August 21, 2020

“The Encounter,” A Collegiate Audio Drama

“The Encounter,” A Collegiate Audio Drama

Produced by The School of Visual and Performing Arts at Liberty University, The Encounter is a serialized radio drama that introduces its audience to two seemingly utopian societies. However, for a few young people the search for perfection and a greater truth lies just beyond their borders. Written by Jordon Jarrett, Colton Grellier, Kim Camancho and Phillip Sitterding, the story follows Picasso (Neal Brasher), Violet (Hannah Glavin),  Stylus (Cody Carwile) and many more talented voice actors on a journey of introspective discovery. Episode 1: Learn about one of the mountaintop cities–the Peak of Defiance. Picasso (Neal Brasher) hears a lovely song that haunts him, allowing him to see a vision of a third city that no one else can see. In Defiance, learn how the city runs and meet Ultraviolet (Hannah Glavin) and Stylus (Cody Carwile). Ultraviolet…

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August 7, 2020

“The Loser,” An Audio Adventure by Strange/Love

“The Loser,” An Audio Adventure by Strange/Love

“The Loser” is a fantasy-sci-fi story from Strange/Love, an audio fiction anthology created, written and Produced by William J. Meyer. While most podcasters out there develop their episodes to follow either a certain theme or storyline over the course of their “season,” Strange/Love prefers to release audio short stories of various genres with different voice actors. For example: “The Loser.” Jordon has always been the girl on the outside, listening to the police cruiser radio with her Mom and dreaming of being a dinosaur. But one weekend she is invited to a sleepover with the richest girls in town. For just one weekend, Jordan hopes to be accepted into the cool girls’ circle. But unfortunately for Jordan, the girls have something else planned. Unfortunately for the girls, Jordan has a trick up her sleeve as…

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July 24, 2020

“Anansi Chronicles,” An Audio Drama by Chad Sterling

“Anansi Chronicles,” An Audio Drama by Chad Sterling

“Sacrifice, is what makes a God great.” This is the first sentence that starts off the in-depth podcast that is the Anansi Chronicles by Chad Sterling. Unlike most stories that are created from the somewhat-crazed minds of their writers, (and this barista includes herself in that category of crazy as well), Sterling instead has gone out to unearth and display stories that were told for centuries around campfires, but over time have been forgotten or hidden. The first episode starts as a god leaves his kingdom in search of stories. Some time later, after Asa the witch is taken, Kamau the Obayifo undertakes a perilous journey to the ‘new world’. In episode two, Kamau undertakes a blood search for Asa. In episode three, history reads directly from the rare document written by the witch Asa…

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July 10, 2020

“19 Nocturne Blvd” by Julie Hoverson

“19 Nocturne Blvd” by Julie Hoverson

Fictional Cafe is starting off this month with TWO award-winning stories written by the talented Julie Hoverson of 19 Nocturne Blvd! First up, The Outpost. What would you do if you woke up in a strange place that is nothing like your home planet, a million light years from home? Follow Vanessa 98949 as she navigates the bizarre world she wakes up in. This amazing audio drama won the 2008 Mark Time Award for Best Science Fiction. And of course this show would be nothing without the incredible cast bringing the story alive! Grant Hickey – Gene ThorkildsenVanessa 98949 – Julie HoversonLassiter – Russell GoldYasmin – Melissa D. JohnsonRecorder – Beverly Poole ** Next on the award-winning list, The Rookie, which won the Mark Time Award for Science Fiction in 2009. This one features a…

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June 26, 2020

“Neon Nights: The Arcane Files of Jack Tracer,” Audio Drama

“Neon Nights: The Arcane Files of Jack Tracer,” Audio Drama

From the writer’s desk of Rachel Craig and Will Snyder comes Neon Nights: The Arcane Files of Jack Tracer, a hard-boiled private eye with a taste for mystery and a thirst for justice. Alone he stands in the moras of life that is the city of Neon Nights, ready to fight those who live within the shadows. In this first episode, Jack Tracer is hired by a young woman who asks him to investigate the strange behavior of her younger brother. Jack meets a beautiful femme fatale named Red and togather they uncover a dark secret! In this second episode, Jack and Red have begun their investigation of Nicholas Rothschild, interviewing both his mother, Lydia Rothschild, and his professor, Thomas Cardella, who also happens to be an old beau of Red’s. Nick on the other…

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