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PodCastle

The Fantasy Fiction Podcast

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  • PodCastle 637: Ink, and Breath, and Spring

    Jul 28 2020

    Author : Frances Rowat Narrator : James Thomson Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums First published in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet.   Rated PG-13. Ink, and Breath, and Spring by Frances Rowat The wheelbarrow thumped a jolt into Palwick’s arms with every third step as he led Mattish back to where he’d found the corpse, out in the northe...more

  • PodCastle 636: While Dragons Claim the Sky — Part 2

    Jul 22 2020

    Author : Jen Brown Narrator : C. L. Clark Host : Emmalia Harrington Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Originally published in FIYAH. Rated PG. While Dragons Claim the Sky By Jen Brown [Note: This is Part 2 of a two-part novelette. Please visit last week’s post to read Part 1.] When marble cracks, it isn’t loud — or at least, not in the way I thought it’d be. Thera the Thrasher dem...more

  • PodCastle 635: While Dragons Claim the Sky — Part 1

    Jul 14 2020

    Discuss on Forums Originally published in FIYAH. Rated PG. While Dragons Claim the Sky By Jen Brown When a breeze shook the reed curtains in mama’s salon, I thought it might be another dragon gliding low, stopping to drink from Lake Mritil. ‘Course, mama and I weren’t afraid; we loved watching them soar overhead, wings gusting hard enough to free cotton fibers and coffee cherries across Gyrixëan farms, so that croppers only had to s...more

  • PodCastle 634: When I Was a Witch

    Jul 07 2020

    Author : Charlotte Perkins Gilman Narrator : Anaea Lay Host : Kitty Sarkozy Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Originally published in Gilman’s collection When I Was a Witch and reprinted in Fantasy Magazine. This story is in the public domain. Rated PG. When I Was a Witch By Charlotte Perkins Gilman If I had understood the terms of that one-sided contract with Satan, the Tim...more

  • PodCastle 633: The Night Bazaar for Women Becoming Reptiles

    Jun 30 2020

    Author : Rachael K. Jones Narrator : Tatiana Grey Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Originally published by Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Rated PG-13. The Night Bazaar for Women Becoming Reptiles By Rachael K. Jones In the desert, all the footprints lead into Oasis, and none lead out again. They come for water, and once they find it, no one returns to the endless san...more

  • PodCastle 632: Our Chymical Séance

    Jun 23 2020

    Author : Tony Pi Narrator : Wilson Fowlie Host : Jen R. Albert Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Previously published in Clockwork Canada: Steampunk Fiction. CW: Grief and mentions of suicide. Rated PG-13. Our Chymical Séance By Tony Pi To thoroughly inspect the spacious Silverbirch Room before the séance would take more time than we had, but I did what I could. No clo...more

  • PodCastle 631: TALES FROM THE VAULTS — Another End of the Empire

    Jun 16 2020

    Author : Tim Pratt Host : Hamilton Perez Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Originally published at Strange Horizons. Rated PG for superseded oracles, despots past their expiration dates and probability witches. Another End of the Empire By Tim Pratt “I am here,” Mogrash said. “Give me the bad news.” “A child dwells in the village of Misery Chin, in the mountain provinces to the east. If ...more

  • PodCastle 630: A Cruelty That Cut Both Ways

    Jun 09 2020

    Author : Aimee Ogden Narrator : Elizabeth Green Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Previously published in the Hidden Menagerie Vol. 2 anthology and reprinted in The Dark. Content warning: domestic violence, violence against a child, gore Rated R. A Cruelty That Cut Both Ways By Aimee Ogden The thunderbird had left two carcasses by the barn overnight....more

  • PodCastle 629: Though She Be But Little

    Jun 02 2020

    Author : C.S.E. Cooney Narrator : Julia Rios Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Originally published in Uncanny Magazine. Previously published in Jonathan Strahan’s The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume Twelve, and Subterranean Press’s The Best of Uncanny Magazine (2020). Rated PG-13. A statement from PodCastle on the ongoing protes...more

  • PodCastle 628: Vincent’s Penny

    May 26 2020

    Author : Chris Barnham Narrator : Matt Dovey Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Dimension6, Issue 16 (April 2019). Rated PG. Vincent’s Penny By Chris Barnham  May 1941 I’m a child this time. Five or six years old. Fully clothed under a bed, on a wooden floor. I touch a hand to my throat, but there is nothing there. I examine my hands and arms, astonished by...more

  • PodCastle 627: We Are the Flower

    May 19 2020

    Author : Claire Humphrey Narrator : Jen R. Albert Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums PodCastle 627: We Are the Flower is a PodCastle original. Rated PG-13. Includes copious F-bombs. We Are the Flower By Claire Humphrey I didn’t clue in until I saw the ghost bike chained to a signpost on Adelaide, near a corner. I was stopped up close, and I looked down and the angles of...more

  • PodCastle 626: DOUBLE FEATURE! A Sharp Breath of Birds; A Guide to Birds by Song (After Death)

    May 13 2020

    Authors : Tina Connolly and A.C. Wise Narrators : Tina Connolly and Dani Daly Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums “A Sharp Breath of Birds” was originally published in Uncanny Magazine. “A Guide to Birds by Song (After Death)” was originally published in Clockwork Phoenix 5. Rated PG-13. “A Sharp Breath of Birds” is a companion ...more

  • PodCastle 625: Salt and Iron

    May 06 2020

    Author : Gem Isherwood Narrator : Eve Upton Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums PodCastle 625: Salt and Iron is a PodCastle original. Rated R. Salt and Iron By Gem Isherwood There’s a gash across her cheekbone, glass in her arm and her lower lip is twice the size it should be, but Dagna Müller is hardly a stranger to pain. She slumps on the steps outside the tavern, feel...more

  • PodCastle 624: TALES FROM THE VAULTS — Crickets Sing for Naomi

    Apr 28 2020

    Author : Eden Royce Narrator : Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali Host : Eleanor Wood Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums This story was a PodCastle original back when we ran it for the first time in 2017. Rated PG-13. Crickets Sing for Naomi By Eden Royce “If these danggone crickets don’t stop following me,” Naomi grumbled as the insect bounded out of the path of her wedge heel. Another of the...more

  • PodCastle 623: Caring For Dragons and Growing a Flower

    Apr 22 2020

    Author : Allison Thai Narrator : Jennifer Tran Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums PodCastle 623: Caring For Dragons and Growing a Flower is a PodCastle original. Rated PG-13, for found footage and lost loves. Author’s dedication I dedicate this story to my grandfather and father: one who I’ve never met and one I’ve known since I was born, yet both are men in my fa...more

  • PodCastle 622: Spoken For

    Apr 14 2020

    Author : Evan Kennedy Narrator : Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali Host : Jen R. Albert Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums PodCastle 622: Spoken For is a PodCastle original. Rated PG-13. Spoken For by Evan Kennedy Twenty-five years after the magic came back, Auden’s wife got turned to stone. It was the dog’s fault. A cockatrice had been wandering Harlan County for the past few weeks, ever since some...more

  • PodCastle 621: A Salt and Sterling Tongue

    Apr 07 2020

    Author : Emma Osborne Narrator : Megan Leigh Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Previously published by Uncanny Magazine. Rated R. A Salt and Sterling Tongue By Emma Osborne I found my dying boy curled up in a pile of straw wet with his blood. Seamus rolled over as I entered the barn, and I saw then that he’d chewed his fingers down to the first knuckle. I ...more

  • CatsCast 289: The Thing in the Basement

    Apr 01 2020

    Author : Gerri Leen Narrator : Tina C. Connolly Host : Laura Pearlman Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Artist : Matt Dovey The Thing in the Basement by Gerri Leen You can hear it, in the basement, behind the metal boxes that your human puts her outer-coverings in just when they start to smell good—when the boxes are done, she brings out her things stinking of flowers or fruit. She’s lucky you know the sound of her voice, b...more

  • PodCastle 620: When Hope Is Lost, Touch Remains

    Mar 31 2020

    Author : Nin Harris Narrator : Chang Yiun Yee Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums PodCastle 620: When Hope Is Lost, Touch Remains is a PodCastle original. Content warning for violence and sexual content. Rated R for steamy friction, physical and ethical. When Hope Is Lost, Touch Remains By Nin Harris Chowrasta Market was where Maria had learned to love books ...more

  • March 2020 Metacast

    Mar 28 2020

    Transcript (Alasdair) Hi everyone, Alasdair here. We’re not going to ask how you are right now, because we have a pretty good idea. You’re fine. You’re FINE. You’re the same version of fine as everyone right now, the one Aerosmith sang about. The one where you’re alternately anxious, terrified, furious and calm. We empathise. We’re the same. This metacast was originally written nearly two weeks ago now. It’s been edited every single day since, because that’s how so ...more

  • PodCastle 619: The Tale of Mahliya and Mauhub and the White-Footed Gazelle

    Mar 24 2020

    Author : Sofia Samatar Narrator : C. L. Clark Host : Peter Behravesh Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Originally published in The Starlit Wood. Rated PG-13. The Tale of Mahliya and Mauhub and the White-Footed Gazelle By Sofia Samatar This story is at least a thousand years old. Its complete title is “The Tale of Mahliya and Mauhub and the White-Footed Gazelle: It Contains Strange...more

  • PodCastle 618: Odd and Ugly

    Mar 18 2020

    Author : Vida Cruz Narrator : Don Pizarro Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Previously published by Writers of the Future vol. 34. Rated PG-13. Odd and Ugly By Vida Cruz I. You come to my tree at high noon in July, sweating, panting, young. So very, very young. I can’t help staring at you: it’s like watching a walking, talking circular window with square glass s...more

  • PodCastle 617: The Dead-Wagon

    Mar 10 2020

    Author : Greye La Spina Narrator : Wilson Fowlie Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums September 1927 issue of Weird Tales. This story is in the public domain. CW: illness and plague; references to violence and sexual assault Rated R. The Dead-Wagon Greye La Spina I “Someone’s been chalking up the front door.” The speaker stepped off the terrace into the...more

  • PodCastle 616: DOUBLE FEATURE! Telomerase; Mycelium

    Mar 03 2020

    Authors : Ian Muneshwar and Eleanor Wood Narrators : Sienna Tristen and Jen R. Albert Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums PodCastle 616: DOUBLE FEATURE! Telomerase; Mycelium is a PodCastle original. Rated PG-13. Telomerase By Ian Muneshwar You lost your first word when I began to lose my hair. You brought a wicker basket to the hospital and opened it in the waiting room,...more

  • PodCastle 615: Field Reports from the Department of Monster Resettlement

    Feb 25 2020

    Author : L. Chan Narrator : Curtis C. Chen Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Previously published by Future Fire in the Making Monsters anthology. Content warning for domestic abuse and violence. Rated R, for a rowdy band of righteous monsters. Field Reports from the Department of Monster Resettlement by L. Chan Stop me if you’ve heard this one befor...more

  • PodCastle 614: White Noon

    Feb 18 2020

    Author : Aidan Doyle Narrator : Julie Hoverson Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums PodCastle 614: White Noon is a PodCastle original. Rated PG-13. White Noon By Aidan Doyle The dogs’ barking let me know I had visitors. I reluctantly left my chair by the fire, pulled on my boots, and took my thundergun from its place on the wall. I rarely had any visitors apart from Magnu...more

  • PodCastle 613: TALES FROM THE VAULTS — Hoywverch

    Feb 11 2020

    Author : Heather Rose Jones Narrator : Sarah Goleman Host : C. L. Clark Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums This story was a PodCastle original that aired back in 2015. Rated PG. Hoywverch By Heather Rose Jones Elin verch Gwir Goch oed yn arglwydes ar Cantref Madruniawn wrth na bo i’w thad na meibion na brodyr. A threigylgweith dyvot yn y medwl vynet y hela. Ac wrth dilyt y cwn, hi ...more

  • PodCastle 612: She Searches for God in the Storm Within

    Feb 04 2020

    Author : Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali Narrator : Stephanie Malia Morris Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Originally published in Sword and Sonnet. Content warning: domestic violence Rated PG-13. She Searches for God in the Storm Within By Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali When I arrived at my grandmother’s, in the stillness of predawn, like some restless cat stalking, she was waiting for me on the fro...more

  • PodCastle 611: Yo, Rapunzel!

    Jan 29 2020

    Author : Kyle Kirrin Narrators : Alasdair Stuart, C. L. Clark, Setsu Uzume, Matt Dovey, Jen R. Albert, Peter Behravesh and Mur Lafferty Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums PodCastle 611: Yo, Rapunzel! is a PodCastle original. Rated R, for ridiculous, with sprinklings of boardgames, box wine, and profanity. Yo, Rapunzel! By Kyle Kirrin And lo, the Princess said: “Motherfu...more

  • PodCastle 610: Charlemagne and Florent

    Jan 21 2020

    Author : Ranylt Richildis Narrator : Dominik Parisien Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums First published by Myths Inscribed. Rated PG. Charlemagne and Florent By Ranylt Richildis This is what happened to les deux bretons before I met them, back in the 70s when they were boys in Vannes. One was abandoned at nineteen months (no one knows why, or by whom), the other...more

  • PodCastle 609: The Epic of Sakina — Part 2

    Jan 14 2020

    Author : Shari Paul Narrator : Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Previously published by Fiyah Lit Mag Issue 5. Rated PG-13. The Epic of Sakina By Shari Paul [Note: This is part 2 of a two-part novelette. Visit our previous post to read Part 1.] The ride back to her father’s house had never felt so long, doubly so under Naima’s interrogati...more

  • PodCastle 608: The Epic of Sakina — Part 1

    Jan 07 2020

    Author : Shari Paul Narrator : Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Previously published by Fiyah Lit Mag Issue 5. Rated PG-13. The Epic of Sakina By Shari Paul The moon was a pale, golden disc in a lavender sky. Sakina, in a brilliant blue caftan that brought out the colour in her skin and eyes, strummed her kora a few times to check the tun...more

  • PodCastle 607: TALES FROM THE VAULTS — Who in Mortal Chains

    Dec 31 2019

    Author : Claire Humphrey Narrator : Julia Rios Hosts : Jen R. Albert and KT Bryski Audio Producer : KT Bryski Discuss on Forums Originally published by Strange Horizons. Previously appeared at PodCastle. Rated R. Who in Mortal Chains by Claire Humphrey I almost had friends in 1965. Ryder was a brewer in those days, when brewing was a thing no one much cared to do. He was well loved among a circle ...more

  • PodCastle 606: River’s Giving

    Dec 24 2019

    Authors : Heather Shaw, Tim Pratt and River Shaw Narrator : Kyle Akers Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : KT Bryski Discuss on Forums PodCastle 606: River’s Giving is a PodCastle original. Rated PG for jolly old beasts of terror. River’s Giving Heather Shaw, River Shaw, and Tim Pratt Once upon a time, there was a boy named Alexander who lived in a village by a river in a valley in the shadow of a ...more

  • PodCastle 605: Blood, Bone, Seed, Spark

    Dec 18 2019

    Author : Aimee Ogden Narrator : Dani Daly Host : C. L. Clark Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Previously published by Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Violence, sex, and graphic content related to child-rearing. Rated R for secrets, science, and sexuality. Blood, Bone, Seed, Spark By Aimee Ogden Upstairs, in the little rowhouse on the thirty-sixth meridian of the city of Leth...more

  • PodCastle 604: No Mercy to the Rest

    Dec 10 2019

    Author : Bennett North Narrator : C. L. Clark Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums PodCastle 604: No Mercy to the Rest is a PodCastle original. Rated PG-13 for super-villainous violence and attempts to raise the dead. No Mercy to the Rest by Bennett North Sadie parked in the lee of Castle Inferno, where she would be spared from the wind, and sat while the engine t...more

  • PodCastle 603: Copy Cat

    Dec 03 2019

    Authors : K. A. Teryna and Alex Shvartsman Narrator : Yaroslav Barsukov Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Originally published in Strange Horizons. Rated PG-13 for cunning felines and strong language. Copy Cat  K. A. Teryna and Alex Shvartsman Imagine a Russian cat. Not just any Russian cat, but a cat from Leningrad. Those who claim passing familiarity with Russ