Archive for Aurealis

PodCastle 441: A Shot of Salt Water (Aurealis Month)

by Lisa L. Hannett

read by Cian Mac Mahon

First published in The Dark Magazine.

Part of our Aurealis Month, celebrating the Australian Aurealis Awards.

Hosted by Angela Slatter.

Accordions unpleated welcoming songs the day the mermaids returned.

The first notes droned joyful at dawn, played by young men with wool collars unrolled against the wind. Mattress-clouds bulged above land and water, miles of damp cotton dulling the fishermen’s music. As the sky blanched, fiddlers sawed harmonies, horsehairs screeching on weather-warped bows. Bodhráns were rescued from blanket boxes and cupboards, clatter-spoons from the backs of junk drawers. Soon drummers thumb-pounded down autumn-gold slopes from the village. Beats jigged and reeled past the wharves, along the coast, then splashed through froth seething to shore.

Sparking a cig, Billy Rideout watched the procession from the dunes. Nodded at the lack of flute-wailing. That hollow music wasn’t fit for a homecoming, he thought. Too much like drowning-storms. Like last breaths blown through old bones.

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Rated R.


Lisa L. Hannett has had over 65 short stories appear in venues including Clarkesworld, Fantasy, Weird Tales, Apex, the Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror, and Imaginarium: Best Canadian Speculative Writing. She has won four Aurealis Awards, including Best Collection for her first book, Bluegrass Symphony, which was also nominated for a World Fantasy Award. Her first novel, Lament for the Afterlife, was published in 2015. You can find her online at and on Twitter @LisaLHannett.

CianMacMahonCian Mac Mahon is an Irish Software Engineer who in a past life was the world’s youngest professional podcaster, ran a radio station and very nearly ended up being a journalist.
While he hopes to some day revive his show which podfaded many years ago, he now spends most of his free time playing about with cameras and cooking, as old microphones and sound-desks lurk in the shadows, right at the edge of eyesight.

PodCastle 440: The Jellyfish Collector (Aurealis Month)

by Michelle E. Goldsmith

read by Dawn Meredith

First appeared in Review of Australian Fiction.

Part of our Aurealis Month, celebrating the Australian Aurealis Awards.

Hosted by Aidan Doyle.

‘Where do you think they keep their brains?’ Eva asks. ‘They have to have one somewhere, don’t they?’

She stands motionless beside her younger sister, Fiona, the two of them staring past their own reflections and into the tank beyond. On the other side of the glass drift dozens of moon jellyfish, gently pulsating in the water as through dancing to imperceptible music.

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Rated PG-13.

Picture of Author Michelle GoldsmithMichelle Goldsmith is a Melbourne-based author whose writing often inhabits the shady borderlands between genres.

She has a BSc (majoring in Zoology/Evolutionary Biology) and a Masters degree in Publishing and Communications, with a thesis exploring the author-reader relationship within the contemporary speculative fiction field.

Her life science background and particular fondness for the stranger aspects of the natural world often inform her fiction.

Her short fiction has appeared in various publications both within Australia and overseas, and been short-listed for both the Aurealis Award and the Ditmar Award. She has also had works translated.

You can find her online at and on twitter @Vilutheril.

Picture of Narrator Dawn MeredithDawn Meredith is an author for kids and YA in non-fiction and fiction, singer/songwriter, Specialist Literacy Teacher and Artist. She has always wanted to do voiceovers and narration and is excited to be a part of PodCastle! Dawn’s debut fantasy novel is due out later this year.

As a child, Dawn lived in England, Australia and Norway. She lives with her family in the Blue Mountains NSW. You can find her online at