In Which Alethea Narrates All The Things

EP & Clarkesworld
Remember how I mentioned that I was in the studio for a week straight recording short stories for folks? Well, they are all live now. Crazy, right?? And ALL of them were insanely fun to read!
Instead of sending you to a bunch of different places to go find them all, here are all the links that go straight to the source! All you have to do when you get there is press PLAY.
Then, as Kate says, “Sit back, relax, and let Princess Alethea tell you a story…”
“And Yet” by A.T. Greenblatt, narrated by Alethea Kontis. (2019 Nebula nominee!): Escape Pod Episode 674 
“26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss” by Kij Johnson, narrated by Alethea Kontis (2009 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction): Clarkesworld Magazine Issue 150 
“The Thing With the Helmets” by Emily C. Skaftun, narrated by Alethea Kontis: Clarkesworld Magazine Issue 150 
“The Future is Blue” by Catherynne M. Valente, narrated by Alethea Kontis: Clarkesworld Magazine Issue 150  
Happy listening!
And if you see me post about them on social media, do please share! 
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[New Podcast] Ana’s Asteroid by Megan Hutchins, narrated by Alethea Kontis

For you Audiophiles: This week’s episode of Cast of Wonders (Young Adult Fiction Podcast) is now live!

Episode 301: “Ana’s Asteroid”

by Megan Hutchins, narrated by Alethea Kontis


Want to hear more stories narrated by Alethea? Check out this list!

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2017 Releases–A Complete List

This list is for those Princess Alethea completists out there. And for me, on those days when I feel like a complete failure for not producing enough.


The Truth About Cats & Wolves: A Nocturne Falls Universe NovelThe Truth About Cats and Wolves (Jan)
When Tinker Met Bell (Sept)
The Simi’s ABCs (Dec 19th)


Short stories/novellettes

“The Glass Mountain” (novelette, fairy tale–Jan, Once Upon a Kiss)
“Grim Repo” (short story, noir comedy–Nov, Hardboiled Horror)
“The Meddlesome Misadventures of Merri and Bright” (novelette, pnr romantic comedy–Nov, Merry & Bright)


TalesofArilland AudioAudiobooks / Audio Short Stories (written by me)

The Truth About Cats & Wolves (narrated by BJ Harrison)
Tales of Arilland (narrated by Gabrielle Baker)
The God of Last Moments” (narrated by Michael Sanguinetti)
Red Lantern” (narrated by Michael Sanguinetti)
Counterclockwise” (narrated by Danielle O’Farrell)
The Giant & The Unicorn” (narrated by Lara K. Crawford)
Messenger: Dearest, Chapter 20” (narrated by Alethea Kontis)


Audiobooks / Audio Short Stories (read by me)

“Old Spice Love Knot: A Nova Scotia Ghost Story” by Steve Vernon (Audible)
“Below the Serapeum” by Kelsey Dean (Cast of Wonders)
“Given Sufficient Desperation” by Bogi Takács (Escape Pod)
“In the Woods, My Voice” by Rati Mehrotra (IGMS)
“After the Matilda Briggs Went Down” by Michael D. Winkle (IGMS)
“A Century of Princes” by H.L. Fullerton (IGMS)



Another Word: What Authors Owe Us” (Clarkesworld)

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“Small Magics” Available at Cast of Wonders

“Small Magics”, one of the very first short stories I ever wrote (and published), is now available on audio through Cast of Wonders. narrator is the wonderful Danielle Daly.

Listen here:

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People are always wondering how to say my name. Every so often, I have to make a post and remind them.

Thanks to clever Audacity and the fabulous microphone on my Powerbook, I can say it for you aloud so there is no misunderstanding. READY?!?

Say it with me: ALETHEA KONTIS

Now I’m going to stick this on my FAQs.

Hooray for technology!

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 15

Episode 15: “The Little Folks’ Presents” (5:41)

Yet another cautionary tale about the dangers of greed. You know, I really wish karma worked this well and this swiftly in real life.


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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 9

Episode 9: “The Old Woman in the Wood” (5:27)

This is a really fabulous tale–it’s a wonder why it’s not more popular. It’s got all the great elements: a stranded serving girl, murdering thieves, benevolent wild birds with keys, trees full of food and clothes and beds, and an old witch that the serving girl must defeat by following specific rules. CLASSIC fairy tale stuff. So why isn’t this one a “classic?” Because the girl’s not a silly princess? Harumph.


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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 7

Episode 7: “Rumplestiltskin” (6:30)

Lucky Number Seven and St. Patrick’s Day can only mean one thing: today’s the day for our favorite little fairy tale elf, Rumplestiltskin.

For once, the original version of this tale is pretty much the version everyone knows. I have, however, given Rumpy a bit of brogue in honor of the day.

And, as the Irish say:
“May the best day of your past
Be the worst day of your future.”

Check out Princess Alethea’s YouTube Rant about this fairy tale HERE.

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 6

Episode 6: “Rapunzel” (8:20)

In which the prince is blinded, Rapunzel gets knocked up, and the tears of true love save the day.

“Rampion” is indeed another word for rapunzel. It is a flowering plant native to Europe and western Asia. Its flowers are usually purple, but can also appear blue, white, or pink.

The “ell” is a unit of measurement, roughly the length of a man’s arm. The length of an ell varies from country to country. A rough estimate puts “twenty ells” at about 60-75 feet high.

[Edited with thanks to Brian Dolton, who fixed my bad math.]

Check out Princess Alethea’s YouTube Rant about this fairy tale HERE.

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 4

Episode 4: “The Giant and The Tailor” (4:42)

One of the less-popular Giant Tales, those of you with difficult employers will definitely appreciate this one.

It also illustrates one of my favorite writing quotes from author James Maxey: “Swagger when you lie.”


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