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J.S. Arquin

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J.S. Arquin

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Breathtaking Speculative Fiction from the Pacific Northwest and Beyond.

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Overcast 129: Good Neighbors by Frank Oreto

Good Neighbors by Frank Oreto. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Frank Oreto. "You remember Frank Graves, used to live down at 1523 ... All this woodworking stuff—joinery, carving. I sort of got it from him. So did Joe Hecher, Phil Mackey, and a few other guys on the block.” "What? He was giving lessonsfrom the gazebo?" asked Jacob, with a laugh. "No, not lessons. It wasn't like that. You see… I kind of..." Ed blew out a sigh and tried again."All right, I know how to do the stuff Frank did, but he didn't teach it to me." "Okay fine, so how did you learn it?" "Well Jacob, here it is. I know how to build a table and inlay floors because when Frank Graves passed away—" Ed took a deep breath and lookedJacobstraight in the eye. "I ate him.” Frank Oreto is an editor and writer of weird fiction living in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. When not writing new stories, he spends his time cooking up elaborate meals for his wife and perpetually hungry children. You can fo...

31 MIN2 w ago
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Overcast 129: Good Neighbors by Frank Oreto

Overcast 128: Memory and Iron by Kelly Sandoval

Memory and Iron by Kelly Sandoval. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Kelly Sandoval. #fantasy #fairies #mother She is a good mother. She lines her newborn's crib with iron bars and nails horseshoes above every door in the cottage. Then the windows. And, when she still can't sleep, she hangs one directly above the crib, so it spins and twists and warns. "Fairies, Katherine?" Stephen asks. "Where’s this fancy come from?" She holds her daughter to her breast, looks down into her piercing blue eyes. The color of any babe's eyes. It means nothing. Nothing at all. Kelly Sandoval's fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Uncanny, and Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy. She lives in Seattle, where the weather is always happy to make staying in and writing seem like a good idea. Her family includes a patient husband, an anarchist tortoise, and a put-upon cat. You can find her online at kellysandovalfiction.com Please help support The Overcast.Become a Patr...

15 MIN3 w ago
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Overcast 128: Memory and Iron by Kelly Sandoval

Overcast 127: Reading the Room by Aeryn Rudel

Reading the Room by Aeryn Rudel. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Aeryn Rudel. "You take him off the floor, Pete?" Jesse asked. Howard cleared his throat. "Yeah, Jesse, like I said--" Jesse turned and glared at Howard. "I'm talking to Pete." The owner of the Lucky Load closed his mouth with a wet snap. "I did, Mr. Deacon," Pete replied. "What was he doing?" "Playing poker. Winning." "Anything unusual?" Pete cocked his head. It reminded Jesse of a cobra or a praying mantis just before it strikes. "People were upset, nervous." "Nervous how?" "They didn't like how he was winning," Pete said. "He made bad bets, against the odds, but won anyway." Jesse grinned. That actually confirmed some of his suspicions. "He's a little spooky, ain't he?" Aeryn Rudel is a freelance writer from Seattle, Washington. He is the author of the Acts of War novels published by Privateer Press, and his short fiction has appeared inThe Arcanist,The Molotov Cocktail, andPseudopod, amon...

32 MINMAY 20
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Overcast 127: Reading the Room by Aeryn Rudel

Overcast 126: The Bird by Edward Ashton

The Bird by Edward Ashton. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Edward Ashton. “Spontaneous remission,” the doctor says. “The primary mass in your pancreas is gone. Your PET scan is clear. It happens sometimes.” Callie stares at the doctor’s mouth, waiting for him to speak again, sure that she’s imagined what she’s just heard. “No promises,” he says finally. “Sometimes it lasts. Sometimes it doesn’t. We’ll bring you back in eight weeks for another set of scans. If those come back clean, you can start thinking about making long-term plans again.” Callie’s gaze drifts to the half-open window behind the doctor’s desk. A bird lands on the sill. It looks in at Callie, seems to meet her eye. “Close your mouth,” it says. “You look like an idiot.” Edward Ashton lives in Rochester, New York with his adorably mopey dog, his inordinately patient wife, and a steadily diminishing number of daughters, where he studies new cancer therapies by day, and writ...

30 MINMAY 6
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Overcast 126: The Bird by Edward Ashton

Overcast 127: Papyrates by Deborah L. Davitt

Papyrates by Deborah L. Davitt. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Deborah L. Davitt. #fantasy #fiction #pirates #paper #podcast She stood on the jetty, watching the ship unfurl itself with geometric precision, unfolding from its flattened state into sweeping white arcs of bow and stern. Her crew carried the long white rolls of the masts aboard and then lifted them into place with a call and response that drifted on the wind like a chanson. As Papyra strode aboard, she called, “Ready the sails!” and her crew unfolded the last sheaves, tying them in place to catch the first breaths of wind. It was time to hunt. Deborah L. Davitt was raised in Nevada, but currently lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and son. She’s worked as a technical writer on contracts involving nuclear submarines, NASA, and computer manufacturing. Her poetry has received Rhysling, Dwarf Star, and Pushcart nominations and has appeared in over fifty venues; her short fiction has app...

15 MINAPR 21
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Overcast 127: Papyrates by Deborah L. Davitt

Overcast 126: 5th Anniversary Episode! Featuring Sympathy For The Devil by Brenda Kezar

Sympathy For the Devil by Brenda Kezar. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword written by Brenda Kezar. #fantasy #comedy #humor #fiction #podcast A glowing, orange man-shape swept into the bedroom. “Ah, there you are.” She yelped and fell back onto the bed. “How the hell did you get in here?” “No mere lock will keep me at bay.” The glow brightened, illuminating him. His skin was red, and long, curved horns jutted from his head. His feet were cloven, his thighs covered in fur. His loincloth had caught-up on the worn leather pouch around his waist. He was naked underneath. He followed her gaze and flipped the loincloth back into place. “It is frigid in here. Shrinkage is to be expected.” Brenda Kezar writes horror, fantasy, and science fiction from the dark tundra of North Dakota. She is a proud member of the Horror Writers Association and mom to an evil corgi named Honey Booboo. Her short stories have appeared in Dark Moon Digest, Daily Science Fiction, Silverthought...

48 MINAPR 3
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Overcast 126: 5th Anniversary Episode! Featuring Sympathy For The Devil by Brenda Kezar

Overcast 125: A Handful of Stardust by Kai Hudson

A Handful of Stardust by Kai Hudson. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Kai Hudson. #scifi #clones #podcast #fiction #space #colonization “The vote is in two days.” The anger was gone now, leaving only grief and sharp betrayal that made Alice’s words come out choked. “And Anita made it clear who she thinks should get wiped. You know what she called me? Stubborn. ‘Stubbornness might have gotten us here,’ she said, ‘but now she’ll only trap us in our ways.’” “Craters. Your leadership personality said that?” “Anita’s not leadership.” Because Amelie, the true leader, had volunteered for the first wipe. “She’s charisma.” Kai Hudson lives in sunny California where she writes, hikes, and rock-climbs with enthusiasm if not skill. Her work has appeared in Clarkesworld, PodCastle, Anathema: Spec from the Margins, and other fine places. Find her at kaihudson.com. Please help support The Overcast.Become a Patron Today! Subscribe oniTunesorStitcherso yo...

29 MINMAR 17
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Overcast 125: A Handful of Stardust by Kai Hudson

Overcast 124: Blunder by Kristin Kirby

Blunder by Kristin Kirby. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Kristin Kirby. #fantasy #horror #fiction #spiders #podcast #trailerpark #landlord Rankin went up the steps, his huaraches crunching on faded fake grass, and knocked on the aluminum front door. A cobweb sagged from the upper corner of the porch screen. Rankin reached up and swiped at the web, then shook it off his hand. A brown spider plopped onto the porch and started to scramble off. But Rankin hurried to smash it with his foot. Then he grimaced as he scraped the dead thing off his shoe onto the step. Kristin Kirby is an award-winning fiction writer, screenwriter, and editor who currently makes her home in the Pacific Northwest. Her poems and short stories have appeared in Space and Time, 365tomorrows, Eldritch Tales, MYTHIC, and other publications. Her short story “Meat” was a finalist in the Masters Review Fiction contest, and her novella “Maze” was a semifinalist in the ScreenCraft Short St...

25 MINMAR 3
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Overcast 124: Blunder by Kristin Kirby

Overcast 123: Illicit Alchemy by Eric Lewis

Illicit Alchemy by Eric Lewis. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword written by Eric Lewis. #Fantasy #Alchemy #Fiction “Unfortunately, we’re unable to offer you a position at this time…” Emony stopped paying attention after that. She’d heard it a hundred times before. But the alchemist’s mouth just kept moving so she reached out, grabbed the glass retort off his desk and smashed it into his fat face. Well, she fantasized about it anyway. Instead she nodded, and muttered, “Thank you for your time and kind consideration” through gritted teeth. By day Eric Lewis is a research scientist weathering the latest rounds of mergers and layoffs and trying to remember how to be a person again after surviving grad school. His short fiction has been published in Nature, Electric Spec, Bards & Sages Quarterly, the anthologies Into Darkness Peering, Best Indie Speculative Fiction Vol. 1, Crash Code and other venues detailed at ericlewis.ink. His debut novel The Heron Kings and sho...

42 MINFEB 23
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Overcast 123: Illicit Alchemy by Eric Lewis

Overcast 122: Grizzelka's Bridegroom by Mary E. Lowd

Grizzelka's Bridegroom by Mary E. Lowd. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Mary E. Lowd. On the dais at the front of the great hall, Rhun's bride stood, resplendent in lace, pearls, ruffles, and diamonds -- all of the sugary sweetness of silk and satin that her attendant minions had been able to gather, all of it draped over her bulging tentacles. She looked like an octopus who had choked to death on a rack of wedding dresses. She had never looked more lovely. Mary E. Lowd is a prolific science-fiction and furry writer in Oregon. Her fiction tends to feature spaceships and talking animals. She's won an Ursa Major Award, two Cóyotl Awards, and two Leo Literary Awards. She edited FurPlanet's ROAR anthology series for five years, and she is now the editor and founder of the furry e-zine Zooscape. She lives in a crashed spaceship, disguised as a house and hidden behind a rose garden, with an extensive menagerie of animals, some real and some imaginary. Find her...

39 MINFEB 5
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Overcast 122: Grizzelka's Bridegroom by Mary E. Lowd

Latest Episodes

Overcast 129: Good Neighbors by Frank Oreto

Good Neighbors by Frank Oreto. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Frank Oreto. "You remember Frank Graves, used to live down at 1523 ... All this woodworking stuff—joinery, carving. I sort of got it from him. So did Joe Hecher, Phil Mackey, and a few other guys on the block.” "What? He was giving lessonsfrom the gazebo?" asked Jacob, with a laugh. "No, not lessons. It wasn't like that. You see… I kind of..." Ed blew out a sigh and tried again."All right, I know how to do the stuff Frank did, but he didn't teach it to me." "Okay fine, so how did you learn it?" "Well Jacob, here it is. I know how to build a table and inlay floors because when Frank Graves passed away—" Ed took a deep breath and lookedJacobstraight in the eye. "I ate him.” Frank Oreto is an editor and writer of weird fiction living in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. When not writing new stories, he spends his time cooking up elaborate meals for his wife and perpetually hungry children. You can fo...

31 MIN2 w ago
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Overcast 129: Good Neighbors by Frank Oreto

Overcast 128: Memory and Iron by Kelly Sandoval

Memory and Iron by Kelly Sandoval. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Kelly Sandoval. #fantasy #fairies #mother She is a good mother. She lines her newborn's crib with iron bars and nails horseshoes above every door in the cottage. Then the windows. And, when she still can't sleep, she hangs one directly above the crib, so it spins and twists and warns. "Fairies, Katherine?" Stephen asks. "Where’s this fancy come from?" She holds her daughter to her breast, looks down into her piercing blue eyes. The color of any babe's eyes. It means nothing. Nothing at all. Kelly Sandoval's fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Uncanny, and Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy. She lives in Seattle, where the weather is always happy to make staying in and writing seem like a good idea. Her family includes a patient husband, an anarchist tortoise, and a put-upon cat. You can find her online at kellysandovalfiction.com Please help support The Overcast.Become a Patr...

15 MIN3 w ago
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Overcast 128: Memory and Iron by Kelly Sandoval

Overcast 127: Reading the Room by Aeryn Rudel

Reading the Room by Aeryn Rudel. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Aeryn Rudel. "You take him off the floor, Pete?" Jesse asked. Howard cleared his throat. "Yeah, Jesse, like I said--" Jesse turned and glared at Howard. "I'm talking to Pete." The owner of the Lucky Load closed his mouth with a wet snap. "I did, Mr. Deacon," Pete replied. "What was he doing?" "Playing poker. Winning." "Anything unusual?" Pete cocked his head. It reminded Jesse of a cobra or a praying mantis just before it strikes. "People were upset, nervous." "Nervous how?" "They didn't like how he was winning," Pete said. "He made bad bets, against the odds, but won anyway." Jesse grinned. That actually confirmed some of his suspicions. "He's a little spooky, ain't he?" Aeryn Rudel is a freelance writer from Seattle, Washington. He is the author of the Acts of War novels published by Privateer Press, and his short fiction has appeared inThe Arcanist,The Molotov Cocktail, andPseudopod, amon...

32 MINMAY 20
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Overcast 127: Reading the Room by Aeryn Rudel

Overcast 126: The Bird by Edward Ashton

The Bird by Edward Ashton. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Edward Ashton. “Spontaneous remission,” the doctor says. “The primary mass in your pancreas is gone. Your PET scan is clear. It happens sometimes.” Callie stares at the doctor’s mouth, waiting for him to speak again, sure that she’s imagined what she’s just heard. “No promises,” he says finally. “Sometimes it lasts. Sometimes it doesn’t. We’ll bring you back in eight weeks for another set of scans. If those come back clean, you can start thinking about making long-term plans again.” Callie’s gaze drifts to the half-open window behind the doctor’s desk. A bird lands on the sill. It looks in at Callie, seems to meet her eye. “Close your mouth,” it says. “You look like an idiot.” Edward Ashton lives in Rochester, New York with his adorably mopey dog, his inordinately patient wife, and a steadily diminishing number of daughters, where he studies new cancer therapies by day, and writ...

30 MINMAY 6
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Overcast 126: The Bird by Edward Ashton

Overcast 127: Papyrates by Deborah L. Davitt

Papyrates by Deborah L. Davitt. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Deborah L. Davitt. #fantasy #fiction #pirates #paper #podcast She stood on the jetty, watching the ship unfurl itself with geometric precision, unfolding from its flattened state into sweeping white arcs of bow and stern. Her crew carried the long white rolls of the masts aboard and then lifted them into place with a call and response that drifted on the wind like a chanson. As Papyra strode aboard, she called, “Ready the sails!” and her crew unfolded the last sheaves, tying them in place to catch the first breaths of wind. It was time to hunt. Deborah L. Davitt was raised in Nevada, but currently lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and son. She’s worked as a technical writer on contracts involving nuclear submarines, NASA, and computer manufacturing. Her poetry has received Rhysling, Dwarf Star, and Pushcart nominations and has appeared in over fifty venues; her short fiction has app...

15 MINAPR 21
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Overcast 127: Papyrates by Deborah L. Davitt

Overcast 126: 5th Anniversary Episode! Featuring Sympathy For The Devil by Brenda Kezar

Sympathy For the Devil by Brenda Kezar. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword written by Brenda Kezar. #fantasy #comedy #humor #fiction #podcast A glowing, orange man-shape swept into the bedroom. “Ah, there you are.” She yelped and fell back onto the bed. “How the hell did you get in here?” “No mere lock will keep me at bay.” The glow brightened, illuminating him. His skin was red, and long, curved horns jutted from his head. His feet were cloven, his thighs covered in fur. His loincloth had caught-up on the worn leather pouch around his waist. He was naked underneath. He followed her gaze and flipped the loincloth back into place. “It is frigid in here. Shrinkage is to be expected.” Brenda Kezar writes horror, fantasy, and science fiction from the dark tundra of North Dakota. She is a proud member of the Horror Writers Association and mom to an evil corgi named Honey Booboo. Her short stories have appeared in Dark Moon Digest, Daily Science Fiction, Silverthought...

48 MINAPR 3
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Overcast 126: 5th Anniversary Episode! Featuring Sympathy For The Devil by Brenda Kezar

Overcast 125: A Handful of Stardust by Kai Hudson

A Handful of Stardust by Kai Hudson. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Kai Hudson. #scifi #clones #podcast #fiction #space #colonization “The vote is in two days.” The anger was gone now, leaving only grief and sharp betrayal that made Alice’s words come out choked. “And Anita made it clear who she thinks should get wiped. You know what she called me? Stubborn. ‘Stubbornness might have gotten us here,’ she said, ‘but now she’ll only trap us in our ways.’” “Craters. Your leadership personality said that?” “Anita’s not leadership.” Because Amelie, the true leader, had volunteered for the first wipe. “She’s charisma.” Kai Hudson lives in sunny California where she writes, hikes, and rock-climbs with enthusiasm if not skill. Her work has appeared in Clarkesworld, PodCastle, Anathema: Spec from the Margins, and other fine places. Find her at kaihudson.com. Please help support The Overcast.Become a Patron Today! Subscribe oniTunesorStitcherso yo...

29 MINMAR 17
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Overcast 125: A Handful of Stardust by Kai Hudson

Overcast 124: Blunder by Kristin Kirby

Blunder by Kristin Kirby. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Kristin Kirby. #fantasy #horror #fiction #spiders #podcast #trailerpark #landlord Rankin went up the steps, his huaraches crunching on faded fake grass, and knocked on the aluminum front door. A cobweb sagged from the upper corner of the porch screen. Rankin reached up and swiped at the web, then shook it off his hand. A brown spider plopped onto the porch and started to scramble off. But Rankin hurried to smash it with his foot. Then he grimaced as he scraped the dead thing off his shoe onto the step. Kristin Kirby is an award-winning fiction writer, screenwriter, and editor who currently makes her home in the Pacific Northwest. Her poems and short stories have appeared in Space and Time, 365tomorrows, Eldritch Tales, MYTHIC, and other publications. Her short story “Meat” was a finalist in the Masters Review Fiction contest, and her novella “Maze” was a semifinalist in the ScreenCraft Short St...

25 MINMAR 3
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Overcast 124: Blunder by Kristin Kirby

Overcast 123: Illicit Alchemy by Eric Lewis

Illicit Alchemy by Eric Lewis. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword written by Eric Lewis. #Fantasy #Alchemy #Fiction “Unfortunately, we’re unable to offer you a position at this time…” Emony stopped paying attention after that. She’d heard it a hundred times before. But the alchemist’s mouth just kept moving so she reached out, grabbed the glass retort off his desk and smashed it into his fat face. Well, she fantasized about it anyway. Instead she nodded, and muttered, “Thank you for your time and kind consideration” through gritted teeth. By day Eric Lewis is a research scientist weathering the latest rounds of mergers and layoffs and trying to remember how to be a person again after surviving grad school. His short fiction has been published in Nature, Electric Spec, Bards & Sages Quarterly, the anthologies Into Darkness Peering, Best Indie Speculative Fiction Vol. 1, Crash Code and other venues detailed at ericlewis.ink. His debut novel The Heron Kings and sho...

42 MINFEB 23
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Overcast 123: Illicit Alchemy by Eric Lewis

Overcast 122: Grizzelka's Bridegroom by Mary E. Lowd

Grizzelka's Bridegroom by Mary E. Lowd. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Mary E. Lowd. On the dais at the front of the great hall, Rhun's bride stood, resplendent in lace, pearls, ruffles, and diamonds -- all of the sugary sweetness of silk and satin that her attendant minions had been able to gather, all of it draped over her bulging tentacles. She looked like an octopus who had choked to death on a rack of wedding dresses. She had never looked more lovely. Mary E. Lowd is a prolific science-fiction and furry writer in Oregon. Her fiction tends to feature spaceships and talking animals. She's won an Ursa Major Award, two Cóyotl Awards, and two Leo Literary Awards. She edited FurPlanet's ROAR anthology series for five years, and she is now the editor and founder of the furry e-zine Zooscape. She lives in a crashed spaceship, disguised as a house and hidden behind a rose garden, with an extensive menagerie of animals, some real and some imaginary. Find her...

39 MINFEB 5
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Overcast 122: Grizzelka's Bridegroom by Mary E. Lowd

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