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Short fiction for Retropunks

Ghosts from the Past

To get in the Halloween mood, I’ll be brushing off some ghost stories which were first uploaded back in the old (2015 and earlier) format. These were removed from the feed a while ago because of cringe-worthy sound quality. They’re still cringe-worthy for me and Ozzie to listen to, but we’ll get through it

Submission Mini-Window Opening (Fairy Tales)

We will be open for punk’d fairy tales 7-14 October, 2020. We want them singularly grim and fractured. No modern settings. Do your worst.

DO NOT SEND variations of the following: Red Riding Hood, Bluebeard, Wizard of Oz, Pied Piper, Coppelia, or Pinocchio.

Manuscripts that do not appear to be related to some kind of fairy tale will be automatically rejected. We will read previous rejections which were on topic.

Please read the guidelines before submitting.

97 – Dorothea Defies Convention by A.J. Brennan

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Sending a woman to war is most unconventional. Sending a hedgewitch, even more so. Jasmine Arch narrates.

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96 – The Night Bazaar by Shaun van Rensburg

Two misfit kids explore a mysterious market. Nat Titman narrates.

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Author Shaun van Rensburg is currently studying creative writing at the University of South Africa. He has a strong interest in the fantastic and feels that monsters are usually misunderstood.

Narrator Nat Titman is an amateur illustrator, singer, songwriter, storyteller, lapsed podcaster, occasional public speaker and full-time IT professional based in Nottingham UK. Their band’s debut album Going through Changes is an eclectic mix of folk and synthpop, inspired by life’s struggles and the fantasy fiction that gets us through them. Find Nat on Twitter at @quarridors or find their creative works at quarridors.com

Music and Soundscapes:

Theme song: Ashes Ashes by Deus Ex Vapore Machina

Waterkeep Night, Desert Bazaar, March of the Faithful by Tabletop Sound

Martini with Dean by Matthew Creid/(Pond5.com)

Curiosities #7 is here

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Our latest steampunk themed issue is now on Amazon in Paperback and Kindle. Cover art by Tracy Whiteside, which perfectly captured the melancholy of the Spring quarantine. You’ll get thirteen stories, each gorgeously illustrated by Martini Discovolante, and featuring an interview with the sassy Gwen Katz. Machines, mayhem, and mannerly magicks await! Buy your copy today!

 

Submission Window Opening

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We will be reading your manuscripts 1-31 August, 2020. Please read the guidelines before submitting. This is a general call, but we do want to fill the next horror-themed issue on this session.

95 – The There-It-Is Store by Adam Gaylord

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We’re all going to want a There-It-Is store when it’s time to go back to work. Tabatha Wood narrates.

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94 – Two Steps Forward by Holly Schofield

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You may be shut in, but you can still dance! Wilson Fowlie narrates a diesel-era delight.

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Gallery Lockdown #1

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While we wait for the virus curve to pass, we will be departing from our regular format to check in with Osgoode and the staff. Audio quality will vary.

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