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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 N.K. Jemisin, Peter S. 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.

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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 N.K. Jemisin, Peter S. 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 709: TALES FROM THE VAULTS – America Thief

    PodCastle 709: TALES FROM THE VAULTS – America Thief

    * Author : Alter S. Reiss

    * Narrator : John Michnya

    * Host : Hamilton Perez

    * Audio Producers : Peter Adrian Behravesh and Peter Wood

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    Originally published in Strange Horizons





    Rated R

    This episode is a part of our Tales from the Vaults series, in which a member of PodCastle’s staff chooses a backlist episode to highlight and discuss. This week’s episode was chosen by associate editor Hamilton Perez. “America Thief” originally aired as PodCastle 319.

    America Thief

    by Alter S. Reiss

    I looked around the table. Most of the people there weren’t paying much attention. Lansky looked a little embarrassed, and Siegel shook his head. “You want me to find out if Chaim Goldberg can turn lead into gold, or if he’s running some sort of scam,” I said.

    “Of course he’s running a scam,” said Lansky. “I want to know how he’s doing it.”

    “My friend Meyer is unfortunately narrow-minded,” said Rothstein. “I am willing to entertain the possibility that he’s getting his gold through means that are not generally considered possible. Which is why I have entrusted this task to your care.”

    “So you want me to find out where Goldbug is getting his gold from,” I said. “And?”

    “No and,” said Rothstein. “Just that. It’s a simple job, and I’ll give you a thousand dollars for doing it.”

    “A thousand dollars is a lot of money, Benny,” said Legs, putting his oar in. “Live things up a little, show your girl a good time.”

    • 44 min
    PodCastle 708: TALES FROM THE VAULTS – Ilse, Who Saw Clearly

    PodCastle 708: TALES FROM THE VAULTS – Ilse, Who Saw Clearly

    * Author : E. Lily Yu

    * Narrator : Wilson Fowlie

    * Host : Ziv Wities

    * Audio Producers : Peter Adrian Behravesh and Peter Wood

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    Originally published in Apex Magazine





    Rated PG

    This episode is a part of our Tales from the Vaults series, in which a member of PodCastle’s staff chooses a backlist episode to highlight and discuss. Today’s bonus episode was chosen by associate editor Ziv Wities. “Ilse, Who Saw Clearly” originally aired as PodCastle 300.

    Ilse, Who Saw Clearly

    by E. Lily Yu

    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 citizens were skilled in clockwork, escapements, and piano manufacture, and the clocks and pianos of that country were famous throughout the world. Their children pulled on rabbit-fur gloves before they sat down to practice their etudes, for it was so cold the notes rang and clanged in the air. It was coldest of all in the town on the highest mountain, where there lived a girl called Ilse, who was neither beautiful nor ugly, neither good nor wicked. Yet she was not quite undistinguished, because she was in love.

    One afternoon, when the air was glittering with the sounds of innumerable pianos, a stranger as stout as a barrel and swathed to his nosetip walked through the town, singing. Where he walked the pianos fell silent, and wheat-haired boys and girls cracked shutters into the bitter cold to peep at him. And what he sang was this:

    Ice for sale, eyes for sale,

    If your complexion be dark or pale

    If your old eyes be sharp or frail,

    Come buy, come buy, bright ice for sale!

    Only his listeners could not tell whether he was selling ice or eyes, because he spoke in an odd accent and through a thick scarf.

    • 35 min
    PodCastle 707: TALES FROM THE VAULTS – Feed Me the Bones of Our Saints

    PodCastle 707: TALES FROM THE VAULTS – Feed Me the Bones of Our Saints

    * Author : Alex Dally MacFarlane

    * Narrator : Eleiece Krawiec

    * Host : Tierney Bailey

    * Audio Producers : Peter Adrian Behravesh and Peter Wood

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    Originally published in Strange Horizons





    Content warning: violence.





    Rated R

    This episode is a part of our Tales from the Vaults series, in which a member of PodCastle’s staff chooses a backlist episode to highlight and discuss. This week’s episode was chosen by associate editor Tierney Bailey. “Feed Me the Bones of Our Saints” originally aired as PodCastle 302.

    Feed Me the Bones of Our Saints

    by Alex Dally MacFarlane

    Jump up! Take arms! Bare teeth!

    We fight for these sands.

    Sink iron knives and white teeth into their scented flesh, their soft city flesh, those stealers of our homes. This is our city now, this desert with its winds that scour our cheeks, its dunes that join us in song, its rare springs that we lap at so gently. We once gulped rivers of rubies and pearls; now they do and we will never be able to claim them back. We will not let them take this final city of air and graveyards from us! Jump up!

    We fight for these sands with everything we have and sometimes we forget the feel of a sister’s shoulder beneath our heads, we’ve been so long without sleep–but today will be remembered for more than this.

    Today we retrieve the bodies of our Saints.

    • 47 min
    PodCastle 706: TALES FROM THE VAULTS – The Newsboy’s Last Stand

    PodCastle 706: TALES FROM THE VAULTS – The Newsboy’s Last Stand

    * Author : Krystal Claxton

    * Narrator : Graeme Dunlop

    * Host : Sofía Barker

    * Audio Producers : Peter Wood and Peter Adrian Behravesh

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    Originally published in Unidentified Funny Objects 3





    Rated PG

    This episode is a part of our Tales from the Vaults series, in which a member of PodCastle’s staff chooses a backlist episode to highlight and discuss. This week’s episode was chosen by associate editor Sofia Barker. “The Newsboy’s Last Stand” originally aired as PodCastle 365.

    The Newsboy’s Last Stand

    by Krystal Claxton

    She stood up on her tip-toes, extending a slightly wilted white daisy up to Romulus, her whole body pointed and straight in the effort of reaching something that was entirely beyond her reach.

    For his part Romulus knelt down and took the flower and gave her a sad smile and watched her run back across the street. And even though he had another line of news, it was sad, so he called it quits for the day and went home. He put the daisy in a jar of water and ate his cake from the bakery (yes, the bakery, not the cakery) and went to sleep.

    • 23 min
    PodCastle 705: TALES FROM THE VAULTS – Selected Program Notes From the Retrospective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer

    PodCastle 705: TALES FROM THE VAULTS – Selected Program Notes From the Retrospective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer

    * Author : Kenneth Schneyer

    * Narrator : Peter Wood

    * Host : Emmalia Harrington

    * Audio Producers : Peter Adrian Behravesh and Peter Wood

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    Originally published in Clockwork Phoenix 4, edited by Mike Allen.









    Contains references to murder and child abuse.





    Rated R

    This episode is a part of our Tales from the Vaults series, in which a member of PodCastle’s staff chooses a backlist episode to highlight and discuss. Today’s bonus episode was chosen by associate editor Emmalia Harrington. “Selected Program Notes From the Retrospective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer” originally aired as PodCastle 269.

    Selected Program Notes From the Retrospective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer

    by Kenneth Schneyer

    34.     Magda #4 (1989)

    Oil on poplar wood, 30 x 21″

    Private collection

    Sometimes called “Devotion” by critics, this nude the earliest extant work featuring Magda Ridley Meszaros (1963-2023), Latimer’s favorite model and later her wife.  The lushness of the flesh and the rosiness of the skin are reminiscent of Renoir’s paintings of Aline Charigot (See, e.g., The Large Bathers (1887) (Fig. 8)).  Latimer maintains microscopic hyperrealism even as she employs radiating brushstrokes which emanate from the model, as if Meszaros is the source of reality itself.

    Discussion questions:

    a.      The materials and dimensions of this painting duplicate those of Da Vinci’s La Gioconda (c. 1503-1519) (Fig. 17).  Is this merely a compositional joke or homage by Latimer?  How does it change the way you see the painting?

    b.      Most biographers agree that Latimer and Meszaros were already lovers by the time this work was completed.  Is this apparent from the composition or technique?  From the pose of the model?  As you proceed through the exhibit, note similarities and differences between this and other portrayals of Meszaros over the next 34 years.

    • 30 min
    PodCastle 704: TALES FROM THE VAULTS – Where Virtue Lives

    PodCastle 704: TALES FROM THE VAULTS – Where Virtue Lives

    * Author : Saladin Ahmed

    * Narrator : Rajan Khanna

    * Host : Peter Adrian Behravesh

    * Audio Producers : Peter Adrian Behravesh and Peter Wood

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    Originally published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies.





    Rated PG

    This episode is a part of our Tales from the Vaults series, in which a member of PodCastle’s staff chooses a backlist episode to highlight and discuss. This week’s episode was chosen by our audio engineer, Peter Adrian Behravesh. “Where Virtue Lives” originally aired as PodCastle 246.

    Where Virtue Lives

    by Saladin Ahmed

    Doctor Adoulla Makhslood, the best ghul hunter in the great city of Dhamsawaat, was weary. Two and a half bars of thousand-sheet pastry sat on his plate, their honey and pistachio glazed layers glistening in the sunlight that streamed into Yehyeh’s teahouse. Adoulla let out a belch. Only two hours awake. Only partway through my pastry and cardamom tea, and already a panicked man stands chattering to me about a monster! God help me.

    He brushed green and gold pastry bits from his fingers onto his spotless kaftan. Magically, the crumbs and honey-spots slid from his garment to the floor, leaving no stain. The kaftan was as white as the moon. Its folds seemed to go on forever, much like the man sitting before him.

    “That hissing! I’m telling you, I didn’t mean to leave her. But by God, I was so scared!” Hafi, the younger cousin of Adoulla’s dear friend Yehyeh, had said “I’m telling you” twelve times already. Repetition helped folk talk away their fear, so Adoulla had let the man go on for a while. He had heard the story thrice now, listening for the inconsistencies fear introduces to memories– even honest men’s memories.

    Adoulla knew some of what he faced. A water ghul had abducted Hafi’s wife, dragging her toward a red riverboat with eyes painted on its prow. Adoulla didn’t need to hear any more from Hafi. What he needed was more tea. But there was no time.

    • 50 min

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