Archive for the Short Story Category

Episode 218: Service With A Smile by Rob Broughton

Posted in Christmas, Horror, Rob Broughton, Short Story on November 26, 2020 by dunesteef

It’s the first installment in our 2020 Christmas Extravaganza! We’ll be bringing you several stories from our Broken Mirror Story Event, the first being “Service with a Smile” by Rob Broughton. When Tommy gets a mysterious invitation to his girlfriend’s parents’ house for the holidays, he finds that not everyone is acting of their own accord.

Afterward, Rish and Big talk about Shamong, meeting the parents, and eating worms and insects…really? Actually, why am I surprised, of course they do.

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Related links:

Music in the story was: “Krampus Workshop” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
“Sugar Plum Breakdown” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Episode 217: From Another World by Rish Outfield and B.D. Anklevich

Posted in Big Anklevich, Rish Outfield, Science Fiction, Short Story on October 29, 2020 by dunesteef

Something is going wrong at the space outpost that Captain Seymour just docked at. Things seem to be deteriorating quickly. Luckily for him, someone grabbed him, and pulled him into a hiding place. Or was it lucky for him? Now he’s trapped in here with two strangers, and it seems as though one of them is not who he seems after all.

Afterward, Big and Rish talk about the process of adapting a story from one format to another. What does it take? How do you go about it? What sacrifices to dark gods of chaos and evil must be made? Whose name appears first on the byline? We answer none of those questions, coming up!

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Related Links:

Link to the original version of the audiodrama.

Music in the story was: Spc X2x (Unseen Presence) by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/6738-spc-x2x-unseen-presence-
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Episode 216: What Is Sand But Earth Purified? by Jason Sanford

Posted in Jason Sanford, Science Fiction, Short Story on April 14, 2020 by dunesteef

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In Jason Sanford’s “What Is Sand But Earth Purified?” New widower Anchor is approached by TV personalities to be their guide into the living sandstorm out in the ocean, the same sandstorm that killed his wife.

Afterward, Big and Rish talk about Jason’s various possible futures, and what makes a body human.

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Related Links:

Jason Sanford’s Site
Anguish by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3373-anguish
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Episode 215: Catastrophe Baker and the Siren of Silverstrike by Mike Resnick

Posted in Comedy, Mike Resnick, Science Fiction, Short Story on February 14, 2020 by dunesteef

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When Mike Resnick passed away on January 9th, Rish and Big knew they had to make one of his stories their next episode. Years ago, he’d sent them out a huge batch of Catastrophe Baker stories so that they could continue the series on the show. What better way to remember him than to put one of his creations out for fans to enjoy?

Catastrophe Baker makes a trip to Silverstrike and while he’s there, he attends a carnival. It’s pretty ho-hum until he gets summoned to the tent of the Siren of Silverstrike to see the show that everyone is talking about.

Afterward, Rish and Big talk about Mike Resnick and what he has meant to the science fiction community, the podcast community, and the Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine. We’ll miss you, Mike.

Special thanks to Renee Chambliss for lending her voice to the episode.

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Related Links:

Mike Resnick stories that have run previously on The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine.
Mike Resnick episodes on Escape Pod that we mention (it’s in the middle of the page under the heading “authored episodes”)
Renee Chambliss’s Website

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

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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 210: Last Lunch At Charburger by Rish Outfield

Posted in Horror, Rish Outfield, Short Story on November 13, 2019 by dunesteef

CHARBURGER

Radio hosts Ben and Ricky need to talk about their career. Unfortunately, they choose Charburger on State Street to meet for lunch. It’s Rish Outfield’s “Last Lunch at Charburger”

Afterward, Rish talks about why he wrote the story, and the ever-present danger of putting the people you know in your writing.

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Music was “Mary Celeste” by Kevin McLeod of incompetech.com

Episode 209: The Slender Men by David Erik Nelson

Posted in David Erik Nelson, Horror, Short Story on September 28, 2019 by dunesteef

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In David Erik Nelson’s story, adjunct professor James Hodge is approached after a lecture concerning the mythical Slender Men, by a young woman who is absolutely convinced they are not a myth.

Afterward, Rish and Big talk about belief in the supernatural and, I dunno, probably say something offensive along the way.

Special thanks to Tena Kolokowski for lending her voice to today’s story.

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Related Links:

David Erik Nelson’s Website
There Was A Crooked Man, He Flipped A Crooked House by David Erik Nelson on Amazon

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