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Melissa Del Toro Schaffner

Narrator / Co-Founder / Producer

Melissa Del Toro Schaffner is the primary Narrator for ALL the UNTOLD TALES episodes. She is an American Voice Actor and the co-creator narrator of The Untold Tales Podcast. In addition to being in the Mom after 40 club, she wears multiple hats including international best selling author, accomplished Accountability Coach, and creator/ illustrator of the Minority Girl Empowerment Coloring Book “Careers for Little Sisters” (available in English and Spanish). Melissa was also a contestant on the nationally televised game show “Who Wants to Be A Millionaire” and shares a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and MBA background with Jeff. Her current mission to inspire one million women to live the life of their dreams.

May 1, 2023

Episode 92: The Traveling Salesman Part 7

The Traveling Salesman Part 7 - Bob and Glactyl sell fake Xill artifacts and make a fortune but they then accidentally enter a vast multidimensional nexus. We love our listeners, fans and patrons! If you loved what you heard,...

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April 1, 2023

Episode 90 : The Traveling Salesman Part 6

The Traveling Salesman Part 6 : Bob and Glactyl outsmart Paraxian privateers. We love our listeners, fans and patrons! If you loved what you heard, please like and subscribe to our audio anthology and consider leaving us a 5-...

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March 15, 2023

Episode 89 : The October Country

The October Country : Driven away from the highway by icy roads, a traveler finds himself in the backwoods of New England, where he stumbled upon a thriving fundamentalist church. But WHY it is thriving makes him run for his …

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March 1, 2023

Episode 88 : The Traveling Salesman Part 5

The Traveling Salesman Part 5 : The Traveling Salesman Part 5 Bob becomes a trader and they harvest magnetic monopoles out on an alien world at the rim of the galaxy. We love our listeners, fans and patrons! If you …

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Feb. 15, 2023

Episode 87 : The Stranger

The Stranger - An eccentric neighbor sees UFOs, insists he is in contact with ‘ them .’ The poor old fellow is obviously suffering from a bout of mental illness, and his condition seems to be worsening. Our protagonist wants …

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Feb. 1, 2023

Episode 86 : The Traveling Salesman Part 4

The Traveling Salesman Part 4 : Bob and Glactyl accidentally cause and then resolve the Zombie Apocalypse. We love our listeners, fans and patrons! If you loved what you heard, please like and subscribe to our audio anthology...

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Jan. 15, 2023

Episode 85 : Moving On

Moving On: Alien archeologists discover and Earth in the distant future where civilizaiton has collapsed and mankind has long since become extinct. however, they also find clues to unexpected discoveries regarding Man's desti...

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Jan. 2, 2023

Episode 84 : Cormorant

Cormorant : Politics makes strange bedfellows they say, but when the agents of two rivals empires meet in pursuit of a science terrorist, what is a lowly agent of the Empire to do. Take to the skies of course. We …

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Jan. 1, 2023

2023 Untold Tales Podcast Re-launch Intro

TRANSCRIPT: Welcome to the UNTOLD TALES Audio Anthologies. The UNTOLD TALES Audio Anthologies is a collection of original science fiction short stories of the highest caliber, perfect for your commute or unexpected downtimes....

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Dec. 20, 2022

Episode 83 : Alternities

Alternities : The past is fixed but largely unknown, while the future is filled with endless possibilities. However, given the right technology almost anything is possible. We love our listeners, fans and patrons! If you love...

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Dec. 15, 2022

Episode 82 : An Interview with Untold Tales Author Don Muchow

Enjoy this rare interview with our cross-country running, T1 phenomenon, Don Muchow! A lifelong advocate of immersive, dystopian SF, he believes that buried in the shadows of every dark future lies the inextinguishable spirit...

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Dec. 1, 2022

Episode 81 : The Christmas Man

The Christmas Man - An assassin working for the time police completes a typical job on Christmas Eve, taking out an illegal time traveller. However, a year to the day he meets the same man again, the man whom he …

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Nov. 15, 2022

Episode 80: The Traveling Salesman Part 3

The Traveling Salesman Part 3: Bob and Glactyl spend their $10 billion to achieve Glactyl’s real purpose. We love our listeners, fans and patrons! If you loved what you heard, please like and subscribe to our audio anthology ...

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Nov. 1, 2022

Episode 79: Tesla's Time

Tesla's Time : Nicola Tesla is the subject of many myths and exaggerations today... But his genius was very real. What if his efforts had been applied just a little differently? Would our world be better... or worse? Welcome ...

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Oct. 15, 2022

Episode 78: An Unfortunate Perspective

An Unfortunate Perspective: A man with enhanced vision becomes estranged from reality. We love our listeners, fans and patrons! If you loved what you heard, please consider leaving us a 5-star review and and subscribe to our ...

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Oct. 1, 2022

Episode 77: Behold the Son of Man

Behold the Son of Man: A military robot becomes self-aware and begins asking the big questions about life, existence, and what it means to be human. Another story by our cross-country running, T1 phenomenon, Don Muchow! A lif...

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Sept. 2, 2022

Episode 76: Dinner with the Doge or Stagnation versus Directional Cha…

Dinner with the Doge or Stagnation versus Directional Change: Altering the established Timeline has multiple ramifications. A lifelong artist, Howard Loring is an actor, printmaker, painter and sculptor, as well as the author...

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Sept. 1, 2022

Episode 75: The Traveling Salesman Part 2

The Traveling Salesman Series - Part 2: Bob and Glactyl continue their adventures amassing great wealth through unusual business transactions. We love our listeners, fans and patrons! If you loved what you heard, please like ...

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Aug. 2, 2022

Episode 74: Reversing Gravity

Reversing Gravity: Time Travelers thinking outside the box revise the established flow of History. A lifelong artist, Howard Loring is an actor, printmaker, painter and sculptor, as well as the author of both novels and short...

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Aug. 1, 2022

Episode 73: The Traveling Salesman Part 1

The Traveling Salesman Part 1: An ordinary man meets an unexpected traveler who offers him interesting business opportunities. This is the first episode of a longer "The Traveling Salesman" series. Let us know what you think?...

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July 2, 2022

Episode 72: Life is but a Dream

Life is but a Dream: It is often difficult to figure out what dreams mean; sometimes it's even hard to figure out if they are real. We love our listeners, fans and patrons! If you loved what you heard, please …

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July 1, 2022

Episode 71: Creating the Timepiece

Creating the Timepiece: This story is a PREQUEL to Season 1 - Episode 2: The Timepiece. In this story, we learn about Paul’s discovery, it’s unusual properties and the motivation behind the secret he hid from his dear wife, M...

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June 2, 2022

Episode 70: Miranda

Miranda: Miranda sings in telepath. One of her former lovers remembers a sultry, heart-wrenching concert she gave in France in a student bar, just before she became famous from Mercury to the moons of Pluto and beyond. Listen...

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June 1, 2022

Episode 69: Flash Fiction

FLASH FICTION (by Jeff Robinson, Don Muchow, and Gil Schmidt) Time for something DIFFERENT! Please enjoy this episode of FLASH FICTION sci-fi stories. These stories have been proven even more difficult to write, and write wel...

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May 2, 2022

Episode 68: Clash of the Redheads

Clash of the Redheads or Methodology and Firmly Fixed Jargon - A US President meets Time Travelers and alters the Historical Record. A lifelong artist, Howard Loring is an actor, printmaker, painter and sculptor, as well as t...

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May 1, 2022

Episode 67: Perfect Memories

Perfect Memories - Sometimes even the best memories can be bittersweet. We love our listeners, fans and patrons! If you loved what you heard, please like and subscribe to our audio anthology on Podchaser at https://www.podcha...

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April 2, 2022

Episode 66: The Crazy Old Sandman

The Crazy Old Sandman OR General Mechanics of Warfare: Changing the flow of History is not always a benign undertaking. A lifelong artist, Howard Loring is an actor, printmaker, painter and sculptor, as well as the author of ...

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April 1, 2022

Episode 65: Mistaken Identity

Mistaken Identity: Upon his recovery from an accident, a criminal is mistaken for someone else. He decides to use this error to his own advantage, but things are not what they seem. We love our listeners, fans and patrons! If...

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March 18, 2022

Episode 64: Meet the Authors of The Untold Tales Podcast!

MEET THE AUTHORS, LIVE! On March 12, 2022 at 9pm London, UK / 4pm Eastern, U.S.A./ 2pm Arizona, U.S.A. / 1pm Pacific U.S.A. we met with Dr. Jeffrey A. Robinson, Don Muchow, Marc Neuffer and Howard Loring to discuss their …

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March 2, 2022

Episode 63: The Seed of Wisdom

The Seed of Wisdom: A religious pilgrim finds something that can grant virtually any wish he might have. But he is uncertain about what to do and is torn by doubt until many years later when he finally finds an …

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March 1, 2022

Episode 62: Coautl

Coautl: A zoologist finds himself marooned on a mysterious island a hundred miles off the Georgia coast where evolution has kicked into overdrive. But after he returns to his stranded boat, he can no longer find the island--a...

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Feb. 2, 2022

Episode 60: As Long As You Both Shall Live

As Long As You Both Shall Live: A newlywed AI researcher dies suddenly in a car accident, but all is not lost: her consciousness is uploaded into one of her own creations, making her effectively immortal. But who will repair …

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Feb. 1, 2022

Episode 59: Punching the Clock

Punching the Clock: Two flippantly engaged PHD’s unexpectantly discover that they have something much more serious in common love, and that their academic work together, may potentially alter the course of the human race. A N...

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Jan. 2, 2022

Episode 58: The Fool

The Fool: A homeless man on a bus learns that he's omniscient. It's been driving him crazy, and he's afraid he can't hold on for much longer. Our second story of 2022 by Don Muchow! Stay tuned for new EVENTS …

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Jan. 1, 2022

Episode 57: Zero Day Exploit

Zero Day Exploit: Being the first to discover something can sometimes be a great advantage…. But you can’t always predict the outcome. Welcome to Season 3 and our first story of 2022! Stay tuned for new EVENTS in the coming …

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Dec. 15, 2021

Episode 56: Through Other Eyes

Through Other Eyes: A story transcending time and space. A very personal story about the true nature of love. Our last story of 2021! Stay tuned for new EVENTS in the coming year as well as games and trivia to …

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Dec. 2, 2021

Episode 55: Applied Science

Applied Science - Science can’t solve every problem, but sometimes it can offer solutions you never suspected. We love our listeners, fans and patrons! If you loved what you heard, please like and subscribe to our audio antho...

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Dec. 1, 2021

Episode 54: A Little Knowledge

A Little Knowledge: A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing, far more dangerous that you might realize. We love our listeners, fans and patrons! If you loved what you heard, please like and subscribe to our audio antholog...

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Nov. 2, 2021

Episode 53: A Day in the Life Of

A Day in the Life Of : If you look at it from one perspective, we’re all time travelers, headed to the future; just one day at a time. This episode was challenging for a Latina American woman with a …

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Nov. 1, 2021

Episode 52: Family Matters

Family Matters: In a universe full of greed and self-interest, altruism is the exceptional choice. Meet out very newest Untold Tales Author, Science Fiction Short Story Winner Jim Gamble! Jim was born in Independence, Missour...

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Oct. 25, 2021

Episode 51: The Bump

The Bump: A creepy little story fit for Halloween! Meet Caryn Larrinaga, our newest Untold Tales Author. Thank you Caryn and Tony Pham of TKMV here in Phoenix, AZ for the opportunity to debut my 5 year old Daughter, Indi, …

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Oct. 2, 2021

Episode 50: Gorlak

Gorlak: In the year 2203, Riley lives a life of chosen seclusion in the Yukon Territory. She alone has access to alien ships and technology billions of year old, from a race long receded. Her only wish is to be …

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Oct. 1, 2021

Episode 49: Things That Go Bump In The Night

Things That Go Bump In The Night: When times get tough, things can get scary. When things get strange, you often find that you can only count on yourself. We love our listeners, fans and patrons! If you loved what …

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Sept. 2, 2021

Episode 48: Waking

Waking: A man with no memory of who he is keeps awakening in the same prison cell with no memory of why he’s there, until he discovers he's his own captor, the secrets being kept from him are his own, …

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Sept. 1, 2021

Episode 47: To Protect and Serve

To Protect and Serve: Solving crimes and enforcing the law is a universal constant across all civilizations, even the most alien ones. We love our listeners, fans and patrons! If you loved what you heard, please like and subs...

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Aug. 2, 2021

Episode 46: Night Cap

Night Cap: Steven went to bed on a night similar to thousands before. He was awakened by an ominous feeling and a tap, tap, tapping near his head. He was no longer in his bed, no longer on earth. Steven …

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July 2, 2021

Episode 44: Elsewhere

Elsewhere: A man thinks he has found a door to another world. But is it real? Is it new or is it very old? And, most importantly, is it dangerous? We love our listeners, fans and patrons! If you loved …

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July 1, 2021

Episode 43: Dialogues

Dialogues is a short story demonstrating how human beings learned to talk to stars. This story was submitted to the Tribeca Film Festival in it's newest 2021 Podcast Category. The feedback we received was as follows! "Dear Me...

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June 2, 2021

Episode 42: The Voice in the Wilderness

The Voice in the Wilderness: What if there really was a god, and she was a manipulative, egotistical bully? This story is written by Don Muchow, the first man to complete a cross-country run from Disneyland to Disney World! C...

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June 1, 2021

Episode 41: Father's Day

Father's Day: A man gives his ailing father a marvelous gift, but finds that he has forgotten something very important. We love our listeners, fans and patrons! If you loved what you heard, please like and subscribe to our au...

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May 1, 2021

Episode 40: Shattered Sky by Victoria Wieck

Shattered Sky: In a fallen dystopian world where citizens pay for air and water, a heartbroken older sister perseveres in rescuing her younger sister from a human trafficking ring and realizes that the powerlessness of her pa...

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May 1, 2021

Episode 39: The Philosopher's Stone

The Philosopher's Stone: Miraculous discoveries often occur quite unexpectedly. But sometimes it turns out that they should not have occurred at all. We love our listeners, fans and patrons! If you loved what you heard, pleas...

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March 31, 2021

Episode 38: Timeless Stray

ANOTHER Victorian sci-fi episode! Yes! ANOTHER New Author! DOUBLE YES! If you recall, Episode 14: One Last Time was Victorian Sci-Fi, too! Timeless Stray: Investigators in Victorian England are hired to find out whether a for...

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March 31, 2021

Episode 37: Adventures in Virtual Reality

Adventures in Virtual Reality: New technologies often have marvelous benefits, but there can be a downside to new tech as well. Sadly, there always seems to be a way to misuse new inventions. We love our listeners, fans and p...

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March 1, 2021

Episode 36: Destiny's Doorstep

Destiny's Doorstep: A peaceful, backward-seeming civilization living on an Eden-like planet near a distant wormhole receives existential threats from an unwelcome Earth. But all is not as it appears. This is the second story ...

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March 1, 2021

Episode 35: The Gift of Memory

The Gift of Memory: Forgetting things is natural and can be sometimes be problematic. Not forgetting things, however, has far more serious consequences. We love our listeners, fans and patrons! If you loved what you heard, pl...

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March 1, 2021

Episode 34: Springtime on Mars

Springtime on Mars: There are always people who are drawn to the edge or things and those who venture ahead to explore the unknown. But that edge is always moving further away. We love our listeners, fans and patrons! If …

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Feb. 1, 2021

Episode 32: Conversations With an Uncle on The Occasion of His Passing

Conversations With an Uncle on The Occasion of His Passing: A young man speeds to the side of his ailing uncle 'to observe his passing.' What he experiences, however, is more than he bargained for. This is the first story …

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Feb. 1, 2021

Episode 33: The Buddhas of the Past

The Buddhas of the Past: Sometimes we forget things as we get old. But what if as we forgot them, those things actually ceased to be? This is the second story by one of our first NEW Untold Tales authors, …

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Feb. 1, 2021

Episode 31: The Vetting

The Vetting: The tests required to let you travel to distant alien worlds is harder than one would expect and some of the tests aren't what you think they are. We love our listeners, fans and patrons! If you loved …

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Jan. 5, 2021

Episode 30: Season 2 Kickoff!

Special Thanks to all our listeners and author

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Jan. 1, 2021

Episode 29: The Edge

The Edge: A story about a man trapped many light years away from home who is found and befriended by an alien far older than the universe itself. We love our listeners, fans and patrons! If you loved what you …

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Dec. 31, 2020

Episode 28: A Failure To Communicate

A Failure To Communicate: An alien visits the Earth and thinks humans are unintelligent bugs. The humans think the alien is an unintelligent beast. We love our listeners, fans and patrons! If you loved what you heard, please ...

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Dec. 30, 2020

Episode 27: False Dawn

False Dawn: A scientist predicts the dawning of a new age of achievement promising a miraculous world, only to find that his predictions are very, very wrong. We love our listeners, fans and patrons! If you loved what you hea...

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Dec. 1, 2020

Episode 26: Timely Warning

Timely Warning: Thanks to a miracle of science, they got the warning in time. But their salvation wasn’t what they thought it would be. We love our listeners, fans and patrons! If you loved what you heard, please like and …

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Dec. 1, 2020

Episode 25: Science Fiction Poetry by Eugene Fitch Ware

Science Fiction Poetry by Eugene Fitch Ware: Eugene F. Ware was a pioneer, a soldier, lawyer and Poet. The follow poems were written just after the Civil War under the pen name of “Ironquill” and are amazing for their subject...

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Dec. 1, 2020

Episode 24: The End

The End: The end of a story is often both beautiful and bittersweet and perhaps as amazing as the beginning. We love our listeners, fans and patrons! If you loved what you heard, please like and subscribe to our audio …

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Nov. 1, 2020

Episode 23: An interview with the narrator of the Untold Tales storie…

More treats! I (Melissa the Narrator) get to sit down with the creator, writer and author of the Untold Tales stories, Dr. Jeff Robinson, and this time HE GRILLS ME on my story, where all of the “voices in my …

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Nov. 1, 2020

Episode 22: Mindgames

Mindgames: The narrated story in this podcast is a short excerpt from the novel "Mindgames: A Knight Gambit" and relates events at the beginning of the story. It is about discoveries that change the world, the people in it an...

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Oct. 2, 2020

Episode 21: Deathwish

Deathwish: This is a tale of a soldier who experiences the horror of war and his journey from a place of unimaginable tragedy back to the real world. It is a tale about loss, guilt, and revenge and those things …

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Oct. 2, 2020

Episode 20: Engines of Time - Part 2 of 2

Engines of Time: In this tale you learn about the adventures of a scientist from a century ago and his timeless journey which spanned generations. It is a story about forbidden knowledge and alien evil that lurks unseen and ...

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Oct. 1, 2020

Episode 19: Engines of Time - Part 1 of 2

Engines of Time: In this tale you learn about the adventures of a scientist from a century ago and his timeless journey which spanned generations. It is a story about forbidden knowledge and alien evil that lurks unseen and ...

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Oct. 1, 2020

Episode 18: Those Who Watch - Part 2 of 2

Those Who Watch: This is a story about things that scare you the most; hidden, insidious evil that is powerful and life threatening and as close to you as your next breath. It is a tale about the terror of …

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Oct. 1, 2020

Episode 17: Those Who Watch - Part 1 of 2

Those Who Watch: This is a story about things that scare you the most; hidden, insidious evil that is powerful and life threatening and as close to you as your next breath. It is a tale about the terror of …

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Sept. 1, 2020

Episode 16: The Waystation - Part 2 of 2

The Waystation: A boy, Billy, befriends a creature from a sideshow circus only to find that the being is a traveller from another world. We love our listeners, fans and patrons! If you loved what you heard, please like and …

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Sept. 1, 2020

Episode 15: The Waystation - Part 1 of 2

The Waystation: A boy, Billy, befriends a creature from a sideshow circus only to find that the being is a traveller from another world. We love our listeners, fans and patrons! If you loved what you heard, please like and …

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Sept. 1, 2020

Episode 14: One Last Time

One Last Time: Sherlock Holmes and his nemesis, Dr. Moriarty, meet and it is discovered that a stolen artifact from India can unravel time. We love our listeners, fans and patrons! If you loved what you heard, please like and...

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Sept. 1, 2020

Episode 13: The Matriarch

The Matriarch: A local doctor helps a woman give birth only to find that in order to be immortal all she has to do is die. This short story is the precursor to the longer novel, The Matriarchs, which is …

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Aug. 1, 2020

Episode 12: Saving Grace

Saving Grace: A tongue in cheek first contact story where aliens meet two monks during the middle ages We love our listeners, fans and patrons! If you loved what you heard, please like and subscribe to our audio anthology and...

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Aug. 1, 2020

Episode 11: Lucid Dreams

Lucid Dreams: A man experiences two dreams, perhaps two realities; one where he can fly and the other where he cannot. We love our listeners, fans and patrons! If you loved what you heard, please like and subscribe to our …

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Aug. 1, 2020

Episode 10: An interview with the creator, writer and author of the U…

What a treat! I (Melissa the Narrator) get to sit down with the creator, writer and author of the Untold Tales stories, Dr. Jeff Robinson, and grill him on some of the most provocative and interesting morsels and factoids re...

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July 1, 2020

Episode 9: The Prize Beyond the Gate

The Prize Beyond the Gate: Teams of scientists strive to solve puzzles that will lead to an invaluable trove of knowledge, but they discover that the prize is not what they think it is. We love our listeners, fans and …

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July 1, 2020

Episode 8: The Final Lesson

The Final Lesson: A new computer program is designed to help rehabilitate prisoners, but the solution may not be allowed because it is the right idea. We love our listeners, fans and patrons! If you loved what you heard, plea...

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July 1, 2020

Episode 7: Dreamtime - Part 2 of 2

Dreamtime - Part 2 of 2: A doctor visits his dying brother in Australia only to hear an unbelievable story about ancients civilizations, lost secrets and time travel. We love our listeners, fans and patrons! If you loved what...

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July 1, 2020

Episode 6: Dreamtime - Part 1 of 2

Dreamtime - Part 1 of 2: A doctor visits his dying brother in Australia only to hear an unbelievable story about ancients civilizations, lost secrets and time travel. We love our listeners, fans and patrons! If you loved what...

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May 25, 2020

Episode 5: A Turn in the Road - Part 3 of 3

A TURN IN THE ROAD - Part 3 of 3: A story of a man in the 1880’s who falls and strikes his head and gains the ability to see what the consequences of alternative actions might have been. A …

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May 25, 2020

Episode 4: A Turn in the Road - Part 2 of 3

A TURN IN THE ROAD - Part 2 of 3: A story of a man in the 1880’s who falls and strikes his head and gains the ability to see what the consequences of alternative actions might have been. A …

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May 25, 2020

Episode 3: A Turn in the Road - Part 1 of 3

A TURN IN THE ROAD - Part 1 of 3: A story of a man in the 1880’s who falls and strikes his head and gains the ability to see what the consequences of alternative actions might have been. A …

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May 25, 2020

Episode 2: The Timepiece

THE TIMEPIECE: A woman finds a mysterious stopwatch in the belongings of her husband who recently died, and she discovers that the watch allows her to step backwards in time so that she can relive recent moments and change th...

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May 25, 2020

Episode 1: Ripples in Time

RIPPLES IN TIME : A man visits his father in Kansas and finds that the old man may be losing his mind after never recovering from his wife’s death, as he talks about mirages being ripples in time that allow …

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