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Cast of Wonders 295: Artemis Rising 4 – An American Refugee

Show Notes

Cast of Wonders is proud to present the fourth annual Artemis Rising event through March 2018! We have four original stories for you this year, guest-edited by assistant editor Katherine Inskip and associate editor Alexis Goble. This year’s artwork by Geneva Barton.

Artemis Rising is an annual month-long event across all four Escape Artists podcasts, celebrating the voices of women, non-binary, trans, and marginalized gendered authors in genre fiction. The resulting lineup is an incredible collection that celebrates the strength, ingenuity, and brilliance of the artists, the characters they create, and the performers that bring these stories to life. It also features the hosting, editing and production talents of a rotating cast. Part of the project’s mission is to give opportunities and experience in these publication roles traditionally held by men.

Don’t miss the full month of Artemis Rising stories across the Escape Artists podcasts!


An American Refugee

by Tiah Marie Beautement

I first spot the surfer as I run down the path that cuts below the lighthouse. I can’t believe it. The Point is full of holiday campers, so motors are banned on the water until eight a.m. and it is only six-thirty. I run down the steps; reaching the bottom of the peninsula, I find that the few souls that are awake are calm and content. Strange. But when I reach the part of the path that curves at the base of Inner Pool I realize why.

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Episode 144: The Middle Rages by Joseph L. Kellogg


Narrated by John Cmar

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Show Notes

Joseph L. Kellogg is an environmental chemist by day and SF writer by night. He has been published in venues such as Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine and AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review, and has work upcoming in Space and Time magazine and Lakeside Circus. He lives in Northeast Tennessee with his wife, and absolutely, positively no cats. You can find him on Twitter.

For your narrator we welcome back podcasting’s favorite and, sadly these last few weeks busiest, infectious diseases doctor, John Cmar. John splits his time between treating horrors such as syphilis and now ebola, and molding the next generation of doctors, while repeatedly washing his hands in between. When not herding his five cats or going fanboy over the space endeavors of his wife Moon Ranger Laura, John infectious various podcast and radio projects with his voice. He is the Chief Medical Officer and Bad Doctor in Residence at his personal blog, where he consults and ruminates over all manner of things.


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

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Episode 142: Marrow by Mav Skye


Narrated by Barry J. Northern

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Show Notes

This week’s installment in our annual horror story collection is Marrow by Mav Skye. Mav believes scarecrows have souls. They are rebels on poles, waiting their time to rise up as one and take over the world. In her spare time, Mav writes scary tales up in the attic of her hundred year old home. The stories are usually for adults, because adults like to be scared too! But this tale isn’t written for adults. This one is just for you, dear listener, and especially for Thor, Moses and Helena. Mav is the author of Supergirls, The Undistilled Sky, and a forthcoming horror novel, Wanted: Single Rose. You can find her online at her website, or on Twitter.

The story is read for you, at special request from Mav, by our very own artist and producer Barry J. Northern.


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

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Episode 135: Flowers For The Dead by Jamie Mason (Part 2)


Narrated by Paul Cram

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Show Notes

This week we bring you the conclusion of Jamie Mason’s Flowers For the Dead, narrated by Paul Cram. You can find the author’s and narrator’s biographies in the show notes of Episode 134.

We dedicate these episodes to the memories of Kimberly Proctor and Tyeshia Jones.

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

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Episode 134: Flowers For The Dead by Jamie Mason (Part 1)


Narrated by Paul Cram

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Show Notes

This week we bring you part one of Flowers For The Dead by Jamie Mason.

Jamie is a Canadian sci-fi/fantasy writer whose short fiction has appeared in On Spec, Abyss & Apex, the Canadian Science Fiction Review and been anthologized in DEAD NORTH and FRACTURED: TALES OF THE CANADIAN POST APOCALYPSE (Exile Editions, August 2014). His novel ECHO was published in 2011 and he has a forthcoming post-apocalyptic novel, THE BOOK OF ASHES from Permuted Press.

You may remember Jamie from Episode 48, The Malthus Alternative, which was Barry’s Staff Pick for 2013. Jamie lives on the beautiful Vancouver Island, and you can find out more about him at his website, Jamie Scribbles, or on Twitter.

The story is narrated for you by a new voice to Cast of Wonders, Paul Cram. Paul is an actor by trade. He’s been in dozens of articles, reviews and interviews in places like Chicago’s Screen Magazine, Fangoria.com, and the Horror Movie Podcast. When not acting Paul can either be glimpsed with his head in a book between the rows at the library, or running to look for loose railway spikes at an old train station. You can find him on Twitter and online.

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

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Episode 126: The Perfect Prom by Kat Otis


Narrated by Mur Lafferty

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Show Notes

This week we present The Perfect Prom, by Kat Otis. Kat lives a peripatetic life with a pair of cats who enjoy riding in the car as long as there’s no country music involved. Her fiction has appeared in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show and Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Sword & Sorceress XXVI. Her story What Memories are Made Of will be out in Daily Science Fiction this month. She can be found online or on Twitter.

The story is narrated for you by the one, the only, the amazing Mur Lafferty. Mur is the 2013 winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. She’s been called one of the worst-kept secrets in science fiction and fantasy publishing and her latest book, The Shambling Guides 2: Ghost Train to New Orleans should be on your To Be Read Stack. When Mur isn’t writing urban fantasy, superhero satire, afterlife mythology, and Christmas stories she’s podcasting for the likes of Angry Robot and her own award-winning I Should Be Writing. And as if all that wasn’t enough, in January this year she graduated from the Stonecoast program at the University of Southern Maine with an MFA in popular fiction. Her website is Murverse, and you can follow her on Twitter as @MightyMur.

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

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Episode 99: Little Wonders 3 – Scary Stories


Authors: Beth Hull, Ian Rose, and J. A. Ironside
Narrators: Alasdair Stuart, Barry J. Northern, and Ian Stuart

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Show Notes

You’re listening to Little Wonders, our collection episodes featuring flash fiction and poetry centered around a theme. And since it’s Halloween, that means it’s time for scaaaaaary stories!


Our first story is Come To Me, by Beth Hull. Beth lives in Northern California with her artist/scientist husband, their two children, and a cat who thinks she’s a dog. Beth writes young adult novels and the occasional short story. To learn more about Beth, her work, and the things that annoy her (windy days, ticking clocks), and scare her (black widow spiders lurking in the mailbox), you can visit her website or find her on Twitter.

Come to Me is narrated for you by podcasting’s Dark Overlord, Alasdair Stuart. Alasdair is the host of Pseudopod, the weekly horror fiction podcast by Escape Artists. He also co-hosts Escape Pod, their weekly science fiction show. He blogs about lots of things for lots of people, including himself, his website. You can listen to him talk about cooking things, reading things, watching things or training in things like martial arts and baking on Twitter.


When most people thing of young adult fiction, they think of fantasy with a heavy sprinkling of science fiction. Horror doesn’t seem to be a popular genre, and I can understand why: thinking about younger people in frightening or dangerous situations isn’t very comforting. When you think of Harry Potter, you probably think of the fun times Harry, Ron and Herminoe have, and you glaze over the very real danger they were in.

But growing up can be scary, with or without the presence of the supernatural. And unlike a book, you can’t put your life down and come back to it later. Learning how to deal with an ugly reality is an important skill.

Which brings us to our second story, Piper by Ian Rose. Ian is a web developer and former field biologist living in Portland, Oregon. He loves oceans and mountains and rain, and is very pleased to have found a place that offers him all of these, though he does have to visit his native east coast every year to fill up on bagels, pizza, and other bread products that Oregon just can’t seem to get quite right. He blogs here and can be found on Twitter. Ian also has a story about to be published by New Myths.

Your narrator is our very own Barry J. Northern. Barry is a game developer based in Bournemouth, England making freemium games for clients such LEGO and the BBC. His latest game is breaking all records on iOS, not surprising with a title like “LEGO Star Wars Yoda Chronicles”. It’s for younger kids, but if you fancy blasting alien brains check out LEGO Hero Factory Brain Attack. All this game developing has meant Barry hasn’t been as active in the podcasting and fiction world as he used to be, but he still works behind the scenes at Cast of Wonders. He also guest narrates on occasion at The Drabblecast and StarShip Sofa.


Ian told us the inspiration for Piper was, that in of all the fables and fairy tales I was read as a child, the pied piper was the only one that ever really scared him. Not only the power that the Piper, over both the rats and the children, but the willingness to use it was terrifying. He was a sort of avatar for all the threats and dangers in the world that Ian didn’t yet understand but still knew to be afraid of.

And speaking of things you should be afraid of, how about cowled figures rowing tiny boats on dark rivers late at night? Should you ever find yourself in need of such, maybe you shouldn’t pick the one with the skeletal face…

For our final scary short, we bring you The Boatman by JA Ironside. Jules Anne Ironside started writing as a child. She grew up in Dorset in a house full of books, fed on a diet of myths, legends and spooky tales. She particularly likes to take well known myths and turn them on their heads. Jules is a keen martial artist having taught karate for fifteen years now. In her free time she likes to read and add to her collection of dead or little use languages. She has had several other short stories published in the anthologies Reading is Magic and Stories for Homes both available from Amazon. Her next published story will appear in the A Chimerical world; Unseelie anthology. You can follow her on Twitter.

To complete our trio of narrators, The Boatman is read for you by the very talented Ian Stuart. Ian Stuart is a writer, poet and performer living and working in York. In the past he has worked for BBC local radio in Manchester and the Isle of Man, where he taught English. As well as providing voice tracks for hotels, businesses and foreign language courses, he is a tourist guide for The Ghost Trail of York. (I’ve been on his tour, you don’t want to miss it!) And Ian has been a resident voice artist for Pseudopod for some years. You can read more about his poetry and his dog, Digby, on his blog, The Top Banana, or follow him on Twitter.


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

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