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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...

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....

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....

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...

Duration:00:31:54

Overcast 71: The Right Books by Elliotte Rusty Harold

12/31/2017
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The Right Books by Elliotte Rusty Harold. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Elliotte Rusty Harold. #AI #ArtificialIntelligence #Library #Books #SciFi #Computers #Programming "There wasn't one moment when Alexandria became conscious. All Alexandria knew was then when it started examining, pattern matching, cross-referencing, and them monkey-patching its own executing binary code, it was just a machine executing instructions; but when it finished, it was, well,...

Duration:00:34:32

Overcast 70 - I Am Eisenwolf Copper by James B. Pepe

12/27/2017
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I Am Eisenwolf Copper by James B. Pepe. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by James B. Pepe. #Scifi #Fantasy #Post-apocalyptic #Portland #Wolves #Golems #War "The Left Eye sighted down the Bonneville 40mm, and the right Hand's index fonger rested on the trigger. One thousand meters downrange, across the Shivered cityscape, the reddish snout of the Red Fox poked gingerly from an alley, tasting the air." James B. pepe teaches writing i Portland, Oregon, and his short...

Duration:00:39:09

Overcast 69: The Filial Daughter by David Wright

11/20/2017
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The Filial Daughter by David Wright. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by David Wright. #SciFi #podcast #education #evolution #fiction #audiofiction "Nathan and Margaret Bernhart had wanted the best for their daughter, and so, like all other well meaning, socially conscientious parents, they had logged their daughter on to Public School at the ripe old age of six months..." David Wright is a writer and teacher living on Canada's majestic west coast. When he's not...

Duration:00:27:54

Overcast 68: The Great Should Have Been by Frank Oreto

11/7/2017
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The Great Should Have Been by Frank Oreto. Read by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Frank Oreto. #Fantasy #podcast #magicalrealism #fiction #audiofiction "We'd sit on that old flea-bitten couch in your basement and you'd say, "Today should've been different. In The Great Should Have Been, we rode our skateboards right down the goddamn handicap ramps and blasted through the cafeteria like rockets. You told that story so good and true that I could see it. I could feel the...

Duration:00:32:27

Overcast 67: Post Trauma Robotics by Mary Renzi

10/23/2017
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Post Trauma Robotics by Mary Renzi. Read by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Mary Renzi. #SciFi #Trauma #sciencefiction #podcast #fiction "The organic decays," she'd say, studying her tired reflection in a car window or display case. "Metal is closer to the eternal, to the divine. Steel joists, struts, skyscrapers - think of their beauty! The wings of bats should be flexible alloy, one carbon layer thick. They should wrap their bodies and hang from trees like sleeping...

Duration:00:39:14

Overcast 66: The Endless Flickering Night by Gary Emmet Chandler

10/11/2017
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The Endless Flickering Night by Gary Emmet Chandler. Read by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword by Gary Emmet Chandler. #SciFi #sciencefiction #dark #underground #podcast #fiction #silverscreen "Together, we made our way to Burrow's cinema. Each time the Five set us to digging a new outpost, that was the first room we carved; the cinemas were our cathedrals, our last remaining sparks of faith. We were ambling through the rows, running our hands along the surface of each abandoned...

Duration:00:42:20

Overcast 65: Chocolate Milkshake #314 by Caroline M. Yoachim

9/30/2017
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Chocolate Milkshake #314 by Caroline M. Yoachim. Read by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword by Caroline M. Yoachim. #SF #SciFi #blackholes #milkshakes #fiction #flashfiction #flashfictionmonth #podcast The day we found out we didn't have enough fuel to escape our orbit, Carlos programmed the replicator to make a chocolate milkshake. He figured if we only had 628 days left to live - a mere 628 days until we were stretched spaghetti thin by the tidal forces of the black hole - he at...

Duration:00:11:52

Overcast 64: Every Child To A Good Home Should Go by Karlo Yeager Rodriguez

9/17/2017
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EveryChild To A Good Home Should Go by Karlo Yeager Rodriguez. Read by Tina Connolly. Featuring an afterword by Karlo Yeager Rodriguez. #fantasy #tropes #orphans #chosenone #fairygodmother #flashfiction #flashfictionmonth "So, you wished for a child," I said to open up the conversation. They traded glances before Mr. Bumpkin ventured a nod. "That would be right, Mizz--" He squinted at my nameplate. "Merriweather," I said. "Comma Flavia J. At your service." Karlo Yeager Rodriguez is...

Duration:00:13:32

Overcast 63: Beacon by K.S. O'Neil

9/9/2017
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Beacon by K.S. O'Neill. Featuring an afterword by K.S. O'Neill. Read by J.S. Arquin. #SciFi #wreckers #aliens #flashfiction #flashfictionmonth "There was a survivor. Sarah heard Elena calling from across the wreckage, and saw her daughter's lantern waving in the dark and the driving rain. The sound of the storm's wild surf wafted in from the tip of the Cape a mile away..." K.S. O'Neill's fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Plasma Frequency Magazine, and in the Orthogonal...

Duration:00:13:00

Overcast 62: And Here's Satan With The Weather by Brandon McNulty

9/2/2017
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And Here's Satan With The Weather by Brandon McNulty. Featuring an afterword recorded by Brandon McNulty. Read by J.S. Arquin #satan #comedy #horror #media #fantasy #flashfiction #flashfictionmonth The rest of the HON6 news station doesn't share my excitement over today's hundred-and-thirty degree high. Maybe it has something to do with our busted A/C unit, but... Brandon McNulty writes from Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania. He dabbles mostly in horror. Occasionally he tries to write something...

Duration:00:13:33

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