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The Oddcast: Tales of the Occult, Weird, and Arcane

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Readings of weird fiction and science fiction short stories combined with immersive sound design and music.

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Readings of weird fiction and science fiction short stories combined with immersive sound design and music.

iTunes Ratings

59 Ratings
Average Ratings
52
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New favorite

By Moonflowerkl - Jan 12 2020
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This is my new favorite podcast. Keep ‘em coming!

Great reading, great selections

By Hasiak - Dec 16 2019
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Excellent stuff. Any chance of you doing ‘the screw fly solution’

iTunes Ratings

59 Ratings
Average Ratings
52
3
2
2
0

New favorite

By Moonflowerkl - Jan 12 2020
Read more
This is my new favorite podcast. Keep ‘em coming!

Great reading, great selections

By Hasiak - Dec 16 2019
Read more
Excellent stuff. Any chance of you doing ‘the screw fly solution’
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The Oddcast: Tales of the Occult, Weird, and Arcane

Latest release on Feb 28, 2020

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Readings of weird fiction and science fiction short stories combined with immersive sound design and music.

Rank #1: The Moon-Bog by H.P. Lovecraft

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First written around March 1921, the story was first published in the June 1926 issue of the pulp magazine Weird Tales. Summary: a man visits an isolated castle at Kilderry, where an old friend plans to drain an ancient and locally-revered swamp bog. Narration, Sound Design, and Composition by Jon Fredette

Apr 16 2019

21mins

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Rank #2: The Sect of the Idiot by Thomas Ligotti

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First published in Crypt of Cthulhu in 1988. A man visits a nameless town and questions his existence as reality transforms into nightmare around him, leading him to a clandestine sect of dreams and dark dimensions. Narration, Sound Design, and Music by Jon Fredette

May 15 2019

24mins

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Rank #3: Dagon by HP Lovecraft

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Summary: the testament of a tortured, morphine-addicted man who plans to commit suicide over an incident that occurred early on in World War I when he was a merchant marine officer and adrift on the open ocean. Written in July 1917, one of the first stories HP Lovecraft wrote as an adult. It was first published in the November 1919 edition of The Vagrant (Issue #11). Narration and Sound Design by Jon Fredette.

Oct 06 2014

13mins

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Rank #4: The Sphinx by Edgar Allen Poe

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Summary: A man encounters a terrific monster and believes it to be an omen of his own death. Background Information: "The Sphinx" was only published once, in Philadelphia's Arthur's Ladies Magazine during January of 1846. The story takes place right outside of New York City, where Poe was living with Virginia at the time. The story is set fourteen years into the past in 1832, when a terrible epidemic of cholera had indeed infected the people of New York City. This is a historical fact, and thousands of people died as a result. The relevance to Poe's time is that, in 1846, a new sort of epidemic had infected the populace, principally his very wife, Virginia. The horror that the narrator reflects throughout his tale for his dying friends no doubt reveals Poe's own fears about the imminent death that is soon to claim Virginia's life, which shall be taken a year later on January 30, 1847. Narrated by and Sound Design by Jon Fredette.

Aug 30 2014

11mins

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Rank #5: The Circular Ruins by Jorge Luis Borges

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Originally "Las ruinas circulares". First published in the literary journal Sur in December 1940. It was first published in English in View (Series V, No. 6 1946). An itinerant magician discovers a site of arcane, circular ruins, a forsaken temple, and finds inspiration to complete his earthly task. Narration and Sound Design by Jon Fredette. Translated by J.E.I.

Dec 04 2017

14mins

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Rank #6: Memento Mori by Jonathan Nolan

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Originally published in the March 2001 edition of Esquire magazine. It was the basis for the film Memento directed by Christopher Nolan. A man with anterograde amnesia hunts for his wife's murderer. Narration, Sound Design, Music Composition by Jon Fredette.

Jan 11 2018

34mins

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Rank #7: The Russian Sleep Experiment by An Unknown Author

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Summary: In the 1940s, Russian scientists kept 5 men awake for 15 straight days. The results were horrifying. Background Information: This story was taken from the horror site Creepy Pasta, and is one of the more celebrated stories on the site. To my knowledge, the author is still unknown to this day. Narration and Sound Design by Jon Fredette.

Jan 28 2016

14mins

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Rank #8: Men Without Bones by Gerald Kersh

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Originally published by Esquire in 1954. Summary: While at dock, a passenger of a banana boat encounters a mad, weary traveller seeking passage away from the terrors he experienced on a lost expedition. Dr. Goodbody played by Hunter Hash. Narration, Sound Design, and Composition by Jon Fredette.

May 17 2017

22mins

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Rank #9: The Star by H.G. Wells

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First published in the Christmas number of The Graphic in 1897. It is credited with the creation of the subgenre depicting the "impact event" of science fiction, and is referenced in Arthur C. Clarke's "Rendezvous with Rama". Summary: At the turn of the 19th century, a celestial collision in our solar system first captures the attention of the world and then threatens all life on earth. Narration, Sound Design, and Music Composed by Jon Fredette. Additional voices by Megan McIver, Miranda Friel, Mats Bennett, and voice actors from Fiverr.

Feb 28 2019

30mins

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Rank #10: The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allen Poe

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The story was first published in May 1842 in Graham's Magazine and has since been adapted in many different forms, including a 1964 film starring Vincent Price. Prince Prospero walls himself in one of his abbeys, passing the time with wealthy nobles in hedonistic masquerades, in hopes of waiting out a deadly plague known as the Red Death. Narration, Sound Design, and Music Composed by Jon Fredette.

Dec 18 2018

16mins

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Orientation by Daniel Orozco

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Originally published in The Seattle Review and subsequently in The Best American Short Stories 1995. A new office employee is given orientation on the first day of work by a detached, yet knowledgable, veteran of the job. Narration, Sound Design, and Music by Jon Fredette.

Feb 28 2020

17mins

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The Mirror by Haruki Murakami

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Written in 1981/2 and published in 1983 in an undisclosed Japanese periodical. Later added to his short story collection Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman which was published in 2006. A man recalls a frightening experience he had in his brief time as a night watchman at a school in the Niigata Prefecture. Translated by Philip Gabriel. Narration, Sound Design, and Music by Jon Fredette.

Jan 17 2020

14mins

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The Secret Miracle by Jorge Luis Borges

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First published in the magazine Sur in 1943. Failed playwrite Jaromir Hladik is captured during the Nazi occupation of Prague in the early stages of World War II. Awaiting his execution in prison, he seeks redemption for a wasted life through contemplating his unfinished work, The Enemies. Narration, "Hladik", Music, Sound Design by Jon Fredette. Additional Voices by Mats Bennett and Miranda Friel.

Dec 16 2019

19mins

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The Kraken by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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First published in Tennyson's first solo collection, "Poems, Chiefly Lyrical" (1830) when he was around 20 years old. One of the few sonnets Tennyson penned and with this one specifically he grossly distorts the sonnet form to better fit the horrendous mythical sea creature he describes. Narration, Sound Design and Music by Jon Fredette.

Nov 01 2019

3mins

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The Daughters of the Moon by Italo Calvino

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A modern folktale which takes place in a parallel-universe New York City; mysterious lunar women are hypnotized by the moon's influence and converge at the edge of the city to undertake a clandestine task for the satellite. First written in 1968 and originally published with the rest of his cosmic tales in Le cosmicomiche (The Cosmicomics); it was translated much later in 2009 and republished in The New Yorker. Sound design, music, narration and "Qfwfq" by Jon Fredette "Diana" by Miranda Friel Translated by Martin Mclaughlin

Oct 14 2019

29mins

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The Continuity of Parks by Julio Cortazar

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"Continuidad de los parques" was originally written in Spanish and first published within the Editorial Sudamericana in 1964. Summary: A man settles down to finish reading an immersive novel and suffers the consequences of doing so. Narration, Sound Design, and Music by Jon Fredette.

Jul 12 2019

5mins

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The Sect of the Idiot by Thomas Ligotti

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First published in Crypt of Cthulhu in 1988. A man visits a nameless town and questions his existence as reality transforms into nightmare around him, leading him to a clandestine sect of dreams and dark dimensions. Narration, Sound Design, and Music by Jon Fredette

May 15 2019

24mins

Play

The Moon-Bog by H.P. Lovecraft

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First written around March 1921, the story was first published in the June 1926 issue of the pulp magazine Weird Tales. Summary: a man visits an isolated castle at Kilderry, where an old friend plans to drain an ancient and locally-revered swamp bog. Narration, Sound Design, and Composition by Jon Fredette

Apr 16 2019

21mins

Play

The Star by H.G. Wells

Podcast cover
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First published in the Christmas number of The Graphic in 1897. It is credited with the creation of the subgenre depicting the "impact event" of science fiction, and is referenced in Arthur C. Clarke's "Rendezvous with Rama". Summary: At the turn of the 19th century, a celestial collision in our solar system first captures the attention of the world and then threatens all life on earth. Narration, Sound Design, and Music Composed by Jon Fredette. Additional voices by Megan McIver, Miranda Friel, Mats Bennett, and voice actors from Fiverr.

Feb 28 2019

30mins

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The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allen Poe

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The story was first published in May 1842 in Graham's Magazine and has since been adapted in many different forms, including a 1964 film starring Vincent Price. Prince Prospero walls himself in one of his abbeys, passing the time with wealthy nobles in hedonistic masquerades, in hopes of waiting out a deadly plague known as the Red Death. Narration, Sound Design, and Music Composed by Jon Fredette.

Dec 18 2018

16mins

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Memento Mori by Jonathan Nolan

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Originally published in the March 2001 edition of Esquire magazine. It was the basis for the film Memento directed by Christopher Nolan. A man with anterograde amnesia hunts for his wife's murderer. Narration, Sound Design, Music Composition by Jon Fredette.

Jan 11 2018

34mins

Play

The Circular Ruins by Jorge Luis Borges

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Originally "Las ruinas circulares". First published in the literary journal Sur in December 1940. It was first published in English in View (Series V, No. 6 1946). An itinerant magician discovers a site of arcane, circular ruins, a forsaken temple, and finds inspiration to complete his earthly task. Narration and Sound Design by Jon Fredette. Translated by J.E.I.

Dec 04 2017

14mins

Play

Men Without Bones by Gerald Kersh

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Originally published by Esquire in 1954. Summary: While at dock, a passenger of a banana boat encounters a mad, weary traveller seeking passage away from the terrors he experienced on a lost expedition. Dr. Goodbody played by Hunter Hash. Narration, Sound Design, and Composition by Jon Fredette.

May 17 2017

22mins

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A Madman by Maurice Level

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Summary: A psychopath finds brief reprieve from a prolonged depression in a Parisian daredevil's act. The Cyclist played by Tony Wolf. Narration, Sound Design and Composition by Jon Fredette. Jeanne Mareteux Level (1875-1926) was a doctor and author of some 700 'conte cruel', many of which were adapted for performance at the infamous Grand Guignol theatre in Paris. Level began to write while on night shifts in a hospital where he was working as a surgeon, and his stories soon began to appear regularly in the newspaper, Le Journal. 26 of his 'cruel tales' were translated into English by Alys Eyre Macklin and published shortly after the First World War as Tales of Mystery and Horror in the US, and as Crises in the UK.

Feb 21 2017

8mins

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Sredni Vashtar by Saki

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Summary: With his imagination, a sickly boy creates his own religion, worshipping a merciless and vengeful god, to help him cope with his dull, depressive existence. Originally written by Saki (Hector Hugh Munro) between 1900 and 1911 and initially published in his book The Chronicles of Clovis. It has been adapted for opera, film, radio and television. Narration, Sound design, music by Jon Fredette. Additional voices by Megan McIver: www.meganmciver.com Music during end "pitch" provided by Myriad Black: https://myriadblack.bandcamp.com/

Jan 15 2017

17mins

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Aborted Mother by Mark Slade

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Summary: A baby and her mother are visited at home by a gift-bearing stranger in a post-apocalyptic dystopia. Mark Slade has appeared in numerous publications such as The Stray Branch, Weird Year and Wicked Gardens. He has written/and created such audio shows as Blackout City, The Sundowners and written for audio shows The Curiosity Peddler and Manor House. His new anthology (co-edited by Gavin Chappell) is Dark Dreams where all the characters in the stories share the same dreams and nightmares. Now available at this link http://www.lulu.com/shop/rogue-planet-press/dark-dreams/paperback/product-22931027.html Mark has a forthcoming book about a secret society WPS written with other members of that secret society. Mark lives in Williamsburg, VA with his wife, daughter, and a Pomeranian that uses mind control on humans. Mark's website: http://bloodydreadful.blogspot.com/ Megan's website: www.meganmciver.com Aborted Mother. Written by Mark Slade. Sound design, music, and narration by Jon Fredette. Additional voices by Megan McIver.

Nov 27 2016

9mins

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The Hidden Beast by J.D. Beresford

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Summary: A man encounters an isolated stranger who lives at the edge of his village and discovers there is more to the stranger than he first surmised. John Davys Beresford (17 March 1873 – 1 February 1947) was an English writer, now remembered for his early science fiction and some short stories in the horror story and ghost story genres. Beresford was a great admirer of H.G. Wells, and wrote the first critical study of Wells in 1915. Narration, sound design, and score by Jon Fredette

Sep 23 2016

7mins

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The Vector by Jon Fredette

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Summary: The fate of humankind hinges on informational broadcasts from the Emergency Alert System about an unknown pathogen outbreak. I decided to write a short story and keep the podcast going while I am away from my home system and incapable of recording my voice. Story, composition and sound design by Jon Fredette Soundcloud (Overflow Downloads): https://soundcloud.com/the-oddcast-2/the-vector Bandcamp (Lossless Downloads): https://jonfredette-sounddesign.bandcamp.com/

Jun 14 2016

19mins

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce

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Summary: Peyton Farquhar, a plantation owner in his mid-thirties, is being prepared for execution by hanging from an Alabama railroad bridge during the American Civil War. Background Info: Originally published by The San Francisco Examiner on July 13, 1890, it was first collected in Bierce's 1891 book Tales of Soldiers and Civilians. The story, which is set during the Civil War, is famous for its irregular time sequence. Bierce's abandonment of strict linear narration in favor of the internal mind of the protagonist is considered an early example of experimentation with stream of consciousness. Narration, Sound Design, and Music by Jon Fredette. Additional voices by Tony Wolf and Megan McIver.

Apr 15 2016

24mins

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The Russian Sleep Experiment by An Unknown Author

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Summary: In the 1940s, Russian scientists kept 5 men awake for 15 straight days. The results were horrifying. Background Information: This story was taken from the horror site Creepy Pasta, and is one of the more celebrated stories on the site. To my knowledge, the author is still unknown to this day. Narration and Sound Design by Jon Fredette.

Jan 28 2016

14mins

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iTunes Ratings

59 Ratings
Average Ratings
52
3
2
2
0

New favorite

By Moonflowerkl - Jan 12 2020
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This is my new favorite podcast. Keep ‘em coming!

Great reading, great selections

By Hasiak - Dec 16 2019
Read more
Excellent stuff. Any chance of you doing ‘the screw fly solution’