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Tempered Fables

Tempered Fables

By Norman T. Chella
The Tempered Fables is a collection of fictional short stories. Their purpose is to leave you with a lesson to remember. The genres range from fantasy to comedy, horror, and romance.

This podcast was created by Norman T. Chella, under the pen name N.T. Cloever.

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EP 26: Akumu, The Nightmare
In this episode...A man and a child talk about nightmares. Genres include: Horror? Speculative horror? Try not to listen to this at night. :') Credits: Music from "Ghost Story" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
September 29, 2019
Cloever's Journal: Apology and Loss
I'm sorry. Let's get right back into the show. Next episode will be released on the 30th September!
September 24, 2019
EP 25: The Goodwill Writer
A writer encounters a strange book that takes him on a journey throughout his life. ANNOUNCEMENT: I will be taking a break until the 22nd April! In the meantime check out the other episodes if you haven't already. I've got a few plans coming :)
March 25, 2019
EP 24: A Southern Escape
A Southern man looks back on his life, living for revenge.
March 19, 2019
A scientist tries to save a homeless man who traded his memories away for cash. This story was submitted to and published in: Money Stories From Malaysians Volume 1, curated by Suraya Zainudin of! You can purchase the ebook as well as physical copy here: 
March 13, 2019
EP 23: Log and Crea
The two main characters in our minds meet for a weekly checkup.
March 12, 2019
EP 22: Red Strings
They prayed in front of the shrine. A red string of fate connects them.
March 8, 2019
EP 21: Arc The King
Two Gods were dancing in our night sky. The Father teaches the Child about responsibility and roles.
March 5, 2019
EP 20: The Crossroads Bunny
A man has a strange conversation with a bunny in a suit, in the middle of nowhere.
February 28, 2019
EP 19: A Romantic Burden
A man faces his regrets beside his wife's final moments.
February 26, 2019
EP 18: Beyond The Edge
A painter gets thrown to the edge of nothingness to reach the peak of his imagination. WARNING: This story is...very surreal. You may not understand it, and that's okay. I hope you enjoy the ride!
February 21, 2019
EP 17: Ramen in the Rain
Me, her, two bowls of ramen and gratitude.
February 17, 2019
EP 16: Us, Constellations
A quick tale on the Sun and the Moon, and their constellations.
February 15, 2019
EP 15: Wali and the Deep
The echo of the largest whale is overshadowed by the howl of something even more sinister...
February 10, 2019
EP 14: Celebrate The End
Two fireworks talk to each other about the end of their lives. UPDATE: Audio is now fixed! Previously, something bad happened to the audio, so I recorded the entire thing again. Hope you enjoy the episode! Side note, I left the notes at the end in their original format because the words there are normally unscripted, and are better off said naturally. if I can restore the audio from the original recording that would be great, I'll do it eventually for sure :)
February 8, 2019
EP 13: Burning Paintings
A boxer turned counselor. A man turned arsonist. An interrogation room for art. 
February 4, 2019
EP 12: Wagging Tails
Kieran the stray dog buys some bread and listens to the gossip of others.
February 1, 2019
EP 11: Melody's Way
A woman and her only treasure. A man and his longing for her. A lovely, lovely violin.
January 27, 2019
Season 2: Introduction
Welcome back, My Dear Friend. I hope you've rested well over the holidays. Now, let's enjoy some stories, shall we? Welcome back to the Tempered Fables, my name is N.T. Cloever. Come, sit by the fire; let me tell you a story.
January 25, 2019
Reviewing Season 1: Creating a Narrative Podcast, Voices and Bloopers!
To end 2018 on a good note, I've decided to share what I learned from making this podcast. It's a good first season I have to say. SIDE NOTE: When I said 'targets', it sounded demeaning for some reason. I used that term in a marketing sense, ie. the target market, the 'right listener'. You're still dear to me! Hope that clears it up!
December 16, 2018
EP 10: Steps of Giants
Dr. Newt Leapfrogger the frog scientist dreamt of reaching what's out there beyond the sky. After a faint vision, he begins his adventure.
November 23, 2018
EP 9: Your Life is a Pinwheel
When the old meet the young, and the young meet the old. PS. I should start seriously marketing this, huh? - N.T. Cloever
October 20, 2018
EP 8: Lotus of the Cloth
This is a tale told by the Bard: Lotus of the Cloth, Lady of the Lake. A retelling of a poem I performed live in Kuala Lumpur a few weeks ago. P.S. Now getting into voice talent work! Woo!
October 3, 2018
EP 7: Living Wildfire
A girl who can't speak talks to the world with dance. Finally a new episode! I went into a trance writing this one: I hope it brings you in as well. We all need a little bit of immersion, a little bit of dance! For more info, check out:
September 20, 2018
EP 6: The Deadline
A man supposedly boards the wrong train, when all hell breaks loose.  For more info, check out!
July 11, 2018
EP 5: Patchwork Child
A boy with scars learns how to live despite of it, helping others with their own. Initially performed live at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, in front of a small audience. I'm happy to say that they enjoyed it! Inspired by Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold and silver dust. UPDATE: The Tempered Fables is now also available on the following platforms! - Apple Podcasts: - Google Podcasts: - Breaker: - Castbox: - Pocket Casts: - Radio Public: - Stitcher: For more info, check out:
July 4, 2018
EP 4: Mon Amour
A recalling of romance, blurred between reality and dream.
June 13, 2018
EP 3: The End Continues
Death comes to take him, but he has a choice of who to die instead.
May 23, 2018
EP 2: Heaven is Alive
A man has to answer three questions given by an All-Seeing Being, before passing through the gates of heaven.
April 5, 2018
EP 1: Luck, The Sage of Dreams
Luck, The Sage of Dreams, visits a remote tribe to experience tradition, new stories and an interesting group of characters. Thanks for listening!
February 18, 2018
Introducing The Tempered Fables!
An introduction to the Tempered Fables: monthly short stories. This is a podcast to house the short stories, or fables I have made in my spare time. Under the pen name N.T. Cloever, coupled with some simple sound design, some self-recorded guitar instrumentals, I take you on a journey through my mind. The purpose of these fables is to get you thinking and leave you with a lesson to remember. For more information, do check out: You may also listen to this through the following platforms: - Apple Podcasts: - Google Podcasts: - Breaker: - Castbox: - Pocket Casts: - Radio Public: - Stitcher:
February 16, 2018