Tales to Terrify and a Blast from the Past

Everyone remembers their first. Exciting but somewhat awkward; not as good as you want it to be; and maybe you shot it off a little too soon.

Their first published story, that is. What did you think I was talking about?

Mine was a dreamy, Twilight Zone -esque story of Halloween, crime, and alternate realities called “The Fifth,” published (fittingly) in an anthology called Alternate Dimensions in 2011.

Since it was the story that popped my publishing cherry, it was the one I sent off to Tales to Terrify, many years back now. Tales to Terrify is an audio magazine of horror fiction that’s been around since 2012 (they also have sister podcasts Starship Sofa for science fiction and Farfetched Fables for fantasy). I admit I had quite forgotten about my submission until now.

Tales to Terrify 225 has just been released, and it includes my story. So my first story published in print has now also become my first story narrated for audio!

Give it a listen, if you’re so inclined… or even better, check out the rest of their podcasts; they’ve got hours upon hours worth of stories in their archives.

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  1. I enjoyed your story very much, Joanna. I love The Tales To Terrify Pocast and was lucky enough to have had a story of mine featured on there a few years back.

  2. I thought your story was awesome, Joanna. I’m the fiction editor for StarShipSofa, but I listen to all three podcasts and yours is definitely one of the best we’ve played. The ending hit me like a punch in the gut.

    Very happy to welcome both you and your story on the District of Wonders! =) Hope we have you on again.

    – Jeremy

    • Thank you, Jeremy! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I also love sf/f, so I may have to start listening to all three podcasts… Very glad to be part of this publication. Great to meet you!

      • Likewise!

        I dunno if you write anything that’s applicable, but SSS and FFF accept submissions as well. We’re both closed at the moment, but we’d be happy to get stuff from you, especially if you’ve already been on the DoW before. Keep an eye out, and I hope you enjoy the podcasts.

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