I love words. Writing has always been important to me. If it’s important to you, I’ve collected a few resources here I hope you’ll find useful, or at least interesting.
These are excellent authors who don’t have the name recognition (yet) to have a million copies of their work in every Barnes & Noble. Some are up-and-comers, some are established pros publishing great work for years. All of them deserve a minute of your time. I’ve listed with the author a piece or two I particularly enjoyed, though I’ve by no means read all of any one’s fiction. (These are heavily tilted toward short fiction from podcasts, because that’s how I generally consume short stories.)
|A.M. Dellamonica||Child of a Hidden Sea (novel)|
|Emily Devenport||“Postcards from Monster Island” (My favorite short story of 2015);
“Now Is The Hour“
|Annalee Flower Horne||“Seven Things Cadet Blanchard Learned from the Trade Summit Incident”|
|Kat Howard||“Maiden, Hunter, Beast“;
“The Saint of the Sidewalks“
|Alaya Dawn Johnson||“A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai’i” (Winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novelette 2014)|
|Rich Larson||“M.F.ing Retroparty Freestyle“|
|Marina J. Lostetter||“Imma Gonna Finish You Off“|
|Will McIntosh||“The Savannah Liars Tour” (My favorite short story of 2016)|
|An Owomoyela||“In Metal, In Bone“|
|Ian Tregillis||“Testimony Of Samuel Frobisher Regarding Events On Her Majesty’s Ship CONFIDENCE, 14-22 June, 1818, With Diagrams“|
|Marie Vibbert||“Deshaun Stevens’ Ship Log“|
Below are a few of the places I enjoy listening to (free) audio fiction, or commentary on writing. If you’re looking for longer-length works or a wider variety, Audible offers a wide variety of audiobooks for relatively little cost.
And just for the heck of it, here are my other favorite (non-writing) podcasts.
The Black Tapes – My overall favorite podcast for some time, this is a docu-drama about one intrepid reporter’s quest to uncover supernatural mysteries. Think Serial meets The X-Files. Start at the beginning, and prepare to be hooked.
Criminal – Fascinating interviews with interesting people involved in bizarre crimes: victims, perpetrators, and law enforcement. Try “Episode 51: Money Tree” for a story about a girl whose identity was stolen when she was just 11 years old by an unlikely culprit.
Good Job, Brain! – A quiz show and offbeat trivia podcast, hosted by four lovably geeky friends. Each episode revolves around a theme, pick one that suits your fancy.
Here’s the Thing – Alec Baldwin interviews artists, celebrities, politicians and others. Baldwin is a surprisingly good interviewer and maintains neutrality (more or less) even on controversial or partisan topics. Try the episodes featuring filmmaker Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Harry Potter) or former Disney CEO Michael Eisner for a good start.
Limetown – Another docu-drama about the strange disappearance of an entire town overnight. It’s just one season of six episodes, but man it’s a good season. Start at the beginning.
Lore – Real life research into the strange and often terrifying myths and folklore of the past and present. Try “Episode 43: Supply and Demand” for the story of where nineteenth century medical schools really got the bodies they needed to teach their classes.
Rabbits – A docudrama about a woman’s search for a friend who goes missing, and how she must explore an alternate reality through a real life game with real life consequences, with tons of 80s nostalgia thrown in. Think of Ready Player One meets the movie The Game with Michael Douglas. Start at the beginning.
Serial – The gold standard for what a podcast should be (at least Season 1 was, anyway). NPR reporter Sarah Koenig reviews a crime, week-by-week, piecing it together for listeners. Start with Season 1, Episode 1, and plan not to do anything else for the next few days.
Stoney Creek – A young woman’s boyfriend is murdered, supposedly by the mythical monster that haunts the woods near the fictional town of Stoney Creek, Oregon. This show is about her search for the real killer, and for whatever lies in wait in the dark of the woods. Start at the beginning (it’s just one season so far, with Season 2 slated for 2017).
Tanis – A spinoff of The Black Tapes (above), Tanis is more nonlinear tripping-on-acid occult story than straightforward mystery. Still it’s an entertaining listen. You don’t have to follow The Black Tapes to get Tanis, but it helps. Start at the beginning.
Welcome to Night Vale – One of podcasting’s perennially most popular shows, this the story of an imaginary town where every conspiracy theory and boogeyman is real. Think NPR + Stephen King + Dave Barry. Start at the beginning, Episode 1: The Dog Park.