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Readings of weird fiction and science fiction short stories combined with immersive sound design and music.

The Oddcast: Tales of the Occult, Weird, and Arcane Jon Fredette

    • Fiction
    • 4.8, 78 Ratings

Readings of weird fiction and science fiction short stories combined with immersive sound design and music.

    The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin

    The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin

    Originally published in the October edition of New Dimensions 3 in 1973. The story was nominated for the Locust Award for Best Short Fiction in 1974 and won the Hugo Award for Best Short story in the same year.

    The utopian Omelas enjoys its annual summer festival amid the dark secret that is kept within a broom closet of a cellar beneath one of the richest buildings of the city.

    Narration, Music, Sound Design by Jon Fredette.

    • 20 min
    The Screwfly Solution by Raccoona Sheldon

    The Screwfly Solution by Raccoona Sheldon

    Originally published in the anthology "Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact" (June, 1977) the novelette went on to win the Nebula Award that year under the pen name James Tiptree Jr.

    As an unprecedented sickness spreads around the globe, a scientist hurries home to be with his wife and daughter.

    Alan - Jon Fredette
    Anne - Miranda Friel
    Amy - Megan McIver

    Barney - Mats Bennett
    Prof. Ian McIntyre - Jim Tobe
    Willard Mews - Tony Wolf

    Sound File Credits (Free Sound Forum):
    TheScarlettWitch89
    azimuth413
    uair01

    Narration by Jon Fredette and Miranda Friel

    Sound Design and Music by Jon Fredette

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Orientation by Daniel Orozco

    Orientation by Daniel Orozco

    Originally published in The Seattle Review and subsequently in The Best American Short Stories 1995.

    A new office employee is given orientation on the first day of work by a detached, yet knowledgable, veteran of the job.

    Narration, Sound Design, and Music by Jon Fredette.

    • 17 min
    The Mirror by Haruki Murakami

    The Mirror by Haruki Murakami

    Written in 1981/2 and published in 1983 in an undisclosed Japanese periodical. Later added to his short story collection Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman which was published in 2006.

    A man recalls a frightening experience he had in his brief time as a night watchman at a school in the Niigata Prefecture.

    Translated by Philip Gabriel.

    Narration, Sound Design, and Music by Jon Fredette.

    • 14 min
    The Secret Miracle by Jorge Luis Borges

    The Secret Miracle by Jorge Luis Borges

    First published in the magazine Sur in 1943.

    Failed playwrite Jaromir Hladik is captured during the Nazi occupation of Prague in the early stages of World War II. Awaiting his execution in prison, he seeks redemption for a wasted life through contemplating his unfinished work, The Enemies.

    Narration, "Hladik", Music, Sound Design by Jon Fredette.

    Additional Voices by Mats Bennett and Miranda Friel.

    • 19 min
    The Kraken by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

    The Kraken by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

    First published in Tennyson's first solo collection, "Poems, Chiefly Lyrical" (1830) when he was around 20 years old. One of the few sonnets Tennyson penned and with this one specifically he grossly distorts the sonnet form to better fit the horrendous mythical sea creature he describes.

    Narration, Sound Design and Music by Jon Fredette.

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
78 Ratings

78 Ratings

Pat Carroll..son! ,

EASILY ONE OF THE BEST FOR ODD AND CREEPY FICTION

If you are looking for a chill down the spine look no farther The Oddcast has it covered, from Poe to LoveCraft and every other piece of strange and disturbing fiction. Don’t believe me, then check out The Masque of the red death or The Star and see or better yet hear how scary audio presentations can be done, that is with some talent for picking the best horror stories in any cannon.

Rae1349 ,

Fantastic!

The readings in this podcast are very well done and high quality!

Jonny Gizmo ,

Excellent Podcast and Narration

I just listened to "The Screw Fly Solution". I listened twice. It was pretty disturbing in this time of coronavirus and incels. I don't want to get too political here, but I'll say that sometimes I feel like I'm living in a world I don't relate to, like "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" or something. This story was really tough. Great work!!

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