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PodCastle 444: The Giant’s Lady (Aurealis Month)  

by Rowena Cory Daniells read by Barry Haworth First published in the Legends 2 anthology, Stories In Honor of David Gemmell. Part of our Aurealis Month, celebrating the Australian Aurealis Awards. Hosted by Graeme Dunlop. As we entered the white-walled courtyard, the music stopped and every islander turned.Wyrd, they whispered. Wyrd, they whispered. My lady stood tall, her pale… Continue Reading PodCastle 444: The Giant’s Lady (Aurealis Month)

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PodCastle 443: Blueblood (Aurealis Month)  

by Faith Mudge read by Loulou Szal First published in Hear Me Roar Part of our Aurealis Month, celebrating the Australian Aurealis Awards. hosted by Cat Sparks It is an insult to die at midday. In the mountain country where I was born, such things take place in the dark of night: the fall of an… Continue Reading PodCastle 443: Blueblood (Aurealis Month)

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PodCastle Miniature 93: Husk and Sheaf (Aurealis Month)  

by Suzanne J. Willis read by Graeme Dunlop Hosted by Aidan Doyle First published in SQ Mag. Spring had stretched the daylight hours and dried the damp-weather rot in my hands by the time the old woman, Emmeline, began visiting the orange grove. By then, I knew enough to see she wasn’t well. I had been… Continue Reading PodCastle Miniature 93: Husk and Sheaf (Aurealis Month)

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PodCastle 442: Almost Days (Aurealis Month)  

by D.K. Mok read by Graeme Dunlop First published in Insert Title Here. Part of our Aurealis Month, celebrating the Australian Aurealis Awards. Hosted by Margo Lanagan. What is time? It’s a question I never asked myself while I was still alive, and now, I suppose time is something that happens to other people. Gainful employment, on… Continue Reading PodCastle 442: Almost Days (Aurealis Month)

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PodCastle 441: A Shot of Salt Water (Aurealis Month)  

by Lisa L. Hannett read by Cian Mac Mahon First published in The Dark Magazine. Part of our Aurealis Month, celebrating the Australian Aurealis Awards. Hosted by Angela Slatter. Accordions unpleated welcoming songs the day the mermaids returned. The first notes droned joyful at dawn, played by young men with wool collars unrolled against the wind. Mattress-clouds bulged above… Continue Reading PodCastle 441: A Shot of Salt Water (Aurealis Month)

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PodCastle 440: The Jellyfish Collector (Aurealis Month)  

by Michelle E. Goldsmith read by Dawn Meredith First appeared in Review of Australian Fiction. Part of our Aurealis Month, celebrating the Australian Aurealis Awards. Hosted by Aidan Doyle. ‘Where do you think they keep their brains?’ Eva asks. ‘They have to have one somewhere, don’t they?’ She stands motionless beside her younger sister, Fiona, the two… Continue Reading PodCastle 440: The Jellyfish Collector (Aurealis Month)

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PodCastle Miniature 92: Chatter the Teeth  

by Kurt Hunt read by Leeman Kessler A PodCastle Original! Mordecai plucked a beetle from the magnolia, crushed it, and sucked the juices from its head. This rejuvenating trick was one of many secrets known to the imperial gardener, but even he did not know everything the gardens hid — that the ivy conspired, the worms gossiped,… Continue Reading PodCastle Miniature 92: Chatter the Teeth

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PodCastle 439: That Seriously Obnoxious Time I Was Stuck at Witch Rimelda’s One Hundredth Birthday Party  

by Tina Connolly read by Gina Freeman First appeared in TOR.com. So, reason number 572 why living with a wicked witch sucks? Sometimes it’s a gorgeous summer Saturday, and instead of getting a well-deserved break from Sarmine’s weird witchy chores like dusting the dried newts, you end up as an unpaid babysitter for a party full… Continue Reading PodCastle 439: That Seriously Obnoxious Time I Was Stuck at Witch Rimelda’s One Hundredth Birthday Party

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PodCastle 438: Defy The Grey Kings  

by Jason Fischer read by Wilson Fowlie First appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies #180. There are many ways to kill an elephant. When that mountain bears down on you, shaking the earth and screaming for your blood, show no fear. Only without fear will you see the truth. They are quick, even draped in chain and… Continue Reading PodCastle 438: Defy The Grey Kings

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PodCastle Miniature 91: Love Letters on the Nightmare Sea  

by Rachael K. Jones read by Khaalidah Muhammed-Ali First published in Flash Fiction Online. I thought the tendriled horrors were angels when we woke at sea that disastrous night and saw them falling on the waters. Now, Suneeti, on this abandoned island, they are radiant in the setting sun, their translucence licked gold by dusk. Click here to continue reading.… Continue Reading PodCastle Miniature 91: Love Letters on the Nightmare Sea

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PodCastle 437: The Cruelest Team Will Win  

by Mike Allen read by Setsu Uzume First printed in the anthology CORVIDAE, edited by Rhonda Parrish (World Weaver Press, July 2015). A spider with a leg span wider than my outstretched hand squeezed out from the space behind the light switch, and spread its wings. I froze, my finger still on the toggle. Behind me the… Continue Reading PodCastle 437: The Cruelest Team Will Win

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PodCastle 436: Flash Fiction Extravaganza! Elements  

“Gaps of Joy, and a Knot for Love” by S. B. Divya. Read by Nadia Niaz. Prakash’s wife lay on a mattress as old as their marriage and as sunken as her cheeks. Devi’s hair was gray like the threadbare curtains, her body swollen and sweaty with betrayal, consuming itself in an immunological civil war.… Continue Reading PodCastle 436: Flash Fiction Extravaganza! Elements

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PodCastle 435: Bilingual, or Mouth to Mouth  

by Lisa M. Bradley read by Roberto Suarez “Sweet Sue,” Maz hissed, and I barely resisted an urge to jump into the bonfire. ‘Cause I knew that hiss from his habit of scrolling through smut in my presence, never mind my pleas, and I knew exactly what (or who) had prompted this particular sexhalation. She… Continue Reading PodCastle 435: Bilingual, or Mouth to Mouth

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PodCastle 434: The Ghost Years  

by Nghi Vo read by Tatiana Gomberg The year I turned ten, the war almost ended. The Chinese army fell back beyond the northern border of Cao Bằng, leaving behind thousands of widows, wide swathes of burned ground, and their great war bells in their haste. These bells were of the ancient kind, tongueless but elegant and struck with enormous… Continue Reading PodCastle 434: The Ghost Years

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PodCastle 433: Telling Stories  

by Sandra M. Odell read by Julie C. Day Sam knew there would be trouble the night the saguaro came to call.  “Evening,” she said, and stepped aside for her unexpected guest. The cactus scrunched down as far as it could and skittered through the door on its roots, bringing with it the breath of rocks, sage… Continue Reading PodCastle 433: Telling Stories

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PodCastle Miniature 90: How to Survive in Room 105  

by T. Jane Berry read by Jen R. Albert This is a PodCastle Original! Principal Freezarro announced that you’re substitute teaching in my kindergarten class for the next few weeks. I’m so excited! I’ve seen your work with the Vindicators, and just to let you know, I think it’s ridiculous that you were sentenced to… Continue Reading PodCastle Miniature 90: How to Survive in Room 105

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PodCastle 432: The Beautiful Bird Sits No Longer Singing in the Nest  

by Kate Lechler read by Stephanie Morris My husband has hired Grace to come each morning, bringing food, medicine, and, as she puts it, “comp’ny.” She isn’t truly a witch—my father taught me that a belief in augury is the sign of an untutored mind—but I loathe her just the same. Each day, she drags… Continue Reading PodCastle 432: The Beautiful Bird Sits No Longer Singing in the Nest

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PodCastle 431: La Héron  

by Charlotte Ashley read by Nadia Niaz The lead rider was a man dressed head to toe in shiny red leather with a sword on either hip and a grotesque black mask like the face of the devil. He tipped his hat at her as he passed, his demon’s face curling into a smile, flashing sharp,… Continue Reading PodCastle 431: La Héron

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EP198a: Eugie Award Re-Post of Urchins, While Swimming  

Escape Artists would like to draw your attention to a fantastic event happening next week at DragonCon, the Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction. This annual award will be presented for the first time in 2016—for works published in 2015. The Eugie Award honors stories that are irreplaceable, that inspire, enlighten, and entertain. It… Continue Reading EP198a: Eugie Award Re-Post of Urchins, While Swimming

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PodCastle Miniature 89: Lapis Lazuli  

by Tania Fordwalker read by Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali This story originally appeared in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. In Sesara, only the rich wear bright colours. My knight shines in the armour I buff for him nightly, glossy as a jewel. My clothes and skin are the colours of the earth. We stand together with two days of… Continue Reading PodCastle Miniature 89: Lapis Lazuli

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