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Are you a fan of science fiction and fantasy short stories? Do you love getting lost in a good book or audio drama? Tall Tale TV has you covered. With modern fiction from around the world, professionally narrated just for you, Tall Tale TV is your premier destination for bite-size audiobook adventure. My name is Chris Herron, a professional voice actor, and Every Monday and Friday I professionally narrate short stories from around the world. From epic fantasy to space opera, steampunk to urb ...
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Edited by bestselling anthologist John Joseph Adams, LIGHTSPEED is a Hugo Award-winning, critically-acclaimed digital magazine. In its pages, you'll find science fiction from near-future stories and sociological SF to far-future, star-spanning SF. Plus there's fantasy from epic sword-and-sorcery and contemporary urban tales to magical realism, science-fantasy, and folk tales. Each month, LIGHTSPEED brings you a mix of original short stories and flash fiction featuring a variety of authors, f ...
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Hostile Work Environment ep.665 Anyone who has been through a workplace harassment seminar may think of the experience as being like a living Hell. This story just takes that feeling to its inevitable extreme. John Willems is a practicing attorney in West Virginia with a wife, Rachel, and two sons, Francis and Tony. He has published short stories w…
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How did we end up here? The humans before me had the same physiological traits as I did, yet still we had no means of communicating with one another. I couldn’t understand what they were saying. Words and phrases spilled from their mouths, a torrent of sounds bleeding into one another, syllables pouring out in a drum roll, unending and uninterrupte…
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Barefoot Rank ep.664 Olki's shop was stocked with magic items of incredible power or of everyday usefulness. He was used to being visited by questers in need of help. But this customer had a problem Olki had never encountered before. Dan Crawford is older than he used to be. He thinks his three novels, published in the 1990s, are about due to be re…
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A True Knight ep.663 A knight in shining armor is a knight who has never had his armor tested. Cameron Craig is a writer based in the Boston area. He wrote screenplays for nearly a decade before deciding to make the switch over to novels. When he’s not writing fiction, he can be found likely watching movies, playing video games or cheering or on hi…
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I didn’t want to eat Joshua, but he turned into dust, and the way things go in Carrucchi village is that if someone turns into ashes you inhale them till there’s nothing but smoke in your lungs and redness in your eye. Sometimes we have to eat people to make us less lonely. I didn’t want to do it, but Joshua named me as his eater, so my entire vill…
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Writer's Block ep.662 Everything should be finished. Andrew Newall lives in Scotland and he hopes you enjoyed listening to Writer's Block. He wrote this as a short film script in the 1990’s, later adapting it into story format and it was published in 2016 by Open Pen, a magazine based in London in the UK. After some rewrites, the film script won th…
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If you’re reading this, in a self-destructing DM, on the reverse strand of a plasmid, in the recipe binder you found in a deported neighbor’s belongings dumped on the curb, you’re no longer angry. You’re hungry. Your last co-op got raided by the Department of Homeland Biosecurity, hunting for pharmaceuticals “dangerous” to those at risk of getting …
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Stone and Starlight ep.661 Tourism technology moves on, increasing the wedge between man and nature. Wendy Nikel is a speculative fiction author with a degree in elementary education, a fondness for road trips, and a terrible habit of forgetting where she's left her cup of tea. Her short fiction has been published by Analog, Beneath Ceaseless Skies…
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Of Risk and Relativity, Ch. 8 (book 5) ep.660 Inn-Appropriate Behavior Listen to the book five playlist here https://talltaletv.com/series-of-risk-and-relativity/ or listen to book one http://talltaletv.com/series-monsters-mushrooms/ listen to book two http://talltaletv.com/series-of-tyrants-and-teakettles/ Listen to book three http://talltaletv.co…
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The Infestation ep.659 The right tools make all the difference. Derek Hartmann is a Botanist of weird and smelly plants. He slept on a fridge once. And he is a longtime fantasy enthusiast that found the motivation to begin writing as a hobby in 2022! You can follow him on Twitter @SomeDerek! ---- Listen Elsewhere ---- YouTube: https://www.youtube.c…
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Playback ep.658 Even after death the music industry can be cut throat Paul Collins is an Australian writer and editor who specializes in science fiction and fantasy, best known now for his many books for younger readers. In addition to his novels, Paul has written over a hundred chapter books, around thirty non-fiction hardcovers for the education …
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All Roads ep.657 Roads should connect people, not divide them. Matthew Spence is a freelance writer whose work has most recently appeared in Short Beasts, Flora Fiction, and Suburban Witchcraft. His work also appears on Wattpad. ---- Listen Elsewhere ---- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TallTaleTV Website: http://www.TallTaleTV.com ---- Story Su…
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Every Teshiarr metropolis, town, and hamlet had featured an agora, the community centerpiece for shopping, conversing, and joining. It was where one received their daily meals, heard news from leaders, and reported to communal soul alcoves. © 2023 by A.L. Goldfuss | Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/a…
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Of Risk and Relativity, Ch. 7 (book 5) ep.656 In the Sick of it Listen to the book five playlist here https://talltaletv.com/series-of-risk-and-relativity/ or listen to book one http://talltaletv.com/series-monsters-mushrooms/ listen to book two http://talltaletv.com/series-of-tyrants-and-teakettles/ Listen to book three http://talltaletv.com/serie…
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Then and Now ep.655 Those who do not learn from history are doomed to try changing it John E. DeLaughter is a geophysicist, paranomasiac, and world-famous bad sailor. His work has taken him to all seven continents where he always meets the nicest people. Currently retired, he lives on a sailboat with Missy the cat. Among the stories he's had publis…
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The Gift from the Goddess ep.654 A deal with a genie is never as simple as it seems. Born in Cuba, Matias Travieso-Diaz migrated to the United States as a young man to escape political persecution. He became an engineer and lawyer and practiced for nearly fifty years. After retirement, he took up creative writing. About ninety of his short stories …
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Of Risk and Relativity, Ch. 6 (book 5) ep.653 Loco-Motive Listen to the book five playlist here https://talltaletv.com/series-of-risk-and-relativity/ or listen to book one http://talltaletv.com/series-monsters-mushrooms/ listen to book two http://talltaletv.com/series-of-tyrants-and-teakettles/ Listen to book three http://talltaletv.com/series-of-b…
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When the ship’s scanners first chirped in the dead of night, Sien figured it was another misfire: light reflecting off asteroid ice, solar radiation, space dust. But xe still slid from xir berth into the chilly, cramped cockpit, eyes bleary. © 2023 by A.L. Goldfuss | Narrated by Paul Boehmer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adc…
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Queen of the Desert ep.652 Nothing deserves captivity. Andrew Hughes has been writing and publishing short stories for the past decade. They have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Penumbric and on the No Sleep Podcast. His fantasy novella, Children of the Arc, was published in 2023 by TWB Press. He currently lives in Arizona…
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The house was on the same street as a bakery whose only offering was penis-shaped waffles. Rufaro didn’t like American houses very much. They looked paper thin like doll houses that would lift off into the clouds if a strong wind came by. | © 2023 by Yvette Lisa Ndlovu. | Narrated by Christina Ogunade. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaph…
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365 Short Stories ep.651 A story a day for all of 2023. Here are some of the author's favorites. Timothy Michael Cooper is an award-winning filmmaker, comedian, and script consultant. He wrote and directed the Writers Guild Award-nominated CONCIERGE: THE SERIES, starring SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE's Kate McKinnon. His short comedy LEMON premiered at Tribe…
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Of Risk and Relativity, Ch. 5 (book 5) ep.650 A Royal Pain Listen to the book five playlist here https://talltaletv.com/series-of-risk-and-relativity/ or listen to book one http://talltaletv.com/series-monsters-mushrooms/ listen to book two http://talltaletv.com/series-of-tyrants-and-teakettles/ Listen to book three http://talltaletv.com/series-of-…
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“I lined up a new gig for you,” said the Glovemaster. “All you have to do is protect one special guy.” I sat in my trailer with my Bluetooth headphones on and my laptop perched on an Amazon box. I wore a boonie hat with a militia logo. | © 2023 by John Kessel & Bruce Sterling. Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit meg…
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When the Sea Calls ep.649 Too many broken promised can lead to a broken spirit. N.V. Devlin writes dark and speculative fiction to better make sense of the world. N.V. was the 1st Runner-Up for Indecent Magazine's 2022 Queer Quivers Contest and has had or will have work appear in the Creepy Podcast, Tales from the Moonlit Path, and Rebellion LIT's …
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The Ammuntadore ep.648 Even Nightmares Have Their Demons. Luis Paredes is a horror, fantasy, and weird fiction writer living in New York. When not crafting strange tales, you can find Luis tinkering with old typewriters, drawing, or pursuing his other passion—running. His debut novella, Out On a Limb, is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and oth…
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Risen ep.647 War is the same everywhere, only the soldiers change. Andrew has been writing and publishing short stories for the past decade. They have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Penumbric and on the No Sleep Podcast. His fantasy novella, Children of the Arc, was published in 2023 by TWB Press. He currently lives in Ar…
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Dr. Nirwater Leera only agreed to study Mr. Girat because he is supposed to be dead. Tomorrow, they will meet in person for the first time. But today, Leera wastes time by staring at a cellophane bag full of Girat’s vomit. | © 2023 by Lowry Poletti. Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
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Of Risk and Relativity, Ch. 4 (book 5) ep.646 Trash Cow. Listen to the book five playlist here https://talltaletv.com/series-of-risk-and-relativity/ or listen to book one http://talltaletv.com/series-monsters-mushrooms/ listen to book two http://talltaletv.com/series-of-tyrants-and-teakettles/ Listen to book three http://talltaletv.com/series-of-ba…
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The Tachyon Solution ep.645 A Private eye, a dead billionaire, and one crazy day. Greg Tulonen writes novels and screenplays, short stories and comic books, web series and audio dramas, and an occasional play. His projects include the award-winning supernatural web series "Ragged Isle," the acclaimed vampire graphic novel "Night is Falling," and th…
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The Thirteenth Labour ep.644 5 billion years has led the space probe Heracles to this moment. Simon Kewin is a writer of fantasy and sci/fi, with over 400 publications to his name. He's the author of the Cloven Land fantasy trilogy, cyberpunk thriller The Genehunter, steampunk Gormenghast saga Engn, the Triple Stars sci/fi trilogy and the Office of…
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The Honey Cake ep.643 People living deeply have no fear of death. Matias Travieso-Diaz is a Cuban-born retired lawyer, engineer, and failed painter, and a collector of Maria Callas recordings. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his daughter, two dogs and a world class inventory of weeds, and describes himself as an "Animal Farm's goat, Packers …
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The soldiers slit the woman’s throat every evening before bedding down so they can sleep without worry. She mocks them but never fights the knife coming to her. Two of the men still take turns watching her in case she heals before the rest of the cadre wakes. | © 2023 by Sloane Leong. Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki. Learn more about your ad choices. V…
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Don't Forget Your Goat ep.642 No Inquisitor has ever killed a dragon. Rick Danforth is a BSFA award nominated author from Yorkshire, England, where he works as a Systems Architect to fund his writing habit. When not working valiantly in the plot mines, he can be found doing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a type of involuntary yoga with uncomfortable pyjamas.…
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Big, Bad Ships from Outer Space ep.641 A retired Grand Master of the space fleet thought his time in the captain's chair was over, that he could finally spend more time with his wife and cook fancy meals for her, but... he was wrong. Jason Lairamore is a writer of science fiction, fantasy, and horror who lives in Oklahoma with his beautiful wife an…
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Muna shuts the storeroom door as quietly as she can. Holding a just-waxed bundle of letters to her chest, she sticks out her head to check the bookshop floor. If she walks between the shelves on the far right, she can slip out unnoticed in ten heartbeats. The main door of the bookshop is propped open, the sun shining after what feels like a year of…
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Of Risk and Relativity, Ch. 3 (book 5) ep.640 An Ice Plan. Listen to the book five playlist here https://talltaletv.com/series-of-risk-and-relativity/ or listen to book one http://talltaletv.com/series-monsters-mushrooms/ listen to book two http://talltaletv.com/series-of-tyrants-and-teakettles/ Listen to book three http://talltaletv.com/series-of-…
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One Life in a Day ep.639 Identity was no longer a constant. The author's prose has been sold to the Sci Phi Journal, Twenty Two Twenty Eight, Creepy Podcast, The Fifth Di..., and City River Tree. He resides in Saratoga Springs, NY ---- Listen Elsewhere ---- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TallTaleTV Website: http://www.TallTaleTV.com ---- Story …
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Bogies in the Storm ep.638 A fighter pilot is sent into a storm, but finds more than he expected. Michael D. Burnside is a graduate of Ohio University. By day, he earns a living as a systems analyst, helping customers figure out what they need from their software. His interests include gaming, science, computer technology, history, politics, and, o…
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Quiet, She Has Legs! ep.637 Who still had legs? It wasn't possible. Emmie Christie’s work includes practical subjects, like feminism and mental health, and speculative subjects, like unicorns and affordable healthcare. She has been published in various short story markets including Daily Science Fiction, Infinite Worlds Magazine, and Flash Fiction …
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Sunday Servings ep.636 This was not the life he wanted but was forced to take, and the man beside him would take anything that he damn well wanted. But he would bite off more than he could chew. Melissa R. Mendelson is a Poet and Horror, Science-Fiction and Dystopian Author. Her short stories have been published by Sirens Call Publications, Dark He…
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I need a binge-worthy banger about the incident on Titan. Let’s start with that one picture from Titan that leaked, the one of the weird fishes in those underwater ruins dying. Let’s get going with a second-person narration of You looking at it, thinking about how extinction just happened, and your hands are trembling, and history---your memories o…
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Of Risk and Relativity, Ch. 2 (book 5) ep.635 You Better Not Be Dandelion. Listen to the book five playlist here https://talltaletv.com/series-of-risk-and-relativity/ or listen to book one http://talltaletv.com/series-monsters-mushrooms/ listen to book two http://talltaletv.com/series-of-tyrants-and-teakettles/ Listen to book three http://talltalet…
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Stray Fire and Toppled Heads ep.634 After messing up a spell, a wizard loses his head and must escape a family of angry trolls. John Oakes is an emerging writer who is currently studying creative writing at Western Washington University. In his free time, he writes, reads, and writes some more. His work can be found in Lovecraftiana: The Magazine o…
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Call me Philoctetes. My real name doesn’t matter, and I wouldn’t be allowed to tell you what it is, anyway. Security concerns, you understand. What you need to know about me is that I was a US Army Green Beret---one of the Quiet Professionals. Usually tasked with working with the locals in counterinsurgency efforts and the like. The stuff that does…
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Exotic Fish Subscription Service ep.633 David Mortimer was born in East London and is still there. He enjoys crosswords, crisps, and writing stories about knights and postal workers. ---- Listen Elsewhere ---- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TallTaleTV Website: http://www.TallTaleTV.com ---- Story Submission ---- Got a short story you'd like to …
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Of Risk and Relativity, Ch. 1 (book 5) ep.632 A Nude Begining. Listen to the book five playlist here https://talltaletv.com/series-of-risk-and-relativity/ or listen to book one http://talltaletv.com/series-monsters-mushrooms/ listen to book two http://talltaletv.com/series-of-tyrants-and-teakettles/ Listen to book three http://talltaletv.com/series…
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Haggis, Rhino and Other Unexpected Wildlife ep.631 Gareth D Jones is unofficially the second most widely translated science fiction short story author in the world, having been published in 31 languages. He is a father of five, two of whom are also published authors. He lives in the UK where he writes stories and reviews, fuelled by copious amounts…
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Test Amongst the Shadows ep.630 Todd Sullivan currently lives in Seoul, South Korea, where he teaches English as a Second Language. He has had more than two dozen short stories, poems, essays, and novelettes published across five countries. He currently has two book series through indie publishers in America. He writes for a Taipei web and play ser…
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The most beautiful boy you have ever seen in your life is hot-wiring a spaceship. It’s an objectively unsexy spaceship, insofar as a spaceship can be unsexy---a six-seater built like a 2008 Honda Odyssey, a car model you’re only aware of because it continues to appear in memes. The boy is decidedly not unsexy, though. His name is Eddie, he’s your x…
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