February 23, 2024

Dungeons and Damsels by Unchained Productions

Dungeons and Damsels by Unchained Productions

Dungeons & Damsels is a medieval fantasy sword and sorcery audio drama series by Unchained Productions. Episodes are stand-alone short stories of different characters throughout the same fantasy world. (Since each episode is very short, I’m posting several of them) In the Nurmi region, tavern entertainer Tarin uses magic to create illusions to tell his stories for coin, and finds he unwittingly auditioned for a different kind of gig.   Tavern server from Sylvanwood, Skeyo tells her companions at campfire how she discovered her innate talent reveals to her unexpected things, and brings unexpected danger. Running errands for a peculiar lord in Gardur, Tuntemus takes an unexpected journey into a strange realm. In a mountain monastery in remote Luostari, an acolyte of The Discipline is presented with a seemingly impossible challenge. And its solution, the…

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February 9, 2024

Steve Schleicher: A Remembrance

Steve Schleicher: A Remembrance

One of the saddest things about someone you know dying is thinking about all the “coulda shoulda” things you wish you had said and which now must remain unspoken, unshared. This is sad when you’ve only spoken with this person on the phone, yet always really liked him. This is especially sad when the person dies unexpectedly, as did FC’s Audio Arts actor Steve Schleicher.  All we’re left with is the memories of the relationship we had with the person who has passed. In the case of those creative people —artists, short story and novel writers, poets who have graced our pages at The Fictional Café—we come to realize we only get to know certain aspects of them. Indeed, often it is a rich aspect, but that loss only means we carry a heavier one….

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October 13, 2023

“The Secret Society” by Rachel Gonzalez

“The Secret Society” by Rachel Gonzalez

“The Secret Society of the Women’s Bathroom” ~ An Audio Arts Short Story One of the most innovative and interesting positions we’ve developed here at The Fictional Café is the Writer in Residence. We choose a poet and a fiction-writer every two years from among our contributors, creative people in whom we see great merit and potential. We hope our two Writers in Residence, who are chosen in alternating years, will help FC grow in new creative directions, and we’ve not been disappointed. Be sure to click over to the Residency link to learn more about our Residency Program, past and present.Since assuming her new position in January, Rachel Gonzalez most assuredly has met and exceeded our criteria. One of the most innovative and distinctive ideas she came up with was to chronicle her hike up and down…

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July 21, 2023

“Gafgarn the Eternally Unfurnished” by Jeremiah French

“Gafgarn the Eternally Unfurnished” by Jeremiah French

Chronosphere Fiction is a story telling anthology podcast where writers’ creations come to life with sound effects and music. Story #1 begins. Welcome to the world of Gafgarn the Eternally Unfurnished. A swords and sorcery type adventure written by Jeremiah French. Narrated with voices by Mike Bethel. Music and sound design by Daniel French at Fishbonius Sound Design. Gafgarn meets Smidgen, King of Bandits, written by Jeremiah French. Illaeda the Bounty Hunter is on a mission that brings her into the path of Gafgarn and Wither. We hope you enoyed listening to Gafgarn the Eternally Unfurnished written by Jeremiah French. If you wish to listen to more episodes, you can find them on Spotify or their website. And if it’s not to your taste, check out the Fictional Cafe’s Audio Arts Page. We have a…

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March 10, 2023

“From Now” by Rhys Wakefield and William Day Frank

“From Now” by Rhys Wakefield and William Day Frank

This week we will be covering “From Now” by Rhys Wakefield and William Day Frank. A famed lost spaceship, the USS HOPE, returns to Earth after vanishing thirty-five years prior. The lone survivor (Richard Madden) disembarks mysteriously​ looking the exact same age as when he left​. Following the ensuing media chaos, he finally reunites with his formerly identical twin brother (now an old man) for a one-on-one meeting. But what starts as a joyful reconciliation soon leads to dark revelations that threaten their relationship — and the future of humanity.  The USS Hope sparks an international frenzy when it mysteriously reappears after a thirty-five year absence. The lone surviving astronaut, Edward (RICHARD MADDEN), looks the exact same age as when he left. Secrets are revealed as Edward (RICHARD MADDEN) is reunited with his (no longer)…

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February 10, 2023

“The Man Who Was Thursday” by G.K. Chesterton

“The Man Who Was Thursday” by G.K. Chesterton

“The Man Who Was Thursday” is a 1906 detective thriller masterpiece by G.K. Chesterton is brought to life in this fully dramatized radio play adaptation. Poet Gabriel Syme goes undercover in the nightmare world of terrorist anarchists set to destroy humanity. He must infiltrate and dismantle the dreadful Council of Days led by the all-powerful President Sunday. Gabriel Syme confronts anarchist Lucien Gregory giving a speech. After an argument, Gregory tempts Gabriel to join him in an underground meeting of anarchists and the election to select a new Thursday on the council of Days. Our detective goes undercover as Thursday in the anarchist Council of Days. He is introduced to their leader, the powerful and frightening President Sunday. Barely escaping the council meeting unscathed, Gabriel is followed through the streets of London by a decrepit…

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September 16, 2022

Harry Strange Radio Drama

Harry Strange Radio Drama

Harry Strange is an award-winning radio drama that tells the tale of a private investigator whose beat takes him into the supernatural. Harry’s adventures bring him face-to-face with demons, succubi, vampires and all manner of ‘unnatural’ and the occasional ‘natural’ evil. Harry is asked to recover some stones by a new client. —————————————————————– Tonight’s episode, Harry Strange 101, Comes a hero, is the first episode of Harry Strange. We are introduced to Lilith and Finny and get a brief glimpse into Harry’s past. Special announcement: Own a piece of Harry Strange history and help out the show by picking up a copy of the season one script book “Harry Strange in The Stones of Solomon” Tonights episode, Harry Strange 102, Teenaged Girls Do the Darnedest Things, was written and directed by Tony Sarrecchia and produced by Breanne…

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September 2, 2022

“Dirt” by Kristopher Kaylala

“Dirt” by Kristopher Kaylala

Welcome back Fiction Cafe Listeners! This week we’re covering “Dirt” by Kristopher Kaylala. A strange letter. An impossible sender. Secrets hidden in the ground. From STUDIO5705, a scripted fiction podcast set in present-day Washington State about a man’s journey to unlock a family mystery—and find things long ago buried. This lunch has taken a weird turn. Dirt – An Audio Drama is a production of STUDIO5705 and is written, directed, and produced by Kristopher Kaiyala. Ch. 1 features Genie Leslie as Kim, Sho Ito as Kenji, Price and Parker Brooking as Kim and Kenji’s kids, and Kristopher Kaiyala as Joseph. An early Halloween gift…you must be joking. Dirt – An Audio Drama is a production of STUDIO5705 and is written, directed, and produced by Kristopher Kaiyala. Ch. 2 features Ila Das as Ila, Cindy Siler…

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July 22, 2022

“Poirot Investigates”by Sleep Cove

“Poirot Investigates”by Sleep Cove

Good Evening, Fictional Cafe Listeners, In an effort to find stories to help me fall asleep, I ran into “Poirot Investigates” by Sleep Cove. I have always been a huge fan of Agatha Christie, while the soothing music and voice of the narrator, Christopher Fitton, is very helpful for slipping into the arms of Morpheus. (Not the guy from The Matrix, the god of Sleep.) Warning: Please make sure you are comfortably seated or lying down before you listen! First Up, is Poirot and the Adventure of the Flat. Hastings is at a friend’s house with several other people when the talk turns to flats and houses. Mrs Robinson tells the party how she and her husband have managed to obtain a flat in Knightsbridge for a very attractive price. Poirot is interested and decides to investigate. …

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January 8, 2021

“The Green Horizon” by Paul Walsh

“The Green Horizon” by Paul Walsh

Hello Fictional Café listeners and welcome to 2021! Our first podcast for the new year will be “The Green Horizon” by Paul Walsh. The Green Horizon is a Lovie Awards shortlisted sci-fi audio comedy that focuses on a ne’er-do-well Irish space captain and his rag-tag crew as they traverse a war-torn galaxy in search of fame and fortune. Sonya has always dreamed of exploring the universe and flying among the stars, but when an unfortunate fight with her supervisor causes her to be unemployed, Sonya has to find new ways to make her dream come true. A chance meeting at the local employment center could be the answer to all of Sonya Halley’s problems, does she have what it takes to join the crew of the Green Horizon? But with no other jobs available, what…

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