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I’m really quite impressed by the job Norm Sherman did narrating, which is higher praise than you’d think, because I’m extremely resistant to interpretations of my work that differ in any way from how it sounded in my head. But Norm’s interpretation works beautifully, and it taught me something about my own creation.
Michael Swanwick

Over the years I’ve heard various books and stories of mine read by perhaps a dozen professional actors and at least that many amateurs. Some were okay, some were pretty awful. Until now there had only been one brilliant reading — by actor William Windom, some years ago. Then I listened to Norm’s rendition of “Blue” — and now there are two. I can’t imagine it being done any better. Thanks for a truly wonderful job.
-Mike Resnick

A powerful reading and good example of how a story can be transformed when told out loud and told out loud well.
-William Gibson

Drabblecast is one of those magazines that swings for the fences. My impression is that they rarely miss.
-Terry Bisson


What we are saying about ourselves

The Drabblecast is a weekly podcast featuring flash fictions from a variety of genres. Its singular message is that of off beat, funny, eclecticism. It is a paying fiction market, accepting submissions (see the submissions page for more information). The Drabblecast is the winner of the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Parsec Awards for Best Speculative Fiction Audio Magazine.

The tip of the spear is Norm Sherman, our charismatic host, producer, and primary narrator. Norm is a musician and also occasionally hosts fellow speculative fiction podcasting favorite EscapePod. He is assisted by Editor-in-Chief Nathaniel Lee, Special Anthologies Editor Nicky Drayden, Art Director Bo Kaier, DrabbleClassics Editor Charity Helton, and Interactive Manager and Archivist ‘Saint’ Tom Baker.

The Drabblecast ran its first episode in February of 2007. In the early days, Norm and college friends and then editors Kendall Marchman and Luke Coddington wrote most of the episodes. But soon a listenership grew, and the Drabblecast began publishing stories contributed by its fans. Later, professional authors got involved. Names like Tim Pratt, Mike Resnick, Ben H. Winters, and Mur Lafferty have appeared on the podcast.

As the future unfolds The Drabblecast continues to assert itself as a standard-bearer amongst fiction podcasts, always searching for the next great story, and to keep its audience trapped somewhere between ecstatic joy and unfathomable confusion.


The Drabblecast is organized and run by an enthusiastic group of volunteers (read: a bunch of escaped carnival folk). We would be nowhere without the support of our listeners and especially our gracious donors. These fine individuals maintain a special role.

Norm Sherman

Norm ShermanFounder, Host, Producer

Norm Sherman is the tip of the spear. The Drabblecast’s charismatic host and humorist, in his spare time, Norm helps run a non-profit, and composes original music. Buy his ever-so-enthralling CD here: www.cdbaby.com/cd/normsherman.

Nathaniel Lee

Nathaniel LeeEditor-in-Chief

Nathaniel Lee puts words in various orders and intermittently receives money in return. His fiction can be found in dozens of venues online and off, and he serves both as Editor at the Drabblecast and Assistant Editor for Escape pod. A full bibliography can be found at his writing blog, mirrorshards.org

Charity Helton

Charity HeltonDrabbleClassics Editor

Charity Helton is not a clone and has never been cloned. If she had ever been cloned, all her clones would have been killed off by now, but she had nothing to do with that. If you are a clone of Charity, please email to let her know. Charity hopes one day the Mongolian death worm will be housed at the national zoo so she can visit it on lunch breaks, since flights to Mongolia are long and cramped.

Nicky Drayden

Nicky DraydenSpecial Anthologies Editor

Nicky Drayden is a Systems Analyst who dabbles in prose when she’s not buried in code. She resides in Austin, Texas where being weird is highly encouraged, if not required.

Bo Kaier

Bo KaierArt Director, Designer

UX Architect by day, depicter of sad clowns by night. The Drabblecast’s art director and frequent cover contributor, Bo Kaier, can be found at bokaier.com.

Tom Baker

Tom BakerArchivist, Digital Architect, Saint

Toy maker by trade, Tom fills the world with delight and mayhem. Finding no use for his 3rd grade education, he went on to create laser tag guns and Rock Band accessories to finance his fiction listening habits.