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  • PodCastle 588: Willing

    Aug 20 2019

    Author : Premee Mohamed Narrator : Peter Behravesh Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums First published in Principia Ponderosa anthology by Third Flatiron Press, March 2017. Rated: PG-13, for the harsh demands of gods. Bought bred, the new cow had cost three thousand dollars, and so as night fell with no sign of the calf, it was Arnold himself who trudged back ...more

  • PodCastle 587: Strange Waters

    Aug 13 2019

    Author : Samantha Mills Narrator : C. L. Clark Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Originally published in Strange Horizons. Rated: PG, for a parent guiding herself home. Strange Waters By Samantha Mills Fisherwoman Mika Sandrigal was lost at sea. She knew where she was in relation to the Candorrean coastline and how to navigate back to her home city, Maelstrom. S...more

  • PodCastle 586: The Masochist’s Assistant

    Aug 06 2019

    Author : Auston Habershaw Narrator : Matt Dovey Host : Matt Dovey Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Rated PG-13, incl blood, violence, and many deaths (sort of)! Make sure to check out Broadcasts from the Wasteland, a new podcast featuring chats and interviews with a host of creatives working in the science ficti...more

  • PodCastle 585: Getaway

    Jul 30 2019

    Author : Jennifer Hudak Narrator : Jen R. Albert Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums PodCastle 585: Getaway is a PodCastle original. Content warnings for disordered eating, body dysmorphia, and mild body horror. Rated PG-13. Getaway By Jennifer Hudak Ten days after her family installed themselves in their summer cottage on Greenpenny Lake, Leena separated fro...more

  • PodCastle 584: TALES FROM THE VAULTS — In Metal, In Bone

    Jul 23 2019

    Author : An Owomoyela Narrator : MarBelle Host : C. L. Clark Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Originally published in Eclipse Online. You can read it here! Rated R, for reference to war and wartime atrocities. In Metal, In Bone by An Owomoyela Colonel Gabriel met him in a circle of canvas-topped trucks, in an army jacket despite the heat of the sun.  he stood a head taller than...more

  • PodCastle 583: The Resurrectionist

    Jul 16 2019

    Author : J. P. Sullivan Narrator : Wilson Fowlie Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Previously published in the August 2017 issue of Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show. Rated PG-13 for waking the dead and disturbing their dreams. The Resurrectionist by J.P. Sullivan “Yes, I can bring your wife back from the dead,” I told the farmer, who had reas...more

  • PodCastle 582: Life in Stone, Glass, and Plastic

    Jul 09 2019

    Author : José Pablo Iriarte Narrator : Karlo Yeager Rodríguez Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Previously published by Strange Horizons. Rated: PG-13, for harsh memories not one’s own. Life in Stone, Glass, and Plastic by José Pablo Iriarte Cleaning up graffiti was an everyday job for Sergio, pero esto . . . Could you even call this graffiti? Graffiti normally ...more

  • PodCastle 581: Fathoms Deep and Fathoms Cold

    Jul 02 2019

    Author : Merc Fenn Wolfmoor Narrator : Brian Murphy Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Submerged anthology, edited by S.C. Butler and Joshua Palmatier.  Content warning: sexual assault Rated R, for lustful magic. Note: Merc recently changed their name, so while the podcast lists an old name, they are now going by Merc Fenn Wolfmoor, the name credited ...more

  • PodCastle 580: I Am Not I — Part 2

    Jun 25 2019

    Author : G. V. Anderson Narrator : Tatiana Grey Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Previously published by The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Rated: R, for human parts sundered and sold. I Am Not I by G. V. Anderson [Note: This is part 2 of a two-part novelette. Please visit last week’s post to read part 1.] “You don’t look well, Miss Strohm-Waxxog.” I ...more

  • PodCastle 579: I Am Not I — Part 1

    Jun 18 2019

    Author : G. V. Anderson Narrator : Tatiana Grey Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Previously published by The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Rated R, for human parts sundered and sold. I Am Not I by G. V. Anderson I found the emporium on old Tanners Row. A prime location, to be sure — within pissing distance from a Saps’ slum. Its proprietor, Madame Ql...more

  • PodCastle 578: The Bone Poet and God

    Jun 11 2019

    Author : Matt Dovey Narrator : Eliza Chan Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Originally published in Sword and Sonnet. Rated PG. The Bone Poet and God by Matt Dovey Ursula lifted her snout to look at the mountain. The meadowed foothills she stood in were dotted with poppy and primrose and cranesbill and cowslip, an explosion of color and scent in the late spring ...more

  • PodCastle 577: Temptation

    Jun 04 2019

    Author : Karuna Riazi Narrator : Farah Naz Rishi Host : Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums PodCastle 577: Temptation is a PodCastle original. Rated PG-13. A special episode in celebration of Eid al-Fitr, guest edited by Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali. Temptation By Karuna Riazi “We must not look at goblin men, We must not buy their fruits: Who knows upon what soil they fed ...more

  • PodCastle 576: When Leopard’s-Bane Came to the Door of Third Heaven

    May 28 2019

    Author : Vajra Chandrasekera Narrator : Peter Behravesh Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Previously published by Liminal. Rated: PG-13, for cursing at heaven’s door. When Leopard’s-Bane Came to the Door of Third Heaven By Vajra Chandrasekera We stand at attention all day at the top of the green tower. L and I stand on either side of the door to the third nonsen...more

  • PodCastle 575: A Toy Princess

    May 21 2019

    Author : Mary de Morgan Narrator : Eleanor Wood Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh This story is in the public domain. Rated G. A Toy Princess By Mary de Morgan (1850–1907) More than a thousand years ago, in a country quite on the other side of the world, it fell out that the people all grew so very polite that they hardly ever spoke to each other. And they never said more than was quite necessary,...more

  • PodCastle 574: Mister Dog

    May 14 2019

    Author : Alex Jennings Narrator : Laurice White Host : Eden Royce Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums PodCastle 574: Mister Dog is a PodCastle original. Drug use; abuse to animals Rated R, for sex, drugs, and haunted souls. Mister Dog By Alex Jennings Trenice felt the car more than she saw it. Or she saw it without seeing it. She couldn’t be sure. Had the car’s driver meant her...more

  • PodCastle 573: The Court Magician

    May 07 2019

    Author : Sarah Pinsker Narrator : Dave Robison Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Originally published by Lightspeed and a 2019 Hugo Finalist for Best Short Story. Rated PG-13. The Court Magician By Sarah Pinsker The Boy Who Will Become Court Magician The boy who will become court magician this time is not a cruel child. Not like the last one, or the one before h...more

  • PodCastle 572: Into the Wind

    Apr 30 2019

    Author : Marie Brennan Narrator : Karen Bovenmyer Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Children of a Different Sky, edited by Alma Alexander. Rated PG. Into the Wind by Marie Brennan The tenements presented a blank face to the border: an unbroken expanse of wall, windowless, gapless, resolutely blind to the place that used to be Oneua. Only at the edges of the tene...more

  • PodCastle 571: The Guitar Hero

    Apr 23 2019

    Author : Maria Haskins Narrator : Setsu Uzume Host : Hamilton Perez Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Previously published by Kaleidotrope. Rated PG-13. The first time Bella, Alice, and I exorcised a demon it was an accident: a pentagram doodled backstage, some quotes from The Exorcist, and suddenly that vocalist from the band we were opening for wasn’t quite himself anymore. Who ...more

  • PodCastle 570: Elegy for a Slaughtered Swine

    Apr 16 2019

    Author : Rafaela Ferraz Narrator : Carlo Matos Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums PodCastle 570: Elegy for a Slaughtered Swine is a PodCastle original. Rated PG-13. The PodCastle forums flash fiction contest is on! Visit our Submittable for more details. Submissions are open until April 30. Elegy for a Slaughtered Swine Rafaela Ferraz Men do not often cook, out behind t...more

  • PodCastle 569: TALES FROM THE VAULTS — The Yew’s Embrace

    Apr 09 2019

    Author : Francesca Forrest Narrator : Stephanie Malia Morris Host : Matt Dovey Audio Producers : Peter Behravesh and Peter Wood Discuss on Forums Originally published in Strange Horizons. Rated R. This episode is a part of our Tales from the Vaults series, in which a member of PodCastle’s staff chooses a backlist episode to rerun and discuss. This week’s episode was chosen by associate...more

  • PodCastle 568: The Pull of the Herd

    Apr 02 2019

    Author : Suzan Palumbo Narrator : S.B. Divya Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Originally published at Anathema. Content warning for violence against women. Rated: PG-13, for predators and prey. The Pull of the Herd By: Suzan Palumbo My doeskin calls to me from under the woollen blankets in the cedar chest at the foot of our bed. Diya murmurs beside ...more

  • PodCastle 567, ARTEMIS RISING: The Weaver Retires

    Mar 26 2019

    Author : Kai Hudson Narrator : Jen R. Albert Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Artist : Yuumei Discuss on Forums PodCastle 567, ARTEMIS RISING: The Weaver Retires is a PodCastle original. Content warnings for domestic abuse and fatphobia. PG-13, for needles and blackest thread. The Weaver Retires by Kai Hudson They come from all over: exotic, far-off places with name...more

  • PodCastle 566, ARTEMIS RISING DOUBLE FEATURE: Starr Striker Should Remain Capitol City’s Resident Superhero, by Keisha Cole, 10th Grade Student; All the Fishes Singing

    Mar 19 2019

    Authors : Amanda Helms and Hester J. Rook Narrators : Maxine L. Moore and Nadia Niaz Host : Julian K. Jarboe Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Artist : Yuumei Discuss on Forums “Starr Striker Should Remain Capitol City’s Resident Superhero, by Keisha Cole, 10th Grade Student” was originally published by Daily Science Fiction. “All the Fishes, Singing” was originally publis...more

  • PodCastle 565, ARTEMIS RISING: I Am Fire; I Am Tears

    Mar 12 2019

    Author : Wendy Nikel Narrator : Veronica Giguere Host : Ace Ratcliff Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Artist : Yuumei Discuss on Forums PodCastle 565, ARTEMIS RISING: I Am Fire; I Am Tears is a PodCastle original. PG, for dragon-sisters and bones picked clean. Ulykke crouched in the darkness, just beyond the sunray’s reach. Before her, along the forest path, an entourage of huntresses passed on h...more

  • PodCastle 564, ARTEMIS RISING: One More Song

    Mar 05 2019

    Author : Eliza Chan Narrator : Sofia Quintero Host : Elora Gatts Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Artist : Yuumei Discuss on Forums Previously published by World Weaver Press in their Sirens anthology. Rated: R, for the vengeful justice of seafolk. One More Song By Eliza Chan After Mira closed the door the selkie shed her skin, leaving the mottled grey fur in a heap like stepped-out-of wor...more

  • PodCastle 563: El Cantar de la Reina Bruja

    Feb 26 2019

    Author : Victoria Sandbrook Narrator : Sofia Quintero Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Originally published in Sword & Sonnet. Rated PG-13. El Cantar de la Reina Bruja By Victoria Sandbrook Mothers, hear me! I am alone but for your graces. My mistakes have bound me. My weaknesses have hobbled me. My pride has torn me from you. Alejandra pricked her finger ...more

  • 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 h...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 ...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 re...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/soun...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 Pl...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 qui...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 sme...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