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Cast of Wonders 267: Banned Books Week – For

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Theme music is “Appeal to Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available from Promo DJ or his Facebook page.


by Sandra M. Odell


Maggie Alvarez leaned against the counter of the dry goods store to get a better look inside John’s satchel.  Was that a book beneath the flap?  Had to be.  Dingy white cover, faded black letters along the cracked spine.  All her life she’d watched Lessonkeepers hurl books on the bonfires at purity rallies.  Books were illegal, filled with the lies that caused the crumble of the old world.

Her heart sank, then bounced back twice as high.  A real book!

She eased her weight off her knotted left foot, and shifted hold on her crutch.  “So, John, you planning on settling here for a time?”

He leaned against the other side of the wooden counter.  “Nah.  Pretty soon I’ll head east to the Missip river and winter over in Nuloreans.”

Maggie didn’t catch her disappointment in time to keep it from her face, and John was quick to add, “I’ll be here for a time yet.  People always need their knives sharpened.”

“Of course,” Maggie said, and smiled to hide her relief.  “And you’ll be needing supplies.”

Pink touched John’s tanned cheeks and he picked at the edge of the counter top.  “Of course.”

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Episode 220: Dinovember! Raptor Boy by Elise Forier Edie

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elise-forier-edieElise Forier Edie is an author and playwright based in Los Angeles. Her speculative fiction has been published in anthologies and magazines, and her plays have been performed throughout the US and Canada. Recent works include the short story Lucy in the Sky, about a little girl at war with the fairy queen, published this summer in The Enchanted Conversation, and the forthcoming, Backwater Saints, about rock bands and necromancers in the Florida everglades, due out in Disturbed Digest in December. Her play The Pink Unicorn, about a Christian widow grappling with her teenaged daughter’s announcement that she is genderqueer, will be playing in Pittsburgh in January 2017 at Off the Wall. You can follow her online or on Twitter.


alex-hofelichAlex Hofelich is Co-Editor of Pseudopod, the longest running weekly short horror fiction podcast, which you can follow on Twitter. He is currently re-reading the Three Investigator series, which was one of his entry points to the horror genre. He recommends hunting down a copy of those or Roger Zelazny’s A Night in the Lonesome October to help your journey.





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