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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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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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