Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Journey #131 - The Black Bird by David Barr Kirtley

Sam Spade obtained a worthless statue of a bird from his latest case.  Seems typical for his luck.  But then it starts talking.

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David Barr Kirtley is the host of the Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast on, for which he's interviewed well over a hundred guests, including George R. R. Martin, Richard Dawkins, Paul Krugman, Simon Pegg, Margaret Atwood, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Ursula K. Le Guin.
His short fiction appears in magazines such as Realms of Fantasy, Weird Tales, Lightspeed, and Intergalactic Medicine Show, on podcasts such as Escape Pod and Pseudopod, and in books such as The Living Dead, New Cthulhu, The Way of the Wizard, and The Dragon Done It. His story "Save Me Plz" was picked by editor Rich Horton for the 2008 edition of the anthology series Fantasy: The Best of the Year.

David is the son of Buckley prize-winning physicist John R. Kirtley. He majored in Government at Colby College and holds an MPW (MFA) degree in screenwriting and fiction from the University of Southern California. For the past decade he's appeared as a staff instructor at the Alpha Workshop for Young Writers. He lives in New York.  Find out about more of Dave's work at

Cast of characters:
Rish Outfield (of Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine) as Sam Spade, and the Black Bird
Marshal Latham as Narrator

Related Links
Read the text of "The Black Bird" over at Lightspeed.

Music used in this production:
"Unseen Horrors" by Kevin MacLeod, and assorted public domain movie scores.

Theme music: Liberator by Man In Space

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