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Breathtaking Speculative Fiction from the Pacific Northwest and Beyond.

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Breathtaking Speculative Fiction from the Pacific Northwest and Beyond.

    Overcast 159: Marry the Rat by L.M. Zaerr

    Overcast 159: Marry the Rat by L.M. Zaerr

    Marry the Rat by L.M. Zaerr. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. #fantasy #magic #rats #love
     
    The second steward climbed a white ladder and blew powder from his palm onto the clock. He was a monochrome person in a lavender livery and a frothy wig. I knew only that he suffered from bunions.
    “What is that powder?” I asked.
    “I won’t marry the rat!”
    “That’s no reason to poison her.” I knew the rat casually, and she seemed kind, in that haughty way of rats.
    “You can’t make me marry her. You’re the librarian, not the king.”
    “Fine. But you can’t blow handfuls of rat poison at her. I’ll call the palace guard.”
     
    AUTHOR
    For decades, LM Zaerr lured students into medieval stories and abandoned them there to challenge dragons, rescue Lancelot, and figure out how to play gwyddbwyll. She wrote a book on medieval storytelling, and she memorized forgotten tales in dusty languages and sang them to the raucous tones of the vielle. Now she finds new stories dripping with sunshine and sword polish. 
     
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    • 30 min
    Overcast 158: Bridge Over the Cunene by Gustavo Bondoni

    Overcast 158: Bridge Over the Cunene by Gustavo Bondoni

    Bridge Over the Cunene by Gustavo Bondoni. Narrated by Theresa Bakken. Hosted by J.S. Arquin. #fantasy #zombies 
     
    Botoso knew he was in trouble.He had no idea how in the world he was ever going to get back to the village.He had no idea where the village was.This was the first time he’d ever been outside the stockade without his mother or one of the other village adults to take care of him, and the sun was setting redly over the horizon.
    But he wasn’t frightened.  He told himself that a future headman would never be frightened just because night was about to fall.  He would laugh the night off, and keep walking until he found the river.  He new the river was near his village.
    He also knew that he would make a great headman someday.  He was smart and compassionate.  After Simao Zabobo had left the clearing far behind, Botoso had emerged from hiding and immediately noticed that the headman had forgotten the goat.  The boy knew how important goats were to the village – he was old enough to know that the village’s very survival depended on the supply of goats.
    So he worked at the clasp tying the goat to the tree and began his walk back the way he’d come.  At some points, it was difficult to decide which way he had to go, since one patch of low grass or clump of trees looked just like the next, but he wasn’t worried.  A headman would never get lost.
    But he had.  And now the sun was all the way down, and it was hard to see where he was going.
     
    AUTHOR
    Gustavo Bondoni is novelist and short story writer with over three hundred stories published in fifteen countries, in seven languages.  He is a member of Codex and an Active Member of SFWA. His latest novel is Test Site Horror (2020). He has also published two other monster books: Ice Station: Death (2019) and Jungle Lab Terror (2020), three science fiction novels: Incursion (2017), Outside (2017) and Siege (2016) and an ebook novella entitled Branch. His short fiction is collected in Pale Reflection (2020), Off the Beaten Path (2019) Tenth Orbit and Other Faraway Places (2010) and Virtuoso and Other Stories (2011).
     
    In 2019, Gustavo was awarded second place in the Jim Baen Memorial Contest and in 2018 he received a Judges Commendation (and second place) in The James White Award.  He was also a 2019 finalist in the Writers of the Future Contest.
    His website is at www.gustavobondoni.com
    Twitter: @gbondoni
    NARRATOR
    Theresa loves immersing herself in the worlds that writers create.  She draws on her experience as an Emmy Award winning broadcast journalist, brings empathy to every character she voices and delivers professionalism in every project. She believes storytelling is essential and produces a podcast called the Desideratum Podcast celebrating and featuring the work of authors and narrators.
    https://theresabakkennarrator.com/  Social Media link tree:
    :https://linktr.ee/tbnarrator
     
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    • 37 min
    Overcast 157: Katabasis by Catherine George

    Overcast 157: Katabasis by Catherine George

    Katabasis by Catherine George. Narrated by Jenna Hanchey. Hosted by J.S. Arquin.  #fantasy #PNW #pacificcoast 
     
    They found the foot on the beach the morning after the first winter storm.
    It was the dog that found it, really—the dog who caught the scent of something meaty and rotten, and strained at the leash until Hannah let him loose. There was no one on the rocky shore but the three of them anyhow, Hannah and Dave and Benji, no one to be bothered by the mutt as he ran snuffling through the sea-wrack.
    The storm had delivered a new crop of driftwood, heaved it up above the tideline like the bleached bones of some monstrous beast.
    “It looks like a dragon, see?” Hannah said, but Dave had already slipped off into the fog, slouching along in the dog’s wake, with his head down and fists jammed in the pockets of his jeans. He hadn’t really wanted to come to the beach that morning.
     
    AUTHOR
    Catherine George is a lawyer who lives in Vancouver, BC, with her partner and two young children. In 2018 she returned to writing fiction after 10 years away and now writes short speculative fiction of all types. Find her at
    www.cgfiction.com or on Twitter: @catinlaw
     
    NARRATOR
    Jenna Hanchey is a rhetoric professor and speculative fiction author who has recently begun to try her hand at audiobook recording and voice acting. A long-time theatre actress, the pandemic had her searching for ways to take her talents online. Her first audiobook narration, The Beginning of the End by Emily S. Hurricane, can be found on Audible or Amazon. She will also be narrating “The Adventure of the Cardboard Box” for the Sherlock Holmes podcast, However Improbable. She hopes to be able to add stage acting back into the mix one day soon, COVID permitting. You can find her research, fiction, and audio work on her website, www.jennahanchey.com, or by following her on Twitter at @JennaHanchey.
     
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    • 49 min
    Overcast 156: How Far Away the Stars by Sam Muller

    Overcast 156: How Far Away the Stars by Sam Muller

    How Far Away the Stars by Sam Muller. Narrated by Joel Simler. Hosted by J.S. Arquin.  #fantasy #knights #dragons 
     
    Captain Kollz clears his throat. The sound is somehow elegant, like everything else about him.
    “You don’t say here how many dragons you have killed.”
    “I haven’t killed any, Captain Kollz, sir.” A whisper is all my flaming throat can manage.
    The captain clucks, like a well-bred hen. “Young man, this is the most prestigious military academy in the realm, the only place where an ordinary boy can transform himself into an extraordinary knight. Killing a dragon is mandatory for enrollment.”
    It’s the chick and egg thing. I can’t kill a dragon without proper military training. I can’t get proper military training without killing a dragon.
     
    AUTHOR
    Sam Muller loves dogs and books and spends much time trying to save one from the other. She lives inside her head most of the time, roaming the worlds of her own creation.
    NARRATOR
    Who would’ve thought that the kid who attended remedial reading classes would end up reading books for a living? It’s true, as a child he was sent by his teacher to a remedial reading class - but given time, he soon became that kid constantly getting in trouble in class for reading, instead of listening to his teachers.
    Joel Simler is an audiobook narrator born and raised in the Pacific Northwest - truly the best place to narrate as he can happily hunker down in his padded closet… err… his acoustically treated recording booth for those excessively rainy days.
    Reach out to him anytime; with his multitude of hobbies you are bound to have something in common with him! 
    www.simlersound.com
     
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    • 30 min
    Overcast 155: Truer Love by Edd Vick

    Overcast 155: Truer Love by Edd Vick

    Truer Love by Edd Vick. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. #scifi #love #virus
     
    My lover Dieter came to Duvall last month. I never expected him to drag his chain this far north; but such is love.
    Dieter only speaks German. His lover Minette had learned the language to please him, and translated.
    “He says his idol has died, Carl. He says he never stopped loving you.”
    We were sitting on rickety chairs in what had once been a Safeway. It was the largest space in the town, so we’d set it up for daycare and as an indoor playground. I was watching the toddlers that day. I handed Dieter a little girl that had been pulling at his shirt.
    “You know I gave up loving,” I said.
    “He says it’s not that easy. He’s fixated on you again and wants you to join the circle.” She looked me over. “We’re a lot longer than when you were with us. After Anne died and you left, we linked with a chain in Colorado.”
    Anne.
    “You’re not a circle--if you were, you wouldn’t need me. I don’t do that any more.”
     
    Edd Vick, the son of a pirate, is a recovering Texan now living in Seattle. He is a bookseller whose library is a stuffed three-car garage. His stories have appeared in Analog, Asimov’s, Year’s Best SF, and about thirty other magazines and anthologies.  Find him on Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/Edd.Vick
     
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    • 38 min
    Overcast 154: Migration by Laura Garrity

    Overcast 154: Migration by Laura Garrity

    Migration by Laura Garrity. Narrated by Laura English. Hosted by J.S. Arquin.  #fantasy #fiction #dinosaurs
     
    Then I heard it on the wind, a formless sound, like when thunder rolled through and echoed against the hills surrounding the valley.  I saw a dark cloud on the horizon, but of course it wasn’t a cloud.    “Leila,” I whispered.
    She must have heard it in my voice, because she came around the side of the enclosure with her hand on her gun.  “What is it?”
    I was frozen and all I could do was point to the dark swirling spot in the sky that seemed twice as close as it had only a second ago.
    “Come on,” she hissed and grabbed my arm.  To my surprise she started to pull me back toward the crop enclosure. 
    “We need to get to the house!” I protested.  “Forget the corn!”
    “No time.”  She started to pry apart that loose corner that I hadn’t finished fortifying, and pulled the mesh wide enough for me to crawl in.  She pressed the toolbox into my hands.  “Go!”
     
    AUTHOR
    Laura Garrity is a writer from Connecticut.  She is a member of the Fairfield County Writers Group and The Written Word at the MAC.  Her short story The Lodger was recently published in the anthology Call of the Wyld. Find her on Twitter @ms_laurabean or Instagram @garrity_laura.
     
    NARRATOR 
    Laura English has lived in Connecticut for most of her life. She cannot remember when she was not reading and discovered audiobooks when convalescing from a minor illness. It was at this time Laura knew, one day, she would become an audiobook narrator! Life got busy. She worked for over 15 years with a guide dog foundation but volunteered as a reader for the blind.... paving her path to this goal. Now as a full-time narrator bringing words to life for Connecticut residents at CRIS Radio she feels blessed with her professional journey. She launched her audiobook narration business in late 2019. Her goal is to work fulltime for herself within the next two years. Outside the studio, Laura will be found outdoors; kayaking, hiking, or cycling. She also volunteers with a variety of organizations. She and her husband have two (semi-grown) children, three dogs, two cats, and a 27-year-old parrot named Dean Koontz, who is somewhat skilled at voice-work himself! Find her at https://www.lauraenglishvo.com/
    and on Twitter and Instagram @lauraenglishvo.
     
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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
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20 Ratings

LuminousLuke ,

Professionally narrated speculative fiction!

JS does a fantastic job reading a wide array of speculative fiction from established and up-and-coming writers alike. (scifi, fantasy, and even some horror) Check it out for yourself!

audioph1le ,

Good readings of very interesting stories

I like this podcast of short SciFi/Speculative Fiction stories and I enjoy that not only does it include an "audiobook" of the stort, but a bit of discussion and postscript from the authors themselves. Definitely on my regular listen list! (Also appreciate the good audio qualiy, unlike a lot of other "story" podcasts out there... and NO COMMERCIALS!)

Jade Trinket ,

Amazing Podcast

Smartly curated collection of weird & wonderful fiction!

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