PodCastle 484: Flash Fiction Extravaganza! Seasons

In Spring, the Dawn. In Summer, the Night.by Aidan Doyle.

Read by Nina Brady.

It always seems to me that people who hate me must be suffering from some strange form of lunacy. – Sei Shōnagon, The Pillow Book, Circa1000 C.E.

On the third day of the third month, the good people of court traveled by ox-drawn carriage from the Imperial Palace to the Divine Spring Garden, the carriage boys running ahead to ensure the common people didn’t block our way. The colored sleeves of so many elegant ladies showing through the curtains must have been a wondrous sight as the carriages rattled past.

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“Autumn Jewels” by Shveta Thakrar.

Read by Ramakrishnan M.

On the third of the nine nights of Navratri, the celebration honoring goddess Durga, a call slight as spider silk murmured through the temple. Most revelers heard nothing, but four-year-old Bhavna eluded her mother’s watchful eye long enough to sneak out of the saturated colors and lively music of garba, past a wild pumpkin patch, and into the night-shrouded woods beyond.

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“Winter Witch” by Matt Dovey.

Read by Julie Hoverson.

I feel their grief moving through the forest. It is like a buried splinter tugging at my skin, working its way further inside. In part this is my deep intimacy with these woods, nurtured through all my thirty years, and in part it is the soft sound of their sobbing, carried through still air that is thick with pine and decay and more.

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Rated PG-13.

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PodCastle Is Seeking A Story for Halloween!

This week, PodCastle invites you to scare us! We are looking for a Halloween story for 2017. If you’re a writer with a short story (original or reprint) that you’d like us to run this Halloween, visit our submittable portal now. Scary or funny, ghosts, ghouls, or goblins—haunted stories of all kinds are welcome.

The jaws of the portal snap shut at the unholiest of hours (midnight, EST) on August 19th, so be sure to feed the beast your less-than-6,000 word offering in time. Simultaneous submissions and multiple submissions will be regurgitated automatically, so please don’t send them for this call. See the portal for more terrifying submissions details.

 

Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali and Jen R. Albert

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PodCastle 483: Thirteen Bullets

by Laurence Raphael Brothers
read by Austin Malone
A PodCastle Original!

Rated R for adult themes.

The stagecoach lurches to a halt in a clearing beside the road. Four wild-eyed black geldings rear up and whinny as the top-hatted stage driver cracks a whip over their heads.

“Nous sommes ici,” says the driver. “Cimetière. La fin de la ligne!” The coach door slams open and the No-Good Kid clambers out, bleary-eyed, cursing, unsteady on his feet. His blond hair is tousled and mussed. He had to leave Albuquerque without his hat but it’s obvious what color it was because all the rest of his gear is white. Or it used to be white. Now it’s dingy with the dust of the journey. Not the best choice for hard travelling, but then he didn’t have much time to pack. His luggage consists mainly of card decks and empty whiskey bottles.

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Laurence Raphael Brothers is a writer and technologist. He has published short fiction at such venues as Nature magazine, the New Haven Review, and the Sockdolager, and he is nearing completion of a new novel, Evolutionary Intelligence Enkidu, a near-future military-aviation, alien-invasion, AI romance. You can follow Laurence on Twitter at @lbrothers, and at his website.

Austin Malone is an author of short-fiction, an associate editor for PseudoPod, and the facilitator for the Crescent City Critters writer’s group. He resides in New Orleans with two other full-sized humans, a slightly smaller human-in-progress, and one tiny dog. If folks would like to learn more about him, they can check out his website at sippinghemlocktea.com

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PodCastle 482: The Family Ghost

by Rati Mehrotra
read by Kaushik Narasimhan
hosted by Graeme Dunlap
First published in The Sockdolager

Rated PG-13

The day before she left for her husband’s village, Urmila got her dowry: a goat, two gold bangles, and the family ghost. The bangles were pretty and the goat would be useful, but what would she do with the ghost? Dirty, smelly old thing. Click here to read more.

Rati Mehrotra lives and writes in lovely Toronto. Her short stories have appeared in AE – The Canadian Science Fiction Review, Apex Magazine, Urban Fantasy, Podcastle, Cast of Wonders, and many more. Her debut novel ‘Markswoman’ will be published in January 2018. Find out more about her work at http://ratiwrites.com or follow her on Twitter: @Rati_Mehrotra

Kaushik Narasimhan is a management consultant by day, writer by night and psychonaut every weekend. He tweets at @kazarelth.

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