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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 139: The Crystal Ball That Lied by G.B. Burgess

    Overcast 139: The Crystal Ball That Lied by G.B. Burgess

    The Crystal Ball That Lied by G.B. Burgess. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by G.B. Burgess. #fantasy #fortune #darkfantasy
     
    A replica of Dancer pirouetted across my surface, her jewels and clothing shimmering with each movement. Dancer sobbed as she looked upon her likeness. Tears fell. They splashed on me and I swallowed them. They were bland compared to blood but were better than dust.
    “I knew I’d be famous.” Dancer pushed coins across the table and rushed from the cabin.
    “Another happy customer.” Witch left the table to light more candles, killing the eeriness. She returned to stroke my surface. “Crystal, my love, what dark event did you hide this time? There’s always something.”
    With Dancer’s blood still sticky against my souls, I once again reached into the future, snagging the same event I’d shown Dancer, but widened the view. This time I showed her performing in a dirty tavern, surrounded by drunken men. One at a time she stripped garments until she danced naked.
     
    GB Burgess is a writer from Tasmania, Australia. Her work is forthcoming in the Lane Cove Literary Award Anthology, and has appeared in On the Premises, Daily Science Fiction and Fabula Argentea. When not writing, she spoils her rescue kitties, neglects her devoted husband, and extreme doodles (that’s drawing without talent). Find out more at gbburgesswrites.wordpress.com.
     
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    • 33 min
    Overcast 138: Dark Satanic Mills by Fraser Sherman

    Overcast 138: Dark Satanic Mills by Fraser Sherman

    Dark Satanic Mills by Fraser Sherman. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Fraser Sherman. #fantasy #humor #Satan #entertainment #magazines
     
    “You know, Bryce, I think you're right.” My boss smiled sweetly as her conjured shark-demon shot across the conference table and bit down on Bryce Jordan's crotch. “I really am a castrating bitch, aren't I?
    “Walker, my coffee?”
    “Right here, Ms. DeMarco.” Knowing my coworkers would spot any sign of weakness, I tried to look blasé about Bryce sliding to the floor, clutching his groin. Cerise Walker, sophisticated New Yorker, that's me. “Absolutely no fair-trade beans, skim milk, one-and-a-half sugar cubes.”
    “Do you think I forgot?” She raised one perfectly arched eyebrow as I handed her the porcelain cup. “You think I'm losing it, is that what you're saying?”
    “No!” I backed away — not that distance would save me — and plastered my best sucking-up smile onto my face. “Gosh no, you're the best magazine editor —”
    “That's right, I am.”
     
    Although England-born, Fraser Sherman would still be living in the Florida Panhandle (long story) if he hadn’t met his dream woman in 2008. They now live together in Durham, NC with the two most adorable dogs in the world and a semi-stray cat. Fraser has been a reporter for several papers, written articles for Newsweek, Boys’ Life and Law Enforcement Technology and had more than two dozen short stories published. He’s written five books about movies, starting with Cyborgs, Santa Claus and Satan. Find him online at: https://Frasersherman.com
     
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    • 44 min
    Overcast 137: They Come From the Void by Luke Elliott

    Overcast 137: They Come From the Void by Luke Elliott

    They Come From the Void by Luke Elliott. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Luke Elliott.
     
      Orblights rose from beneath black waves, boiling the saltwater into white banks of steam. Seven lighthouses flashed golden as their rotating lenses cut beams from the headland into the rolling sea. The orblights hovered over shoals, between craggy sea stacks, and amid high breaking surf in paths unwavering, though the sea assailed them. They would only alter course to glide up the sheer cliffs into the coastal village of Overmorn Cove, whose people congregated outside their homes to meet them.
     
    Luke Elliott’s fiction has appeared in Metaphorosis Magazine, the Buckman Journal, and The Best Vegan Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2018 collection. He has a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Florida, an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, and is a graduate of the Viable Paradise writer’s workshop. In 2017, he launched the Ink to Film podcast with a filmmaker co-host, where he discusses books and their film adaptations from a writer’s point of view in weekly episodes. He writes mostly science fiction, fantasy, and horror, but will go wherever the inspiration takes him. In between writing, podcasting, and occasional gaming, he collects quality whiskies and is always happy to pour a glass for company. Find him at: www.lukeelliottauthor.com, www.inktofilm.com, www.twitter.com/luminousluke. 
     
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    • 37 min
    Overcast 136: Where the Grass May Be Greener by Rob Butler

    Overcast 136: Where the Grass May Be Greener by Rob Butler

    Where the Grass May Be Greener by Rob Butler. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Rob Butler. #scifi #timetravel 
    For Stenson the start of the walk was the highlight. He had never seen one tree, let alone the dozens now arrayed before him. The only trees left in his world were in botanical zoos. He always encouraged Ben to reach out and feel the foliage. Vision and touch he had decided to experience but not sound, taste or smell – too expensive. Hence the drone of the motorway did not destroy his pleasure. Where Ben saw grass and scrubland, Stenson saw a green beauty he had only ever known in the pages of books or in recordings. And when there was wildlife, like the horses, or the fox he had once glimpsed, these were sensations he could feed on for days as he grubbed and toiled to get the credits for his next trip.
     
    Rob lives in Reading in the UK and has had around 40 pieces of short fiction published in a number of print and online magazines including Shoreline of Infinity and Daily Science Fiction. He particularly enjoys writing Drabbles and a short book of these appears on his Amazon Author pages, along with some other examples of his writing.  https://www.amazon.com/Rob-Butler/e/B01ELRD8XS/
     
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    • 28 min
    Overcast 135: Cuckoo's Nest by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

    Overcast 135: Cuckoo's Nest by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

    Cuckoo's Nest by Nina Kiriki Hoffman. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword written by Nina Kiriki Hoffman. #fantasy #urbanfantasy 
    She reached out and gripped his chin in her too-hard grasp.  He tried to draw back, but she was too strong.  She stared at his mouth, leaned closer, suddenly pulled his head down and pressed her lips to his.  Before he could react, her tongue was in his mouth.  She tasted like lemon, like rosemary, like something wild.  She bit his lower lip, sucked on the wound until he had vampire fears.  There was nothing arousing about her actions; all of him was damped down with fear.
    Over the past thirty-odd years, Nina Kiriki Hoffman has sold adult and young adult novels and more than 350 short stories.  Her works have been finalists for many major awards, and she has won Stoker and Nebula Awards.
    Nina's novels have been published by Avon, Atheneum, Ace, Pocket, Scholastic, Tachyon, and Viking.  Her short stories have appeared in many magazines and anthologies.
    Nina does production work for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and teaches writing.  She lives in Eugene, Oregon.
    For a list of Nina's publications: http://ofearna.us/books/hoffman.html.
     
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    • 26 min
    Overcast 134: The Button at the Base of his Spine by Robert Bagnall

    Overcast 134: The Button at the Base of his Spine by Robert Bagnall

    The Button at the Base of his Spine by Robert Bagnall. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword written by Robert Bagnall.
    Jeff didn’t think he’d ever seen that look in Mandy’s eyes before.
    He’d opened the front door, as he always did, hung his hat up, as he always did, and hollered, “Hi, honey, I’m home.”  They’d exchanged kisses, lingering rather than obligatory, they were still virtually newlyweds, and Jeff wondered if he could get her to do that thing she did with his back later that night.  He loved that thing she did with his back.  He’d never met anybody else who could do that.
    Robert Bagnall was born in Bedford, England, in 1970 and now lives in Devon, between Dartmoor and the English Channel.  He is the author of the novel ‘2084’, and the anthology ‘24 0s & a 2’, which collects two dozen of his thirty-plus published stories.  He can be contacted via his blog at meschera.blogspot.co.uk.
     
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    • 24 min

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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!)

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Amazing Podcast

Smartly curated collection of weird & wonderful fiction!

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