Austen Crowder, author of Bait and Switch, has a second book out, The Painted Cat, published by Fur Planet.

“Janet lives in two worlds.

In one world, she is Miss Perch, teacher at a small school deep in the corn grids, helping kids who are turning into cartoon find their way out of town.

In the other, she is Bunny Cat, and paints herself up to be the very same type of cartoon cat her small town has grown to hate.

The wall separating those two worlds is starting to break down. Between rekindling a relationship with an old college flame and discovering how much she loves being Bunny Cat her two worlds are starting to merge. Keeping up the appearances of two separate lives is bad enough, but when kids start getting sent away for turning toon she knows she can’t stand on the sideline any longer.

Two things are for sure: the two worlds won’t stay distinct for much longer, and Janet won’t come out unscathed.”


Drabblecast – Jackalope Wives   January 28th, 2015

Drabblecast, the podcast of weird fiction, ran Jackalope Wives  by Ursula Vernon. It’s a wonderful piece of dark fantasy in a southwestern milieu, which borrows from the myths of both skinwalkers and selkies, and likely other shapeshifting tales as well.

We shouldn’t always get what we think we want…

Cecil Pondsmythe is a platypus screenwriter, trying to land his first sale. When he gets a once in a lifetime opportunity, can he make it in Hollywood without selling out?

Note, the story is rated Mature/PG-13for some mentions of non-explicit sex, though everything happens off-camera.

Cecil Pondsmythe: Platypus Boy-Toy of Hollywood by Murphy Z

Read by Christopher Williams

Music cues by Infinity Squared

Download or listen to the episode here.

Drabblecast – Local Delicacies   December 3rd, 2014

Breaking the silence after too long a hiatus, here’s a link of interest, a strange and entertaining audio story that fans of strange and alien animals may find interesting.

Drabblecast, the podcast of weird fiction, ran Local Delicacies  by  Fran Wilde. The tale shows a resourceful restaurant manager dealing with some rather unique and very challenging customers.


The podcast returns after a longer than expected hiatus.

Tonight’s story is a wonderfully thoughtful science fiction piece about the discoveries and interactions of alien worlds of alien worlds both terrifying and beautiful.

“The Language of Emotion” by Bill Rogers

Read by Chris Hvidsten

Music used for this episode was Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A Major.

Music cues by Infinity Squared

Download or listen to the episode here.