The Overcast

A Speculative Fiction Podcast, Featuring Breathtaking Stories from the Pacific Northwest and Beyond.
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Oct 11, 2017

The Endless Flickering Night by Gary Emmet Chandler.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  Featuring an afterword by Gary Emmet Chandler.  #SciFi #sciencefiction #dark #underground #podcast #fiction #silverscreen


"Together, we made our way to Burrow's cinema.  Each time the Five set us to digging a new outpost, that was the first room we carved; the cinemas were our cathedrals, our last remaining sparks of faith.  We were ambling through the rows, running our hands along the surface of each abandoned throne, when Toaster began to howl."


Gary Emmet Chandler works from his apartment in Portland as a copywriter and web developer, mostly in pajamas, with a cat nibbling at his leg.  His fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Flash Fiction Online, and Pseudopod, among others.  Recently he has shifted his creative focus to photography, and you can follow his work on Instagram at @theangryluddite.  

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Sep 17, 2017

EveryChild To A Good Home Should Go by Karlo Yeager Rodriguez.  Read by Tina Connolly.  Featuring an afterword by Karlo Yeager Rodriguez.  #fantasy #tropes #orphans #chosenone #fairygodmother #flashfiction #flashfictionmonth


"So, you wished for a child," I said to open up the conversation.  They traded glances before Mr. Bumpkin ventured a nod.

"That would be right, Mizz--" He squinted at my nameplate.

"Merriweather," I said.  "Comma Flavia J.  At your service."


Karlo Yeager Rodriguez is originally from the enchanted island of Puerto Rico, but now lives in Baltimore.  He has long since put up his wand, and only works his magic on issues of accessibility at the Ministry of Magic.  The taste of gruel has grown on him, honest!  Find him online at  and on Twitter @kjy1066.

Tina Connolly is the author of the Ironskin and Seriously Wicked series, and the collection On The Eyeball Floor and Other Stories.  Her books have been finalists for the Nebula, Norton, and World Fantasy awards.  She co-hosts Escape Pod, runs Toasted Cake, and you can find her at


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Sep 2, 2017

And Here's Satan With The Weather by Brandon McNulty.  Featuring an afterword recorded by Brandon McNulty.  Read by J.S. Arquin  #satan #comedy #horror #media #fantasy #flashfiction #flashfictionmonth

The rest of the HON6 news station doesn't share my excitement over today's hundred-and-thirty degree high.  Maybe it has something to do with our busted A/C unit, but...

Brandon McNulty writes from Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania.  He dabbles mostly in horror.  Occasionally he tries to write something sunny, but it always ends up veering hard into darkness.His work has appeared in, Sci Phi Journal, and Digital Horror Fiction.  He is a 2015 graduate if Taos Toolbox Sci-Fi/Fantasy Workshop.  Find him online at

And on Twitter @McNultyFiction.


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Aug 16, 2017

The Whisper of Clockwork Wings by Sandra M. Odell.  Featuring and afterword by Sandra M. Odell.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  #steampunk #clockwork 


"On the first day of the end of the world, Lieutenant Archimedes Phillips bleeds, and drinks stale water from a canteen cup..."


Sandra M. Odell lives in Washington state with her husband, sons, and an Albanian miniature moose disguised as a dog.  Her work has appeared in such venues as Jim Baen's UNIVERSE, Daily Science Fiction, and Crossed Genres.  She is a Clarion West 2010 graduate, and an active member of SFWA.  Find her online at

And on Twitter @WriterOdell.


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Aug 1, 2017

Protector of the Village Near Death by Voss Foster.  Featuring an afterword recorded by Voss Foster.  Narrated by J.S. Arquin.  #Fantasy #Humor #Tropes #Hero 


Garin's head pounded, ears filled with his own heartbeat.  He tightened his grip on his claymore and brought it swinging up.  So hard that it kept going, swung out of his hand, and clattered to the floor behind him.


Voss Foster lives in the middle of the Eastern Washington desert, where he writes science fiction and fantasy from inside a single-wide trailer.  He is the author if the Evenstad Media Presents series, The Mountains of Good Fortune, and the Immortal Whispers series.  His short fiction has been featured in various magazines and anthologies, including Andromeda Spaceways Magazine and the bestselling Alternative Truths Anthology.  When he can be pried away from his keyboard, he can be found singing, practicing photography, cooking, and belly dancing, though rarely all at the same time.  Find his online at and on Twitter @VossFoster.


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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  or follow her on Twitter: @JenniferBrozek.  


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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


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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  

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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: 

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. 


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.  




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?



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May 4, 2016

Episode 30: Blink Twice by Rebecca Birch.   Read by J.S. Arquin.  Featuring an afterword by Rebecca Birch   #Science Fiction #Time Travel #Apocalypse

Aug 1, 2015

Of Mat and Math by Anatoly Belilovsky

Jul 28, 2015

Episode Ten: A Hymn of Ordeal, No. 23 by Rhiannon Rasmussen