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PodCastle 483: Thirteen Bullets  

by Laurence Raphael Brothers read by Austin Malone A PodCastle Original! Rated R for adult themes. The stagecoach lurches to a halt in a clearing beside the road. Four wild-eyed black geldings rear up and whinny as the top-hatted stage driver cracks a whip over their heads. “Nous sommes ici,” says the driver. “Cimetière. La… Continue Reading PodCastle 483: Thirteen Bullets

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PodCastle 482: The Family Ghost  

by Rati Mehrotra read by Kaushik Narasimhan hosted by Graeme Dunlap First published in The Sockdolager Rated PG-13 The day before she left for her husband’s village, Urmila got her dowry: a goat, two gold bangles, and the family ghost. The bangles were pretty and the goat would be useful, but what would she do… Continue Reading PodCastle 482: The Family Ghost

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PodCastle 481: What the Fires Burn  

by A. Merc Rustad read by Brian Murphy hosted by Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali A PodCastle Original! Rated R. It’s near dusk when VanDrake Tage Rannheim trudges into the city to meet a friend. He sticks to the lee of buildings, smog and shadow wrapping his coat. Don’t like a lot of attention. Can’t help it, mostly, but… Continue Reading PodCastle 481: What the Fires Burn

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PodCastle 480: All of the Cuddles With None of the Pain  

by J. J. Roth read by a full cast! Mother – Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali Company spokesperson – Jen Albert Jenny – Dagny Paul Pinocchio – Graeme Dunlop Annie – Setsu Uzume Corolle – Eleanor Wood Huggums and Bitty – Marguerite Kenner and Alasdair Stuart Matt – Steven Capps Alex – Matt Dovey A PodCastle original! Rated… Continue Reading PodCastle 480: All of the Cuddles With None of the Pain

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PodCastle Miniature 99: Ghost of the Shoals  

by Sandra M. Odell read by Khaalidah Muhammed-Ali Spirits Tincturek, June 2016 Rated R. Pharah Dupree always wore her hair up tight. *** “You ever hear of Muscle Shoals, Manny?” she said one afternoon. We sat on the back porch steps of Rock Bottom Studios, her with a cigarette, me with a longneck Bud, thinking about… Continue Reading PodCastle Miniature 99: Ghost of the Shoals

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PodCastle 479: Dragon Girl  

by Cat Sparks read by Dawn Meredith First published in The Never Never Land Rated R. I fell in love with a dragon boy when I was seventeen. The dragon train – five creatures long—camped near Grimpiper in the days before it crossed the Great Divide. Beyond the stones lay the Dead Red Heart. Our… Continue Reading PodCastle 479: Dragon Girl

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PC 478: A Ghost Among The Mangroves  

by Naru Sundar read by Arun Jiwa A PodCastle Original! Rated PG-13. “They must have executed me while I waited in the mangrove shadows. Here, amidst the cicada trill, amidst the basso rumble of distant ships in the Trincomalee harbor. The Seiko at my feet, my brother Vasanthan’s parting gift, lies broken. Its broken hands… Continue Reading PC 478: A Ghost Among The Mangroves

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PC 477: Crickets Sing for Naomi  

by Eden Royce read by Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali PodCastle Original! Rated PG-13. “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 bugs scuttled across the top of her foot, its spiny legs pricking her exposed skin. Under the streetlight, moths… Continue Reading PC 477: Crickets Sing for Naomi

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PC 476: Clay and Smokeless Fire  

Welcome to PodCastle’s first Eid issue. by Saladin Ahmed read by Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali hosted by Farah Rishi First published in Slate Magazine Rated PG-13 Qumqam stood upside-down atop a cellphone tower, twirling at its pinnacle on his fingertip. When the humans had first started to besmirch the Earth with the things, Qumqam had thought them… Continue Reading PC 476: Clay and Smokeless Fire

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PC 475: The Dauphin’s Metaphysics  

by Eric Schwitzgebel read by Tatiana Grey First published in Unlikely Story Rated PG-13. “— which suggests possible applications, if the cobbler is much younger. Don’t you think, Miss Professor?” The Dauphin sat twelve rows back — teenage heir apparent to the throne, playing at Academy student — smug smile, a ring of vacant seats… Continue Reading PC 475: The Dauphin’s Metaphysics

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PC 474: Asymmetry  

by Kendra Fortmeyer read by Dagny Paul hosted by Setsu Uzume First published in Forge Journal Rated PG-13. She arrived at his apartment ten minutes late and discovered that she was already there. The woman was a champion worrier, but this was something she had not thought to worry about. She had considered: is this… Continue Reading PC 474: Asymmetry

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PC 473: The Wizard of 63rd Street  

by Shane Halbach read by Dominick Rabrun A PodCastle Original! Rated PG-13. 2016 Russell walked past the Check-‘n-Go and the cell phone shops on either side of it. It was cold, and the bare branches of the leafless trees reached up to snatch plastic bags from the sky. He paused at a bit of graffiti… Continue Reading PC 473: The Wizard of 63rd Street

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PC 472: The Chaos Village — Part 2  

by M.K. Hutchins read by Heath Miller A PodCastle original! The ground under Rob’s feet shifted from sand to jagged shale and back again. The mountains folded into valleys, then spiked into cliffs. The green clouds turned into triangles and tried to stab him in the back, but crumpled and fell off. Rob turned another… Continue Reading PC 472: The Chaos Village — Part 2

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PodCastle Miniature 98: Traveling Mercies  

by Rachael K Jones read by Khaalidah Muhammed-Ali First published in Strange Horizons. Rated PG. In the old stories, strangers at the door could be disguised gods, so you had to invite them in. It was a sin to turn away a guest. Atithi devo bhava. Sanskrit: the guest is God. I am not God,… Continue Reading PodCastle Miniature 98: Traveling Mercies

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PC 471: The Chaos Village — Part 1  

by M.K. Hutchins read by Heath Miller A PodCastle original! The ground under Rob’s feet shifted from sand to jagged shale and back again. The mountains folded into valleys, then spiked into cliffs. The green clouds turned into triangles and tried to stab him in the back, but crumpled and fell off. Rob turned another… Continue Reading PC 471: The Chaos Village — Part 1

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PC 470: The Thirty-Seven Faces of Tokh-Bathon  

by Effie Seiberg read by Jen R Albert hosted by Matt Dovey A PodCastle Original! Rated PG. I’ve counted eleven thousand, six hundred and fifty two tiny soldiers carved in marble relief on the outer walls that ring the temple, though I’ve only named seventeen of them. Each one has a pointed headpiece, a carved… Continue Reading PC 470: The Thirty-Seven Faces of Tokh-Bathon

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PC 469: Ravana’s Children  

by Ian Muneshwar read by Kaushik Narasimhan hosted by Setsu Uzume A PodCastle original! Rated PG-13. It was the end of a summer that burned through Queens quick as a fever, and Jamie couldn’t sleep. He twisted in his sheets, kicking them to the bottom of the bed, and watched his box fan. The blades… Continue Reading PC 469: Ravana’s Children

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PC 468: Sigrid Under the Mountain  

by Charlotte Ashley read by Nina Niskanen hosted by Graeme Dunlop First published in F&SF After Esja produced sour milk three days in a row, Sigrid knew she had a problem. Leaving the pail of greenish milk next to her stool, she trudged off in the grey light of the early morning towards the barley… Continue Reading PC 468: Sigrid Under the Mountain

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PC 467: How I Became Coruscating Queen of All the Realms, Pierced the Obsidian Night, Destroyed a Legendary Sword, and Saved My Heart’s True Love  

by Baker and Dovey read by Aimee Kuzenski hosted by Graeme Dunlop First published in No Sh!t There I Was…. Rated R for adult content No shit, there I was, knee-deep in necromantic weasels in the lair of the mad wizard-king, when Korgar and Elutriel both decided it was time to win my affections once and for… Continue Reading PC 467: How I Became Coruscating Queen of All the Realms, Pierced the Obsidian Night, Destroyed a Legendary Sword, and Saved My Heart’s True Love

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PodCastle Miniature 97: When I Had Eyes, I Didn’t See  

by Anna Yeatts read by Dani Daly hosted by Jen Albert First published in Penumbra Rated R for disturbing themes and imagery I had eyes once. Before the Lift-man came. Now I have knobs, smooth and black and round as pegs. I touch them with my fingertips and try to remember what it felt like,… Continue Reading PodCastle Miniature 97: When I Had Eyes, I Didn’t See

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