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By Jen R. Albert and Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali

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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.

Customer Reviews

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!

Too artsy.

Hit and miss. After an exciting start, the stories seem to be revealing themselves to be less about heroic fantasy characters and engaging adventures, and more about symbolically discussing the ills of society through the viewpoint of women. While fantasy and Sci Fi stories are known for being a venue where clever folks can talk about such things, it takes some one of the talent level of Ray Bradbury to do so with out sounding preachy. And unfortunately, as this podcast is proving, there are not many Ray Bradburys in the world.

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  • Category: Literature
  • Language: English

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