Posts Tagged ‘Weird’

Episode 224: Welcome to Willoughby’s by Michael Reid


• Narrated by Motti Schleider
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
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Show Notes

Michael Reid bookends his days working to perfect his method for turning cups of tea into stories. His work has appeared on EscapePod and in AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review. In 2015, he attended the Clarion Writers’ Workshop, from which the main take-away was that he should stop trying to solve story problems by randomly inserting volcanoes. He lives near Toronto, Canada, with his husband, a big white dog, and a volcano. During the middle bits of the day, he teaches astronomy to anyone who will listen. Follow him on Twitter.

Motti Schleider lives in the northeast, has a cat named Mr. Blake, loves gaming of all kinds, and is an avid reader. He’s also a newly minted Cast of Wonders slush reader, so please join us in welcoming him into the fold.


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

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Episode 104: Captain Cleveland Grackle’s Galactic Cabaret vs. The Goblins of Vishnu 6 by Jamieson Ridenhour


Narrated by Norm Sherman

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Show Notes

Today we present Jamieson Ridenhour‘s story, Captain Cleveland Grackle’s Galactic Cabaret vs. The Goblins of Vishnu 6. Jamieson is the author of the comedy werewolf murder-mystery Barking Mad, published by Typecast in 2011, the ghost play Grave Lullaby, and the award-winning short horror films Cornerboys and The House of the Yaga. He’s had fiction and poetry in Strange Horizons, Architrave, The Lumberyard, and Mirror Dance, to name a few, and audio fiction featured on Pseudopod and Radio Unbound. He lives and writes in Bismarck, North Dakota.

You can find him on Twitter, Facebook, and various other places all over the Interwebs but the main station for all things Jamieson is his website.

His next novel, a sequel to Barking Mad, is called Mad Dogs and Englishmen, and it’s coming out in February of 2014. Watch his website, Facebook, and Twitter for detail, or just pester your local bookstore twice a week until they hand it to you. Do not accept defeat.

As you’ll hear in the outro, Jamieson’s inspiration for this story is the episode art for this week, a fair-haired young girl piloting a large mechanical fish. This arresting image was created by the exceptional artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith. You can find her work online here. Please go check it out! It’s well worth your time, and she has our thanks for allowing us to use the piece as this week’s episode art.

Your narrator today is the fabulous Norm Sherman. Norm is the host and editor of the weird and wonderful — and Parsec award winning — Drabblecast, which publishes “strange stories by strange authors for strange listeners, such as yourself.” In addition he is the editor and co-host of the long running science-fiction podcast EscapePod. Both podcasts server excellent fare, some of it quite adult.

His disturbingly smooth yet always compelling tones may be heard all around the pod-o-sphere such as on PodCastle, The Guild of the Cowry Catchers, The Fullcast Podcast and many other fine audio productions. You can find Norm on Facebook, of course at the Drabblecast itself.

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

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Episode 98: Daphne’s Daughter by Jennifer Tiemann


Narrated by Veronica Giguere

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Show Notes

Today we present Jennifer Tiemann‘s story, Daphne’s Daughter. Jennifer was born in New Jersey on the 544th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt to an editor and a maritime historian. Swiping dad’s copy of H. Beam Piper’s Little Fuzzy instantly hooked her on Science Fiction. Andrew Lang’s Color Fairy Books were also favorites under the covers with a flashlight. An active member of the Society for Creative Anachronism for 28 years, she resides in the northwestern ‘wilds’ of New Jersey in a cabin in the woods with her husband, son, four rabbits and two ditzy Pomeranians. Technical Documentation for an e-commerce software company pays the bills.

Your narrator is Veronica Giguere. Veronica is a voice artist and author who has appeared in a variety of audio projects and podcasts covering genres such as science fiction, erotica, fantasy, horror, romance, and steampunk. She is a coauthor of the Secret World Chronicles podcast novel series, as well as the narrator and voice for a plethora of heroes and villains therein. She has voiced spoiled supervillains, tempting demons, fierce pirates, suspicious journalists, Greek goddesses, white foxlings, virus-laden robots, and a young woman facing an odd spider infestation.

Veronica recently published Broken, an inner-city cyberpunk adventure with coauthor Cedric Johnson. It’s available on Smashwords and Amazon. If you want to hear more of Veronica’s work, check out her project list or search for her name at Audible.

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

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Episode 94: The Drove of Maris-Charlottes by David Turnbull


Narrated by Stephanie Morris

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Show Notes

Today we present a story by David Turnbull. David was born in Edinburgh and now lives in South East London. He is a member of the Clockhouse London group of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror writers. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, most recently in the Whortleberry Press tribute to Ray Bradbury – Dandelions of Mars. Check out the trailer on YouTube.

News about David Turnbull and other Clockhouse London Writers can be found on the Clockhouse London website.

Your narrator is Stephanie Morris. Stephanie is a short fiction writer, voice actor, professional student, and blogger who writes book reviews and reflections on the writing life at WriterHouse.

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

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Episode 77: The Long Cut by Tom Howard


Narrated by Norm Sherman

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Show Notes

Today we present Tom Howard’s story, The Long Cut. Tom is a short story writer from Little Rock, Arkansas. Of this story Tom says, “My four children are the inspiration for this story as I was frequently lost when they were little, and they would ask, ‘Dad, is this another one of your long cuts?’ It made perfect sense to them that if a short cut got you there faster, a ‘long cut’ would get you there much, much slower. Cheeky monkeys.”

Your narrator today is the fabulous Norm Sherman. Norm is the host and editor of the weird and wonderful — and Parsec award winning — Drabblecast, which publishes “strange stories by strange authors for strange listeners, such as yourself.” In addition he is the editor and co-host of the long running science-fiction podcast EscapePod. Both podcasts server excellent fare, some of it quite adult.

His smooth tones may be heard in many places in the pod-o-sphere such as PodCastle, The Guild of the Cowry Catchers, The Fullcast Podcast and many other fine audio productions. You can find Norm in many places online such as Facebook.

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

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