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Toasted Cake 221! In which we long for the candied carrots.

Occasionally, I dream of moonlit meadows illuminated by the light of the eagle moon and the courtesan moon.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Nin Harris is an author, poet, and tenured postcolonial Gothic scholar  who exists in a perpetual state of unheimlich. Nin writes Gothic  fiction, cyberpunk, nerdcore post-apocalyptic fiction, planetary  romance, and various other forms of hyphenated weird fiction. Nin's  publishing credits include Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Strange Horizons, and  The Dark.  

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Toasted Cake 217! In which we try not to fall into the sweetmeats.

Lord Seetseet Reetseetseet, Earl of Breakaday, alit on the rim of the sweetmeat chalice and pecked at the candied plum atop the pile.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Aimee Ogden is a former science teacher and software tester; now she writes stories about sad astronauts and angry princesses. Her work has also appeared in Shimmer, Apex, and Escape Pod.



Toasted Cake 215! In which we delete.

The basket scratches my skin, but I hold onto it, dreaming of the smell of freshly boiled bamboo and my mom's humming as she turns the ladle.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

D.A. Xiaolin Spires steps into portals and reappears in sites such as Hawai'i, NY, various parts of Asia and elsewhere, with her keyboard appendage attached. Besides Toasted Cake, her work appears or is forthcoming in publications such as Clarkesworld, Analog, Strange Horizons, Nature, Terraform, Grievous Angel, Fireside, Galaxy's Edge, StarShipSofa, Andromeda Spaceways (Year's Best Issue), Diabolical Plots, Factor Four, Pantheon, Outlook Springs, ROBOT DINOSAURS, Shoreline of Infinity, LONTAR, Mithila Review, Reckoning, Issues in Earth Science, Liminality, Star*Line, Polu Texni, Argot, Eye to the Telescope, Liquid Imagination, Gathering Storm Magazine, Little Blue Marble, Story Seed Vault, and anthologies of the strange and beautiful: Deep Signal, Ride the Star Wind, Sharp and Sugar Tooth, Broad Knowledge, Future Visions and Battling in All Her Finery. She can be found on Twitter: @spireswriter and on her website: daxiaolinspires.wordpress.com.




Toasted Cake 206! In which we redecorate.

They were all called Barbie, and they all lived in the castle.

This story is original to Toasted Cake. Megan Lee Beals lives in Tacoma, Washington with her husband and an ancient one eyed cat. She works in a bookstore and collects hobbies like they're Pokémon. At the moment she is knitting a sweater, cutting stencils, and rebuilding a 1970's camper van with her husband. Her fiction has appeared in Cast of Wonders, Intergalactic Medicine Show, and The Iowa Review. You can find her, and a variety of illustrations for her stories on Instagram @meganbeees, or at meganleebeals.com.




Toasted Cake 204! In which we do not expect the cosmonaut.

One deca before Aphelion my pro-gens sat me and my sib down and told us that Yuri Gagarin would not be visiting us this rota.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Shannon Fay is a writer living in Nova Scotia. She can be found online at ayearonsaturn.com and on twitter at @shannonlfay.


Toasted Cake #201! In which we try to order a drink.

It's not my fault. I swear he said "djinn and tonic."

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

(This story has a content warning for one use of the F word.)

Patricia lives in Austin, Texas with way too many cats and way too many chronic illnesses. Most of the cats are fosters. You can see them on Instagram at @mimsandsiggy.




Toasted Cake #198! In which we do not do as we're told.

Sistren, I thank you all for gathering here today with me in our holiest of places, the Casbah.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

(This story has a content warning for swearing)

Emma J. Gibbon is originally from Yorkshire in the U.K. and now lives in Midcoast Maine. She is a writer and librarian. Her stories have appeared in Wicked Haunted, a New England Horror Writers anthology and The Muse & The Flame, an anthology of bizarre romance. Her poetry has been published in The Pedestal Magazine and she was a runner-up for the 2017 Island Verse Poetry Prize. Emma lives with her husband, Steve, and three exceptional animals: Odin, Mothra and M. Bison (also known as Grim). She is a member of the New England Horror Writers and the New England Speculative Writers. Her website is emmajgibbon.com.

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Toasted Cake 184! In which we are caught with the Billy bookcase and the Darth Vader sheets.

Maxx Destruktinator bounced gently in his Poang chair and stroked the Persian as he surveyed his domain.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Jon Lasser was born in New York City. He lives and writes in Seattle, WA. He is a graduate of the Clarion West writers workshop. His stories have won the Writers of the Future contest and been shortlisted for the James White award. They have appeared or are forthcoming in Writers of the Future, Volume 32; Diabolical Plots; Galaxy's Edge; and elsewhere. When not writing or working in the tech industry, Jon plays with his children, cooks, and scuba dives. He prefers cold-water over tropical diving. Find him on the Web at twoideas.org and on Twitter as @disappearinjon.



Toasted Cake 169! In which we stay on the red line for like a really totally annoying long time.

When the invading hordes sack your city and raise triumphant flags over the monuments like a pledge to tackiness, the underground metro is simultaneously the best and worst place in the world to be.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Andrea Tang is a speculative fiction writer and international affairs wonk based out of DC. Her stories have previously appeared at Apex Magazine, PodCastle, and a variety of other publications. When not hunched over a notebook misusing her imagination, she's known to enjoy theater, music, and martial arts. Drop by for a hello and a virtual cup of tea at andreatangwrites.com, or on Twitter at @atangwrites.



Toasted Cake 168! In which we call someone with our song.

Ianthe went down the long steps singing because she hadn't stopped singing in a week.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Megan Lee Beals is an old sea witch who lives in Tacoma, Washington with her husband Erik, and a one-eyed cat called Mr. Peepers. She has stories in The Iowa Review and InterGalactic Medicine Show. Visit her online at beehills.me.




Toasted Cake 165! In which we eat the cake. Or don't!

As a reward for her philanthropy, Ambassador FE927C (Effie for short) was the first android to achieve Mexican citizenship.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

David Steffen is the editor and publisher of The Long List Anthology series of stories from the longer Hugo Award nomination list. Volume 3 just released in December, with stories by Caroline M. Yoachim, Cat Rambo, Cassandra Khaw, Mary Robinette Kowal, Joseph Allen Hill, and more! He is also the editor of Diabolical Plots which has been publishing original fiction since 2015, and co-founder and administrator of The Submission Grinder, an online tool for writers to find new publishers for their work.



Toasted Cake 155! In which we begin to suspect that our new cat is not normal.

VERY IMPORTANT: DO NOT READ THIS OUT LOUD IN THE PRESENCE OF THE CAT OR LET THE CAT READ THIS LETTER.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Nebula-nominated Beth Cato is the author of the Clockwork Dagger duology and the new Blood of Earth Trilogy from Harper Voyager. Her newest novel is CALL OF FIRE. She's a Hanford, California native transplanted to the Arizona desert, where she lives with her husband, son, and requisite cat. Follow her at BethCato.com and on Twitter at @BethCato



Toasted Cake 98! In which we decipher our fortunes. 

I had a problem--and only one cat could solve it. 

First performed at the 2009 Odyssey Writing Workshop public reading. 

K.G. Jewell lives and writes in Austin, Texas. He has never lost a cage match. His website, which is rarely updated, is lit.kgjewell.com

David D. Levine is the author of over fifty published science fiction and fantasy stories. His work has appeared in markets including Asimov's, Analog, F&SF, and Realms of Fantasy and has won or been nominated for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and Campbell. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Kate Yule, with whom he co-edits the fanzine Bento. You can hear him reading his own award-winning short story collection Space Magic on an audiobook that's available from Audible, Amazon, and iTunes, and his website is at daviddlevine.com



Toasted Cake 97! In which a woolybooger meets a recipe for disaster. 

Little Alycia came upon a dark cave one day while walking in the forest.

Gary Cuba's short fiction has appeared in more than fifty magazines and anthologies, including Jim Baen's Universe, Flash Fiction Online, Grantville Gazette: Universe Annex, Abyss & Apex and Andromeda Spaceways. He lives in South Carolina, USA, with his wife and way, way too many dogs and cats. He is a member of the Codex writer's group. Visit his website at thefoggiestnotion.com for links to some of his other quirky stories.

Graeme is a Software Solution Architect and Voice Actor living in Melbourne Australia. He is the sound producer for the horror podcast Pseudopod, and host of the YA podcast Cast of Wonders. You can find him on Google+ and he occasionally tweets as @kibitzer on Twitter.



Toasted Cake 94! In which you tell stories of the sea. 

You will come to me tonight. You will press your feet into the damp sand, and I will creep to you, soft and cold

Spencer Ellsworth wrote his first novel at seven years old and never recovered. In the years since, he's worked in wilderness survival and publishing; he's currently an English teacher, ruining Shakespeare for first-year college students. He also plays bass in the band Pawnbroker. He lives in Bellingham, Washington, with his wife, fantasy artist Chrissy Ellsworth, and three children of the apocalypse. 

Dave Thompson is the host and co-editor of PodCastle, the weekly fantasy fiction magazine. Recently, he's been narrating a lot of audiobooks including Tim Pratt's Briarpatch, Greg van Eekhout's Norse Code, and James Maxey's Bitterwood. 



Toasted Cake 93! In which we reconsider disco. 

Peter had a weakness for glam rock and roller skating -- bad habits from his days at Cal. 

Writer Brent Bowen is co-host and producer for the Parsec award-winning podcast Adventures in Scifi Publishing, and he's studied at the 2009 Viable Paradise XIII writer's workshop. He lives in a Kansas City suburb with his wife, two children, mutt Monty and pretty boy golden retriever Rufus. Learn more about Brent and his work at splitlegend.com. You also can follow Brent on Twitter where he goes by the handle SplitLegend

A Maine transplant, our narrator Matt Haynes has been happily playing in PDX for over 8 years. He is delighted to be with Toasted Cake, narrating for the first time. Matt is the artistic director of The Pulp Stage theatre company, currently taking submissions for the "Pocket Pulp Project" at thepulpstage.weebly.com.



Toasted Cake 88! In which we complicate literary criticism. 

... the researcher in parahistorical literature faces a multitude of new worlds, each following its own timeline and offering its own literary development. 

Benjamin Blattberg is a freelance writer currently living in Texas. He writes a webcomic called Voyages, about a Franciscan monk lost in Fairyland, which borrows freely from Douglas Adams and P.G. Wodehouse and which can be found at voyagercomicsonline.com



Toasted Cake 86! In which we consider our vacation dimensions. 

Were you folks caught up in that solar flare on the way in? Oh, so sorry to hear that, but the Aurora must have been beautiful! 

Tara Campbell is a Washington, D.C.-based writer of crossover sci-fi. With a BA in English and an MA in German Language and Literature, she has a demonstrated aversion to money and power, despite living in a city obsessed with both. Her work has appeared in the Washington Independent Review of Books, Potomac Review Blog, Hogglepot Journal, Lorelei Signal, GlassFire Magazine and the WiFiles. Find her at taracampbell.com



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