Gallery of Curiosities

Short audio fiction curated for retropunks. Often dark, always curious. Our hosts take themselves seriously so you won’t have to.

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Tuesday Jun 14, 2022

We've had complaints about the horror themes, so here's a fairy tale to lighten the mood. Alex Ford reads.  #steampunk #darkFantasy #fairytale.      Author M.E. Bronstein is a PhD student in Comparative Literature who writes short stories when she should be working on her dissertation.  Her writing has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies; Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities & Other Horrors; Michigan Quarterly Review: Mixtape; and elsewhere.  You can find her at     When 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.   Osgoode: Kris Law   Music: Theme song: Ashes Ashes by Deus Ex Vapored Machina   Osgoode’s Chorus: No Good Layabout by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:   Magic Forest by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:   Zum Kampf Bereit (Romeos Erbe) by Sascha Ende® Link: License:   Soaring by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:   Comedy Short 3 by Rafael Krux Link: License:   Nothing Left by Dave Deville Link: License:   Suspenseful Calm Piano And Cello by MusicLFiles Link: License:   Dark Piano And Cello by MusicLFiles Link: License:

Tuesday Apr 19, 2022

The consumptive poet Keats makes a strange encounter while voyaging to Naples. David Ault reads.  #paranormal #historical.  Author Jonathan Duckworth is a completely normal, entirely human person with the right number of heads and everything. He received his MFA from Florida International University. His speculative fiction work appears in Pseudopod, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Southwest Review, Tales to Terrify, Flash Fiction Online, and elsewhere. He is a PhD student at University of North Texas and an active HWA member.    Reader David Ault (he/him) is a voice actor from North Yorkshire, UK. He started voice acting with Darker Projects in 2005, moving through The Byron Chronicles, Pendant Audio, Colonial Radio Theatre to modern day antics with Fool & Scholar, the NoSleep Podcast team and Shadows at the Door: The Podcast. He's a big fan of tea, ghosts and astronomy, and can be found online at DavidAult on Twitter, or   Music: Theme song- Ashes Ashes by Deus Ex Vapore Machina   Backbay Lounge by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:   Fluidscape by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:

Tuesday Mar 15, 2022

A carnie, a Romanian, and a zombie ape. What could possibly go wrong? Kris Law reads.  #1930s #Odd #Horror   Author Phil Margolies writes science fiction and fantasy, and dabbles in horror. His short fiction has appeared in Brave New Girls, The Worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror anthology, Perihelion SF, Abyss & Apex, and other publications. He’s on Twitter @philmargolies nearly as often as he is at home outside Washington, DC, with his wife, daughter, and two skittish rescue dogs.   Narrator Kris Law lives in Toronto and works as a voice actor, specializing in villainous types of all stripes. They live with their partner, and two cats which openly defy their supposed authority. They are best known for portraying the eldritch host of a weird fiction anthology podcast.   Leopold: Micheal Allen Rose   Music Intro: Circus Monkey by Alexander Nakarada Link: License:   Silver Lake  by Rafael Krux Link: License:   Dramatic Cinematic Sadness by MusicLFiles Link: License:

Friday Mar 04, 2022

A fairy tale for troubled times, retold with a dash of steam. Jasmine Arch reads. #Steampunk #Fairytale Author Gwen C. Katz is an author, artist, game designer, and retired mad scientist who lives in Pasadena, California with her husband and a revolving door of transient animals. When not writing, she can often be found in her garden or at the local nature center, teaching kids about wildlife. Reader Jasmine Arch is a narrator, writer, and poet whose brain thrives on chaos and caffeine. She lives in a rural corner of Belgium with four dogs, two elderly horses and a husband who knows better than to distract her when she's writing. Find out more about her and her work at Leopold: Michael Allen Rose

Wednesday Feb 23, 2022

Be cautious of the paths you tread. Lou J. Berger reads. #WeirdWest #CosmicHorror Author  William Stiteler lives somewhere in Central New York, and has been published in places such as Grimdark Magazine and Kaleidotrope, occasionally as S.M. Williams. When not writing, he spends his time determining where things are. More can be found at Narrator Lou J. Berger is a Denver-based fiction author, with about two dozen published short stories, a couple nevelettes, and a novella (which was work for hire and probably doesn’t count). He’s been published in Galaxy’s Edge Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, and a host of anthologies. In 2017, he was a Finalist for Writers of the Future. Osgoode: Kris Law   Music: Cirque Sous La Mer by Steve Rice Music Sidewinder by William L. Pearson 058882792-dark-western-spaghetti(Pond5) Tension: Dark Suspense Soundtrack by Sound Phenomenon The Song of the Earth: Epic Orchestral by Sound Phenomenon HauntedSqueezeBox by Lilo SoundLink:

Saturday Feb 12, 2022

I'm ready for a new year. Aren't we all? Alasdair Stuart reads. #Steampunk #Horror  Indiana (USA) author James Dorr's most recent book is a novel-in-stories from Elder Signs Press, TOMBS: A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH. Working mostly in dark fantasy/horror with some forays into science fiction and mystery, his THE TEARS OF ISIS was a 2013 Bram Stoker Award® finalist for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection, while other books include STRANGE MISTRESSES: TALES OF WONDER AND ROMANCE, DARKER LOVES: TALES OF MYSTERY AND REGRET, and his all-poetry VAMPS (A RETROSPECTIVE). He has also been a technical writer, an editor on a regional magazine, a full time non-fiction freelancer, and a semi-professional musician, and currently harbors a Goth cat named Triana. An Active Member of SFWA and HWA, Dorr invites readers to visit his blog at   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 , 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.   Piano In Blues by MusicLFiles Link: License:   Alone Ambience by Tim Kulig Link: License:   Auld Lang Syne [1921] sung by Nevada Van Der Veer (  

Tuesday Nov 30, 2021

All monsters are elusive, some more so than others. None of them, however, are secretive about their existence. Michael Whitehouse reads. #DarkFantasy    Born to immigrants in British Columbia, Ola Al-Fateh has strongly connected to the merging of different worlds from the moment she arrived into this one. All her stories reflect this to some degree. Her other short story “The Grand Museum” has appeared in The Future Fire. Find her online at   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.   Leopold: Micheal Allen Rose   Piano In Blues by MusicLFiles Link: License:   Trapped In A Clocktower by Tim Kulig Link: License:   Alone Ambience by Tim Kulig Link: License:   Nothing Left by Dave Deville Link: License:   Parsemoth by Dave Deville Link: License:   Outro: HauntedSqueezeBox by Lilo SoundLink:    

Saturday Nov 27, 2021

A gothic meditation on Frankenstein. Matt Dovey reads. #GothicHorror  Author Liam Hogan is an award winning short story writer, with stories in Best of British Science Fiction and Best of British Fantasy 2018 (NewCon Press). He’s been published by Analog, Daily Science Fiction, and Flame Tree Press, among others. He helps host Liars’ League London, volunteers at the creative writing charity Ministry of Stories, and lives and avoids work in London. More details at Narrator Matt Dovey is very tall, very British, and probably drinking a cup of tea right now. His surname rhymes with "Dopey", but any other similarities to the dwarf are coincidence. He has short science fiction and fantasy stories all over the place: find out more at, or follow him on Twitter @mattdoveywriter. Leopold: Michael Allen Rose Music: Halls of the Undead by Kevin MacLeodLink: Soaring by Kevin MacLeodLink:    

Friday Oct 29, 2021

Happy Halloween! Would you sell your soul for one last chance at greatness? Kristin Holland performs.  #Horror     Lena Ng skulks around Toronto, Canada, and is a zombie member of the Horror Writers Association. She tiptoes at night so no one knows she’s awake. Under an Autumn Moon is her short story collection. She is currently seeking a publisher for her novel, Darkness Beckons, a Gothic romance.   Voice Actor Kristin Holland is the creator of the excellent NOCTURNAL TRANSMISSIONS short horror story podcast. He both produces the audio and performs all the various voices that appear on the show. He also appears as Dr Malcolm Ryder - ' Parapsychologist' on the A Voice From Darkness podcast. Not only a mercurial voice actor, he is also a professional musician, singer, actor, and commercial voice over artist. You can find out more about the NOCTURNAL TRANSMISSIONS podcast on their official website -   Leopold - Michael Allen Rose   Music: Cheap Horror by SegnoSoundtrack (   The Horror Maschine 1 by Sascha Ende® Link: License:   Artemis by Sascha Ende® Link: License:   The Small by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:   Piece for Disaffected Piano One by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:   Long note One by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:   Halloween Atmosphäre 2 Graveyard by Frank Schröter Link: License:   Anxiety by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:   Parsemoth by Dave Deville Link: License:   Halls of the Undead by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:   Halloween The Pumpkin Head by Frank Schröter Link: License:

Friday Oct 22, 2021

Aesop on the post-modern rocks. Daren Callow narrates.  #FracturedFairyTales   Author Louis Evans is a sci-fi writer with work in Analog, Interzone, Escape Pod and more. He lives in Brooklyn with his partner and two cats named after fictional detectives. He is almost certainly not infested with a mind-controlling fungus. Narrator Daren Callow is a writer, voice actor and musician who is based in Hove on the south coast of the United Kingdom, a medium-sized cannon shot from the English Channel. As an actor, as well as (seemingly endless) live performances of Tales Of New Albion stories and plays, Daren has also lent his voice to Brighton Theatre of The Air and 2 Bit Productions audio dramas, he also finds time to record his own steampunk podcast (also entitled Tales Of New Albion) featuring original comedy material voiced by a cast of thousands (approx.) and readings of his sci-fi stories.   Leopold - Michael Allen Rose   Fiddle Player - Peter Voronov(Fiverr)   MusicIntro:Circus Clowns Lighter Edit by Zev Weinstein ( Adeste Fideles Waltz by Kevin MacLeodLink: The Winter is Inside Us by Ilya Marfin ( Mourning Song by Kevin MacLeodLink: Canon in D Major by Kevin MacLeodLink: Long note One by Kevin MacLeodLink: Giant Wyrm by Kevin MacLeodLink: Ancient Rite by Kevin MacLeodLink: Outro: HauntedSqueezeBox by Lilo SoundLink:  


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