Friday, September 6, 2013

Delirious for Free Fiction

Good Morning! There's some very good free fiction to start the weekend.  There audio fiction from three great podcasts (Escape Pod, Pseudopod, and Tales to Terrify) and good text fiction from several great sites, including Mythic Delirium (link via John DeNardo of  SF Signal).











Fiction
• At Daily Science Fiction: "I'll Never Find Another You" by C J Paget. Science Fiction.
       "It's the genie costume that snags his attention, hooks him from across this one-room-vampire-zombie-Lady-Gaga-apocalypse. It's a daring, revealing costume, but she has the figure to pull it off. She's even standing right, that poised, lost-in-fairyland stance, like a Disney princess."

• At Escape Pod: "Thirty Seconds From Now" by John Chu, read by Joel Kenyon. Science Fiction.
      "One second from now, the bean bag will thunk into Scott’s left palm. From reflex, his fingers will wrap around it before he’ll toss it back up again. The trick of juggling lies not in the catch but in the toss. The bean bag will arc up from his right hand, but Scott sees his left hand blur now. Phantom left hands at the few places his left hand may be one second from now overlap with each other, and with his real left hand about a foot above the cold tile floor he’s sitting on."

• At Silver Blade: "Little Men" by D. A. D'Amico
       "Karl Somme waited until his daughter had finished her cheeseburger before tossing the yellow wrapper, white and red paper bag, plastic ketchup packets and scraps of bread onto the newly cut grass at his feet. A twinge reminded him that the poison had begun to act."

At Mythic Delirium:
• "The Wives of Paris" by Marie Brennan.
     "So of course he chose the beautiful woman. He was a young man, after all. Power would come—don’t forget, he was the son of a king—and victory was guaranteed, because all young men are invincible … but a woman’s soft thighs are another matter. To a teenager, that is the fruit of Tantalus: only divine intervention can bring it within reach."
• "Ahalya: Deliverance" by Karthika Naïr. Poem,
• "Cuneiform Toast" by Sonya Taaffe. Poem,
• "Hexagon" by Alexandra Seidel.
     "Scheherazade feels heat blushing her cheeks but with the rain falling heavy and thick and the steel gray sky overhead, the color seems just background noise. She forgot her umbrella, and now she stands on the sidewalk, naked to the rain. All her clothes melt to her skin, and she feels like drowning."
• "Voyage to a Distant Star" by C.S.E. Cooney. Poem.
• "Rhythm of Hoof and Cry" by S. Brackett Robertson. Poem,
• "Echoes in the Dark" by Ken Liu.
      "The Chinese waiters streamed to and fro, bringing an endless array of foods exotic and strange to me: roasted duck dipped in rice wine, chilled longan fruit shaped like eyes, shrimp carved to resemble lutes. They worked efficiently and quietly, their Oriental faces impassive and inscrutable."
• "This Talk of Poems" by Amal El-Mohtar. Poem
• "Two Ways of Lifting" by Virginia M. Mohlere. Poem.

Audio Fiction
• At Escape Pod: "Thirty Seconds From Now" by John Chu, read by Joel Kenyon. Science Fiction.
      "One second from now, the bean bag will thunk into Scott’s left palm. From reflex, his fingers will wrap around it before he’ll toss it back up again. The trick of juggling lies not in the catch but in the toss. The bean bag will arc up from his right hand, but Scott sees his left hand blur now. Phantom left hands at the few places his left hand may be one second from now overlap with each other, and with his real left hand about a foot above the cold tile floor he’s sitting on."

• At Pseudopod: "The Bungalow House" by Thomas Ligotti. read by Ralph Walters. Horror.
       "The bungalow house was such a bleak environment in which to make a stand: the moonlight through the dusty blinds, the bodies on the carpet, the lamps without any lightbulbs. And the incredible silence. It was not the absence of sounds that I sensed, but the stifling of innumerable sounds and even voices, the muffling of all the noises one might expect to hear in an old bungalow house in the dead of night, as well as countless other sounds and voices."

• At Tales to Terrify: "No 87 Flash and Short Fiction" Horror.
     "Mr. Potato Head” by Ahimsa Kerp, narrated by Antoinette Bergin. “Santrai” by P.D. Cacek, narrated by Josie Babin. “In the Garden” by L.R. Bonehill, narrated by Antoinette Bergin. “The Sweetest Kind of Chaos” by Copper Smith, narrated by Brian Esterson. “Trapped” by Dennis M. Lane, narrated by the author “Binge” by Jim Pyre, narrated by Logan Waterman. “Little Sister” by Chantal Boudreau, narrated by Antoinette Bergin. “The Boy Who Became Invisible” by Joe R. Lansdale, narrated by Lawrence Santoro.

Other Genres
• Audio at Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. "The Problem of the Covered Bridge" by Edward D. Hoch
• Flash Fiction at Every Day Fiction: "Kin" by Karen Walsh.

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