Archive for Rated PG-13

PodCastle 496: When You Find Such a Thing


When You Find Such a Thing

By Suyi Davies Okungbowa

Yes, I know meeting my girlfriend’s parents wasn’t on my to-do list for the next few forevers, but it happens that Gbemi is the slyest babe I’ve dated, so I should’ve known, ba? One minute we’re off on a supposed spontaneous getaway weekend she planned for us; next thing, I’m sitting under the dining chandelier at her parents’ Lekki duplex, struggling to explain to her father what I do for a living.

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PodCastle 493: The Fall Shall Further the Flight In Me


by Rachael K. Jones

read by Tina Connolly

Previously published in Clockwork Phoenix 5

Rated PG-13.

Rachael K. Jones grew up in various cities across Europe and North America, picked up (and mostly forgot) six languages, and acquired several degrees in the arts and sciences. Now she writes speculative fiction in Portland, Oregon. Contrary to the rumors, she is probably not a secret android. Rachael is a World Fantasy Award nominee, Tiptree Award honoree, and winner of Writers of the Future. Her fiction has appeared in dozens of venues worldwide, including Lightspeed, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Strange Horizons, and all four Escape Artists podcasts. Follow her on Twitter @RachaelKJones.

Tina Connolly is the author of the Ironskin and Seriously Wicked series, and the collection On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories, which is currently nominated for a World Fantasy Award. Her novels have been finalists for the Nebula and the Norton. She co-hosts Escape Pod, narrates for Beneath Ceaseless Skies and all four Escape Artists podcasts, and runs Toasted Cake. Find her at tinaconnolly.com.

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The Fall Shall Further the Flight In Me

By Rachael K. Jones

There are things that fly and things that fall. You must remember this distinction, because they are not the same.

Devils are flying things that learn to fall. Lovers are falling things that learn to fly. Do not confuse them.


Saints do not fly, precisely, although they may seem to as they bear our prayers up the sky. They merely learn not to fall. It takes long years of repentance to master this art, and even then, some saints fall anyway, like my mother did.

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PodCastle 492: The White Fox


by L. P. Lee

read by Alexa Ahn

Previously published by Eastlit March 2015.

Rated PG-13.

Five days have passed since I was a prisoner in those red brick walls, but every night I return there. In my night time terrors I am back in the squalor of that cell, surrounded by anguished people, so cramped that you can barely sit comfortably, let alone lie down to sleep. Cells without heat in the harsh Seoul winters, or cool relief in the sweltering summers; breeding grounds for exhaustion, frost bite and death.

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Born to a British father and a South Korean mother, L. P. Lee grew up somewhere in between South London and South Korea. Her fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, selected for Best New Horror #27 (ed. Stephen Jones), and featured in Virtual Futures Salons (Lights of Soho, UK).

L.P. Lee

Alexa Ahn is a twenty-one year-old college student studying theatre arts with the aim to have a career in the field (both on and off the stage) while doing some other creative work on the side. Fantasy is her favorite genre of fiction and she loves reading during a cold, rainy day with her cats and a nice cup of tea. This is her first time doing voice work in over three years, and she is very excited to be back and doing it.

Alexa Ahn

PodCastle 490: The Names of the Sky


by Matthew Claxton

read by Tanja Milojevic

A PodCastle Original!

Rated PG-13.

Zoya wished one of her flying instructors could have seen her land on that muddy field. Always she had been criticized for her landings. “Light as a feather in the air, lands like a brick,” one had written on his assessment. But this time she brought the bullet-riddled fighter in perfectly, despite the dead engine, despite the ruts that tried to fling her sideways. She bumped to a halt where the field ended and a bare-branched forest of white birches began.

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Matthew Claxton is a reporter near Vancouver, British Columbia. His day job has, at times, involved biplanes, barn fires, toxic spills, live bears, and tricky grammar problems. His stories have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Mothership Zeta, and the 2017 edition of The Year’s Best Science Fiction.

Tanja Milojevic is originally from Serbia but has been in the U.S. since the age of 5. She has been voice acting since her senior year of high school and can be heard all over including Koach Studios’ AncestryYou Are Here, 11th Hours’ Heavenly Deception, What’s the Frequency, Broken Sea Audio Productions, Greater Boston, 19 Nocturne Boulevard, and Edict Zero. She produces her own radio dramas and posts them to her podcast LightningBolt Theater of the mind (click the link – we dare you). She says “I’m visually impaired and have ROP and Glaucoma, but use gold wave and Sound Forge to record and post-produce my audio.”