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  • PodCastle 562: Cooking Creole

    Feb 19 2019

    Author : A. M. Dellamonica Narrator : Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Originally published in Mojo: Conjure Stories, edited by Nalo Hopkinson. Content warning for violence and gore. Rated R. Cooking Creole by A. M. Dellamonica At seventeen, it was music. Guitar. Then, at twenty-four: speechmaking. Rabble-rousing, his mother had called it. Bin...more

  • PodCastle 561: Baby Teeth

    Feb 12 2019

    Author : Lina Rather Narrator : Wilson Fowlie Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Previously published by Gamut. Rated R. Baby Teeth By Lina Rather Laura watched from the window while Mama took the salt packets they’d pocketed from a Speedway and sprinkled a circle around the house to hide them from the monster. She tore the top of each one off with her teeth and spread it as fa...more

  • PodCastle 560: Suddenwall

    Feb 05 2019

    Author : Sara Saab Narrator : C. L. Clark Host : C. L. Clark Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Originally published by Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Rated PG-13. Suddenwall By Sara Saab In the amnesty-city of Vannat, Aln Panette has let guilt go. The city of Vannat is a strict and inscrutable rulemaster, so Panette doesn’t question the rules. She lives a plain, clean life. Keeps her recollections as ...more

  • PodCastle 559: Dying Lessons

    Jan 29 2019

    Author : Troy Wiggins Narrator : Dominick Rabrun Hosts : Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali, Jen R. Albert, Setsu Uzume, Peter Behravesh and C. L. Clark Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Originally published at Strange Horizons. Content warnings for violence and racism. Rated R. Sound clips used in the introduction can be found here: https://freesound.org/people/Mega-X-stream/sounds/427414 https:/...more

  • PodCastle 558: A Place to Grow

    Jan 22 2019

    Author : A. T. Greenblatt Narrator : Tatiana Grey Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Originally published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Rated PG. SFX used in the host spot of this episode can be found here: https://freesound.org/people/univ_lyon3/sounds/250589 https://freesound.org/people/zimbot/sounds/122983 https://freesound.org/people/alanmcki/sounds/401324 A Place to Grow By ...more

  • PodCastle 557: The Griffin and the Minor Canon

    Jan 15 2019

    Author : Frank Stockton Narrator : Jen R. Albert Hosts : Setsu Uzume and Peter Behravesh Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums This story was originally published in 1885 and is in the public domain.  The sound effects used in the host spot can be found here. The Griffin and the Minor Canon By Frank Stockton Over the great door of an old, old church which stood in a quiet town of a faraway ...more

  • PodCastle 556: Shadow Boy

    Jan 08 2019

    Author : Lora Gray Narrator : Setsu Uzume Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Originally published in Shimmer. Content warnings for self-harm, suicide, and body dysmorphia.  Rated R.  Shadow Boy By Lora Gray I am sixteen and sitting on the edge of an empty subway platform when Peter, forever small, reappears. His black eyes are bright, and he smells like licorice...more

  • PodCastle 555: Candied Sweets, Cornbread, and Black-Eyed Peas

    Jan 01 2019

    Author : Malon Edwards Narrator : Mandaly Louis-Charles Host : Aidan Doyle Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Originally published in Sword & Sonnet. Rated PG-13. Previous PodCastle episodes in this series: PodCastle 387: The Half Dark Promise PodCastle 495: Shadow Man, Sack Man, Half Dark, Half Light Candied Sweets, Cornbread, and Black-eyed Peas By Malon Edwards No one wanted to come out of their houses. Not at first. They could see my father’s blo...more

  • PodCastle 554: Hosting the Solstice

    Dec 25 2018

    Author : Tim Pratt Narrator : Brie Code Hosts : Setsu Uzume and Peter Behravesh Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums PodCastle 554: Hosting the Solstice is a PodCastle original. Rated PG-13. Sound effects used in the host spot are in the public domain and can be found here. Hosting the Solstice By Tim Pratt —for Heather The first note came a week before Halloween. I glanced at an empty parking lot while I was out walking Bradbury and the leaves blew around to ...more

  • PodCastle 553: Grounded Women Never Fly

    Dec 18 2018

    Author : Stefani Cox Narrator : Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums PodCastle 553: Grounded Women Never Fly is a PodCastle original. Rated PG-13. Sound effects used in the host spot are in the public domain and can be found here. Grounded Women Never Fly by Stefani Cox It is the women of the community who can run, but don’t. The women are the ones who can place a foot just so, another precisely calculated in front of it...more

  • PodCastle 552: The Watchers

    Dec 11 2018

    Author : Shelly Jones Narrator : Kate Baker Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Previously published by Luna Station Quarterly. Rated PG. The Watchers by Shelly Jones He did not know why he had agreed to marry her. For a long time he thought it was because she would hum at everything she did. She hummed while cooking. She hummed while cleaning and sewing. She hummed when she raked leaves and shoveled dirt and chopped firewood. She even hummed...more

  • PodCastle 551: The Blue Widow

    Dec 04 2018

    Author : J. P. Sullivan Narrator : Tanja Milojevic  Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Originally published by Baen Books, grand prize winner of their 2017 Fantasy Adventure Contest.   Rated PG-13, for betrayal and vengeance. A word from host Setsu Uzume: In the host outro for “The Blue Widow,” I talked about how being a professional means you can get away with stuff. I meant that in terms of modeling more liberating an...more

  • PodCastle 550: The Last Exorcist

    Nov 27 2018

    Author : Danny Lore Narrator : Dominick Rabrun Host : Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Originally published in FIYAH. Rated R for strong language and violence. The Last Exorcist by Danny Lore  Author’s Note: This piece was commissioned and then declined by a prominent magazine. The only information that has been altered/omitted are locations, as those have been deemed a national security risk. Re-post and share at will. Naheem is...more

  • PodCastle 549: Fixer, Worker, Singer

    Nov 20 2018

    Author : Natalia Theodoridou Narrators : Peter Behravesh, Tina Connolly and Jen R. Albert Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Originally published at Shimmer. Rated PG-13. Fixer, Worker, Singer by Natalia Theodoridou Fixer Turns on the Stars The sky creaks as Fixer makes his way across the steel ramp that is suspended under the firmament. It’s time to turn on the stars. He pauses a few steps from where the switches and pulleys are locat...more

  • PodCastle 548: Daniel

    Nov 13 2018

    Author : Ashley Blooms Narrator : Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali Host : Matt Dovey Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Previously published by On Spec (under the title “Second Born”). Content warning: Death of a child Rated R. Daniel by Ashley Blooms Ellie watches her husband from the front porch. He makes a lean shadow against the twilight, his arms outstretched, his heels lifting from the ground and dropping again. The wind rustles the branches of the t...more

  • PodCastle 547: Every House, a Home

    Nov 06 2018

    Author : Evan Dicken Narrator : Tatiana Grey Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Originally published in the Utter Fabrication anthology by Mad Scientist Journal. Rated PG-13, for the weird ways of houses. Every House, a Home By Evan Dicken “I guess nobody wants haunted houses, anymore.” Derek checked his reflection in one of the Cape Cod’s filmy windows, teasing his hair back to mussy perfection. He glanced back at me. “That was a joke, Nata...more

  • PodCastle 546: For the Removal of Unwanted Guests

    Oct 30 2018

    Author : A.C. Wise Narrator : Dave Thompson Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Previously published by Halloween: Magic, Mystery, and the Macabre edited by Paula Guran. Rated PG. Sounds effects used in this episodes under Creative Commons 3.0: freesound.org/people/rivernile7/sounds/249573 freesound.org/people/miastodzwiekow/sounds/149925 freesound.org/people/jacobalcook/sounds/195577 freesound.org/people/Stevious42/sounds/259614 frees...more

  • PodCastle 545: The Aunties Return the Ocean

    Oct 24 2018

    Author : Chris Kuriata Narrator : Setsu Uzume Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Previously published by Diabolical Plots. Content warning: Some disturbing imagery. Rated R. The Aunties Return the Ocean By Chris Kuriata Auntie Roberta landed badly on the roof of her escarpment house, scraping her knees across the flagstone shingles and splitting her pantyhose. Her arms were too full of black water to keep her balance so she nearly slid off...more

  • PodCastle 544: Waters of Versailles — Part 3

    Oct 16 2018

    Author : Kelly Robson Narrator : Heath Miller Host : Jen R. Albert Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Originally publishing at tor.com. You can buy Kelly Robson’s book, Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach, now. It’s also available in audio. Below are a few links from Kelly’s recommendations and comments during the interview: The Sun King by Nancy Mitford. “A Study in Oils” by Kelly Robson, published by Clarkesworld. The Uncommon R...more

  • PodCastle 543: Waters of Versailles — Part 2

    Oct 09 2018

    Author : Kelly Robson Narrator : Heath Miller Host : Jen R. Albert Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Originally published at tor.com. Rated R for adult themes. Waters of Versailles by Kelly Robson [Note: This is Part 2 of a three-part novella. Please visit last week’s post to read Part 1. Click here for part 3.] 5. Sylvain paced the Grand Gallery, eyeing the cracked ceiling above the statue of Hermes. There had been no further accidents with the pipes. ...more

  • PodCastle 542: Waters of Versailles — Part 1

    Oct 02 2018

    Author : Kelly Robson Narrator : Heath Miller Host : Jen R. Albert Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Originally published at tor.com. Rated R for adult themes. The Drabblecast is relaunching! Help resurrect them by contributing to their Kickstarter. Catch Norm Sherman’s message about the launch at the end of today’s episode to see how you can get a special PodCastle mystery gift. Waters of Versailles by Kelly Robson 1. Sylvain had just pulled up ...more

  • PodCastle 541: Andromache and the Dragon

    Sep 25 2018

    Author : Brittany Pladek Narrator : Wilson Fowlie Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Previously published by Ideomancer. Rated PG-13. Andromache and the Dragon By Brittany Pladek The dragon stood on the shore. “For every day, I will consume one of your desires,” she told them. “You will not know which. You will not know whose. This is my tribute. Do you agree to its terms?” Andromache nodded. “Then it is done.” Hissing, the dragon arched her...more

  • PodCastle 540: Flash Fiction Extravaganza! The Three Phases of Equinox

    Sep 18 2018

    Authors : Y.M. Pang, Lynne M. MacLean and A.C. MacLachlan Narrators : Setsu Uzume, Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali and Jen R. Albert Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums PodCastle 540: Flash Fiction Extravaganza! The Three Phases of Equinox is a PodCastle original. Rated PG-13. The Mooncakes of My Childhood by Y. M. Pang The mooncakes of my childhood were hard as rocks. I killed a man with them, in the fall of ‘68. He didn’t deserve it. He was just the...more

  • PodCastle 539: Godfall

    Sep 11 2018

    Author : Sandra M. Odell Narrator : Anson Mount Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Originally published at GigaNotoSaurus. This story also appears in Sandra’s collection Godfall and Other Stories. Content Warning: Gore, mild body horror. Rated R. Tully brought the skiff in from the south. The blue mountains of Maya’s feet rose against the sky, each toe adorned with a massive gold ring inlaid with cobras crowned with lotus blossoms. B...more

  • PodCastle 538: Itself at the Heart of Things

    Sep 04 2018

    Author : Andrea Corbin Narrator : Blythe Haynes Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Originally published in Shimmer. Rated PG-13. Itself at the Heart Of – Poetry Generator! Itself at the Heart of Things by Andrea Corbin “The acts of life have no beginning or end. Everything happens in a completely idiotic way. That is why everything is alike.” — Tristan Tzara, 1922 On the floor, I hiked my skirts up and began to disassemble myself, star...more

  • PodCastle 537: To the Moon

    Aug 28 2018

    Author : Ken Liu Narrators : Curtis C. Chen, Dagny Paul, Eleanor Wood, Stefani Cox, Wilson Fowlie, Matt Dovey, Jen R. Albert, Peter Behravesh, Setsu Uzume and Craig Jackson Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Originally published in Fireside. Rated: PG-13, for inhumanity and painful truths. To the Moon by Ken Liu Long ago, when you were just a baby, we went to the Moon. Summer nights in Beijing were brutal: hot, muggy, the air thick as the...more

  • PodCastle 536: The Threadbare Magician — Part 2

    Aug 21 2018

    Author : Cat Rambo Narrator : Graeme Dunlop Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Graeme Dunlop Discuss on Forums Originally published in Genius Loci: Tales of the Spirit of Place. Note that this is one part of a two-part episode. You can read and listen to the first part here. Rated R, for cursing wizards and magical desires. See below for links to Cat’s projects: Cat’s Patreon. The Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers, which offers live and on-demand classes aimed at...more

  • PodCastle 535: The Threadbare Magician — Part 1

    Aug 14 2018

    Author : Cat Rambo Narrator : Graeme Dunlop Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Originally published in Genius Loci: Tales of the Spirit of Place. Note that this is one part of a two-part episode. The second part will release on Tuesday, August 21, 2018. Rated R, for cursing wizards and magical desires. See below for links to Cat’s projects: Cat’s Patreon. The Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers, which offers live and on-demand clas...more

  • PodCastle 534: The Lamentation of Their Women

    Aug 07 2018

    Author : Kai Ashante Wilson Narrator : Sofia Quintero Hosts : Erin Roberts, Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali and Justina Ireland Audio Producers : Peter Behravesh and Graeme Dunlop Discuss on Forums This story was originally published by TOR.com. Content warning: graphic violence and mature content Rated X for sex, drug use, graphic depictions of violence with blood and gore and all it’s wet and slippery trappings, and general horror. The Lamentation of Their Women by Kai Ashan...more

  • PodCastle 533: The Choking Kind

    Jul 31 2018

    Author : Eden Royce Narrator : Laurice White Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums First published in Spook Lights: Southern Gothic Horror. Rated PG-13, for the donning of gory suits. An old man sat behind the dilapidated counter of the country store humming Negro spirituals as Grace walked in, sweaty from standing in the sun. Her new black dress clung to her like a frightened child and she plucked at its neckline with irritation. “Sun hot for ...more

  • PodCastle 532: Vetala

    Jul 24 2018

    Author : Rati Mehrotra Narrator : Srikripa Krishna Prasad Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Previously published in the anthology Those Who Make Us: Canadian Creature, Myth, and Monster Stories. Content Warning: domestic violence. Rated R for brutal visions. The night I was to leave Delhi for Toronto, my grandmother told me I was making a big mistake. “The vetala is going to follow you,” she said, as I stuffed my clothes higgledy-piggledy...more

  • PodCastle 531: The Island of the Nine Whirlpools

    Jul 17 2018

    Author : E. Nesbit Narrator : Jen R. Albert Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums From Edith Nesbit’s classic collection The Book of Dragons, which is in the public domain. You can find the whole thing here. The Island of the Nine Whirlpools by Edith Nesbit The dark arch that led to the witch’s cave was hung with a black-and-yellow fringe of live snakes. As the Queen went in, keeping carefully in the middle of the arch, all the snak...more

  • PodCastle 530: Kin, Painted

    Jul 10 2018

    Author : Penny Stirling Narrator : Julia Rios Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Originally published in Lackington’s. Rated PG-13. This episode is run in honor of Non-Binary People’s Day on July 14.  If you are interested in reading more fiction by non-binary authors, check out A.C. Wise’s review series, “Non-Binary Authors to Read.” Kin, Painted by Penny Stirling Watercolour. I brush water in thin lines down m...more

  • PodCastle 529: Chesirah

    Jul 03 2018

    Author : L. D. Lewis Narrator : Stephanie Malia Morris Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Previously published by FIYAH Literary Magazine #1 Rated PG-13 for violent captivity and violent rebirth. Chesirah By L. D. Lewis “It is almost time.” Chesirah smiled despite her screaming fingers. They were a blur, working feverishly to finish lacing together the last of her dark braids before Nazar the dollmaker made it home. She wove one braid into a...more