February 16, 2018

“Saratoga Noir” – The Thrilling Conclusion

“Saratoga Noir” – The Thrilling Conclusion

Here are the last chapters [15-20] of ZBS’s outrageous audio drama, “Saratoga Noir,” in which we finally learn if Danny Boyee, our fearless [and often, it seems, clueless] gumshoe is gonna stay out of Velma’s and Johnnie’s bars long enough to find that gol-danged cat. Or maybe find True Love with the sweet, high-spirited, named-after-the-orange Valencia? Listen, then . . .           If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve heard – and seen – please visit the ZBS website. They have loads of great stories to listen to for hours of inexpensive, high-quality audio pleasure. The best deal is the $5/month streaming.    

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February 7, 2018

Introducing Ruby Fink, FC’s New Audio Arts Barista

Introducing Ruby Fink, FC’s New Audio Arts Barista

You’ve heard me rave about how wonderful podcasts and audiobooks are for years. Now it is with great pleasure I present Ruby Fink, a kindred spirit and very talented audio producer, as our new Audio Arts Barista. I met Ruby under the most auspicious of circumstances: She had joined FC and submitted some episodes from “Mickie McKinney, Boy Detective,” a very funny and entertaining podcast which she wrote, directed and produced with a host of actors playing different roles. It was like listening to the old-time radio dramas, but better! She studied Film Production at Chapman University’s Dodge College, taking a minor in Narrative and Dramatic Literature. She fell in love with audio shows while finishing her senior year and began writing and creating her own Mickie McKinney podcast with the help of a MacBook, professional…

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February 2, 2018

“Saratoga Noir” – Five New Episodes Tonight!

“Saratoga Noir” – Five New Episodes Tonight!

It’s Friday and just in time for all you crazed, imploring fans of ZBS Media’s “Saratoga Noir” we present five – count ’em, five, as in 5, new episodes of the this great story, replete with Genevieve Shapiro’s cartoon strips. We pick up the story with Episode 3, so if you need to refresh your memory of the first two, click here and here. So be sure to log in to FC after 6PM EST tonight to continue this great tale!

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January 26, 2018

“Saratoga Noir” Podcast, Episode 2

“Saratoga Noir” Podcast, Episode 2

It’s Friday night again and we present another podcast, this week the second episode of “Saratoga Noir” from  our friends at ZBS Media. Be sure to follow along in the accompanying comic strip created by Genevieve Shapiro, whose splendid art has appeared here at the Café a few times in the past. We love her illustrations! This is the second of 20 episodes. If you like what you hear – and see – let us know and we’ll post some more episodes. If you scream really loud, maybe we’ll post them all! But if you just can’t wait for more, hop over ZBS where you can download the entire work, and many, many others, for chump change. Please click on the arrow to listen to Episode 2 of “Saratoga Noir.”

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January 19, 2018

“Saratoga Noir,” 2018’s First Audiobook!

“Saratoga Noir,” 2018’s First Audiobook!

Welcome back to Friday night podcasts here at Fictional Café, except for the new year we’re renaming this popular feature audiobooks. Reason being, podcasting has really evolved a lot, and since we concentrate on fiction, anything you listen to here is a story – and that makes a podcast, to our way of thinking, an audiobook. If that makes any sense. If it doesn’t, you could always fall back on the Firesign Theater’s David Ossman’s handle, radio movies. This week, we welcome back our friends at ZBS Media and one of their very best works, “Saratoga Noir.” Not only is the audio great, but just check out the comic book that accompanies it! This is just the first of 20 episodes. If you like what you hear – and see – let us know and…

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December 23, 2017

Just In Time For Christmas, A New Podcast!

Just In Time For Christmas, A New Podcast!

You know you’re often going to be surprised by our creative offerings, and this month’s podcast is no exception. It’s a Christmas story, but likely not one you might be thinking of. If you ever enjoyed Mystery Science Theater 3000, you’re going to enjoy the heck out of this. Many thanks to Anthony, Garrett and Bobby, our new friends and colleagues at The Story Cauldron, for this offering. The Story Cauldron is a weekly podcast that finds the folktales, fables, and philosophies behind your favorite films. Join us every Wednesday as we dive into what Tolkien called the “Cauldron of Story” or the final result of imagination + art, to see where our movies come from. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good-night! Please click on the link below to listen to the podcast. https://www.thestorycauldron.com/listen/diehard…

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October 20, 2017

Podcast: “Steal the Stars” – A Sci-Fi Thriller

Podcast: “Steal the Stars” – A Sci-Fi Thriller

Steal the Stars is the story of Dakota Prentiss and Matt Salem, two government employees guarding the biggest secret in the world: a crashed UFO. Despite being forbidden to fraternize, Dak and Matt fall in love and decide to escape to a better life on the wings of an incredibly dangerous plan: they’re going to steal the alien body they’ve been guarding and sell the secret of its existence. Steal the Stars is a noir science fiction thriller in 14 episodes, available worldwide on all major podcast distributors through the Macmillan Podcast Network. Listen to the first episode here, and subscribe to Steal the Stars at any of the following links:  iTunes | Google Play | SoundCloud | Spotify | Stitcher | RSS Please click on the arrow below to listen to Episode 1 of “Steal the Stars.”

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September 8, 2017

Podcast: “The Ferryman” Part I

Podcast: “The Ferryman” Part I

Last month, Ruby Fink and I presented a 90–minute workshop on podcasting at the Willamette Writers Conference to keenly interested authors. Ruby heads Faux Fiction Audio, a podcast production company, and is my partner in podcasting my fiction. She’s also developing podcasts for other authors and publishers because podcasting, or audiobooks, is becoming a Pretty Big Deal in Media Land. Which is why I love finding podcasts for you to listen to each month. In my endless search for ever more interesting audio I came across “The Ferryman,” our offering this month. It’s one of the more bizarre listening experiences in the genre and I wish I could tell you more about it, but whoever  created it – and I suspect the name “Nic Antoine” is a nom de plume [a nom de mic??] – remains…

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