March 18, 2022

“Midnight Burger” and “A Haunting Beyond the Lake”

“Midnight Burger” and “A Haunting Beyond the Lake”

Hello Fictional Cafe listeners! Rather than just giving you one Award-Winning podcast to end the month of March, I’m giving you two! First up, 2021 Audio Verse Awards Finalist “Midnight Burger” by Joe Fisher. Listen to episode one here, then listen to the rest over at the MB site! In episode one Gloria, now jobless in the pandemic era, takes a job interview at a lonely diner outside of Phoenix. What could possibly go wrong? https://podcasts.apple.com/ee/podcast/midnight-burger-ep1-by-joe-fisher/id894353107?i=1000524981187 Cast:Gloria – Siouxsie SuarezCaspar – Joe FisherAva – Finlay StevensonZebulon Mucklewain – Neal StarbirdEffie Mucklewain – Julie Cowden-StarbirdLeif – Tom Moorman Second, 2021 Winner of the UK International Radio Drama Award written by Richard H. Brooks. England, late 1990s. He has been in love with Lucy for as long as he can remember, and now might be the last time…

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March 4, 2022

“The Adventures of Ruby the Galactic Gumshoe”

“The Adventures of Ruby the Galactic Gumshoe”

Happy March, Fictional Cafe Listeners! The month of March is known for quite a few things: March Madness, St. Patrick’s Day, Mardi Gras, Pi Day, Daylight Savings, but one of my favorites is International Women’s Day. And who better to represent women but a tough-as-nails, galactic gumshoe who who doesn’t take sass from anyone? Written by Thomas Lopez and produced by ZBS Foundation in 1982, “The Adventures of Ruby the Galactic Gumshoe” is a podcast of a tough, intergalactic detective at the heart of this expansive storyworld, where sci-fi meets film noir in the style of Blade Runner, but with a unique blend of slapstick comedy, cosmic consciousness, and stunning sound design. In this third season – a fan-favorite and great introduction to the series – Ruby traverses space and time as she investigates a…

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February 18, 2022

“Carl” by Liz Bartucci

“Carl” by Liz Bartucci

Happy Friday Fictional Cafe Listeners, it’s the week of Valentine’s Day, and if you are already sick of the candy and hearts, here is the perfect episode for you. Presenting 2013 Award-winning episode “Carl” by Liz Bartucci. It’s night, it’s Valentine’s day and we are on a dark highway in the middle of nowhere (or is it everywhere?). Join Jeff Cannata as Aaron and Conrad Allan as our title character CARL as they hit the road on a journey that is, shall we say, “Golden.” Carl is spending the first Valentine’s Day alone after his divorce and wondering who would want to spend any time with a miserable person like himself. And then he finds someone who does want to spend time with him. We hope you enjoyed this episode of “Carl” by Liz Bartucci. If you…

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February 13, 2022

Valentine’s Day 2022 at the Café

Valentine’s Day 2022 at the Café

Three of our Coffee Club Members Share Their Valentine Stories Thank you, thank you everyone, for sending us your Valentine stories! We baristas have read your work and have tried to select works which portray different human perspectives – this in these days of a seemingly endless pandemic which has darkly colored the Be My Valentine emotions for a lot of folks. Our first Valentine’s Day winner is Wiam Najjar’s short story,”Valentine.” Wiam Najjar is a writer at heart and a school principal in mission. She leads teachers and students then goes home to her sacred haven; writing. She’s been published in online magazines and writing blogs and was shortlisted in the 2018 Memoir Magazine #MeToo Essay Contest. You can check out her articles on MyDramaList and her blog WiamNajjar’s Haven. Valentine “Valentine, you forgot your coffee!” She turned…

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February 4, 2022

“My Amazing Woman” by James C. Taylor

“My Amazing Woman” by James C. Taylor

Happy February, Fictional Cafe Listeners! In honor of the holiday of love just around the corner, we thought you would enjoy a romantic comedy. Which is why we, your humble baristas present you with “My Amazing Woman,” by James C. Taylor. A newly-married Trevor Waring is ready to enjoy his honeymoon with his new wife, Anna Kat Waring, but she has another objective to accomplish. She needs to tell her new husband that she is the the famous super heroine, Amazing Woman. On top of that, the island they’re vacationing on is in imminent peril and Anna’s super team needs her help. Our favorite power couple has a crimefighting houseguest, as Penny (the Coin Wonder) separates from Millionaire Man! And lurking in the background is the notorious former criminal, the Queen of Clubs! Trevor Waring…

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January 28, 2022

“Armageddon: Black Dawn” by Terry Tibke

“Armageddon: Black Dawn” by Terry Tibke

Hey Fictional Cafe Listeners, it’s time for another fun adventure! This week we’re going to try something a little different: A novel that has been made into an audiobook that has been made into a multi-media story! Armageddon: Black Dawn is a novel published by Writer/Illustrator/Game Designer Terry Tibke, first released in 2009. This post is a revised version of the original book and a multi-media project with Illustrations, Music; and Voice Acting for each Character- With more art, animation, and music, this remastered version of Chapter 1 is a great starting point. As our story opens, Turim’s dragonrider Wing pursues the Dragon Army’s scouts into the Modukaz forest. Created and Written by: Terry Tibke Armageddon TM and its characters and story are copyright Terry Tibke. All rights reserved. Art by Terry Tibke All music…

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January 14, 2022

“The Hidden People” by The Dayton Writers Movement

“The Hidden People” by The Dayton Writers Movement

Welcome back Fictional Cafe listeners and Happy New Year! In honor of a new year of fun audio adventures, we’d like to present for your listening pleasure the award-winning podcast, “The Hidden People,” written by Dayton Writers Movement. The Hidden People is an urban fantasy that crosses all genres, building a dramatic and emotional story with comedy, action, and horror. Join us in a strange world filled with shocking twists and surprises. A world where nothing’s as it seems. Following the continued success of Unwritten, Dayton Writers Movement began work on The Hidden People in late 2017. The cast, featuring both Unwritten alum and new voices, joined the writers and producers in 2018 to rehearse and record season one, twenty-two episodes packed with game-changing twists that kept even the cast and crew on their toes….

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December 24, 2021

“Tales of Christmas” by KSL Podcasts

“Tales of Christmas” by KSL Podcasts

Merry Christmas Eve Fictional Cafe Listeners! In honor of the season, we’d like to present “Good-bye Christmas” by KSL Podcasts and “A Green and White Christmas” by Kiro Radio. This Christmas, Seattle Radio Theatre and KIRO Radio return with the magic of a LIVE old-timey radio drama. This holiday radio play written and directed by Seattle Radio Theatre founder Feliks Banel, finds a 1950s Seattle family trying to celebrate their Christmas Eve tradition of visiting the old Frederick & Nelson department store downtown, when an ill-timed snowstorm threatens to upend everything. But a Frederick’s doorman and department store Santa goes above and beyond to try and make it a meaningful Christmas for everyone. Starring many favorite voices from KIRO Radio, and featuring live sound effects! KIRO is a sister station to KSL NewsRadio. In this original radio play, two men who used…

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December 10, 2021

“This Monstrous Life” by Casey Wolfe

“This Monstrous Life” by Casey Wolfe

Salutations Fictional Cafe Listeners and Happy Holidays! In honor of the season of Love and Giving just around the corner, Fictional Cafe would like to present “This Monstrous Life” by Casey Wolfe. Yes, we realize that the title and… images included in this podcast might seem a little contrary for this holiday, but we can assure you, that while this is an unorthodox way to start off our Christmas season, we can also promise an entertaining evening of audio fun and enjoyment. We’re in the midst of the holiday season, right? We hear a lot of people complain about how stressful the holiday season is, but if you think you have it bad – try being a monster. Take a listen to this one, it’ll really give you a new perspective on things. Oh and…

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November 26, 2021

“The Incredible Adventures of Jack Flanders by ZBS Productions

“The Incredible Adventures of Jack Flanders by ZBS Productions

Happy November Fictional Cafe Listeners, I know there are quite a few of you who have been looking forward to The Incredible Adventures of Jack Flanders by ZBS Productions. Therefore Fictional Cafe presents for your entertainment, Dreams of the Amazon, Pt. 1 and 2. Jack Flanders is an adventurer. He not only travels to different countries in search of knowledge, he also steps into other dimensions to solve strange metaphysical puzzles. All of Jack’s stories have a lightness and humor, as well as some wonderful little wisdoms scattered throughout. Jack Flanders’ adventures are often set in locations where we traveled to record the sounds; Brazil, the Amazon, India, Bali, Java, Sumatra, Belize, Costa Rica, Morocco, Montreal and New Orleans. Jack’s interest is piqued when a mysterious woman joins him at his New York restaurant table,…

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