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PodCastle is the world’s first audio fantasy magazine. Weekly, we broadcast the best in fantasy short stories, running the gammut from heart-pounding sword and sorcery, to strange surrealist tales, to gritty urban fantasy, to the psychological depth of magical realism. Our podcast features authors including Peter Beagle, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Jim C. Hines, and Cat Rambo, among others. Terry Pratchett once wrote, “Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can.” Tune in to PodCastle each Tuesday for our weekly tale, and spend the length of a morning commute giving your imagination a work out.
||PodCastle 301: In Metal, In Bone||by An Owomoyela Read by MarBelle (of the Directors Notes podcast) Originally published in Eclipse Online. You can read it here! Colonel Gabriel met him in a circle of canvas-topped trucks, in an army jacket despite the heat of the sun. he stood a h[...]||3/5/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||PodCastle 300: Ilse, Who Saw Clearly||by E. Lily Yu Read by Wilson Fowlie (of the Maple Leaf Singers) Originally published in Apex, 2013. Read it here! Once, among the indigo mountains of Germany, there was a kingdom of blue-eyed men and women whose blood was tinged blue with cold. The[...]||2/25/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||PodCastle 299: The Little Room||by Madeline Yale Wynne Read by Eric Luke (Author and Narrator of Interference) Originally published in Harper’s in 1895. Read it here! “When Mamma was about ten years old they sent her to cousins in Brooklyn, who had children of their ow[...]||2/19/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||PodCastle 298: The Shadowcrafter||by Ken Liu Read by Aki Gibbons Originally published in Nine. This story begins, as all of my creations do, in shadows. No story is without its particular emphases and elisions, just as no woman goes about without her makeup. Many women on our home[...]||2/13/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||PodCastle 297: The Tower of the Elephant (Featuring Conan the Barbarian)||by Robert E. Howard Read by Graeme Dunlop Originally published in Weird Tales. The shimmering shaft of the tower rose frostily in the stars. In the sunlight it shone so dazzlingly that few could bear its glare, and men said it was built of silver. I[...]||2/8/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||PodCastle 296: Ill Met in Ulthar (Featuring Marla Mason)||by T.A. Pratt (Find out more about Marla Mason here!) Read by M.K. Hobson Originally published in Witches: Wicked, Wild, and Wonderful, edited by Paula Guran. Dr. Husch slid the panel over the window shut as the beast continued battering against the[...]||1/30/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||PodCastle 295: The Gunner’s Mate||by Gene Wolfe Read by C.S.E. Cooney and Dave Thompson Originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. “There’s something about this island—“ Muriel began. Liza shook her head. “I don’t like it either.” “I didn’t me||1/21/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||PodCastle 294: Sand Castles||by Desirina Boskovich Read by Dave Thompson Originally published in Realms of Fantasy. We miss you! “We’re on a journey,” Radley says. “We have a map,” Audra says. She speaks quietly, barely above a whisper, but I have [...]||1/16/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||PodCastle Interlude: Wing (Miniature 78)||by Amal El-Mohtar Read by Danielle Daly Originally published in Strange Horizons. Read it here! In a cafe lit by morning, a girl with a book around her neck sits quietly at a table. She reads—not the book around her neck, which is small, only as lon[...||1/9/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||PodCastle 293: The High King Dreaming||by Daniel Abraham Read by Cat Rambo Originally published in Fearsome Journeys. The High King is not dead but dreaming, and his dreams are of his death. The sun is bright in the blue expanse of sky, the meadow more beautiful than it had ever been in [...]||1/2/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||PodCastle 292, Giant Episode: Scry||by Anne Ivy Read by Elizabeth Green Musselman Originally published at Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Read it here! By dawn, the house of Eyr Eth Lun had fallen. Dead soldiers and laser-cauterized pieces of soldiers littered the stairs and bridges into the[...]||12/26/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||PodCastle 291: Seasonal Disorder||by Heather Shaw and Tim Pratt Read by Christiana Ellis A PodCastle Original! I opened my freezer to get some ice for my first gimlet of the day and heard a tiny tapping sound coming from one of the ice trays. I thought about slamming the freezer doo[...]||12/19/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||PodCastle Miniature 77: The Tome of Tourmaline||by Ken Liu Read by Wilson Fowlie (of the Maple Leaf Singers) Originally published in Daily Science Fiction. Read it here! “Come, come!” the attendants at the gate of Tourmaline call to you. “Come and bathe your feet.” The wa[...]||12/16/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||PodCastle 290: Maxwell’s Demon||by Ken Liu. Read by Aki Gibbons, of the website Okinawa Blue. Originally appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. February 1943 Application for Leave Clearance, Tule Lake War Relocation Center Name: Takako Yamashiro Question 27: Are [...]||12/12/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||PodCastle Episode 289: Rumor of Wings||by Alter S. Reiss Read by M.K. Hobson Originally published in Abyss & Apex. When the shore-men of the Liassen dockyards saw the blinded ship by the first gray light of dawn, they turned their eyes away, and put their backs to their work. When sa[...]||12/5/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||PodCastle Episode 288: Flash Fiction Contest Strikes Back!||This week we’re back with a special episode collecting the winners of our recent flash fiction contest! A huge congratulations to our winners – we’re looking forward to hearing more stories from them! 3rd Prize: “Georgina and[...]||11/26/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||PodCastle Episode 287: Tiktok and the Nome King||by L. Frank Baum Read by Bob Eccles (Check out his eBook Tiny Terrors, available at Amazon!) Originally published in Little Wizard Stories of Oz, but you can read it at Tiger Tales! The Nome King was unpleasantly angry. He had carelessly bitten his[...]||11/20/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||PodCastle 286: The Calendar of Saints||by Kat Howard Read by Amal El-Mohtar Originally published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Read it here! The first time I used a blade to defend a point of honor, both the blade and the honor were mine. I was perhaps eight, and Rosamaria Sandro had accus[...]||11/14/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||PodCastle 285: Dragonslayer||by Nathaniel Lee Read by Elie Hirschman Originally published in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show Handel, the barman, tucked a pair of half-pennies into the pouch at his waist and turned to regard the boy as he approached. The yo[...]||11/8/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Escape Artists Metacast Update||This quick episode is a round-up of the results of our recent Metacast to ask for subscriptions and donations hosted by Alasdair Stuart. Thank you so much for the initial response to the problems at Escape Artists! To review: 1. Escape Artists has [...]||11/8/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||PodCastle 284: The October Witch||by Francesca Forrest Read by Steve Anderson Originally published in Kaleidotrope. Read it here! “Need a lift?” It’s a woman in a pickup truck, maybe Josh’s age, maybe some years older, from the lines on her face. She’s probably been driving this||10/28/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||PodCastle 283: Right Turns||by Tim Pratt Read by Marguerite Croft Originally published in Faultline. We talked, in our tiny apartment, with the kitchen so small we couldn’t even pass each other on the way to the refrigerator, with our pipes that howled and clanked when w[...]||10/25/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||PodCastle 282: The Sunshine Baron||by Peadar Ó Guilín Read by Rob Haines Originally published in When the Villain Comes Home. Ah, Borquil, lucky Borquil. Many the balconies of his gilded mansion: north over the spice market; east where he sipped tea at dawn; west for opium. And south[...||10/15/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||EA Metacast, October 2013||An urgent update on the status of Escape Artists, its three podcasts, our plans for the future, and why we desperately need your help getting there. Mailing Address: Escape Artists, Inc. P.O. Box 83 Woodstock, GA 30188 Additional music provided by [...]||10/13/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||PodCastle 281: The Wanderer King||by Alisa Alering Read by Amy Robinson Originally published in Clockwork Phoenix 4, edited by Mike Allen. We steer clear of the mines–that’s Fixer territory. The Wanderers are dangerous, too, ever since they came fighting back around Day [...]||10/10/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||PodCastle 280: The Devil and Tom Walker||by Washington Irving Read by Wilson Fowlie (of the Maple Leaf Singers) Originally published in Irving’s collection Tales of a Traveler. (You can read the story here.) It was late in the dusk of evening that Tom Walker reached the old fort, and[...]||10/2/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||PodCastle 279: Thorns||by Martha Wells Read by C.S.E. Cooney Originally published in Realms of Fantasy We reached the landing above the Hall. Below, Electra’s husband, Mr. John Dearing, was personally receiving a guest, a young man in the act of handing his greatco[...]||9/25/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||PodCastle 278: Nor the Moonlight||by Andrew Penn Romine Read by Cheyenne Wright Originally published in Broken Time Blues: Fantastic Tales of the Roaring 20s, edited by Jaym Gates and Erika Holt I sat on a stool at the Café de Lune that last night in Paris, gulping _marc_ and sewing[...]||9/19/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||PodCastle 277: A Hollow Play||by Amal El-Mohtar Read by Tina Connolly (of Toasted Cake). Check out Tina’s upcoming novel Copperhead, the sequel to Ironskin! Originally published in the Glitter & Mayhem anthology, edited by Lynne M. Thomas, Michael Damien Thomas, and Jo[...]||9/10/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||PodCastle 276: Juan Caceres in the Zapetero’s Workshop||by Derek Künsken Read by Roberto Suarez (of the Trailerclash podcast) Originally published in When the Hero Comes Home 2 anthology Juan Caceres swayed triumphantly back into San Pedro Sula on a Wednesday. Hours had passed, but the foggy, laughing d[...||9/6/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||PodCastle Miniature 76: Quiet Death Machines||by Gillian Daniels. Read by David D. Levine. A PodCastle Original! The evil boy genius lives in a lighthouse with his handsome older brothers. They are loud and aggressively kind. He is neither. Instead, the evil boy genius wants to very softly dest[...]||9/3/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||PodCastle 275: El Alma Perdida de Marguerite Espinoza||by Jeremiah Tolbert. Read by Brian Lieberman. Originally appeared in Lightspeed Magazine. Read the text there. Marguerite Espinoza took her last breath as the sun slipped behind the Salt Mountains outside the expansive windows of her third floor b[...]||8/30/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||PodCastle 274: Far as You Can Go||by Greg van Eekhout Read by Dave Thompson Originally published in Flytrap. (Which has just opened up again. Yay!) I didn’t go to school because I was allergic to the neuroboosters, but that didn’t mean I was stupid. It just meant I had a[...]||8/19/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||PodCastle 273: Excision||by Scott H. Andrews Read by Jen Rhodes (of the Anomaly Podcast) Originally published in Weird Tales. We started immediately. Scolast Giazla had a series of rabbits she’d infected by treating their grafts with offal. I selected the most advan[...]||8/14/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||PodCastle 272, Giant Episode: The Tree of Life||by C.L. Moore. Read by Dave Robison, of the Roundtable Podcast. Originally appeared in Weird Tales, October 1936. Over time-ruined Illar the searching planes swooped and circled. Northwest Smith, peering up at them with a steel-pale stare from the [...]||8/6/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||PodCastle 271: Nightfall in the Scent Garden||by Claire Humphrey. Read by Kara Grace. Originally appeared in Strange Horizons, March 2012. Read the text there. If you read this, you’ll tell me what grew over the arbor was ivy, not wisteria. If you are in a forgiving mood, you’ll o[...]||7/31/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||PodCastle 270: The Secret of Calling Rabbits||by Wendy Wagner. Read by John Meagher. For more of John’s narrations try his Tales of the Left Hand saga. Originally appeared in The Way of the Wizard, edited by John Joseph Adams. The breeze shifted as Rugel ran, and he caught a scent upon[...]||7/24/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||PodCastle 269: Selected Program Notes From the Retrospective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer||by Kenneth Schneyer. Read by Peter Wood. Originally published in Clockwork Phoenix 4, edited by Mike Allen. 34. _Magda #4_ (1989) Oil on poplar wood, 30 x 21″ Private collection Sometimes called “Devotion” [...]||7/18/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||PodCastle 268: The Phoenix on the Sword, featuring Conan the Barbarian||by Robert E. Howard Read by Graeme Dunlop (of Cast of Wonders) Originally published in Weird Tales. Read it chapter by chapter starting here! The room was large and ornate, with rich tapestries on the polished-panelled walls, deep rugs on the ivory [...]||7/11/13||Free||View In iTunes|
PodCastle Defied Expectations
When I first heard that Escape Artists were going to launch PodCastle I was dubious. I'm more of a scifi guy and fantasy just isn't my bag. Plus, some of the fantasy stories that made it on to Escape Pod turned me off. I just wasn't all that excited about PodCastle. Until I heard the first story, that is. Lady Death had me riveted in it's elegance and suspense. If PodCastle can keep putting out yarns of that caliber then I'm in for the long haul!
Great Job! I Really Enjoy
I love fantasy of all kinds, and can honestly say that I have yet to find a story here I have not liked at least a little, and have found several I loved well enough to burn audio CDs for the car (those being #1, Come Lady Death, #11, Fourteen Experiments in Postal Delivery, and #14, The Grand Cheat, just so far). I also love Escape Pod, but some of their stories are a bit... dark... for my "happily ever after" soul. Still, though, keep up the great work!
been waiting for this...
Steve Eley and the crew at all of the Escape Artists Inc. provide a very needed outlet for short fiction of all kinds. Escape Pod and Pseudo Pod (both on itunes) are two of my favorite podcasts. Each week they provide excellent stories read excellently! I know that the crew at Escape Artists Inc. woudl not put something out that does not meet those standards. Podcastle will be AWESOME!!! In the mean time go listen you'll be glad you did!