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PodCastle 400, Giant Episode: Night at the Opera

Night at the Opera by Martha Wells Reynard Morane was at his usual table in the Cafe Baudy, a somewhat risqué establishment built on a barge in the Deval Forest pleasure garden’s lake, when a beautiful man approached his table. This wasn’t an unusual occurrence, especially in this cafe, but this beautiful man was a […]

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PodCastle 628: Vincent’s Penny

Vincent’s Penny By Chris Barnham  May 1941 I’m a child this time. Five or six years old. Fully clothed under a bed, on a wooden floor. I touch a hand to my throat, but there is nothing there. I examine my hands and arms, astonished by the smoothness of the skin. At last, I crawl […]

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PodCastle 619: The Tale of Mahliya and Mauhub and the White-Footed Gazelle

The Tale of Mahliya and Mauhub and the White-Footed Gazelle By Sofia Samatar This story is at least a thousand years old. Its complete title is “The Tale of Mahliya and Mauhub and the White-Footed Gazelle: It Contains Strange and Marvelous Things.” A single copy, probably produced in Egypt or Syria, survives in Istanbul; the […]

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PodCastle 610: Charlemagne and Florent

Charlemagne and Florent By Ranylt Richildis This is what happened to les deux bretons before I met them, back in the 70s when they were boys in Vannes. One was abandoned at nineteen months (no one knows why, or by whom), the other orphaned by a car wreck at age three. I should say he […]

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