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Announcing WITCHING HOUR


Escape Artists are very proud to announce their audio drama debut, WITCHING HOUR. This hour-long special will release at midnight, Sunday October 31st for your Halloween audio entertainment, across all four EA podcasts.

Set during 2021’s unique Halloween ‘witching hour’, this alternate PseudoPod is at the centre of a multiverse-threatening ritual. PseudoPod Towers are manifesting across the globe, and its up to the audio drama horror community to unite and save the day.

WITCHING HOUR is an audio drama and audio fiction collaboration featuring contributions from CreepyPod, The Magnus Archives, Neighbourly, NightlightThe Secret of St. Kilda, The Storage Papers, and Unwell.

Written by Ash Beker, Summer Fletcher and Alasdair Stuart, WITCHING HOUR stars audio drama legends Imogen Harris and Alasdair Stuart and features performances by Peter Behravesh Scott Campbell, Kat Day, Graeme Dunlop, Wilson Fowlie, Shawn Garrett, Alex Hofelich, Mur Lafferty, Marty Perrett, MM Schill and Kaitlyn Zivanovich.

Directed and executive production by Marguerite Kenner with producer Ciaran Roberts, sound design and editing by Ryan Boyd and Peter Wood, and graphics by Matt Dovey.

WITCHING HOUR has headline content warnings for death & dying; horror themes; mental health & trauma; sound effects; socio-political themes; violence; swearing, blasphemy, and innuendo. Detailed content warnings will be available behind a spoiler tag when the episode launches. To learn more about how we use content warnings, visit https://tinyurl.com/BedtimeStoriesCW. Full text of the episode will be available at launch, along with a downloadable PDF transcript.

2021 British Fantasy Awards Best Audio Finalists PseudoPod and PodCastle

EA Receives British Fantasy Award Nominations Once Again!


Another year, another amazing group of BRITISH FANTASY AWARD NOMINATIONS!

  • Award-winning genre fiction podcasts PseudoPod and PodCastle return to the British Fantasy Society Best Audio award as 2021 finalists.
  • Additionally, John Wiswell’s 8-Bit Free Will (PodCastle 654), has been nominated for Best Short Fiction!
  • Continuing the good news train, our very own Escape Pod’s Premee Mohamed’s novel Beneath the Rising has received a nomination for Best Horror Novel!
  • And finally, join us in congratulating Alasdair Stuart and Marguerite Kenner’s weekly pop culture newsletter, The Full Lid, for its Best Nonfiction nomination!

The British Fantasy Society Awards will be presented at Fantasycon in (COVID willing) Birmingham, England in September.

Congratulations to all the finalists!

Ignyte Awards nominations!


The 2021 Ignyte Awards finalist have been announced, and EA is honored to have returned to the the Best Fiction Podcast list with both PodCastle and Escape Pod!

Congratulations to Jen R. Albert, Cherea Clark, Setsu Uzume, Peter Behravesh, S.B. Divya, Mur Lafferty, Benjamin C. Kinney, Summer Brooks, Adam Pracht, Tina Connolly, Alasdair Stuart, and the entirety of the Escape Pod and PodCastle teams!

This marks the second year in a row PodCastle has been a finalist.

  • Cherae Clark for their Best Short Story nomination for “You Perfect, Broken Thing”
  • Justin C. Key for his Best Novelette nomination for ONE HAND IN THE COFFIN
  • and EA alums Darcie Little Badger, Eboni J. Dunbar, Suyi Davies Okungbowa, and Zin E. Rocklyn for their nominations!

Find a complete list of finalists here, and congratulations to them all!

The 2021 #IgnyteAwards are open for public voting from now through May 21st, and will be presented on September 18th as part of #FIYAHCON2021.

Multiple Hugo Nominations for EA!


The 2021 Hugo Award finalists have been announced and EA is honored to have picked up multiple nominations!

We are thrilled to announce that Escape Pod is again a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine! Congratulations to co-editors S. B. Divya and Mur Lafferty, assistant editor Benjamin C. Kinney, producers Summer Brooks and Adam Pracht, co-hosts Tina Connolly and Alasdair Stuart, and the entire Escape Pod team!

Joining them for their first Hugo Award nomination for Best Semiprozine, and on the heels of the British Fantasy Award win, are PodCastle! Massive congratulations to co-editors Jen Albert, C.L. Clark, assistant editor and host Setsu Uzume, producer Peter Behravesh and the entire PodCastle team!

But there’s MORE!

Finally, we’re incredibly happy to see Mur Lafferty and S.B. Divya gain their inaugural Best Editor Short Form nomination, recognizing not only their podcast editorial work but their creation of the Escape Pod 15th Anniversary anthology.

Find a complete list of finalists, and congratulations to them all!

The Hugo Awards will be presented at the 79th World Science Fiction Convention, DisCon III, in December. This event has promised a virtual programming stream for digital attendees as well as a special virtual attendance membership.

Announcing Associate Editor Pay


Two thousand twenty has been a year of extremes. In the first few months, many small companies like us faced dire projections about their future. And as the months wore on, ‘stability was the new growth’ — any creative project that maintained itself was doing well. Focus and energy have been in short supply, and our editorial teams have gone above and beyond to maintain their weekly release schedules.

It has also been a year of remarkable generosity. (Continue Reading…)

Introducing CatsCast!


The Escape Artists Podcast Network is pleased to announce its newest member: CatsCast!

CatsCast has been releasing weekly episodes since September 2014, featuring cat-centric genre fiction. Editor and host Laura Pearlman presents episode 289 this week, “The Thing in the Basement” by Gerri Leen, narrated by Tina Connolly. Laura is also pleased to announce the results of the 2019 CatsCast audience favorite poll:

“The Cats That Fall on You From Nowhere” was awarded the American Surrealist Society’s coveted Invisible Candle award for “reminding everyone of that Magritte painting with all the men in bowler hats, because he did more than just that one with the pipe, you know”.

Executive Producer Marguerite Kenner added “Laura Pearlman is an unsung hero in the genre fiction world, and we’re delighted to see her editorial skills flourish.”

Be sure to follow CatsCast on Twitter (@CatsCastPod) for cat-related photos, story recommendations, and more.

 

Of course this is an April Fools. Many won’t be in the mood for one this year, and we empathise. But if there’s one thing we know our audience loves, it’s pictures (and audio!) of cats on the internet. We hope this brings you a smile.

Stay home. Stay safe. Wash your paws often.