Posts Tagged ‘Modern Fantasy’

Episode 123: Taxidermy and Other Dangerous Professions by JR Johnson


Narrated by M K Hobson

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Show Notes

This week we present Taxidermy and Other Dangerous Professions by JR Johnson. JR grew up in the folded Appalachian hills, where she learned to love Fall, blueberries straight from the bush, and the stream beneath the willows near her house. The fact that Fall is inevitably followed by Winter, that picking berries means crossing paths with bears, and that the stream was laced with dioxins may also have had some impact on her outlook. For more on her latest projects visit her website.

Cast of Wonders is thrilled to welcome back your narrator this week, MK Hobson. You may remember her from my staff pick for 2013, The Giant Who Dreamed of Summer. M.K. Hobson recently decided to follow a time-honored authorial tradition and become a bitter recluse. She swore off all 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 this fine enterprise and Podcastle. She leavens the tedium of her vastly expanded free time with misanthropy, paranoia, and weight lifting. She assures anyone who might be interested that, when she does finally decide to re-engage with the public sphere, she will bring with her several new stories, perhaps a novel or two, and some heinously sick lats.

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

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Episode 117: Pignus by Jez Patterson


Read by Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

Today we present Jez Patterson’s story, Pignus. Jez is a British teacher and writer, currently based in Madrid. You can find out more about Jez and her work at jezpatterson.wordpress.com.

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

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Episode 96: Gift Cards of an Ex-Goddess by Melissa Embry


Narrated by Christiana Ellis

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Show Notes

Today we present a story from Melissa Embry. Melissa is a former journalist living in Dallas, Texas, whose short fiction has appeared most recently in Stupefying Stories and Jake’s Monthly Anthologies. Her fantasy short story, After the War, is scheduled to appear online in The Lorelei Signal in October and in Lorelei’s print magazine, Mystic Signals, in November 2013.

When not writing fiction, she says she mouths off on Facebook and blogs.

Your narrator is Christiana Ellis. Christiana is a writer/podcaster currently living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her novel Nina Kimberly the Merciless was podcast online and it was published in print by Dragon Moon Press. Her comic audio-drama, Space Casey, was the winner of a Parsec Award and a Gold Mark Time Award. She also hosts and participates in a number of non-fiction podcasts including Talking About Survivor, Something Ventured, Nothing Gained, Beyond the Wall and SpecFicMedia.com presents: Consumption. All her stuff can be found at her website.

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

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Episode 85: Patterns by Susan Oke (Part 2)


Narrated by Marguerite Kenner and Alasdair Stuart

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Show Notes

Today we present part two of Susan Oke’s story, Patterns. Susan spends her days working in the Higher Education sector, and her nights, weekends and every spare minute writing short stories and working on her first novel. Susan’s short stories have appeared in the magazine Words With Jam, and the Words Made Flesh (Tree House Press) and If Only You Could See Yourself (Words Just Words Publishing) anthologies. Her latest story Junction 13: There and Back Again will appear in the Writers in the Crowd anthology (Tree House Press). Susan regularly blogs for the webzine Astronaut.com: where Science Fiction meets Reality.

You can find out more about Susan on her WordPress site Loving Life in the Rain.

Your narrators are Alasdair Stuart and Marguerite Kenner, both familiar to anyone who’s been with us for a while.

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

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Episode 84: Patterns by Susan Oke (Part 1)


Narrated by Marguerite Kenner and Alasdair Stuart

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Show Notes

Today we present the first part of Susan Oke’s story, Patterns. Susan spends her days working in the Higher Education sector, and her nights, weekends and every spare minute writing short stories and working on her first novel. Susan’s short stories have appeared in the magazine Words With Jam, and the Words Made Flesh (Tree House Press) and If Only You Could See Yourself (Words Just Words Publishing) anthologies. Her latest story Junction 13: There and Back Again will appear in the Writers in the Crowd anthology (Tree House Press). Susan regularly blogs for the webzine Astronaut.com: where Science Fiction meets Reality.

You can find out more about Susan on her WordPress site Loving Life in the Rain.

Your narrators are Alasdair Stuart and Marguerite Kenner, both familiar to anyone who’s been with us for a while.

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

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Episode 68: Mercurial Skin by Raechel Henderson


Narrated by Marguerite Kenner

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Show Notes

Today we present Mercurial Skin by Raechel Henderson. Raechel once worked in a bookstore that bears a striking resemblance to the one in the story, although the books never whispered to her. She has since traded selling used paperbacks for running her own publishing company, Eggplant Literary Productions.

Your narrator is our esteemed editor, Marguerite Kenner. Marguerite is a native Californian who has forsaken paradise to be with her one true love in Merrye Olde England. She currently wears so many hats that she needs two heads.

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

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Episode 42: Campfire Story by Mark Brandon Allen


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

Today we present Campfire Story by Mark Brandon Allen. Mark began writing Science Fiction and Fantasy purely for the amusement of his friends, children and grandchildren. He lives in Valparaiso, Indiana where a vicious three pound Yorkshire terrier holds both he and his wife hostage. His work has been published in the pages of Demon Minds Anthology, Bull Spec, The Last Man Anthology, Sounds Of The Night, Indiana Science Fiction Anthology 2011 and Polluto amongst others. You can find out more about Mark at http://markbrandonallen.com/.

Mark also has a book out on the Lulu Books website — ifs IMAGINE FANTASY SCIENCE FICTION issue #1. Within the context of Fantasy and Science Fiction pulps, ifs IMAGINE FANTASY SCIENCE FICTION has much to recommend itself to the speculative fiction reader. The nineteen ifs within the book’s lineup make a meaty and satisfying read. For more about the book, go to lulu.com and search for “ifs IMAGINE” or “Mark Brandon Allen”. Available as an ePub file or a paperback. Also available as a Kindle edition from Smashwords.

A purchase would help this writer stave off abject poverty.

Due to our website crash in April 2014, we are in the process of reconstructing our back catalog. Please enjoy listening to the episode – we’ll have the show notes up as soon as we can!

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

Episode 40: The Morandini Genie by Michael Haynes


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

Today we present The Morandini Genie by Michael Haynes. Michael lives in the United States with his wife and children. Besides his interest in fiction he enjoys movies, watching hockey games, and cooking. You can find out more about Michael on his blog.

And now, we’ve a tale to tell…

Due to our website crash in April 2014, we are in the process of reconstructing our back catalog. Please enjoy listening to the episode – we’ll have the show notes up as soon as we can!

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

Episode 36: The Next Joe Jones by Russ Colson


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

Today we present The Next Joe Jones by Russ Colson. He lives with his wife, Mary, on a farmstead in northern Minnesota, far enough from city lights to see the Milky Way and the aurora borealis. He teaches planetary science, meteorology, and geology at Minnesota State University Moorhead. He writes a variety of speculative fiction and non-fiction pieces that have appeared in in Neo-Opsis Science Fiction Magazine, Clarkesworld Magazine, NewMyths.com and others. You can find out more in a NewMyths.com interview done with Russ.

The picture is by hotsoup25 on Flickr, who kindly gave us permission to use it.

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

Episode 31: Inksucker by Aidan Doyle


Narrated by Dani Daly

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Show Notes

Today we present Inksucker by Aidan Doyle. Aidan is an Australian writer and computer programmer who loves travelling and has visited more than 70 countries. His experiences include teaching English in Japan, interviewing ninjas in Bolivia and going ten-pin bowling in North Korea. The majority of Inksucker was written during a 51-hour ferry ride from Osaka to Shanghai; it was originally published in the Worlds Next Door anthology and was shortlisted for the prestigious Aurealis Award. Aidan is currently working on a zombie novel set in Japan. You can find out more about him online.

Your narrator is Danielle Daly, who last read for us in Episode 27, My Boogie Man.

Due to our website crash in April 2014, we are in the process of reconstructing our back catalog. Please enjoy listening to the episode – we’ll have the show notes up as soon as we can!

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

Episode 19: Cockatrice Girl Meets Statue Boy (Part 2) by Willow Fagan


Episode 19: Cockatrice Girl Meets Statue Boy (Part 2) by Willow Fagan

Narrated by Marguerite Kenner and Alasdair Stuart

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Show Notes

Today we present Part 2 of Cockatrice Girl Meets Statue Boy by Willow Fagan.

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

Episode 18: Cockatrice Girl Meets Statue Boy (Part 1) by Willow Fagan


Narrated by Marguerite Kenner and Alasdair Stuart

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Show Notes

Today we present Part 1 of Cockatrice Girl Meets Statue Boy by Willow Fagan. Willow lives in Portland, Oregon. They’re genderqueer, which for them means that they feel more like a pirate princess than like a man or a woman. Their fiction has appeared in Fantasy Magazine, Behind the Wainscot, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2011. To read more about their writing and adventures, go to their blog.

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