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First Fiction: Noteworthy Fiction from Verso.ink

First Fiction: Noteworthy Fiction from Verso.ink

By Caren Hahn
Highlighting the best new fiction from emerging authors.

Hosted by Caren Hahn, this podcast is dedicated to showcasing notable new fiction published on Verso.ink. Verso.ink is a new online community for discovering and sharing great fiction. Our mission is to help discerning readers discover the best new fiction, and assist emerging authors in growing their audiences. First Fiction features selected works distinguished as noteworthy by Verso.ink moderators.

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9. "Mistress Mary" by Caren Hahn
She threw back the quilt and grabbed the doll. It was large and heavier than she expected, and just the weight of it demanded to be held close to her body.  Snuggled. Crystal Brinkerhoff hosts today's episode featuring Mistress Mary by Caren Hahn. As Managing Editor of Verso.ink, Caren doesn't typically promote her own work, favoring instead to put other authors in the spotlight. This episode is an exception, as she shares a creepy tale just in time for Halloween. Read Mistress Mary on Verso.ink. Get the full short story collection at carenhahn.com. Learn more about the Wallkeeper trilogy. Connect with Caren on Instagram and Facebook. Join the growing community for free at Verso.ink and discover the best emerging fiction.
39:30
October 27, 2020
8. "Dollie" by Miranda Renaé
"This is Dollie." She adjusted the doll's dress. "She's nothing special. Old and maybe a bit creepy, but nothing special." She rubbed her finger across the doll's porcelain cheek.  "At least that's what her previous owners thought at first." It’s October and for many of us that means carving pumpkins and sharing spooky stories as the nights get cooler. I have a chilling tale for you today from Miranda Renae. Dollie puts a different spin on your typical campfire ghost story, and if you keep listening after the story, you’ll get to hear the unusual way Miranda was inspired. Read Dollie on Verso.ink. Connect with Miranda at www.mirandarenae.com. Buy the Wonderland novel on Amazon. Join the growing community for free at Verso.ink and discover the best emerging fiction.
17:06
October 13, 2020
7. "Red Wrath" by Gerhard Gehrke
We were out of the bar in minutes, him opening the door for me while trying to call up the closest ride on one of his apps. I didn’t let it show I was wishing he had a car. Too many things could go wrong going back to his place, and any more witnesses besides the bar patrons were possible complications. Red Wrath is a dark superhero thriller by Gerhard Gehrke geared toward an adult audience. We had a chance to talk about Red's character arc, so if you have questions—as I do—keep listening after the story to hear that interview. Red Wrath is narrated by Abby Gehrke. Red Red Wrath on Verso.ink. Connect with Gerhard at www.gerhardgehrke.com. Join the growing community for free at Verso.ink and discover the best emerging fiction.
23:28
September 29, 2020
6. "Black Dragon" by Genevieve Ann Atwater Maxwell
The gods were among them. And the gods were called dragons. Today's episode features our youngest author to date, Genevieve Ann Atwater Maxwell. Enjoy the prologue and first chapter of Black Dragon, a fantasy adventure story with additional content available on Verso.ink. If you'd like to hear how Harry Potter saved her from a life of illiteracy, keep listening after the story for my interview with Genevieve. Black Dragon is narrated by the author. Read Black Dragon on Verso.ink. Join the growing community for free at Verso.ink and discover the best emerging fiction.
43:51
September 15, 2020
5. "Semper Romanus" by Christopher Jones
Father gives a great cry, as of a wild boar spitted on a shaft of ash, and then he is still. I do not need the doctors to pronounce him dead. But I do need to know why my brother isn't here. Semper Romanus, by Christopher Jones, is a historical fiction piece based on Hannibal’s siege at Saguntum. If you don’t know anything about it (as I didn’t!), keep listening after the story for my interview with Chris. Semper Romanus is narrated by Carli Schofield. Read Semper Romanus on Verso.ink. Find more work by Christopher Jones on drabaticpress.com. Join our growing community for free at Verso.ink and discover the best emerging fiction.
41:44
September 1, 2020
4. "The Emerald City" by Cassiopeia Fletcher
How naïve he’d been! Growing up wasn’t just about cleaning things, it also meant going to the store on your own and crossing the big street by yourself and tripping and falling and getting bloody and forgetting money and being scolded and feeling dumb because you want to cry but you can’t because you’re grown up now and grown-ups. don’t. cry. Today’s selection is more literary in nature, and focuses on a small boy making a big step in the world. The Emerald City is written by Cassiopeia Fletcher. After the story, you’ll get to hear our conversation about Joe and Cassie's unique experience of writing through the eyes of a child. The Emerald City is narrated by the author. Read The Emerald City on Verso.ink. Join the growing community for free at Verso.ink and discover the best emerging fiction.
45:40
August 18, 2020
3. "DRIVEN" by The Behrg
They will call her Monster. Child killer. A seething psychopath. DRIVEN is a haunting yet highly empathetic piece that will leave you changed by the end of it. Keep listening after the story for my interview with The Behrg. DRIVEN is narrated by Micah Mason. Read DRIVEN at verso.ink/thebehrg/driven. Connect with The Behrg at www.thebehrg.com. Join our growing community for free at verso.ink and discover the best emerging fiction.
25:36
August 4, 2020
2. "Supervillain High" by Gerhard Gehrke
“So, your father is one of these superheroes who dresses up and gets into a lot of trouble.” “Not a hero. One of the bad guys." Supervillain High is the first in Gerhard Gerhke's YA Superhero Adventure series. This first chapter introduces us to Brendan and his complicated daddy issues. Keep listening after the story for my interview with Gerhard. Supervillain High is narrated by the author. Read Supervillain High at verso.ink/gerhardgehrke/supervillain-high Connect with Gerhard at www.gerhardgehrke.com Join the growing community for free at Verso.ink and discover the best emerging fiction.
20:34
July 21, 2020
1. "Tethered" by Crystal Brinkerhoff
The bodies wouldn't sink... Our first episode features a complete short story by Crystal Brinkerhoff. At the time of recording, Tethered is not only one of our Noteworthy selections—which means it's been chosen by Verso.ink moderators—but also sits in the #1 spot in Popular votes by our readers. Keep listening after the story to hear my interview with Crystal about Tethered. Tethered is narrated by Carli Schofield. Read Tethered at verso.ink/crystalbrinkerhoff/tethered Connect with Crystal: www.crystalbrinkerhoff.com/ www.facebook.com/crystal.brinkerhoff.7 www.instagram.com/crystalbrinkerhoff/ Join the growing community for free at Verso.ink and discover the best emerging fiction.
19:48
July 8, 2020