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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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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

April 16, 2019 11:15 AM PDT

First written around March 1921, the story was first published in the June 1926 issue of the pulp magazine Weird Tales.

Summary: a man visits an isolated castle at Kilderry, where an old friend plans to drain an ancient and locally-revered swamp bog.

Narration, Sound Design, and Composition by Jon Fredette

February 28, 2019 09:06 AM PST

First published in the Christmas number of The Graphic in 1897. It is credited with the creation of the subgenre depicting the "impact event" of science fiction, and is referenced in Arthur C. Clarke's "Rendezvous with Rama".

Summary: At the turn of the 19th century, a celestial collision in our solar system first captures the attention of the world and then threatens all life on earth.

Narration, Sound Design, and Music Composed by Jon Fredette.

Additional voices by Megan McIver, Miranda Friel, Mats Bennett, and voice actors from Fiverr.

December 17, 2018 06:37 PM PST

The story was first published in May 1842 in Graham's Magazine and has since been adapted in many different forms, including a 1964 film starring Vincent Price.

Prince Prospero walls himself in one of his abbeys, passing the time with wealthy nobles in hedonistic masquerades, in hopes of waiting out a deadly plague known as the Red Death.

Narration, Sound Design, and Music Composed by Jon Fredette.

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