Gallery of Curiosities
Badlands Dentistry by Eddie Generous

Badlands Dentistry by Eddie Generous

July 7, 2019

A horror story from the badlands of the 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.

Full show notes at gallerycurious.com

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 makes a horrifying discovery. 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. 

Full show notes at gallerycurious.com

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

Curiosities No. 4 is in the printing queue. Watch our store page to get your copy

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

Curiosities #4 is heading to the printer this week. Keep an eye on our store page to get yours when it arrives. gallerycurious.com/store

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

Kutsenko’s Cage by William Burton McCormick

Kutsenko’s Cage by William Burton McCormick

October 4, 2018

Two sisters take in a handsome lodger. But why does he have a cage? A dark tale of mystery and romance set in Belle Epoch Russia. Maria Rose narrates.

William Burton McCormick is a Nevada native and Hawthornden Castle Fellowship winner, has lived ten years in Ukraine and visited Odessa, the setting of “Kutsenko’s Cage” numerous times. The story’s protagonists, sisters Tasia and Eleni Karadopoulina, debuted in the Derringer Award-nominated story “The Antiquary’s Wife” in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, March 2013.

Maria Rose is a graphic designer, writer, astrologer, classicist. Sometimes saturnine, mostly eccentric. You can hear her audiobook narration work in "Messengers of the Right" from University of Press Audiobooks.

Music:

Theme song: Ashes Ashes by Deus Ex Vapore Machina/devmmusic.com

Osgoode's Chorus: Deadly Roulette by Kevin MacLeod/incompetech.com

The Forest and the Trees, Plaint, Procession of the King, Long Note Two, A Singular Perversion by Kevin MacLeod/incompetech.com

The Winter is Inside Us by Ilya Marfin from Fugue

October is submissions month. We're accepting manuscripts until the 21st.

One Last Date at the Pitside by Sebastien Mantle

One Last Date at the Pitside by Sebastien Mantle

August 30, 2018

H.P. Lovecraft month concludes. There will be pie.  Wulf Moon narrates.

Author Sebastien Mantle is a Canadian-born fantasy and sci-fi fanatic with a penchant for the dark, twisted, and occasionally silly. When not working on a novel or churning out short stories, he reads anything from swords and sorcery to military history.

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.

Theme song: Ashes Ashes by Deus Ex Vapore Machina

Full show notes at gallerycurious.com

Bright and Falling, Like an Avenging Angel by Shane Halbach

Bright and Falling, Like an Avenging Angel by Shane Halbach

August 20, 2018

An archeologist excavates a meteor crater that appeared during a Civil War battle, what could possibly go wrong? Quite a lot, because HP Lovecraft month continues.  CB Droege narrates.

Author Shane Halbach lives in Chicago, where he writes software by day and avoids writing stories by night. His fiction has appeared in Analog, Intergalactic Medicine Show, and all four of the Escape Artists podcasts, among others. He blogs at shanehalbach.com, or can be found on Twitter @shanehalbach

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

Story Music:

Space by Ilya Marfin from Fugue

Vibrion Phonetica No.3 by Max Sergeev from Fugue

The Release by Crust from Fugue

A Singular Perversion by Kevin Macleod/incompetech.com

The Rat and the Frog by Emma Whitehall

The Rat and the Frog by Emma Whitehall

August 16, 2018

It's Lovecraft month, but that doesn't mean you have to put away the pretty dresses. Elizabeth Chatsworth narrates.

Author Emma Whitehall is a writer, editor and book reviewer from the North East of England. Her work has been published in the UK, USA, Mexico and Ireland, and was shortlisted for the 2017 Fish Flash Fiction Award. You can follow her at @Hire_Emma.

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

Theme song: Ashes Ashes by Deus Ex Vapore Machina

Story Music:
Dangerous Roulette, Martian Cowboy, Monkeys Spinning Monkeys, Danse Morialta, Gagool, The Chamber, by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Are you a Second Life gridhopper? Visit the 7th annual Lovefest, August 17-26. We'll be there on the 20th for a special inworld streamed episode.  https://lovefest.wordpress.com/

The Thousand Injuries by Eric Cline

The Thousand Injuries by Eric Cline

August 2, 2018

You think your in-laws have a few skeletons in the closet? This family has an entire catacomb. CB Droege narrates. 

Author Eric Cline is a writer living in Maryland with his wife and Greyhound (a dog, not a motorized vehicle). He has a Masters degree in English. His works have appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Galaxy's Edge (edited by Mike Resnick), Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, the Writers of the Future anthology (volume 29) and other places. His story “Elizabethtown” was nominated for the Sidewise Award for Alternate History (Short Form) in 2015.

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

Theme song- Ashes Ashes by Deus Ex Vapore Machina

Osgoode's Chorus- Dangerous Roulette by Kevin MacLeod/incompetech.com

Story music- Clean Soul, Serene, & A Singular Perversion by Kevin Macleod/incompetech.com

Curiosities #3 is out now in digital & trade paperback formats. Buy a copy (or five) and help keep the Gallery open. https://gallerycurious.com/store/ 

Dem Bones by Ann Stolinsky

Dem Bones by Ann Stolinsky

July 13, 2018

An elderly mother attempts to reconstitute her son after retrieving his remains from Gettysburg. Karen Bovenmyer narrates. 

Author Ann Stolinsky is the founder and owner of Gontza Games, an independent board and card game company. Her website is www.gontzagames.com. She is also a partner in Gemini Wordsmiths, a full-service copyediting and content creating company. Visit www.geminiwordsmiths.com for more information and testimonials. Several of her stories have been published in the last few years.

Narrator Karen Bovenmyer earned an MFA in Creative Writing: Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine. She has narrated for Cemetery Pod, Escape Pod, Far Fetched Fables, Gallery of Curiosities, Pseudopod, Silver Blade Magazine, StarShipSofa, and Strange Horizons. http://karenbovenmyer.com/

Theme song - Ashes Ashes by Deus Ex Vapore Machina

Osgoode's Chorus - Deadly Roulette by Kevin MacLeod/incompetech.com

Story Music - End of the Era, Fantastic Dim Bar, Ghost Processional, and Ghost Dance by Kevin MacLeod/incompetech.com

The Questionable Redemption of Thomas Alva Edison by Evan Dicken & The Gettysburg Paradox by Joe Vasicek

The Questionable Redemption of Thomas Alva Edison by Evan Dicken & The Gettysburg Paradox by Joe Vasicek

June 30, 2018

It's an alt-history double feature! Wulf Moon and CB Droege narrate. 

The Questionable Redemption of Thomas Alva Edison

By day, Author Evan Dicken studies old Japanese maps and crunches data for all manner of fascinating medical experiments at The Ohio State University. By night, he does neither of these things. His audio fiction has most recently appeared in: Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Pseudopod, and Escape Pod, and he has stories forthcoming from publishers such as: Chaosium, The Overcast, and Cast of Wonders. Feel free to visit him at: evandicken.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.

This story was adapted for audio by Kevin Frost.

Distressed wax cylinder effect by Izotope Vinyl.

The Gettysburg Paradox

Author Joe Vasicek is the author of more than twenty science fiction books, including the Star Wanderers and Sons of the Starfarers series. As a young man, he studied Arabic and traveled across the Middle East and the Caucasus. He currently lives in Utah.

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

Music:

Theme Song: Ashes Ashes by Deus Ex Vapore Machina

Osgoode's Chorus: Deadly Roulette by Kevin MacLeod/incompetech.com

Story Music and Sound Effects:

Long Note Two, Bittersweet/Incompetech.com

Battle Civil War/Pond5.com

Civil War Drummer/SoundBible.com

Lonesome Cajun Fiddles - Full/Pond5.com

On The Path by Kelly A. Harmon

On The Path by Kelly A. Harmon

May 30, 2018

Work is so hard on the farm, especially when the spirits will not cooperate. Wulf Moon narrates.

Story music by Kevin MacLeod
Theme song by Deus Ex Vapore Machina

Author Kelly A. Harmon used to write truthful, honest stories about authors and thespians, senators and statesmen, movie stars and murderers. Now she writes lies, which is infinitely more satisfying, but lacks the convenience of doorstep delivery. She is an award-winning journalist and author, and a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. A Baltimore native, she writes the Charm City Darkness series. Book 4, In the Eye of the Beholder, is out now.

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 .

Theme song: Ashes Ashes by Deus Ex Vapore Machina

Osgoode’s Chorus: Dangerous Roulette by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Story Music: Finding Movement, Ripples, Eastminster, Mystic Force by Kevin MacLeod

June is submissions month. Don't forget to READ THE GUIDELINES. Please. That would be splendid of you.

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