The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine
The Best Stories in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Other Genres
The Dunesteef save Christmas.  Something has happened to the little town of Hawk Creek.  Overnight, literally from one minute to the next, their Christmas spirit fled.  What can Dale Cooper do to bring it back?

Afterwards, Rish and Big do a self-indulgently extended author's note.   It's really pretty sad how much these guys are in love with themselves.

The lads are excited to present the first novelette on the Dunesteef. In the Old West town of Ogre Ridge, heavy-drinking, broken-hearted Cassie Grant finds herself in the middle of two powerful feuding families. Magical, necromancer families. Cassie won’t last for very long, unless she has help. Supernatural help.

Afterward, Big and Rish talk a little bit about story length and Westerns, and a lot about, well, an array of rambling topics. An embarrassing array.

Special thanks to Julie Hoverson for lending her voice to the story.

Direct download: Dunesteef_56_Casts_A_Demon_Shadow_by_Derek_J_Goodman.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:41am EDT

First contact between humans and a being from another planet happens in the New Mexico desert, near a nuclear testing range.  The humans are a group of wide-eyed teenagers, and the otherworldly being calls itself Hotkas.  Hotkas does not come in peace.
 
Also, Ank-Oatfield talk about aliens, the era of optimistic Science Fiction, and Disney's upcoming THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG.  

Today's story is produced by Liz Mierzejewski.  Also special thanks to Wes Desantis, Garry Gulledge, Sharon Mierzejewski, Mark Mierzejewski, and Liz Mierzejewski for lending their voices to the story.
Direct download: Dunesteef_55_Final_Exam_by_Edward_McKeown.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:04pm EDT

Jake is sick, wretchedly sick.  He is overcome with vomiting spells, his joints feel like they're filled with gravel, and he can't even summon the strength to drive home from work.  He certainly must have been poisoned.  But who would do such a thing?  Does he have an enemy?

Don't answer the question, dude, it's just a teaser to get you interested in listening to the story.

Also, Big and Rish talk about...well, they talk about something.  What could it be?  The only surefire way to find out is to listen.  Have fun.

Today's story is produced by Bryan Lincoln, who narrated and edited the tale.  Also special thanks to Liz Lincoln, Sarah Slater, John Riendeau, and Abigail Hilton for lending their voices to the story.
Direct download: Dunesteef_54_His_Poisoner_by_Sean_Eads.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:31am EDT

Popoca is an Ameriquetzlan diplomat abroad in the world's capitol, London.  He is summoned to the scene of a crime, where he meets an old friend and finds a murdered man.

Afterward, Big talks about the complexities of this particular tale, while Rish mainly tries to insult everyone.  Also, an important announcement is made, and Rish introduces the stupidest game of all time.

Special thanks to Josh Roseman for the editing on this story.

Commander Jack Taylor helped overthrow the evil rulers of the planet Tharronia in the name of Earth.  But when word reaches him of the new government's misdeeds and corruption, he returns there on his own to see if he can't make things right.  Despite the previous two sentences, wacky fun ensues.
 
Also, Big talks about politics and Rish talks about aliens, and both talk a bit about collaboration in writing.

Special thanks to Josh Roseman, Nicole Suddeth, and Bennett Jackson for lending their voices to this episode.
Direct download: Dunesteef_52_Working_Holiday_by_Aidan_Doyle_and_Colin_Jacobs.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:20pm EDT

It's a special Halloween treat...or is it a trick?  W.W. Jacobs' "Monkey's Paw" was just an ordinary little paw, dried to a mummy.  But if used correctly (or incorrectly), it was much more than that.
 
Also, Rish and Big share a few words about this story, its ending, and a bit more about Halloween.
Direct download: Dunesteef_51_The_Monkeys_Paw_by_WW_Jacobs.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:58pm EDT

Mrs. Rose loves the October visits with her two grandchildren,  but this year the boys seem less interested in the truly important things in life.  Is it that they've become teenagers now . . . or has evil finally entered their hearts?

Also, Rish and Big talk about Halloween traditions, their fondness for the holiday, and killing Mister Harris with flour.

Thanks to Julie Hoverson for lending her voice to this episode.
Direct download: Dunesteef_50_Mothers_Harvest_by_Alex_Moisi.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:24pm EDT

After the death of their child, John and Claire go on a much-needed vacation.  They don't heed the warnings of the old man who tells them to keep away from Mermaid Beach.  Bad idea.
 
Also, Big and Rish talk a little bit about unhappy endings, and it turns out that Big has at least one irrational fear after all.

Direct download: Dunesteef_49_Mermaid_Beach_by_Douglas_T_Araujo.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:01am EDT

William Serrill has gone back to his childhood home for a vacation, the house he and his overactive, terrified imagination so feared decades ago.  But was it really just his imagination?  If so, what is that sound coming from upstairs?
 
Also, Rish and Big talk about irrational fears (mostly Rish's, the big baby).
Direct download: Dunesteef_48_On_The_Origin_Of_Sounds_by_Christopher_Fisher.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:21pm EDT