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Far Fetched Fables No 17 Laurel Winter, Ellen Klages, and Michael Haynes

First Story: “The Flying Woman” by Laurel Winter

The boats rested uneasily on the surface of the sea, waiting to leave. Chief Loah gripped Raff’s shoulder in one hand and tilted Dannilla’s face up with the other. “Swear you will not use your unnatural power to leave this island,” he said. “Swear on your father’s life.”

His fingers squeezed Dannilla’s chin. Their father sat in one of the boats, his face shiny with tears. “I swear,” she said. “I swear. Please don’t hurt him.”

Raff held silent, and then he gasped as the leader’s hand closed on his arm. “I swear.”

The leader pushed him, hard, and let go of Dannilla. Her eyes blurred and she fell to her knees in the sea.

Laurel Winter grew up in the mountains of Montana and attended a one-room country grade school with 12 to 25 students in grades 1 through 8. She then went 30 miles one way on the bus to Absarokee High School, where there were 33 in her graduating class. Since then she’s acquired an eclectic education, including credits in English, physics, and psychology from Montana State and numerous writing and art classes. A number of high school literature textbooks contain “egg horror poem” and she’s hoping her novel Growing Wings gets a baby sister this year. Her current passion is playing poker.

 

Second story: “Intelligent Design” by Ellen Klages

God cocked his thumb and aimed his index finger at the firmament.

Ka-pow! Pow! Pow! A line of three perfect glowing pinpoints of light appeared in the black void. He squeezed his eyes almost shut and let off a single shot. Ping! The pinprick of light at the far edge of the firmament, just where it touched the rim of the earth, glowed faintly red.

God got bored. Ratatatatatatatat! He peppered one corner of the sky with tiny specks of light clustered tight together. Each one glowed steadily. God lay down on his back and looked up at what he’d created. It was okay.

Ellen Klages’ short fiction has appeared in science fiction and fantasy anthologies and magazines, both online and in print, including The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Black Gate, Eclipse, and Firebirds Rising. Her story, “Basement Magic,” won the Best Novelette Nebula Award in 2005. Several of her other stories have been on the final ballot for the Nebula, World Fantasy, and Hugo Awards, and have been reprinted in various Year’s Best volumes.

She was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award, and is a graduate of the Clarion South writing workshop.

In addition to her writing, she serves on the Motherboard of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, and is somewhat notorious as the auctioneer/entertainment for the Tiptree auctions at Wiscon.

Ellen was born in Ohio, and now lives in San Francisco. You can read more at http://ellenklages.com/index.html

 

Flash Fiction: “Act of Penance” by Michael Haynes

You created me. An act which I suspect that even you now know was your greatest sin.  Even as I stand here, naked, hunched in upon myself through habit against a winter’s chill I no longer feel, I smell the megahounds and hear the distant footfalls of the mercenaries who follow those beasts’ lead. They’ve hunted me down, back almost to the place of my birth, your home. They think they will capture me, their perfect soldier, their perfect weapon. Capture me and return me to the work for which I have been crafted, the skulking and the stealing and the killing. The killing, the killing… They will be too late.

Michael Haynes lives in Central Ohio where he helps keep IT systems running for a large corporation during the day and puts his characters through the wringer by night. An ardent short story reader and writer, Michael has had over 20 stories accepted for publication during 2012 by venues such as Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, and Daily Science Fiction. When he’s not reading or writing he enjoys watching movies, going to hockey games, cooking, and taking photographs. You can visit http://michael-haynes.blogspot.com/ for more info.

About the Narrators:

Sarah Frederickson was born in Oregon in the United States, and was raised in beautiful Minnesota. At a young age she realized her passion for musical performance and the creative arts. Sarah spent most of her childhood singing and acting – both onstage and off – and affecting various accents for fun.
She soon found herself competing in local, state and national forensics competitions (that’s competitive speaking). Her experience and awards landed her a forensics scholarship to Bethel University in St.Paul Minnesota, where she continued to compete as well as train other speakers at the collegiate level. Sarah graduated with a degree in Music business and Audio Production. Shortly after graduation she traveled to Australia for a one-year holiday. During that time she became smitten with an Australian man who asked her to stay, and four years later the couple live and work in Australia, going on adventures, writing music and reading stories to their cat.

Nicola Seaton-Clark lives in the wilds of (almost) Eastern Europe with her long-suffering husband, phenomenal children and a grumpy cat. Trained as an actress and singer, she has worked in entertainment for over 20 years and currently splits her time between writing speculative fiction, helping her husband run their voice-over company, Offstimme, and voicing everything from commercials and documentaries to public transport announcements.  She also hosts this podcast…..

Marvin Münstermann is an actor, musician and all-round interesting person, living in Germany while he figures out the rest of things.  He has a day-job which provides him with amusing anecdotes to share in his free time and he plays guitar for a rocking band, Schwarzlicht, who are going to be huge one day, really soon!

Far Fetched Fables No 15 Rachel Pollack and Amal El-Mohtar

First Story: “Jack Shade in the Forest of Souls – Part 2” by Rachel Pollack

Jack Shade, known in varied places and times as Journeyman Jack, or Jack Sad, or Handsome Johnny (though not any more), or Jack Summer, or Johnny Poet (though not for a long time), or even Jack Thief, was playing Old-Fashioned Poker. That was Jack’s name for it, not because the game itself was antiquated—it was Texas Hold Em, the TV game, as Jack thought of it—but because of the venue, a private hotel room, comfortable, elegant even, yet unlicensed and by private invitation only, in the age of Indian casinos no more than a few hours drive from anywhere. ….

Rachel Pollack is the author of 35 books of fiction and non-fiction, including Unquenchable Fire, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and Godmother Night, winner of the World Fantasy Award. Rachel’s books have been translated into fourteen languages, and are sold all over the world. Rachel’s most recent work is The Burning Serpent Oracle, co-created with Robert M. Place. Her new novel, The Child Eater, will be published by Jo Fletcher books in England in July, 2014, and the U. S. in Spring of 2015. You can visit her website at www.Rachelpollack.com

Narrator:  Larry Oliver

Larry’s voice is often described as: warm, engaging, storyteller-like, believable, the guy next door; yet it can be professional, authoritative and quite sarcastic. It can be very character-like and quirky, with many different distinct character voices. His natural voice is clear, clean and articulate, with a “near-neutral” American accent. Larry’s training provides to him acting skills and self-directing skills, yet he takes direction very well. Larry’s dialects include: Appalachian, Southern US Seaboard, refined Southern, Hillbilly, Texas Drawl, West TX, Colorado/cowboy, General UK, Scottish Brogue, Irish, Middle-East, East Europe/Russian/Yiddish. His training and ‘honing-the-craft’ are continual, with award winning luminaries such as: Pat Fraley, Scott Brick, Hillary Huber, Bob Deyan, Marc Guss, Edge Studio to mention BUT A FEW: Larry enjoys: reading, hiking, yoga, Zumba, and cooking. Oliver has narrated several audio books available on audible, Amazon and iTunes, narrated documentary films done commercials, corporate training videos and much more. Go and take a listen at soundloud.com/revilo1951

 

Second story: “Night of the Goblin Girl” by Amal El-Mohtar

Gobdolyn was pretty, in the way that goblin girls were, which is to say, a manner too profound and esoteric for human understanding. She had strong, splendid teeth and pleasantly kept fangs which locked in a shapely fashion over her green lower lip; her thick and exquisite hair was a corn-silk blonde that fairly blossomed from her head to her ankles, her bosom to her belly, her back to her bottom, and between her generously proportioned green toes.

Amal El-Mohtar is the Nebula-nominated author of The Honey Month, a collection of poetry and prose written to the taste of of twenty-eight different kinds of honey. Her work has appeared in multiple venues online and in print, including Strange Horizons, Apex Magazine, Mythic Delirium, Stone Telling, and most recently in Lightspeed magazine’s “Women Destroy Science Fiction” special issue. She is a member of the Banjo Apocalypse Crinoline Troubadours performance collective, and edits Goblin Fruit, a web quarterly devoted to fantastical poetry. She lives in Glasgow with her partner, a harp, and two jellicle cats. Find her online at amalelmohtar.com.

Narrator:  Sarah Frederickson

Sarah Frederickson was born in Oregon in the United States, and was raised in beautiful Minnesota. At a young age she realized her passion for musical performance and the creative arts. Sarah spent most of her childhood singing and acting – both onstage and off – and affecting various accents for fun.

She soon found herself competing in local, state and national forensics competitions (that’s competitive speaking). Her experience and awards landed her a forensics scholarship to Bethel University in St.Paul Minnesota, where she continued to compete as well as train other speakers at the collegiate level. Sarah graduated with a degree in Music business and Audio Production. Shortly after graduation she traveled to Australia for a one-year holiday. During that time she became smitten with an Australian man who asked her to stay, and four years later the couple live and work in Australia, going on adventures, writing music and reading stories to their cat.

Far Fetched Fables No 14 Rachel Pollack and Nicola Belte

First Story: “Jack Shade in the Forest of Souls – Part 1” by Rachel Pollack

Jack Shade, known in varied places and times as Journeyman Jack, or Jack Sad, or Handsome Johnny (though not any more), or Jack Summer, or Johnny Poet (though not for a long time), or even Jack Thief, was playing Old-Fashioned Poker. That was Jack’s name for it, not because the game itself was antiquated—it was Texas Hold Em, the TV game, as Jack thought of it—but because of the venue, a private hotel room, comfortable, elegant even, yet unlicensed and by private invitation only, in the age of Indian casinos no more than a few hours drive from anywhere. ….

Rachel Pollack is the author of 35 books of fiction and non-fiction, including Unquenchable Fire, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and Godmother Night, winner of the World Fantasy Award. Rachel’s books have been translated into fourteen languages, and are sold all over the world. Rachel’s most recent work is The Burning Serpent Oracle, co-created with Robert M. Place. Her new novel, The Child Eater, will be published by Jo Fletcher books in England in July, 2014, and the U. S. in Spring of 2015. You can visit her website at www.Rachelpollack.com

Narrator:  Larry Oliver

Larry’s voice is often described as: warm, engaging, storyteller-like, believable, the guy next door; yet it can be professional, authoritative and quite sarcastic. It can be very character-like and quirky, with many different distinct character voices. His natural voice is clear, clean and articulate, with a “near-neutral” American accent. Larry’s training provides to him acting skills and self-directing skills, yet he takes direction very well. Larry’s dialects include: Appalachian, Southern US Seaboard, refined Southern, Hillbilly, Texas Drawl, West TX, Colorado/cowboy, General UK, Scottish Brogue, Irish, Middle-East, East Europe/Russian/Yiddish. His training and ‘honing-the-craft’ are continual, with award winning luminaries such as: Pat Fraley, Scott Brick, Hillary Huber, Bob Deyan, Marc Guss, Edge Studio to mention BUT A FEW: Larry enjoys: reading, hiking, yoga, Zumba, and cooking. Oliver has narrated several audio books available on audible, Amazon and iTunes, narrated documentary films done commercials, corporate training videos and much more. Go and take a listen at soundloud.com/revilo1951

 

Second story: “Gathering Rosebuds of Rust” by Nicola Belte

His reputation preceded him. Each letter of his name was a polished pearl upon a string, the tongue a pink, velvet pad beneath them. Fathers grew nervous, mothers swooned; the hair of young ladies sprung overnight into curls, the eyes of young gentlemen narrowed with suspicion.

My mother rushed around the parlour, spraying herself with icy water as she tried to bleed the blush from her cheeks. She couldn’t look too desperate, we couldn’t, she said, meaning me.

Nicola Belte lives in Birmingham, U.K and is a part-time MA student, part-time factotum and an in-between time writer of weird things. Say hello at http://nicolabelte.blogspot.com/ or @NicolaBelte

Narrator: Sarah Frederickson

Sarah Frederickson was born in Oregon in the United States, and was raised in beautiful Minnesota. At a young age she realized her passion for musical performance and the creative arts. Sarah spent most of her childhood singing and acting – both onstage and off – and affecting various accents for fun.

She soon found herself competing in local, state and national forensics competitions (that’s competitive speaking). Her experience and awards landed her a forensics scholarship to Bethel University in St.Paul Minnesota, where she continued to compete as well as train other speakers at the collegiate level. Sarah graduated with a degree in Music business and Audio Production. Shortly after graduation she traveled to Australia for a one-year holiday. During that time she became smitten with an Australian man who asked her to stay, and four years later the couple live and work in Australia, going on adventures, writing music and reading stories to their cat.