But What About the Mouse?

The Night Before Christmas, one of the world’s most popular Santa Claus stories, prominently mentions a mouse in its opening sentence… but leaves it at that. Not satisfied with that ever-so-brief reference, cherylone decided to add some backstory to this holiday classic, and A Christmas Mice Story was born.

We hope you enjoy this special holiday edition of the Fascinating Fiction podcast (A Christmas Mice Story), and encourage you to stop by cherylone’s original Hub as well. It’s very sweet and a fun spinoff of a classic tale.

If you would like to read a story for our podcast, or have a short fiction Hub that you would like to see featured in the series, send us an email! Our address is podcast-at-hubpages-dot-com.

The Boy, the Butterfly, and the Broken Wing

This week’s Fascinating Fiction podcast comes in poem form, but is definitely a short story, and a profound one at that! The Boy, the Butterfly, and the Broken Wing by Mrs. Menagerie is a sweet story inspired by a real life experience she shared with her son.

Have a look at the original Hub to read the poem/story. It is very touching!

If you have a suggestion for a future Fascinating Fiction podcast or would be interested in volunteering your voice for one of the recordings, drop us a line at podcast-at-HubPages-dot-com.  We would love to hear from you!


Dating Board Games

Were you a child in the 1960s… or ’90s?  Did you play Mystery Date or Electronic Dream Phone? You’re going to like this week’s podcast!

Inspired by melbel’s Hub onElectronic Dream Phone – A 90s Board Game for Girls, we’ve devoted this podcast to Dating Board Games.  In addition to walking you through each game, we discuss how the changes in dating board games over time are indicative broader changes in style, society, and culture.

Is there a contemporary dating board game (or general dating-themed game) that you think perfectly illustrates dating in 2011? Tell us about it by sending an email to podcast-at-HubPages-dot-com.

With that, I’ll let you enjoy two vintage commercials for Mystery Date and Electronic Dream Phone. I hope you get as much of a kick out of them as we do!

Evil Thoughts

Some of my favorite stories are very short- one needn’t create a novel to prompt a reader to think, escape, or react!

Evil Thoughts (alternately titled Could It Be?), by SpanStar, consists of a dialogue between a human and the Ultimate Evil. SpanStar submitted his own recording of the story, so we have the extra benefit of listening to a story read by its very author. Though the recording is short, I particularly love its ending.

Thanks for the story and the reading, SpanStar!

If you are interested in submitting work of your own (a Hub, a recording, or a suggestion) to the Fascinating Fiction series, drop us an email at podcast (at) HubPages (dot) com.

Mermaids and Mythological Sea Creatures

Mermaids! Where did they come from? Why have so many cultures built them in to their myths and folk lore? Join us in today’s podcast on Mermaids and Mythological Sea Creatures to find out!

Inspired by a request from Flora Flo on Facebook, we turned to two Hubs; one by Jane Bovary and another by kittythedreamer to learn more about magical sea creatures, and were surprised by much of what we read!

Be sure to stop by these myth-exploring (and busting!) Hubs for more fascinating information:

And big thanks to kittythedreamer and Jane Bovary for sharing so many interesting facts!

If you, like Flora Flo of Facebook, also have a suggestion for a future Weekly Advice from Everyday Experts podcast, send it to us in an email! Our address is podcast-at-HubPages-dot-com.

The Snow Princess

Fascinating FictionOne of the fun things about writing fiction on HubPages is that the process can become deliciously interactive. In addition to getting feedback on your work, you may also get new ideas, suggestions, tips, and even challenges!

The latter was the case when it came to the creation of The Snow Princess: A Short Story by Website Examiner.  The Hub (or rather Hubs, since the first Hub evolved into a series) was inspired by Acaetnna who challenged him to write a short romantic story that had to include the words diamond, passionate, jealous, tantalising, and fragrance.

Listen in to this week’s Fascinating Fiction podcast to hear The Snow Princess read by Website Examiner (Morten Rand) himself!

Is there an awesome short story on HubPages that you think deserves more coverage, or are you interested in submitting some of your own narration (either of your work or that of another Hubber) to this series? Send us an email!


Sharon’s Gift

Today’s featured Fascinating Fiction story (Sharon’s Gift) is another piece by Hyphenbird. While earlier Hyphenbird stories we’ve shared (Pirate’s Gold and The Corpulent Vampire) have been humorous, this one is of a different nature. I hope you enjoy it!

You can find the written version of Saron’s Gift, along with many more fun Hubs, on Hyphenbird’s profile.

If you would like to submit a short fiction story (be it funny, serious, scary, or something else entirely) to our podcast series, send us an email at podcast (at) HubPages (dot) com. Some of our best short story podcasts feature narration from other Hubbers or even the authors themselves. If you would like to submit a recording as well as a story, we would love to hear it!

Smurf Smuggling

Carolus may be one of HubPages’ newest fiction authors, but he has already written several awesome fiction Hubs. Among them is Smurf Smuggling, a hilarious piece on the illicit and illegal transport and use of Smurfs.

As an added bonus, Carolus created this recording of Smurf Smuggling– complete with awesome voices! I love what he’s done with the format and hope you enjoy this week’s special Fascinating Fiction episode as well.

Big thanks to Carolus for the Hub and the recording. If you, too, would like to submit a Hub and/or recording to the Fascinating Fiction podcast, drop us a line at podcast (at) HubPages (dot) com.


The Seer

For the grand finale of the scary short story series we have been running on the Fascinating Fiction podcast this month, we have a very special episode!

As a Halloween treat, we have Aficionada reading The Seer, a fantastic Hub by WillStarr. I hope you enjoy it!

Big thanks to WillStarr for the great story (stop by the original Hub for the written version) and Aficionada for her wonderful narration. If you would like to submit a Hub or recording of your own (either of your own short fiction Hub or that of another Hubber), tell us about it by sending an email to podcast (at) HubPages (dot) com. We’d love to hear from you!

A Holiday Trip

I won’t say much about this week’s short story because it has a fantastic twist in it!

This week, as part of our ongoing scary story series leading up to Halloween, we present A Holiday Trip, a wonderful piece by RNMSN about a boy named Allen with an odd hobby.

I won’t say anything more about the story- you’ll have to listen to it, or give the original Hub a gander. I hope you enjoy it!

If you have any suggestions for future Fascinating Fiction podcasts, send them in an email to podcast (at) HubPages (dot) com. We would also love to hear from you if you are interested in submitting some of your own short fiction recordings to the podcast!