About Us

Cast of Wonders is the leading voice in young adult speculative short fiction, founded in 2011 by Graeme Dunlop and Barry J. Northern. It became a part of the Escape Artists family of podcasts in 2016 alongside genre siblings Escape Pod, PseudoPod and PodCastle. It is presently edited by Katherine Inskip, with assistant editor Andrew K. Hoe.

Cast of Wonders is a qualified market for the SFWA and the SCBWI.

Every week we present short stories from some of today’s best genre fiction writers, featuring everything from hard science fiction, to urban fantasy, horror, steampunk, superheroes and more. Our stories are defined by their deep emotional resonance and that critical spark of wonder.

We pay our authors and narrators, but our episodes are always 100% free for you. We are funded entirely through listener donations and sponsorship, so if you like what you hear, please consider supporting us through Patreon or PayPal!

Our episodes are produced and distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

You can find us on social media at Facebook and Twitter, or join the discussion at our fan forums.

Visit our Wikia for a sortable list of episodes and more information.

General comments or questions can be sent to backstage@escapeartists.net.


Cast of Wonders’ theme songs “Appeal to Heavens”, “Neversus”, and “August” are by Alexye Nov, available from Promo DJ or his Facebook page.

Cast of Wonders is a production of the Escape Artists Podcast Network. Be sure to check out our sister shows: Escape Pod for science fiction, PseudoPod for horror, and PodCastle for fantasy.