Posts Tagged ‘Modern Fantasy’

Episode 199: Leapling by Nicole Feldringer


• Narrated by Michelle Ristuccia
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• A Cast of Wonders original!
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Nicole Feldringer holds a PhD in atmospheric sciences and a master in geophysics. In 2011, she attended the Viable Paradise Writer’s Workshop, and her fiction has previously appeared in the anthologies Press Start to Play and Loosed Upon the World both edited by John Joseph Adams. She currently lives in Los Angeles. Find her on Twitter. ‘Leapling’ is a Cast of Wonders original.

 

 

 

Michelle RistucciaFor your narrator this week we welcome back Michelle Ristuccia, who listeners may remember from a previous pair of really excellent stories. Michelle enjoys slowing down time in the middle of the night to read and review speculative fiction, because sleeping offspring are the best motivation. You can find out more about her writing and her rabid love of science fiction and fantasy at her website, stalk her on Twitter, or read her reviews at Tangent Online.

 

 

 


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The Escapepod flash fiction contest has landed. Come to our forums and follow the tracks to see if these are the droids you have been looking for. Vote to determine which three winning stories will be purchased and run as a special bonus episode of EscapePod. Stories will be published on a members-only section of the forums, so come join and participate today.


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

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Episode 198: The Authorized Biography (Part 2) by Michael G. Ryan


• Narrated by Brian Rollins
• Audio production by Rikki La Coste
• A Cast of Wonders original!
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This week we present the conclusion of The Authorized Biography by Michael G. Ryan, narrated by Brian Rollins. We provided Michael and Brian’s full biographies last week.


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

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Episode 197: The Authorized Biography (Part 1) by Michael G. Ryan


• Narrated by Brian Rollins
• Audio production by Rikki La Coste
• 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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Michael G. RyanWe present this week part one of The Authorized Biography by Michael G. Ryan. Michael considers himself a late bloomer as a published author–but not as a writer. He’s been writing for over 40 years, but is only now taking all those short stories and novels out of the digital bottom drawer and submitting them for consideration.

He’s planning a Kickstarter in early 2016 for his novel None of This Has Happened Yet, a fictional biography told in short stories presented in reverse order. He’s been an editor in the gaming industry for twenty years, working now as the director of publications for Privateer Press.

Brian RollinsThe story is narrated by Brian Rollins. Brian is a voice actor living in the Denver, Colorado area with his wife, two kids and a Great Dane. He has narrated for a variety of podcasts as well as several audiobooks, including the Glen & Tyler series. When he’s not in the soundbooth, he works as a web developer and can occasionally be coaxed out into public and onto the stage (usually with Dr. Pepper or chocolate). You can find Brian online and on Twitter.

 

 


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

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Episode 196: She Sleeps Beneath the Sea by Shveta Thakrar


• Narrated by Mahvesh Murad
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• Originally published in Faerie (Issue 31, Summer 2015)
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Shveta ThakrarOur story this week is the haunting and lovely She Sleeps Beneath the Sea by Shveta Thakrar. Shveta is a writer of South Asian–flavored fantasy, social justice activist, and part-time nagini. She draws on her heritage, her experience growing up with two cultures, and her love of myth to spin stories about spider silk and shadows, magic and marauders, and courageous girls illuminated by dancing rainbow flames. When not hard at work on her second novel, a young adult fantasy about stars, Shveta makes things out of glitter and paper and felt, devours books, daydreams, draws, bakes sweet treats, travels, and occasionally even practices her harp. You can find more of her work in Uncanny and the excellent Kaleidoscope anthology, and her poems have appears in Mythic Delirium and Strange Horizons. Learn more on her website and Twitter.

Mahvesh MuradYour narrator is the extremely talented Mahvesh Murad. Mahvesh is a voice artist, editor, book reviewer and recovering radio host. She’s the editor of the Apex Book of World SF 4, as well as the co-editor of a forthcoming anthology of jinn stories from Solaris. She lives in Karachi, Pakistan. You can follow her on Twitter and her website.

 

 

 

 

 


Shveta’s inspirational image, La Dormeuse, by Alain Lacki.


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

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Episode 192: Staff Pick 2015 – There Are No Marshmallows in Camelot by Christian McKay Heidicker


Narrated by Marguerite Kenner
Audio production by Rikki LaCoste
A Cast of Wonders original!


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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 Alexis’ Goble’s favorite story from 2015, There Are No Marshmallows in Camelot by Christian McKay Heidicker and narrated by Marguerite Kenner. The story originally aired March 15, 2015 as Episode 159.


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

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Episode 183: Hat Trick by Beth Cato


Narrated by Rachael K. Jones
Audio production by Jeremy Carter
Originally published in Oomph: A Little Super Goes A Long Way by Crossed Genres Publications


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Beth CatoBeth Cato is the author of THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER steampunk fantasy series from Harper Voyager. Her short fiction is in Urban Fantasy Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Daily Science Fiction. Her story Reading Time appeared in Episode 141 last year. She’s a Hanford, California native transplanted to the Arizona desert, where she lives with her husband, son, and requisite cat. You can follow her online and on Twitter.

 

 

 

Rachael K. JonesThe story is narrated for you by Podcastle co-editor Rachael K. Jones. Rachael grew up in various cities across Europe and North America, picked up (and mostly forgot) six languages, an addiction to running, and a couple degrees. Now she writes speculative fiction in Athens, Georgia, where she lives with her husband. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of venues, including Shimmer, Lightspeed, Accessing the Future, Strange Horizons, Escape Pod, Crossed Genres, and Daily Science Fiction. She is an editor, a SFWA member, and a secret android. Follow her on Twitter.

 


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

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Episode 181: Fairy Bones by Guy Stewart


Narrated by Katrin Kania
Audio production by Jeremy Carter
A Cast of Wonders original!


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We’re proud to present an original story this week, Fairy Bones by Guy Stewart.

Guy StewartGuy is a husband supporting his wife, a multi-year breast cancer survivor. He’s also a writer, a father, a teacher and a counselor. He maintains multiple blogs, including a SF/YA/Childrens writing blog called POSSIBLY IRRITATING ESSAYS, and GUY’S GOTTA TALK ABOUT BREAST CANCER. His first novel, Heirs of the Shattered Sphere: Emerald of Earth is out now through Amazon.

 

 

 

Katrin KaniaThe story is narrated by Katrin Kania. Katrin is a textile archaeologist who loves SFF, cats, chocolate, boardgames and geeky things. She’s recently published The Middle Ages Unlocked together with Gillian Polack. Her blog can be found on Blogspot as Togs From Bogs.

 

 


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

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Episode 159: There Are No Marshmallows in Camelot by Christian McKay Heidicker


Narrated by Marguerite Kenner


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Christian McKay Heidicker’s work has appeared in Spinetinglers, Solarwyrm, and two separate publications called Defenestration, a word that implies throwing something out the window, which Christian hopes doesn’t mean anything about his future. His first book THE KING OF ARCADIA will be published by Simon & Schuster in the summer of 2016. You can find more of his work on his website.

There Are No Marshmallows in Camelot is a Cast of Wonders original.

Learn more about the new LGBTQ podcast Glittership!


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

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Episode 158: This Is Your Problem Right Here by David Steffen


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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David Steffen writes fiction and code. He is the co-founder of the Submission Grinder, and the editor of Diabolical Plots. His fiction has been published in many great venues including EscapePod and Daily Science Fiction. We haven’t featured one of David’s stories for quite a while, not since way back in 2012 with Episode 55 and his story The Quest Unusual.

This story originally appeared in Daily Science Fiction in November 2012 and if you’re a fan of the Tina Connolley’s EXCELLENT Toasted Cake podcast, you may recognize it from their March 2013 broadcast.

Diabolical Plots Year One fiction line-up can be found here. And check out their Best of 2014 picks for Cast of Wonders!

What more can I say about our narrator this week, the one and only Graeme Dunlop. Graeme is a Software Solution Architect and Voice Actor living in Melbourne Australia. He is the sound producer for the horror podcast Pseudopod, and past host of this very podcast! You can find him on Google+ and he occasionally tweets as @kibitzer on Twitter.


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

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Episode 157: The Seal King (Part 2) by Jennifer Noelle Welch


Narrated by Paul Cram

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This week we bring you the conclusion of Jennifer Noelle Welch’s The Seal King, narrated by Paul Cram. You can find Jen and Paul’s biographies and links to their web pages and Twitter accounts in the introduction to last episode.


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

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Episode 156: The Seal King (Part 1) by Jennifer Noelle Welch


Narrated by Paul Cram

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Jennifer Noelle Welch grew up in Mystic, Connecticut, and currently writes fantasy and speculative fiction in Portland, Maine. Her stories have appeared in such publications as Aoife’s Kiss (where this story was originally published), Penumbra, and InterGalactic Medicine Show.

When she isn’t writing, you can find her exploring the nearest museums, junk shops, and barbecue restaurants. Yum! She’s currently hard at work on a novel. You can find her on Twitter or at her website.

For the story’s narrator, we welcome back Paul Cram. Paul narrated the excellent Flowers for the Dead by Jamie Mason, Episodes 134 and 135, last year.

Paul’s voice is newer to the world of audio than it is to other acting forms, with last year’s episodes his first narration credit. Fans will hopefully be excited to hear that he is currently in the studio narrating two upcoming full-length audio books that come out this spring. Congratulations, Paul!

Paul Cram grew up performing on stage and in more recent years traveling the United States working on low-budget independent films, such as the action espionage movie Contract Killers or maybe as the mohawk-hair-cut thief in the b-horror movie 13 Hours in a Warehouse.

When not on a movie set or recording booth, Paul can be found deep-frying chicken wings & cream cheese wontons with his older sister, or searching for discarded railway spikes with his little brother at the local train yards around the 10,000 lakes of Minnesota. You can find him both online and on Twitter.


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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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.


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