Monday, November 16th, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast episode Old Dead Futures by Oskar KunikThere are two things I love, and one is the tiny grey owl outside my window. He is not afraid of me. He hoots and hops to my windowsill so I can stroke his downy head and feed him worms I’ve saved in my pocket.

It is hard to get the worms from my pocket, the way my left arm jerks up behind me and my right hand shakes. Often fat mister owl gets a half a worm, but he doesn’t mind. Mother minds picking the half-worms from my pockets, but I see how she looks at me when I calm my tremoring hand long enough to pat mister owl; I see how she loves me then.


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Episode Art:  Oskar Kunik
Read by:  Hugh O'Donnel

Twabble:  “"They live inside the walls!" my daughter whispers. I quiet her, avoiding the truth. I wish they only lived in the walls. ”  by  Kestaa

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Monday, November 9th, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast episode 113, Charlie the Purple Giraffe, by Josh HugoA change came over Charlie then, like a cloud passing in front of the sun.  He placed his hands flat in his lap, straightened his neck, and took a deep breath.  “Us,” he said at last.  “They read us.”

A delightful Drabble evokes a sage summation of the style from Norm: the mark of a good drabble is the rolling of the eyes and sounds of chuckling. The feature is a unique tale set inside a televised cartoon world. Our main character, Charlie the purple giraffe, has a disturbing and profound view of his world, one not shared by his best friend Jerry the orange squirrel. Floating question marks, colored word balloons, it may not be as light, airy, and humorous as appears at first blush.

Originally published in Realms of Fantasy, June 2004.
Episode Art:  Josh Hugo

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Sunday, September 13th, 2015

Cover for The Little Mermaid of Innsmouth by Carly LynTomiko knelt at the table, across from her father, carefully holding her back rigid and straight as they ate their breakfast. She hoped the formal posture would make him take her arguments seriously, but he barely looked at her as he ate mix of rice and nattō, fermented soybeans that gave off a pungent smell and overpowered even the constant fishy odor of her father’s skin.
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Produced by Adam Pracht. The Little Mermaid of Innsmouth song
Episode Art:  Carly Lyn
Read by:   Ibba Armancas
Music by:   All music by Kevin MacLeod ( Some sound effects recorded by Mike Koenig and Mark DiAngelo (

Twabble:  “I'm scheduled for an Earthectomy next week. What's an Earth? An evolutionary relic. Mostly harmless. ”  by  bjrobison

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Sunday, September 6th, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast, In The Walls, by Hannah HollowayThe deadliest things in war are not bullets and guns, but hunger and desperation.
I’m hungry.

Penny gets the bed tonight, I’m on watch, Erik is out looting for food and supplies. If he were white, he tells us seriously, the press would say he was scavenging. But for him, it’s looting.

Not that there’s a press anymore. The newspaper we stuffed inside our makeshift mattress were all from three weeks ago. Then the newspaper company was bombed. That was a week after the Internet service provider was bombed. And while we missed the Internet, no one missed Comcast.

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Mur Lafferty's Shambling Guide to New York City Escapepod Episode 500
Episode Art:  Hannah Holloway

Twabble:  “Tightly grasping the ancient sundial's twisted gnomon, I ease it straight. The Sun roars and lurches. Darkness falls. ”  by  seani

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Monday, August 31st, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides episode Doorstepping by Bo KaierThere was a buzz at the door. Mike Jansen sighed. Just when you got yourself settled after a long day working on the cheese counter; just when you were looking forward to some quality TV; the door had to go. He’d been standing up all day. His feet were killing him. He nestled down into the settee, deciding to ignore the buzz. He turned up the TV a little.

Buzz. Buzz. Bleedin’ buzz.

The caller was a persistent fellow and no mistake.

Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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Sunday, August 30th, 2015

Drabblecast cover for Restless in R'lyeh by Greg CravensDear Doctor Saperstein,

I’m a 44-year-old librarian from Kansas and a loyal reader of Last night, after a relaxing day spent gardening, binge-watching “America’s Got Talent,” and organizing my snowglobe collection, I had a nightmare. A hideous octopus-headed monster performed a ukulele solo on “America’s Got Talent,” then killed and ate Howard Stern. Afterwards, Heidi Klum chanted tunelessly in a harsh alien language (possibly German). When I woke up, I was filled with unspeakable dread and all the snow in my snowglobes was whirling around as if someone had shaken each one. What could it mean?

–Worried in Wichita

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Produced by Adam Pracht
Episode Art:  Greg Cravens
Read by:  Trendane Sparks, Nick Camm, Amy Sturgis, Jacob Boris
Music by:   Kevin Macleod

Twabble:  “"So cute!" She declared, playing with the baby's toes. She tickled them once more before putting them back on the shelf. ”  by  Erica Weems

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Saturday, August 29th, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast 176, Cinderlands, by Chelsea RaganDexter crouched beneath the toxic fruit trees in his grassless back yard, turning over black earth with the spade he’d taken from the old man, and every shovelful revealed worse things:
clumps of cinders and the dust of ashes; rusting nails, practically dripping tetanus; wickedly-curved shards of brown glass; bullets of various sizes, crusted with dirt; and a foot or so down, fragments of black-stone statuary…

A Drabblecast original story. Just Icing
Episode Art:  Chelsea Ragan

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