Archive for Miniatures

PodCastle Miniature 99: Ghost of the Shoals

by Sandra M. Odell

read by Khaalidah Muhammed-Ali

Spirits Tincturek, June 2016

Rated R.

Pharah Dupree always wore her hair up tight.

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“You ever hear of Muscle Shoals, Manny?” she said one afternoon. We sat on the back porch steps of Rock Bottom Studios, her with a cigarette, me with a longneck Bud, thinking about how good it’d feel if she smiled my way. “Some of the best music in the world came out of Muscle Shoals, all the big names. Aretha, Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Wilson Pickett, Bob Dylan, Percy Sledge.”

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Sandra M. OdellSandra lives in Washington state with her husband, sons, and an Albanian miniature moose masquerading as a dog. Her work has appeared in such venues as PodCastle, Pseudopod, Daily Science Fiction, and Crossed Genres. She is currently hard at work avoiding her second novel.

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PodCastle Miniature 98: Traveling Mercies

by Rachael K Jones

read by Khaalidah Muhammed-Ali

First published in Strange Horizons.

Rated PG.

In the old stories, strangers at the door could be disguised gods, so you had to invite them in. It was a sin to turn away a guest.

Atithi devo bhava. Sanskrit: the guest is God.

I am not God, though I am old.

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Rachael K. Jones is a science fiction and fantasy writer living in Athens, Georgia. Her work has appeared in dozens of venues, including Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Shimmer. She is a SFWA member, an editor, and a secret android. Follow her on Twitter @RachaelKJones.

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PodCastle Miniature 97: When I Had Eyes, I Didn’t See

by Anna Yeatts
read by Dani Daly
hosted by Jen Albert
First published in Penumbra

Rated R for disturbing themes and imagery

I had eyes once.
Before the Lift-man came.
Now I have knobs, smooth and black and round as pegs. I touch them with my fingertips and try to remember what it felt like, having eyes.
If I push one knob in, the other one pops out like the elevator buttons used to do.
There used to be a brass plate mounted on the wall next to the elevator’s cage with two smooth black pegs. I pushed in the top peg to go up. The bottom peg popped out. Gears ground, cables groaned, and the elevator clanked down to the lobby. (Click here to read more.)
Anna Yeatts is a writer, publisher, and editor living in North Carolina. Her short fiction has appeared in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction, and Mslexia among other venues. When not writing, Anna publishes Flash Fiction Online and her newest venture, NASTY: Fetish Fights Back. She lives in a houseful of wildling children and far too many animals. Follow her on Patreon (http://www.patreon.com/flashfictiononline), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/anna.yeatts), or on Twitter @AnnaYeatts.

Dani Daly is one of the assistant editors of Cast of Wonders, and narrating is just one of the things she loves to do. She’s a retired roller derby player and current hobbyist soap maker, for instance. She rants on twitter as @danooli_dani too, if that’s your thing. Or you can visit the EA forums. She loves it there.

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PodCastle Miniature 96: Blackbird Pastry

by Megan Branning

Read by Louise Ratcliffe

Guest hosted and edited by Matt Dovey

A PodCastle original!

Rated PG.

Sing a song of sixpence

A pocket full of rye.

Four and twenty blackbirds

Baked in a pie.

When the pie was opened,

The birds began to sing.

Wasn’t that a dainty dish

To set before the king?

A dainty dish? Oh, I suppose, but did you never wonder how four and twenty blackbirds fit inside an ordinary pie? Well, just you ask my mother; she cooked it.

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Megan Branning is a children’s librarian living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband. When not writing, she’s usually reading or gaming. She also like to travel, and has gone as far as Australia and New Zealand. Her fiction has appeared in Luna Station Quarterly, Lakeside Circus, Niteblade and other publications.

Louise Ratcliffe is a a scientist and an artist. She spent her school days either trying to blow stuff up in Chemistry, or creating angsty pieces of writing and performance art. She is originally from England, and came to New Zealand as a souvenir from an OE. She is currently doing everything she never planned to do out in rural Waikato.

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