Welcome to the Metamor City Podcast!

Posted by on 28 Sep 2013 | Tagged as: Announcements

The Metamor City Podcast is a sci-fi/fantasy audio fiction series that is distributed for free through this website. It features a mixture of short stories and full-length novels, all taking place in one large world with an overarching story arc. Combining the narration of audiobooks with the music and sound effects of a serial radio drama, The Metamor City Podcast provides an immersive audio experience of a world like no other.

To Learn More: Click the navigation links at the top of the page to meet the cast, learn about the characters, and discover more of the world of Metamor City.

To Subscribe: Click on the “Subscribe with iTunes” button in the sidebar, or click on the Metamor City feed button to subscribe with the aggregator of your choice.

Confused About Podcasts? Click the “What is a Podcast?” link in the upper right corner of the page. 

Fan Page: Be sure to visit the Fans of Metamor City page on Facebook for discussions, fan art, and other fan-driven content in the world of Metamor City! 

E-Books: If you prefer to read your fiction rather than listening to it, check out Chris Lester’s Author Page on Amazon.com and his Profile Page on Smashwords.com. A variety of short stories, novellas and novels are available for purchase, including the latest novel in Metamor City, Things Unseen.

Merchandise: For posters, t-shirts, coffee mugs and more, check out Metamor City’s Zazzle page.

Welcome to the city — we hope you enjoy your stay!

The Raven & the Writing Desk, Episode 08: Elysian Springs – Flying Free, Part 1

Posted by on 28 Jun 2015 | Tagged as: Superheroes

In this episode we get a Metamor City history lesson from Mildred Cady, audio messages from Judi, Nobilis, and Sara T., and emails from Mark and Shea. It’s Feedbackapalooza!

The Story: Flying Free, Part 1

In 1948, young Elias King was recruited for a very special project by the newly-created United States Air Force. Now an old man at the Elysian Springs nursing home, he thinks back on his time in Eagle Flight, even as his past is coming back to pay him a visit.

The Raven & the Writing Desk, Episode 07: Metamor City – To Walk in Shadow, Part 4 (Conclusion)

Posted by on 21 Jun 2015 | Tagged as: Fantasy

The Raven and the Writing Desk - logoNo feedback in this episode, folks. This time it’s all about…

The Story: “To Walk in Shadow,” Part 4

Agent Jessup and his associates paid a terrible price to reach Estarini. Will it be enough to save the Estari from the epidemic?

Warning: This episode contains disturbing imagery and mature themes. Listener discretion is advised.

The Raven & the Writing Desk, Episode 06: Metamor City – To Walk in Shadow, Part 3B

Posted by on 14 Jun 2015 | Tagged as: Fantasy

The Raven and the Writing Desk - logoIn this episode, Sara T. muses about the Forlorn’s creepiness, Xiang Jinn’s awesomeness, and the Church of Ba’al’s taste in party venues.

The Story: To Walk in Shadow, Part 3B

Ba’al and company fight their way through the “wild” region of Deep Shadow to reach the mountain where they can forge a way into Estarini. But what will victory cost them?

Warning: This episode contains violence, horrific imagery and explicit language. Listener discretion is advised.

Chris Lester’s Author Page on Facebook

The Metamor City Discussion Forums (help us resurrect them!)

The Raven & the Writing Desk, Episode 05: Metamor City – To Walk in Shadow, Part 3A

Posted by on 07 Jun 2015 | Tagged as: Fantasy

In this episode Sara T. asks about the relationship (or lack thereof) between Eli and the gods of the old pantheon, and Raj Chaos chimes in with his thoughts on the new podcast format.The Raven and the Writing Desk - logo

The Story: To Walk in Shadow, Part 3A

Ba’al reveals his plan for reaching Estarini, and Jessup weighs his choices from the end of the last episode.

Warning: This episode contains adult situations and explicit language.

Buy Things Unseen on Amazon.com

Buy Things Unseen on Smashwords.com


The Raven & the Writing Desk, Episode 04: Metamor City – To Walk in Shadow, Part 2B

Posted by on 02 Jun 2015 | Tagged as: Fantasy

The Raven and the Writing Desk - logoIn this episode I mention my new Author Page on Facebook, and discuss the origins of the name “Ba’al” with Sara T.

The Metamor City Discussion Forums – help resurrect this site as a place for discussion of the world of Metamor!

The Story: “To Walk in Shadow,” Part 2B

Agent Jessup arrives with Ba’al and Xiang Jinn at Castle Dauntless, an ancient fortress built by Ba’al in the middle of the Realm of Shadow. As Ba’al leaves the two mortals to attend to other matters, Jessup discovers that this seeming anachronism is not quite what it appears to be…

WARNING: This episode contains adult situations and strong language. Listener discretion is advised.

The Raven & the Writing Desk, Episode 03: Metamor City – To Walk in Shadow, Part 2A

Posted by on 25 May 2015 | Tagged as: Fantasy

The Raven and the Writing Desk - logoIn this episode we hear from Sara T. about Dreams of Change, from Tarmo in Finland about straight read vs. multiple voice narration, and from Mildred Cady about shout-outs to the Metamor City Live audio dramas.


Rafak Aliri and the Book of Shadows – Live at Balticon 47


Hunters Unlucky at Worlds of Abigail Hilton — available for free for a limited time

Storybundle – The Write Stuff

The Story: “Metamor City — To Walk in Shadow,” Part 2A

Agent Jessup journeys into the Realm of Shadow with Prince Ba’al and his faithful assistant. What he finds there is like nothing he had imagined…



The Raven & the Writing Desk, Episode 02: Metamor City – To Walk in Shadow, Part 1

Posted by on 18 May 2015 | Tagged as: Fantasy

The Raven and the Writing Desk - logoIn this episode I give you the Weekly Writer’s Report and share exciting news about the new StoryBundle that J. Daniel Sawyer is part of this month.

The Story: “To Walk in Shadow,” Part 1

The sun hid itself on the day the devil came to the city. Thick, forbidding clouds crept in from the north overnight, a dark, angry carpet rolling in to presage his coming…

The Raven and the Writing Desk, Episode 01: Metamor City – Cleanup on Skyway 3

Posted by on 10 May 2015 | Tagged as: Fantasy

My new podcast is here! In this episode, I explain what The Raven and the Writing Desk is about, why I’m doing this instead of podcasting the rest of Things Unseen, and what is in store for the future.

The Story: “Cleanup on Skyway 3″

Fiz and his team are the best cleaners in the business. If you’ve got a messy problem, they can make it disappear overnight — guaranteed. But when the folks leaving the mess are the Lightbringers, even Fiz and his boys might have their hands full…

Metamor City Update, 2014-05-11

Posted by on 11 May 2014 | Tagged as: Announcements

“Hey Chris, where’s the next Metamor City ep?”

or, Why You Should Never Start A Podcast Without A Backlog


Hello, Metamorphs!

THINGS UNSEEN debuted on the Metamor City Podcast at the beginning of March, with a stated release schedule of one episode every two weeks. At the time, I thought this wouldn’t be a problem: my narration for half of the book was already recorded, I only had one other voice actor to coordinate with (the extremely talented Dawn D. Wood, also known as @phynixism on Twitter), and I already had a well-established library of music and sound effects that had helped to define the Metamor City style. While I had some trepidation about not having a backlog of completed episodes, I thought that we could keep up with a biweekly release schedule.

I was so very, very wrong.

Almost immediately we started having problems. A hard drive failure killed much of the audio that Dawn had already recorded for the podcast. When she re-recorded in February and March — a truly titanic effort for which she deserves huge props — her computer did not inform her that, due to a defective USB port, she was not actually recording through the high-quality microphone in her recording closet, but through her laptop’s internal microphone. Then she switched to another USB port, started over AGAIN, and THIS time the audio cut in and out between the studio mic and the internal mic (again without the OS telling her this was happening). Finally she borrowed someone else’s computer, and she is now re-recording lines for a fourth time.

Meanwhile, I was having problems of my own. Listening to my audio for the podcast, I realized that it was pretty much impossible for me to maintain a consistent voice for David Silverleaf while switching back and forth between David and my narrator lines. Since David’s a major character in the novel and having a distinctive voice for him was important, I had to go back and re-record my lines for David, then splice them into the recording along with Dawn’s lines.

Now, as all of this was going on, we were able to keep on top of things just enough to get the first three episodes out more or less on time … but we were losing ground, and we knew it. Then, when we absolutely could not afford any more delays, we got hit with a triple whammy:

1.) The end-the-marking-period grading rush. Piles upon piles of student work for me to grade.

2.) A long-planned job hunting trip for me and my partner Melanie. We were on the road through all of Spring Break (April 13-19), and while I was hoping to get editing done on the podcast during this trip, that turned out to be a lot harder than I’d anticipated.

3.) On top of everything else, Dawn got hit with a case of food poisoning that knocked her out of commission for about a week. We’re talking serious hospital time here. It was bad.

Week after week slipped by, and while we’ve made headway, it has been slow going. We should be able to get Chapter Three out this month, but it’s clear that we can’t keep going like this. Something needs to change.

After discussing the matter with Dawn, here’s what I’ve decided to do: after Chapter Three is released, we’re putting the podcast on hold while we build up a backlog — not just finished narration, but actual finished episodes. There are a lot of things coming up in the next few months that are going to demand my attention — Balticon, finals, packing, cleaning house, moving to Montana, hunting for a new job — and I’m not convinced that I can keep a consistent schedule with all of that going on. (Especially since we haven’t been able to keep a consistent schedule even WITHOUT those things going on…)

We’ll come back when we have six complete episodes in the can; that will give us a three-month head start on further production. I don’t know exactly how long it will take for us to put those episodes together, but I’m optimistic that we can be back on the air by September. In any case, we won’t start releasing again until those six episodes, Chapters Four through Nine, are done.

I’ll keep you posted here on the status of production, and send you updates at least once a month on how the work is progressing. It kills me to put the show on hold again when we just came back from such a long hiatus, but it’s time I admitted to myself that I jumped the gun and came back before I was ready. If I’m going to release content on a regular schedule, I need to take a page from Abigail Hilton’s playbook and just get the content ready in advance. I think it will be worth it in the long run.

Balticon 48 Preview

Posted by on 11 Apr 2014 | Tagged as: Announcements

Hello Metamorphs!

If you’re going to be in the Baltimore/DC area this Memorial Day weekend, you should take some time to come up to Hunt Valley, MD for the 48th annual convention of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. Not only will there be a ton of awesome podcasting people there, but we’ll be having TWO Metamor City events:

Things Unseen Launch Party: Hear Chris and Dawn do a live reading from the book, with special guests Tee Morris and Philippa Ballantine! Then stick around for Q&A, prizes, signings, snacks and beverages, AND a sneak-peek at the next Metamor City novel, THE LOST AND THE LEAST.

Metamor City LIVE: The Metamor City Players return with another live audio drama event: AGENT OF EMPIRE! In the year 1876 C.R., master wizard and Imperial covert operative Liam ard’Taxis joins a young Miriam Bakhtavar as they race to stop enemy spies from finding the mythical Black Library of Fellos. It’s James Bond meets Indiana Jones in the steampunk age of Metamor!

Ordering Autographed Copies of Things Unseen:

If you’re going to be at the convention and you’d like a signed copy of Things Unseen, you can pre-order them at the new Liminal Corvid Press storefront. I only plan on bringing enough copies to satisfy the preorders, so if you want one, place your orders before April 28th, 2014.

If you’re not going to be at Balticon, but you would still like an autographed copy of the book, you can buy that at the storefront, as well.

Hope to see you at the con!

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