You’ve found the future home of PodCastle, the world’s first fantasy audio magazine. We’re still in site development right now, but look here for news and details as we prepare to launch our podcast in October.

If you’re a writer, please be sure to check out our submission guidelines as well. We’re open to submissions immediately. If you have any questions, you can contact us at editor@podcastle.org.

Thanks very much, and you’ll be hearing from us soon!

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  1. 1

    Jason Penney said,

    July 5, 2007 @ 7:01 pm

    Looking good. Can’t wait.

    Am I right in assuming the escapepod.org address in the guidelines isn’t the real submission address?

  2. 2

    Rachel Swirsky said,

    July 20, 2007 @ 5:29 pm


    The corrected guidelines should be visible now.

  3. 3

    LaShawn said,

    July 21, 2007 @ 9:35 am

    This ought to be good. I’ve been hoping you guys would just do fantasy.

  4. 4

    Janni said,

    July 23, 2007 @ 5:32 pm

    Hey, I found you guys here by accident.

    (On Duotrope. Hmmm … I thought. New fantasy podcast. Wonder who’s doing that? And then, Oh, right. Of course!)

    Does that mean I know the new secret future name and location a few nanomoments before everyone else? 🙂

  5. 5

    Jason Penney said,

    July 24, 2007 @ 6:40 am


  6. 6

    Michael Natale said,

    July 27, 2007 @ 11:35 am

    I’m glad you guys are doing this. Escape Pod and Pseudopod have been in my iTunes lists since forever.

    I was wondering when you guys would do fantasy. Can’t wait.


  7. 7

    Thaurismunths said,

    July 29, 2007 @ 4:02 pm

    Man, the site looks great! Can’t wait for the stories.

  8. 8

    cymryk said,

    August 1, 2007 @ 11:28 am

    So it’s August….
    **gnash gnash**

  9. 9

    vburn said,

    August 2, 2007 @ 8:36 am

    FYI The link to pseudopod is wrong in the submission guideline page. Need to be .org.

  10. 10

    Rachel said,

    August 2, 2007 @ 12:29 pm

    “The link to pseudopod is wrong in the submission guideline page.”

    Should be fixed now.

  11. 11

    Nev the Deranged said,

    August 14, 2007 @ 10:40 pm

    Hurry UP already! I can’t hardly wait much longer!

    Although, to be honest, I don’t know when I’m going to find time to listen to MORE stories >.

  12. 12

    cymryk said,

    August 30, 2007 @ 3:45 pm

    October!!! Arrggghhhh

  13. 13

    Brian Lieberman said,

    August 30, 2007 @ 4:11 pm


  14. 14

    Michelle said,

    August 31, 2007 @ 9:54 am

    Soo happy about this!! Can’t wait!

  15. 15

    Nate said,

    August 31, 2007 @ 11:11 pm

    if there was a feed i’d have it in iTunes and not have to think about it. since there isn’t a feed now, i’ll probably forget to subscribe come october. :\ oh well… good luck escape artists!

  16. 16

    Eric said,

    September 2, 2007 @ 11:37 am

    Love the Escape Pod and the Pseudopod. Can’t wait for the castle.
    Keep up the great work.

  17. 17

    Kaa said,

    September 3, 2007 @ 11:04 pm

    Whee! Three times the audio fictiony goodness! 🙂

  18. 18

    Chris Lester said,

    September 4, 2007 @ 10:49 am

    And there was much rejoicing. (“Yaaaaay.”)

    I’m definitely looking forward to this. I have a story in mind that I think will work well for Podcastle … just as soon as I finish this novel I’m working on… 🙂

  19. 19

    Sonia said,

    September 4, 2007 @ 4:41 pm

    Awesome!!! I’ve enjoyed escapepod and look forward to podcastle!!!

  20. 20

    Jan said,

    September 7, 2007 @ 12:23 pm

    I’m so excited about this!!!

    Are readers all going to be well-known-ish podcasters or are you looking for voice talent? [/curious]

  21. 21

    Cory said,

    September 7, 2007 @ 10:49 pm

    Very excited about this!

    Like to point out a minor problem in the site display in Firefox: the western half of the knife map is too high by about 100 pixels.

    Also: Who does your artwork? I love it!

  22. 22

    Drawquarter said,

    September 21, 2007 @ 9:17 am

    I have enjoyed Pseudopod and Escapepod for the past year. I am very excited about this new podcast!

  23. 23

    Joe Peterson said,

    September 21, 2007 @ 4:50 pm

    Any chance you can put up the feed with a very quick intro as the first podcast? I don’t want to miss this, but I don’t know how long it will be before this falls off my radar to watch. I’d love to subscribe to it now so I don’t remember it in a year and have a year to catch up on. 😉


  24. 24

    Tanglust said,

    September 21, 2007 @ 10:35 pm

    Love Escape Pod and Pseudo Pod and Fantasy is my favorite Sci Fi Category. I’ll catch up on the other podcasts until October but It will be hard to remember Oct. Please announce on Escape or Pseudo
    or both when we can subscribe. Thanks very much for the entertainment.

  25. 25

    cymryk said,

    September 24, 2007 @ 1:07 pm


    I’m running Firefox as well, it looks fine to me, check the extensions you are running.

  26. 26

    bovorasr said,

    September 24, 2007 @ 8:07 pm

    Cory, et, al.

    Press CTRL-. Your font size is increased, overriding the default stylesheet. For other viewers, to reproduce this, just press CTRL+ in a high-res environment. Should put the “pseudopod” link on a separate line and move the middle frame down by about 80-100px. If pressing that key doesn’t fix it, check to see if you are overriding the default stylesheets in some other way. Maybe in tools->advanced->something.

    Anyway, good luck with the launch, looking forward it!

  27. 27

    The Captain said,

    October 1, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

    Escape Pod and Pseudopod are two of my fave podcast! I look forward to them every week and now Fantasy!?!
    COOL! Can’t wait to add you on my iPhone.

  28. 28

    Jason Penney said,

    October 2, 2007 @ 7:46 am

    FYI, your submission guidelines list the address once at podcastle.org then later, in the paragraph starting “Once again…” it’s listed as an escapepod.org address.

  29. 29

    Joe Griffin said,

    October 3, 2007 @ 2:20 pm

    What about the stories that blur the lines? There have been a few on escapepod, but not that there is a fantasy only show, does that meen that you are not accepting the genre bending stories?

  30. 30

    Cory said,

    October 3, 2007 @ 3:23 pm

    borosavr: you’re probably on the right track. Ctrl/- shrinks the text to move pseudopod back onto the top line. The two halves of the knife *still* don’t line up right but it’s only a few pixels now. This is nevertheless still a web design problem, not a problem with my browser or extensions. 🙂

    The site is beautiful, just that one thing.

  31. 31

    Bettyscg said,

    October 3, 2007 @ 8:50 pm

    Hurray!! It’s October I look forward to your success because it will benefit us all.

  32. 32

    bovorasr said,

    October 11, 2007 @ 6:53 pm

    Cory: Perhaps it is; I can’t seem to reproduce that exactly over here, and my best guess was the font scaling (you mentioned Firefox). I’m sure it has something to do with the menu text not lining up as intended by the designer. Some how, some way.

    Anyway, we talk about it too much… I also think the design is beautiful, and I don’t mean to sound as if I don’t.

    I can’t wait for this podcast to start, I’ve been checking it every couple of days or so. I’m kind of enjoying this “not knowing exactly when it’s going to be released” thing; it’s the anticipation, I suppose.

  33. 33

    al saiz said,

    October 12, 2007 @ 1:25 am

    This is really exciting. I am so looking forward to this. Lots of success.

  34. 34

    John Dodds said,

    October 18, 2007 @ 5:37 am

    I’m looking forward to this one, Steve. I’m an avid listener to both Escape Pod and Pseudopod.

    Oh, and can I give your listeners a heads up here? I’m the Podcast reviewer on The Fix, the short story review website produced by the people who publish Interzone and Black Static. Comments, recommendations alway welcome.


  35. 35

    Rob P. said,

    October 22, 2007 @ 2:26 am

    I wish we could get a promo or something so we could subscribe and not keep checking to see when it starts

  36. 36

    Philip said,

    October 22, 2007 @ 3:30 am

    I’m not certain it will work, but this feed should tell you when it comes out. http://podcastle.org/feed/atom/

  37. 37

    Rob P. said,

    October 22, 2007 @ 1:24 pm


  38. 38

    Sara R. said,

    October 24, 2007 @ 11:44 am

    If you have an iGoogle page, you can add the feed there, too. That is what I did. And, yet, I keep checking the site, hoping that the feed is lying to me and the podcast really is available after all. (If you click the RSS feed button in the URL text box, I’m asked if I want to add it to my iGoogle homepage or to Google Reader.)

  39. 39

    eclipse said,

    October 28, 2007 @ 12:14 pm

    hey! i thought you guys said october! does that mean you will be launching in the next 3 days or do we get an update here instead?!

  40. 40

    hiwindz said,

    October 30, 2007 @ 8:22 pm

    while we all wait with the dragons at the castle gate…

    other who are waiting what are your favorite Fantasy podcast or audiobooks books


  41. 41

    Tom said,

    October 31, 2007 @ 8:30 am

    My favorite fantasy podcast novel is Shadowmagic by John Lenahan. here is the link to his website http://www.shadowmagic.co.uk/

    and here is the teaser for it.

    “Hi, my name is Conor. Other than my father being a bit of an eccentric lunatic, my life was pretty normal until I got attacked in my living room and whisked away to Tir na Nog, the mystical land of the ancient Celts, where it turns out Dad is the usurped heir to the throne and everybody wants me dead because of some prophecy. Don’t you just hate when that happens?”

    It is a fantastic story that i have listened to many times and it never gets boring.

  42. 42

    Steven Boyd said,

    October 31, 2007 @ 10:40 pm

    its november now where is the podcast?

  43. 43

    Cameron said,

    November 2, 2007 @ 12:32 pm

    Steve (Steven? Steven Eley? Mr. Steven Eley? Master?) has said that October is no longer a viable deadline, but that he’d let us know. However, I, too, could do w/ a URL for the RSS feed so that I can just plug it in to my aggregator.

    However, perhaps this is all a part of His plot. He puts no news up on the site, nothing in an RSS feed, and dozens of people flock to the site every day to check. Within weeks, the numbers increase from dozens, to hundreds, to thousands and tens of thousands. In a matter of months, Podcastle becomes the most popular site on the internet, passing by Yahoo! YouTube, even Google. Millions of computers are found to have Podcastle as their home page, even, to save the users the time it takes to type “podcastle.org” into the address bar over a hundred times a day. The world waits with baited breath, with anticipation unmatched by any political event, sporting event, or holiday. The fighting in Iraq halts, both sides reaching an unspoken agreement because no one, not even Osama bin Laden, wants to miss the first episode of Podcastle. He leaves the security of his cave to find a WiFi connection for his Dell laptop, but who does he find waiting for him? Steven Eley. Holding a bat. This whole time, Podcastle was just a ruse to get bin Laden out of hiding. You’ve GOT to admire that level of dedication. (And in the meantime, the rest of the world throws itself into anarchy when it discovers that Podcastle was all a lie…)

  44. 44

    JG said,

    November 3, 2007 @ 2:15 am


  45. 45

    Knic said,

    November 4, 2007 @ 6:55 am

    I don’t know if it is official, but I have had this feed in my podcatcher(bashpodder) for awhile in case an episode slips out before I notice. The url I added was http://podcastle.org/feed which works, but who knows if it is supported. I think they are tentative to announce another date as it will be vague, or not what actually happens(too optimistic, or too cautious). Anyways I think I speak for everyone in saying we demand a refund.

  46. 46

    Nev the Deranged said,

    November 14, 2007 @ 10:42 pm

    Gr. If October is no longer a viable deadline, I expect the blurb stating an October deadline to be changed. And I expect an audio update in an episode of EP (which may have happened, I’m a little behind). Again, I say Gr.

  47. 47

    Tom said,

    November 15, 2007 @ 12:27 pm

    yes there was an audio update on EP. Steve appologized for not making the october deadline becasue he got a new job that keeps him thoroughly busy. He said it is comming soon though because they have purchased stories and are working on them. Lets all keep our fingers crossed.

  48. 48

    Anakie said,

    November 16, 2007 @ 8:50 am

    My fingers are crossed too >.

  49. 49

    The_Witt said,

    November 16, 2007 @ 11:09 am

    Hello to all!I have been patiently wating for this site to get up and running.I really enjoy Escape Pod. Does anyone know of another “GOOD” podcast that i can get my fix from until this site gets going?
    Thanks in advance!

  50. 50

    Sueper said,

    November 20, 2007 @ 10:24 pm

    OOOO I’m waiting too but just in case The_Witt has missed out on it Have you tried podiobooks.com
    I found Shadowmagic mentioned by Tom there and lots of other books
    serialised as podcasts.

  51. 51

    Chromeratt said,

    November 20, 2007 @ 11:14 pm

    Haven’t gotten the whole way through it yet, but Shadowmagic is a hoot. Quirky, what with the 7 ft imps and all, but entertaining. Hopefully it will keep me busy until the PodCastle is built.

  52. 52

    SID WILSON said,

    November 21, 2007 @ 3:26 pm

    LOVE! EscapePod so I can’t wait for PodCastle….
    If it is half as good as EscapePod I will be sending money and looking forward to each …cast!

    If you are new and want to listen to some of the best stories in the genre out there….. try EscapePod.

    Waiting eagely…. just know I wont be disappointed.

  53. 53

    evlpez said,

    November 21, 2007 @ 4:22 pm

    I’m glad it’s still delayed. I don’t think I can afford another podcast series addiction. *gestures to the piles of downloaded Escape and Pseudo Pod back epsiodes in her Juice log* My family are going to start hiding my earbuds.

    Yes, I’m kidding (about the gladness, not the earbuds). BRING IT ON, please. Pretty please?

    *continues waiting and checking*

  54. 54

    Covenant said,

    November 27, 2007 @ 3:32 pm

    Gimme gimme gimme!!!

  55. 55

    MacsBug said,

    December 4, 2007 @ 10:42 am

    As an avid fan of escape pod and psudopod I too am still patiently waiting for this podcast to go online. I would perhaps suggest that the people in charge give us fans MORE updates. I havn’t heard anything about podcastle lately. What’s going on people? If it’s been trashed.. just tell us! We’ll understand. It’s not like we’d storm the castle with torches..

  56. 56

    T.K. said,

    December 10, 2007 @ 5:18 pm

    Can’t wait for this podcast to go live. So i must ask, will there be any new Squonk stories. Well if you all get around to it, shout out a update on escapepod or something. tell us whats up.

  57. 57

    J said,

    December 12, 2007 @ 10:59 pm

    I think they meant October of 2008.

  58. 58

    Ben Phillips said,

    December 16, 2007 @ 10:49 am

    I’m not sure either, but I’ve talked to Ms. Swirsky fairly recently and I’m pretty sure it hasn’t been trashed. And I know many, many stories have been purchased for production. So it will definitely happen sooner or later… hopefully before Oct ’08!

  59. 59

    lithopedion said,

    December 18, 2007 @ 7:54 pm

    every body just needs to relax. Don’t you know that ‘people’ have nothing to do with what comes out of a computer, duh! as soon as most of us… I mean all of you just stop waiting it’ll just appear.

  60. 60

    Thomas said,

    December 21, 2007 @ 11:04 am

    i wait and wait and wait
    like a sigler (DAMN HIM) junkie i wait and wait and wait
    all the while the voices are taunting me, saying “steve is as evil as sigler (DAMN HIM)”

    okok, just saying i am trying to be as patient as possible, is the feed up and ready to go?? if so, i will add it to my feed download and wait and wait and wait

    got hooked on escapepod, through that found and got hooked on mur (GO KEEPIE), then discided to give pseudopod a try, am hooked, and FINALLY listened to sigler (DAMN HIM) and then expanded to other scfi/fantasies from there.

    thank you steve, my family does not recognize me without my iPod or earplugs in.


  61. 61

    hockoner said,

    December 24, 2007 @ 10:19 pm

    looking foward to fantasy podcasts, already have all escapepod episodes on my ipod, when will the site launch

  62. 62

    CM Knox said,

    December 25, 2007 @ 8:57 am

    I don’t want to come off as sounding ungrateful or anything with this. I love both Escapepod and Pseudopod, as well as all the Mur stuff I listen to now because of first hearing her around here.

    That said, is a little news too much to ask for? I know life happens, but even just a ‘we don’t have a date, but this isn’t dead,” would be nice. Or even a “Sorry, but we’re pulling the plug,” if that’s what has to be. The waiting is a world of suck.


  63. 63

    The_witt said,

    December 31, 2007 @ 11:26 am

    I agree, I love all the current feeds, I even put blurbs on my blog about escape pod, and the Playing for keeps stuff. And I have been waiting patiently…but Hey, come on…
    Where are we at on this site?

  64. 64

    Spork said,

    January 1, 2008 @ 10:38 pm

    It’s the new year. Where the heck is it?

  65. 65

    Ben said,

    January 3, 2008 @ 3:03 pm

    I am excited about this, I hope the site goes live soon.

  66. 66

    Ian Harlow said,

    January 3, 2008 @ 3:57 pm

    Which part of Fantasy don’t you understand?

  67. 67

    Eric K said,

    January 3, 2008 @ 11:25 pm

    I’ve been silently lurking and checking in since the site announcement.

    I have faith.

  68. 68

    Thomas said,

    January 4, 2008 @ 5:50 pm

    waiting, Waiting and WAITING!!

    this is a sigler plot via ely to make us all itchy and jumpy

  69. 69

    Spork said,

    January 5, 2008 @ 9:50 am

    It couldn’t possibly involve Sigler as there is no irritating voice with lousy wannabe hard rock music and a guy shouting at you as if he’s telling you that there will be a monster truck show at the coliseum Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! Be there…

    Seriously, does he really think that crap is cool?

  70. 70

    lithopedion said,

    January 8, 2008 @ 3:58 am


  71. 71

    Thomas said,

    January 8, 2008 @ 4:47 pm

    it’s all in good fun

  72. 72

    azfemmefatale said,

    January 8, 2008 @ 5:54 pm

    I was googleing podcastle trying to find this website for updates and found http://podcastle.livejournal.com/ that actually has updates on it from Ann Leckie. Looks like it’s still a work in progress.

  73. 73

    polylizzy said,

    January 8, 2008 @ 6:23 pm


    wish there was something I could do to help this get going…..

    Will have to keep heading to podiobooks for now.

    My favorite so far? “Singularity”

    A micro black hole…maybe thats where the podcastle went?

  74. 74

    Dragoneous said,

    January 10, 2008 @ 7:03 pm

    Suprises are nice, but the anticipation of somthing wonderfull on the horizion delights the spirit every time you glance that direction.

  75. 75

    Spork said,

    January 12, 2008 @ 12:36 pm

    Why the delay? Why? You’re currently flooding pseudopod with fantasy stories that should be here.

  76. 76

    Cory said,

    January 14, 2008 @ 2:38 am


    podiobooks has some great stuff. I read one of Cory Doctorow’s books there, Eastern Standard Tribe, love his fast-paced reading.

    However my very favorite, approaching one of my favorite books PERIOD, is The Corridor by Zan. I hope Zan submits material to this site, because it’s absolutely top-rate fantasy.

  77. 77

    Omar said,

    January 15, 2008 @ 11:30 pm

    As a fan of Escape and Pseudo, I’m also looking forward to the upcoming fantasy podcasts. I wanted to leave a comment, though, because I just popped into the site to look for updates and saw some rather interesting text at the bottom of the page that I wasn’t sure management knew about.

    I use Firefox with the NoScript add-on and when I checked out this site I noticed quite a bit of links (with sexually-related titles) at the bottom under the end of the template. I turned off NoScript to see if they were supposed to be there, and poof, gone. However, when looking at the page’s source in HTML, I see about 80 links at the bottom (you can’t miss them), all linking to port 12000 of thepodcastnetwork.com.

    Something tells me those aren’t actually supposed to be there, so I thought I’d mention it. Hope the ramp up to the grand opening is going well!

  78. 78

    Spork said,

    January 16, 2008 @ 7:31 am

    Yup. div id=”goro” right there in the source. I wonder if this has anything to do with that downtime from a few days ago for both pseudopod and podcastle?

    Here’s a post with more information on the backdoor vulnerability in WordPress: http://pseudo-flaw.net/log/20/more-random-wordpress-blogs-and-al-gore-owned-by-seo-spammers

  79. 79

    Spork said,

    January 16, 2008 @ 7:32 am

    Oh, by the way, I’m also using Firefox, but without the NoScript add-on and I don’t see the links at all. Weird.

  80. 80

    hiwindz said,

    January 21, 2008 @ 1:07 pm

    I under stand that it talk time to set up something like this, Can you give us an ETA so we Know when to check back here for some fantastic Fanticy or is this site just a Fanticy 🙂


  81. 81

    Jaycon said,

    January 21, 2008 @ 3:06 pm

    your audience is waiting, were here…waiting, that’s right you have a waiting audience…but wheres the product????

  82. 82

    Mithrilwombat said,

    January 22, 2008 @ 10:48 pm

    My thought on the waiting is this…If I could camp out all day to be at the front of the line for Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and the Matrix opening nights…If I could stand in line for hours outside of a convention center, in the middle of an Indiana August, wearing a multilayered dress that breathes like the undead-which is to say, not at all-then this, is nothing. I harbor the same level of fanaticism for these podcasts, but at least I can chill out in front of my computer with a Mt. Dew slurpie and subtitled animes while I check to see if it’s up yet.

  83. 83

    lithopedion said,

    January 25, 2008 @ 3:39 am

    crybabies get nothing

  84. 84

    podbookfan_essex said,

    January 27, 2008 @ 7:38 pm

    End of January and we’re STILL waiting?

    Come on Steve, please come on, prove to the world that Podcastle is more than just a very nice idea.

    If you need some help from your loyal listeners/subscribers then just put the call out on escapepod or pseudopod but please give us something.

  85. 85

    Spork said,

    January 28, 2008 @ 2:28 pm

    I believe this is known on the intarwebs as “epic fail.”

  86. 86

    Frosty said,

    February 1, 2008 @ 9:03 am

    “Roses are red
    Violets are Blue
    Podcastle’s Blog is nice
    But content would be better”

    Regards for the New year and *fingers Crossed* for Podcastle in 08

  87. 87

    Doodee said,

    February 3, 2008 @ 7:46 pm

    Thanks for sharing

  88. 88

    Reaper said,

    February 4, 2008 @ 4:35 pm

    I am really looking forward to this podcast since escapepod and pseudopod are so professional. Is there any idea when this will be up and running.

  89. 89

    Dave said,

    February 4, 2008 @ 7:15 pm

    lies. all lies.

  90. 90

    Christoforo said,

    February 5, 2008 @ 2:20 am

    OK, we all know what a juggernaut Microsoft is, but do you really need to emulate them?? Announcing a target product release date, then blowing it so spectacularly (a full quarter??) with no updates is no way to engender loyalty with your intended audience. At least give us some clue as to what’s going on with the site — are you going to go live, or not?

  91. 91

    RandyNose said,

    February 5, 2008 @ 4:12 am

    Ummm… Any tentative dates? ??? 🙂 🙁 ??

  92. 92

    Eon said,

    February 5, 2008 @ 10:43 pm

    What? WHAT? I’ve been waiting since before October! I am much saddened by procrastination.

  93. 93

    Anonymous said,

    February 6, 2008 @ 4:45 pm

    I wouldn’t mind the wait, except … all the fantasy was taken away from Escape Pod months and months ago. Which means, pretty much, the most interesting part of Escape Pod is gone (the SF stories are fine, but they take on a sameness without any fantasy in the mix), but Podcastle hasn’t filled in the gap.

    Which is pretty much why I recently mostly gave up on Escape Pod–some of us really weren’t there because we wanted all science fiction, all the time, though apparently we weren’t vocal enough.

    It’s the mix that made it work. I’d had hopes that listening to both Escape Pod and Pseudopod I could hang on to something of the feel of that mix … but instead we wound up with a single blander podcast tailored to a much more limited audience.

    It’s too bad. I miss Escape-Pod-as-it-was. Escape-Pod-as-it-is is clearly aimed at an audience other than me however. (The same audience, perhaps, that keeps trying to create “pure” science fiction magazines, even though fantasy actually has more readers?)

  94. 94

    Reaper said,

    February 6, 2008 @ 6:11 pm

    Well said Mr. Anonymous, I am another quiet fantasy fan who wishes fantasy was still on escapepod. Perhaps we should be e-mailing escapepod.

  95. 95

    Spork said,

    February 7, 2008 @ 7:17 am

    Apparently, those involved with the creation of this podcast are more concerned with dispensing information pertaining to its delays through sites not directly affiliated with this site. It is absurdly ironic that people involved with a medium of communication, the podcast, can be so bad at the basics of…communication.


  96. 96

    admin said,

    February 7, 2008 @ 7:08 pm

    Isn’t it amazing how people can still be leaving messages when ‘admin’ only ever posted on 7/5/2007.

    Communication is a basic (see 95).

    Think the initial page could be updated periodically? ever?

  97. 97

    Spork said,

    February 8, 2008 @ 7:18 am

    I think it’s sad that we, as listeners, know more about Steve Eley’s polyamorous love life than we do about the status of the podcast he was going to push all our fantasy into.

  98. 98

    Steve Eley said,

    February 8, 2008 @ 9:14 am

    If you want your money back, Spork, I’ll be happy to refund everything you’ve paid into this product.

    PodCastle isn’t dead. There will be an update soon.

  99. 99

    David said,

    February 8, 2008 @ 2:24 pm

    I feel Sporks comment goes too far, this is not something we as listeners should be taking personally.

    However, if it were me I would be somewhat flattered that people enjoyed my work so much that so many people were disappointed that their is not more of it.

    Eagerly awaiting an update, or at least a good reason for the extremely long delay.

  100. 100

    Spork said,

    February 8, 2008 @ 6:21 pm

    You know you’ve just used a flimsy canard of a defense. I actually thought you were smarter than that. Free isn’t some magic shield against valid criticism, Steve. You’ve. Dropped. The. Ball. Being free doesn’t give you license to jerk us, and potential authors/submitters around.

    Where is the communication about this podcast? You’ve yanked out all the fantasy from EP, but the intended podcast for fantasy has yet to materialize. I pay for this podcast with my time and attention, and quite possibly by buying the products from eventual sponsors.

    Either give an update, or put fantasy back in EP.

  101. 101

    Spork said,

    February 8, 2008 @ 6:27 pm

    By the way, you’re welcome for me providing you with the information on the WordPress goro backdoor.

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    Steve Eley said,

    February 8, 2008 @ 8:36 pm

    I know what my failures are, Spork. I said there would be an update soon.

    You’ve been warned about taking things personal before. You’re very close to getting banned from this podcast site before it even launches.

  103. 103

    Origamiman said,

    February 8, 2008 @ 11:08 pm

    as a as-soon-as-I-release-podcaster I know it can be really hard to get everything up and running. and I understand that patience is important. If you can’t wait for more fantasy fiction, go out and find some, go to your local library, etc. the whole point of escapepod and company (As I see it) is to provide people an easy way to get interested about genre fiction either for the first time, or as part of a life long love. it should never be your only fiction input (a crime of which I am guilty). sure steve said October, sure its well passed October, it happens. a lot. steve said soon, it will be soon. as far as blaming steve, I can only say that I am disappointed and saddened. I like to think that all people are above that. but it seems that I am wrong.

    Steve, rock on, keep up the great work, and I will enjoy the wait for the duration.

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    Origamiman said,

    February 8, 2008 @ 11:10 pm

    P.S. sorry if I was a little preachy there. Didn’t mean to be of offense to anyone.

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    RSHeslin said,

    February 8, 2008 @ 11:44 pm

    Hey! I got my LJ comments linked back to this site! Does that mean I’m famous?

  106. 106

    Spork said,

    February 9, 2008 @ 12:08 am

    Personal? You’re offering me a refund for a free podcast, and you think I’m taking this personally? Your first reply in this thread doesn’t contain any useful information, aside from a vague statement about an announcement, it’s an insult directed squarely at me for having the gall to ask why you and your staff think not updating this site with information is a good idea. You’re not really maintaining any high-road altitude like you think you are. Talk about the snark calling the kettle sarcastic…

    It’s a fact. I do, indeed, know more about your polyamorous love life than I do about the status of this podcast. That’s not an ad-hominem attack, it’s the Xenu’s honest truth.

    It’s not an attack to point out that there are two other livejournal weblogs with more information about the status of this podcast, than the site erected specifically FOR this podcast. It is, once again, a fact.

    You, sir, are taking this far too personally. I wonder why you have such difficulty with your mistakes being pointed out, and your silence being actively questioned. There’s nothing I’ve written that’s factually inaccurate, or an attack, yet you react with the utmost in defensiveness; threatening a pre-launch ban. I’ve even attempted to assist you with your hacked WordPress, for cryin’ out loud!

    I’m responding to your blatant neglect, sir. Your virtual abandonment, sir. How do you honestly expect to attract new fantasy submissions with a launch “success” like this? How do you expect listeners, who have been deprived of fantasy stories on EP to stick around in the dark, indefinitely? How do you honestly expect people who have been politely requesting information to respond to being IGNORED? With a thank you note and a kiss on the cheek?

    You say there’s an announcement, sir. But, I’ll believe it when I hear it, or read it on this site.

  107. 107

    Spork said,

    February 9, 2008 @ 12:13 am

    By the way, it has not escaped my attention that you had no announcement at all until you were basically forced into making one by having attention focused on this neglect. It wasn’t until attention was put on those two livejournal blogs that you deigned to make an appearance here.

    Why is it that you are reacting so hatefully to the very people who are forcing you to respond? Why do you have such a problem being held accountable that you respond with a threat of a ban for no valid reason?

  108. 108

    Origamiman said,

    February 9, 2008 @ 12:40 am

    Spork, although it is generally my opinion that everyone is free to say what they have, I must point out a flaw in your “logic” You sir are the one that took this far too personally. First of all Steve’s personal life is Not what is of question here, although he has on occasion volunteered us that information, it is noone’s place but Steve’s to judge how he manages his time and his life, You are the one that started pointing fingers, and you are the one that started using harsh words.

    I can’t force you to do anything, but I feel personally offended at your attacks at Steve, and general lack of patience, things happen, live happens, reality happens, starting up a podcast takes time. which, as I understand it, is in extremely limited quantity for many people. so I must ask you, in all sincerity, to stop directing personal attacks, you sat that steve is taking it too personally, your the one that made it personal. if you need to point fingers, blame, flame, or troll. yell at me, my podcast is far later than this one. let us wait in peace, I can only speak for myself, but I don’t want to read this kind of crap, I don’t need my computer to fetch me every time you feel the need to yell, blame, troll, or flame at other people.
    if we can’t play nice here of all paces, how can we ever consider ourselves civilized at all.

  109. 109

    Kurt said,

    February 9, 2008 @ 12:45 am

    Spork, you sound a little to much like Willy Wonka. I would ban you for that alone, but to bitch about not getting free content? Maybe you should head down to your local library and pick up a book or two. Maybe get a few on economics and sociology, a little abnormal psychology wouldn’t hurt. Remember, “Knowing is half the battle!”

    Good day sir!

  110. 110

    Origamiman said,

    February 9, 2008 @ 1:06 am

    *folds kurt an Excaliber to aid in cutting through the tension*

    “knowing is half the battle” … thank you for that… thank you so very much.

  111. 111

    Steve Eley said,

    February 9, 2008 @ 1:31 am

    Okay folks. Let’s not get into a pile-up here. If this goes any further into personal arguments I’m going to have to turn off comments. I don’t want to do that, because asking what’s up really is legitimate. Being overtly hostile about it is not, but that seems to be a minority view.

    I’ll say this: There is work being done on PodCastle. We have a team of volunteers. As I type this I’m in chat with two other people to nail down some production decisions and draft narrators for the first dozen stories.

    When I said there will be an update soon, I meant exactly that. And here it is. The schedule for the first six weeks. It should be posted here to this blog momentarily.

    Am I being unnecessarily thin-tempered? Possibly. It’s been a very bad week for me. Literally the worst week of my life. That is not your problem, Spork, and the reasons for it are not related to PodCastle. But being antagonistic here does not serve your interests nor mine. It isn’t going to get you content any faster, and I’m not withholding information just to be peevish.

    There have been some personal failures here, and I know very clearly what they are. I didn’t personally fail you, however. Being adversarial about it to this degree is unnecessary and a poor motivational tactic. You’ll get an excellent fantasy podcast as soon as we can deliver one, and we’ll present solid information as we can. I can’t do better than that.

  112. 112

    hockoner said,

    February 9, 2008 @ 9:47 pm

    Good to here the news steve. Looking foward to April and dont let people like that get to you. Have a better weel than the last and keep up the outstanding work.

  113. 113

    john said,

    February 15, 2008 @ 7:49 am

    wotta line up!
    looking forward with baited ears..

  114. 114

    The_Witt said,

    February 15, 2008 @ 10:57 am

    I have been away from reading the posts lately…
    *woosh* whats goin on?
    I thanks Steve silently every week for the content on Escapepod. HIs comments and stories brighten up the dreary Ohio Days (in Winter tht is). I have been Waiting Patiently for this site…and will continue to wait. If its going to be anything like EP then YEAH!
    AS far as spork goes…Well i won’t go there too much banter back and forth on that already, except I will say this: Steve DOES NOT GET PAID FOR THIS. He has already Told us in EP that he was starting a new Job Recently, so give him so time.
    Any Who, I did not mean to rant sorry for that Steve. IF there are those that need a fix for your fantasy until this site gets goin try:
    pretty good story.
    Thanks Again All!

  115. 115

    hockoner said,

    February 15, 2008 @ 8:58 pm

    im happy the drama stopped. Steve is a class act. What he does for us the listeners is outstanding and he should be commeneded for what he does. Escapepod is great and i cant wait for Podcastle to start. Good job Steve you deserve it.

  116. 116

    Steve said,

    February 18, 2008 @ 10:20 am


    In the interests of fairness, I’m beginning to moderate comments that are nothing but complaints against other commenters. That sort of thing gets ugly far too quickly. Let’s keep this positive, or at least keep it about the podcast. Thanks very much, and I’m looking forward to April too.

  117. 117

    The_Witt said,

    February 18, 2008 @ 4:53 pm

    Skyscrapers” by Rachel Swirsky

    Awesome story…
    ( I looked it up) I wasn’t a listener to EP back then, but the vision and imagery were amazing to read. I can’t wait to hear the story and let you bring her voice out futher.
    If your interested in more of her work, check out her site:
    very impressive.

  118. 118

    horrorgrammie said,

    April 10, 2008 @ 7:32 pm

    I’ve been a listener to Pseudopod since Day-1 and was so excited to await PodCastle!!! Congrats for an awesome beginning!

  119. 119

    THEKID said,

    April 13, 2008 @ 4:58 pm

    Just started listening listening to come lady death. Its the first one I really started listening to. I’ll be submitting some of my work soon.

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