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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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PC 466: Blood Stone Water  

by Amanda Fitzwater read by Amanda Fitzwater hosted by Graeme Dunlop First published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies Rated PG-13 Tau bit deeper with her paddle, and green water hushed beneath the oka hull. Nhia sat in the bow, serene as when they’d pushed off from Ia that sunrise to a farewell ululation. Her fingertips trailed… Continue Reading PC 466: Blood Stone Water

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PC 465: Never Truly Yours  

by Marion Deeds read by Abra Staffin-Wiebe hosted by Graeme Dunlop A PodCastle Original! Rated PG-13 October 13, 1931 Dear Neville I remember you asked me once, darling, how I got my outrageous name. You were laughing, a highball glass in your hand, at the time——convinced, I’m sure, that I would have some witty story… Continue Reading PC 465: Never Truly Yours

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PC 464: Needle Mouth  

by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam read by Setsu Uzume hosted by Graeme Dunlop A PodCastle Original! Rated R When Hana Samsa woke from a fevered nap one afternoon, she found that she had been transformed into an enormous mosquito. At the foot of her bed, her tiny legs thumped against an empty bottle of Becherovka; she’d… Continue Reading PC 464: Needle Mouth

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PodCastle 463: A Dozen by Dunsany  

by Lord Dunsany read by Wilson Fowlie, Setsu Uzume, Graeme Dunlop, Eric Luke, Matt Dovey, Aidan Doyle, Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali, Cheyenne Wright, Tina Connolly, Steve Anderson, Jen Albert, Amal el-Mohtar. hosted by Peter Wood, MK Hobson, Dave Thompson. First published in Fifty-One Tales in April, 1915. Rated PG. The True Story of the Hare and the Tortoise… Continue Reading PodCastle 463: A Dozen by Dunsany

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PodCastle 462, ARTEMIS RISING: Stay  

by K.C. Ball read by Tina Connolly hosted by Kelly Robson A PodCastle Original! Rated PG-13. An almost-bass voice said something I didn’t catch. Higher voices giggled, then five kids moved out of the shadows into the hard light of the parking lot. Two boys, three girls; none a day beyond eighteen. Bumping against each… Continue Reading PodCastle 462, ARTEMIS RISING: Stay

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PodCastle 461, ARTEMIS RISING: Fated Ink  

by Siobhan Gallegher read by Setsu Uzume hosted by Isabel Yap A PodCastle Original! Rated PG. The front door goes ding-a-ling and in walks a young woman, with bouncing blonde curls, bright blue eyes, blemish-free skin. The picture of perfection, some would say. But I know better. I’ve seen girls like her, and I’ll see… Continue Reading PodCastle 461, ARTEMIS RISING: Fated Ink

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PodCastle 460, ARTEMIS RISING: The Settlement  

by Wendi Dunlap read by Kimberly Taylor A PodCastle Original! Rated R, for violence, adult themes. They file out into the predawn chill before the rest of the settlement is awake. Cloaked by a thick fog and the still darkness of a waning night, they carry shovels and picks. Despite the high collars and low… Continue Reading PodCastle 460, ARTEMIS RISING: The Settlement

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PodCastle 459, ARTEMIS RISING: Ice Bar  

by Petra Kuppers read by Marguerite Croft hosted by Bogi Takács A PodCastle Original! Rated PG. She emerged into the bright sunshine, some daynight after. She looked up to the sky, some daynight after. The sun looked different, somehow, not doubled, exactly, but there was a too-muchness in the air. And a new color to… Continue Reading PodCastle 459, ARTEMIS RISING: Ice Bar

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PodCastle 458, ARTEMIS RISING: Home Is a House that Loves You  

by Rachael K. Jones read by Kate Baker A PodCastle Original! Rated PG. Before the war with Apsides, I wanted to be like my Aunt Martha, who at the age of forty five stepped into an abandoned lot near Aurora’s city center, buried her toes in dirt, stretched up her arms, and became a skyscraper.… Continue Reading PodCastle 458, ARTEMIS RISING: Home Is a House that Loves You

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PodCastle 457: Blade and Branch and Stone  

by Spencer Ellsworth read by Graeme Dunlop (as Lassan), Wilson Fowlie (as Dhar), Kay Steele (as Kahirun) hosted by Matt Dovey First published in Heroic Fantasy Quarterly. Rated PG-13. The trees screamed. Mortars shattered white wood that bled golden sap. The Fei looked down from the ridge with cold blue eyes, raised their muskets and… Continue Reading PodCastle 457: Blade and Branch and Stone

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PodCastle 456: Mateus Goes Higher  

by Natalia Theodoridou read by Thomas Busby First published in Neon #42, February 2016 Rated PG-13. Mateus can no longer see the ground from the top of his tower. He calls it a tower somewhat pompously, as in reality it is but a crooked structure made of scavenged materials stacked higher and higher towards the sky. But what… Continue Reading PodCastle 456: Mateus Goes Higher

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PodCastle 455: A Score of Roses  

by Troy L. Wiggins read by Kimberly Taylor First published in the Long Hidden Anthology in 2014 Rated PG-13. Sunshine flowed through the crowd, sliding between hooters and hungry-eyed applauders. A whiskey runner with a long, toothy scar down his neck poured up servings of burning moonshine at a row of nearby tables. The harsh, fruity scent of the… Continue Reading PodCastle 455: A Score of Roses

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PodCastle Miniature 96: Blackbird Pastry  

by Megan Branning Read by Louise Ratcliffe Guest hosted and edited by Matt Dovey A PodCastle original! Rated PG. Sing a song of sixpence A pocket full of rye. Four and twenty blackbirds Baked in a pie. When the pie was opened, The birds began to sing. Wasn’t that a dainty dish To set before the king?… Continue Reading PodCastle Miniature 96: Blackbird Pastry

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PodCastle 454: Godfather  

by Megan Arkenberg read by Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali First published in Niteblade Magazine #27 in March of 2014 Rated PG-13. Today is your fourteenth birthday, and your godfather is coming to visit. You know because your mother is wearing a dress, a frilly lime-colored affair that certain magazine editors would refer to as a “confection,” and attempting to… Continue Reading PodCastle 454: Godfather

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PodCastle Miniature 95: The Stories She Tells Herself  

by Kelly Sandoval read by Jen R. Albert First published in Daily Science Fiction. Rated R. He stole her skin. Yes, that’s the one. He stole her skin, so he had her heart. Or her soul. The part of her that would have fought him otherwise. Click here to continue reading. Kelly Sandoval‘s fiction has… Continue Reading PodCastle Miniature 95: The Stories She Tells Herself

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PodCastle 453: A Spirited Education  

by Tony Pi read by Curtis C. Chen First published in Ricepaper 19.3 in 2014. Rated PG. Incense smoke drifted through the air in the apothecary like ribbons of kelp. The good doctor was brooding over an anatomy manual at his desk, reading by the light of his oil lamp. I summoned my courage, entered uninvited,… Continue Reading PodCastle 453: A Spirited Education

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EA Metacast, January 2017  

In our first 2017 metacast, we present the Escape Artists (EA) stories that ran in 2016 that are eligible in the upcoming nomination season. PodCastle’s Award Eligible stories from 2016 are all listed below. Give the metacast a listen and visit our sister podcasts Escape Pod, Pseudopod, Cast of Wonders, and our sister magazine Mothership Zeta to check… Continue Reading EA Metacast, January 2017

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PodCastle 452: Hibakusha  

by L.P. Lee read by Setsu Uzume hosted by Peter Wood First published in Eastlit. Rated R. The closer I get to the island, the more of a dream Tokyo becomes. The obelisks of high glass, the polished people, their nails and shoes so clean. The neon canopies, the subtle dishes, the cab drivers with… Continue Reading PodCastle 452: Hibakusha

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PodCastle 451: Or Be Forever Fallen  

by A. Merc Rustad read by Curtis C. Chen First published in Issue 49 of InterGalactic Medicine Show in February 2016. Rated PG-13. The raven’s ghost follows first. It’s not a surprise, if I’m honest. I killed a raven once–intentional, cruel–some time ago. (I don’t remember why.) At first I saw it in the distance… Continue Reading PodCastle 451: Or Be Forever Fallen

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