Posts Tagged ‘Young Adult fiction’

Episode 37: In The Cemetery of Frozen Ships (Part 1) by Suzanne van Rooyen


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

Today we present Part 1 of In The Cemetery of Frozen Ships by Suzanne van Rooyen. Suzanne is a freelance writer and author from South Africa, currently living in Finland. She is the author of the cyberpunk novel Dragon’s Teeth, and has had several short stories published by Golden Visions Magazine, Earthbound Fiction and others. Her non-fiction articles on travel, music and other topics can be found scattered throughout the Internet. Although she has a Master’s degree in music, Suzanne prefers writings strange tales of the SpecFic persuasion and playing in the snow with her shiba inu. You can find out more about Suzanne here.

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 34: The Most Precious of Treasures (Part 1) by Desmond Warzel


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

Today we present The Most Precious Of Treasures by Desmond Warzel. You may remember Desmond from Episode 15 Same-Day Delivery. The Most Precious Of Treasures first appeared in issue #5 of Shelter Of Daylight. Desmond lives in northwestern Pennsylvania, and has had stories published in Daily Science Fiction, the anthology Candle in the Attic Window from Innsmouth Free Press, and at Tor.com.

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

Episode 32: Flash Collection I by Rose Blackthorn


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop and Marguerite Kenner

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Show Notes

Today we present a series of flash fiction stories by Rose Blackthorn. Rose lives in the high mountain desert of Eastern Utah with her boyfriend. She also has a two-year old Australian Shepherd nicknamed Boo, and a Yorkie puppy fittingly named Shadow. She spends her time writing, reading, photographing the surrounding wilderness, and doting on the aforementioned fur-kids. She is a member of the Horror Writer’s Association and has been published in several magazines both print and online. She contributed to the zombie anthology New Dawn Fades released in Nov 2011 and the Necon E-Books flash anthology released in Mar 2012. She suffers from an overactive imagination, but rather than complaining… she just goes with it. You can find out more about Rose at her site.

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 30: Karlsson by Anatoly Belilovsky


Narrated by Eric Wagoner

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Show Notes

Today we present Karlsson by Anatoly Belilovsky whom you may remember from Episode 24, Kulturkampf. He came from the Ukraine to the US in 1976, learned English from watching Star Trek reruns, and is now a paediatrician in Brooklyn, NY. Anatoly has been published in Nature Magazine, Andromeda Spaceways, Immersion Book of Steampunk, Ideomancer and Kasma.

Of this story he says, “In the original Swedish book by Astrid Lindgren, Karlsson is a more selfish, more obnoxious version of Dr Seuss’ Cat in the Hat, a negative character. The translation into Russian was wildly successful; without changing the literal meaning of a single sentence, it changed Karlsson into a hero. The cartoon provided an iconic image for Karlsson, and added several of the greatest voice talents of the last century. Karlsson became symbolic of the so-called ‘internal emigres’ – members of various suppressed counterculture movements.”

Your narrator is Eric Wagoner of The Grimm Lunch Break. A few times a week, over his lunch break, Eric records, edits, and publishes one of the original 250 fairy tales collected by the Brothers Grimm and translated to English by Dr. Jack Zipes. You can find The Grimm Lunch Break here.

Here is a link to Part 1 of the original Karlsson cartoon. And here is one to the sequel that introduces Frekken Bock.

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.

Cast of Wonders Episode 29: Eggs Under Moon

Show Notes

Of Eggs Under Moon Elizabeth said “This poem came out of the March 1, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl, a live poetry activity that I hold monthly in The Wordsmith’s Forge. It was inspired by a prompt from Mary-Grace Ellington.”


Eggs Under Moon

by Elizabeth Barrette

The girl nearly steps on the nest
before she sees it,
throws herself back against the sand
to avoid the faint damp hollow.

She runs to the beach house,
pounds on the door, yells,
“Dragon dragon dragon dragon!”
as fast as she can draw breath. (Continue Reading…)

Episode 28: Jack In The Box by R. B. Harkess


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes


Today, we present
Jack In The Box by R B Harkess. Born in Bristol, he now lives just outside London. He studied a mad mixture of subjects at the Open University which had nothing to do with my career in I.T. Having only “started writing seriously again” in 2009, he likes to look at ways of getting his stories out in as many media as he can besides the conventional ‘dead tree’ method.

You can find out more about Mr Harkess at his blog or Facebook. Aphrodite’s Dawn is available from Proxima Books or from Amazon as a Kindle edition.

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

Episode 27: My Boogie Man by Harley May


Narrated by Dani Daly

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Show Notes

Today, we present My Boogie Man by Harley May. You can find our more about Harley at her blog, where she says “I am a writer and reader of many things. I blog about everything: writing, books, movies, music, my husband, three children, and other random things that make me laugh. My parents are from Alabama, but I grew up in South Korea. Essentially, I am a foreigner with an American passport. I love my life.

I am a regular contributor for An Army of Erma’s. I have a few things up at Fictionaut.”

Making a welcome return to Cast of Wonders is your narrator, Danielle Daly. Dani is a forecast analyst who works for a pharmaceutical company on Long Island NY, happily married to the love of her life. Their children are hypoallergenic Siberian cats that think they’re puppies. (I wonder how’d they’d get along with my dog, Jake?) Dani loves to read, garden, listen to music, cook and daydream. She says, “Narrating stories is great for someone like me who can’t write well but still burns with a desire to be part of the literary world.”

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