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The Oddcast: Tales of the Occult, Weird, and Arcane
Dark literature at its finest.
Category: Fiction
Location: San Diego
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April 01, 2021 12:07 AM PDT

Originally published in 1991 through OMNI magazine.

Two multidimensional aliens deliberate over contacting the human race once they realize their entirely made out of meat.

Aliens: Mats Bennett and Jon Fredette

Sound Design by Jon Fredette

February 19, 2021 04:02 PM PST

First published in the San Francisco Newsletter of December 25, 1886 and was later reprinted as part of Bierce's collections Tales of Soldiers and Civilians and Can Such Things Be?

A man from the ancient city of Carcosa awakens from a sickness-induced sleep to find himself lost in an unfamiliar wilderness.

Music, Sound Design, and Narration by Jon Fredette

December 31, 2020 03:56 PM PST

Published in the January 1962 in the Worlds of "If" Science Fiction magazine.

A painter in the Chicago Lying-In Hospital witnesses an absurd scene in the lobby while he creates a mural immortalizing VIPs in a time of overpopulation.

Cast (Instagram Handles):
Painter - Gabriel Clausen (@g_period)
Orderly - Jim Tobe (@jimtobe)
Leora Duncan - Miranda Friel (@miranda.friel)
Dr. Hitz - Mats Bennett
Wheling/Narration - Jon Fredette (@glib_reaper)
Hostess - Rebecca Bishop (@rebeccabishopartistry)

Contributors from Fiverr:
Voice for song: stuckonapuzzle

Voiceover Artists:

Narration, Sound Design, and Music by Jon Fredette

"America the Beautiful" by Samuel A. Ward and the Victor recording label, provided by the Library of Congress.

December 06, 2020 09:59 AM PST

Originally published in the December 1938 edition of Esquire. It is a translation, probably by Stephenson himself, of "Leiningens Kampf mit den Ameisen" which was originally published in German in 1938.

Summary: A Brazilian plantation owner and his 400 workers brave an onslaught of millions of merciless and ravenous ants.

Narration, Music, and Sound Design by Jon Fredette.

District Commissioner played by Pedro Daher: https://www.fiverr.com/pedrodaher?source=order_page_summary_seller_link

Additional Sounds by FreeSound Forum Users:
briankennemar and RTB45

October 31, 2020 06:01 PM PDT

Written in July of 1816 and inspired by "The Year Without Summer", the aftermath of the eruption of Mount Tambora in the Dutch East Indies the previous year, in which enough sulphur was cast into the atmosphere to change global temperatures and weather patterns.

A post-apocalyptic "last man" poem.

Sound Design and Narration by Jon Fredette.

October 23, 2020 08:15 PM PDT

First published in his collection The King in Yellow in 1895.

An unnamed narrator attends an afternoon mass at the church St. Barnabe and has several frightful encounters with a menacing organ player.

Sound Design, Music, and Narration by Jon Fredette

Monseigneur C - Nik Marvin

September 23, 2020 10:53 PM PDT

Published on Monologging.org, on S.H. Roddey’s Haunted Head, and in Literati Presents #5 by Literati Press. The original audio version, hosted on youtube.com/ericdean, was Recorded by Rish Outfield and released on his fiction podcast The Dunesteef (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-dunesteef-audio-fiction-magazine/id284671097).

Follow Eric on Instagram at /ericidean or at his website www.ericwrites.com

Summary: A journalist ruminates on the cultural impact of a new delicacy as he is invited to taste it for the first time.

Narrated, Sound Design, and Music Composition by Jon Fredette.

Additional Voices by Nik Marvin, Rish Outfield, and Miranda Friel.

July 29, 2020 05:46 PM PDT

First published in the San Francisco Examiner on April 12, 1891 and reprinted in Bierce's collection Tales of Soldiers and Civilians the same year.

A narrator recounts what he knows of an old woodsman who lived in a mysteriously boarded up cabin for several years before his death.

Music, Narration, and Sound Design by Jon Fredette.

June 12, 2020 07:14 PM PDT

Originally published in the October edition of New Dimensions 3 in 1973. The story was nominated for the Locust Award for Best Short Fiction in 1974 and won the Hugo Award for Best Short story in the same year.

The utopian Omelas enjoys its annual summer festival amid the dark secret that is kept within a broom closet of a cellar beneath one of the richest buildings of the city.

Narration, Music, Sound Design by Jon Fredette.

April 09, 2020 10:48 AM PDT

Originally published in the anthology "Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact" (June, 1977) the novelette went on to win the Nebula Award that year under the pen name James Tiptree Jr.

As an unprecedented sickness spreads around the globe, a scientist hurries home to be with his wife and daughter.

Alan - Jon Fredette
Anne - Miranda Friel
Amy - Megan McIver

Barney - Mats Bennett
Prof. Ian McIntyre - Jim Tobe
Willard Mews - Tony Wolf

Sound File Credits (Free Sound Forum):

Narration by Jon Fredette and Miranda Friel

Sound Design and Music by Jon Fredette

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