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PodCastle 499: Flash Fiction Extravaganza — Flash Fiction Contest IV

A Good Egg
by: Shawn Proctor
read by: Alasdair Stuart

Have This Wish I Wish Tonight
by: Shawn Proctor
read by:Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali

Three Cats at the End of the World
by: Aimee Ogden
read by:Tatiana Grey

hosted by: Craig Jackson (aka Ocicat)

Rated PG-13.

On the heath at the beginning and the end of the world, a witch once built a cottage where she could live with the past, the present, and the future. They are hers, and she is theirs, for as long as life and as deep as death.

The past is a ragged old tom who never strays far from home, forever wanting to lie on the witch’s lap or drape her shoulders. Too easy to forget his nearness until he twists about her ankles and trips her up. The past is warm and comforting, and forever in the way.

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Katherine Kendig lives in Champaign, IL, where she completed an MFA in Fiction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign earlier this year. She’s written plays, screenplays, poems, short stories, and most of a YA fantasy novel. Her story “The History of Women’s Suffrage” was recently published in The Cincinnati Review.

Aimee Ogden is a former science teacher and software tester; now she writes stories about sad astronauts and angry princesses. Her work has also appeared in Escape Pod, Shimmer, and Apex.

Shawn Proctor is a speculative fiction writer who earned his bachelors from Kutztown University and MFA from Rosemont College. He works and lives near Philadelphia with his wife, Hope, a dynamic duo of kids, and a clowder of cats. He is a member of Codex writers group and Critters, and adores weird pajamas.

His fiction has been published or is forthcoming in Galaxy’s Edge, Flash Fiction Online, Daily Science Fiction, and Crab Orchard Review. Read more of his work at and follow him on Twitter @shawnproctor.

Tatiana Grey is a critically acclaimed actress of stage, screen, and the audio booth. She has been nominated for dozens of fancy awards but hasn’t won a single damned thing. She does, however have a feature film hitting the festival circuit called Serious Laundry. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. See more about Tatiana at

Alasdair Stuart is the owner of Escape Artists, Inc., as well as host of PseudoPod and co-host of Escape Pod.

His work has appeared in the Guardian, How It Works, the Fortean Times, Sci Fi Now and Neo. He also blogs for SFX and Bleeding Cool, not to mention his personal blog, The Man of Words. In 2012 he published “The Pseudopod Tapes Vol 1: Not the end of the world, just the end of the year” – a collection of his outros from a year of Pseudopod episodes.

Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and three children. By day she works as a breast oncology nurse. At all other times she juggles, none too successfully, writing, reading, gaming, and gardening. She has written one novel entitled An Unproductive Woman available on Amazon. She has also been published in or has stories upcoming in Escape Pod, Diabolical Plots, and FIYAH. Khaalidah also co-edits where she is on a mission to encourage more women to submit fantasy stories. Of her alter ego, K from the planet Vega, it is rumored that she owns a time machine and knows the secret to long youth. She can be found online at and on Twitter at @khaalidah.

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Reply #1 on: December 09, 2017, 02:27:34 PM
These are wonderful in production! Great job writers and narrators. I voted for all of these at least once during the contest.


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Reply #2 on: December 12, 2017, 11:21:44 PM
I love cats, so the last one was my favorite. Three very troubling cats.

"To understand a cat you must realize that he has his own gifts, his own viewpoint, even his own morality."