PodCastle Miniature 100: Seven Things That Oughtn’t Cut Me


Seven Things That Oughtn’t Cut Me

By Jessi Cole Jackson

They say troll girls appear only in brilliant shades of armored green. Their skin is faceted, unpierceable, and gleams in the sunlight like emeralds. They say we cannot be drab or fragile. They say we cannot bleed.

If only.

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PodCastle 495: Shadow Man, Sack Man, Half Dark, Half Light


Shadow Man, Sack Man, Half Dark, Half Light

By Malon Edwards

You keep running, even though you know you can’t escape the fifty-foot-tall Pogo. But you were built for this.

You are taller than all of the girls and most of the boys in your Covey Four class. Your legs are longer. Your steam-clock heart is stronger. Your determination is unmatched. Even against the rocks they throw. Even against the insults they hurl. Even when they entimide you and chase you home after school every day, all because your mother could not save their friends.

They have not caught you yet. And they never will. Because you will not let them.

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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