Archive for Rated PG-13

PC 468: Sigrid Under the Mountain

by Charlotte Ashley
read by Nina Niskanen
hosted by Graeme Dunlop
First published in the Sockdolager

After Esja produced sour milk three days in a row, Sigrid knew she had a problem. Leaving the pail of greenish milk next to her stool, she trudged off in the grey light of the early morning towards the barley field at the verge of the woods; the new field she had cleared only this spring. When your cow spoilt on the inside, she knew, that only meant one thing: mischief.

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Charlotte Ashley is a writer, editor and bookseller living in Toronto, Canada. Her short fiction appears in a number of anthologies and magazines, including the Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2017 (ed. Rich Horton). She has been nominated for both the Aurora and Sunburst Awards and once performed a story from the equipment of a CrossFit gym. You can find more about her at or on Twitter @CharlotteAshley.

Nina Niskanen has lived almost all of her life in the greater Helsinki (Finland) area. She speaks English and Finnish fluently, French and Swedish passably, as well as a few words of German, Spanish, Russian and Japanese. She has been telling stories for as long as she can remember and while writing is a passion, she adores audio fiction and would love the opportunity to help bring it to the masses.

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PC 466: Blood Stone Water

by Amanda Fitzwater
read by Amanda Fitzwater
hosted by Graeme Dunlop
First published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies

Rated PG-13

Tau bit deeper with her paddle, and green water hushed beneath the oka hull. Nhia sat in the bow, serene as when they’d pushed off from Ia that sunrise to a farewell ululation. Her fingertips trailed in the smooth ocean, eyes unfocused on the fins that kept time or searching further forward to their destination five sunrises hence. (Click here to read more.)

Picture of AJ FitzwaterAJ Fitzwater is a dragon wearing a human meat suit, living between the cracks in Christchurch, New Zealand. She attended the Clarion workshop in 2014, and won the Sir Julius Vogel Award 2015 for Best New Talent. Stories have been published in venues such as Shimmer Magazine, Crossed Genres Magazine and various Crossed Genres anthologies, “At The Edge” an anthology of New Zealand and Australian speculative fiction from Paper Road Press, The Future Fire, and more.

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PodCastle 463: A Dozen by Dunsany

by Lord Dunsany

read by Wilson Fowlie, Setsu Uzume, Graeme Dunlop, Eric Luke, Matt Dovey, Aidan Doyle, Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali, Cheyenne Wright, Tina Connolly, Steve Anderson, Jen Albert, Amal el-Mohtar.

hosted by Peter Wood, MK Hobson, Dave Thompson.

First published in Fifty-One Tales in April, 1915.

Rated PG.

  1. The True Story of the Hare and the Tortoise
    Chosen by Samantha Brandt (Talia); Read by Wilson Fowlie
    Note: “I enjoyed the rather dark interpretation of a fable generally considered benign.”
  2. The Sphinx at Giza
    Chosen & Read by Setsu Uzume
    Note: “I love that the sense of doom and futility in all three, and the juxtaposition of eternal forces with finite human experience. It speaks to the artist’s experience, trying to capture something eternal in mediums as finite as smeared oils and chicken scratch.”
  3. The Song of the Blackbird
    Chosen & Read by Graeme Dunlop
    Note: “I love it for this line: “It was new then.” As in, everything old is new again.”
  4. The Tomb of Pan
    Chosen by Raj K. Gopal; Read by Eric Luke
    Note: “There is something beautiful to me about the holiness of joy and hedonism and humanity somehow managing to survive the holiness of sobriety and rigidity and ideology. “
  5. A Moral Little Tale
    Chosen & Read by Matt Dovey
    Note: “I don’t believe personal happiness can ever be an evil. There is an infinite pool of happiness to go around, if only we’d let each other share in it without judgement.”
  6. Death and the Orange
    Chosen & Read by Aidan Doyle
    Note: “I’ve had to deal with some strange fruit in my travels and I appreciate the description of “a small orange which had an evil laughter in its heart.”
  7. Alone the Immortals
    Chosen & Read by Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali
    Note: “I was intrigued by the title and the melancholic/dark feel of the tale.”
  8. Time and the Tradesman
    Chosen by Krystal Claxton; Read by Cheyenne Wright
    Note: “So the personification of Time showed up in a lot, A LOT, of these and I liked “Time and the Tradesmen” best. The Roman god pettiness of Time smiting a human merely to state that he is not to be fucked with left me oddly satisfied.”
  9. The Sphinx in Thebes (Massachusetts)
    Chosen by Peter Wood; Read by Tina Connolly
  10. The Return of Song
    Chosen by Peter Wood; Read by Steve Anderson
  11. Charon
    Chosen & Read by Jen R. Albert
    Note: “It’s oddly sweet and I’ve always liked the whole boatman thing.”
  12. After the Fire
    Chosen by Troy Wiggins; Read by Amal El-Mohtar
    Note: “I like to think that mankind’s great ideas will outlive us even when everything that we know is destroyed. Also, we’re a lot more awesome than mammoths.”


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PodCastle 462, ARTEMIS RISING: Stay

by K.C. Ball

read by Tina Connolly

hosted by Kelly Robson

A PodCastle Original!

Rated PG-13.

An almost-bass voice said something I didn’t catch. Higher voices giggled, then five kids moved out of the shadows into the hard light of the parking lot.

Two boys, three girls; none a day beyond eighteen. Bumping against each other. Laughing for no reason. At ease and full of life, the way kids are when they believe adults can’t see or hear them.

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K.C. Ball lives in Seattle with her wife, Rachael Buchanan. Her speculative fiction has been published in various online and print magazines, including Analog, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction and Lightspeed. Some of her stories are collected in Snapshots From A Black Hole & Other Oddities from Hydra House Books. K.C. is a 2010 graduate of the Clarion West writers workshop and a 2009 winner of the Hubbard Writers of the Future award.


Tina Connolly is the author of the Ironskin trilogy from Tor Books, and the Seriously Wicked series from Tor Teen. Her novels have been finalists for the Nebula and the Norton. Her stories are collected in On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories, from Fairwood Press. She is one of the current co-hosts of Escape Pod, and her narrations have appeared all over. She lives with her family in Portland, Oregon, and her website is

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