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The Story Coterie

The Story Coterie

By StoryCote + Candace L Coulombe
Modern fables, fresh flash fiction and literary amusements for your listening pleasure.

* The Story Coterie is on hiatus for the winter. Get your fix by checking out past episodes or reading short fiction at storycote.com. Join in new tales starting mid-January 2021.*
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S1 E28: Absinthe Minded
Listen to the next in our series of stories about struggling writers. In the fairy tale Absinthe Minded, a woodland police station gets mired in the misadventures of green fairies.
08:59
October 6, 2020
S1 E27: A Roof of One's Own
Listen to the second in our series of stories about struggling writers. In the hipster flash fiction A Roof of One's Own, a writer in an uneasy relationship seeks escape through an artist residency at a hip hotel with a luxe rooftop terrace, where she only becomes more troubled.
08:31
September 22, 2020
S1 E26: Smoke and Mirrors
Listen to the mysterious new flash fiction Smoke and Mirrors, in which a struggling author seems to have become successful when he’s asked to participate in a series of peculiar book signings.
08:27
September 15, 2020
S1 E25: An Equal Kiss
Listen to a new tale of the fantastic and domestic. In the funny flash fiction An Equal Kiss, according to Galatea, after she married Pygmalion, he still sought to sculpt the perfect woman. Check out other modern myths in Episode 24.
07:42
September 1, 2020
S1 E24: Tales of the Domestic and Fantastic
Listen to two very weird stories in which mythic creatures meet the mundanities of modern relationships. In today's original's fiction:  The Muse Has Put on Weight Since We Got Married and The Selkie Says We Need Some Time Apart.
08:39
August 25, 2020
S1 E23: New Alchemy
Listen to the near future flash fiction New Alchemy, in which the world is challenged and changed by a fierce pandemic of a propagation of raw metals on the blood. Look for this tale to be ready to read on StoryCote.com in the future. Listener note: There were a few audio quality issues with the episode when first released, but we've since re-recorded. Here's hoping our poor mic didn't  stand in the way of a good story! If you haven't listened in yet, please do! And if you listened earlier this week, please give this remix a chance. 
08:35
August 13, 2020
S1 E22: ScentEasy
Listen to the award-winning satirical story ScentEasy, in which a visit to an environmentally friendly perfumery makes a girl lonely for her old life. This story is also ready to read online at StoryCote.com.
09:52
August 4, 2020
S1 E21: Hey Jealousy
Listen to our series of three modern tales on the oldest theme in storytelling:  jealousy. In the flash fiction Temporary Insanity, an office romance becomes uncomfortably complicated. In Hearts of Palm, after a vegan couple breaks up, the café where they work sees unplanned menu changes. And, in Written on the Skin, an exceptional tattooed lady draws a true admirer. All stories also ready to read at StoryCote.com.
22:09
July 28, 2020
S1 E20: The Lady and the Lemon Tree
Listen to the new fantastic fairy tale The Lady and the Lemon Tree. For other fun modern fairy tales, check out episode 16 or visit StoryCote.com.
08:19
July 21, 2020
S1 E19: For Your Convenience
Listen to the funny, near-future flash fiction, in which a fast pass to the tollbooth comes at the cost of personal privacy. And read it online at StoryCote.com.
08:21
July 14, 2020
S1 E18: Written on the Skin
Listen to the fantastic flash fiction Written on the Skin, in which an exceptional tattooed lady draws a true admirer. Also ready to read online at StoryCote.com.
08:31
July 7, 2020
S1 E17: The Changing Room
Love tales of cons and crimes? Listen to the short story The Changing Room, in which things go awry when an ambitious young woman infiltrates an exclusive country club. And read it online at StoryCote.com.
11:56
June 30, 2020
S1 E16: Magical Resolutions for Unfortunate Girls
Listen to our series of three modern fairy tales. In Silver Kingdoms, twelve secretive seniors at a Southern retirement home disappear each night, only to reappear the next morning with holes in their slippers. In The Green-Eyed Monster, three riddles must be answered before crossing the bridge to an ex-boyfriend. And, in Temporary Charms, a young woman is able to dance with a prince, thanks to the intercession of her fairy godmother, but all of the charms are repossessed at midnight. All stories also ready to read at StoryCote.com.
26:23
June 15, 2020
S1 E15: Temporary Charms
In the lovely fairy tale Temporary Charms, a young woman is able to dance with a prince, thanks to the intercession of her fairy godmother, but all of the charms are repossessed at midnight. And read it online at StoryCote.com.
10:56
June 5, 2020
S1 E14: Hearts of Palm
Listen to the darkly comedic flash fiction Hearts of Palm, in which after a vegan couple breaks up, the cafe where they work sees unplanned menu changes. This story is also ready to read online at StoryCote.com.
08:31
May 22, 2020
S1 E13: The Green-Eyed Monster
Listen to the modern fairy tale The Green-Eyed Monster, in which three riddles must be answered before crossing the bridge to an ex-boyfriend. And read it online at StoryCote.com.
10:23
May 8, 2020
S1 E12: Chasmata
Listen to the sci fi flash fiction Chasmata, in which a scientist on a Martian colony journals her discontent with domestic life. This story is also read to read online at StoryCote.com. (And, while this is fiction, apologies to the science and space communities for any mispronunciations in this episode!)
09:32
May 1, 2020
S1 Remix: We All Shine On
We've rerecorded our first episode to bring you a better listening experience. Listen to the sci fi flash fiction We All Shine On, in which the students in a home economics class are transformed after exposure to lunar matter. Read the story online at StoryCote.com, and explore the digital collection of the Library of Congress, mentioned in this episode, at loc.gov.
08:58
April 24, 2020
S1 E11: Bad Call
Be among the first to hear the new short story Bad Call, in which an earnest young boxer prepares to makes his professional debut while his fate may hang on an unseen force in the ring.
10:30
April 17, 2020
S1: A Quick Break for a Little Quiet
Our podcast is pressing pause for Easter week, but we'll be back with new episodes on April 17. Until then, please catch up on our first ten episodes or read fresh flash fiction online at StoryCote.com.
01:12
April 10, 2020
S1 E10: Silver Kingdoms
Listen to the flash fiction fairy tale Silver Kingdoms, in which twelve secretive seniors at a Southern retirement disappear each night, only to reappear the next morning with holes in their slippers.
10:12
April 3, 2020
S1 E9: Temporary Insanity
Listen to the slightly salacious flash fiction Temporary Insanity, in which an office romance becomes uncomfortably complicated.
10:08
March 27, 2020
S1 E8: Tales of Giving Up Childish Things
Listen to our series of three stories about growing up. In the sci fi flash fiction We All Shine On, students in a home economics class are transformed after exposure to lunar matter. In the fantasy flash fiction Jimmy Cooper, Jimmy Cooper, a longtime companion is put out to pasture at a sanctuary for imaginary animals. And, in the dreamlike short story Lonely Exile, a prodigious boy escapes to an uninhabited island. All stories also ready to read at StoryCote.com.
27:08
March 20, 2020
S1 E7: Lonely Exile
Listen to the dreamlike short story Lonely Exile, in which a prodigious boy escapes to an uninhabited island.
13:00
March 13, 2020
S1 E6: Stories of Fledgling Romance
Listen to our series of three "how we met" tales. In the sci-fi rom-com short story Heroes United, romantic connections are pursued at a convention for the superpowered. In the vintage rom com flash fiction Phoning Arcadia, a telephone operator's mistake creates a connection for two strangers. And, in the dark and bittersweet flash fiction Delicates, a tenuous relationship begins at a late-night laundromat. All stories also ready to read at StoryCote.com.
32:48
March 6, 2020
S1 E5: Delicates
Listen to the bittersweet flash fiction "Delicates," in which a tenuous relationship begins at a late-night laundromat.
09:07
February 28, 2020
S 1 E4: Phoning Arcadia
Listen to the vintage-inspired flash fiction Phoning Arcadia, in which a telephone operator's mistake creates a romantic connection for two strangers.
10:51
February 21, 2020
S1 E3: Heroes United
Listen to the funny and fantastic story Heroes United, in which the romantic connections are pursued at a convention for the super-powered.
21:06
February 14, 2020
S1 E2: Jimmy Cooper, Jimmy Cooper
Listen to the award-winning flash fiction Jimmy Cooper, Jimmy Cooper, in which a longtime companion is put out to pasture at a sanctuary for imaginary animals.
10:37
February 7, 2020
S1 E1: We All Shine On
Welcome to the debut of The Story Coterie podcast! Listen to our very first short story We All Shine On, in which students in a home economics class are transformed after exposure to lunar matter. Note: This story was later rerecorded to improve audio quality. Listen to a new Remix episode, dated April 24, between episodes 11 and 12 of season 1.
07:48
January 31, 2020
What is The Story Coterie?
Learn more about our new fiction podcast and the stories we'll be sharing with you.
02:04
January 25, 2020
Season 1 teaser
The Story Coterie podcast launched January 31, 2020. It's your new audio home for fantastic fables and flash fiction. Come join our coterie!
00:53
January 12, 2020