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Breathtaking Speculative Fiction from the Pacific Northwest and Beyond.

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Overcast 114: Being Kitty by A.J. Lee

Being Kitty by A.J. Lee. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by A.J. Lee. #Scifi #Technology #gigeconomy #chatbot #fiction #podcast "How do I delete photos of me that someone else posted on Whisp?" "It depends on whether or not you own the copyright," I answered in my best Kitty voice. "What if it's a nude?" That's when I recognized the account name. It was Maryam, the Maryam with the cheating boyfriend. My heart went out to her, but Kitty didn't have a heart. A.J. Lee is a Canadian writer without a long and interesting list of careers, a website or a Twitter account. Her fiction has appeared in Nature: Futures andCatalysts, Explorers & Secret Keepers. Please help support The Overcast. Become a Patron Today! Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you regularly get your podcasts, so you never miss an episode. While you're there, please take a moment to leave a review! (If you cannot get the Overcast on your distribution service of choice, let us know & we wil...

35 MIN1 weeks ago
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Overcast 114: Being Kitty by A.J. Lee

Overcast 113: The Lesser of Two Evils by Shane Halbach

The Lesser of Two Evils by Shane Halbach. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Shane Halbach. #fantasy #humor #techsupport #corporateevil "Effective immediately, you will relocate your desk to the IT room in the basement." She slid an access card across the table. "The server room?" asked Ian, brightening. So that's where Suresh was always hiding out. Nobody would ever be able to find Ian down there; this might not be so bad after all. Behind a special access door and everything. "You'll be responsible for everything in that room," Beth continued, "which is really just one thing: a captive demon." Shane Halbach is a writer and blogger living in Chicago with his wife and three kids, where he writes software by day and avoids writing stories by night. His fiction has appeared in Analog, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and The Year's Best YA Speculative Fiction, among others. He blogs regularly at shanehalbach.com, or can be found on Twitter @shan...

37 MIN2 weeks ago
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Overcast 113: The Lesser of Two Evils by Shane Halbach

Overcast 112: Well Enough Alone by Holly Schofield

Well Enough Alone by Holly Schofield. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Holly Schofield. #sci-fi #fiction #endoflife #deathwithdignity Lindsay gripped the armrest as the car sped through the busy streets, centimeters from the other vehicles. The wrap-around front windshield increased visibility but made for a disconcerting ride. She double-checked her smartcane was resting against her leg and closed her eyes, wishing she knew where she was going and why. Holly Schofield travels through time at a rate of one second per second, oscillating between the alternate realities of city and country life. She is the author of over seventy short stories, some of which are used in university curricula. Her works have appeared in Analog, Lightspeed, Tesseracts and many other publications throughout the world. You can find her at hollyschofield.wordpress.com Please support The Overcast. Become A Patron Today! Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher so you never miss an episode. W...

37 MINSEP 14
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Overcast 112: Well Enough Alone by Holly Schofield

Overcast 111: For Your Safety and Comfort, Please Keep Arms, Legs and Tentacles Inside the Car At All Times by Michelle Ann King

For You Safety and Comfort, Please Keep Arms, Legs and Tentacles Inside the Car At All Times by Michelle Ann King. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword written by Michelle Ann King. #god #humor #tentacles #Lovecraft #unicorns #fantasy "I found God ... While I was doing that house clearance in Balham. ...remember my Great Aunt Doris, the one with all the tea cosies? Try to imagine a cross between her, that security guard who arrested us for shoplifting eyebrow pencils out of Superdrug when we were kids, and the Grand Canyon." Kate dutifully tried to imagine this. She failed. "And so it turns out that after creating our spacetime continuum, It went to have a bit of a lie down. Justifiably, I think; I always need a bit of a nap after any DIY myself..." Michelle Ann King is a speculative fiction writer from Essex, England. Her work has appeared in over ninety different venues, including Interzone, Strange Horizons, and Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. She has p...

32 MINAUG 18
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Overcast 111: For Your Safety and Comfort, Please Keep Arms, Legs and Tentacles Inside the Car At All Times by Michelle Ann King

Overcast 110: The Freedom of Above by T.J. Berg

The Freedom of Above by T.J. Berg. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by T.J. Berg. #Scifi #3Dprinting #loss #grief #death #porn #space Alex booted up his 3D printer. He'd booted it up almost every night for the past two weeks, thinking the same thing, but not quite daring. He knew it was common enough. Hell, people used to go to stores before they had the privacy of a 3Dp to download things like this to. And it wasn't as if he was going to use it for sex. Just the weight of it, some hair, something to have on the other side of the bed. T.J. Berg is a molecular and cellular biologist working and writing in Sweden. She is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop. Her shot fiction had appeared in Talebones (for which it received an honorable mention in the Year's Best Fantasy and Horror), Tales of the Unanticipated, Electric Velocipede, Daily Science Fiction, Caledonia Dreamin', Sensorama, Thirty Years of Rain, and Tales to Terrify and is upcoming in New Myths ...

40 MINAUG 2
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Overcast 110: The Freedom of Above by T.J. Berg

Overcast 109: The Girl in the Shrine on Mount Osore

The Girl in the Shrine on Mount Osore by Jordan Taylor. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword written by Jordan Taylor. At the hot springs, the monkey demon waits for her at the edge of the pool. She knows him instantly, a full head and shoulders taller than the others, inhuman intelligence hidden in his eyes. She kneels in the deep snow. "You came, Samurai's Daughter," he says. He cocks his head at her, horrifying. "A good daughter obeys her father," she answers. The monkey demon snorts air through his side nostrils, looking briefly like an old peasant from the rice paddies. "A good father is not so weak as to give up his only child without any resistance." Jordan Taylor grew up in a small town in the American South, where she was raised on equal parts Jesus and fairy tales. She now lives in Seattle, where she keeps several bookshelves full of books and one cantankerous corgi. Her short fiction has recently appeared in On Spec and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. You can follow h...

43 MINJUL 17
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Overcast 109: The Girl in the Shrine on Mount Osore

Overcast 108: For the Last Time, It's Not a Ray Gun by Anaea Lay

For the Last Time, It's Not a Ray Gun by Anaea Lay. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Anaea Lay. #Fantasy #Seattle #PNW #Urbanfantasy #Dating #Englishmen #Tea Connor was shy, introverted and a thousand other things that made sitting there, at the tiny coffee shop table, torturous. He didn't want to be tortured. He wanted to hear harp music and cherubs giggling and all the other noises that accompanied your first date with your soul mate. It had taken him weeks to screw up the courage to ask Kayla out for coffee. As far as he was concerned, glitter should ooze from the walls in a poltergeist-style reward... Anaea Lay lives in Chicago, Illinois where she is engaged in a torrid love affair with the city. She's the fiction podcast editor for Strange Horizons, where you can hear her read a new short story nearly every week. She's the president of the Dream Foundry, an organization dedicated to bolstering and nurturing the careers of nascent professionals working...

30 MINJUL 1
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Overcast 108: For the Last Time, It's Not a Ray Gun by Anaea Lay

Overcast 107: The Garbage Mandala by Dennis Mombauer

The Garbage Mandala by Dennis Mombauer. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Dennis Mombauer. #fantasy #experimental #podcast #fiction Something stuck out of the garbage, and Vasto immediately recognized its strangeness. This week alone, he and his coworkers had cleaned out hundreds of bins, bags and containers, fed their contents to Devora and delivered it all to the Facility, but they had never come across a thing like this. Dennis Mombauer currently lives in Colombo as a freelance researcher and writer of speculative fiction, textual experiments, and poetry. He is co-publisher of a German magazine for experimental fiction, "Die Novelle - Magazine for Experimentalism," and has published fiction and non-fiction in various magazines and anthologies. His first English novel "The Fertile Clay" will be published by Nightscape Press in late 2019/early 2020. Find him online at https://dennismombauer.com/ or on Twitter @DMombauer. Please help support The Overcast. B...

39 MINJUN 16
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Overcast 107: The Garbage Mandala by Dennis Mombauer

Overcast 106: What the Wind Blew in From Golconda by Emmett Schlenz

What the Wind Blew in From Golconda by Emmett Schlenz. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword by Emmett Schlenz. #fantasy #magicalrealism Cora looked up from her notebook to watch the storm, and in the lingering of a lightning flash she saw something beyond the pomegranate trees, coming up over the bluff. A dark smudge she took to be a lost balloon, getting closer. As it neared, Cora noticed it was much too large to be a balloon. Much too long. And a balloon would have been shuddering under all that rain. When she realized it was a person, floating above the orchard, surprise only weighed her down for a moment before she exploded out the backdoor. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Emmett Schlenz studied English and History at Loyola Marymount University. Currently he is a proud member of the Burgerville Workers Union in Portland, Oregon, and attends the People's Colloquium writers' workshop. Everything he writes is a love letter to somebody. Please help support the Overcast....

35 MINJUN 3
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Overcast 106: What the Wind Blew in From Golconda by Emmett Schlenz

Overcast 105: Zipper Boy and the Girl Made of Light

Zipper Boy and the Girl Made of Light by J.N. Powell. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by J.N. Powell. The overhead light in his room flickered sickly. The carpet smelled moldy. Elliot sighed and looked out his window at the parking lot, which also merged into the pool deck and served as a courtyard picnic area, all overgrown and unkempt. He heard bubbles of laughter somewhere out there, but didn't see who it came from. J.N. Powell is an English and Creative Writing instructor in Midland, Texas. She serves as Fiction Editor and Submissions Editor for Clockhouse literary journal. She learned most of what she knows from two places: writing workshops at the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at KU and her graduate creative writing program at Goddard College in Port Townsend, WA. Her work has appeared in such publications as The Future Fire, Typehouse, and Space Squid, as well as the Transcendent anthology from Transmundane Press. Find her online at jalynfis...

37 MINMAY 22
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Overcast 105: Zipper Boy and the Girl Made of Light

Latest Episodes

Overcast 114: Being Kitty by A.J. Lee

Being Kitty by A.J. Lee. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by A.J. Lee. #Scifi #Technology #gigeconomy #chatbot #fiction #podcast "How do I delete photos of me that someone else posted on Whisp?" "It depends on whether or not you own the copyright," I answered in my best Kitty voice. "What if it's a nude?" That's when I recognized the account name. It was Maryam, the Maryam with the cheating boyfriend. My heart went out to her, but Kitty didn't have a heart. A.J. Lee is a Canadian writer without a long and interesting list of careers, a website or a Twitter account. Her fiction has appeared in Nature: Futures andCatalysts, Explorers & Secret Keepers. Please help support The Overcast. Become a Patron Today! Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you regularly get your podcasts, so you never miss an episode. While you're there, please take a moment to leave a review! (If you cannot get the Overcast on your distribution service of choice, let us know & we wil...

35 MIN1 weeks ago
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Overcast 114: Being Kitty by A.J. Lee

Overcast 113: The Lesser of Two Evils by Shane Halbach

The Lesser of Two Evils by Shane Halbach. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Shane Halbach. #fantasy #humor #techsupport #corporateevil "Effective immediately, you will relocate your desk to the IT room in the basement." She slid an access card across the table. "The server room?" asked Ian, brightening. So that's where Suresh was always hiding out. Nobody would ever be able to find Ian down there; this might not be so bad after all. Behind a special access door and everything. "You'll be responsible for everything in that room," Beth continued, "which is really just one thing: a captive demon." Shane Halbach is a writer and blogger living in Chicago with his wife and three kids, where he writes software by day and avoids writing stories by night. His fiction has appeared in Analog, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and The Year's Best YA Speculative Fiction, among others. He blogs regularly at shanehalbach.com, or can be found on Twitter @shan...

37 MIN2 weeks ago
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Overcast 113: The Lesser of Two Evils by Shane Halbach

Overcast 112: Well Enough Alone by Holly Schofield

Well Enough Alone by Holly Schofield. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Holly Schofield. #sci-fi #fiction #endoflife #deathwithdignity Lindsay gripped the armrest as the car sped through the busy streets, centimeters from the other vehicles. The wrap-around front windshield increased visibility but made for a disconcerting ride. She double-checked her smartcane was resting against her leg and closed her eyes, wishing she knew where she was going and why. Holly Schofield travels through time at a rate of one second per second, oscillating between the alternate realities of city and country life. She is the author of over seventy short stories, some of which are used in university curricula. Her works have appeared in Analog, Lightspeed, Tesseracts and many other publications throughout the world. You can find her at hollyschofield.wordpress.com Please support The Overcast. Become A Patron Today! Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher so you never miss an episode. W...

37 MINSEP 14
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Overcast 112: Well Enough Alone by Holly Schofield

Overcast 111: For Your Safety and Comfort, Please Keep Arms, Legs and Tentacles Inside the Car At All Times by Michelle Ann King

For You Safety and Comfort, Please Keep Arms, Legs and Tentacles Inside the Car At All Times by Michelle Ann King. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword written by Michelle Ann King. #god #humor #tentacles #Lovecraft #unicorns #fantasy "I found God ... While I was doing that house clearance in Balham. ...remember my Great Aunt Doris, the one with all the tea cosies? Try to imagine a cross between her, that security guard who arrested us for shoplifting eyebrow pencils out of Superdrug when we were kids, and the Grand Canyon." Kate dutifully tried to imagine this. She failed. "And so it turns out that after creating our spacetime continuum, It went to have a bit of a lie down. Justifiably, I think; I always need a bit of a nap after any DIY myself..." Michelle Ann King is a speculative fiction writer from Essex, England. Her work has appeared in over ninety different venues, including Interzone, Strange Horizons, and Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. She has p...

32 MINAUG 18
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Overcast 111: For Your Safety and Comfort, Please Keep Arms, Legs and Tentacles Inside the Car At All Times by Michelle Ann King

Overcast 110: The Freedom of Above by T.J. Berg

The Freedom of Above by T.J. Berg. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by T.J. Berg. #Scifi #3Dprinting #loss #grief #death #porn #space Alex booted up his 3D printer. He'd booted it up almost every night for the past two weeks, thinking the same thing, but not quite daring. He knew it was common enough. Hell, people used to go to stores before they had the privacy of a 3Dp to download things like this to. And it wasn't as if he was going to use it for sex. Just the weight of it, some hair, something to have on the other side of the bed. T.J. Berg is a molecular and cellular biologist working and writing in Sweden. She is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop. Her shot fiction had appeared in Talebones (for which it received an honorable mention in the Year's Best Fantasy and Horror), Tales of the Unanticipated, Electric Velocipede, Daily Science Fiction, Caledonia Dreamin', Sensorama, Thirty Years of Rain, and Tales to Terrify and is upcoming in New Myths ...

40 MINAUG 2
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Overcast 110: The Freedom of Above by T.J. Berg

Overcast 109: The Girl in the Shrine on Mount Osore

The Girl in the Shrine on Mount Osore by Jordan Taylor. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword written by Jordan Taylor. At the hot springs, the monkey demon waits for her at the edge of the pool. She knows him instantly, a full head and shoulders taller than the others, inhuman intelligence hidden in his eyes. She kneels in the deep snow. "You came, Samurai's Daughter," he says. He cocks his head at her, horrifying. "A good daughter obeys her father," she answers. The monkey demon snorts air through his side nostrils, looking briefly like an old peasant from the rice paddies. "A good father is not so weak as to give up his only child without any resistance." Jordan Taylor grew up in a small town in the American South, where she was raised on equal parts Jesus and fairy tales. She now lives in Seattle, where she keeps several bookshelves full of books and one cantankerous corgi. Her short fiction has recently appeared in On Spec and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. You can follow h...

43 MINJUL 17
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Overcast 109: The Girl in the Shrine on Mount Osore

Overcast 108: For the Last Time, It's Not a Ray Gun by Anaea Lay

For the Last Time, It's Not a Ray Gun by Anaea Lay. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Anaea Lay. #Fantasy #Seattle #PNW #Urbanfantasy #Dating #Englishmen #Tea Connor was shy, introverted and a thousand other things that made sitting there, at the tiny coffee shop table, torturous. He didn't want to be tortured. He wanted to hear harp music and cherubs giggling and all the other noises that accompanied your first date with your soul mate. It had taken him weeks to screw up the courage to ask Kayla out for coffee. As far as he was concerned, glitter should ooze from the walls in a poltergeist-style reward... Anaea Lay lives in Chicago, Illinois where she is engaged in a torrid love affair with the city. She's the fiction podcast editor for Strange Horizons, where you can hear her read a new short story nearly every week. She's the president of the Dream Foundry, an organization dedicated to bolstering and nurturing the careers of nascent professionals working...

30 MINJUL 1
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Overcast 108: For the Last Time, It's Not a Ray Gun by Anaea Lay

Overcast 107: The Garbage Mandala by Dennis Mombauer

The Garbage Mandala by Dennis Mombauer. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Dennis Mombauer. #fantasy #experimental #podcast #fiction Something stuck out of the garbage, and Vasto immediately recognized its strangeness. This week alone, he and his coworkers had cleaned out hundreds of bins, bags and containers, fed their contents to Devora and delivered it all to the Facility, but they had never come across a thing like this. Dennis Mombauer currently lives in Colombo as a freelance researcher and writer of speculative fiction, textual experiments, and poetry. He is co-publisher of a German magazine for experimental fiction, "Die Novelle - Magazine for Experimentalism," and has published fiction and non-fiction in various magazines and anthologies. His first English novel "The Fertile Clay" will be published by Nightscape Press in late 2019/early 2020. Find him online at https://dennismombauer.com/ or on Twitter @DMombauer. Please help support The Overcast. B...

39 MINJUN 16
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Overcast 107: The Garbage Mandala by Dennis Mombauer

Overcast 106: What the Wind Blew in From Golconda by Emmett Schlenz

What the Wind Blew in From Golconda by Emmett Schlenz. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword by Emmett Schlenz. #fantasy #magicalrealism Cora looked up from her notebook to watch the storm, and in the lingering of a lightning flash she saw something beyond the pomegranate trees, coming up over the bluff. A dark smudge she took to be a lost balloon, getting closer. As it neared, Cora noticed it was much too large to be a balloon. Much too long. And a balloon would have been shuddering under all that rain. When she realized it was a person, floating above the orchard, surprise only weighed her down for a moment before she exploded out the backdoor. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Emmett Schlenz studied English and History at Loyola Marymount University. Currently he is a proud member of the Burgerville Workers Union in Portland, Oregon, and attends the People's Colloquium writers' workshop. Everything he writes is a love letter to somebody. Please help support the Overcast....

35 MINJUN 3
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Overcast 106: What the Wind Blew in From Golconda by Emmett Schlenz

Overcast 105: Zipper Boy and the Girl Made of Light

Zipper Boy and the Girl Made of Light by J.N. Powell. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by J.N. Powell. The overhead light in his room flickered sickly. The carpet smelled moldy. Elliot sighed and looked out his window at the parking lot, which also merged into the pool deck and served as a courtyard picnic area, all overgrown and unkempt. He heard bubbles of laughter somewhere out there, but didn't see who it came from. J.N. Powell is an English and Creative Writing instructor in Midland, Texas. She serves as Fiction Editor and Submissions Editor for Clockhouse literary journal. She learned most of what she knows from two places: writing workshops at the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at KU and her graduate creative writing program at Goddard College in Port Townsend, WA. Her work has appeared in such publications as The Future Fire, Typehouse, and Space Squid, as well as the Transcendent anthology from Transmundane Press. Find her online at jalynfis...

37 MINMAY 22
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Overcast 105: Zipper Boy and the Girl Made of Light