M002 Interview with DeAnna Knippling

Author: Jim  //  Category: Metacasts

Jim is joined by DeAnna Knippling, author of Miracle, Texas. We discuss her story, why Westerns should always end badly, and zombies.


012 – Miracle, Texas

Author: Jim  //  Category: Rated R

Miracle, Texas by DeAnna Knippling.

If he’d meant to leave his wife for her, he shouldn’t have shot her horse.

Justine waved to the banditos and hefted her saddlebags. She’d sold the banditos her saddle and tack in payment for the ride from El Paso to Miracle, Texas. They’d heard of Marguerite’s Amazons and therefore weren’t prepared to risk doing her bodily harm, but they weren’t going to give her a ride for free. She walked the last mile and a half, one foot in front of the other. Her boots hurt her feet; she wasn’t used to walking.


011 – Smoke Signals

Author: Jim  //  Category: Rated R

Smoke Signals, by Cody Quinn.

Regret pulled a cigarette from her pack of Camels. Rolling it between her rough fingers she examined it closely, her deep brown eyes dissecting its details, admiring its simple perfection and soothing promise.

“Got a smoke?” Coy asked.

She looked up at him from her position on a low window sill, “Not for you.”


010 – Flash

Author: Jim  //  Category: Rated PG

Nil Desperandum presents our first collection of flash fiction:

Regarding Emma, by Elizabeth Barton. Narrated by Julie Sigwart.

Casey’s Hope by Alexandra Seidel. Narrated by Erin McFall.

Counterculture by Elizabeth Creith. Narrated by Charlene Huang-Roberts.

A Drink, the Devil, and My Mother, by Lisa Gurney. Narrated by Jim Phillips.


Bonus – An Even Temper

Author: Jim  //  Category: Rated PG

With the kind permission of, and really at the request of, Michael Saad – author of An Even Temper – we present the full unabridged text in PDF format.

Please enjoy!


009 – An Even Temper

Author: Jim  //  Category: Rated PG

An Even Temper, by Michael Saad

Narrated by John Roberts, co-host of GAG The Manager.

The shopping cart slammed into the doorframe, causing a crash that pierced the silence of our apartment hallway. Crouched in the front basket, I held up my forearm to prevent my body from barreling through our front door.

“Monty, you idiot,” I cursed. I took my keys from my pocket and thrust them into the doorknob, while Monty’s hoarse laugh vibrated down the hall.

“Damn key,” I snorted, fumbling with the lock. Still in the grocery basket, I opened the door and Monty ploughed us through. The shopping cart rolled onto on our living room floor with me still in it.


008-02 – Dioscuri

Author: Jim  //  Category: Rated R

Dioscuri, by Edward R. Morris. Part two of two.

Mr. Morris can be found online at http://edwardrmorrisjr.blogspot.com/.

Public bathrooms are supposed to be safe, to a child. What could ever happen there?

Public bathrooms occupy their own corner of Spacetime, their own cosm that gets examined as little as possible by anyone.

When you’re four years old, public bathrooms are mysterious and terrifying, with vast Horoscope machines looming over you, their funhouse mirrors at your eye level inlaid in the Bakelite where grownups don’t notice.


008-01 – Dioscuri

Author: Jim  //  Category: Rated R

Dioscuri, by Edward R. Morris. Part one of two.

Mr. Morris can be found online at http://edwardrmorrisjr.blogspot.com/.

Special thanks to Steve Cox (http://fromtheedge.com) and Erin McFall (http://erinsaves.ning.com/) for their narration assistance.

If you love something, set it free. If it comes back to you, continue the experiment. If it continues to run away, terminate it and rebuild. Rinse. Repeat Step One.

This is the way of pure Science. We may think we love those not born of Man and Woman, the way we think we love a long-time family pet. But neither are ensouled.

Not even when they think they are.


007 – Uncle Rick

Author: Jim  //  Category: Rated G

Uncle Rick, by M. Shaw – who can be found online at http://mshaw.wordpress.com/.

Narrated by Ken Stoeffler, of the Flatus Show. http://theflatusshow.com/.

Geoffry’s dad tells him that his Uncle Rick will be coming for a visit tomorrow. Geoffry has never been this cold before. Earlier, his mom told him that his pre-school is closed today because it’s so cold. So he stays in the house, freezing. Every so often he asks his mom to turn up the thermostat, not knowing what this means except insofar as he’s heard her say it. She always promises to, but he has noticed no change.


006 – The Algorithms for Love

Author: Jim  //  Category: Rated PG

The Algorithms for Love, by Ken Liu. Ken can be found online at http://kenliu.name/.

Narrated by the lovely Lorna Boyle. Lorna can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/lornawynn217.

So long as the nurse is in the room to keep an eye on me, I am allowed to dress myself and get ready for Brad. I slip on an old pair of jeans and a scarlet turtleneck sweater. I’ve lost so much weight that the jeans hang loosely from the bony points of my hips.

“Let’s go spend the weekend in Salem,” Brad says to me as he walks me out of the hospital, an arm protectively wrapped around my waist, “just the two of us.”


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