of our favourite episodes. As part of joining the Escape Artists family, this year we’re pulling out all the stops. We’re running 10 staff pick episodes over the month, each one hosted by a different member of the Cast of Wonders crew.

We hope you enjoy slush reader Katherine Inskip’s favorite story from 2015, Home Isn’t by Kelly Sandoval and narrated by Katherine Inskip. The story originally aired October 25, 2015 as Episode 178.


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

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Episode 178: Home Isn’t by Kelly Sandoval


Narrated by Katherine Inskip
Audio production by Jeremy Carter
Originally published in Flash Fiction Online.


Listen above or download here.

Show Notes

Halloween is here and what better time for a scary story. And much like the sweets and chocolates soon to grace the pumpkin buckets and pillow cases of eager trick o treaters, we have a fun-size story for you this week. We’ll leave it to you to decide if you want to check it first for pins and needles.

Kelly SandovalKelly Sandoval is a speculative fiction author, Seattleite, and Clarion West graduate. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Asimov’s, Shimmer, and Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015. She’s currently writing Unveiled, a novel about the aftermath of the faerie apocalypse. You can find her online and on Twitter.

The story is narrated for you by our own Katherine Inskip. 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. She’s on Twitter as well.

Hungry for more horror flash fiction? Then head to the Pseudopod forums where this very moment yours could be the deciding vote in the “two stories enter, one story leaves” ritual that is the flash fiction contest. The three winners will be purchased and run in a special Flash on the Borderlands. For those who comment on the stories, Pseudopod will randomly select a few lucky winners to receive copies of the excellent Women Destroy Horror by Nightmare Magazine. Horror stories and the chance of even MORE horror stories and commentary by participating in a thriving horror fiction community? The only thing more sure is that somehow, some way, your trick or treat candy will contain at least one of those strange honey nougat things…


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

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Episode 177: Foggy Planet Breakdown by Peter Wood


Narrated by John Hornor Jacobs
Audio production by Jeremy Carter
Originally published in Perihelion.


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Show Notes

Hello everyone, sorry we’ve been away for a while. Make sure you listen to the story for that important announcement we mentioned.

This week we present Foggy Planet Breakdown by Peter Wood. Peter is an attorney in Raleigh, NC where he lives with his surly cat and patient wife. He has had stories published in Asimov’s, Bull Spec, and Daily Science Fiction.

John Hornor Jacobs

The story is narrated by the dulcet tones of the amazing John Hornor Jacobs. JHJ has worked in advertising for the last fifteen years, played in bands, and pursued art in various forms. He is also, in his copious spare time, an excellent novelist. His first novel, Southern Gods, was published by Night Shade Books and shortlisted for the Bram Stoker Award. His young adult series, The Incarcerado Trilogy, is sitting on my to-be-read shelf having been lovingly hand carried back from Borderlands this summer. And if you like fantasy, westerns, or even better, fantasy westerns, you owe it to yourself to check out The Incorruptibles and its sequel, Foreign Devils. And if that wasn’t enough, he also has a quartet of horror stories, Fierce As The Grave, available through Amazon.

We’ll have links for all his titles, as well as to John’s website and Twitter account. He’s an all-around lovely guy, you should go say hello.


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

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Episode 171: Pluto by C. E. Hyun


Narrated by M. K. Hobson
Audio production by Jeremy Carter
Originally published in Lightning Cake, November 2014


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Show Notes

We have a refreshing palate-cleansing flash story this week, Pluto by C E Hyun.

C. E’s fiction has appeared in Joyland, failbetter, Lightning Cake, The Good Men Project, and elsewhere. She currently lives in San Diego. You can find her online and on Twitter.

For your narrator we welcome back the dulcet tones of M.K. Hobson, famously described as “featuring Bea Arthur as Addison DeWitt!”

 

M. K. Hobson has decided to follow a time-honored authorial tradition and become a bitter recluse. She swore off social media and left her website to go to seed. At the moment, she exists only as a voice on short fiction podcasts such as Podcastle and here at Cast of Wonders. She leavens the tedium of her vastly expanded free time with misanthropy, paranoia, and weight lifting.

 

 

 


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

Click here to read the text of the story