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British Fantasy Award Shortlist 2021!


The British Fantasy Society shortlist has been announced, revealing that both PseudoPod and PodCastle have both been nominated under the Best Audio category! We are honored to share a list with a number of truly stunning artists, not just on the audio shortlist, but the entire list of British Fantasy Award nominees.

Also a PodCastle story is up for Best Short Fiction: John Wiswell’s 8-Bit Free Will (PodCastle 654)

I guess we’re at the Dream Master now or maybe The Return of Michael Myers.  Look, we have been nominated each year that the Best Audio category has been available.  Every year.  So this means if we lose, we fill out our punch card and get FREE TACOS.  And we love tacos.  But a win would be nice.  Either us or PodCastle. Or both. Why not both? After all, since when do dragons and nameless horrors follow rules?

And while you’re at it, give an win to our Hostus Mostus Alasdair’s weekly pop culture newsletter, The Full Lid, for Best Nonfiction

Please join us in congratulating our hardworking editorial teams on this awesome recognition.

The British Fantasy Awards are typically presented each year at Fantasycon, which (plague willing) will take place in Birmingham, England in September.

Mother Horror and the Dystopia of Meat


This PseudoPod episode is narrated by Linda Hamilton. You know, she plays Sarah Connor in the Terminator franchise? THAT Linda Hamilton. She doesn’t just read the story or animate the dialog, she brings a cinematic quality to every line for the duration of this 30+ minute episode. It’s a real delight.

But what is an Oscar-worthy performance without something memorable to perform?

MEAT” by Xander M. Odell is unforgettable. (Continue Reading…)

Mother Horror and Final Girl Theory


Final Girl Theory” is a fictional story about a fictional, cult-classic movie called Kaleidoscope. The narrator is addressing the audience with a high level of knowledge about the film. At first, it’s almost documentary-like in tone but later, this changes.

John Meagher’s reading is perfect- he has an urgent, almost excited way of engaging with the text that demands rapt attention.

The author, A.C. Wise, does an amazing job with the descriptive language as the narrator translates, cinematically, what is happening on the screen. The specific details like how many minutes into the opening scene we are, lend themselves to the authenticity and believability.

The audience immediately forgets this movie is not real. (Continue Reading…)

Anthologies and Collections and PseudoPod and You, Round Two!


There are a number of short stories in anthologies and collections that deserve to get in front of more readers. We want to shine more light across our community and widen our circle to make room for more writers and readers. In specific, PseudoPod has penciled out space in a large portion of November and early December 2021 to support this effort. Want to know what this might look and sound like? Check out the showcase we did in November and December 2020 starting with “The Genetic Alchemist’s Daughter” by Elaine Cuyegkeng from the anthology Black Cranes.

Publishers, please send us your collections and anthologies, specifically those that have been or will be published in 2021.

Authors, ask your publisher to send us the book; if they’re not interested, we still want you to submit your story here — just include the collection or anthology title in the cover letter for your individual story. (Continue Reading…)