Results tagged “podcasts”

Toasted Cake 79! In which we call her, simply, the Moon in the Hill. 

Do not seek her at night, hum the grasses poking through cracks in the concrete underneath. That is when she is meant to be brilliant. That is when she rages against her chains. 

Cheryl A. Warner lives and writes in Silicon Valley with her husband and two super-dogs, Lois and Clark. She has been published in Swamp Biscuits and Tea and Luna Station Quarterly among others and is also a slush reader for Clarkesworld Magazine. She blogs about her writing and reading habits at

Toasted Cake 78! In which we swim with sharks. 

They dragged me into the lifeboat, fingers digging in to my arms. 

Originally appeared right here as the winner of the Tenebris Press Flash Fiction contest, 2012. 

E. C. Ambrose is the author of "The Dark Apostle" historical fantasy series inspired by 14th century medicine: when bleeding was a way to heal, and magic, a way to die. The series launched with Elisha Barber, on July 2, 2013 from DAW books. The author lives in beautiful New England with a very patient dog. Find more info at

Toasted Cake 77! In which we reconsider our alliances. 

"You're breaking up with us?" Supreme Chancellor Rosalita Singh fought to keep her voice from rising above the general hubbub of the room. 

Evan Dicken's work has most recently appeared in 10Flash Quarterly, Stupefying Stories, and Ray Gun Revival, and he has stories forthcoming in Daily Science Fiction, Chaosium, and Tales of the Unanticipated.

Toasted Cake 76! In which we hold your memories. 

Every time the shadow puppets play someone is saying goodbye. 

First appeared right here in Daily SF.

Liz's short stories and comics can be found in places like Strange Horizons, Apex, Daily Science Fiction, The Girls Guide to Guy Stuff, and This is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death. Her previous incarnations include circus manager, refuge worker, artists' model, research officer for the Order of Australia Awards, and extensive work in the not-for-profit sector. As Betsy Nails she is a Non Skating Official with the Rat City Roller Girls, and she has an ongoing webcomic, Things Without Arms and Without Legs. Find her at or at her Clarion Write-A-Thon page.

Toasted Cake 75! In which we litigate. 

Marlene Hazelwitch and Doreen Sneed were married on February 14, 2007. Marlene Hazelwitch's kitten, Snuggles, was, with assistance, the ring bearer in the ceremony. 

Cross promotion! This story is simultaneously appearing over at The Mad Scientist Journal, a/o 2013 June 17. 

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

Toasted Cake 74! In which we try to drag Ma into the 21st century (plus a bit.) 

I stood in front of Ma's door and shifted the packages to get at my key. Before I could reach the lock, she opened the door. 

(First appeared right here in Daily SF.) 

Lee Hallison is a transplanted New Yorker who lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and her teenaged daughter. She has been published in Daily Science Fiction, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Drabblecast and Beam Me Up. You can read more about her at 

Toasted Cake 73! In which school gets out. 

The bell rang, and the countdown was on.  

Nathaniel Lee puts words in various orders. Periodically people give him money for this. The correlation is weak at best, but present. He lives somewhat unwillingly in North Carolina with his wife, son, and obligatory cats, where he maintains a vague sort of career that provides sufficient money to continue his writing and board game habits. Coincidentally, he is the Assistant Editor of both Escape Pod and the Drabblecast (the posts were each offered independently and without knowledge of the other). As a result, he has read enough stories about penises, serial killers, and time travel. He is also an assistant editor for the humorous anthology series Unidentified Funny Objects. Check out his blog at Mirrorshards where he does Very Short Stories. 100 words. No more. No fewer. Every day. 

Toasted Cake 72! In which the flutes of birthdays break. 

The entryway tiles were covered in a puddle of spilled memories--a week in the hospital, his grandfather's last ragged breaths, the funeral service in the pouring rain. 

First appeared right here in Daily SF. 

Caroline M. Yoachim is a writer and photographer living in Seattle, Washington. She had six new stories come out in 2012, including appearances in Lightspeed, Interzone, and Daily Science Fiction. For more about Caroline, check out her website at

Toasted Cake 71! In which we use our social media. 

Beth pointed at the browser window. "I don't know how he got there." 

First appeared right here in Every Day Fiction. 

Sylvia Spruck Wrigley is an aviation and fantasy writer. Born in Heidelberg, she spent her childhood in California and now splits her time between southeast Wales and Andalucia, two coastal regions with almost nothing in common. Her new non-fiction book, Why Planes Crash: 2001, is just now out. The series explores 21st century aviation disasters and brings the investigations to life. Find out more about it at Or, find out more about Sylvia at

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Toasted Cake 70! In which we have a story for Mother's Day. 

She had my teeth. I hadn't expected to recognize myself in her, but when she greeted me, her maroon lips parting into a crescent, there they were. 

(First appeared right here in Daily SF.) 

Krystal Claxton writes speculative fiction in the sliver of time between raising a three-year old with her amazing husband and being a full-time computer technician. She enjoys attending Dragon*Con in costume, science magazines, and feverishly researching whichever random topic has just piqued her interest. Keep up with her at or @krystalclaxton on Twitter. 

Toasted Cake 69! In which we try to blow out the candles. 

The therapist's waiting room was plain--white sterile walls and carpet floors that smelled of chemicals. 

Dr. Kenneth Kao is a graduate of Odyssey Writing Workshop and Orson Scott Card's Literary Boot Camp. His fiction has sold to OSC's Intergalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction, Buzzy Magazine, Drabblecast, and others. He is the chiropractor and owner of Vital Balance Chiropractic. He is also a Parkour/Freerunning/Kung Fu instructor, and besides being a writer, he is an avid pole dancer. Find him at

Toasted Cake 68! In which we have a great personality. 

I put out the ad so long ago I thought that no one was going to respond, I mean some people did respond but they were all really weird and kind of crazy, and then you responded, and at first I thought it was a joke, but now you're here! 

Alexandra Grunberg is a student at New York University in the Tisch School of the Arts. Her work has been published in Daily Science Fiction, Mustang's Monster Corral, and Garbled Transmissions. She loves Stephen King, Game of Thrones, and Mystery Science Theater 3000.  

Toasted Cake 67! In which we catch the foxes.

They've sunk a shaft deep in the dirt of the meadow and chained her there. 

(First appeared in Grendelsong.)

Samantha Henderson's short fiction and poetry have been published in Realms of Fantasy, Strange Horizons, Goblin Fruit and Weird Tales, the anthologies Running with the Pack and Fantasy, and reprinted in The Year's Best Fantasy and Science Fiction, Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded, and the upcoming Mammoth Book of Steampunk. She is the author of the Forgotten Realms novel Dawnbringer, and the poetry collection, The House of Forever. Her website is at

Toasted Cake 66! In which we adjust a slightly askew shade of green . . . and keep going.

One day Adrian decided to rebuild the world.

First appeared in Nine.

Alex Shvartsman is a writer and game designer whose short stories appeared or are forthcoming at Nature, Daily Science Fiction, Buzzy Magazine, One Buck Horror and many other 'zines and anthologies. His adventures so far have included traveling to over 30 countries, playing a card game for a living, and building a successful business. Alex resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and son. His recently published fiction is linked at, and his recently published anthology of humorous F/SF, Unidentified Funny Objects, is at And check out Alex's kickstarter for his second volume of UFO!      


Toasted Cake 65! In which we have always moved to the left. 

"I feel good, actually. Quite normal. I'm not aware of any odd cravings or a stray compulsion to go out and tickle the bellies of Basset hounds." 

Canfield's phobias run to politicians, lawyers and oil company executives. Some of his current work includes stories in Atomic Avarice and Mad Scientist Journal. He likes dogs and beer.

Toasted Cake 64! In which we fly.

My body remembers what I can't. 

(First appeared right here in Daily SF.) 

Anatoly Belilovsky was born in a city that changed six or seven owners in the last 100 years, learned English from Star Trek reruns, and is now a pediatrician in an area of Brooklyn, New York, where English is the fourth most commonly spoken language. He is a SFWA member with stories in Nature, Ideomancer, Kasma, Stupefying Stories, and Andromeda Spaceways, among other publications. Unlike most other writers, he is not owned by any cats. 

Toasted Cake 63! In which we ponder the fate of Mayoress Deely.

Please come in, sir, madam. Finest jewel store in the district, madam, certainly.

(First appeared in Fear and Trembling)

Nicki Vardon: Hard-core scientist, soft-hearted metalhead, seasoned night owl and part-time catsitter. Dutch by birth, British by tea addiction. Nicki can be woken up in the middle of the night for - or by - metal concerts and Twining's Lady Grey, but always at one's own risk. Her work has appeared in Niteblade, The Red Penny Papers and Fear & Trembling.

Toasted Cake 62! In which our shells grow thick. 

The shining ones came and took us from the boiling acid pools. 

(First appeared in Redstone SF.)

Steve grew up listening to his dad's ghost stories and never recovered. He attended Orson Scott Card's Literary Boot Camp in 2009 and currently lives in Oklahoma in a small house full of girls. His stories have appeared in Intergalactic Medicine Show, Redstone, Daily Science Fiction, and others. His nonfiction blog posts have been featured by SFWA.

Toasted Cake 61! In which we try to placate the Troll Council. 

The plumber's deep voice resounded from beneath the maintenance hatch by the main pool at Cascade Reef waterpark. "You've only got one troll left." 

(First appeared right here in Daily SF) 

David works for an engineering design firm in Minnesota. His fiction has appeared in many magazines: Escape Pod, AE, Bull Spec, Pseudopod, Drabblecast, and many others. He edits the ezine Diabolical Plots which posts nonfiction articles related to the field of speculative fiction, including The Best of Toasted Cake. You can visit Diabolical Plots for his full bibliography. He is also the co-creator of The Submissions Grinder, an always-free writer's tool that provides a submission tracker and fiction market listings with response time statistics.

Toasted Cake 60! In which we drop nails. 

The nahual smiles, showing off its yellowed teeth, as it stands under the streetlamp. 

First appeared in Bull Spec. (In the current issue!

Mexican by birth, Canadian by inclination, Silvia Moreno-Garcia's work appears in Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing, The Book of Cthulhu and other places. She has edited or co-edited several anthologies, including Future Lovecraft, and the recent anthology Fungi, with stories by Jeff VanderMeer, Laird Barron, Lavie Tidhar and many others, which can be purchased at She operates Innsmouth Free Press and blogs at

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