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  • 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...more

  • PodCastle 602: Franken-Puppy

    Nov 26 2019

    Author : Derek Künsken Narrators : Jay Odjick, Charlotte Ashley, J. M. Frey, Rati Mehrotra, Sylvain Neuvel, KT Bryski and Brandon Crilly Host : Jen R. Albert Audio Producer : KT Bryski Discuss on Forums PodCastle 602: Franken-Puppy is a PodCastle original. Rated PG-13, for revivified urges and the joys of transgression. Franken-Puppy By Derek Künsken In the third yard, the puppy darted a suspicious look ...more

  • PodCastle 601: A Thousand Tongues of Silver

    Nov 19 2019

    Author : Kate Heartfield Narrator : Alyson Grauer Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Originally published in Lackington’s. Rated PG-13. A Thousand Tongues of Silver By Kate Heartfield I am a book. My pages are purple. This is how they made me. First, they flayed the calves, stretched and scraped their wet skins. Then they mixed lichen and leaves, rotted in ...more

  • PodCastle 600: Flash Fiction Extravaganza — Flash Fiction Contest V

    Nov 12 2019

    Authors : Nathan Susnik, Michelle Muenzler, KT Bryski and R. K. Duncan Narrators : Kai Hudson, Philippa Ballantine, Jen R. Albert and Wilson Fowlie Host : Craig Jackson Discuss on Forums PodCastle 600: Flash Fiction Extravaganza — Flash Fiction Contest V is a PodCastle original. Rated PG-13. The Cost of the Revolution in Three Marvelous Confections By R. K. Duncan . . . Do you know what we really lost when Tarvag...more

  • PodCastle 599: The Two-Choice Foxtrot of Chapham County

    Nov 05 2019

    Author : Tina Connolly Narrator : Julie Hoverson Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Previously published by The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Sept/Oct 2017. Rated PG-13. Please check out the Kickstarter for a new anthology, Vital: The Future of Healthcare, featuring work by David Brin, Seanan McGuire, James Patrick Kelly, Annalee Newitz, Paolo Baciga...more

  • PodCastle 598: The Sound of His Voice Like the Colour of Salt

    Oct 29 2019

    Author : L. Chan Narrator : Leeman Kessler  Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Previously published by The Dark. Rated PG-13 for ghosts and the terrors that make them. The Sound of His Voice Like the Colour of Salt By L. Chan The ghost boy was the colour of bone, of gossamer spider web, of salt trails of dried tears. He still had his shape, his outline. No one ha...more

  • PodCastle 597: The Satyr of Brandenburg — Part 2

    Oct 22 2019

    Author : Charlotte Ashley Narrator : Setsu Uzume Host : Matt Dovey Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March-April 2018. Rated PG-13. The Satyr of Brandenburg By Charlotte Ashley [Note: This is Part 2 of a two-part novelette. Please visit last week’s post to read Part 1.] Donshead Doombellows accompanied La Héron...more

  • PodCastle 596: The Satyr of Brandenburg — Part 1

    Oct 15 2019

    Author : Charlotte Ashley Narrator : Setsu Uzume Host : Matt Dovey Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March-April 2018. Rated PG-13. The Satyr of Brandenburg By Charlotte Ashley By the inebriated light of dawn, October the 23rd, 1700, a swarthy figure skulked in the rosebushes lining the Villa del Sulcis, outsid...more

  • PodCastle 595: The Feast

    Oct 08 2019

    Author : K.C. Mead-Brewer Narrator : Jen R. Albert Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Previously published by Carve Magazine. Content warning for violence against women, suicide, and cannibalism Rated R. The Feast By K.C. Mead-Brewer We took Emmaline on what promised to be a particularly stormy night. It wasn’t hard to do, especially since all the pol...more

  • PodCastle 594: The Deliverers of Their Country

    Oct 01 2019

    Author : E. Nesbit Narrator : Katherine Inskip 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. Rated PG. The Deliverers of Their Country By E. Nesbit It all began with Effie’s getting something in her eye. It hurt very much indeed, and it felt someth...more

  • PodCastle 593: Balloon Man

    Sep 24 2019

    Author : Shiv Ramdas Narrator : Kaushik Narasimhan Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Originally published in Giganotosaurus. Rated PG. Balloon Man By Shiv Ramdas If it hadn’t been for the camel, Mithun might never have noticed the old balloon seller at all. He almost didn’t notice the camel either. If he’d been looking for it, he probably wouldn’t have. Like so ...more

  • PodCastle 592: TALES FROM THE VAULTS — The Axiom of Choice

    Sep 17 2019

    Author : David W. Goldman Narrator : Eric Luke Host : Craig Jackson Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Originally appeared in The New Haven Review, Winter 2011. Rated R for language, violence and sexual content. 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 ...more

  • PodCastle 591: His Giant Heartbeat

    Sep 10 2019

    Author : Natalia Theodoridou Narrator : C. A. Yates Host : Jen R. Albert Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums PodCastle 591: His Giant Heartbeat is a PodCastle original. Rated PG-13. His Giant Heartbeat by Natalia Theodoridou I smoke with my back to the caravan while I wait for B and his client to finish. It’s a drippy afternoon, deep in the fenlands. We’ve parked the caravan next to a mere...more

  • PodCastle 590: Labyrinth, Sanctuary

    Sep 03 2019

    Author : A.E. Prevost Narrator : Lisa Hicks Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Previously published in Sword and Sonnet, edited by E Catherine Tobler, Aidan Doyle and Rachael K Jones. Rated PG-13. Labyrinth, Sanctuary By A.E. Prevost Constance carves her timeworn tracks into the thirsty rock. With silent steps her footfalls smooth the stone, century into century,...more

  • PodCastle 589: The Horrible Deaths of Helga Hrafnsdóttir

    Aug 27 2019

    Author : Christine Tyler Narrator : Sigríður Gunnarsdóttir Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums PodCastle 589: The Horrible Deaths of Helga Hrafnsdóttir is a PodCastle original. Rated PG-13 for the horrible deaths we hope won’t come to pass. The Horrible Deaths of Helga Hrafnsdóttir By Christine Tyler The day Helga Hrafnsdóttir went up the Ævilok tree, the entire vi...more

  • 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