Sunday, March 29, 2020

Journey #154 - Elsie at 30,000 Feet by Tim Pratt

Gustavo Reyes is flying home from Seattle with a surprise for his mom, but then, Elsie boards the plane and sits right next to him.  Elsie is full of surprises.

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Tim Pratt typically writes about love, monsters, secret societies, romance, trickster gods, terrible decisions, punching, metaphysics, nostalgia, entropy, magical anthropophagous cars, bridges to implausible realities, libraries, demonic thrift shops, cryptids, and breakfast foods, among other subjects. Most of his stories involve magic, or science, or science that could be mistaken for magic.

And he's pretty good at this stuff. He won a Hugo Award for one of his stories a while back, and his short work has been nominated for World Fantasy, Nebula, Sturgeon, and Stoker Awards, too. His stories have appeared in the Best American Short Stories (Fancy!), the Year's Best Fantasy, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, the Mammoth Book of Best New Horror – you get the idea.

Go to to learn about more about his books and collections, or like I mentioned earlier, head over to to read more of his stories.  Recently, in light of the Coronavirus and all the quarantines, Tim made the first year of stories on Patreon free for anyone to read.  That's very cool, but you might as well toss him a buck a month to read all of his stories.

Cast of characters:
Rish Outfield (of The Rish Outcast and The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine) as Gustavo Reyes
Abigail Hilton as Elsie
Bria Burton as the airport gate agent
Marshal Latham as the airplane pilot

Relevant Links:
"Dream Engine" by Tim Pratt on Journey Into (Part 1 and Part 2)
The Nex by Tim Pratt  at (produced with full cast by Marshal Latham)
"Impossible Dreams" by Tim Pratt on Escapepod
Rish Outfield's "Twilight Groan" Podcast

Other Elsie Stories:
"Happy Old Year" by Tim Pratt on Drabblecast
"Ghostreaper" by Tim Pratt at Nightmare

Symmetry by Kevin MacLeod

Theme music: Liberator by Man In Space

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