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The Strange Recital

The Strange Recital is an audio anthology of short fiction. It is not genre-specific and delights in perceptions of reality that warp and fold in unexpected ways. The literary works we showcase might be odd, humorous, or surreal.... They might remind you of Borges, Nabokov, Kafka, Pynchon. Or none of the above.
Each podcast episode features one writer and runs about 20 minutes. It includes a story reading – the Recital – a brief musical interlude, and an author interview with a twist – the Post Recital. Subscribe to get a new episode twice a month. It's free.

May 20, 2018

"It was quite by accident I discovered this incredible invasion of Earth by lifeforms from another planet. As yet, I haven’t done anything about it; I can’t think of anything to do."

Did a friend ever lend you an ear? Or give you a hand? They must be aliens -- call the authorities!

May 6, 2018

"I'm in the cafe I frequent practically every day. I sit in the corner and bury myself in my phone. That is what I use to write with."

Struggling with writer's block? Maybe you need the help of a magical being from out of a coffee cup. But... at what price?

Apr 22, 2018

"It was dusk and I was about to head back to the highway when I saw a building in the distance. Lights were on. Even if it was just somebody’s house, I decided I’d stop and ask for directions...."

Even a private eye can't always see the danger he's walking into. What makes people do the things they do?

Apr 8, 2018

"When I was 17, I killed a man. He was very old, and he was walking by the side of the road in the twilight."

Time can't erase experience when coincidence keeps it alive. Is this a message from somewhere? How do you create meaning in your life?

Mar 25, 2018

"Barney Rudolph was a solitary man. This is what he silently said in his private story of self. Alienated, a loner, lone wolf, outsider. Always an outsider."

Can a movie be made that is not a movie? Can a man be not a man? Maybe each of us is just something happening in a sea of happenings