About Us

PodCastle is a weekly fantasy podcast producing audio performances of fantasy short fiction, including all the sub genres of fantasy. PodCastle launched on 1 April 2008 as part of Escape Artists, Inc. with Rachel Swirsky as founding editor and Ann Leckie as assistant editor.

Today, the PodCastle Team comprises these fine people:

Khaalidah Muhammed-Ali: Co-Editor

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Khaalidah lives in Houston, Texas with her husband of twenty-five years and three children. By day she works as a breast oncology nurse. At all other times she juggles, none too successfully, writing, reading, gaming and gardening. She has self-published one novel entitled An Unproductive Woman, has published a story at Escape Pod, and has a story in the An Alphabet of Embers anthology. Of her alter ego, K from the planet Vega, it is rumored that she owns a time machine and knows the secret to long youth. You can catch her posts at her website, www.khaalidah.com, and you can follow her on twitter, @khaalidah.

Jen R Albert: Co-Editor

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Jen Albert is an entomologist, writer, editor, narrator, game-player, cosplayer, streamer, reader of All The Things, and haver of far too many hobbies.

Jen somehow became co-editor of her favorite fantasy fiction magazine and podcast; she now wonders if she’s still allowed to call it her favorite. She lives in Toronto with her very large, very hairy German Shepherd.

Setsu Uzume: Assistant Editor

Picture of Setsu UzumeSetsu Uzume did not write this. To be fair, the axe thing only happened once, and it was a hatchet and a gut knife. No further questions will be answered on Twitter.

Peter Wood: Audio Producer

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Peter has been audio producer for PodCastle since the winter of 2009, with his first episode being PC 82, “The Twa Corbies” by Marie Brennan. In addition, he has hosted and narrated several stories over the years. In 2016 he received a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently on the academic job market. He also does design work, both web and print, under the moniker of PW Design. More information about him can be found at PeterCWood.com.

Ocicat: Community Manager

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Craig Jackson, known on the forums as Ocicat, is usually found wandering the woods outside Seattle. He studied astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz, and convinces people to give him money for breaking their computer programs. He is the founder and president of the Coalition to Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO). He’s also a community organizer involved in Seattle’s Sex Positive and Polyamorous communities. In addition he has a passion for partner dancing, is a WA state forest steward, plays roleplaying and other games, and studies religion and folklore. Anything for a weird life.

Aidan Doyle: Associate Editor

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Aidan Doyle is an Australian writer and computer programmer. His short stories have been published in places such as Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Fireside, Escape Pod, and PodCastle. He has been shortlisted for the Aurealis and XYZZY awards. He has visited more than 90 countries and his experiences include teaching English in Japan, interviewing ninjas in Bolivia and going ten-pin bowling in North Korea. He is also the author of The Science Fiction Writer’s Hierarchy of Doubt. Follow his exploits at http://www.aidandoyle.net and on Twitter.

Arun Jiwa: Associate Editor

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Arun is a speculative fiction writer with work in The Drabblecast, Easy Street Magazine, and Tesseracts 19. He is a graduate of the Viable Paradise Writing Workshop, and currently lives in Edmonton, Alberta. You can find him online at www.arunjiwa.com and on Twitter.

Devin Martin: Associate Editor

Devin Martin

Devin is a colony of uncooperative cells with a voracious appetite for cheesecake. After studying psychology and computer science, he almost fell into a career teaching robots how to kill, but escaped at the last moment. A number of arcane arts have vied for his attention, including programming and game design (both board and video), but writing has sung the sweetest. He lives with his brilliant scientist of a spouse and they call Cardiff their home. He almost never tweets @devinxmartin and he has a wide range of disturbing cackles.

Eleanor Wood: Associate Editor

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Eleanor R. Wood writes and eats liquorice from the south coast of England, where she lives with her husband, two marvellous dogs, and enough tropical fish tanks to charge an entry fee. Her stories have appeared in over a dozen venues, including Crossed Genres, Flash Fiction Online, Deep Magic, Daily Science Fiction and the Aurealis-nominated anthology Hear Me Roar.

She blogs at https://creativepanoply.wordpress.com/

Elora Gatts: Associate Editor

Elora Gatts

Elora is an editor with a startup in the Midwest, where she lives with her partner. In the 1960’s, her father’s family immigrated to the United States from Sasebo, Japan, and eventually settled down in Appalachia. When her parents met years later, it was love at first sight, and in the year they conceived a daughter, they apparently also fell for George Lucas’s Willow. (Yes, those nerds really named her after the baby in Willow.) That love of fantasy proved hereditary.

She is also a copy editor for Strange Horizons and acts as a first reader for Liminal Stories. Believe it or not, Elora still has enough spare time to contemplate the intricacies of literature, history, and perfectly soaked tiramisu. You can find her on Twitter at @thegreatgattsby.

Hamilton Perez: Associate Editor

Hamilton Peres

Hamilton is a writer, freelance editor, and aspiring creature from the black lagoon. He lives in Sacramento, California with a very good dog. His stories have appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Metaphorosis, and Mad Scientist Journal, and he occasionally blogs about writing at hamiltonperez.wordpress.com.

Julia Patt: Associate Editor

Julia K. Patt

Julia is a writer and teacher from Maryland. Her fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Escape Pod, Luna Station Quarterly, and other places. When she isn’t working on stories or terrorizing her composition students, she gardens, does yoga, games, reads as much as she can, and, in the summer, attends an inordinate number of baseball games. Visit juliakpatt.com or follow her on Twitter (@chidorme) for more.

Krystal Claxton: Associate Editor

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Krystal Claxton writes speculative fiction in the sliver of time between being a parent and a full-time computer technician. She lives in Georgia with her long-suffering spouse, a dog who thinks she’s a cat, and a number of children that is subject to change.

She enjoys breaking Heinlein’s Rules, getting distracted by Dragon Con, and feverishly researching whichever random topic has just piqued her interest. Keep up with her at krystalclaxton.com and on twitter @krystalclaxton.

Matt Dovey: Associate Editor and Social Media Manager

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Matt Dovey is very tall and very English and is most likely drinking a cup of tea right now. A wise woman once told him the scar on his arm was the Sign of Prophecy and marked him for greatness, but he’s not so sure. He now lives in a quiet market town in rural England with his wife and three children, and despite being a writer, he still hasn’t found the right words to properly express the delight and joy he finds in this wonderful arrangement.

His surname rhymes with “Dopey”, but any other similarities to the dwarf are purely coincidental. He is the Golden Pen winner for Writers of the Future volume 32 (2016) and was shortlisted for the James White Award in 2016. He has fiction out and forthcoming all over the place, including on PodCastle; you can keep up with it all at mattdovey.com, or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

Naru Dames Sundar: Associate Editor

Naru Sundar

Naru writes speculative fiction and poetry.  His fiction and poems have appeared at PodCastleLightspeedStrange Horizons, and others.  You can find him online at http://www.shardofstar.info and on twitter as @naru_sundar.  He lives in the mountains of northern California among the redwoods and the occasional fox.

Raj K. Gopal: Associate Editor

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Raj Kiran Gopal is a freelance writer and editor by day and a writer of comics, poetry and prose by about forty-three minutes in the late afternoons. He favors the bittersweet, both literally and figuratively; his hobbies and passions include ritualized coffee consumption, hopelessly disorganized chocolate consumption, and unpacking the ethical implications of things. He enjoys roleplaying games of both the table-top and television-front variety. He thinks about things that are felt, but that’s his way of feeling them.

Follow him on Twitter, where he is @QuixoticGood.

Stefani Cox: Associate Editor

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Stefani is a little obsessed with writing. She does journalism and communications work by day and pens fiction by night. She’s thrilled to be headed to the 2017 VONA/Voices writing workshops, and is known to analyze books through a social justice lens. Stefani lives in Los Angeles, California, and when she needs to get away from words, she enjoys yoga, cooking, hiking, and generally exploring whatever city she happens to be in. Find her online at stefanicox.com and on Twitter @stefanicox.

Steven Capps: Associate Editor

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Picture Bleaker from Juno running around in the background of Black Hawk Down, and you’ll get Steven Capps. He is a father of one, an Infantry Sergeant, and a SFF writer. Steven graduated with a B.A. in English from the American Military University, and teaches high school English with Teach for America: South Carolina. His short story “Lux Nauta” won Honorable Mention in the Writers of the Future, 3rd Quarter 2016, and his nonfiction articles have ranged from SaaS companies in Silicon Valley to ballistic plate manufacturers in Ohio. When not writing or reading, he’s playing with his son, exercising, or being distracted by social media.

Suyi Davies Okungbowa: Associate Editor

Suyi Davies Okungbowa

Suyi tells stories from Lagos, Nigeria. His speculative fiction has been published or is forthcoming in Fireside, PodCastle, The Dark, Mothership Zeta, Omenana; and the anthologies Lights Out: Resurrection and A World of Horror; amidst other places. His nonfiction has appeared in Lightspeed and Klorofyl. He is a charter member of the African Speculative Fiction Society. Suyi also works in brand marketing and visual design. He lives online on Facebook, tweets at @IAmSuyiDavies, blogs at suyidavies.com and chatters at his monthly jabberwock, After Five Writing Shenanigans.

Graeme Dunlop: Host and Tech Barbarian

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Graeme is the main PodCastle host, after having co-edited the podcast for a time.

He’s also a voice actor, with narrations in each of the Escape Artists podcasts.

He lives in Melbourne, Australia with his lovely wife Amanda. They have a crazy boy dog called Jake. They believe Jake may rival Jen’s dog for hairiness, but definitely not size.