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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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PodCastle 450: Bonsai  

by Shaenon Garrity read by Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali A PodCastle Original! Rated PG. Uterine cancer, the doctor is saying, and the world ends. Stage Four. That means advanced. It means bad. Your arms and legs and throat go numb. All you can hear is his question, looping: when was your last exam? You can’t remember. Not that it… Continue Reading PodCastle 450: Bonsai

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PodCastle 449: Piety, Prayer, Peacekeeper, Apocalypse  

by Rati Mehrotra read by Stephanie Morris A PodCastle Original! Rated PG-13. Soru Khara had been hunting her death for many years before she arrived at the crumbling old port of Tyron. She camouflaged her skimmer and stalked up to the rusty gates as the sun set over the citadel, the fishy tang of the… Continue Reading PodCastle 449: Piety, Prayer, Peacekeeper, Apocalypse

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PodCastle 448: Shaina Rubin Keeps Her Head Under Circumstances Nobody Could Have Expected  

by Rebecca Fraimow read by Barbara Krasnoff A PodCastle original! Rated PG. People in our neighborhood are always saying what a pity it is that two such fine-looking people as my cousin Bluma and her husband have no children yet. I don’t see that they’re so fine-looking as all that. Still, I’ve often thought that… Continue Reading PodCastle 448: Shaina Rubin Keeps Her Head Under Circumstances Nobody Could Have Expected

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PodCastle Miniature 94: Further Arguments in Support of Yudah Cohen’s Proposal to Bluma Zilberman  

by Rebecca Fraimow read by Richard Dansky First published in Diabolical Plots. Read it here. Rated PG. Dear Bluma, I heard that Hershel Schmulewitz, that blockhead, has also presumed to ask for your hand in marriage, which gives you two proposals to consider. Now, you needn’t worry that this will be a sentimental or a… Continue Reading PodCastle Miniature 94: Further Arguments in Support of Yudah Cohen’s Proposal to Bluma Zilberman

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PodCastle 447: It’s a Wonderful Carol  

by Heather Shaw & Tim Pratt read by Dagny Paul A PodCastle original! Rated PG. “Who the hell are you?” The man is standing in my walk-in closet. Except he’s not. He’s also standing at the foot of my bed. And he’s sitting in my window, languid like a pampered cat. Everywhere my eyes go,… Continue Reading PodCastle 447: It’s a Wonderful Carol

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PodCastle 446: The Rock in the Water  

by Thoriya Dyer read by Nathalie Cerin and Loulou Szal First published in Lightspeed Magazine’s People of Color Destroy Fantasy. Throw them in the water where nobody will see, the head cook told Yveline right before sunrise, but there’re already so many people washing their clothes in the river that Yveline holds the string bag… Continue Reading PodCastle 446: The Rock in the Water

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PodCastle 445: In Mixcoatl’s Net  

by Charlie Allison read by Setsu Uzume First published on the Aspiring Writer’s Society website in June 2016 Sunny abandoned her house the day after she buried Anna and struck out for the western metropolis of Palotl. She gathered up all her practical effects in no time at all: a sharp knife, matches, a map, and a pair… Continue Reading PodCastle 445: In Mixcoatl’s Net

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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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