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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 5, 2018

"My earliest memory, one that I will never forget, is of being awakened from sleep, summoned up out of warm subterranean darkness by a hand on my shoulder...."

 
At last, a confession. Perhaps beauty is the life force... but where's the border between mendacity and veracity? And what is "anamnesis"?


Jul 22, 2018

"They inhaled deeply, the warm organoleptic confluence of fictional flavors infusing them with a kind of charmed glow that they could never attain through mere sexuality..."

 

What exactly is going on between these two young people? The police would like to know. An investigation is underway.


Jul 8, 2018

"Light seeped through her eyelids and, though she wasn't quite awake, she could feel that she had a body, and that her body lived in the real world. The real world of pain."

 
What if you awoke to discover you had been forever changed? Is it the end of you? Maybe this is the story of a new beginning, a thorny rebirth.


Jun 24, 2018

"My car, with the drug in the boot, was tucked behind the rural filling station. Still hot and smoking, the machine had suffered catastrophic failure...."

 
A man alone faces himself and his history, with a little chemical assistance. But what is now and what is cruel flashback? Hallucination, madness, or reality? Does...


Jun 10, 2018

"I’m Hermann Haber. Perhaps you’ve heard of my father. He won the Nobel Prize...."

 
In this three-character play set in 1915, timely questions are raised about the boundaries between genius and evil, patriotism and morality. And a great interview with the playwright follows!