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January 2023 Metacast

Presenters: Marguerite Kenner and Alasdair Stuart

Hey folks, welcome to an Escape Artists metacast. I’m Marguerite Kenner. And I’m Alasdair Stuart.

For those of you who have never heard a metacast before, think of this like a mini State of the Union address, a way for us to update you about what’s been happening at EA. The big thing is our news that EA now stands for the Escape Artists Foundation — we’ve become a nonprofit. We want to share with you how we got there, answer some questions, and explain what it means for you. (Continue Reading…)

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Anthologies and Collections from 2022: Dream Warriors

Here at PseudoPod we believe that short stories in anthologies (pieces by different authors) and collections (pieces from a single author) deserve to be seen by more readers. We, and our audience, love short fiction and we never have enough slots to run everything we’d like to in a year – but what we can do is shine a light on some of the many, many books that feature amazing selections of stories.

With that in mind, we put out an anthologies and collections call in the summer of 2022. Since then, our dedicated editorial team have been reading and discussing stories and… wooooeee, we have some amazing pieces coming up for you in the coming months.

Here’s a summary of the books we plan to feature in 2022 and 2023: (Continue Reading…)

Anthologies and Collections and PseudoPod and You III: Dream Warriors

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. We and our audience love short fiction, and we never have enough space to run everything we want in a year, so we want to get samples of entire books of short fiction in front of our audience. In specific, PseudoPod has penciled out space in a large portion of November and December 2022 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. The 2021 Showcase started off with “Sleep Hygiene” by Gemma Files from the collection In That Endlessness, Our End. (Continue Reading…)

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Southern Nightmares Volume Two

Southern Nightmares Volume Two

Smothered, Scattered, and Covered

Submission Guidelines

Southern Nightmares Volume Two: Smothered, Scattered, & Covered will be the second anthology organized as a group effort from members of the Atlanta Chapter of the Horror Writers Association. One of PseudoPod’s co-editors, Alex Hofelich, also helped edit the first volume and will be returning for the second. (Continue Reading…)

British Fantasy Award Shortlist 2021!

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…)