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May 14, 2017

Graveyard Shift by Holly Schofield.  Featuring an afterword by Holly Schofield.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  #SciFi  #podcast  

 

"When Ryan Leong received the call about his mother's death, he had one foot crammed in a tree fork and the other dangling over an electrified fence."

 

Holly Schofield travels through time at the rate of one second per second, oscillating between alternate realities of city and country life.  Her fiction has been published in Lightspeed's "Women Destroy Science Fiction", Unlikely Story, Crossed Genres, and many other venues.  She lives in British Columbia.  For more of her work see: http://hollyschofield.wordpress.com

 

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May 2, 2017

The Trouble With Vacations by Robert Bagnall.  Featuring an afterword by Robert Bagnall.  Read by J.S. Arqun.  #SciFi  #podcast

 

"He wiped his hand across his forehead and came away with a palmsmear of pinky-red nanomites.  He watched as they coalesced into a single vermillion tear that ran down his pinky and dropped down onto the hard plastic surface of the bed-like layout.  From there they found their way back into one of the sinkholes.  It looked like a self-propelled bloodclot.  He could feel the remaining nanomites crawling off his body and away.

 Damn crummy vacation routine.  So shoddy the program didn't even bother getting all the mites back into the layout before it woke him up."

 

Robert Bagnall is an English writer who has completed four undistinguished marathons, but holds a world record for eating cream teas.  The two may be related.

His speculative fiction has appeared in a variety of magazines, websites, and anthologies since the early 1990s.  His words also very occasionally cropped up on radio, in newspapers, and out of the mouths of UK government ministers, for whom he was briefly a speechwriter.  He is currently taking a break from corporate wageslavery to renovate a Victorian villa on the English Riviera.

He can find his musings on science fiction and writing at meschera.blogspot.co.uk, and his non-fiction book "127a - Diary of a Self-Builder" on Amazon.  His science fiction novel "2084" will be released by Double Dragon Publications in late 2017.  He doesn't like dogs and is allergic to cats.  

 

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Apr 15, 2017

A Long Fuse to a Slow Detonation by Anaea Lay.  Featuring an afterword by Anaea Lay.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  #SciFi #Podcast 

 

"Marni nodded, smiled, wished him luck.  Just before he went through the doors, she yelled at him, then performed a perfect pirouette and did not overcompensate with either hip.  They blew kisses.

Then Marni went back to her room and built her bomb."

 

Anaea Lay lives in Seattle, Washington where she writes, cooks, plays board games, reads too much, and sells real estate under another name.  She's the fiction podcast editor for Strange Horizons where you can hear her read a new short story nearly every week.  Her fiction has appeared in a variety of venues, including Lightspeed, Apex, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Podcastle.  She lives online at anaealay.com where you can find a complete bibliography and her blog.  Follow her on Twitter @anaealay.

 

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Apr 1, 2017

Episode 52:  Skin in the Game by Jeff Samson.  Our 2 year anniversary episode!!!  Featuring an afterword by the author.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  #SciFi  

 

Jeff Samson brews Irish stout when he's not writing science fiction and occasionally drinks it when he is.  His work can be found in numerous publications, including Nature Magazine, Cast of Wonders, Perihelion, and Lore.  Jeff lives in the great Garden State of New Jersey with his wife and children, and no cats.  Find him online at jeffsamsonwrites.com.  

 

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Mar 19, 2017

Episode 51: Showing the Colours by M. Darusha Wehm.  Featuring an afterword by the author.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  

M. Darusha Wehm is the three-time Parsec Award shortlisted author of five science fiction novels, most recently Children of Arkadia (Bundoran Press).  Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in many venues, including Nature, Escape Pod, Mothership Zeta, and several anthologies.  Writing as Darusha Wehm (withot the M.) she is the author of the Devi Jones Locker series and is the editor of the crime and mystery magazine Plan B.  She is originally from Canada but currently lives in Wellington, New Zealand after spending several years traveling at sea on her sailboat.  Find her online at http://darusha.ca.

 

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Mar 1, 2017

A Slow Constant Path by Erica L. Satifka.  Featuring an afterword by the author.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  #scifi #cats

Erica L. Satifka is a writer and/or friendly construct, forged in a heady mix of iced coffee and sarcasm.  She enjoys rainy days, questioning reality, ignoring her to-do list, and adding to her collection of tattoos.  Her short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Shimmer, Lightspeed, and Intergalactic Medicine Show, and her debut novel Stay Crazy was released in August 2016 by Apex Publications.  Originally from Pittsburgh, she now lives in Portland, Oregon with her spouse Rob and an indeterminate number of cats.  Find her online at www.ericasatifka.com .

 

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Feb 17, 2017

Endless and the End by Jennifer Brozek.  Featuring an afterword by the author.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  #steampunk  #horror

 

Jennifer Brozek is a Hugo Award nominated editor and a Bram Stoker nominated author.  She has worked in the publishing industry since 2004.  With the number of edited anthologies, novel sales, RPG books, and nonfiction books under her belt, Jennifer is often considered a Renaissance woman, but she prefers to be known as a wordslinger and optimist.  Read more about her at www.jenniferbrozek.com  or follow her on Twitter: @JenniferBrozek.  

 

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Feb 6, 2017

Welcome to the Adrenaline Age by Jen Finelli.  Featuring an afterword by the author.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  #SciFi #Humor

 

Jen Finelli is a world-traveling scifi writer who has ridden a motorcycle in a tropical monsoon, crawled into a flaming car, found Greek wall-poetry in a city's underground tunnels, gotten locked in a German nunnery, showered under a jungle mountain water fall, had sex in a bamboo grove, and pooped on four continents.  She'll have her MD completed in 2017, right after she releases her novel about a comic book character who shoots his author.  Check her out at byjenfinelli.com and on twitter @petr3pan

 

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Jan 25, 2017

The Bug Fix by Hall Jameson.  Featuring an afterword by the author.  Narrated by J.S. Arquin.  #ScienceFiction  #Fantasy  #Robots  #Magic

Hall Jameson is an American writer and artist who lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and an assortment of furry and feathered creatures.  Her work has recently appeared, or is forthcoming in, Nature Futures, Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine, and Drabblecast.  When she's not writing stories or taking photographs, Hall spends her time kayaking, playing the piano, and cat wrangling.  You can find her online at www.halljameson.com

 

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Jan 6, 2017

Second to Last Stop by Evan Dicken.  Featuring an afterword by the author.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  #Horror  #Comedy  #Fantasy

 

By day, Evan Dicken studies old Japanese maps and crunches data for all manner of fascinating medical experiments at the Ohio State University.  By night, he does neither of these things.  His audio fiction has most recently appeared in: Escape Pod, Starship Sofa, and on Audible, and he has stories forthcoming from publishers such as: Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Gallery of Curiosities, and Pseudopod.  Feel free to visit him at evandicken.com

 

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Dec 27, 2016

Episode 45: Images Across a Shattered Sea by Stewart C. Baker.  Featuring an afterword by the author.    Read by J.S. Arquin    #ScienceFiction  #TimeTravel

 

Stewart C. Baker is an academic librarian, speculative fiction writer, and occasional haikuist.  His fiction has appeared in Writer's of the Future, Nature, Galaxy's Edge, and Flash Fiction Online, among other places.  Stewart was born in England, has lived in South Carolina, Japan, and California (in that order), and currently resides in Oregon with his family - though if anyone asks, he'll usually say he's from the internet.  You can find him online at http://infomancy.net  and on Twitter @stewartcbaker.

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Dec 13, 2016

Episode 44: Razorhands by Derrick Boden.  Featuring an afterword by the author.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  #ScienceFiction #Cyberpunk

Derrick Boden's fiction has appeared in numerous online and print venues, including Daily Science Fiction, Flash Fiction Online, and Perihelion.  He is a writer, a software developer, a traveler, and an adventurer.  He currently calls New Orleans his home, although he's lived in thirteen cities spanning four continents. He is owned by three cats.  Find him at derrickboden.com  

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Dec 13, 2016

The Overcast is open to submissions four times a year, during the months of January, April, July, and October. 

 

What We Want

We are interested in speculative fiction, whatever that means to you, be it Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steampunk, Magical Realism, Slipstream, or an as-yet-unnamed genre.  Anything that looks at the world and life from an unexpected angle.  We want the original vision of William Gibson.  The magic and beauty of Erin Morgenstern.  The uncompromising voice of Margaret Atwood.  The technical brilliance of Ted Chiang.  We want to read stories that transport us to places that we've never imagined.  We want to still be thinking about a story days after reading it.  Be original.  Be amazing.

We are based in Portland, OR, and shine a spotlight on writers hailing from, living in, or connected in some way to the Pacific Northwest, as loosely defined by the bioregion of Cascadia.  We feel there is an exceptionally strong talent pool of speculative writers in Cascadia, and we want to celebrate and promote them to a larger audience.  Roughly half the stories we publish are by PNW writers.  That said, we are not exclusive, and the other half of our stories come from authors all over the globe.  So no matter where you live, send us your stories.  If they make us laugh, cry, or turn cartwheels of astonishment, preferably all at once, we will find a place for them on The Overcast.

This is an audio format publication.  We feel that stories of around 20-30 minutes in length are the best fit for our podcast.  While we will consider submission between 1,000-5,000 words, we read at around 100 words per minute, so the sweet spot for submissions is 2,000-3,000 words.  If it comes to a choice between two stories of equal merit, we will generally choose the one that is closer to the sweet spot.

Reprints are welcome, so long as they have not been previously produced in an audio format.

What We Don't Want

Fan Fiction

Generic settings or characters we've seen a million times before (lithe elves, dour dwarves, charming vampires, etc)

Horror.  Dark, gritty fiction is fine, but straight horror really isn't our thing.

What We Pay

Our authors are the soul of our podcast. We strongly believe that creators should get paid for their work.  Period.  We would love to pay pro rates, but alas that is beyond our current financial reach.  We currently pay a semi-pro rate of $0.01 per word.  We hope, however, that our podcast will soon bring us fame, fortune, and success beyond our wildest dreams, as well as the ability to pay pro rates.  We'd also like a pony.  A genetically modified pony with six legs that runs 100mph and urinates a rich, tasty stout.  

All payment made via Paypal.

(Our rates are directly tied to our Patreon funding goals. As we reach our goals, our rates will go up.  Simple!  If you want our authors to get paid more, please help spread the word!)

How To Submit

Please attach your story in standard manuscript format to a brief email containing the following information:  Story Title, Word Count, and what, if any, connection you have to Cascadia.  Please DO NOT include a bio or list of credits.  We do not care how many degrees, awards, or publications you have.  We want your fiction to speak for itself.  If we love your story, we will ask for a bio upon acceptance.

Send your stories to: overcastsubmissions@gmail.com 

Please make the Subject line: "Submission: (Story Title)"

We do not accept multiple or simultaneous submissions.

If you have not heard back from us by the beginning of the submissions period following the one in which you submitted your story, please query.

For some reason, we have had numerous problems responding to submissions from AOL users.  Most of our responses get bounced back as undeliverable.  To prevent future frustration on all sides, please do not send submissions from AOL mailboxes.  Thank you. 

Rights

We purchase first worldwide exclusive audio rights, as well as the right to keep the episode in which your story is produced available in our archives for as long as The Overcast remains in operation.  We do not own your story, nor do we wish to.  You are free to publish and sell it elsewhere in any other format.  

Dec 13, 2016

The Overcast is a speculative fiction podcast featuring breathtaking stories from the Pacific Northwest and Beyond.  Every other week we produce short stories in an easy to digest audio format, perfect for listening to while driving, biking, jogging, riding a unicycle, or striding across the land perched atop your giant killer robot.  Listening while swimming is not advised.  

 

STAFF

 

J.S. Arquin  

J.S. Arquin

Host, Narrator, Editor, Producer, Publisher, Benevolent Dictator, Intern #3

J.S. Arquin is a writer, actor, musician, stiltwalker, and renaissance man.  Or maybe he just likes wearing tights.  He has performed, traveled, and lived in strange, inspiring, and disturbing places all over the world, and currently makes his home in Portland, OR, where he gleefully rides his bicycle in the rain year round and sometimes writes about himself in the third person.  His narrations have been featured on Escape Pod, Cast of Wonders, and Starship Sofa, and his fiction has appeared in Plasma Frequency, Digital SF, Acidic Fiction, and elsewhere.  He hopes you enjoy listening to the Overcast as much as he enjoys making it.  If you do, he hopes you will help him make it better by becoming a supporter.

 

Conditions of Use

We couldn't say it better than the wonderful people at Escape Pod.  You can find their clear, common sense Condition of Use page HERE.

Our conditions are exactly the same as theirs, except you must replace "Escape Artists Inc" with "The Overcast".  Frankly, we're too lazy to do this ourselves, and we don't want to piss them off by copying and pasting their content.  But if you're the type of person who needs to see things in clear print to believe them, any word processing program can accomplish this with a simple find and replace search in about three seconds.  Or you can just use your imagination.  That's what we do, and it's even faster than the word processor.

The bottom line is, we're all adults here and we're really not trying to offend anyone.  Besides, if you did decide to sue us, all you'd end up with is our soul-destroying pile of unpaid credit card bills, and you're welcome to those.  So let's just play nice and enjoy some amazing stories together, shall we?

 

CONTACT

Send questions, comments, and unforgettable cookie recipes to: 

overcastsubmissions@gmail.com 

 

 

Nov 26, 2016

Love in the Time of Markov processes by Megan Arkenberg.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  #ScienceFiction

Megan Arkenberg lives in Northern California, where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in English literature.  Her work has appeared in Shimmer, Lightspeed, Asimov's, and nearly fifty other publications.  She procrastinates by editing the fantasy e-zine Mirror Dance, and was recently the nonfiction editor for Nightmare's Queers Destroy Horror! special issue.  You can visit her online at www.meganarkenberg.com.

 

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Nov 13, 2016

Episode 42: Solo by J.S. Arquin.  Read by J.S. Arquin  #ScienceFiction

 

J.S. Arquin is a writer, actor, musician, and stiltwalker and renaissance man.  Or maybe he just likes wearing tights.  He has performed and lived all over the world, in places as diverse as New Jersey, San Francisco, and Greece.  He currently lives in Portland, OR, where he gleefully rides his bike in the rain year round, and sometimes writes about himself in the third person.  His narrations have been featured on Starship Sofa, Cast of Wonders, and Escape Pod, and his fiction has appeared in Plasma Frequency, Acidic Fiction, and Digital SF, just to name a few.  He hopes that you enjoy listening to the Overcast as much as he enjoys making it.

Oct 26, 2016

Episode 41: A Promise Kept by Candle Flame by Kelly Sandoval.  Read by J.S. Arquin. #Fantasy #MagicRealism #Ghosts       

Oct 10, 2016

Episode 40: The Humpback's Wardrobe by Timothy Day.  Read by J.S. Arquin  #MagicalRealism

Sep 22, 2016

Slug Time by Mary E. Lowd.  Featuring an afterword by the author.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  #ScienceFiction

Sep 7, 2016

The Galaxy's Cube by Jeremy Szal.  Read by J.S. Arquin  #ScienceFiction

 

Aug 20, 2016

Moon at the Starry Diner by Tina Connolly.  From her collection, "On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories".  Read by J.S. Arquin   #Fantasy

 

 

Aug 3, 2016

Chasing A.I.M.E. by Sean Patrick Hazlett.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  Featuring an afterword by the author.   #ScienceFiction  #ArtificialIntelligence  #Economics

Jul 16, 2016

Heart Box by J.N. Powell.  Featuring an afterword by the author.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  #Fantasy

Jul 3, 2016

Episode 34: Stand Up by Josh Roseman.  Read by J.S. Arquin  #Superhero #Autism

Jun 18, 2016

Episode 33: Daddy's Girl by Eleanor R. Wood.   Featuring an afterword by the author.  Read by J.S. Arquin   #ScienceFiction #Robotics  #ArtificialIntelligence

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