PodCastle 494: Folk


Folk

By Eden Royce

In a place beyond far, my braids are woven into the sweetgrass basket encasing me and I am surrounded by the scent of the ocean and its dead. A crack of light breaches my intricate prison and I shift, twist only a fraction, to take advantage of its brightness — there is no warmth from it.

I look at the pads of my fingertips. The flesh, bloodless, has been stripped away, and instead of muscle and meat, there is a network of twisting reeds, coiled, wound tightly into green-brown curlicues. Three of them in a staggered pattern like stepping stones in a garden. I touch my fingertips to my face and feel the prickly scrape of dried palmetto leaves.

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PodCastle Submissions Are Reopening for November


The PodCastle engines are low on fuel, so we’re coming in for a landing next month to fill up on fiction! Our submissions portal will open again on November 1 and will remain open for the entire month. Please take a look at our guidelines then visit our submissions portal to submit. We accept original and previously-published fantasy fiction under 6,000 words.

 

Grab your tickets and hop on board during our brief touchdown! We’re looking forward to reading your work.

 

Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali and Jen R. Albert, PodCastle Co-Editors

and the PodCastle Editorial Team

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