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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.

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...


Nov 18, 2018

"Neal reached into his jeans pocket and touched the screw cap on the little glass vial he’d brought back from that old Cajun witchee-woman.... Okay. Almost showtime."
 
What steps would you take to protect your family pride? Down in the Irish Channel, things get a little rough.


Nov 4, 2018

"I knew him when we were young. We were friends of sorts for a few months. Then we lost touch..."
 
What if your old pal became President? He must live on a different plane of reality, that overlays yours like etched glass. But is your barber really a KGB agent?


Oct 21, 2018

"A man stood upon a railroad bridge in northern Alabama, looking down into the swift water twenty feet below. The man's hands were behind his back, the wrists bound with a cord. A rope closely encircled his neck."
 
If you were facing imminent death, what would go through your head? This classic Civil War story explores...


Oct 7, 2018

"He'd been working quietly on a memoir of his own, but suddenly saw that memoir, once the noblest of genres, would be forever tainted by the mendacity of fraudsters...."
 
If fiction is unbelievable, maybe that means it's actually true! But what would Oprah Winfrey say?