Archive for the Fantasy Category

Episode 225: When Thorns Are The Tips Of Trees by Jason Sanford

Posted in Fantasy, Jason Sanford, Science Fiction, Short Story on November 5, 2021 by dunesteef

It’s Jason Sanford month everybody! So put on your ugly Jason Sanford Month sweaters; make yourself a mug of The Ships Like Clouds, Risen By Their Rain tea, and gather around the table for the roast Plague Birds. It’s time to enjoy some more Jason Sanford!

Today, we have a vintage Dunesteef production of Jason’s story, When Thorns Are The Tips Of Trees, originally produced for the StarShipSofa podcast back in 2009. Miles and his father care for the local memorial grove, but the job has become a more dangerous as gangs of deteriorating thorn die, almost zombie-like people driven mad by the phage that is rewriting their DNA, have begun attacking the groves all around the area. Can they survive, or will they become thorn die themselves?

Afterward, Rish and Big talk about how much of a formative moment this story was in the history of the podcast, and look back at the production process for putting it all together.

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Related Links:

Link to purchase Jason Sanford’s novel Plague Birds.

The Amazon link where you can review Jason’s book and counter the guy who review bombed him with negative reviews

Link to the StarShipSofa episode that originally contained When Thorns Are The Tips Of Trees

Jason’s other stories that have appeared on The Dunesteef

Cover art photo by Andrey Grinkevich on Unsplash

Episode 223: The Many Faces of Christmas Eve by Rish Outfield (Outcast 186)

Posted in Fantasy, Rish Outfield, Science Fiction, Short Story on December 23, 2020 by dunesteef

Franklin has a huge crush on Jillian, but up until now she hasn’t returned his affection at all. Surprisingly, this Christmas Eve she changed her tune, and suddenly asking him back to her house for Christmas Eve dinner with her family. Turns out that the meal was not what Franklin was expecting…

Afterwards, Rish and Big talk about the story, Broken Mirror contests, and the joys and hassles of Christmas music.

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Related Links:

Music for today’s episode was: “Sugar Plum Breakdown” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

The episode art photo was provided by Justin Russel

Episode 222: Reiterating Christmas by B.D. Anklevich

Posted in Big Anklevich, Christmas, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Short Story on December 19, 2020 by dunesteef

Declan’s boyfriend, Brooks, is taking him to meet the parents for the first time today at Christmas dinner. He’s a little nervous, but it couldn’t be as bad as it was when Brooks met Declan’s parents at Thanksgiving, could it? Could it?

Afterward, Big and Rish talk about the story, the year we’ve had, and about having hope for the future.

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Related links:

Cover art courtesy Photograham.

Music for today’s episode was: “Dance Of The Tuba Plum Fairy” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), and “Sugar Plum Breakdown” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
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Episode 214: What You Deserve by Rish Outfield

Posted in Christmas, Fantasy, Rish Outfield, Short Story on December 24, 2019 by dunesteef

What You Deserve

Doug was rushing to get to his sister’s house on Christmas Eve, when he happened upon the most pathetic looking old couple broken down on the side of the road. They needed his help. They had to be somewhere, somewhere very special, before midnight. It was a matter of life or death. Couldn’t he possibly help them out?

Afterward, Rish and Big talk about Christmas songs on the radio for a surprisingly long time, then eventually mention the writing of the story “What You Deserve”, and what moved Rish to write such a tale.

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Episode 213: The Christmas Creature (Part 2) by B.D. Anklevich

Posted in Big Anklevich, Christmas, Fantasy, Horror, Short Story on December 24, 2019 by dunesteef

Christmas Creature 1

Brand and Macee were trying to have a nice Christmas together, but their shelf elf seems to be possibly possessed and on the attack. What do they do? Find out in the exciting conclusion to The Christmas Creature.

Afterward, Rish and Big talk about several things…including the challenge of making something like a child’s plaything into a viable antagonist.

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Photo courtesy Michel Curi. Modified to make the face evil!

Episode 212: The Christmas Creature (Part 1) by B.D. Anklevich

Posted in Big Anklevich, Christmas, Fantasy, Horror, Short Story on December 18, 2019 by dunesteef

Christmas Creature 1

Brand is watching his daughter, Macee, for Christmas. Rose, the girl’s mother, wasn’t happy about it, but it was her only choice when grandma got sick at the last minute. Brand is going to make up for his failures of the past, though. He even got Macee a cute little Elf on the Shelf to make it the perfect holiday…or did he?

Afterward, Rish and Big go through all the story prompt suggestions provided by the listeners, and decide on what they will use to write their Christmas story this year.

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Photo courtesy Michel Curi. Modified to make the face evil!

Episode 211: Little Caesars Ghost by B.D. Anklevich

Posted in Big Anklevich, Fantasy, Horror, Short Story on November 28, 2019 by dunesteef

Little Caesars Ghost

Best friends, Scott and Brian, loved their job working together at Little Caesars, but one day, Brian died in a car crash…yet he still came to work.

Afterward, Rish and Big talk about their own experiences working behind the counter at their own respective Little Caesars restaurants, and other surprising similarities that made them destined to be eventual friends.

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Music from https://filmmusic.io
“At Rest” by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Episode 208: Fireflies (Part Two) by B.D. Anklevich

Posted in Big Anklevich, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Novelette on August 28, 2019 by dunesteef

fireflies

Oscar and Simi now know what’s causing the problem in their home, but what can they do about it? How can they fix it? Or is it something that they just have to ride out and hope for the best? Find out in part two of Fireflies written by show host B.D. (Big) Anklevich.

After the (finale of) the story, Big and Rish talk about the story, how big feels about it now that it’s in the rear view mirror, and whether he would write a story like that today.

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Photo provided by s58y. Creative Commons. I added the title and a border.

Episode 207: Fireflies (Part One) by B.D. Anklevich

Posted in Big Anklevich, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Novelette on July 22, 2019 by dunesteef

fireflies

Weird things have started happening to Oscar and Simi. Are they visions? Dreams? Hauntings? Are they just going crazy? And how bad could it get? Find out in part one of Fireflies written by show host B.D. (Big) Anklevich.

After the (first part of) the story, Big and Rish talk about some of the worries, anxieties, and joys of being responsible for children who rely on you to shelter, nurture, and protect them.

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Photo provided by s58y. Creative Commons. I added the title and a border.

Episode 205: The Dragon Muse by David B. Coe

Posted in David B. Coe, Fantasy, Short Story on February 19, 2019 by dunesteef

dragon muse

Tom Mathers hasn’t finished his book, despite the deadlines. What he needs is a muse…a magical muse…a dragon muse?

Afterwards, Big and Rish sympathize with him.

Special thanks to Bria Burton for providing her voice talents for the story.

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Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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Episode art was from Pat Pilon on Flickr. It was resized and the background smudged for effect.

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