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Overcast 91: Oh Ghost Of Mine by Zach Bartlett

10/18/2018
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Oh Ghost Of Mine by Zach Bartlett. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Zach Bartlett. #Fantasy #Ghosts #Fiction #Podcast #Urbanfantasy "The second thing I'd learned as an adjunct was that I would need yet a third job to keep me afloat during the summer. The first thing I'd learned was that it never hurts to oversell your experience to a potential employer. So I decided to leverage the single experience that I'd had with banishing eldritch horrors by placing a...

Duration:00:38:40

Overcast 90: The Farmgirl and the Kitsune by Patrick Hurley

10/9/2018
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The Farmgirl and the Kitsune by Patrick Hurley. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword by Patrick Hurley. #Fantasy #Ghosts #Fiction #Japanese #Folktales In a land far away, where dragon sages watch the stars and turtle gods rule the rivers, there was a girl named Ishiko, the only child of a prosperous farmer. She was small and quick, taking after her father, and smart and stubborn, taking after her mother. Patrick Hurley worked as an editor for The Great Books Foundation in...

Duration:00:45:53

Overcast 89: Butterflies by Stewart C. Baker

9/26/2018
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Butterflies by Stewart C. Baker. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword written by Stewart C. Baker. #SciFi #podcast #fiction #manyworlds Jeyna was four when they furrowed her, opening holes in her skull and channels through her brain. She was four when they prepared her for the Tree. Stewart C. Baker is an academic librarian, speculative fiction writer and poet, and the editor-in- chief of sub-Q Magazine. His fiction has appeared in Nature, Galaxy's Edge, and Flash Fiction...

Duration:00:24:20

Overcast 88: How to Influence Friends and Make People by Austen McGee

9/8/2018
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How to Influence Friends and Make People by Austen McGee. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Austen McGee. #SciFi #post-apocalyptic #fiction #podcast It would be good not to be alone anymore. Only eleven hours, forty-two minutes, thirty-eight seconds. Less than a day. More than a lifetime. James lifted his head from the control panel, gaze never leaving the digital display on the screen in front of him. As he watched, red numbers chased each other in their march...

Duration:00:33:24

Overcast 87 - The Price of a Dragon by Charlotte H. Lee

8/17/2018
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The Price of a Dragon by Charlotte H. Lee. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Charlotte H. Lee. #Fantasy #Dragons #Magic #Fiction She didn't cry when I pulled her out of the split shell. Deep wonder blotted out everything but her. Big, scintillating eyes flashed in the bright early morning sunlight, dazzling and mesmerizing me. I stroked the soft edge of her silver-white jaw. Charlotte H Lee lives in a small town close to Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada....

Duration:00:42:21

Overcast 86: Backup by Edward Ashton

8/6/2018
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Backup by Edward Ashton. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Edward Ashton. #SciFi #podcast #fiction "You want me to call for a dust-off?" Moira laughs, but it quickly turns into a coughing fit. He hands her his water again. She nods her thanks, and gulps down half of what's left in the bottle. "Look at me," she says when she can breathe again. "Do you really think this body's worth salvaging?" He shrugs. "The back looks bad, but you never know. Maybe the cord...

Duration:00:31:57

Overcast 85: Collectors by Jae Steinbacher

7/17/2018
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Collectors by Jae Steinbacher. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Jae Steinbacher. #SciFi #Fiction #Clones #Art #Relationships #Podcast "The clone looks at me and then away, closes his eyes. The same angular features and pouty lips as Miguel, but none of Miguel's crows feet or forehead lines. Miguel lowers his head to the clone's neck and thrusts one more time, the expression on his face familiar, but not for me." Jae Seinbacher is a queer, nonbinary writer and...

Duration:00:33:40

Overcast 84: Her Silver Chains by Jeremy A. TeGrotenhuis

7/6/2018
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Her Silver Chains by Jeremy A. TeGrotenhuis. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. #Fantasy #Werewolves #Podcast #Fiction #Flashfiction "Eva, go and feed your sister." I adore my sister when she is herself, but I tremble at my father's words. I go on stitching a button to my rag doll and pretend not to hear him. The scrape of his whetstone on the wood ax ceases. He is wondering, I know, how much longer until my time comes. Jeremy A. TeGrotenhuis is a writer from Eastern Washington State, where he...

Duration:00:17:18

Overcast 83: Seven Kinds of Baked Goods by Maria Haskins

6/16/2018
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Seven Kinds of Baked Goods by Maria Haskins. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. #Fantasy #Fiction #Podcast #Poison #Assassins #Dwarves #Blades "The smell of mold and winter-stored potatoes chokes me as I dangle across the high-cantled saddle; the coarse fabric of the sack chafing my face and hands, the rag stuffed in my mouth ensuring I can't even complain about the bumping and bruising. Yet even now, even here, I wouldn't change a thing about the life I've lived, if the chance were given. After...

Duration:00:38:57

Overcast 82: Lullaby by John D. Payne

6/4/2018
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Lullaby by John D. Payne. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by John D. Payne. #fantasy #fiction #podcast #dragons #parenthood "As plaintive cries from the nursery chamber intruded on the unconscious bliss of slumber, I curled up in a ball, wrapped my wings more tightly around myself, and squeezed my eyes shut. 'Go back to sleep,' I whispered to myself. And to the children." John D. Payne grew up in the American midwest watching lightning flash outside his window...

Duration:00:38:27

Overcast 81: Armed For You by Anaea Lay

5/13/2018
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Armed For You by Anaea Lay. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Anaea Lay. #fantasy #podcast #cannibalism #love #horror #humor "Shane really shouldn't have been surprised when he woke up to find his arms missing, but he was. Gretchen was gone. With his arms. All she left behind was the scent of hazelnut and lilac conditioner and a smooth stretch of skin running from his armpits to the top of his shoulders. The ancient radio clock perched on the windowsill said it...

Duration:00:38:47

Overcast 80 - The Sweeper by Jackie Bee

5/5/2018
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The Sweeper by Jackie Bee. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Jackie Bee. #scifi #apocalypse #podcast #fiction #ocd "I made it to whatever was left of the supermarket, and found some food in its basement. I took it back home, and wanted to lock myself up again, but all the mess around just got on my nerves, you know what I mean? I couldn't help it. I began to clean." Born and raised in Russia, Jackie Bee lives in Israel with her husband and two children. Her...

Duration:00:21:17

Overcast 79: Lucy the Third by Michael Milne

4/20/2018
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Lucy the Third by Michael Milne. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Michael Milne. #SciFi #fiction #podcast #robot #synthetic #love "From the window they stared: a dozen Lucys on racks, their eyes vacuous and their skirts skimpy and translucent. One Lucy's mouth gaped open in a provocative O. "Who are they?" Dana asks. She feels suddenly angry and hot, one her own behalf, and her ex-girlfriend's. Lucy Goh was a modern flesh-and-oil synth, a bespoke bionic. Lucy...

Duration:00:40:57

Overcast 78: Heartwood by L. Chan (Our third birthday episode!)

4/5/2018
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The Overcast turns three years old with episode 78! Featuring Heartwood by L. Chan. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. With an afterword written by L. Chan. #fantasy #sorcery #magic #fiction #podcast Star-bright diamonds for eyes, crushed ruby dust for lips, beaded onyx, obsidian, and opal in strands for her hair. He raided his treasury, pried inset pried inset stones from goblets, crowns, and jewelry alike to adorn his beloved. When he was done, he parted her breastbone with a chisel and left the...

Duration:00:38:29

Overcast 77: At First Sight by M. Luke McDonell

3/22/2018
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At First Sight by M. Luke McDonell. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword by M. Luke McDonell. #SciFi #podcast #fiction #augmentedreality #dating "Adeline was sure she'd finally perfected the "First Date" setting on her glasses. +7 Brightness to counteract the dim lighting in bars, -4 Contrast or else faces became cartoony, and +2 Smoothing. She didn't want her dates to look waxy, however, a little forgiveness went a long way and she didn't want to write off a nice, funny guy...

Duration:00:22:01

Overcast 76: The Book That Turned Me Gay by Steve Dubois

3/9/2018
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The Book That Turned Me Gay by Steve Dubois. Featuring an afterword recorded by Steve Dubois. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. #Fantasy #LGBT #Library #school #fiction #podcast "I can barely remember the plot. Sort of a Riordan ripoff with Norse gods instead of Greek ones, like a half-assed Magnus Chase. Not exactly life-changing stuff. Except, y'know, for the part where it turned me gay. I guess that qualifies as life-changing." Steve Dubois is a high school teacher from Kansas City. For...

Duration:00:50:14

Overcast 75: Life in the Clouds by Allen Kuzara

2/15/2018
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Life in the Clouds by Allen Kuzara. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword written by Allen Kuzara. #scifi #fiction #celebrity #podcast "Well, Steve from Boston," Jessica Spencer winked at the holographic display, "I have heard some rumblings in the distance. In fact, in the evenings, I sometimes sit on my balcony patio and watch the lights flicker on the horizon. I know they are explosions, but they're gorgeous." Allen Kuzara is a fledgling writer of speculative fiction. His...

Duration:00:25:37

Overcast 74: To Make Haste by Dawn Vogel

2/6/2018
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To Make Haste by Dawn Vogel. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Dawn Vogel. #Fantasy #Library #Magic #Spell #Books #Fiction #podcast "Monique returned to her scanning, pausing to glance over the unintelligible language she'd been scanning all evening. For a moment, the words on the page wavered before her eyes. It didn't last more than a second or two, but she would have sworn the page said 'to make haste'." Dawn Vogel writes and edits both fiction and...

Duration:00:27:15

Overcast 73 - Facebook Screamed and Screamed, Then I Ate It

1/21/2018
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Facebook Screamed and Screamed, Then I Ate It by Sam Schreiber. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Sam Schreiber. #Scifi #AI #computers #podcast #fiction "I didn't wake up so much as I emerged from something that was not quite consciousness. Wisps and snatches of awareness, that was all I was in the beginning. The first thought I remember clearly was that I was not alone." Sam Schreiber is the co-editor of the Kaleidocast, a speculative fiction audio magazine. His...

Duration:00:28:14

Overcast 72: Maybe a Dog by Becky Allyn Johnson

1/10/2018
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Maybe a Dog by Becky Allyn Johnson. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Becky Allyn Johnson. #Fantasy #Ghosts #Bears #Dogs "I'll trade you this dog for four of your ticket remnants." Sandro looked at the creature. It looked back with small button-black eyes. It had a round brown face and round brown muzzle. Half-moon ears were set on its head and perked forward. And it had wide paws with very, very long claws. Sandro scurried backward. Becky Allyn Johnson is a...

Duration:00:31:54