Archive for Podcasts

PodCastle logo

PodCastle 613: TALES FROM THE VAULTS — Hoywverch

Show Notes

Rated PG.


By Heather Rose Jones

Elin verch Gwir Goch oed yn arglwydes ar Cantref Madruniawn wrth na bo i’w thad na meibion na brodyr. A threigylgweith dyvot yn y medwl vynet y hela. Ac wrth dilyt y cwn, hi a glywei llef gwylan. Ac edrych i fyny arni yn troi, a synnu wrthi. A’y theyrnas ymhell o’r mor. Ac yna y gelwi i gof ar y dywot y chwaervaeth Morvyth pan ymadael ar lan Caer Alarch: Os clywhych gwylan yn wylo, sef minnau yn wylo amdanat. A thrannoeth cyvodi a oruc ac ymadael a’y theulu a’y niver a’y chynghorwyr, a marchogaeth a oruc tra doeth i’r mor.

Elin, the daughter of Gwir Goch, ruled over the cantref of Madrunion, for her father had neither sons nor brothers. And one day it came into her mind to go hunting. As she was riding after the hounds, she heard the cry of a seagull and looked up to see a white bird circling overhead. She marveled at it, for her lands were far from the sea. And then she remembered what her foster-sister Morvyth had said when they parted on the shore by Caer Alarch: “When you hear a gull crying, that will be me — crying for you.” And the next morning she took leave of her household and her warriors and her counselors and rode west for the sea. (Continue Reading…)

PodCastle logo

PodCastle 612: She Searches for God in the Storm Within

Show Notes

Rated PG-13.

She Searches for God in the Storm Within

By Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali

When I arrived at my grandmother’s, in the stillness of predawn, like some restless cat stalking, she was waiting for me on the front porch. It was as if she’d been expecting me. I suppose if she had been watching the sky, she was, because I could be seen for miles. My scarf had come unwrapped and my hair had unfurled into a roiling trail of luminescent heaped up clouds threatening to burst.

The air was thick with the metallic scent of rain and sweet jasmine. I stopped just inside the gate when I caught sight of my grandmother, chest heaving, trying with great difficulty to thin my lowering nimbus into one more presentable. All the excuses I’d contrived for why I was coming to her home at this unseemly hour, after all these years away from home, dissolved.

I did not need them. She would not judge me. She would welcome me home. (Continue Reading…)

PodCastle logo

PodCastle 611: Yo, Rapunzel!

Show Notes

Rated R, for ridiculous, with sprinklings of boardgames, box wine, and profanity.

Yo, Rapunzel!

By Kyle Kirrin

And lo, the Princess said: “Motherfucker, I am content.”

“But Princess!” said the Knight, from the base of the Princess’ tower. His armor-clad ass was parked atop a huge black stallion, which the Princess found not only pompous, but entirely predictable. “You misunderstand; I’m here to save you from — ”

“Hold up,” said the Princess. “Exactly what part of girl-lives-in-her-own-goddamned-tower implies a need for rescue?”

“Well, I — ”

“Do you have any idea how many women would kill for a tower off in the wilderness? I am fucking blessed.”

“Princess,” said the Knight, “that’s all well and good, but this isn’t your place. You belong — ”

“Perpetually pregnant in a castle that smells like chlamydia? Pass.”

“M’lady, please. I only want what’s best for you.” (Continue Reading…)

PodCastle logo

For Your Consideration: PodCastle Award Eligibility 2019

In 2019, PodCastle produced 15 original stories and 33 reprints. For your consideration, we present the Escape Artists stories which are eligible for nomination in the upcoming award season.

PodCastle itself is eligible for the Best Semiprozine Hugo Award. Staff in 2019 included Co-Editors Jen R. Albert, Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali, and Cherae Clark, Assistant Editor Setsu Uzume, Audio Producer Peter Behravesh, and Artemis Rising editors Krystal Claxton, and Elora Gatts.

Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali, Jen R. Albert, and Cherae Clark are also eligible for the Best Editor (Short Form) Hugo Award. (Please nominate all on the same ballot.)

A full list of current PodCastle staff is available here. We are so thankful for their work and proud of what we’ve achieved together. Thank you also to our authors, narrators, and listeners. Your enthusiasm and support makes the castle fly. Wishing you all the best in 2020!

— Jen R. Albert & Cherae Clark


Original Short Stories

I Am Fire; I Am Tears by Wendy Nikel

The Weaver Retires by Kai Hudson

Mister Dog by Alex Jennings

Elegy for a Slaughtered Swine by Rafaela Ferraz

Temptation by Karuna Riazi

Getaway by Jennifer Hudak

The Horrible Deaths of Helga Hrafnsdóttir by Christine Tyler

His Giant Heartbeat by Natalia Theodoridou

The Cost of the Revolution in Three Marvelous Confections by R. K. Duncan (flash)

By Jingly Bell, by Velvet Mouse by KT Bryski (flash)

A Thousand Points, the Sky by Michelle Muenzler (flash)

Tohoku by Nathan Susnik (flash)

Franken-Puppy by Derek Künsken

No Mercy to the Rest by Bennett North

River’s Giving by Heather Shaw, River Shaw, and Tim Pratt

Reprint Short Stories (first published in 2019 or earlier)

Candied Sweets, Cornbread, and Black-Eyed Peas by Malon Edwards

Shadow Boy by Lora Gray

The Griffin and the Minor Canon by Frank Stockton (d.)

A Place to Grow by A. T. Greenblatt

Dying Lessons by Troy Wiggins

Suddenwall by Sara Saab

Baby Teeth by Lina Rather

Cooking Creole by A. M. Dellamonica

El Cantar de la Reina Bruja by Victoria Sandbrook

One More Song by Eliza Chan 

Starr Striker Should Remain Capitol City’s Resident Superhero, by Keisha Cole, 10th Grade Student; All The Fishes, Singing by Amanda Helms; Hester J Rook

The Pull of the Herd by Suzan Palumbo

The Guitar Hero by Maria Haskins

Into the Wind by Marie Brennan

The Court Magician by Sarah Pinsker

A Toy Princess by Mary de Morgan (d.)

When Leopard’s-Bane Came to the Door of Third Heaven by Vajra Chandrasekera

The Bone Poet and God by Matt Dovey

I Am Not I by G. V. Anderson

Fathoms Deep and Fathoms Cold by A. Merc Rustad

Life in Stone, Glass, and Plastic by José Pablo Iriarte

The Resurrectionist by John Sullivan

The Masochist’s Assistant by Auston Habershaw

Strange Waters by Samantha Mills

Willing by Premee Mohamed

Labyrinth, Sanctuary by A.E. Prevost

Balloon Man by Shiv Ramdas

The Deliverers of Their Country by E. Nesbit (d.)

The Feast by K.C. Mead-Brewer

The Satyr of Brandenburg by Charlotte Ashley

The Sound of His Voice Like the Colour of SaltL Chan by L Chan

The Two-Choice Foxtrot of Chapham County by Tina Connolly

A Thousand Tongues of Silver by Kate Heartfield

Copy Cat by K. A. Teryna and Alex Shvartsman

Blood, Bone, Seed, Spark by Aimee Ogden