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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.

Feb 3, 2019

"There was another table by a door, in another place at a different time. Along with the letters there was a newspaper. The headline glared at him: MAN KILLED IN A CROWD WITH POISONED UMBRELLA."
 
Can effects precede causes? Maybe, but what does that have to do with spies in London, a Zapotec witch, and a secret...


Jan 20, 2019

"The moon cast eerie shadows over the body. Moonlight filtering through the shifting sycamore branches created the illusion that he was moving. Father Daniele knelt next to the man, who was lying in a pool of blood. 'Can your hear me, my son?'"
 
A murder in an Italian village... did the priest do it? Or is this mystery...


Jan 6, 2019

"The initial sight of the living room was always a shock, as if she’d forgotten how she’d left it.... Years’ worth of ephemera and objects were stacked in overflowing boxes that lined the perimeter of the room...." 
 
What changes inside you when a loved one disappears? Do you become a different person? Maybe this...


Dec 23, 2018

"Living half a century is no great accomplishment; I’ve done it and more. Living through tomorrow may be something much bigger...."
 
What thoughts would you have as you face open heart surgery? Can someone be obsessed with empty space?


Dec 9, 2018

“Have you ever touched a really old person? I don’t mean just their hand or kissing their cheek or anything, I mean their naked skin, have you ever handled an old person?”

What happens to sensuality with age? Can minds connect? This thoughtful story explores the bond between two women, almost strangers, young and...