Gallery of Curiosities
Customer Service of the Priesthood of Thikra, Destroyer of Worlds and Creator of Light by Yasmine Fahmy

Customer Service of the Priesthood of Thikra, Destroyer of Worlds and Creator of Light by Yasmine Fahmy

November 11, 2019

Even the most ancient of religions must adapt to survive. Elizabeth Chatsworth performs.

Author Yasmine Fahmy lives in Cairo, Egypt, where she spends her time hiding from the sun, her students, and the djinn to whom she sold her soul for inspiration. It never delivered on the inspiration front, you see. Her work has appeared in Daily Science Fiction and the Sockdolager.

Narrator Elizabeth Chatsworth is a professional voice actor and a member of SAG-AFTRA. She prefers voice acting to on-screen work as in a voice-booth no-one can see your fuzzy bunny slippers. Her interests include cosplay, PC gaming, and writing. Find out more at www.elizabethchatsworth.com

All She Needs by Madeleine Swann

All She Needs by Madeleine Swann

November 5, 2019

A thoroughly modern girl returns from London with a new style and new friends, much to the dismay of her parents and the staff. Sarah Golding narrates. Rated R.

Author Madeleine Swann's story collection, Fortune Box, was published by Eraserhead Press and her first novella was part of their New Bizarro Author series. Her second novella was released by Strangehouse Books.  Her delightful short stories have appeared on The Wicked Library podcast, and the anthology The New Flesh: A Tribute to David Cronenberg.  http://madeleineswann.com/

Narrator Sarah Golding has created a huge range of character types for indie audio drama, and been in such wondrous podcasts as Amelia Project, Edict Zero and Hostile Worlds. She hosts MADIVA podcast and runs script writing comps with her company Quirky Voices, producing and performing new writing at podcast events.  www.sarahgoldingvoiceactorandmore.weebly.com

Doc Borden’s Hard-Luck Hoss by Julie Frost

Doc Borden’s Hard-Luck Hoss by Julie Frost

November 2, 2019

A frontier doctor is befriended by a unicorn. Jim Hodgson narrates. You may need a hankie before this one is over.

Julie Frost is an award-winning author who writes every shade of speculative fiction. Her short stories appear in Monster Hunter Files, Writers of the Future, Tales of Ruma, StoryHack, and many others. Her novel series, "Pack Dynamics," is published by WordFire Press. She whines about writing, a lot, at http://agilebrit.livejournal.com/

Narrator Jim Hodgson is a humorist from Atlanta, GA. He writes, produces, and acts in Bad Gladiator, a full-cast audio comedy set in ancient Rome.

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Only Gutter Girls and Ruined Things by Julia K. Patt

Only Gutter Girls and Ruined Things by Julia K. Patt

October 26, 2019

An American prairie girl learns about life, larceny, and how to repair her pet: a found clockwork cat. Sarah Heiner narrates. Rated YA.

Author Julia K. Patt is a writer, teacher, and editor living in Maryland. Her stories have appeared in Clarkesworld, Escape Pod, and Luna Station Quarterly, among other places. Follow her on Twitter (@chidorme) or check out her website juliakpatt.com for more.

Narrator Sarah Heiner, active in Second Life under the pseudonym of Bookworm, assisted in the editing of two of the three 'Tales from New Babbage' volumes, and has stories published in all three.  She lives in the fly-over land of Minnesota, with more books than she knows what to do with.

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The Seven O’Clock Man by Kate Heartfield

The Seven O’Clock Man by Kate Heartfield

October 24, 2019

It's almost time to change the clocks, so let's have a seasonably dark tale of unruly children and clockwinders from colonial Quebec. Wilson Fowlie narrates.  Rated creepy clockpunk.

Author Kate Heartfield is the author of the historical fantasy novel Armed in Her Fashion and the two Alice Payne time travel novellas. She also writes interactive fiction, including The Road to Canterbury, published by Choice of Games. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Nebula, Locus, Aurora, Sunburst and Crawford awards; "The Seven O'Clock Man" was longlisted for the Sunburst award. A former journalist, Kate lives in Ottawa, Canada. Her website is heartfieldfiction.com and she is on Twitter @kateheartfield.

Narrator Wilson Fowlie has been reading stories out loud since the age of 4, and credits his parents for any talent he has for it. He's been narrating for podcasts since he answered a call for readers for PodCastle in 2008.

He has narrated dozens of stories for many podcasts, including all of the Escape Artists shows. Wilson fits all this narrating between his day job as a web developer in Vancouver, Canada, and directing a community show chorus called The Maple Leaf Singers.

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Approximations That Gradually Approach the Truth by David M. Hoenig

Approximations That Gradually Approach the Truth by David M. Hoenig

October 18, 2019

There’s something strange about the trains. Buy a ticket to Brisbane, and it takes you to Berlin instead. Or maybe even Boston. A young student from MIT sets out to decode the mystery. Wulf Moon narrates. Rated Weird Steampunk.

Author David M. Hoenig is an academic surgeon who lives to write, instead of writing to live. His wife believes that he rather than his stories belongs in a gallery of Curiosities.  He has published with Grim Dark Magazine, Flame Tree Publishing, Cast of Wonders, and others.  He has published a book of weird poetry and surreal art called Queen to His King with Oscillate Wildly.  His first novel (Sci fi space opera) is in the editing phase.

As a teen, narrator Wulf Moon won Scholastic Writing Awards--the same contest that discovered Stephen King, Truman Capote, Joyce Carol Oates and many iconic names of the 20th Century. He won Star Trek: Strange New Worlds; and recently won the international talent search Writers of the Future. Moon is podcast director at Future Science Fiction Digest.

Soundscapes by TabletopAudio.com and Freesound.org

Theme song by Deus Ex Vapore Machina

The Book Burning by JD Blackrose

The Book Burning by JD Blackrose

October 15, 2019

A librarian in Nazi occupied Paris uses her special talents when faced with an order to burn her books. Gabrielle Riel narrates.

Author JD Blackrose loves all things storytelling and celebrates great writing by posting about it on her website, www.slipperywords.com. She has published The Soul Wars series and the Monster Hunter Mom series, both through Falstaff Books, as well as numerous short stories. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Narrator Gabrielle Riel is the General Director of Radio Riel (http://radioriel.org), an Internet radio station with seven audio streams that has been bringing music and audio dramas to audiophiles, bibliophiles, history-lovers, Jazz babies, Classical music enthusiasts, Steampunks and other assorted geeks since June 2007. You can hear the many ways in which the Nightingale sings at https://www.mixcloud.com/gabrielleriel/ .

Music:

Ashes Ashes by Deus Ex Vapore Machina

Metaphysik by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Trio for Piano, Cello, and Clarinet by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

The One in the Night-Storm Dress by Andrea Martinez Corbin

The One in the Night-Storm Dress by Andrea Martinez Corbin

July 30, 2019

A young woman makes her debut at Death's masquerade ball. Alex Ford narrates. Rated YA friendly.

Author Andrea Martinez Corbin is an author and the founder of the Speculative Boston reading series. Her stories have appeared in Shimmer, Flash Fiction Online, Podcastle, and more. Her interactive fiction has appeared in Sub-Q, and more projects are available on her website, www.amcorbin.com. On Twitter, she is @rosencrantz.

When narrator Alex Ford isn't rocking around the nation in her band, Ford Theatre Reunion, she's holed up in her guest room following a different passion: recording audio books and editing manuscripts. An avid reader and writer, she delights in helping people bring their creativity to life. You can check out her exploits, mystery bruises, and a most handsome cat on facebook or instagram.www.instagram.com/srslyalex www.facebook.com/srslyjohns  

 

Badlands Dentistry by Eddie Generous

Badlands Dentistry by Eddie Generous

July 7, 2019

A horror story from the badlands of western Canada. Mildly NSFW. Wilson Fowlie narrates. 

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Author Eddie Generous is a co-author of the collection Splish, Slash, Takin' a Bloodbath (written with Mark Allan Gunnells and Renee Miller) as well as the collection Dead is Dead, but Not Always. He runs Unnerving and Unnerving Magazine and he lives on the Pacific Coast of British Columbia with his wife and their cat overlords.

Narrator Wilson Fowlie has been reading stories out loud since the age of 4, and credits his parents for any talent he has for it. He's been narrating for podcasts since he answered a call for readers for PodCastle in 2008. He’s narrated dozens of stories for many podcasts, including all of the Escape Artists shows. Wilson fits all this narrating between his day job as a web developer in Vancouver, Canada, and directing a community show chorus called The Maple Leaf Singers.

Full show notes at http://gallerycurious.com

East Wind in Carrall Street by Holly Schofield

East Wind in Carrall Street by Holly Schofield

June 27, 2019

A spring powered clockpunk adventure for all ages in Vancouver's old Chinatown. Wulf Moon Narrates. 

Author Holly Schofield travels through time at the rate of one second per second, oscillating between the alternate realities of city and country life. Her stories have appeared in Analog, Lightspeed, Escape Pod,and many others publications throughout the world. Find her at hollyschofield.wordpress.com.

Narrator Wulf Moon feasted on fantasy as a child when he lived with his Chippewa grandmother. He begged stories from her every night—fireside tales that fired his imagination. If Moon had a time machine, those are the days he would go back to. Since he doesn’t have a time machine, he tells stories. Learn more at driftweave.com.

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Patron of the Arts by Tricia Owens

Patron of the Arts by Tricia Owens

June 25, 2019

A disabled war vet takes refuge in an old book store and stumbles upon a lamentable journal. Strong content note for horror. Alasdair Stuart narrates

Author Tricia Owens writes in a variety of genres but is most thrilled to be diving into horror. Her work has appeared in Occult Detective Quarterly #2 and in White Noise & Ouija Boards. She is as prolific as she is lazy, with several dozen novels to her name and many twelve-hour naps beneath her belt. She makes her home in Las Vegas. You can learn more at TriciaOwensBooks.com.

When Narrator Alasdair Stuart is not hosting PseudoPod and Escape Pod, or running Escape Artists Inc., he’s professionally enthusiastic about genre fiction on the Internet at places likeTor.com, Barnes & Noble, The Guardian, Uncanny Magazine, SciFi Now and MyMBuzz.He’s an ENie-nominated tabletop RPG writer for his work on Doctor Who: Adventures In Time And Space. His other RPG writing includes Star Trek, The Laundry Files, Primeval, Victoriana, All Flesh Must Be Eaten, N.E.W. and Chill, meaning he’s got a playbook for any variety of invasion you can name.

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The Stolen Child by Gavin Bradley

The Stolen Child by Gavin Bradley

May 2, 2019

A poem for May. Alex Ford narrates. 

Author Gavin Bradley is an Irish writer from Belfast who works in happy obscurity in Edmonton, Alberta. His poetry has been selected for a 'Hennessy New Irish Writing Award' by The Irish Times, and his work can be found in Glass Buffalo, The Open Ear, and The Caterpillar literary magazines, as well as various fantastical anthologies, such as Frozen Fairy Tales, Ignis Fatuus, Tesseracts 21: Nevertheless, and the upcoming Fantastic Trains.

When narrator Alex Ford isn't rocking around the nation in her band, Ford Theatre Reunion, she's holed up in her guest room following a different passion: recording audio books and editing manuscripts. An avid reader and writer, she delights in helping people bring their creativity to life. You can check out her exploits, mystery bruises, and a most handsome cat on facebook or instagram.
www.facebook.com/srslyjohns
www.instagram.com/srslyalex

Music: Marked, Now We Feast, by Alex Nakarada/serpentsoundstudios.com

PSA: Cold iron hurts fairies. Hot iron hurts everyone. 

 

Whaling with Clowns by Chris Kuriata

Whaling with Clowns by Chris Kuriata

April 2, 2019

Of all the creatures of the sea, none is more deadly than the clown. Isaiah Plovnick narrates. 

This story first appeared in the anthology Clowns: The Unlikely Coulrophobia Remix in 2016 from Unlikely Story. 

Author Chris Kuriata's stories about elderly poisoners, vengeful Aunties, and time-traveling kittens have appeared in many fine publications such as Gamut, OnSpec, and online at The Saturday Evening Post. He used to edit depressing documentaries about homicide victims, but now works cheerfully in a bakery making donuts.

Narrator Isaiah Plovnick is a Boston-based performing artist with a steampunk soul. Raised on a healthy diet of Lego and Great Illustrated Classics, the spirit of the retro-futurist was fostered in him at an early age. He received an education in Theatre from Salem State University, and has since been performing onstage or from behind a microphone all over the greater Boston area.

April is reading month. Please read the submission guidelines before sending manuscripts. 

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A Light in the Darkness by Gary Buller

A Light in the Darkness by Gary Buller

March 26, 2019

A stranded hiker takes shelter at a remote highland inn. Michael Whitehouse narrates a classic creepy ghost story from the British Isles to close out the year.

Author website http://twitter.com/garybuller

Narrator website michael-whitehouse.com/

April 2019 is reading month. Please read the guidelines before sending in your manuscripts.
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Lady With A Thousand Teeth by George Edwards Murray

Lady With A Thousand Teeth by George Edwards Murray

December 21, 2018

War curfews force a traveling carnival to camp in small mining town, while the world outside changes forever. Rated R for mild suggestive language and body horror.  

Author George Edwards Murray is a writer from Maine who currently resides in the heart of steel country. His fiction has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Daily Science Fiction, Bourbon Penn, and other venues for strange and troubling stories. Find out more at www.elegantapocalypse.com.

Narrator Michael Whitehouse is a writer, filmmaker, and voice-over artist from Glasgow, Scotland. He spends most of his time writing supernatural fiction, though occasionally dabbles in other genres when the story leads him there. He's also the founder of Ghastly Tales, which has both a horror fiction podcast and Youtube channel.

Theme song by DEVM

Osgoode's chorus by Kevin MacLeod/incompetech.com

Barbed Wire Fence by Santiago Eximeno

Barbed Wire Fence by Santiago Eximeno

December 3, 2018

Modified soldiers arrive at the front. Alasdair Stuart narrates. Content note for wartime horror.

Author Santiago Eximeno is a Spanish genre writer who has published several novellas and collections, mainly horror literature and flash fiction. His work has been translated to English, Japanese, French or Bulgarian. You can find him at www.eximeno.com or @santiagoeximeno on Twitter.

Narrator Alasdair Stuart is the host of PseudoPod and Escape Pod, runs Escape Artists Ink, and is professionally enthusiastic about genre fiction on the Internet at places like Tor.com , Barnes & Noble, The Guardian, Uncanny Magazine, SciFi Now and My M Buzz.  He lives in the UK with the love of his life and their ever expanding herd of microphones. Follow him on Twitter as @AlasdairStuart, or at his blog, The Man of Words.

Theme song: Ashes Ashes by DEVM
Story music: Gardariki, Edge of the Wastelands by Tri-Tachyon/Free Music Archive

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Full show notes at http://gallerycurious.com

Waterproof by Marcelina Vizcarra

Waterproof by Marcelina Vizcarra

November 20, 2018

You ever feel like the whole world is passing you by while you rot in that small town you the misfortune to be born in? Well, maybe it is. Wilson Fowlie narrates. 

Author Marcelina Vizcarra has moved over thirty times, most recently to Tennessee where she explores the woods and waterways with her kids, partner in crime, and their dog. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Nature Futures, Flash Fiction Online, Timeshift, and other speculative and literary publications.

Narrator Wilson Fowlie has been reading stories out loud since the age of 4, and credits his parents for any talent he has for it. He's been narrating for podcasts since he answered a call for readers for PodCastle in 2008.

He’s narrated dozens of stories for many podcasts, including all of the Escape Artists shows. Wilson fits all this narrating between his day job as a web developer in Vancouver, Canada, and directing a community show chorus called The Maple Leaf Singers.

Theme Song by Deus Ex Vapore Machina

Story Music: Fallen by Dan Yan-Key/Free Music Archive

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The Cheshire’s Grin by Irene Punti

The Cheshire’s Grin by Irene Punti

October 31, 2018

Survivors of an apocalyptic war rebuild their world to a Roman Ideal, which includes being outnumbered by their genetically altered slaves. Wulf Moon narrates.

Content note for adult situations. 

Author Irene Punti lives in Badalona (Catalonia) with her partner. Before that, she lived for a decade in Tarragona, the former capital of a Roman province and the city which inspired this story. Irene's stories have appeared in Gaslandia: a Dieselpunk Anthology and the NonBinary Review, among others.

Narrator Wulf Moon feasted on fantasy as a child when he lived with his Chippewa grandmother. He begged stories from her every night—fireside tales that fired his imagination. If Moon had a time machine, those are the days he would go back to. Since he doesn’t have a time machine, he tells stories. Learn more at driftweave.com.

Full show notes at GalleryCurious.com

 

After Nightfall by David A. Riley

After Nightfall by David A. Riley

October 25, 2018

A rural town bars itself in every night. But why won't they tell the tourists why? Vic Mullin narrates a scary story for the Halloween season. 

Author David A. Riley writes horror, fantasy and SF stories. His first professionally published story was in the 11th Pan Book of Horror in 1970. He has had stories published by Doubleday, DAW, Corgi, Sphere, Roc, Playboy Paperbacks, Robinsons, etc., and in magazines such as Aboriginal Science Fiction, Dark Discoveries, Fear, Whispers, and Fantasy Tales.

Narrator Vic Mullin is a 40 something scotsman who is usually surrounded in a cloud of vapour from constant e-cig usage.  He is generally found spending time editing youtube videos or lazing around in New Babbage pretending to build something.

Theme song: Ashes Ashes by Deus Ex Vapore Machina

Osgoode’s Chorus: Cheap Horror Fullmix Downtempo/Pond5.com

Almost in F, Long Note Two by Kevin MacLeod/incompetech.com

Spirit in the Sky by Marlin Bressi

Spirit in the Sky by Marlin Bressi

October 10, 2018

A pilot gets a strange warning on a dark and stormy night. CB Droege narrates.

Author Marlin Bressi is the author of Hairy Men in Caves: True Stories of America's Most Colorful Hermits (Sunbury Press, 2015) and creator of the paranormal website Journal of the Bizarre. He was also the runner-up in the 2016 Milwaukee Paranormal Conference national horror fiction contest.

Narrator CB Droege is an author and voice actor from the Queen City living in the Millionendorf. His most recent book is Peacemaker and Other Stories. His voice can be heard in commercials, cartoons, video games, and audiobooks. He is also the host of the weekly Flash Fiction Podcast from Manawaker Studio.
Learn more at CBDroege.com
Facebook: facebook.com/CBDroege
Twitter: twitter.com/CBDroege

We're taking submissions until October 21st. Read the guidelines at http://gallerycurious.com/fiction