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Episode 93: Little Wonders 2


Authors: Laura DeHaan, Jack Murphy and Brian Griggs
Narrators: Melissa Bugaj, Adam Black and Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

This episode we bring you a trio of fantasy offerings – one flash story and two poems – about things that aren’t quite what they appear to be…


Our first story is Golly, by Laura DeHaan. Laura is a healthcare practitioner in her hometown of Toronto, Ontario. She pays her bills by helping people relax and feel better, but when she writes she likes making people feel just a little awful. She has a couple stories coming out in autumn, one in Postscripts to Darkness 4 about a new kind of danger posed by an invasive species, and one in Andromeda Spaceways In-Flight Magazine involving a zombie cowboy and a talking snake. Something for everyone! Find her on Twitter and follow the bizarre travelogues of the much put-upon tourist Topher Topher.

Golly is narrated for you by Melissa Bugaj. Melissa is a proud mom of an eight-year-old boy and five-year-old girl. She is a special educator in her fourteenth year of teaching. Melissa has taught all grade levels from preschool to grade five in both general and special education. This year, however, she is taking a leap in her teaching as she enters the high school level as a Conceptual Physics teacher . She co-writes and co-produces an original children’s story podcast with her husband, Chris, called Night Light Stories. She also writes a personal blog called According to Mags, about her children’s silly antics that keep her and her readers entertained. Melissa enjoys presenting with her husband at different state conferences on the subjects of audio stories and podcasting.


Speaking of elements, our next entry is the poem An Alchemist’s Limit, by Brian Griggs. You may remember Brian and his alchemist from Episode 22, Rust. This poem was written as a result of your positive feedback to the story. Brian says he loves how the character is trying to simultaneously make sense of electron shells and organized crime.

Brian has been an educator for twelve years and has been encouraged to write fiction and poetry by his students and co-workers. He hopes his stories inspire curiosity and wonder in students of all ages. You can learn more about the Alchemist’s Guild at his website. And he’s also avid on Twitter. He’d love to hear your thoughts on the poem.

Your narrator for this poem is our very own, very hard working and very talented Graeme Dunlop. Graeme’s been busy on the narration front lately, with his latest appearance reading Tim Maughan’s Limited Edition for Starship Sofa.


This episode marks the second time Cast of Wonders has aired poetry. Our first was the excellent Eggs Under Moon from Episode 29, where three different narrators brought you their interpretation of the one poem.

This time, we decided to try something a little different. I asked the narrators of the poems to read the poem for you three different times in different interpretive styles. I agree with Barry that understanding and appreciation of poetry improves with repetition, and I’m curious to hear what you think about our new approach. Let us know on our forum!


Finally this week, Cast of Wonders is pleased to present Empires of the Red Dawn by Jack Murphy. Jack just turned 18, and this piece is his first professional sale. Congratulations, Jack! We hope to see more submissions from him in the future.

Jack says he’s not very good at biographies, so instead he gave us three individual words: “Transient, Pantheon, Objuration”. Ooo, good choices – I love it when I have to look up a new word!

Your narrator for Empires is my good friend Adam Black. Adam is a recovering neuroscience student, although he’s working hard to relapse again. He enjoys reading, bicycling, and shouting into microphones, the last of which he sometimes records. He doesn’t have a public web presence yet, which makes him sad, so he will probably change that soon.


The Little Wonders theme, “Neversus”, is by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.


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Episode 92: Snakes and Campers by Chris Lewis Carter


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

Hello everyone, your editor Marguerite Kenner here.

This week at Cast of Wonders we are pleased to announce a special project we’ve been working on this summer.

Starting September 25th, Cast of Wonders will debut Phoenix Watching, the first Camp Myth novel by Chris Lewis Carter. This longer story unfolds over fifteen chapters, and we’ll be airing one chapter a week every Wednesday, in addition to our weekly stories and Little Wonders on Sundays.

But it’s better than that! Phoenix Watching will be a full cast production, featuring the voice talents of Kate Baker, Adam Black, Tina Connolly, Christiana Ellis, Alethea Kontis, and both Alasdair and Ian Stuart, not to mention our own Graeme Dunlop, Barry J. Northern and yours truly.

To introduce you to the world of Camp Myth, today we present the story Snakes and Campers by Chris Lewis Carter – a stand alone tale in this enchanted land.

From high-school textbooks to award-winning magazines and podcasts, Chris Lewis Carter has been featured in over two dozen publications, including Nelson Literacy 8, Word Riot, 3AM Magazine, Niteblade, and our good friends at Pseudopod.

He is a contributor to indie game developer, Studio Kontrabida, and will be published in the upcoming Chuck Palahniuk-edited collection, Burnt Tongues (Medallion Press, 2014).

When he isn’t writing, Chris can usually be found playing video games or listening to podcasts – most likely both at the same time. Which is a knack I wish I had. You can find out more about him at his website.

Your narrator is our hard working and extremely talented host, Graeme Dunlop.

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

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Episode 81: Little Tear by Philip Meeks


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

This week’s story is from Philip Meeks. Philip has only recently started writing fiction after spending most of his writing life working in theatre and television. He’s written for Emmerdale and Doctors and had plays produced around the UK. Hes also an actor of sorts and can be found at Christmas playing panto Dame for QDOS, Britain’s top pantomime producers.

Philip’s latest play “Murder, Marple and Me” is a mystery featuring Agatha Christie and the English actress Margaret Rutherford, who was the first person to play Miss Marple on screen. It’s playing in London at the Ambassadors Theatre in June for a few special performances. It’s part of the celebrations for the 60th Anniversary of Agatha Christie’s play The Mousetrap.

You can find Philip on Twitter.

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

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Episode 76: Dragonomics by Lance Schonberg


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

Today we present Lance Shonberg’s story, Dragonomics. Learning from his children how to follow his dreams again, Lance has long since allowed his writing to tip over the border into obsession, and typically has too many writing projects in progress at any given moment. Some of his stories have even seen publication. In between trips to the word processor, Lance is currently conspiring to commit both a podcast and electronic publication. He can be found lurking on Twitter as WritingDad, on Facebook, and even on his own website (where you can also find several wonderful stories he’s serialized).

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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Show Notes

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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Episode 74: Gods of Stone by Jeff Samson


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

Today we present Jeff Samson’s story, Gods of Stone. Jeff makes a living as a copywriter with an ad agency in NYC. He brews Irish stout when he’s not writing science fiction, and often drinks it when he is. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and no cats. His work has either appeared or is forthcoming in Nature Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, Lore, Every Day Fiction, Brain Harvest, Jabberwocky and Perihelion.

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

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Episode 73: Mr. Nine and the Gentleman Ghost by Aidan Doyle


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

Today we present Aidan Doyle’s story, Mr. Nine and the Gentleman Ghost, which was originally published on the Weird Tales web site. Aidan’s been with before; he wrote Episode 31, Inksucker. Aidan is an Australian writer and computer programmer who loves travelling and has visited more than 80 countries. His experiences include teaching English in Japan, interviewing ninjas in Bolivia and going ten-pin bowling in North Korea. His stories have been published in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons and Fantasy.

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

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Episode 72: The Dun Horse by Edward Ahern


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

Ed Ahern resumed writing after forty odd years in foreign intelligence and international sales. He has his original wife, but advises that after 45 years they are both out of warranty. Ed dissipates his free time fly fishing, shooting and attending Japanese, German and French language groups. His proudest writing achievement is five new fairy tales, the protagonist of each of which has the name of one of his grandchildren.

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 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.