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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 127: Reading the Room by Aeryn Rudel

    Overcast 127: Reading the Room by Aeryn Rudel

    Reading the Room by Aeryn Rudel. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Aeryn Rudel.
     
    "You take him off the floor, Pete?" Jesse asked.
    Howard cleared his throat. "Yeah, Jesse, like I said--"
    Jesse turned and glared at Howard. "I'm talking to Pete." The owner of the Lucky Load closed his mouth with a wet snap.
    "I did, Mr. Deacon," Pete replied.
    "What was he doing?"
    "Playing poker. Winning."
    "Anything unusual?"
    Pete cocked his head. It reminded Jesse of a cobra or a praying mantis just before it strikes. "People were upset, nervous."
    "Nervous how?"
    "They didn't like how he was winning," Pete said. "He made bad bets, against the odds, but won anyway."
    Jesse grinned. That actually confirmed some of his suspicions. "He's a little spooky, ain't he?"
     
    Aeryn Rudel is a freelance writer from Seattle, Washington. He is the author of the Acts of War novels published by Privateer Press, and his short fiction has appeared in The Arcanist, The Molotov Cocktail, and Pseudopod, among others. Aeryn is a notorious dinosaur nerd, a baseball fanatic, and knows far more about swords than is healthy or socially acceptable. He occasionally offers dubious advice on the subjects of writing and rejection (mostly rejection) at www.rejectomancy.com or Twitter @Aeryn_Rudel.
     
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    • 32 min
    Overcast 126: The Bird by Edward Ashton

    Overcast 126: The Bird by Edward Ashton

    The Bird by Edward Ashton. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Edward Ashton.
     
    “Spontaneous remission,” the doctor says. “The primary mass in your pancreas is gone. Your PET scan is clear. It happens sometimes.”
    Callie stares at the doctor’s mouth, waiting for him to speak again, sure that she’s imagined what she’s just heard.
    “No promises,” he says finally. “Sometimes it lasts. Sometimes it doesn’t. We’ll bring you back in eight weeks for another set of scans. If those come back clean, you can start thinking about making long-term plans again.”
    Callie’s gaze drifts to the half-open window behind the doctor’s desk. A bird lands on the sill. It looks in at Callie, seems to meet her eye.
    “Close your mouth,” it says. “You look like an idiot.”
     
    Edward Ashton lives in Rochester, New York with his adorably mopey dog, his inordinately patient wife, and a steadily diminishing number of daughters, where he studies new cancer therapies by day, and writes about the awful things his research may lead to by night. He is the author of the novels Three Days in April and The End of Ordinary, as well as of several dozen short stories which have appeared in venues ranging from the newsletter of an Italian sausage company to Flash Fiction Online, Analog, and Escape Pod. Find him on Twitter @edashtonwriting and at: http://www.edwardashton.com/
     
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    • 30 min
    Overcast 127: Papyrates by Deborah L. Davitt

    Overcast 127: Papyrates by Deborah L. Davitt

    Papyrates by Deborah L. Davitt. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Deborah L. Davitt. #fantasy #fiction #pirates #paper #podcast
     
    She stood on the jetty, watching the ship unfurl itself with geometric precision, unfolding from its flattened state into sweeping white arcs of bow and stern. Her crew carried the long white rolls of the masts aboard and then lifted them into place with a call and response that drifted on the wind like a chanson.
    As Papyra strode aboard, she called, “Ready the sails!” and her crew unfolded the last sheaves, tying them in place to catch the first breaths of wind.
    It was time to hunt.
     
    Deborah L. Davitt was raised in Nevada, but currently lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and son. She’s worked as a technical writer on contracts involving nuclear submarines, NASA, and computer manufacturing. Her poetry has received Rhysling, Dwarf Star, and Pushcart nominations and has appeared in over fifty venues; her short fiction has appeared in Galaxy’s Edge, Compelling Science Fiction, and Flame Tree anthologies. For more about her work, including her Edda-Earth novels and her poetry collection, The Gates of Never, please see www.edda-earth.com.  You can also find her on Twitter @DavittDL and on facebook https://www.facebook.com/deborah.davitt.3
     
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    • 16 min
    Overcast 126: 5th Anniversary Episode! Featuring Sympathy For The Devil by Brenda Kezar

    Overcast 126: 5th Anniversary Episode! Featuring Sympathy For The Devil by Brenda Kezar

    Sympathy For the Devil by Brenda Kezar. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword written by Brenda Kezar. #fantasy #comedy #humor #fiction #podcast
     
    A glowing, orange man-shape swept into the bedroom. “Ah, there you are.”
    She yelped and fell back onto the bed. “How the hell did you get in here?”
    “No mere lock will keep me at bay.” The glow brightened, illuminating him. His skin was red, and long, curved horns jutted from his head. His feet were cloven, his thighs covered in fur. His loincloth had caught-up on the worn leather pouch around his waist. He was naked underneath.
    He followed her gaze and flipped the loincloth back into place. “It is frigid in here. Shrinkage is to be expected.”
     
    Brenda Kezar writes horror, fantasy, and science fiction from the dark tundra of North Dakota. She is a proud member of the Horror Writers Association and mom to an evil corgi named Honey Booboo. Her short stories have appeared in Dark Moon Digest, Daily Science Fiction, Silverthought, Welcome to Miskatonic University, Zombidays: Festivities of the Flesheaters, and many other publications. To read more, visit: www.BrendaKezar.com
     
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    • 48 min
    Overcast 125: A Handful of Stardust by Kai Hudson

    Overcast 125: A Handful of Stardust by Kai Hudson

    A Handful of Stardust by Kai Hudson. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Kai Hudson. #scifi #clones #podcast #fiction #space #colonization
    “The vote is in two days.” The anger was gone now, leaving only grief and sharp betrayal that made Alice’s words come out choked. “And Anita made it clear who she thinks should get wiped. You know what she called me? Stubborn. ‘Stubbornness might have gotten us here,’ she said, ‘but now she’ll only trap us in our ways.’”
    “Craters. Your leadership personality said that?”
    “Anita’s not leadership.” Because Amelie, the true leader, had volunteered for the first wipe. “She’s charisma.”
    Kai Hudson lives in sunny California where she writes, hikes, and rock-climbs with enthusiasm if not skill. Her work has appeared in Clarkesworld, PodCastle, Anathema: Spec from the Margins, and other fine places. Find her at kaihudson.com.
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    • 29 min
    Overcast 124: Blunder by Kristin Kirby

    Overcast 124: Blunder by Kristin Kirby

    Blunder by Kristin Kirby. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Kristin Kirby. #fantasy #horror #fiction #spiders #podcast #trailerpark #landlord
    Rankin went up the steps, his huaraches crunching on faded fake grass, and knocked on the aluminum front door. A cobweb sagged from the upper corner of the porch screen. Rankin reached up and swiped at the web, then shook it off his hand. A brown spider plopped onto the porch and started to scramble off.
    But Rankin hurried to smash it with his foot. Then he grimaced as he scraped the dead thing off his shoe onto the step.
    Kristin Kirby is an award-winning fiction writer, screenwriter, and editor who currently makes her home in the Pacific Northwest. Her poems and short stories have appeared in Space and Time, 365tomorrows, Eldritch Tales, MYTHIC, and other publications. Her short story “Meat” was a finalist in the Masters Review Fiction contest, and her novella “Maze” was a semifinalist in the ScreenCraft Short Story contest. When she’s not writing, Kristin enjoys traveling, watching film noir, restoring antique furniture, and carrying on her never-ending quest to find the best Italian restaurant on the planet. Find her online at www.kristinkirby.net or on Twitter @WriterKristin.
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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!)

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Amazing Podcast

Smartly curated collection of weird & wonderful fiction!

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Well Read, High Quality Speculative Fiction

For any fan of high-quality spec fiction, you will love The Overcast!

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