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Havok Story Podcast

Havok Story Podcast

By Havok Publishing
A semi-monthly audio narration of selected Flash Fiction stories from Havok Publishing. We cover genres from science fiction to fantasy, mystery to drama, humor to thriller! Hosted by Magnus Carlssen and written by authors from around the globe, there's a little something for every fiction lover in this podcast!

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Dust to Dust
The western frontier is a dangerous place. A lonely prospector seeks his fortune in the mountain streams after the dead of his trail partner. A grizzly encounter leaves him rattled and spooked - but shows him that sometimes fortune comes from the unlikeliest of places.
10:52
June 20, 2022
What Happens at Night
Ever since their world was plunged into darkness by the destruction mages, Diana has been trying to invent a device to help her see clearly at night. She thought it was going well...until she discovered what the darkness was hiding.
09:31
June 07, 2022
The Empty Space
Adon's choice to leave Earth was his own, but he didn't expect the tremendous emptiness he would feel as he watched his home planet become just a faint dot in the windowport. His new friend Eclipse shows him a change of perspective - literally and figuratively - and Adon realizes that there is yet so much to find ahead of him.
10:12
May 20, 2022
At All Costs
A young boy lives with a terrible ability, which makes him an unwilling danger to any living creature - or person. How far will his mother go to protect him from those who would destroy him? The answer is - as far as it takes.
10:08
May 07, 2022
All I Did Was Science
A court convenes to pronounce judgement on a scientist gone rogue. As the last-ditch effort, the defense is allowed to speak. It's a strange testimony, laced with surprises, secrets, and sarcasm. And who's to say what's right or wrong? After all...it's just science!
10:03
April 16, 2022
Cold Fury
Cody believes he has found the perfect way to cripple the Takton infrastructure and prevent them from taking more human prisoners as slaves. When a mysterious man named Benson appears and demonstrates a powerful super-ability, Cody realizes that he is just a small piece of something far, far bigger than he knew...
09:41
April 02, 2022
Bridge Vigil
The bridge is cold and frosty this morning. In the fog, a girl appears. There's no reason for her to be here this early. What is she planning? Can she be stopped before it's too late?
11:27
March 19, 2022
Friendly Fire
Prince Hildebrand is sent on a quest to rid the kingdom of a dangerous dragon. When he finds it, however, he discovers that there is far more to the story than he knew...and that sometimes, the most unlikely allies are the most important.
11:05
March 05, 2022
More Than Dust
Young Pevka and his Aunt work as stokers on a space-train, keeping the engines fed and the train on time. But he wonders...is there more out there for him? Then he learns a startling revelation...that changes everything. 
11:57
February 19, 2022
The Hardest Words
Desperate to tell his family something he should have said long ago, George will do nearly anything to see his family again. In a landscape ravaged and burned by the Great War, he makes a last-ditch effort to cross time and space, to make peace with the people he holds close.
12:54
February 05, 2022
The Watchman
A legendary toymaker invents a time-travel device, wreaking havok on society. A secretive company of Watchers is formed to unmake his invention...until they discover Case 43b.
12:04
January 22, 2022
The Wandmaker's Offer
When a young man stumbles into his wand-shop one afternoon, Exeter believes him to be yet another clueless student. It only takes a few moments to realize that not only is the young man not a student, he's something else entirely...
10:51
January 08, 2022
The Toughest Crowd (Winter Special)
Jessmina meets new faces every day, and has the unenviable task of cheering up even the most downbeat of weary souls. On one fateful winter night, four people enter the tavern, and one of them looks familiar. She doesn't know it yet, but this night will change her life forever. The most special Winter Special! Based on the original flash fiction by Beka Gremikova. Adapted for audio and produced by Magnus Carlssen. Sound design by Kathryn Stanley. Music by Alexander Nakarada. Starring these legends (in order of appearance): David Izquierdo -- Aud Andrews -- Ginger Sue -- Maximilian Conteras -- Magnus Carlssen -- Dallis MacKenzie -- and Shogo Miyakita. Best with headphones!
11:10
December 25, 2021
More Than Stories
Kevin inherits a strange crystal bauble from his Gran, and finds that it connects him to her in ways that he never expected. Fortunately, he also inherited her heart and courage, and soon finds himself on the adventure of a lifetime.
11:05
December 11, 2021
Bad Help is Hard to Find
Mad scientist - er, wannabe supervillain - Dr. Detestable's favorite night of the week has arrived: New Invention Night. With the help of his loyal pet Scrofa, and earnestly incompetent assistant Korgo, he's about to unleash a nightmare upon the mildly amused citizens of Doomsylvania!
12:39
November 27, 2021
The Statue Girl
After three years of planning and saving, Markus finally gets his chance to visit the Cursed Gardens. Once inside, he finds that the legendary statues there are more real than he could have ever imagined...and might just give him his own shot at becoming a legend himself.
09:53
November 13, 2021
Captain of the Nebula
A grim, vengeance-sworn pirate captain prepares to strike a mortal blow to his enemy's civilization. Gently, the ship's cook tries to reason with him for the sake of the innocent lives to be lost. Will he be able to sway the captain's blood-lust and prevent a terrible tragedy? Sound design by Kathryn Stanley.
12:14
October 30, 2021
Down Memory Stain
When Kasper Kade makes the trip up to his Grandpa's home in northern Vermont, he notices a few things out of place. Nothing really strange, of course, just mostly...stains. Odd spots on the floor he doesn't remember. Stains the color of...Zythian blood?
11:25
October 16, 2021
An Honest Profession
An ancient Djinn offers three wishes, an informational brochure, and a complimentary pen. "Genie in a bottle" sure isn't what it used to be.
10:15
October 02, 2021
Long Abandoned
A nighttime police call to the old amusement park. Officer Jackson suspects that something might be hiding out there. Turns out to be a puppy, stuck in some old rusty metal...or is that just the bait?
08:50
September 18, 2021
Starlink Sabotage
When saboteurs try to prevent the Treskipian Ambassador from attending crucial peace talks, it's up to Eddie Caplan and his Recepticore handler, Dr. Jaunica Brightmayne, to stop them before it's too late.
09:43
September 04, 2021
The Blue Zinger
Raven's restaurant is about to be reviewed by a fearsome food critic. Seeking advice, she turns to her Granny - because Grannies always know what to do, right? Of course - as long as you don't ask for a recipe!
09:43
August 21, 2021
Sweet Soul Blues
The off-world blues music scene was never the same after CHAR15Le3 showed up. Now Unit 12 is searching for her...and that only means bad news. Fortunate for her, Maisy and Samantha know her truth, and are watching her back.
13:16
August 07, 2021
The Red Hibiscus Bride
After a tragic accident, a man is haunted by the ghost of his wife. Despite the fears of the housekeepers, she just wants to help him move on with his life. How can he ever understand her true intentions?
10:16
July 24, 2021
Dreamhunter
Just when Dr Martin and Capt Quinn are about to secure an elusive dream orb, they are attacked by the pirate ship "Cerberus' Nightmare." They must use every scrap of their wits and bravery to escape with their lives - and finish the mission!
10:27
July 10, 2021
Mama Louise's One-Eyed Gumbo
Detective LaFaye thinks the world of Mama Louise's special gumbo - but when a gang of gun-toting minotaurs threatens to destroy her shop, gumbo isn't the only surprise Mama Louise has up her sleeve!
09:23
June 26, 2021
A Spoonful of Spice
Young Cha-Mi tries to help prepare the daily food offering to their house-spirit Gojijia...with disastrous results! Will the infamously grumpy Gojijia curse their family, or worse yet, punish Cha-Mi the way he punished old su-Seok years ago?
09:58
June 12, 2021
Shadow Side Up
Tessa, the waitress at the Full Moon Diner, has seen plenty of strange folks come and go over the years. On this particular early morning, even she doesn't see the dark and dangerous thread that links them all...
09:06
May 29, 2021
Dragon's Spite
"...The legends warned never to wound a dragon, for this would invoke The Dragon’s Spite..." But what if, as I now faced, this wound was not only necessary, but for the beast's own good?
10:33
May 15, 2021
Rainbow Rider
Charles never suspected that the reason that he'd never seen a fairy is because they didn't want to be seen - until he nearly tripped over Thistle, a fairy who opened his eyes to a world he'd never imagined existed. Or was it those new meds from his therapist?
08:34
May 01, 2021
The Storm Horse
Colton's childhood has been...unusual, to say the least. He is gifted, certainly -  but only when he meets the wise and mysterious Mr. Bennett can he begin to understand his true potential.
10:44
April 17, 2021
All Is Bright
Halpin's lonely trip to the nearest neutron star is a survival mission - not just for him, but the entirety of humanity on Earth. Leaving his wife and child behind, he hopes to bring back just an iota of the dying star's energy...if he can survive.
11:14
April 03, 2021
The Perfumers of Qukamar
Shebalik loves the beautiful Merula, a talented perfumer - but she has cursed him to only smell one scent forever. A desperate search to find a cure leads him to rediscover love, right under his nose...
10:09
March 20, 2021
The Mysterious Scent of Cookies
Evelyn arrives home after a long workday to find her empty apartment...unusually aromatic...but in a pleasant way! As she notices more and more things out of the ordinary, she begins to wonder...is she actually alone?
08:43
March 06, 2021
Always The Future
Sandra knows that leaving her home planet means giving up everything she's ever known - but staying will kill the man she loves. 
10:59
February 20, 2021
The Recycling Room
Jacob has operated the Anthophilia Inc. recycling machine for many years. Is there a sinister hidden agenda behind the company's operation, or are there side effects from the Recycling Room that Jacob doesn't know about?
10:48
February 06, 2021
Salarius
A turn-of-the-century murder mystery, set in a cozy solarium. Mr. Jerome Arkwright finds evidence of foul play - but intended for whom?
09:56
January 23, 2021
Miracle's Tree
A determined, plucky young girl sees the world from a perspective all her own, much to the chagrin - and misunderstanding - of her mother!
10:07
January 09, 2021
The Encantado
The Knights of the Sun pursue an Encantado – a “haunted”, a shapeshifter – into the heart of the Netherground, a fae market bursting with every kind of creature you can imagine.
11:26
December 26, 2020
Glisent and Hooke
A classic detective caper, full of wit, banter, and keen observation. Don't be misled by red herrings and diversions – all is certainly not as it appears!
09:32
December 12, 2020
Earl's Dilemma
An android with a gambling addiction, an unlucky captain, and a rattletrap spaceship with a maintenance problem. Just another day for the Mud Runner.
08:56
November 28, 2020
Into the Abyss
A human soldier and his blood-bonded demon confront their archenemy, the evil Anra Mainu. It's entirely possible that none of them will survive.
10:23
November 14, 2020
Everyday Hero
In a city where superpowers are normal, it's easy to get complacent. Fortunately the guys at Corporate looking out for the little guys...right?
08:23
October 31, 2020
A Far-Off Place
A child and her beloved dog go on adventures in a magical misty forest – and bring back treasures to prove it!
07:29
October 16, 2020
Why God Made Beer
When aliens invade a pub in Northern England, they find that they've met their match in the good-natured company of Corporal Thaddeus P. Birtwhistle, Retired.
08:29
October 02, 2020
Moonshining (Fall Festival Special)
A night-time adventure to a secret fishing hole. Closely guarded family secrets. A blossoming romance. It's a perfect combination for something magical to happen! Starring Madison Brown, Anita Lauren, and Justice Hart.  Special thanks to: Brian Joseph Davis, Doctor Turtle, Jason Shaw, John Bartman, MitchellSounds, and Kai Engel. Check out their exceptional music and SFX at freesound.org and freemusicarchive.org. This episode is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives license, which can be found at creativecommons.org.
10:24
September 22, 2020
Don't Feed the Trolls
Come with us as we pass through Troll Town on our way to the palace, and find out why trolls always have such thick skin...and perhaps toughen up a little ourselves!
09:22
September 19, 2020
The Time Travelers
It's a tale of travel through time – backwards and forwards, to be exact – with murder, political intrigue, and good old-fashioned detective work thrown in!
09:58
September 05, 2020
Oath
An old-time western featuring a grizzled cowboy with a shooting problem, a sweet barkeeper with an outlaw problem, and one chance for frontier justice.
05:58
August 22, 2020
Silent Running
Aliens invade...and unexpected heroes save the day! It's “Guardians of the Galaxy” meets “Ender's Game” in this rollicking adventure!
09:02
August 08, 2020
Flowers
Don't forget to stop and smell the flowers...unless that flower is the portent of impending planetary doom. In that case, why not a bouquet?
11:12
July 25, 2020
The Game
This sultry, suave escapade leaves everything to your imagination...but will you see the twist coming before it's too late?
09:36
July 11, 2020
Sold Out
The analogies run deep in this atmospheric coming-of-age tale! Sometimes it's good to "get away from it all" for a little while, to do the things and go to the places that truly make your soul happy. It's good to not take life too seriously. After all, that's why we love flash fiction, right?
08:17
June 27, 2020
The Devil Tries Again
Remember when 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia'? Well, the good folks in Georgia apparently sent him looking for less competitive residencies. So he moved on...to other planets. Bet you never heard 'Dueling Fintlers' in space before!
07:58
June 13, 2020
What Happens In Las Veggies
It's a tough world out there in vegetable showbiz. Even the famous tubers will do anything to get an edge. When a famous singer's hat gets stolen right before his evening performance, it's up to his best friend to track down the thief - and get a little mashed potato justice. 
09:19
May 30, 2020
Fail-Safe
It's 2120, and mineral mining on the Moon has been handed over to automated, semi-sentient robots. All is going well, until the AI develops a taste for rock music and moustaches. Next thing you know, it's a one-way trip to the stars. Good thing there's a fail-safe built in.  ...or is there? Skip to 1:30 to get straight to the story!
09:42
May 16, 2020
Rave
In this Lovecraftian-inspired adventure, a first-time raver attends an exclusive event in an epic new oceanside location, and experiences things he never thought possible. Or did he? Sometimes it's hard to tell... Skip to 1:28 to get straight to the story!
08:41
May 02, 2020
Slippers
A modern twist on a classic fairytale! Cinderella has a lot more on her mind these days, with her college degree to finish and small business to start. Even Prince Charming needs a little help in the etiquette department. Don't worry - the fairies have gone high-tech, but there's nothing a little good old-fashioned magic can't fix... Skip ahead to 1:34 to get right to the story!
09:19
April 18, 2020
A Good Night to Be Alive
It's not easy to be the King...of the Underworld! It's especially  infuriating when your three-headed dog, Cerberus, runs away - again -  and wanders into the Land of the Living. Specifically, New York. At  Christmas time. It's every devil's worst nightmare. Story starts at 1:28!
08:48
April 04, 2020
Old Fashioned Letters
"Old Fashioned" isn't a bad thing, right? That's what Otto tries to convince his would-be girlfriend, Jenna. Unfortunately for Otto, it's not that simple... Skip to the head of the line at 1:30 to get right to the story!
08:01
March 21, 2020
Episode Zero: Podcast Introduction
Meet the host, learn about flash fiction, and find out what the Havok Story Podcast is all about. Plus, spoilers!
01:54
March 05, 2020