Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Drabblecast B-Sides episode 57, The Pain Peddlers, by Bo KaierThe phone bleeped. Northrop nudged the cut-in switch and heard Maurillo say, “we got a gangrene, chief. They’re amputating tonight.”

This story first appeared in Galaxy magazine, August 1963.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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Monday, December 29th, 2014

Drabblecast B-Sides B56, Tick Flick, by Bo KaierGreg jabbed Jeff’s third shoulder, though he made sure he didn’t hit hard enough to capsize the snack bucket. Jeff would make him pay if he did. “Quit hoggin’ the candy. Trailer’s almost over.”
Jeff took his mouth out of his food long enough to ask, “What kind you want?”
“You know. A softy.”
“None left.”
“Liar! I know you ain’t drunk ‘em all yet.”
Jeff shrugged all his shoulders and relented. “Here.”

This story appears first here, on the Drabblecast.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides 54, The Lonely Child, by Melissa McClanahanSomething pricked Marla’s hand. Groggily, very much so, she turned over in bed and spoke to her husband.

“John,” Marla whispered, trying to keep the irritation out of her voice, “turn on the light. There’s a pin in the bed.”

“What?” Her husband rolled over in the dark, and she felt his elbow bump into her leg.

“John, there’s a needle. In the bed. With your baby. Turn on the light.” Her words were firm. John got up and turned on the light, looking at her unsteadily.


Episode Art:  Melissa McClanahan

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Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast B-SIdes episode 54, Sorry ABout Your Dog, by Bo KaierSee, I was comin’ back from a round-up at Deacon’s Bluff – I catch rattlesnakes and milk them for their venom back in my apartment – you’d be surprised how much money there is in that. Anyway, I had a
young diamondback tied up in my gunnysack on the front seat of my pickup – really, it’s a laundry bag with a drawstring and a catch clip – anyway, I was drivin’ by McLaughlin Park on my way home, when damn
if that sucker didn’t just poke his head right out of the sack to look around! I lost control of the truck tryin’ to get him back in, and I swerved across the playground.

This story first appeared in Murderous Intent Mystery Magazine, Winter 1998. It was made into the HBO award winning short Rattler in 2000.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides 53, 21 Steps to Enlightenment (Minus 1), by Shea Bartel1.

When a spiral staircase appears in front of you, don’t panic. Just know that if you place your feet on that first step, it shows commitment. You can’t go back. You can only go up and up and up until you reach the very top.

Watch your step. That’s the main thing to remember. Some people think they can race to the top, or take the steps two at a time. All it takes is one stumble, one slip, and soon you’re tumbling, arms pinwheeling, shins banging, down, down, down.

You don’t want to be rejected by a spiral staircase. It’s painful.

This story first appeared in Strange Horizons, February 2014.
Episode Art:  Shea Bartel
Read by:  Christina Rivera

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Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides 52, Editor LagerklatschDrinks and shop talk with short fiction editors John Joseph Adams (Lightspeed Magazine), Neil Clarke (Clarkesworld), Scott K. Andrews (Beneath Ceaseless Skies) and Norm Sherman.

 

 

 

 

 

Apocalypse Triptych
Clarkesworld Chinese Science Fiction Translation Project Kickstarter
Episode Art:  The Drabblecast

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Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides 51, An Almanac of Things that Can Kill You, by Forrest WarnerIf you get ill after eating or touching something that didn’t make anyone else sick, you may be allergic to it. Especially if there’s a rash. Allergies are caused by your body rejecting substances it doesn’t like. There is no treatment but to avoid those substances. Fortunately, only a few types of allergies can kill you. Nut allergies, for instance. Bee stings. But I imagine most people with fatal allergies to common things have died by now.

I am allergic to wool, soy, peanuts, and pollen. Only my peanut allergy can kill me.

First published in Lightspeed magazine, April 2014.
Episode Art:  Forrest Warner

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