The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine
The Best Stories in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Other Genres

To tread water while Big edits the next Broken Mirror episode, we've decided to drop another non-story show here, to have something in time for Christmas.  In this show, Rish and Big present their long-overdue thoughts about "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One."
 
Warning: If you're not a fan of Big and Rish's banter and post-story conversations, run screaming from this episode.  Also, profanity, poor jokes, and talk of splinching abound in this one.

Direct download: Dunesteef_Special__Harry_Potter.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:20pm EST

A demon hunter is missing.  Now Dax is assigned to find her, and destroy the shape shifter she was after.  This time, he might be in for more than he can handle.

Also, Big and Rish talk about the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie reboot, and some advice that Tobias Buckell passed on to beginning writers.

Special thanks to Juliet Bowler, Rich Girardi, and Lizanne Herd for lending their voices to today's episode.

Direct download: Dunesteef_89_Dax_Plays_Faire_by_Void_Munashii.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:48pm EST

The Dunesteef is proud to bring you the first of the Broken Mirror Story Event finalists, "Cinezas and the Ash King."  The time to choose a new king and queen has come.  One will be made ruler of the land...and the other will die.
 
Also, Big talks about difficulty pronouncing names in Fantasy, and Rish talks about sacrificing children in the name of religion.  Rish wonders if Big would kill his own child if he had to.  Would you?
 
WARNING: this episode touches on religious and political themes in a way that may offend listeners sensitive to such subjects.  Listen to the post-story commentary at your own risk.

Special thanks to R.E. Chambliss for producing today's story and to Rhonda Carpenter, Emerian Rich, and Kenn Crawford for lending their voices to today's episode.

Direct download: Dunesteef_88_BMSE-Cenizas_And_The_Ash_King_by_Lizanne_Herd.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:27am EST

Instead of your normal Dunesteef this week, we bring you a special episode of "That Gets My Goat," Big and Rish's secondary podcast.  After an explanation and a question for the audience, Rish complains about the trailer for an upcoming Liam Neeson movie, then complains about movies in general.

Direct download: Dunesteef_88_Special_That_Gets_My_Goat_12.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:21am EST

Happy Halloween, boys and ghouls.  It's a bonus episode for the holiday season!

A father is awakened by the frightened cries of his child. Will he allay the boy's fears and get a little sleep?

Afterward, Big and Rish talk about the failed initial intention of this story, and give a sort of state of the podcast address. If you're good, there will be no singing.

Oh, and by the way, it's coming down to the wire.  Finish up those OSSE Stories.  We can't wait to see them.

Special thanks to Jason Kivela for today's episode art.

Direct download: Dunesteef_87_Sleepless_Afternoon_by_Rish_Outfield.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:44pm EST

Mike Stone (who hates 3-D even more than we do) brings us “The Devil’s Fauna.” When Edward Dempster-Smythe goes out hunting, he discovers that on this particular day, he is not quite as high up on the food chain as he imagined.

Big and Rish talk a bit about the fear of losing control of one’s free will and/or body. They’re pretty silly this episode, so be warned.

And don’t forget, where stalks the Reaper, there follows the corby.

Also, the October Scary Story Event is going on now. There’s still time to at least write a flash story.

Special thanks to Barry Northern and R.E. Chambliss for lending their voices to today’s story.

Direct download: Dunesteef_86_The_Devils_Fauna_by_Michael_Stone.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:00am EST

In a prequel to CHEMO: The Town Of Golden Woods, there's been a riot at the prison, but it's not like any riot you've ever seen before.  It's Agent Joseph's first mission with CHEMO and his team of rookies will be tested to its limits.

Also Big and Rish talk about different kinds of zombies, experiences with the military, and we get the return of one of your favorite features of yesteryear.  Don't miss it!

Don't forget that the October Scary Story Event is going on now.  You really ought to get started.

Special thanks to Bryan Lincoln for producing this week's episode, and to Lizanne Herd, Nicole Suddeth, Ray Saltrelli, Bryan Lincoln and Buchis and Ghomis of the A.I.E. Raid Wrapup podcast for lending their voices to today's story.

Direct download: Dunesteef_85_CHEMO_The_Condemned_by_JM_Perkins.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:26am EST

When a father makes up a ghost story to scare his child out of the bad habit of tattling, something strange happens.  How much can belief alter reality?

Afterward, Big and Rish talk about the power of belief, both positive and negative.  But mostly negative.  Also, Rish tells the story of his uncle's new house . . . a house with a history.
 
Please keep in mind that the October Scary Story Event is in full swing your partner.  It's not too late to think about someday starting!

Special thanks to Juliet Bowler and Rich Girardi for lending their voices to today's story.

Direct download: Dunesteef_84_Tattletale_by_Christopher_Fisher.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:20pm EST

The Hard Years are over.  When the army comes to town and reestablishes civilization, Corey is left wondering where he fits in the new world, and what his town's survival might cost.
 
Afterward, Big and Rish talk a bit about the end of the world, and the kinds of stories that can be told about it.  Plus, Big Anklevich compares dieting to a nuclear holocaust.

Special thanks to Josh Roseman, Juliet Bowler, and Rich Girardi for lending their voices to today's story.

Direct download: Dunesteef_83_After_We_Got_Back_The_Lights_by_Eric_Del_Carlo.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:00pm EST

When a little boy goes missing in rural Missouri, a low-level newspaper reporter heads to the woods to cover the story.  But there's more going on than he bargained for, and this isn't the first child to disappear in that area.
 
Also, Rish and Big talk about fear of the unknown, sound effects, and leaving things to the imagination.

Special thanks to Josh Roseman, Julie Hoverson, Lizanne Herd, Juliet Bowler, and Rich Girardi for lending their voices to today's story.

Direct download: Dunesteef_82_Lost_Boy_Of_The_Ozarks_by_Steve_Friedman.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:24pm EST

Adel arrived at a hospice, and seemed to be like any ordinary patient, but she endlessly tried to flee, and constantly muttered in German about needing to verwandeln.  What could she mean?

Also, Big talks a bit about Dean Wesley Smith's "Killing The Sacred Cows Of Publishing," and Rish argues with him about them.  Then, they play a round of "Two Truths & A Lie," with a book by Kevin David Anderson hanging in the balance.

Warning: Some of Rish Outfield's statements in this episode are even more (deliberately?) incendiary than usual.  Listen with a grain of salt handy.

Special thanks to Lizanne Herd for producing and narrating today's story, and to Julie Hoverson for lending her voice.

Direct download: Dunesteef_81_Forests_Of_The_Night_by_Abigail_Hilton.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:08am EST

Tars Bokara has the unenviable task of seeking out the unlikely location of the long-lost planet Earth.  When he finds it, he discovers a thriving business covering the entire world, with employees eager to please.  Want to take a guess what their hours are?

Also, Rish talks (and talks and talks) about his recent trip to Comic-Con.  Romance, frustration, and murder attempts abounded, apparently.  Somewhere in all this, Big tells him why the show's never had a Parsec nomination.

Special thanks to Julie Hoverson and Christy Maia for lending their voices to today's episode.

Direct download: Dunesteef_80_Open_Twenty-Four_Hours_by_Edward_McKeown.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:49am EST

Andrea was lonely and vulnerable when she met Loren Wells in San Francisco.  He came up to her and introduced himself, telling her favorite joke.  He seemed like a great guy.  But when she started to respond to his attentions, Loren fled, leaving her only a cryptic note on a napkin...

Also, Rish and Big are joined by several guest stars in the studio today including Wolfman Jack, Casey Kasem, and Casey Kasem?  They throw out the question, if you had a time machine, where would you go?

Special thanks to Bryan Lincoln for producing today's story, and to R.E. Chambliss and Abigail Hilton for lending their voices to today's episode.

Direct download: Dunesteef_79_This_Must_Be_The_Place_by_Elliot_Bangs.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:02pm EST

Teenager, Afton McCarthy, encounters a rather unusual video game in the local mall's arcade, the Magic Phone Booth.  She and her friend Brenda discover that it's not quite a game, but is exactly what it advertises itself to be.
 
Afterward, Big and Rish ask themselves, "Who you gonna call?"  They also welcome a celebrity guest, of sorts.  Many offensive comments abound, but what else is new?

Special thanks to Michael Eliyahou, Lizanne Herd, Julie Hoverson, and Abigail Hilton for lending their voices to today's episode.

Direct download: Dunesteef_78_Hang_Up_And_Try_Again_by_Derek_L._Palmer.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:50am EST

The Dunesteef has been around for two years now, making this the longest relationship Rish has ever maintained.  He and Big say a few words about the podcast, present absolutely no stories, and finally get to the questions listeners sent in back when the world was new.

Thanks to everyone who has helped us out over this first two years.

Direct download: Anniversary_Episode.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:13am EST

Kevin Santani died in the hospital today.  Or did he?  If he died today, then why did he wake up in the hospital in a body other than his own?

Also, Big and Rish talk Nora Ephron, brain transplants, and welcome a new member of the team to the show...well, a temporary member anyway...

Special thanks to Julie Hoverson, Christine Maia-Fleres, and Nicole Suddeth for lending their voices to today's story.

Direct download: Dunesteef_76_I_Gotta_Be_You_by_Peter_E._Abresch.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:11am EST

Two stories for you this time.  First the champion of last year's October Scary Story Event, "All on St. Mark's Eve," tells of a town's legend of finding out who will die in the upcoming year, and a couple all too eager to find out if someone in particular is on the list.  Then, a bonus additional story.  "The Day Hypnotism Died," recounts one particular night in the lives of four teenage boys, and the performance that would change each of them forever.
 
Also, Big and Rish talk about their own experiences with--and thoughts on--hypnotism.

Special thanks to Julie Hoverson, John Riendeau, and Bryan Lincoln for lending their voices to today's episode.


Sophie is a bartender...and a were-leopard.  All she wants to do is be left alone, but an annoying patron has run afoul of the local pack leader.  Now it's up to Sophie to do something about it.
 
Afterward, Big and Rish ask if this can be considered a werewolf story, Rish says many offensive things and tries to burn bridges with the author, and Big brings you Round 3 of the Anti-Cat Association Round Table discussion.

Special thanks to Bryan Lincoln for producing this week's story.  Also, special thanks to L. "Scribe" Harris of the Pendragon Variety Podcast, Liz Lincoln, Bryan Lincoln, Rebecca Lincoln, and John Lincoln for lending their voices to today's episode.

Direct download: Dunesteef_74_Like_Cat_And_Dog_by_Michael_Stone.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:46pm EST

Symantha didn’t come down for breakfast today. Someone else came in her place. Someone in Symantha’s clothes, acting like she does, even talking like she would. Although she claims she’s Symantha, it’s obviously just a prank. Isn’t it?

Also, Rysh and Byg talk about “The Twylyght Zone” and Iryn Myn 2.


Special thanks to Lizanne Herd and Christine Maia-Fleres for lending their voices to today’s episode.

Direct download: Dunesteef_73_My_Symantha_by_Doug_McIntire.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:46am EST

Continuing where we left off last week, James has traveled forward to 1975 and has no way of getting back on his own.  His only hope is to leave the apartment and explore this futuristic place, finding someone who will help him get back to the world he knew.

Also, Rish and Big talk a bit about time travel, and Big pretends the production of this double-episode was no big deal.

Special thanks to Julie Hoverson, Lizanne Herd and Christine Maia-Fleres for lending their voices to today's episode.

Direct download: Dunesteef_72_A_Place_So_Foreign_by_Cory_Doctorow_Part_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:07am EST

James Nicholson is a young boy living rural Utah in 1898.  His father got a new job as an ambassador.  Not an ambassador to France, but to the year 1975.  His family moves out of town and into the future.  But when his father has an unfortunate accident, his life is thrown into turmoil.  Now he's back in 1898, and he's never seen a place so foreign...

Also, Rish and Big announce the beginning of the Broken Mirror Story Event for 2010.  Listen in and find out what this year's premise is.

Special thanks to Julie Hoverson and Josh Roseman for lending their voices to today's episode.

Direct download: Dunesteef_71_A_Place_So_Foreign_by_Cory_Doctorow_Part_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:49am EST

Nobody enjoys flies buzzing around their house, but Craig Payne really despises them.  He rather enjoys ridding himself of the insect pests, and makes it his mission, his obsession, to keep his home from becoming the kingdom of flies.
 
Also, Rish and Big talk about catching bugs, shooting at rabbits and squirrels, bashing fish on the head, basic cruelty to animals.  And Rish inadvertently ends up displaying several signs of being a incipient serial killer.  Big surprise there, huh?

Special thanks to Bryan Lincoln for producing today's story.  Also, thanks to John Riendeau and Liz Lincoln for lending their voices to today's episode.

Direct download: Dunesteef_70_Kingdom_Of_Flies_by_Merrill_Page.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:26am EST

There's a witch on St. Andrews street. Fortunately for Feeling, his mother has provided him with a pouch that dispels her magic. The pouch, however, doesn't work to deflect the punches of the schoolyard bully, Slug... Also, Big talks about his recent computer troubles, Rish fondly remembers taking candy from strangers, and a couple of things are announced, one of them big, one of them not so big. And hey, no singing! pecial thanks to Liz Mierzejewski and Julie Hoverson for lending their voices to today's episode.

Direct download: Dunesteef_69_Verses_On_St_Andrews_by_Berrian_C_Henderson.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:38am EST

Please excuse the tardiness of this week's show. Big's hard drive crashed and burned, so desperate measures had to be taken. But now, we proudly present, Maps Of The Bible by Jason Sanford. Jedediah Stanton's father died in the Korean Conflict, but he's watching over him still. For Jed's father has a secret, and he wants it to remain hidden... Also, Big and Rish talk about the great computer crash, improving as writers and Spiderman...again. Special thanks to Josh Roseman and Julia Hoverson for lending their voices to today's episode. Extra special thanks to Bryan Lincoln for stepping in during the crisis and putting the episode together. We couldn't have done it without you.

Direct download: Dunesteef_68_Maps_Of_The_Bible_by_Jason_Sanford.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:30pm EST

In a sequel to November's "The Strange Affair of the Artisan's Heart," Popoca and the Countess are back, this time they are on the trail of a thief that has stolen a rare moth from the London Zoo...a rare, four foot moth.  Sword fights, dirigibles, and electric velocipedes ensue.

Also, Big and Rish talk about the recent Oscars, Ameriquetzlan vocabulary, Monday Morning Quarterbacking, John Hughes, Pixar haters, and then Rish drones on and on about the Spider-man films.  In fact, if you listen closely on a night just like this, you can still hear him out there, talking about Spider-man.  Spooky.


Michael Delgado needs a job or he'll be in contract breech.  By chance he stumbles upon the perfect job, one that he can't help but accept.  However, the employers don't want to give it to him, and just what exactly is his motivation for taking this job anyway?

Also, Big and Rish talk about positive Science Fiction, not keeping score, Star Trek and The Next Generation, the Pinewood Derby, Avatar (not in relation to Titanic), and, of course, My Little Pony.

Special thanks to Suzanne Earley, Josh Roseman, Julie Hoverson, and Abigail Hilton for lending their voices to today's episode.

Direct download: Dunesteef_66_Willpower_by_Jason_Stoddard.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:58am EST

Nothing could be worse than being obsessively infatuated with a girl who doesn't like you back.  If only there was a way to make these unwanted romantic feelings go away...
 
Also, Rish and Big talk about unromantic subjects like unnecessary love letters, bitterness, following someone to Canada, and Zelda Rubinstein.

Special thanks to Norm Sherman for lending his voice to today's episode.

Direct download: Dunesteef_65_Not_My_Slave_by_Derek_L_Palmer.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:38pm EST

When a man's wife dies, he is left with little purpose in his life beyond pushing through to the end of each day.  Then, in the middle of one of the worst snowstorms of the year, he gets a visitor.  A man, stark naked, and freezing out in the snow.  What could he possibly be doing here in the man's backyard in this state?

Also, Rish and Big talk about Andrew Stanton's next movie, and a little about Valentines Day as well.

Direct download: Dunesteef_64_A_Princess_Of_Earth_by_Mike_Resnick.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:28am EST

Will's girlfriend just dumped him, and he's floundering for a purpose in life.  Then he finds one.  In the strangest of places.  Now, Will is on a quest to save a beautiful maiden in a far away land.  But he has no idea what is actually awaiting him...

Also, Rish and Big talk stalkers, Titanic (not in reference to Avatar), and 80's music.

Special thanks to Liz Mierzejewski, Nicole Suddeth, and Abbie Hilton for lending their voices to today's story.

Direct download: Dunesteef_63_The_Search_For_Olympia_by_Matt_Astleford.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:32am EST

Nairne's brother is dead.  As a peace offering, the enemy clan, the Macnotins, have given him a woman to be his wife.   Marlanna is her name, and Nairne is not pleased with the strange woman.  What is her secret?  And could he ever learn to love a Macnotin?

Also, Big and Rish talk about romance, star-crossed lovers, and by Friggen's Mountain, about Valentine's Day love stories?

Special thanks to Julie Hoverson for lending her voice to today's episode.

Direct download: Dunesteef_64_Lost_by_Sarah_Ashwood.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:28pm EST

Medi is a vivomancer with a desperate dilemma.  She's the only one who's ever saved a man from a deeply infected wound.  But it was a fluke.  Now, her old professor has called her back to the college.  They need to discover how she saved the infected patient, and they need to do it fast.

Also, Rish and Big talk about atypical endings, surprising endings, brave endings, anything but happy ones, really.  And they bring you the somewhat-anticipated second part of the Irrational Fears discussion.  Grandparental discretion is advised.

Special thanks to Nicole Suddeth for producing and editing today's story, and to Marie Brennan, Kate Baker, and Kerry Watson for lending their voices to today's episode.

Direct download: Dunesteef_61_Excision_by_Scott_H_Andrews.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:52am EST

If Rish survives this week, we present to you "Playable Character" by Eric Juneau.

It's not easy being a character in a computer role-playing game.  You can rarely go where you want to, hang around your friends, wear the armor you've been eyeing.  Worse is when your player wants you to run all over the kingdom and slay monsters, or worst of all, when high-level campers stand in the way of you and your player's goal.

Also, Big and Rish talk a bit about World of Warcraft, but mostly they revisit everyone's favorite topic: irrational fears.  This time, they take a look at some listeners' fears and have fun mockin--er, commiserating with them.

Special thanks to Bryan Lincoln for producing and editing today's story, and to Liz Lincoln, John Lincoln, Bryan Lincoln, Buchis and Ghomus from the AIE guild on Earthen Ring, and Aeriah and Siek from the Imperfection guild on Lightninghoof for lending their voices to today's episode.
Direct download: Dunesteef_60_Playable_Character_by_Eric_Juneau.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:22am EST

Jeremiah's son died twenty years ago, his wife died years ago too.  But as he drives home on a winter evening, he sees a man on the side of the road, hitchhiking.  The man looks familiar...too familiar.

Also, Rish and Big talk about the power of songs when used in other media, Rish talks about times songs have been ruined, and Big talks about music appreciation.  Or something, I wasn't really paying attention.

Special thanks to Julie Hoverson for lending her voice to today's episode.
Direct download: Dunesteef_59_Walking_After_Midnight_by_CS_Fuqua.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:20pm EST

Paul Davery has a problem.  His mind was just hijacked, and while he was out, his body murdered his best friend.  Now, he's in a desperate search to discover who is responsible before the authorities find out and throw him in jail.

Also, Rish talks about his aversion to Cyberpunk, and Big calls himself a "craphole."  Then they argue about James Cameron's <em>Avatar</em>, which they went to together, and Rish rambles semi-offensively for a while.  They may mention their worst moviegoing experiences in there somewhere.

Special thanks to Liz Mierzejewski, Julie Hoverson and Josh Roseman for lending their voices to this episode.
Direct download: Dunesteef_58_To_Be_Alone_Again_by_Tom_Crosshill.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:47pm EST