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BCS #240 – Bennardo, Case, New Cover Art

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BCS #240 is out today, featuring two returning BCS authors with tales of journey and relationship, behind new cover art.

M. Bennardo (“A Guest of the Cockroach Club” in BCS #160, “The Use and the Need” in BCS #148 and podcast BCS 128, “The Penitent” in BCS #122 and podcast BCS 106: , among others) offers “Low Bridge! Or The Dark Obstructions,” in which a burgeoning relationship grows during honeymoon travel on a 19th Century canal boat.

Stephen Case returns to the world and characters of his BCS stories “The Aeroliths” in BCS #212, “The Wizard’s House” in BCS #166, and “The Unborn God” in BCS #150 with “The Wind’s Departure,” a sequel tale about the wizard, his wind companion, and his former master and god.

From the Archives with BCS #240 is “The Dreams of Wan Li” by Andrea Stewart, from BCS #146, another tale of a nascent relationship within a life confined.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast is on a brief hiatus. In the meantime, peruse our episodes from earlier this year, including BCS 205: Every Black Tree by Natalia Theodoridou, narrated by M.K. Hobson, BCS 203: On the Road to the Hell of Hungry Ghosts by Richard Parks, narrated by Folly Blaine, and our five-hour audio novella BCS 200: A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power, narrated by podcast and audiobook narrator, writer, and poet C.S.E. Cooney.

All behind our new cover art for winter for our readers in the Northern Hemisphere: “Fortress” by Dimitrije Miljus.


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BCS #239 – Castro & Zinos-Amaro, Ashley, Guest-Narrated Podcast

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BCS #239 is out today, two days early for the U.S. holiday, featuring tales of beauty and art and life.

Adam-Troy Castro & Alvaro Zinos-Amaro pen “The Mouth of the Oyster,” in which a blind accountant and husband faces the choice of seeing beauty again.

Michael Anthony Ashley (“A Courtship of Beasts” in BCS #209, “Hence the King from Kagehana” in BCS #81, “To Kiss the Granite Choir” in BCS #27) returns to BCS with “Woe and Other Remedies,” a tale of art and depravity and spectacle and their effect.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 207: The Mouth of the Oyster, the Adam-Troy Castro & Alvaro Zinos-Amaro story of seeing beauty and life. Marie Brennan caper. It’s guest-narrated by Michael J. DeLuca, who has narrated a number of past episodes of the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast including BCS 187: Wooden Boxes Lined with the Tongues of Doves by Claire Humphrey, BCS 174: Whale-Oil by Sylvia V. Linsteadt, and BCS 179: Mortal Eyes by Ann Chatham.

From the Archives with BCS #239 is “The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek, or, the Luminescence of Debauchery” by Catherynne M. Valente, from BCS #200 and podcast BCS 178, a tale of sight and beauty and life not unlike Adam-Troy Castro & Alvaro Zinos-Amaro’s “The Mouth of the Oyster.” 

All behind a new crop of our cover art for our Ninth Anniversary and early autumn in the Northern Hemisphere: “Riverhome” by Veli Nyström.


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BCS #238 – Brennan, Daniels, Brennan Podcast, 500th Story!

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BCS #238 is out today, featuring two tales of deception and caper, including the 500th story published in BCS!

Marie Brennan (“To Rise No More” in BCS #207; “The Ascent of Unreason” in BCS #104 and podcast BCS 089, plus two other Driftwood stories; “And Blow Them at the Moon” in BCS #50 and podcast BCS 044; among nine others) returns to BCS with “The Şiret Mask,” a dashing tale set in a new world of rich customs.

The Şiret Mask” is the 500th story to appear in BCS! Over nine years; since our debut back in 2008. Marie Brennan also authored the fourth story in BCS, “Kingspeaker,” way back in BCS #3 and podcast BCS 003.

Gillian Daniels offers “His Wife and Serpent Mistress,” another story of deception, caper, and rich social customs.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 206: The Şiret Mask, the Marie Brennan caper. It’s guest-narrated by Tina Connolly, narrator of a dozen past BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episodes including BCS 196: Carnival Nine by Caroline M. Yoachim, BCS 191: Suddenwall by Sara Saab, BCS 177: Shadow’s Weave by Yoon Ha Lee, and BCS 170: A Salvaging of Ghosts by Aliette de Bodard.

From the Archives with BCS #238 is “The Jewels of Montforte” by Adam Corbin Fusco, from BCS #44, an adventure fantasy tale in a unique world, with a bit of capering not unlike “The Şiret Mask” or “His Wife and Serpent Mistress.”

All behind a new crop of our cover art for our Ninth Anniversary and early autumn in the Northern Hemisphere: Riverhome by Veli Nyström.


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BCS #237 – Lingen, North, Theodoridou Podcast

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BCS #237 is out today, featuring two stories of challenge set in unusual takes on the Western.

Marissa Lingen (“Across Pack Ice, a Fire” in BCS #233, “Out of the Woods” in BCS #218 and podcast BCS 189, “Cursed Motives” in BCS #105 and podcast BCS 091, “The Six Skills of Madame Lumiere” in BCS #46, among many others) returns to BCS with “The Influence of the Iron Range,” a late-October themed tale of protecting the democratic process from fey influence.

Bennett North offers “Forgive Us Our Trespasses,” with a protagonist chasing her past into a bleak reflection of her future.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 205: Every Black Tree, the Natalia Theodoridou story from BCS #236 of past baggage and deathly destiny. It’s guest-narrated by M.K. Hobson, who has narrated past BCS Podcast episodes such as BCS 198: Two Bodies in Basting Stitch by Allison Jamieson-Lucy, BCS 190: Men of the Ashen Morrow by Margaret Killjoy, BCS 176: Laws of Night and Silk by Seth Dickinson, and BCS 166: The Three Dancers of Gizari by Tamara Vardomskaya.

From the Archives with BCS #237 is “More Full of Weeping Than You Can Understand” by Rosamund Hodge, from BCS #53, our Second Anniversary Double-Issue, and podcast BCS 047, a story of fey influence not unlike “The Influence of the Iron Range.”

All behind a new crop of our cover art for our Ninth Anniversary and early autumn in the Northern Hemisphere: Riverhome by Veli Nyström.


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BCS #236 – Theodoridou, Cataneo, Campbell Podcast

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BCS #236 is out today, featuring two authors new to BCS with stories of home and its shifting situations.

Natalia Theodoridou offers “Every Black Tree,” a story of past baggage and deathly destiny. Emily B. Cataneo offers “And the Village Breathes,” where a threat to home makes a protagonist question her mind.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 204: The Fall of the Mundaneum, the Rebecca Campbell story from BCS #235, our Ninth Anniversary Double-Issue, of an archivist at the dawn of a modern era, immersed in curiosities and left to ebb as a war approaches.

From the Archives with BCS #236 is “A Deeper Green” by Samantha Murray, from BCS #205, a story of home and a character caught between outside and domestic conflict not unlike “Every Black Tree” and “And the Village Breathes.”

All behind a new crop of our cover art for our Ninth Anniversary and early autumn in the Northern Hemisphere:  Riverhome by Veli Nyström.


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BCS #235, Ninth Anniversary Double-Issue – Parks, Hurley, Campbell, and More

Posted in: Anniversary Issues, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #235, our Ninth Anniversary Double-Issue, is out today!

Richard Parks (a dozen previous stories in BCS, including Lord Yamada tales such as “The Ghost of Shinoda Forest” in BCS #63 and standalone pieces like “In the Palace of the Jade Lion” in BCS #100) continues the new series he began in “In Memory of Jianhong, Snake-Devil” in BCS #226 and podcast BCS 197 with “On the Road to the Hell of Hungry Ghosts,” with the father-daughter ghost hunters and their new nonhuman companion encountering history and the supernatural.

Kameron Hurley (“The Judgment of Gods and Monsters” in BCS #200) returns to BCS with “The Fisherman and the Pig,” another tale of the aftereffects of war, this time on a single person.

Rebecca Campbell (“Unearthly Landscape by a Lady” in BCS #184 and podcast BCS 161) returns to BCS with “The Fall of the Mundaneum,” a likewise engagingly oddly voiced story, about history and isolation and an idiosyncratic archive. T.S. McAdams offers “Grassland,” a story of strange life and community in a strange prairie landscape.

The Hurley and Campbell stories will release on the website on Oct. 5, but the full issue is available now on ebook at Amazon and Weightless Books.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 203: On the Road to the Hell of Hungry Ghosts, the Richard Parks story of the father-daughter ghost hunters encountering a strange new challenge. It’s guest-narrated by Folly Blaine, narrator of past BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episodes including BCS 189: Out of the Woods by Marissa Lingen, BCS 146: Sun, Stone, Spear by Carrie Vaughn, and BCS 197: In Memory of Jianhong, Snake-Devil, the previous story in this series.

The From the Archives story with BCS #235 is “Heaven Thunders The Truth” by K.J. Parker, from BCS #157, our Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue, featuring family and past history not unlike “On the Road to the Hell of Hungry Ghosts.”  

Our anniversary one-day ebook sales ended on Wednesday, but our new anthology The Best of BCS, Year Eight, featuring Catherynne M. Valente, K.J. Parker, Mishell Baker, Yoon Ha Lee, Aliette de Bodard, Rose Lemberg, Jason Sanford, and more is available at Amazon, B&N, iTunes, Kobo, and also Weightless Books (containing a 30% coupon for BCS subscriptions and issues).

In nine (!) years of BCS, we’ve published almost 500 stories and 240 audio fiction podcasts. And there’s more to come! Thank you for reading!


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BCS #234 – DeLuca, Broom, DeLuca Podcast

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BCS #234 is out today, featuring stories of characters traveling through wilderness in search of redemption.

Michael J. DeLuca (“The Nine-Tailed Cat” in BCS #70 and podcast BCS 062 and “Between Two Treasons” in BCS #23, among others) returns to BCS with “Dire Wolf,” which follows a hardscrabble character with baggage in pursuit of a terrible foe.

William Broom offers “Corpus Grace,” a story following two adversaries each in pursuit of spiritual truth.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast returns with BCS 203: Dire Wolf, the Michael J. DeLuca story of tracking a wilderness foe. It’s guest-narrated by the author, who has narrated a number of past episodes of the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast, including BCS 187: Wooden Boxes Lined with the Tongues of Doves by Claire Humphrey, BCS 174: Whale-Oil by Sylvia V. Linsteadt, and BCS 179: Mortal Eyes by Ann Chatham.

From the Archives with BCS #234 is “Else This, Nothing Ever Grows” by Sylvia V. Linsteadt, from BCS #125, a story of questing through wilderness populated by the paranormal, with a feel not unlike “Dire Wolf.” 

All behind a new crop of our cover art for late summer in the Northern Hemisphere: “Bird House” by Jordan Grimmer.


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BCS #233 – Lingen, Kassel, Wilde Audio Vault

Posted in: BCS Audio Vault Podcast, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #233 is out today, featuring stories of justice and breaking from norms.

Marissa Lingen (“Out of the Woods” in BCS #218 and podcast BCS 189, “Out of the Rose Hills” in BCS #173, “Cursed Motives” in BCS #105 and podcast BCS 091, “The Six Skills of Madame Lumiere” in BCS #46, among many others) returns to BCS with “Across Pack Ice, a Fire,” a story of seeking justice for another people and atonement for herself.

Mel Kassel offers “Gallows Girl,” in which a character questions her personal role in justice.

BCS #233 features a new episode of the BCS Audio Vault podcast: 027 Bent the Wing, Dark the Cloud by Fran Wilde, the tale of an apprentice craftswoman and her father who must confront themselves in order to save their business and family. It’s introduced by the author, explaining the story’s and characters’ connection to the Bone universe world of the story and her novels Updraft, Cloudbound, and Horizon.

The From the Archives story with BCS #233 is “The Judge’s Right Hand,” by J.S. Bangs, from BCS #79 and podcast BCS 070, a tale of justice and clashing against norms, not unlike offers “Gallows Girl.”

All behind a new crop of our cover art for late summer in the Northern Hemisphere: “Bird House” by Jordan Grimmer.


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BCS #232 – Marshall, Sriduangkaew, Hawksmoor Archives

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BCS #232 is out today, featuring stories of protagonists facing old foes.

Kate Marshall (“Stone Prayers” in BCS #177, and podcast: BCS 155) returns to BCS with “Red Bark and Ambergris,” a story of growing up in an olfactory-based magic system and facing a royal scheme for power.

Benjanun Sriduangkaew (“The Insurrectionist and the Empress Who Reigns Over Time” in BCS #178, “Golden Daughter, Stone Wife” in BCS #144 and podcast BCS 124, among others) offers “No Pearls as Blue as These,” a story of an old foe coming home.

From the Archives with BCS #232 is “Y Brenin” by Cae  Hawksmoor, from BCS #167, which features old foes forced together.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast is on a brief hiatus. In the meantime, peruse our episodes from earlier this year, including our five-hour audio novella BCS 200: A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power, guest-narrated by podcast and audiobook narrator, writer, and poet C.S.E. Cooney.

All behind a new crop of our cover art for late summer in the Northern Hemisphere: “Bird House” by Jordan Grimmer.


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