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

The Dunesteef is moderately sorry to bring you the first in its Lost Episode Trilogy.

In Rick Kennett's "Out of the Storm" -- They found the H.M.A.S. Barrinji damaged and abandoned floating out of a storm that had sunk three other ships.  The Barrinji really should have sunk as well, but for some reason, she's a lucky ship.  Perhaps too lucky.

Also, Big and Rish swap boating experiences, talk about nautical jargon, ghost ships, the Australian problem, the Drabblecast, and Frood the Buffer.

Special thanks Marshal Latham for producing today's story, and to Cameron Horsburgh, Simon Dooley, Patrick Dwyer, Dylan Boyd, Ben Maclain, and Julian Ramundi for lending their voices to today's episode.

Direct download: Dunesteef_95_Out_Of_The_Storm_by_Rick_Kennett.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:36pm EST

When Ben is accosted by a crazy man insisting that Ben is the heir to a far-off, magical land, he shrugs it off as the sort of thing you experience riding public transit in Los Angeles (of course, this could just be Rish's experience talking).  But when another stranger claims the same thing, he begins to worry.
 
Afterward, Big and Rish talk about being "The Chosen One," which devolves into superhero talk.  Also, they make their listeners an offer that hopefully some won't refuse, and discover that everybody wants a bosom for a pillow.

Special thanks Clay Dugger for producing today's story, and to R.E. Chambliss, Kenn Crawford, Andy Kjar, Lynn Boyd and Clay Dugger for lending their voices to today's episode.

Direct download: Dunesteef_91_The_Invisible_Kingdom_by_Mark_LS_Stone.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:14pm 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

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

“Someone arrives in town, and discovers that everyone there is exactly the same.”

In this episode, we feature three different pieces on the above theme, by three different authors.

In “Wrong Turn,” a traveling family encounters a world that could only exist in Wendy Cooper's imagination.  Or could it?

In “Where Once Your Soul Dwelled" by Liz Mierzejewski, Mike has the misfortune of stopping for gas in the wrong little town, running into an unfriendly bunch of . . . twins?

In “27 Jennifers” Josh Roseman tells of a young woman who is considered all-too replaceable by her demanding husband Michael.

Also, Rish and Big open the doors to next month's story contest.

Special thanks to Liz Mierzejewski, and Dani Cutler for lending their voices to today's show.
Direct download: Dunesteef_47_The_Broken_Mirror_Story_Event_Part_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:37pm EST

"Someone arrives in town, and discovers that everyone there is exactly the same."
 
In this episode, we feature three different pieces on the above theme, by three different authors.  

In "The Return," Kevin Anderson interprets the subject in verse.  

In "Scriptopia," Michael A. Kechula tells of a visit to a strange place, where everyone is a writer, but Kevin would decidedly not be welcome.  

In "Chemo: The Town of Golden Woods" by J.M. Perkins, an elite team of trained agents is sent into a little town, in search of the previous team that went in . . . and didn't report back.

Special thanks to Josh Roseman, Nicole Suddeth, Liz Mierzejewski, Abbie Hilton, and Marcus Brodeur for lending their voices to today's show.
Direct download: Dunesteef_46_The_Broken_Mirror_Story_Event_Part_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:23pm EST

Peter Wilson just died and got restored.  It's nice to not have to stay dead, but the problem is, it's been 58 years since he died.  Everyone he's ever know is dead, or totally changed.  And there's worse...no one ever told him that restoration was such a bitch.

Big and Rish talk about being forever young, give the winner and answers to the movie quotes quiz, and, as always, ramble on.

Special thanks to Dani Cutler and Marie Brennan for lending their voices to today's story.
Direct download: Dunesteef_45_Restoration_Blues_by_Stewart_S_Smith.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:04am EST

Bartholomew Higgins is a bookseller who specializes in finding first editions of rare science fiction classics.  What does he do when he encounters a woman who actually reads these rare books, and takes notes in their margins?  And now that he's met her, he's having the most fantastic dreams...

Big and Rish talk about collecting, and we finally get to hear about Rish's trip to Comic-Con.

Special thanks to Eleiece Krawiec and Abigail Hilton for contributing their voices to this episode.

Direct download: Dunesteef_44_Book_Scouts_Of_The_Galactic_Rim_by_Jason_Sanford.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:33pm EST

Ernie Pine's neice, Christine, has become tangled up in an hundred-year-old Chinese spell.  Now, Ernie is caught in a mad dash to save her from an evil force that is trying to steal that ancient magic.  But is Christine even alive anymore?

Also, Rish and Big talk about ghosts, and their past experiences with them.  They also do a lot of whining.
Direct download: Dunesteef_43_Time_In_A_Rice_Bowl_by_Rick_Kennett.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:08am EST

Peter has grown old.  He's actually outlived all the people who love him, so all he has left is his memories.  But could reliving his memories be dangerous?  Even deadly?

Also, Rish and Big talk about suspension of disbelief, stupid stunts they pulled when they were young and stupid...well, more stupid anyway, and the Spanish Inquisition (bet you didn't expect that).
Direct download: Dunesteef_42_Lost_In_Memory_by_Matt_Kluchar.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:52pm EST

Miranda has never known her father, and her mother hasn't been very forthcoming about identity.  But one day, staying home from school, she meets the man, and everything becomes clear.

Afterward, Rish and Big talk about destiny, being ordinary, and make fun of Abbie much more than is necessary.  Also, it's been ten years since Star Wars: The Phantom Menace came out in theatres.  What do they remember about its release, and how do they feel about the movie now?

Special thanks to Liz Mierzejewski for lending her voice to today's story.
Direct download: Dunesteef_41_Miranda_And_The_Butterfly_by_Abigail_Hilton.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:42am EST

In the near-future, where a steadily growing network of nano-cameras keep watch over almost everything, a reporter wants one last chance to get an old-fashioned scoop.  So she heads to the last blind spot in the world, before the nano-cam network achieves 100% coverage.  But just what exactly is waiting for her there?

Also, Rish and Big introduce to you the newest (shameless and always unsuccessful) promotional contest.  It's the Name That Quote Contest!

Special thanks to Emma Dubery for narrating today's story.
Direct download: Dunesteef_40_The_Edge_Of_The_Map_by_Ian_Creasey.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:45am EST

It's been a year since the Dunesteef sullied the net with its presence!  Big and Rish talk a little bit about the year that was, favorite moments, which show has been the most popular, what they've learned, who they'd like to thank, and what the other should apologize for.  Also, they throw in a couple of bonus stories: "Devo" by Rish Outfield and "The Shortest Ghost Story Ever Told" by Big Anklevich.

Special Thanks to Josh Roseman and Amory Lowe for voicing "Devo" and Nicole Suddeth for voicing "The Shortest Ghost Story Ever Told."
Direct download: Dunesteef_39_The_One_Year_Anniversary_Special.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:47pm EST

Here's a promo for our show, share it with all your friends.
Direct download: Promo.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:47pm EST

In a sequel to "Lonely Heart Clob," Leonard has finally won the heart of the lovely Catherine Hewson.  But how can he keep her?  His semi-imaginary pig companion Clob has a suggestion or two.

And, Big and Rish talk about Pixar Animation Studio, their newest film UP, their previous efforts, their distinguished competition, and something called Shrek Syndrome.  The episode is long, but hopefully it's as good as it is long.

Special thanks to Emma Dubery for lending her voice to today's episode.
Direct download: Dunesteef_38_Japanese_Motorcycle_Clob_by_Michael_Stone.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:27pm EST

Lydia's boyfriend Ben disappeared while they were trekking together on Mount Everest two years ago.  Now, she is back, reliving the journey, hoping to find clues to unravel his disappearance.  But she never expected to find ghosts.

Also, Big and Rish talk Terminator, Firefly, Pixar, and Up.  It's the Pre-Up episode.  Get ready for next weeks Up extravaganza...or well, episode.

Special thanks to Eleiece Krawiec for the story narration and Josh Roseman for the editing on the story.

Direct download: Dunesteef_37_Cold_Trail_Blazing_by_Stephen_Gaskell.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:32pm EST

Charlie has a proposal for his girlfriend Dementia, but over dinner, she has a question to ask of him. Has he ever considered becoming a vampire?

Also, after an unexpected visitor, Big and Rish talk about audio book readers and podcasters, the good and the bad. And they introduce a new segment for the show (just pray they never repeat it).

Special thanks to Liz Mierzejewski for lending her voice to today's episode.

Direct download: Dunesteef_36_Love_Bites_by_Gregory_Clifford.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:28am EST

Diane and Ray are art lovers and patrons, always after the next big thing, something amazing, something shocking, something unique. They find it in Willie, a boy who is...normal. For, in a world where everyone is a special and uniquely engineered snowflake, what exactly, is special and unique anymore?

Also, Rish and Big do a post-mortem on Joss Whedon's "Dollhouse." How was it? Any favorite moments? Did it live up to its potential? And FOX did cancel it, didn't they?

Special thanks to Eleiece Kraweic for narrating today's story.

Direct download: Dunesteef_35_All_The_Rage_by_David_Walton.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:14am EST

Emily always beats Craig at the game of Hangman.  If only he could find an unusual word to stump her, something she would never guess, something like the word scrawled on the piece of paper he found . . .
 
Afterwards, Big and (an embarrassingly congested) Rish talk about J.J. Abrams' STAR TREK, how they liked it, the idea of franchise reboots, what the ad campaign was trying to say, and how long ago 1996 really was.  Also, the return of Angry Rish Outfield!
Direct download: Dunesteef_34_Hangman_by_Abby_Merc_Rustad.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:48am EST

Nothing exciting ever happens to Kaylee.  Her life is almost as boring as yours.  And then she meets the Man In The Box, and her world is finally opened to adventure and mystery.  But is it really worth all the paperwork?
 
Also, Rish and Big talk about "X-men Origins: Wolverine," and many detours along the way.
Direct download: Dunesteef_33_In_Absence_Of_Mind_Wiping_Thingies_by_Derek_J_Goodman.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:25am EST

R. Norman Harrison never says much at the yearly writers retreats.  But this year, he has a story to tell, from long ago.  A story about a road trip in 1945, a mysterious house in the middle of nowhere, and a door to a place that can only be described as magical. 
 
Also, Rish and Big talk about writing and writers groups, books, Broken Mirror Stories, personal experiences, and eventually get back to talk about writing.
Direct download: Dunesteef_32_Revolving_Door_by_Pete_Tzinski.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:58am EST

Police Diver Marty Coin has entered Boston Harbor looking for a body.  But when he enters the murky brown depths, he finds something else.  Confronted by his past, and looking at an unpleasant future, what will Marty do in the present?
 
Also, Rish and Big talk about the Broken Mirror event, deadlines, and whether suicide is indeed painless.
Direct download: Dunesteef_31_Aqualung_by_SC_Hayden.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:48pm EST

Ever seen a human soul?  I mean the actual ball of light in every person's chest, the essence of their being?  Not that many people have reason to open up someone's chest to find out if they can see it.  But if you can, it turns out that there's a market out there for souls.

Also, Big and Rish talk about April's Broken Mirror Story Event.

A special thank you to Josh Roseman for the editing on today's story.
Direct download: Dunesteef_30_The_Artist_by_Alex_Moisi.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:37am EST

Tasha Meckler nearly discovered the secret of teleportation.  Now discredited, a new opportunity arises to clear her name and regain respect in her field.  Should she take it?"

Also, Big and Rish talk about teleportation in fiction, and a bit more about this month's Broken Mirror Story Event.  Oh, and Richard Simmons.
Direct download: Dunesteef_28_A_Better_Teleportation_Theory_by_Michael_Anthony.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:06am EST

The mavich is coming. It can’t be stopped. The only way to get away is to change who you are, through and through. That works pretty well . . . for a while.

Rish and Big talk about the Broken Mirror Story Event, and reveal the premise for the contest.  They talk about more experiences with different people having the same idea simultaneously.  Also, see if you can count how many times Big Anklevich says "That's right" throughout the episode.

We'd also like to thank Liz Mierzejewski and Abigail Hilton for contributing their voices to today's episode.

Direct download: Dunesteef_28_Freelanga_by_Jason_Sanford.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:57pm EST

Alex and his wife Sara have moved away from New York and are spending their  first night in their new home.  A warm July night.  But then, why are  there children trick-or-treating at their front door.   They are children, right?

Rish and Big talk about writing stories that sound an awful lot like other stories.  Also, they mention something called the Broken Mirror Event.
Direct download: Dunesteef_27_Halloween_In_July_by_Kevin_Anderson.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:45am EST

Javi Jelcor has lost his young wife.  He can either accept it and move on with his life, or give in to despair.  But there's a third choice: take the body to Mars, and see if the stories of resurrection are true.  What would you do?

Also, Rish and Big talk about the unusual circumstances behind this story's ending.  Was this ending more satisfying than it might have been?  Is a writer obligated to change his ending?  Is an editor out of line to ask for changes or make them on his own?  What would you do?
Direct download: Dunesteef_26_With_Mars_In_His_Hand_by_Bosley_Gravel.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:41am EST

Lexis is a prince, the child of a cruel and fearsome king.  He is destined to become the king in his father's place.   That is, if he can survive the death duel he must fight with his brother, the other cat prince.  And now, as his father's army is sacking and destroying an enemy city, Lexis seeks a way to outdo his brother.  There must be some way in this battle to distinguish himself.

Also, Big and Rish talk about cats and dogs, and give their opinion on which ones are better.  Warning, if you love cats, this show may offend you.
Direct download: Dunesteef_25_A_Cat_Prince_Distinguishes_Himself_by_Abigail_Hilton.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:14pm EST

They say Megan is weird.  They say she's an easy target.  They say she's a witch.  They say she has no friends.  The truth is, she does have a friend.  And you shouldn't have messed with Megan.

Also, Big and Rish talk about Dollhouse and their least favorite TV show theme songs.
Direct download: Dunesteef_24_Megans_Bridge_by_Amanda_Crum.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:33pm EST

Life is tough for Leonard.  Adding to the misery of his job, his lack of lovelife, and funny accent, there's Clob.  Yes, Clob the pig.  Clob the imaginary friend. Clob the manifestation of his id.  What, don't you have a Clob?

Also, Rish and Big talk about their top five favorite TV show theme songs of all time.
Direct download: Dunesteef_23_Lonely_Heart_Clob_by_Michael_Stone.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:47pm EST

It's finally here!  The first of our four October Scary Story Event finalists.

In today's story, four friends decide to do something different than Trick-or-Treating for Halloween this year.  When they get more than they bargained for, the answer to one question might be the difference between life and death.  The question is:  do you believe in Sadie Worth?

Also, Big and Rish do feedback on last weeks episode.
Direct download: Dunesteef_22_The_Ghost_Of_Sadie_Worth_by_Doug_McIntire.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:39pm EST

Tim's life is in shambles, what with the bitter divorce, problems with his kids, his meddling mother, his job, and the ever-increasing suicide rate.  But he's got a good attitude, and that makes all the difference between misery and, well, a particularly good day.
 
Warning: Today's Dunesteef story is particularly twisted.  Sick, even.  Listener discretion is advised.

Also Big and Rish talk about twisted and sick things, and try to discover when one has crossed the line.
Direct download: Dunesteef_21_Good_Day_by_Saul_Lemerond.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:44pm EST

Ben's wife, Melissa, was torn apart emotionally when she miscarried their first child.  After a suicide attempt, Ben realized he had to do something to help her heal.  So he took her to a seaside cabin to give her a chance to restore herself.  Little did he know, even greater dangers lie in wait for them there.

Also, Big and Rish talk about volunteers, getting stuck in the snow, and the Amanda Bynes version of Snow White...well...not really

Direct download: Dunesteef_20_Creature_Of_The_Sea_by_Lisa_A_Koosis.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:01pm EST

After taking his injured daughter to the hospital, a man stops in at the local diner to give her a treat.  He never expected what he might find there, something that's "Not On The Menu."

Also, Rish and Big talk about New Year's Resolutions for The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine.
Direct download: Dunesteef_19_Not_On_The_Menu_by_Derek_L_Palmer.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:01pm EST

This is an addendum to the story that we published last week as a Christmas present for Rish Outfield.  Included is the entire story by Rish Outfield.  After the story, Big and Rish talk about the story, how it came together, Rish does an Author's Note.

If you want to skip ahead to the new stuff, it starts at 13:54.
Direct download: Dunesteef_18_Naughty_Or_Nice_by_Rish_Outfield_Addendum.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:46pm EST

It's a special Christmas present for Rish Outfield.  Unbeknownst to him, Big Anklevich had a reading of one of his stories made, and now, on Christmas Day, we all can enjoy his tale.
Direct download: Dunesteef_17_Naughty_Or_Nice_by_Rish_Outfield.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:21pm EST

Rampion and her grandfather are trapped in their belltower as the plague-dead ravage the city, murdering and eating any survivors.  The water has run out, and their fates seems to be sealed, but might the answer to their troubles be within the walls of the belltower with them?

Also, Big and Rish wish you a Merry Christmas.
Direct download: Dunesteef_16_Rampion_In_The_Belltower_by_Merrie_Haskell.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:34pm EST

In this lovely little how-to article, Dr. Morgan Z. Vile, instructs our curious readers in the delicate and fanciful art of mounting and framing woodland fairies for display in the home. This is a must read article for any hunter of the fey folk.

Also, Big and Rish talk about the many entrants to the October Scary Story Event, and what you can expect in the months to come!

Direct download: Dunesteef_15_Framing_And_Mounting_Fairies_by_Kevin_Anderson.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:10pm EST

At Nuremberg after the end of World War II, an army psychiatrist interviews the most dangerous and powerful war criminal ever captured: the dread Nazi codenamed "Überman."

With a villain like that in the story, Big and Rish had no choice but to talk about all-time great villains.
Direct download: Dunesteef_14_Uberman_by_John_Medaille.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:06am EST

Ernie Pine has had bad experiences with the supernatural in the past.  And now, while visiting a friend in Queensland, he hears waves splashing outside his window.  The sea is at least forty kilometres away.  So what's going on?  Where is the sea sound coming from?  Does another supernatural phenomenon have something planned for poor Ernie?
Direct download: Dunesteef_13_The_Seas_Of_Castle_Hill_Road_by_Rick_Kennett.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:50am EST

Megan Dowles has been pressed into service for the government. She’s a historian, so why do they want her on this top secret government…why do they want to know how well versed she is in Demonology?

Also, Rish and Big talk about the October Scary Story Event, and the best and worst in special effects.
Direct download: Dunesteef_12_When_The_Stars_Are_Right_by_William_Meikle.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:03pm EST

Page 4: Crashing Stolen Cars by Jonathan J. Schlosser

It was an old car.  It was a stolen car.  Adam and Kelsey thought they’d go for a joyride into the wilderness, find a private place, and use the backseat for what it was made for, but they never counted on the deer.  Now they’re in a world of problems.


Also, Rish and Big talk about their progress in the October Scary Story Event, and why this podcast is so very late.

Direct download: Dunesteef_11_Crashing_Stolen_Cars_by_Jonathan_J._Schlosser.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:13am EST

Behold, it came to pass that the world was coming to an end. Can the Great King Aaronath save his realm, or is there no hope whatsoever? Find out in this week’s story, Into Silence, Like A Shout by Pete Tzinski.

Also, Rish Outfield and Big Anklevich talk about the end of the Summer Issue, and the coming Fall Issue of the Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine. They also announce The October Scary Story Event, a contest that all listeners are invited to participate in.

Direct download: Dunesteef_10_Into_Silence_Like_A_Shout_by_Pete_Tzinski.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:22am EST

When a woman discovers a ghostly shadow haunting her drive home, she becomes involved in a small town intrigue that may prove deadly.


Also, Rish and Big talk about one of the best things going in music today: Jonathan Coulton.

Direct download: Dunesteef_09_Around_The_Bend_by_Maria_Schneider.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:56am EST

What’s more scary than being in a bank when three men come in to rob it? Being in a bank with three robbers…and a strangely calm old woman. A woman called Witch.

Also, Rish and Big talk about the Horror genre, its sad ghettoization, and what scares people.

Direct download: Dunesteef_08_Woman_Called_Witch_by_Doug_McIntire.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:20am EST

The Sandman plays Smashball in the Lunar League, and he's discovered a conspiracy. What should he do with this bombshell information?
Direct download: Dunesteef_07_Enter_Sandman_by_Jeff_Carlson.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:46pm EST

A woman with an obsession for unicorns finds a girl who provides the evidence she needs to locate them once again.

Big Anklevich and Rish Outfield talk about Joss Whedon's newest offering, Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog.

Direct download: Dunesteef_06_Silver_by_Tad_Callin.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:57am EST

Clay has a new partner. She’s pretty, but annoying, easy to please, but a terrible con artist. Clay is about to learn that there is even more to his partner, something he never would have guessed.

Big Anklevich and Rish Outfield introduce the newest member of the Dunesteef team, R. 080T, our droid who will keep track of all the computer related issues and produce the intro portions of our show.  Big and Rish also talk about their experience at this year's San Diego Comic-Con.


Zane and Kali have gotten their hands on a wonderful new drug, but little do they know what this drug has in store for them.
Direct download: 05_Spiritual_Tripping_by_Joshua_Scribner_No_Intro.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:54am EST

Zane and Kali have gotten their hands on a wonderful new drug, but little do they know what this drug has in store for them.
Direct download: 05_Spiritual_Tripping_by_Joshua_Scribner.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:20am EST

Raising Archie didn't come through on the feed for some reason, so I am reposting it.
Direct download: Dunesteef_03_Raising_Archie_by_Michael_Stone.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:31pm EST

James has a friend who acquired a giant egg via an internet auction site. Now it's has hatched. Is his friend putting him on or did this thing really emerge from the egg?


Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:35am EST

Rob thinks he's in the fast lane in life, headed to the top in a high powered job, but something grotesque happens to teach him that he may be wrong about that.

Direct download: Dunesteef_02_Stalled_by_Merrill_Page.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:41am EST

Our first story, Double Vision by Derek L. Palmer is a rural fantasy about two high school students, Paul Oaker and Duncan Curtis, who, on the way home from McDonalds, run across a very surprising sight.
Direct download: Dunesteef_01_Double_Vision_by_Derek_L_Palmer.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:46pm EST

Our first story, Double Vision by Derek L. Palmer is a rural fantasy about two high school students, Paul Oaker and Duncan Curtis, who, on the way home from McDonalds, run across a very surprising sight.
Direct download: Dunesteef_01_Double_Vision_by_Derek_L_Palmer_No_Intro.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:05pm EST

 Rish Outfield and Big Anklevich give you a small introduction to The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine and tell you what to expect next week.
Direct download: 01_Episode_0.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:07pm EST