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The Oddcast: Tales of the Occult, Weird, and Arcane
Dark literature at its finest.
Category: Fiction
Location: Los Angeles
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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

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Narration by Jon Fredette and Miranda Friel

Sound Design and Music by Jon Fredette

February 28, 2020 06:59 AM PST

Originally published in The Seattle Review and subsequently in The Best American Short Stories 1995.

A new office employee is given orientation on the first day of work by a detached, yet knowledgable, veteran of the job.

Narration, Sound Design, and Music by Jon Fredette.

January 17, 2020 12:52 PM PST

Written in 1981/2 and published in 1983 in an undisclosed Japanese periodical. Later added to his short story collection Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman which was published in 2006.

A man recalls a frightening experience he had in his brief time as a night watchman at a school in the Niigata Prefecture.

Translated by Philip Gabriel.

Narration, Sound Design, and Music by Jon Fredette.

December 15, 2019 10:12 PM PST

First published in the magazine Sur in 1943.

Failed playwrite Jaromir Hladik is captured during the Nazi occupation of Prague in the early stages of World War II. Awaiting his execution in prison, he seeks redemption for a wasted life through contemplating his unfinished work, The Enemies.

Narration, "Hladik", Music, Sound Design by Jon Fredette.

Additional Voices by Mats Bennett and Miranda Friel.

October 31, 2019 07:48 PM PDT

First published in Tennyson's first solo collection, "Poems, Chiefly Lyrical" (1830) when he was around 20 years old. One of the few sonnets Tennyson penned and with this one specifically he grossly distorts the sonnet form to better fit the horrendous mythical sea creature he describes.

Narration, Sound Design and Music by Jon Fredette.

October 14, 2019 11:30 AM PDT

A modern folktale which takes place in a parallel-universe New York City; mysterious lunar women are hypnotized by the moon's influence and converge at the edge of the city to undertake a clandestine task for the satellite.

First written in 1968 and originally published with the rest of his cosmic tales in Le cosmicomiche (The Cosmicomics); it was translated much later in 2009 and republished in The New Yorker.

Sound design, music, narration and "Qfwfq" by Jon Fredette

"Diana" by Miranda Friel

Translated by Martin Mclaughlin

July 12, 2019 10:12 AM PDT

"Continuidad de los parques" was originally written in Spanish and first published within the Editorial Sudamericana in 1964.

Summary: A man settles down to finish reading an immersive novel and suffers the consequences of doing so.

Narration, Sound Design, and Music by Jon Fredette.

May 15, 2019 12:27 PM PDT

First published in Crypt of Cthulhu in 1988.

A man visits a nameless town and questions his existence as reality transforms into nightmare around him, leading him to a clandestine sect of dreams and dark dimensions.

Narration, Sound Design, and Music by Jon Fredette

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