Audio Books and Short Stories

A curated podcast list by eladams
Creation Date March 16th, 2019
Updated Date Updated September 26th, 2019
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A collection of audio books, podcasts which release short fiction stories, and some single-narrator audio dramas that resemble traditional audio books.

Audio Books

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A hotel on the outskirts of London in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. A brutal couple, Lee and Mandy, arrive in a van with two captive women held as sex slaves. Lee and Mandy think the hotel is abandoned, a place to find food and shelter. However, Terry, a former employee who has made the hotel his own, has other ideas. After the Plague is a novella by four-time Parsec Award winning author, Mike Bennett. It contains scenes of explicit violence and very strong language.
The world was changed forever when scientists developed a pill that extended the human life span indefinitely. It was distributed free of charge, to the furthest corners of the globe. Everyone was about to live forever. Well, almost everyone. When 18-year-old Kizzy Cartwright learns that she's immune to the immortality-giving pill, it makes her a social outcast. Her only hope is to find the missing scientist who invented the compound, otherwise she'll be the last person to grow old and die.
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FETIDUS is a Parsec award-winning "future-noir" urban fantasy audiobook by James Durham featuring a talented cast and original music score. This freely-downloadable sci-fi/horror/mystery podcast novel is set in the grim and fetid alleys of post-apocalyptic Washington, DC, circa 2034. Art Blanchard, a jaded Washington lobbyist who works for The Foundation for the Ethical Treatment of the Innocently Damned, Undead and Supernatural (FETIDUS), takes up the twisted case of a mysterious woman, which leads him on a thrilling adventure filled with noir-humor, suspense and horror, deep into the world of the shadowy undead. For more information, please visit the author's website: www.jamesdurham.com
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On August 23, 2017, the Apocalypse officially began. The remarkable thing is that only four people could fully witness the mass earthquakes, the widespread pestilence, the world war, and the universal famine that the literature suggests, because they were, in a sense, the reason why it all began. Jonah MacInnes, Mindy Lamb, Noland Black-Horse and Edna Madsen—the notorious four Horsemen of the Apocalypse—met each other for the first time on that date. And the reason they found each other was the hard work and ambition of Dr. Raymond Anadar, the person that generations would later call the Great Deceiver, the False Prophet and - yes … the Beast of the Earth. The Horsemen Podcast is a collaborative project. Written by an anonymous source, it has been recorded by a team of actors and story enthusiasts. This series will trace the lives of six people who are witness to a great “unveiling”. They support each other in unusual ways and if they are to succeed - they cannot lose that bond.
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A science fiction audio drama that spans 3 countries and 35 episodes. The story opens with the mysterious disappearance of Sydney and follows through a journey that crosses the pacific, through the USA and into Canada. Every episode is a mix of Aliens, Drama, Mysteries and the wonders of the Human Spirit. Created By Stefan Sawynok, Written By Stefan Sawynok and Simon Meddings, Music, Narration and Character Voices by Rick Moyer.
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"SEX, DEATH, AND NOISY NEIGHBOURS" A killer has come to town. The victims are connected; each pointing to the next, as if in answer to the question: Who is The One? Is it Peter Reynolds: mild-mannered office clerk pouring petrol through his neighbour’s letterbox in the middle of the night? Is it Wayne Dolan: a man whose sexual fantasies about his neighbour spiral into dangerous obsession when he learns of her secret life as a dominatrix? Or is it Gaz: leader of three friends who love nothing more than sex, weed and partying? All women are easy prey for his charms. All except Sally. And the one who doesn’t want him, is the one he has to have – whether she likes it or not. Mick Nixon has to find the connection, because people are disappearing - and if he and Sally are ever going to share more than just lunch, he’d better hurry up, or they could be next. A dark, funny, and at times horrific ride, One Among the Sleepless is a thriller set just below the surface of suburban existence. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll throw it through your neighbour’s window tied to a house brick! “A tale that’s harder to put down than a delicious bad habit.” Walt Kolenda. Examiner.com
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Playing for Keeps tells the story of Keepsie Branson, a bar owner in the shining metropolis of Seventh City: birthplace of super powers. Keepsie and her friends live among egotistical heroes and manipulative villains, and manage to fall directly in the middle as people with powers, but who just aren't strong enough to make a difference. Or that's what they've been told. As the city begins to melt down, it's hard to tell who are the good guys and who are the bad.
New York Times best-selling novelist Scott Sigler gives away all of his stories as free, serialized audiobooks. Described as "Stephen King meets Michael Crichton meets Chuck Palahniuk," Scott's stories of hard-science horror will have you tapping a vein as you Jones for next week's fix. Subscribe to hear major-release hardcover novels read by the author, as well as short fiction and the "FridayFix," a random piece of weekly nonsense. For more info on the author, visit http://www.scottsigler.com
All David Flinch ever wanted was a normal life. But when you're a member of the Flinch family, normal has never been easy. For hundreds of years, the eldest male Flinch has been servant and guardian to the Lord Underwood. While the Flinches have changed through the generations, Underwood, a vampire, has been eternal. David had hoped to be spared the horror of serving his family's lord and master, but when he is summoned to the Flinch home in Spain by his dying older brother, he knows his luck has run out. Underwood must be resurrected from the grave in a ritual of human sacrifice, and David must be the man to do it. Because if he doesn't, an even greater evil than Underwood will rise: the evil that is David's sister. Underwood and Flinch is an epic horror-thriller that spans the centuries. From the teeming slums of 17th Century London to an ex-pat community in modern-day Spain, this is the new novel from Mike Bennett, author of 'One Among the Sleepless' and 'Hall of Mirrors'. - One of the best podcasts ever - Walt Kolenda, Examiner.com
The adventure of Underwood and Flinch continues in this first audiobook sequel to the original story. Having returned to the house in Spain, David Flinch uncovers old audio interviews between his father, Arthur Flinch, and the vampire, Lord Underwood. Through these recordings, David learns what happened to Underwood when he and Matthias Flinch sailed on from where we left them in 1719. A voyage that sees Underwood face new dangers, make new allies, and discover more about the creature of darkness he has become. Blood and Smoke won the Parsec Award in 2014 for Best Novella.

Short Fiction

2012 Parsec Award finalist for best SF/Fantasy Magazine Podcast. New and Audio Vault fiction short stories from Beneath Ceaseless Skies, a Hugo Award and World Fantasy Award finalist online magazine of literary adventure fantasy. Our authors include Aliette de Bodard, Yoon Ha Lee, Marie Brennan, Seth Dickinson, Richard Parks, and more. To read our magazine for free online or as e-book files, visit beneath-ceaseless-skies.com .
Brick Moon Fiction brings you the best new voices in science fiction.
Science fiction and fantasy stories from Clarkesworld, a Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning digital magazine. Stories from Clarkesworld have been nominated for or won the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Sturgeon, Locus, BSFA, Ditmar, Aurora, Shirley Jackson, WSFA Small Press and Stoker Awards.
Monthly readings and dramatizations by the world’s leading writers of suspense, chosen from the magazine’s short story archives. The full range of the genre is represented, from whodunits to urban noir.
Each week, Escape Pod delivers science fiction short stories from today's best authors. Listen today, and hear the new sound of science fiction!
Classic lit with a modern tone, every other week. From the creators of Myths and Legends, comes an altogether same-but-different podcast set in the world of classic lit. These are the stories of Dracula, The Time Machine, The Three Musketeers. They're stories written by Jane Austen, Shakespeare, and H.P. Lovecraft, but with a casual, modern tone. Listen as Jason and Carissa Weiser breathe new life into the classics and tell the stories of some of the greatest books ever written.
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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 originals and reprints featuring a variety of authors, from the bestsellers and award-winners you already know to the best now voices you haven't heard yet. When you read LIGHTSPEED, you'll see where science fiction and fantasy have come from, where they are now, and where they're going. The LIGHTSPEED podcast, produced by Grammy Award-winning narrator and producer Stefan Rudnicki of Skyboat Media, is presented four times a month, featuring original audio fiction and classic reprints.
METAPHOROSIS publishes intelligent, original science fiction and fantasy stories online every Friday. Our focus is on beautiful prose - writing that goes beyond the bare mechanics and aims for language that transports you and takes your mind and your heart somewhere new. Our stories are hosted by Podcast Editor Michael Ward. Find the original text versions at magazine.metaphorosis.com
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Southern ghost stories, folktales, myths, legends and other strange tales from the dark backroads of the American South, told by the region's best storytellers. Original short stories and classic campfire tales.
Edited by bestselling, award-winning anthologist John Joseph Adams, NIGHTMARE is a digital magazine of horror and dark fantasy. In its pages, you will find all kinds of horror and dark fantasy, from zombie stories and haunted house tales, to visceral psychological horror. Every month NIGHTMARE will bring you a mix of original fiction and reprints, and featuring a variety of authors: from the bestsellers and award-winners you already know to the best new voices you haven't heard of yet. When you read NIGHTMARE, it is our hope that you'll see where horror comes from, where it is now, and where it's going. The NIGHTMARE podcast, produced by Grammy Award-winning narrator and producer Stefan Rudnicki of Skyboat Media, is presented twice a month, featuring original audio fiction and classic reprints.
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PodCastle is the world’s first audio fantasy magazine. Weekly, we broadcast the best in fantasy short stories, running the gammut from heart-pounding sword and sorcery, to strange surrealist tales, to gritty urban fantasy, to the psychological depth of magical realism. Our podcast features authors including N.K. Jemisin, Peter S. Beagle, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Jim C. Hines, and Cat Rambo, among others. Terry Pratchett once wrote, “Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can.” Tune in to PodCastle each Tuesday for our weekly tale, and spend the length of a morning commute giving your imagination a work out.
The Sound of Horror

Single Narrator Series

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In the uncanny world of Elizabeth Crowne, anything can happen: Murderers levitate through trees. Werewolves stalk unsuspecting bootleggers. The undead run their own zeppelin service. In this serialized podcast, listeners learn Elizabeth's origins – and how this fearless paranormal investigator earned her stripes.
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Ghosts In The Burbs is a podcast about the ghosties living in Wellesley, Massachusetts and the suburbanites who encounter them. Read more at GhostsInTheBurbs.wordpress.com
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Hosts of Eden is a modern radio drama, written and performed by Jay Mcfarland. Season 1's 11-part fictional podcast serial was just the beginning of the cliff-hanger science fiction fun. Season 2 drops March 5. While Marian and Mason are trying to adjust to their new role as guardians of the Genesis device, the nation is faced with a new threat. Someone or something is able to jump from one body to the next, allowing them to infiltrate high-security military installations and leaving a trail of bodies behind. No one knows what they are looking for or how to stop them. Having no other options, the President of the United States seeks Marian’s help with the hope that she can use her newfound abilities to track down this elusive enemy. Marian reluctantly agrees and is then on a path that eventually causes her to question whether or not the Hosts of Eden are the only ones who want the bodies of mankind. 
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McGillicuddy and Murder’s Pawn Shop is set in 1921. Maude, the main character and narrator, gets a diary and begins to write in it. The only problem is, her life is boring. She types all day until her fingers are sore, and then comes home, sleeps, and does it all over again. She wishes her life was an adventure. And it isn’t. That is, until one day, when she discovers an unusual pawn shop. She finds a tiny fragment of china—with nothing on it but a bright blue eye. Maude takes the china eye home with her, little realizing that she’s cursed herself straight into a brand new life. https://www.minervasweeneywren.com/ Be part of the adventure: Patreon.com/sweeneywren Thank Darren Curtis for his intro music: https://www.darrencurtismusic.com/
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An emergency broadcast is sent out to New York City that a nuclear disaster is imminent. Time to find shelter? Twenty minutes.
A Space Horror series in the vein of Dead Space and Event Horizon, The Vessel features a large cast of characters aboard a massive spacecraft. The ship begins to experience strange attacks shortly after one inhabitant is woken from cryosleep. Written by Brian Martinez and performed by Jason Hill. http://thevesselishere.com