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Cast of Wonders 336: Little Wonders 19 – Bittersweet Christmas

• Authors : Gerri Leen and Kat Day
• Narrators : Alasdair Stuart, Chloë Yates  and Nick Owers
• Host : Alexis Goble
• Audio Producer : Jeremy Carter
"The Night Before Never" was first published in 10Flash Quarterly, January 2011 and "A Little Something for Christmas" was first published on
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Content Warning: Grief

"The Night Before Never"

Gerri Leen lives in Northern Virginia and originally hails from Seattle. In addition to being an avid reader and an at-times sporadic writer, she’s passionate about horse racing, tea, whisky, and art. She has work appearing in: Nature, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction, Grievous Angel, Grimdark, and others. She’s edited several anthologies for independent presses, is finishing an urban fantasy novel, and is a member of SFWA and HWA.

Nick Owers lives in London. He likes to tell stories.

Kris Kringle moved silently through the workshop, making sure nothing had been forgotten by the elves. Normally, they’d be starting their post-toy-making-frenzy party, but this year the group was more subdued, the carols on low, with no one making merry or wearing lampshades.

"A Little Something For Christmas"

Kat Day is a writer and teacher currently living in Oxfordshire, in the U.K., with her husband and their two rambunctious daughters. Their house is full of dragons, although sadly not real ones – they’re tough on the furniture. She has been published in Daily Science Fiction and in 24 Stories, an anthology to raise money for the PTSD-related needs of the Grenfell fire survivors. You can read more of her work at

When Alasdair Stuart is not hosting PseudoPod and Escape Pod, or running Escape Artists Inc., he’s professionally enthusiastic about genre fiction on the Internet at places like, Barnes & Noble, The Guardian, Uncanny Magazine, SciFi Now and MyMBuzz.

He’s an ENie-nominated tabletop RPG writer for his work on Doctor Who: Adventures In Time And Space. His other RPG writing includes Star Trek, The Laundry Files, Primeval, Victoriana, All Flesh Must Be Eaten, N.E.W. and Chill, meaning he’s got a playbook for any variety of invasion you can name.

Alasdair’s first collection of expanded podcast essays, PseudoPod Tapes, is available from Fox Spirit Books with volume 2, Approach With Caution, out in early 2018. His short stories can be found in the Fox Pockets anthology series from Fox Spirit, among other places. He lives in the UK with the love of his life and their ever expanding herd of microphones. Follow him on Twitter as @AlasdairStuart, or at his blog, The Man of Words.

Chloë Yates also writes as C.A. Yates but her website can be found at Her newest story, “A Treacherous Thing” about super furry spy Lynx Ruffieux, will be in the forthcoming anthology The Jackal Who Came in from the Cold by Fox Spirits Books, due out by the end of this year.

The tinkle of distant bells, a thump, and someone swearing. Loudly but… oddly squeakily. James started in his chair. He’d been wrapping Christmas presents and, possibly, there had been one too many mugs of mulled wine. He was sure he’d only sat down for a moment.

“Bugger,” said a voice from the direction of the fireplace.

James blinked. Hang on, he thought, we haven’t got a fireplace.

Tags: Alasdair Stuart, Alexis Goble, bittersweet, brownie, Cast of Wonders, Chloe Yates, Christmas, coping, elves, Gerri Leen, grief, Jeremy Carter, Kat Day, Little Wonders, magic, Marguerite Kenner, Nick Owers, single parent, stepping in, support, terminal illness, Winter Holidays, Young Adult fiction


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Reply #1 on: July 26, 2019, 01:50:14 AM
Both of these stories were really heartfelt, and the narrations were perfect! Nicely done!

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