A Dozen by Dunsany
by Lord Dunsany
read by Wilson Fowlie, Setsu Uzume, Graeme Dunlop, Eric Luke, Matt Dovey, Aidan Doyle, Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali, Cheyenne Wright, Tina Connolly, Steve Anderson, Jen Albert, Amal el-Mohtar.
- The True Story of the Hare and the Tortoise
Chosen by Samantha Brandt (Talia); Read by Wilson Fowlie
Note: “I enjoyed the rather dark interpretation of a fable generally considered benign.”
- The Sphinx at Giza
Chosen & Read by Setsu Uzume
Note: “I love that the sense of doom and futility in all three, and the juxtaposition of eternal forces with finite human experience. It speaks to the artist’s experience, trying to capture something eternal in mediums as finite as smeared oils and chicken scratch.”
- The Song of the Blackbird
Chosen & Read by Graeme Dunlop
Note: “I love it for this line: “It was new then.” As in, everything old is new again.”
- The Tomb of Pan
Chosen by Raj K. Gopal; Read by Eric Luke
Note: “There is something beautiful to me about the holiness of joy and hedonism and humanity somehow managing to survive the holiness of sobriety and rigidity and ideology. “
- A Moral Little Tale
Chosen & Read by Matt Dovey
Note: “I don’t believe personal happiness can ever be an evil. There is an infinite pool of happiness to go around, if only we’d let each other share in it without judgement.”
- Death and the Orange
Chosen & Read by Aidan Doyle
Note: “I’ve had to deal with some strange fruit in my travels and I appreciate the description of “a small orange which had an evil laughter in its heart.”
- Alone the Immortals
Chosen & Read by Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali
Note: “I was intrigued by the title and the melancholic/dark feel of the tale.”
- Time and the Tradesman
Chosen by Krystal Claxton; Read by Cheyenne Wright
Note: “So the personification of Time showed up in a lot, A LOT, of these and I liked “Time and the Tradesmen” best. The Roman god pettiness of Time smiting a human merely to state that he is not to be fucked with left me oddly satisfied.”
- The Sphinx in Thebes (Massachusetts)
Chosen by Peter Wood; Read by Tina Connolly
- The Return of Song
Chosen by Peter Wood; Read by Steve Anderson
Chosen & Read by Jen R. Albert
Note: “It’s oddly sweet and I’ve always liked the whole boatman thing.”
- After the Fire
Chosen by Troy Wiggins; Read by Amal El-Mohtar
Note: “I like to think that mankind’s great ideas will outlive us even when everything that we know is destroyed. Also, we’re a lot more awesome than mammoths.”
About the Author
Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany (24 July 1878 – 25 October 1957) was an Anglo-Irish writer and dramatist; his work, mostly in the fantasy genre, was published under the name Lord Dunsany. More than ninety books of his work were published in his lifetime, and both original work and compilations have continued to appear. Dunsany’s oeuvre includes many hundreds of published short stories, as well as plays, novels and essays. He achieved great fame and success with his early short stories and plays, and during the 1910s was considered one of the greatest living writers of the English-speaking world; he is today best known for his 1924 fantasy novel The King of Elfland’s Daughter.
About the Narrators
Amal El-Mohtar is the Nebula-nominated author of The Honey Month, a collection of very short fiction and poetry written to the taste of 28 different kinds of honey. Her work has recently appeared in Uncanny magazine and in Lightspeed magazine’s Queers Destroy Science Fiction special issue. She’s 1/4 of DOWN AND SAFE, a new podcast discussing iconic British science fiction program Blake’s 7, along with Scott Lynch, Liz Myles, and Michael D. Thomas. She also reviews books for NPR, Tor.com, and Lightspeed, edits Goblin Fruit, and presently divides her time and heart between Ottawa and Glasgow.
Eric Luke is the screenwriter of the Joe Dante film Explorers, which is currently in development as a remake, the comic books Ghost and Wonder Woman, and wrote and directed the Not Quite Human films for Disney TV. His current project Interference, a meta horror audiobook about an audiobook… that kills, is available free on iTunes and at Quillhammer.com.
Cheyenne Wright is the color artist on the Hugo Award winning graphic novel series Girl Genius. A freelance illustrator of many fine table-top projects; Like “Deadlands Noir”, and the “Professor Elemental” edition of the “Pairs” card-game. He is NOT the Lord of a subterranean colony of Mole-people bent on world subjugation. Such claims are libelous and unfounded. As is the ground beneath those who repeat them. [You have been warned sun-sucking dirt walkers]. More info about Cheyenne’s current plans for a better world [all of them… better worlds] can be found at www.ArcaneTimes.com.
Aidan Doyle is an Australian writer and computer programmer who loves travelling and has visited more than 100 countries. His experiences include teaching English in Japan, interviewing ninjas in Bolivia and going ten-pin bowling in North Korea. His stories have been published in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, and Fireside.
Aidan joined PodCastle as an Associate Editor in 2016.