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. Swirsky left in 2010. Editors Anna Schwind and Dave Thompson stepped down at the end of March 2015.
Starting in 2015, Rachael K. Jones and Graeme Dunlop shared editing and hosting duties, along with regular guest host M. K. Hobson; Khaalidah Muhammed-Ali joined as assistant editor. In May of 2016, Rachael stepped down as co-editor and Jen R. Albert joined Graeme as the new co-editor.
The PodCastle Team:
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 husband and her very large, very hairy German Shepherd.
Graeme Dunlop: Co-Editor and Frequent Host
Graeme is a construct of his own mind and thus extremely hard to grasp. He has no discernable skills and often wonders how he became co-editor of a respected fantasy podcast.
In alternate futures he is Muad’Dib, or a drunken bum living in a skip, or reincarnated as a dog, or living happily in the now.
He’s also a voice actor, with narrations for 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.
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.
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.
Samantha Brandt, AKA Talia on the forums, has co-moderated PodCastle’s discussion threads for the past several years alongside colleague Ocicat. In real life, when not hunting for virtual creatures on her phone, she’s a listings editor (a fancy term for “works in data entry”) who spends way too much time parked in front of a computer. She’s a long-time singer in her local community choir as well as a voracious reader with an extensive dead tree collection. She lives in Connecticut with her two cats.
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.
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.
Cristianna has been slushing for Podcastle since 2016. During the day she works a desk job from home, but at night she can often be seen onstage performing at local theatres. She lives in Northern Illinois with her husband in an apartment filled with costumes, craft supplies, and stuffed pigeons.
Troy is a writer and editor who spends most of his daylight hours helping to improve his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. When he’s not helping adults learn how to read or deep in the slush at PodCastle, he’s either writing fantasy fiction and essays that criticize popular culture, reading a good book, or playing tabletop/console role-playing games. Troy lives in Memphis with his wife, who is an English teacher, and their two dogs. You can follow him on Twitter @TroyLWiggins.
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.
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 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 & 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.
Raj K Gopal: Associate Editor
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.