"Sudden Fiction" is defined as flash fiction of between 750-1000 words that tells a complete story with a twist ending. Various artists share a new original prompt-based Sudden Fiction each week. R.B. Wood hosts the podcast.
info_outline Episode 36: "The Sea of Trees" by Tim Waggoner 09/08/2023
Episode 36: "The Sea of Trees" by Tim Waggoner Host: Tim Waggoner has published over fifty novels and seven collections of short stories. He’s a four-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award, a one-time winner of the Scribe Award, and he’s been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the Splatterpunk Award. He’s the author of the acclaimed horror-writing guide Writing in the Dark, and he’s a full-time tenured professor who teaches creative writing and composition at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio. His papers are collected by the University of Pittsburgh's Horror Studies Program. Website: Blog: Facebook: Twitter: @timwaggoner
info_outline Episode 35: "Come the Waters High" by Karl Dandenell 09/01/2023
Episode 35: "Come the Waters High" by Karl Dandenell Host: Karl Dandenell is a graduate of Viable Paradise and a Full Member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association. He and his family, plus their cat overlords, live on an island near San Francisco famous for its Victorian architecture and low speed limits. His preferred drinks are strong tea and single malt whiskey. Karl’s fiction and poetry have appeared in publications and podcasts in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. Follow his occasional posts and read more of his fiction at .
info_outline Episode 34: "The Birthday Dinner" by Tom Deady 08/25/2023
Episode 34: "The Birthday Dinner" by Tom Deady Host: Tom Deady's first novel, HAVEN, won the 2016 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. He has since published several novels, novellas, a short story collection, and the first book in his middle grade horror series. He has a master’s degree in English and Creative Writing and is a member of both the Horror Writers Association and the New England Horror Writers Association. You can find out more about Tom and his work at
info_outline Episode 33: "Left at the Bus Stop" by Mary Hart 08/18/2023
Episode 33: "Left at the Bus Stop" by Mary Hart Host: *Story TRIGGER WARNING: Abuse.* Mary E. Hart is the author of the haunted house novel, “Some Horrific Evening” and the 1980s themed horror tale, “Not Your Barbie Dino,” in the collection “Totally Tubular Terrors.” When she’s not writing about robot technology in her full-time job, or creating stuffed animal political debates with her son, she is writing down tales like this one and even Hallmark-like stories. You can learn more about her writing at .
info_outline Episode 32: "A Close Family" by Kenneth W. Cain 08/11/2023
Episode 32: "A Close Family" by Kenneth W. Cain Host: Kenneth W. Cain is an author of horror and dark fiction, and a Splatterpunk Award nominated freelance editor. He is also the publisher and editor-in-chief at Crystal Lake: Torrid Waters. Cain is an Active member of the HWA and a Full member of the SFWA. To date, he has had over one hundred short stories and thirteen novels/novellas, as well as a handful each of nonfiction pieces, books for children, and poems released by many great publishers such as Crystal Lake Publishing, JournalStone, and Cemetery Gates Media. He has also edited eight anthologies, with two more coming in 2023. Cain suffers from chronic pain, and as such, likes to keep busy. He lives in Chester County PA with his family and two furbabies, Butterbean and Bodhi. His full publishing history is available on his website at .
info_outline Episode 31: "Red Oak Manor" by Wicker Stone 08/04/2023
Episode 31: "Red Oak Manor" by Wicker Stone Host: Wicker Stone is an avid reader, writer, and also an artist. Recently, he just completed his newest novel titled 'Stench of Leaves'. He's worked as a freelance writer for the Morning Sentinel newspaper, covered the movie 'Thinner' for the magazine Cinefantastique, and some of his short stories can be found in NEHW's Wicked Weird and HWoM's Northern Frights Halloween and Love Issues. Wicker is currently working on a short story collection while revising an old novel titled, 'Dark Shade'.
info_outline Episode 30: "Taxi" by R. B. Wood 07/28/2023
Episode 30: "Taxi" by R. B. Wood Host: Former technologist and world traveler, storyteller R. B. Wood is an MFA graduate from Emerson College and a writer of speculative dark thrillers. Mr. Wood, via Crystal Lake Publishing, recently released his novel, Bayou Whispers, and is working on his next book, The Glue Factory. His shorter, weird stories have appeared in multiple anthologies and online magazines. R. B. Wood Around the web: | | |
info_outline Episode 29: "My Coney Island Girl" by Sarah Walker 07/21/2023
Episode 29: "My Coney Island Girl" by Sarah Walker Host: Sarah Walker is a writer, artist and anthropologist living in the Pacific Northwest and has been published by Audient Void, Lovecraft Ezine Press, Antimony and Old Lace, Oxygenman Books, Silent Motorist Media, Planet X Books, Eighth Tower Publishing, Ladies and Gentlemen of Horror, Shoggoth.net, Lovecraft Lunatic Asylum, Audient Void, and more. She recently illustrated, wrote, and helped to curate the folk horror book A Walk in a Darker Wood with editors Duane Pesice, Phil Breach and Gordon White along with the sequel, A Walk in a City of Shadows, edited by Sarah Walker, Gordon White, Jill Hand, Nora Peevy, and Phil Breach that came out in February 2023. She also has other work coming out in in late 2023 from Vastarien , Weird Fiction Quarterly, and Demagogue Press and she is currently working on readying her illustrated short story collection set for publication in 2024. Lastly, she is coediting a book of short stories celebrating the work of Gemma Files set to be published in summer of 2024 and she is hiding under your bed right now, but don’t let that bother you.
info_outline Episode 28: "What I Did on Summer Vacation" by NorA B. Peevy 07/14/2023
Episode 28: "What I Did on Summer Vacation" by NorA B. Peevy Host: Nora B. Peevy is a cat trapped in a human’s body. Please send help or tuna. She toils away for JournalStone and Trepidatio Publishing as a submissions reader, is a co-founder for Alien Sun Press, a reviewer for Hellnotes, co-editor for Weird Fiction Quarterly, and has been published by Eighth Tower Press, Weird Fiction Quarterly, Alien Sun Press, The Wicked Library Podcast, and other places. She has a Bachelor in English Degree with a Concentration in Creative Writing from Cardinal Stritch University. She is also a contributor for Getty Images. Usually, you can find her on Facebook asking for help escaping her human body or to get tuna. Tuna is nice. Cats like tuna. She also likes cat naps in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
info_outline Episode 27: "Death Takes a Vacation" by She 07/07/2023
Episode 27: "Death Takes a Vacation" by She Host: Sheri White’s stories have been published in many anthologies, including Alice Says Go Fuck Yourself (an ezine), I Cast You Out, published by CultureCult Press, Flashes of Fantasy, published by Wicked Shadow Press, Tales from the Crust (edited by Max Booth III and David James Keaton), Halldark Holidays (edited by Gabino Iglesias), and HWA’s Don’t Turn Out the Lights (edited by Jonathan Maberry). Her collection, Sacrificial Lambs and Others, was published in 2018. This is Sheri’s second appearance on the Sudden Fictions Podcast.
info_outline Episode 26" "Bottom Feeder" by J. Edwin Buja 06/30/2023
Episode 26" "Bottom Feeder" by J. Edwin Buja Host: J. Edwin Buja has spent his life surrounded by books. He discovered early on that researching and writing hold the key to happiness. Who else would think scanning through decades of microfilm to index an old newspaper would be a dream job? For almost forty years, he has been married to the most wonderful woman on the planet. Although he lives in a small village somewhere in Canada, his heart and second home reside with his horror family in New England. His novels include The King of the Wood and The Consort. He has also had several short stories published. He is currently working on two novels and has two others out for consideration.
info_outline Episode 25: "Upon Reflection" by Rob Smales 06/23/2023
Episode 25: "Upon Reflection" by Rob Smales Host: Rob Smales is the author of the collection (three stories from which received honorable mentions on Ellen Datlow’s best horror lists for various years) and the horror novellas and . His most recent short work can be found in the anthologies Wicked Sick (“Author’s Note”) and It Calls From Below (“Pops”). He hails from Salem, Massachusetts, where he lives, writes, and occasionally sleeps.
info_outline Episode 24: "Never at Night" by Suzanne Madron 06/16/2023
Episode 24: "Never at Night" by Suzanne Madron Host: Suzanne Madron was born in New York City and has lived up and down the east coast. Currently, she resides in a house built over a Civil War battlefield in the wilds of Pennsylvania where she has been known to host some interesting Halloween parties. She has authored several novels and stories under various names including Suzi M, James Glass, and Xircon.
info_outline Episode 23: "What Remains" by Wicker Stone 06/09/2023
Episode 23: "What Remains" by Wicker Stone Host: Wicker Stone is a horror writer living in central Maine, where he spends much of his free time in Acadia Park, gathering locations for his current work in progress. Wicker’s work can be found in NEHW’s WICKED WEIRD, Northern Frights Halloween, & Love Issues. Follow on Facebook at AuthorWickerStone
info_outline Episode 22: "Nemesis" by Sumiko Saulson 06/02/2023
Episode 22: "Nemesis" by Sumiko Saulson Host: Sumiko Saulson is a Bram Stoker Nominated poet for their 2022 collection (), and an award-winning author of Afrosurrealist and multicultural sci-fi and horror whose latest novel is available on . Winner of the HWA Scholarship from Hell (2016) BCC Voice "Reframing the Other" contest (2017), Mixy Award (2017), Afrosurrealist Writer Award (2018), HWA Diversity Grant (2020), HWA Richard Laymon Presidents Award (2021), Ladies of Horror Fiction Readers Choice Award (2021) Sumiko has an AA in English from Berkeley City College, writes a column called "Writing While Black" for a national Black Newspaper, the is the host of the SOMA Leather and LGBT Cultural District's "," and teaches courses at the .
info_outline Episode 21: "Good to the Last Drop" by Mike & Anita Allen 05/26/2023
Episode 21: "Good to the Last Drop" by Mike & Anita Allen Host: edits and publishes Mythic Delirium Books in Roanoke, Virginia, with his wife Anita and not-so-troublesome cat Pandora. His short stories have been gathered in three collections: Unseaming; The Spider Tapestries; and Aftermath of an Industrial Accident; with a fourth, Slow Burn, now in the works. His first dark fantasy novel, The Black Fire Concerto, appeared in 2013, with his second novel, Trail of Shadows, forthcoming from Broken Eye Books. A two-time finalist for the World Fantasy Award and the Shirley Jackson Award, Mike has also been a Nebula Award nominee and a three-time Rhysling Award winner for poetry. You can follow Mike’s exploits as a writer at and as an editor at . Anita Allen is a reclusive artist and writer who has won awards for art and costume design. She has several poetry and short story publications but vastly prefers editing above all else. Anita currently edits for Mythic Delirium Books, where she’s had a hand in many award-nominated and award-winning publications. (Tanith Lee once referred to her skill at short story arrangement in collections as “genius.”) When she’s not editing, she pursues her own creative endeavors, going off on strange adventures or venturing deep in the woods to photograph fungi and collect plant specimens. She lives a relatively quiet life in the Blue Ridge Mountains with her beloved husband and adorable kitty.
info_outline Episode 20: "A Family Gift" by Belinda Brady 05/19/2023
Episode 20: "A Family Gift" by Belinda Brady Host: Enjoy this very "Twilight Zone-esque" story by the wonderful Belinda Brady, or you might end up in the Cornfield (With apologies to Bill Mumy). A bookworm since childhood, Belinda is passionate about stories and has turned her hand to writing them, with several stories published in a variety of publications. Belinda lives in Australia with her family, two moody, yet oh so loveable, cats and two super cute miniature dachshunds who love annoying said cats and each other. Belinda adores all things spooky, music and travel.
info_outline Episode 19: "Stained Glass Scarlet" by Michael Burke 05/12/2023
Episode 19: "Stained Glass Scarlet" by Michael Burke Host: Michael Burke is a lifelong fan of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, propelled into these realms at a tender age when he discovered his father's cache of pulp novels. A passion for comic books soon followed. In 2000, Michael co-founded the award-winning comic and collectible store, Comicazi, in Somerville, MA. When not sorting the comic stacks at work, Michael can be found at home, releasing the hobgoblins of his mind into story form. He has short stories published in Whetstone:Amateur Magazine of Pulp Sword and Sorcery, The Horror Zine, Northern Frights, Witch House, Swords and Heroes, and the 80s-themed anthology, Totally Tubular Terrors. His weird western novella debuted in September 2022 as part of the Dark Tide series from Crystal Lake Publishing. A collection, Fragments of a Greater Darkness, is forthcoming in summer 2023.
info_outline Episode 18: "Auto-Icon" by Jonathan Papernick 05/05/2023
Episode 18: "Auto-Icon" by Jonathan Papernick Host: This is an exciting episode for me, as a former professor of mine, 17-year academic veteran, and Emerson Writer-in-Residence Jonathan Papernick kicks off the "Gift" prompt for the month of May with his story "Auto-Icon." Jonathan Papernick, born and raised in Toronto, Canada, is the author of two short story collections, The Ascent of Eli Israel and There Is No Other and three novels, the most recent being I Am My Beloveds. He serves as Senior Writer-in-Residence in the Writing, Literature and Publishing department at Emerson College in Boston where he has taught since 2007. Jon has taught fiction writing for more than twenty years at Pratt Institute, GrubStreet, Brandeis University, Bar Ilan University and Emerson College, in Boston, where he has taught since 2007, serving as Senior Writer-in-Residence since 2012. In 2019 he started , a manuscript editing and coaching service that has worked with clients in America and internationally. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island with his wife.
info_outline Episode 17: "Surge" by Cindy O'Quinn 04/28/2023
Episode 17: "Surge" by Cindy O'Quinn Host: Cindy O'Quinn is a four-time HWA Bram Stoker nominated writer. Her dark poetry has been nominated for both the Rhysling and Dwarf Star Awards. Cindy lives a simple lifestyle on the old Tessier homestead in northern Maine.
info_outline Episode 16: "Nail-Farer" by Yves Meynard 04/21/2023
Episode 16: "Nail-Farer" by Yves Meynard Host: Born in 1964 in Québec City, Yves Meynard currently lives in Orléans, Ontario. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Université de Montréal. Since 1986, he has published over 50 SF & Fantasy short stories in both English and French, and 19 books in French. His first book in English, a fantasy novel titled The Book of Knights, came out in January 1998 from . His second English-language book, , came out in March 2012. A collection of short stories, Angels & Exiles, was published in 2015. His writing has netted him several awards, most notably the Grand Prix de la Science-Fiction et du Fantastique Québécois in 1994. Yves was fiction editor from 1994 to 2001 for the Québécois SF magazine ; he has been an anthologist for several projects, including the anthology Tesseracts5, published by Tesseract Books. He is one of the founding members of SF Canada. A Macintosh enthusiast from the instant he laid eyes on the machine, he has written several applications for the Mac and is developing more. Né en 1964 à Québec, Yves Meynard demeure à Orléans, en banlieue d'Ottawa. Il détient un doctorat en informatique de l’Université de Montréal. Depuis 1986, il a publié plus de 50 nouvelles de science-fiction et fantastique, en anglais comme en français, et 19 livres en français. Il a également à son actif deux romans en anglais, The Book of Knights et .Yves fut directeur littéraire de la revue de 1994 à 2001, et a agi comme anthologiste pour divers projets, dont Tesseracts 5 et Escales sur Solaris. Fan du Macintosh de la première heure, il a créé plusieurs applications pour le Mac et s’affaire à en développer d’autres.
info_outline Episode 15: "Summer '77" by Rose Blackthorn 04/14/2023
Episode 15: "Summer '77" by Rose Blackthorn Host: Rose Blackthorn wrote this week's story, and it is a Twilight Zone-esque delightfully creepy, and beautiful tale! Rose Blackthorn lives in the desert but longs for the sea. She is a writer, dog-mom, jewelry-maker, avowed coffee drinker, and photographer. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared online and in print with a varied list of anthologies and magazines, including the collection .
info_outline Episode 14: “The Oncoming Storm” by Bill Kirton 04/07/2023
Episode 14: “The Oncoming Storm” by Bill Kirton Host: The April 2023 theme of "Storm" begins with a coming-of-age story by returning author Bill Kirton. Bill Kirton was born in Plymouth, England, studied French at Exeter University, and graduated in 1962. While teaching at Hardye’s School, Dorchester, he started his Ph.D. on the theatre of Victor Hugo and was a lecturer at Aberdeen University from 1968 to 1989. He’s also been a voice-over artist, TV presenter and has extensive experience of acting and directing. His directing credits include many French language plays as well as works by Shakespeare, Orton, Beckett, and Ionesco. He spent a sabbatical year at the University of Rhode Island Theater Department, which commissioned translations of 3 Molière plays from me, one of which he directed himself. The script also won third prize in the British Comparative Literature Association’s Annual Translation competition, 1999. Bill wrote and performed songs and sketches in revues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, stage plays, two of which were commissioned by Aberdeen Children’s Theatre, and radio plays for the BBC, two of which were also broadcast in Australia. Since the late 1990s, his writing has concentrated on prose fiction. He has written many short stories and ten novels, two of which have won awards, with a third being long-listed for the Rubery International Book Award. Bill has held posts as a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at universities in Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrews and, since 2015, have been the organiser of a Scotland-wide scheme which places professional writers in schools to help students with the transition to writing at university. He still gives workshops in schools from Orkney to Dundee as part of the scheme and he’s written five books in Pearson Educational’s ‘Brilliant’ series on the study, writing, and workplace skills. Bill also co-authored ‘Just Write’ for Routledge. Facebook pages:
info_outline Episode 13: "The Prophecy" by Andrew Butters 03/31/2023
Episode 13: "The Prophecy" by Andrew Butters Host: The last of our prophecy stories titled, fittingly enough, "The Prophecy," is by author Andrew Butters who also has a brand new non-fiction book releasing on April first. Give this rather satirical sudden fiction a listen. Andrew Butters is a married father of two living in New Brunswick, Canada and he will tell you that his first published work was Losing Vern as part of the Orange Karen: A Tribute to a Warrior anthology. In reality, it was a 500-word anecdote about the time he lit himself on fire. That story made it into the third installment of the Darwin Awards books. He writes, creates, eats snacks, blogs, toils over his next novel, creates videos, is a huge fan of golf, hockey, science, EQUALITY, and the Oxford comma. Andrew sometimes lets his love of attention override common sense. You can find evidence of this pretty much anywhere you can find Andrew.
info_outline Episode 12: "Train Car Six" by Jason McIntyre 03/24/2023
Episode 12: "Train Car Six" by Jason McIntyre Host: Another travel prophesy...I'm just gonna stay home from now on! "Train Car Six is by Jason McIntyre...and it's a good one! Jason McIntyre is the author of more than three dozen short stories, several novellas and full-length fiction. He is an editor and communications professional, and has spent several years as a graphic designer and commercial artist. With over a hundred a fifty thousand downloads of his work in just a year, McIntyre was voted into the top twenty of debut authors in the Goodreads Choice Awards. His books include the #1 Kindle Suspense, THE NIGHT WALK MEN, bestsellers ON THE GATHERING STORM and SHED, plus the multi-layered coming-of-age literary suspense THALO BLUE. Currently, he is at work on the tenth and final full-length novel which will conclude the well-received DOVETAIL COVE mosaic saga.
info_outline Episode 11: "The Grotesque of Boylston Street" by R. B. Wood 03/17/2023
Episode 11: "The Grotesque of Boylston Street" by R. B. Wood Host: I promised a "special guest" this week and unfortunately, things don't always work out the way you want them to. So I'm now my own special guest! How meta! Enjoy "The Grotesque of Boylston Street." Former technologist and world traveler, storyteller R. B. Wood is an MFA graduate from Emerson College and a writer of speculative dark thrillers. Mr. Wood, via Crystal Lake Publishing, recently released his novel, Bayou Whispers, and is working on his next book, The Glue Factory. His shorter, weird stories have appeared in multiple anthologies and online magazines. R.B. and his wife Tina adore animals and are self-professed “crazy cat people.”
info_outline Episode 10: "It Can't Rain All the Time" by Kristi Petersen Schoonover 03/10/2023
Episode 10: "It Can't Rain All the Time" by Kristi Petersen Schoonover Host: A fortune cookie makes for a very bad day. A wonderfully dark tale by Kristi Petersen Schoonover. Kristi Petersen Schoonover has always truly believed it’s bad luck to leave a fortune cookie unopened. Her stories have appeared in over a hundred publications, and she and her husband, Nathan, are currently writing the screenplay for Candlewood: Jerusalem (working title)—sequel to the upcoming 2023 film Candlewood—which will be produced by Lillanonah LLC from Bandstand Pictures, directed by Myke Fuhrman, and is based on her unpublished novel, Lake Rites. She holds an MFA from Goddard College and is founding editor of the journal 34 Orchard. Follow her adventures at .
info_outline Episode 9: "Life in the Air" by Eden Baylee 03/03/2023
Episode 9: "Life in the Air" by Eden Baylee Host: The month of March kicks off the theme of "Prophecy" with a terrifying tale from the most amazing Eden Baylee. Eden Baylee is a writer of fiction. She keeps an active blog, home to many of her stories and inspirations. While showcasing her own work, Eden also posts on music and whatever moves her. Don't let her dry sense of humour and penchant for profanity scare you. She's always polite to readers!
info_outline Episode 8: "Keys" by Jason McIntyre 02/24/2023
Episode 8: "Keys" by Jason McIntyre Newcomer, Jason McIntyre tells the disturbing story of a service man trying to do his job. Enjoy "Keys" Host: Jason McIntyre is the author of more than three dozen short stories, several novellas and full-length fiction. He is an editor and communications professional, and has spent several years as a graphic designer and commercial artist. With over a hundred a fifty thousand downloads of his work in just a year, McIntyre was voted into the top twenty of debut authors in the Goodreads Choice Awards. His books include the #1 Kindle Suspense, THE NIGHT WALK MEN, bestsellers ON THE GATHERING STORM and SHED, plus the multi-layered coming-of-age literary suspense THALO BLUE. Currently, he is at work on the tenth and final full-length novel which will conclude the well-received DOVETAIL COVE mosaic saga. Learn more about the author and his work at:
info_outline Episode 7: "Beloved By Shadows" by Kerry E. B. Black 02/17/2023
Episode 7: "Beloved By Shadows" by Kerry E. B. Black TRIGGER WARNING: Implied child abuse A poignant and hard to hear story that is brilliantly written by Kerry E. B. Black. Host: Kerry E. B. Black writes from a buttercream doll's house sinking into a swamp situated along the Allegheny River. She's a member of the HWA, Nomadic Wordsters, Rough Writers, and Wily Writers and can be found on many social media platforms, where she hopes you will join her.