September 7, 2018

Friday Night is Gumshoe Night Again: “Saratoga Noir”

Friday Night is Gumshoe Night Again: “Saratoga Noir”

Ruby Fink, our Audio Arts Barista, and I were talking recently about great detective podcasts and we both agreed that “Saratoga Noir” was one of the best ever. And since it’s Friday night, our traditional audio arts/podcast evening, we’re rolling that tape again. Here’s the first episode of ZBS’s “Saratoga Noir,” featuring one of the world’s greatest, most humorously cynical and yet endearing gumshoes, Danny Boyee. Please click on the arrow below to listen to Episode 1 of “Saratoga Noir.” If you want to listen to the entire story, they’re all here at the Café: https://www.fictionalcafe.com/saratoga-noir-2018s-first-audiobook/ https://www.fictionalcafe.com/saratoga-noir-podcast-episode-2/ https://www.fictionalcafe.com/saratoga-noir-five-new-episodes-tonight/ https://www.fictionalcafe.com/5-audiobook-episodes-saratoga-noir/ https://www.fictionalcafe.com/saratoga-noir-episodes-8-14/ https://www.fictionalcafe.com/saratoga-noir-thrilling-conclusion/ Enjoy, with another big thank-you to our friends at the ZBS Foundation! Please visit their site. It’s a treasure trove of audio delights.

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July 9, 2018

The “Magus Elgar” Contest!!

The “Magus Elgar” Contest!!

As promised, here is the “Magus Elgar” contest with real prizes you can win! It’s a simple contest which only requires your having listened – or listening once again – to identify a character’s name. And that character is . . . [drum roll] . . . THE DRAGON! The first Coffee Club member to correctly identify the dragon’s name will win an advance copy of the “Magus Elgar” soundtrack CD  <<< and a Fictional Café baseball hat >>> plus some other swag we haven’t quite worked out yet. But it’ll be good stuff, and you’ll want it! This contest is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. If you loved the first three episodes of “Magus Elgar,” and you love Fictional Café, you definitely want to get into this contest!    …

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July 6, 2018

Friday Night Audio Adventure: “Magus Elgar, ” Episode 3 and . . . The Contest!

Friday Night Audio Adventure: “Magus Elgar, ” Episode 3 and . . . The Contest!

Welcome back to “Magus Elgar,” Episode 3! Last week, you had the opportunity to hear an interview with Kennedy Phillips, the show’s creative visionary and producer, and Christopher Moore, the sound design editor. Putting a podcast of this quality and magnitude together is no mean feat. It takes many talented people, and here they all are. Please click on the arrow below to begin listening to “Magus Elgar,” Episode 3. And Now, The Contest! We promised you a contest last week, and here it is. On Monday, July 10, we’ll make a special announcement via email to all 550 of you Fictional Cafe Coffee Club Members, asking a question concerning one of the characters in “Magus Elgar.” You know, like, “How many times was Deadpool killed and came back to life again?” The winner will…

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June 29, 2018

Friday Night Audio Adventure: “Magus Elgar, ” Episode 2

Friday Night Audio Adventure: “Magus Elgar, ” Episode 2

We hope you enjoyed Episode 1 of this brand-new exciting, audio adventure! Now comes Episode 2, with a bonus: an interview with the creator, Kennedy Phillips, and Christopher Moore, assistant sound designer. The interview, jam-packed with insider stories and podcasting tips, was conducted by our very own Audio Arts Barista, Ruby Fink, and edited by Chris Moore. Please click on the arrow below to listen to the interview.   Please click on the arrow below to listen to Episode 2 of “Magus Elgar.” Next week: Episode 3 of “Magus Elgar” and a Contest!

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June 22, 2018

Friday Night Audio Adventure: “Magus Elgar”

Friday Night Audio Adventure: “Magus Elgar”

For the next three weeks, Fictional Cafe is proud to entertain you with an audio adventure starring Magus Elgar. It’s a comedic fantasy that will entertain your socks off, inspired by the works of Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Simon R. Green, J.K. Rowling, and other great authors. After a magical spell throws an eccentric magi named Magus Elgar and his student into a world of science, they must apply all of their skills to find the scientific tools that have appeared in their world – before they end up in the wrong hands. Please click on the arrow below to listen to the first episode of “Magus Elgar.” If you’re dying to know more, please visit the website by clicking here. We’ll play episodes 2 and 3 consecutively on the next two Friday nights.

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May 2, 2018

Barista Ruby Fink’s Podcasting AMA

Barista Ruby Fink’s Podcasting AMA

A letter from our Audio Arts barista. It’s Ruby Fink’s Podcasting AMA (ask me anything)!   Greetings, beloved readers, writers, artists and friends, If you don’t know, the Fictional Café is going to be turning five years old on May 22nd… live on Facebook. This is a very special occasion, and will be celebrated with the pomp and jubilation that only a five year old website dedicated to the arts deserves. However, this day would not be possible without all of you. Without the 500+ subscribers, artists, writers, readers, visionaries and dreamers from 6 continents and over 40 countries sending in their masterpieces, Jack and the rest of us baristas would have folded our tents, separated and gone back to our random doodles, poems, sappy love stories and hermit-like, minimally social lifestyle. (Or maybe that’s…

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April 13, 2018

“The Diarist” – Your Friday Night Podcast

“The Diarist” – Your Friday Night Podcast

We welcome a new auteur and audio arts experience tonight with “The Diarist,” created by Rose Gluck, as she prefers to be known. Here’s her description of “The Diarist,” an audio story replete with a cast of characters. music and sound effects. We present the first episode here, tonight, for you Coffee Clubbers one and all. After completing Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School, Andrea Davies takes a position at a large New York Advertising firm, admittedly to find a husband and secure a life as a well-to-do country-club socialite. Andrea becomes increasingly drawn into her boss Richard Hayes’ bizarre personal life. She begins to assume the role of his wife and mother to his young daughter. However, a parallel reality continues in his apartment, where his psychotic wife moves in and out of insanity. Things are…

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March 30, 2018

“The Red Panda” Audio Comes Alive — in Video!

“The Red Panda” Audio Comes Alive — in Video!

That’s right, Coffee Club devotees, this week you can not only listen to The Red Panda – you can watch him and his gorgeous kickass partner The Flying Squirrel in action! Here are two special episodes, selected by our Audio Arts barista Ruby Fink, which have been graphically depicted a la cartoon strip style. They’re just wonderful to watch as you listen, so have at it. We thank Decoder Ring Theatre for a whole month of their wonderful “audio adventures,” as Decoder Ring’s head honcho, Gregg Taylor, likes to call them. And if you’ve enjoyed these Decoder Ring Theatre presentations, please give them a click and check out how much more is available – all totally free. Gregg has been writing and producing his audio adventures since 1999 – almost twenty years. You can learn…

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March 24, 2018

New Audio Adventures From Decoder Ring Theatre!

New Audio Adventures From Decoder Ring Theatre!

Today we offer for your listening pleasure two episodes, personally selected by our Audio Arts Barista Ruby Fink, of Decoder Ring Theatre’s “Black Jack Justice” series. Yes, Jack is a bit darker character than the Red Panda. Each of these is a self-contained episode, so enjoy. Please click the arrow below to begin listening to “Justice Delayed,” Episode 4 from “Black Jack Justice,” Season One, Feb. 18, 2006. Please click the arrow below to begin listening to “Justice is Blind,” Episode 3 from “Black Jack Justice,” Season One, Feb. 4, 2006. Be sure to “tune in” next week for something extra special from the Decoder Ring Theatre!    

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