The Overcast

A Speculative Fiction Podcast, Featuring Breathtaking Stories from the Pacific Northwest and Beyond.
RSS Feed Subscribe in iTunes




All Episodes
Now displaying: Category: literature

About the Overcast    Submissions Guidelines

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 where you can find a complete bibliography and her blog.  Follow her on Twitter @anaealay.


Please help support the Overcast! Become a Patron today!



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  


Please help support The Overcast! Become a patron on Patreon!





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


Please help support The Overcast.  Become a patron on PATREON today!



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 .


Please help support The Overcast.  Become a patron on Patreon today!



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 and on twitter @petr3pan


Please help support The Overcast.  Become a patron on PATREON today!




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


Help support The Overcast.  Become a patron on PATREON today!


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  and on Twitter @stewartcbaker.

Help support the Overcast! Become a patron on PATREON!



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


Help Support the Overcast on PATREON!  Your donations keep us running!

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

Jun 6, 2016

Not Even a Whimper by Dusty Wallace.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  #Apocalypse #Science Fiction

May 17, 2016

Episode 31: A Twist of Fate by Holly Schofield.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  Featuring an afterword by Holly Schofield.  #Superhero #Fantasy

Apr 20, 2016

Drink Deep and Long the Circean Poison by Deborah Walker.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  Science Fiction.

Apr 5, 2016

Our one year anniversary episode!  We're honored to feature the fantasy story Elections at the Villa Encantada by Cat Rambo.   Read by J.S. Arquin.

Mar 19, 2016

Stitched Wings by Beth Cato.  We bring you a healthy dose of steampunk, fairies, and magic in this beautiful fantasy story.  Featuring an afterword by the author.  Read by J.S. Arquin.

Mar 2, 2016

The Bohemians by Alexei Collier.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  Featuring an afterword by the author.

Feb 15, 2016

Start With Stones by B.Morris Allen.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  Featuring an afterword by the author.

1 2 Next »