Gallery of Curiosities



Saturday Oct 26, 2019

A mining town girl learns about life, larceny, and how to repair her pet: a found clockwork cat. Sarah Heiner narrates. File under: YA, steampunk, western.
Author Julia K. Patt is a writer, teacher, and editor living in Maryland. Her stories have appeared in Clarkesworld, Escape Pod, and Luna Station Quarterly, among other places. Follow her on Twitter (@chidorme) or check out her website for more.
Narrator Sarah Heiner, active in Second Life under the pseudonym of Bookworm, assisted in the editing of two of the three 'Tales from New Babbage' volumes, and has stories published in all three.  She lives in the fly-over land of Minnesota, with more books than she knows what to do with.
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Friday Oct 25, 2019

It's almost time to change the clocks, so let's have a seasonably dark tale of unruly children and clockwinders from colonial Quebec. Wilson Fowlie narrates.  Rated creepy clockpunk.
Author Kate Heartfield is the author of the historical fantasy novel Armed in Her Fashion and the two Alice Payne time travel novellas. She also writes interactive fiction, including The Road to Canterbury, published by Choice of Games. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Nebula, Locus, Aurora, Sunburst and Crawford awards; "The Seven O'Clock Man" was longlisted for the Sunburst award. A former journalist, Kate lives in Ottawa, Canada. Her website is and she is on Twitter @kateheartfield.
Narrator Wilson Fowlie has been reading stories out loud since the age of 4, and credits his parents for any talent he has for it. He's been narrating for podcasts since he answered a call for readers for PodCastle in 2008.
He has narrated dozens of stories for many podcasts, including all of the Escape Artists shows. Wilson fits all this narrating between his day job as a web developer in Vancouver, Canada, and directing a community show chorus called The Maple Leaf Singers.
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Friday Oct 18, 2019

There’s something strange about the trains. Buy a ticket to Brisbane, and it takes you to Berlin instead. Or maybe even Boston. A young student from MIT sets out to decode the mystery. Wulf Moon narrates. Rated Weird Steampunk.
Author David M. Hoenig is an academic surgeon who lives to write, instead of writing to live. His wife believes that he rather than his stories belongs in a gallery of Curiosities.  He has published with Grim Dark Magazine, Flame Tree Publishing, Cast of Wonders, and others.  He has published a book of weird poetry and surreal art called Queen to His King with Oscillate Wildly.  His first novel (Sci fi space opera) is in the editing phase.
As a teen, narrator Wulf Moon won Scholastic Writing Awards--the same contest that discovered Stephen King, Truman Capote, Joyce Carol Oates and many iconic names of the 20th Century. He won Star Trek: Strange New Worlds; and recently won the international talent search Writers of the Future. Moon is podcast director at Future Science Fiction Digest.
Soundscapes by and
Theme song by Deus Ex Vapore Machina

Tuesday Oct 15, 2019

A librarian in Nazi occupied Paris uses her special talents when faced with an order to burn her books. Gabrielle Riel narrates. File under: witch fantasy, WW2
Author JD Blackrose loves all things storytelling and celebrates great writing by posting about it on her website, She has published The Soul Wars series and the Monster Hunter Mom series, both through Falstaff Books, as well as numerous short stories. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
Narrator Gabrielle Riel is the General Director of Radio Riel (, an Internet radio station with seven audio streams that has been bringing music and audio dramas to audiophiles, bibliophiles, history-lovers, Jazz babies, Classical music enthusiasts, Steampunks and other assorted geeks since June 2007. You can hear the many ways in which the Nightingale sings at .
Ashes Ashes by Deus Ex Vapore Machina
Metaphysik by Kevin MacLeod (
Trio for Piano, Cello, and Clarinet by Kevin MacLeod (

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