The Stone Lover

The Stone Lover, a short bit of fantasy horror and my most recent publication, is available online at Lightspeed There is also a link to a podcast of the story.

I have heard my fiction read aloud only once before, a multi-voiced reading of Secret Rider performed by Audio Saga in 1985. It seemed odd to me. I had heard the narration of that story, in my head, as cool, detached, but the Audio Saga’s narrator was warm, passionate at times, and I wasn’t sure that I liked it. I still have a copy of the audio cassette, and if I had a device that could play it I would listen again, to see if I still feel that way.

I have no problem at all with the Lightspeed podcast. The narrator,┬áStefan Rudnicki, reads the story with precisely the right blend of honey and poison, and I’m very grateful for that. And surprised. I did not know that an audio version was part of the publication, and am very happy that it was. Thank you, JJA!


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My name is Marta Randall. I am a writer, editor, and teacher, working mostly in the field of science fiction and fantasy.

Like most writers, I have always been a storyteller and can’t remember a time when stories didn’t bubble around in my head, stories about everything from what was going on around me to daring exploits in exciting surroundings, fraught with danger and adventure — I wasn’t going to be the one stuck at home baking cookies, I was going to be the one balancing on the raft in the lashing seas, gripping the mast with one hand while the other held on to the cookies somebody else had baked.

I hope you like the stories that, over the years, have bubbled out of my head and onto the page.