First Story: “Save Me Plz” by David Barr Kirtley
Meg hadn’t heard from Devon in four months, and she realized that she missed him. So on a whim she tossed her sword and scabbard into the back seat of her car and drove over to campus to visit him.
She’d always thought that she and Devon would be one of those couples who really did stay friends afterward. They’d been close for so long, and things hadn’t ended that badly. Actually, the whole incident seemed pretty silly to her now. Still, she’d been telling herself that the split had been for the best — with her working full-time and him still an undergrad. It was like they were in two different worlds. She’d been busy with work, and he’d always been careless about answering email, and now somehow four months had passed without a word.
David Barr Kirtley is the author of several dozen fantasy & science fiction short stories, including “Save Me Plz,” which was featured in the anthology FANTASY: THE BEST OF THE YEAR. He’s also the host of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast on Wired.com, for which he’s interviewed over a hundred guests, including George R. R. Martin, Richard Dawkins, Paul Krugman, Simon Pegg, Margaret Atwood, Philip Pullman, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Ursula K. Le Guin. He lives in New York. If you follow the link below you can read what he calls his “favorite fan letter” that he’s ever received. http://www.davidbarrkirtley.com/blog/?p=3273
Second story: “Of Melei, of Ulthar” by Gord Sellar
Haunted went Melei that evening into the streets of Ulthar, haunted by what she had seen in the dream-voyage of the night before; desert fires burning distant across the dark and dusty plain, and an immense black silhouette of some enormous outcropping of rock rising up, upward into the sky to blot out the tiny flickering stars across half of the heavens. In a dream, too, had she heard voices echoing against the stone walls of buildings crammed together along narrow streets, voices laden with care and worry, crying her name out into the blackness of deepening night.
Gord Sellar is a writer, an educator, an avid homebrewer, and occasional musician. His work has appeared in many magazines, anthologies, and journals since 2007, and several of his screenplays have been made into award-winning short films. (See Brutal Rice Productions for more on those.) He was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2009, and attended Clarion West in 2006. Born in Malawi and raised in Canada, and having spent eleven years lecturing in South Korean universities, he is currently living in Vietnam with his wife, while working on a novel. Visit his website at gordsellar.com. Beyond that, it might be perhaps of interest to listeners that I was the screenwriter for the first South Korean Lovecraft film adaptation. We did “The Music of Erich Zann.” Go to http://www.gordsellar.com/ for more.
About the Narrators:
Katherine Inskip weighs galaxies for a living, and builds worlds in her spare time. She is addicted to chocolate and Japanese logic puzzles.
Maria Makis received an MFA in Acting many years ago, but detoured a bit to become a lawyer. She is happily returning to her first and only true calling and is a voice actor in New York City where she lives. She is especially drawn to narration and audiobooks. You can learn more at mariamakisvoiceover.com.
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