PC 468: Sigrid Under the Mountain


by Charlotte Ashley
read by Nina Niskanen
hosted by Graeme Dunlop
First published in the Sockdolager

After Esja produced sour milk three days in a row, Sigrid knew she had a problem. Leaving the pail of greenish milk next to her stool, she trudged off in the grey light of the early morning towards the barley field at the verge of the woods; the new field she had cleared only this spring. When your cow spoilt on the inside, she knew, that only meant one thing: mischief.

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Charlotte Ashley is a writer, editor and bookseller living in Toronto, Canada. Her short fiction appears in a number of anthologies and magazines, including the Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2017 (ed. Rich Horton). She has been nominated for both the Aurora and Sunburst Awards and once performed a story from the equipment of a CrossFit gym. You can find more about her at http://www.once-and-future.com or on Twitter @CharlotteAshley.

Nina Niskanen has lived almost all of her life in the greater Helsinki (Finland) area. She speaks English and Finnish fluently, French and Swedish passably, as well as a few words of German, Spanish, Russian and Japanese. She has been telling stories for as long as she can remember and while writing is a passion, she adores audio fiction and would love the opportunity to help bring it to the masses.