Jen R. Albert and Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali

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PodCastle is the world’s first audio fantasy magazine. Weekly, we broadcast the best in fantasy short stories, running the gammut from heart-pounding sword and sorcery, to strange surrealist tales, to gritty urban fantasy, to the psychological depth of magical realism. Our podcast features authors including Peter Beagle, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Jim C. Hines, and Cat Rambo, among others. Terry Pratchett once wrote, “Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can.” Tune in to PodCastle each Tuesday for our weekly tale, and spend the length of a morning commute giving your imagination a work out.


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PodCastle 456: Mateus Goes Higher

February 21st, 2017

byNataliaTheodoridou read byThomas Busby First published in Neon #42, February 2016 Rated PG-13. Mateus can no longer see the ground from the top of his tower. He calls it a tower somewhat pompously, as in reality it is but a crooked structure made of scavenged materials stacked higher and higher towards the sky. But what… Continue Reading...

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PodCastle 455: A Score of Roses

February 14th, 2017

byTroy L. Wiggins read byKimberly Taylor First published in theLong Hidden Anthology in 2014 Rated PG-13. Sunshine flowed through the crowd, sliding between hooters and hungry-eyed applauders. A whiskey runner with a long, toothy scar down his neck poured up servings of burning moonshine ata row of nearby tables. The harsh, fruity scent of the…...

byMegan Branning Read by Louise Ratcliffe Guest hosted and edited byMatt Dovey A PodCastle original! Rated PG. Sing a song of sixpence A pocket full of rye. Four and twenty blackbirds Baked in a pie. When the pie was opened, The birds began to sing. Wasn’t that a dainty dish To set before the king?… Continue Reading PodCastle Miniature 96:...

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PodCastle 454: Godfather

February 7th, 2017

byMegan Arkenberg read byKhaalidah Muhammad-Ali First published in Niteblade Magazine #27 in March of 2014 Rated PG-13. Today is your fourteenth birthday, and your godfather is coming to visit. You know because your mother is wearing a dress, a frilly lime-colored affair that certain magazine editors would refer to as a “confection,” and...