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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 149: What More Could You Want by Alexandra Grunberg

    Overcast 149: What More Could You Want by Alexandra Grunberg

    What More Could You Want by Alexandra Grunberg. Narrated by Marie Andrascik. Hosted by J.S. Arquin.  #Fantasy #Family #Growingpains 
    Valerie and Gillian knew their daughter Bernadette was impressionable. When Valerie would go to parent-teacher conferences, she knew that the teacher’s report on Bernadette’s behavior would depend entirely on which of her school friends she was idolizing that year. There was the terrible first grade, made more terrible because they did not know the phase would last less than a year, when Bernadette mimicked every adult, threw tantrums if she did not get exactly two chocolate biscuits with each meal, and would shout back at the characters on the television. But then summer vacation came, and Minnie, the other terror of the first grade, switched schools and took the bad habits she shared with Bernadette with her. 
    AUTHOR
    Alexandra Grunberg is a Glasgow based author, poet, and screenwriter. Her fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Cast of Wonders, Flash Fiction Online, and more. She is the resident screenwriter for Magic Dog Productions. She is a postgraduate student in the DFA in Creative Writing programme at the University of Glasgow. Her story “Not My First Choice” was previously performed on Overcast 96. Find her on Twitter @alexgrunberg and at https://alexandragrunberg.weebly.com/ 
    NARRATOR
    As a teacher I used podcasts as lessons for my students and taught a unit where they created a class podcast. I’ve been enthralled with recording from the moment I saved enough money to buy my first recording device - a cassette recorder! My Dad gave me the last $20.00 I needed, and I couldn’t wait to have it in my hands.  Friends and I recorded stories and plays for fun.  When I’m not busy recording audiobooks, my husband and I love traveling. I’m passionate about exercising daily, including hula hooping, tap, and I scavenge the beach for seaglass.
    https://www.voiceofmarie.com/ 
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AndrascikMarie
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marieandrascik/
     
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    • 24 min
    Overcast 148: The Infernal Itch by Bruce Boston

    Overcast 148: The Infernal Itch by Bruce Boston

    The Infernal Itch by Bruce Boston. Narrated by Joel Simler. Hosted by Erik Grove. #fantasy #writing #hell
     
    I turned up the hot water and let it flow across my body. I took the shampoo that Dr. Pederson had given me, poured a dose between my palms, and rubbed it into my scalp. As the medication penetrated the itching lessened and disappeared. I'd been through this routine before and knew relief would be temporary. Within hours it would again feel as if my scalp were infested by a colony of angry mites.
    My life had seemed perfect until a couple days ago. That was when limousine pulled up across the street, the dreams began, and the itching started.
     
    Bruce Boston is the author of more than fifty books, including the novels The Guardener’s Tale and Stained Glass Rain. His  poems have appeared in Asimov’s SF, Analog, Weird Tales, Amazing Stories, Daily Science Fiction, NewMyths, Pedestal, Strange Horizons, Nebula Awards Showcase and Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. His poetry has received the Bram Stoker Award, the Asimov’s Readers Award, and the Rhysling and Grand Master Awards of the SFPA. His fiction has received a Pushcart Prize and twice been a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award (novel, short story). Find him at http://bruceboston.com/
     
    Joel Simler is an audiobook narrator born and raised in the Pacific Northwest - which is truly the best place to be a narrator as he can happily hunker down in his padded closet… err...uhh, his recording booth for those excessively rainy days. His love of reading can be traced back to his grandpa, who first introduced him to his first fantasy series. He also blames his grandpa for his getting in trouble in grade school during class for reading, instead of listening to the teacher. Find him on social media @SimlerSound and at www.simlersound.com.
     
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    • 32 min
    Overcast 147: 6th Anniversary Show! Captain Carthy's Bride by K.G. Anderson

    Overcast 147: 6th Anniversary Show! Captain Carthy's Bride by K.G. Anderson

    Captain Carthy's Bride by K.G. Anderson. Narrated by Rebecca Stern. Hosted by J.S. Arquin. #fantasy #ireland #selkie 
     
    Footsteps coming down the cliffside trail. A rattle and clank from the pathway suggested that someone had set down a fishing rod and a bucket of bait. The young sea captain, for sure! Sheila imagined him raising the admiralty binoculars he wore on a leather strap around his neck.
    Sheila was ready. She lay naked, her flame-red hair spread out like a corona. She lay with delicate ankles crossed, pale arms flung wide, and small breasts bared to the sun's heat. Behind her on the rocks a sealskin lay where she'd placed it earlier, glistening in the sun. A selkie's coat.
     
    Author 
    K.G. Anderson writes short fiction as if it were fact. (Maybe, somewhere, it is.) Her stories include urban fantasy, space opera, horror, alternate history, Weird West tales, science fiction, and mystery. They appear in anthologies including The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Stories and More Alternative Truths and in magazines such as Weirdbook and Galaxy's Edge. She’s done narration for StarShipSofa. K.G. lives in Seattle with her partner, bookseller Tom Whitmore. Find her on Twitter @writerway and online at writerway.com/fiction 
     
    Narrator
    Rebecca Stern has a voice that has been described as expressive, articulate, song-like, and evocative of warm bourbon and milk…if you like that kind of thing.  Her forty plus years as a professional violinist has instilled in her a deep appreciation for music of all kinds, including the music of language.  She loves nothing more than exploring the rhythm and flow of a script…from short narrations and poetry to novels…and sharing that with the listener. Find her on Twitter and Facebooks @VerySternWord and at www.verysternword.com
     
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    • 31 min
    Overcast 146: C.R.A.P. by Sherry Shahan

    Overcast 146: C.R.A.P. by Sherry Shahan

    C.R.A.P. by Sherry Shahan. Narrated by Kate Tierney. Hosted by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword written by Sherry Shahan. #scifi #dystopia #art #music #love
     
    Iris longs to be with others who resist State laws; others who risk punishment to express themselves however they choose; others who believe that what a person dreams is more important than exams devised to test how little you know about history.
    She’s been searching for a group she heard about during a blackout: C.R.A.P. Supposedly, they live in a crumbling 20th century bomb shelter, playing instruments ripped off from the State Repository: assorted brass and drums, a piano with non-synthetic keys.
    Iris dreams of joining them.
     
    AUTHOR
    Sherry Shahan writes from a funky beach town in California. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Oxford University Press, ZYZZYVA, Exposition Review, The Writer, and forthcoming in f(r)iction. She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and taught a creative writing course for UCLA Extension for 10 years. Find her online at www.SherryShahan.com
     
    NARRATOR
    Kate Tierney always had a passion for reading aloud, and the shy kids could breathe a sigh of relief every time she volunteered to do so. After attending the University of Albuquerque, Kate received her BFA in theater, she headed off to Los Angeles where she performed in theater and television. Eventually, she and her husband headed to New York and started a family, and had lived there for the past 20 years. But the Gypsy in her soul knew it was time for a change. She packed her bags and headed the family west to the endless blue skies of her hometown, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is now producing audiobooks.
     
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    • 29 min
    Overcast 145: Ferryman by Ethan Jones

    Overcast 145: Ferryman by Ethan Jones

    Ferryman by Ethan Jones. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Episode Hosted by Erik Grove. Featuring an afterword written by Ethan Jones. #Scifi
    I lay in the bunk, Gibson’s arm around me as he snored in my ear. Outside the porthole, the blackness of space, spinning, empty, endless.  Ahead of us, in under a week, Gibson’s death by firing squad. 
    This went sideways…
    Ethan Jones is a weird fiction writer currently working on a novel about a werewolf astronaut in love with a cyborg rock star. His story “Resolution” appeared in the anthology On Loss in 2019.  After 12 years living in Portland, he and his husband have moved back home to Tulsa, Oklahoma with their 17-year old youngling and three dogs. Find him at  http://www.sinisterblog.com/ and on Twitter @sinisterblogger.
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    • 23 min
    Overcast 144: Digital Nomad by Koji A. Dae

    Overcast 144: Digital Nomad by Koji A. Dae

    Digital Nomad by Koji A Dae. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Koji A. Dae.  #scifi
     
    "Maybe?" He doesn't raise his voice, but he stands. He won't look at me. "What are you waiting for, Charlie? Don't you love me?"
    I step close to him. "I do. But staying…"
    That's when the emotions tumble in. Fear sends my heart racing. Desire dampens the space between my legs. Confusion clenches my throat. He goes blurry from the tears in my eyes.
    Snip. Right there. That's a good clip. People love unexpected emotions, and who would expect that mess from a proposal? If I upload this clip, enough people will download it to send me on my way.
     
    Koji A. Dae is an American writer currently living in Bulgaria. She spent parts of her childhood in Portland, Oregon. She has work published in Daily Science Fiction, Short Edition, and several others. When not writing she enjoys dancing the blues. Find out more at https://kojiadae.ink/
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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
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19 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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