Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Drabblecast Cover by Melissa McClanahan for Down the Well“I enjoy watching children,” she said. “It comforts me to remember that I too was a child once, and one day they too will be old.”

Her shiny olive skin was firm, but even the best youth-treatments couldn’t hide the purple veins that snaked around her arms like cables. She appeared to be in well-preserved middle-age; only I and a few other agents knew the truth. Her eight remaining fingers were casually laced over a knobby walking stick that she carried for show. A particularly knowledgeable observer might have noted that the cherry-red wood was at once lighter and stronger than any known on Earth. Dr. Constance Roya was a scientist in the ancient sense, when that term implied at least as much of a reckless love for adventure as an appreciation of form and method and the furtherance of human knowledge.

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Produced by Adam Pracht
Episode Art:  Melissa McClanahan
Read by:  Jonathan Danz

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Monday, July 11th, 2016

Drabblecast cover for Bad Shit by Declan J. Keane“Fat Jimmy,” said Wilbur. “I told you: Fat Jimmy.”

“You told me it was a skinny guy,” said the uniform.

“Fat Jimmy is skinny,” said Wilbur.

The uniform sighed.

“So you bought the weed from a skinny dealer called Fat Jimmy?”

“Didn’t buy, just holding.”

“For Fat Jimmy?”

“That’s what I said: Fat Jimmy.”

“Where did Fat Jimmy get it?”

“I don’t know,” said Wilbur. “His man.”


Episode Art:  Declan J Keane

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Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Drabblecast Cover by Bo Kaier for Heart of ClayAwareness terrified the golem, but the burning paper in his mouth and the word written on it gave him comfort. It filled him with wonder and fear, knowledge and life. Saint Darwin had fashioned the paper from a certain bush on an Egyptian mountainside that was impervious to fire. When the golem’s life dissipated, the flames would sputter out but the mystical paper would never be consumed.


Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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Saturday, January 16th, 2016

Cover for Drabblecast episode The Country of the Blind by Bo KaierThree hundred miles and more from Chimborazo, one hundred from the snows of Cotopaxi, in the wildest wastes of Ecuador’s Andes, there lies that mysterious mountain valley, cut off from all the world of men, the Country of the Blind…


Episode Art:  Bo Kaier
Read by:  Paul Huntington

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Friday, November 27th, 2015

Drabblecast Top 10 Post Apocalypse Short FilmsNorm shares the top 10 best (and free online!) post apocalypse short films in an exlusive video podcast.

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#10-- "Sepsis" written and directed by Artur Llobell, #9-- "Senior" directed by Noel Paul & Stefan Moore, music by Royskopp, #8-- "Cargo" written and directed by Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke, #7-- "The Last Breath" written and directed by Diwantara (Tara Arts Movie), #6-- "Unwind" by Mainstay Productions, based on the novel "Unwind" by Neal Shusterman, #5-- "Paradox" written and directed by Jeremy Haccoun, #4-- "Changing Batteries" by Multimedia University, Cyberjaya,Malaysia, #3-- "The Rising" written by Sebastian Mattukat & Tobias Voigt, directed by Sebastian Mattukat, #2-- "Zombies in a Penguin Suit" written and directed by Chris Farrell, #1-- "Zero" directed by Christopher Kezelos

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Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides 62, War of the Clowns, by Bo KaierOne time two clowns set themselves to arguing. The people would stop, amused, to watch them.

—What’s that? they asked.

—Why, it’s only two clowns arguing.

Who could take them seriously? Ridiculous, the two comedians reparteed.

The arguments were common nonsense, the theme was a ninnery.

And an entire day passed.

The following morning, the two remained, obnoxious and outdoing each other. It seemed as though, between them, even yucca soured. In the street, meanwhile, those present were exhilarated with the masquerade. The buffoons began worsening their insults with fine-edged and fine tuned barbs. Believing it to be a show, the passersby left coins along the roadside.


Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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Sunday, May 24th, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast episode The Horses of Lir by Bo KaierI sent this one to The Saturday Evening Post. Three times. They kept losing the ms. I stopped.

The moonlight was muted and scattered by the mist above the loch. A chill breeze stirred the white tendrils to a sliding, skating motion upon the water’s surface. Staring into the dark depths, Randy smoothed his jacket several times, then stepped forward. He pursed his lips to begin and discovered that his throat was dry.

Sighing, almost with relief, he turned and walked back several paces. The night was especially soundless about him. He seated himself upon a rock, drew his pipe from his pocket and began to fill it.

This story first appeared in the anthology Whispers III, published in August 1981.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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