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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August 19, 2022

“Perfect Retreat” By Fiona Thraille

“Perfect Retreat” By Fiona Thraille

Happy August, presenting “Perfect Retreat” by Fiona Thraille! Dashing Onions Audio creates original audio drama miniseries and one-off plays, focusing on stories with elements of oddness, mythology and the supernatural. PERFECT RETREAT, Episode 1 – Not Here” is written and produced by Fiona ThraillePleas click here for the transcript and further credits.TRIGGER WARNING: Brief mentions of death/grief, depictions of social anxiety and a panic attackCAST In order of appearance Voiceover – Angela Ness The Operator – David AultSam – Erika SandersonSally, the journalist – Wendy LapLavender Bee – Fiona ThrailleCraig – RJ BayleyMaja – Karin HeimdahlJohn – Matthew MacLeanAndy – Robert CudmoreClaire – Wendy Lap. “PERFECT RETREAT, Episode 2 – Not There” is written and produced by Fiona ThraillePlease click here for the transcript and further credits.TRIGGER WARNING: A panic attackCAST In order of appearanceShel – Nathan BladesSam…

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August 5, 2022

“Abigail Branagan Takes the Case”

Happy August Fictional Cafe! In light of school starting soon for some listeners, I thought you’d enjoy a story from someone else in school. Presenting Abigail Branagan Takes the Case, read by Clarissa Dernederlanden. Your favorite middle-school private detective returns with an all-new adventure. A Private Eye has to take the cases she can get, and sometimes that means your clients are just the worst. Or even worse than that, your older brother. Chapter 1, in which old friends come calling and noses are lightly rearranged Chapter 2, in which awkward introductions are made awkwardly. Chapter 3, in which our hero restores her lair to its former grandeur. We hope you enjoyed Abigail Branagan. If you wish to listen to the rest of the story, you can find it on Audible, or Amazon. And of…

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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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July 8, 2022

Chilling Tales for Dark Nights Audio Tales

Chilling Tales for Dark Nights Audio Tales

Good Afternoon Fictional Cafe Listeners! While looking for new audio content, I came across these little gems hiding with the rest of its creepy campfire stories. Little Danny Watkin’s curiosity is not satisfied about a strange forest adjacent to his house. On Christmas day, he ventures in at his own doing to see what is lurking in it. He is in for two surprises. He stumbles in. Will he return? Chilling Tales for Dark Nights produces all-original horror audio content. Everything we produce features custom professional voice acting, music and/or sound effects. All stories featured are either written by our staff writing team or performed and adapted with the kind permission of their respective authors. This video features disturbing true scary stories to tell in the dark, or creepy fictional horror stories. People listen for…

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June 24, 2022

“The Petrol Station” by Annis McGee

“The Petrol Station” by Annis McGee

Welcome back Fictional Cafe listeners! “The Petrol Station” by Annis McGee is a semi horror podcast about the lonely world of working the graveyard shift in the middle of nowhere. Though I considered hanging onto this until we hit Halloween, the glowing reviews that followed this show convinced me to post it a little early, for your listening pleasure. Nina Sudbrooke is a young girl who works the nights at her local remote petrol station. One evening she encounters something…stranger and now is desperate to tell somebody, anybody.  The first episode in the audio supernatural horror series was written by Annis McGee and produced by Far Island.  After thinking her troubles were over, Nina finds herself noticing things get stranger and stranger.  This episode was written by Annis McGee. Performed by Nick Odams and Annis…

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June 10, 2022

Mickie McKinney: Boy Detective, Reincarnation

Mickie McKinney: Boy Detective, Reincarnation

Hello Fictional Cafe readers. You all know me as your friendly Audio Arts barista. But today I’m going to talk about me: The author of Mickie McKinney: Boy Detective. You also know that I am one of many that searches the vast internet for those hidden gems, those artists who have just as much – if not more – talent as the rest, but don’t get quite as much recognition as they deserve. It can be a thankless volunteer job, but it can also be an inspirational one. Because we aren’t getting paid to put up these posts, nor do we need to be. We are a community of people who believe that everyone deserves their moment in the spotlight, and we try our best to find those who need that light the most. It’s…

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May 20, 2022

“Sound Escape Theater” Created by Jill Korn

“Sound Escape Theater” Created by Jill Korn

Welcome back, for the last week of May, I’d like to introduce you to “Sound Escape Theater,” created by Jill Korn. To listen to a radio play is to become a character in someone else’s story. Bring your own imagination to our plays and let yourself be transported to other places, other times, other lives … How many years does it take to feel you really belong? For Francine, living on the Isle of Donan, nothing will ever be the same now that her reason for being here is gone. But Francine is a survivor. Outwardly conventional she may be, but like a true Frenchwoman, she’s up for a little rebellion when the opportunity arises. Galore! was conceived and produced during lockdown, and inspired by the beautiful Isle of Arran which lies off the west…

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May 6, 2022

“The Night’s End” Created by Jimmy Horrors

“The Night’s End” Created by Jimmy Horrors

Happy May, Fictional Cafe Listeners! We’re going to start the month with “The Night’s End” podcast created by Jimmy Horrors. (With a name like that, you gotta wonder if he was born to be a horror writer or he chose to be). This is a short story podcast. With a focus on dark speculative fiction, it hopes to leave you wishing for the night’s end before each story is through. Back into the world of spine-tingling terror, Jimmy Horrors takes us into the mind of a man who is a guest of honor at a ball. Slowly, he realises that something is not quite right. Story was written by James Barnett Jimmy Horrors takes us on the journey of a woman who is a passenger on a bus. Not at all the type of bus…

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April 22, 2022

“Caalo Xan” by Jude and Keith

“Caalo Xan” by Jude and Keith

Welcome Fictional Cafe Listeners, this week we will be covering Caalo Xan, by Jude and Keith! Caalo Xan provides the listener with a fun-filled Audio Adventure, complete with Original Music, one of the largest diverse cast in Audio Drama, and cinematic style SFX. Twice a month for the last five years we have tried to provide that warm towel of Sci-Fi that comforts and arouses the creative mind. (And like Douglas Adams would always say – “A towel, [The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy] says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have…” After Caalo and Chuck’s mission in Drusk City goes awry, they are pursued by a pack of Norhounds. Caalo and Chuck are surrounded by a pack of Norhounds and must find a way to gain the upper hand. We hope you’ve…

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