This episode is a part of our Tales from the Vaults series, in which a member of PodCastle’s staff chooses a backlist episode to rerun and discuss. This week’s episode was chosen by associate editor Emmalia Harrington. “The Medicine Woman of Talking Rock” originally aired as PodCastle 255.
The Medicine Woman of Talking Rock
by Pamela Rentz
Violet Spinks checked her to-do list for the ceremony: canoe, plants, medicine cap, trails. List-making might not be traditional, but no one would blame her for needing a brain prompt. She set the list in her medicine book and picked up the TV remote. She clicked through the channels and stopped when she spotted a young man with a torso like polished bronze. He shook out a bundle of black rubber cables and attached them to a shiny disk. The camera zoomed in on his brawny arms and legs as they worked the cables with the disk spinning in the middle. He looked like he wrestled a spider. A notice on the screen said three easy payments of $14.99 plus tax and shipping.
Find the rest of this story in the Red Tape anthology. You can find it here.
About the Author
Pamela Rentz is a citizen of the Karuk Tribe of California. She has been writing since the beginning of time, and found success in 2007 when she won second prize in Wordstock, the book festival in Portland, Oregon. She used that story to apply to Clarion West and graduated from the workshop in 2008.
She grew up in southern California and graduated from Agoura High School and University of California at Santa Barbara, and completed a paralegal training program through UCLA Extension. Pamela ended up in Portland, Oregon, where she did a number of jobs until her big break as a paralegal working with Indian Tribes and Tribal organizations.
About the Narrator
Ada Milenkovic Brown writes folklore-based fantasy, but occasionally breaks out into science fiction. A graduate of Clarion West and Taos Toolbox, her stories have appeared in Intergalactic Medicine Show, PodCastle, Crossed Genres, as well as in several anthologies. Samuel Montgomery-Blinn, the publisher of Bull Spec Magazine, listed her alternate history piece, “Nadirah Sends Her Love,” as one of the best stories of 2011, and one of her science fiction stories won her a grant from the Speculative Literature Foundation.