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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.

Aug 20, 2017

"Following the application of the voltage, he had found himself possessed with the ability to hear color -- the sound of color. Painting became obsession."
 
A late train, electric hum, conductor-artist, a canvas and a girl... and finally... haiku. Am I hallucinating?


Aug 6, 2017

"She is offering her wings to me; isn’t that what I came down here for after all?"

If you see something strange, should you just keep on driving? Or stop for whatever adventure awaits at the edge of the road?


Jul 23, 2017

"Anyway, until the final darkness closes in I shall keep on whistling. I shall read fairy stories and muse on the intricacies of parallel worlds...."
 
When did that cup of coffee become an orange? In a resigned but insightful monologue, an aging man reflects on the gradual onset of dementia.


Jul 9, 2017

"I am over one hundred years old.... And I say that what you are doing,” he paused for effect, “is wrong. It is bad for you.”
 
Is the old man in a poncho telling the truth? What will happen if you take his weird advice? 


Jun 25, 2017

"In the final year before the onset of Destruction, on the blessed anniversary of my birth, there will occur in the heavens an astrological Grand Cross. Yea, verily, He hath spoken!"

There are many kinds of messengers in this world. Hmm... should we heed the messages,...