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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Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Drabblecast Zombie Massacree by Aaron SiddallBob and I attracted a pack of zombies when we stopped to fuel up at the Texaco in Buffalo Springs. I hoped we’d lost them, but hope was all I had. Bob said they were the fresh remains of a high school football team who’d been drowned and de-souled by water daemons at a lakeside party.

Young, strong corpses have the speed and stamina to run down a deer. Until the sun and wind finally turned their flesh to stinky jerky, they’d be dangerous enough to make a vampire shit bats. And fresh zombies are persistent as porn site pop-up ads. If they take a shine to the smell of your blood, they might track you for days, stopping only if live meat falls right in their laps.

This story first appeared in the book Installing Linux on a Dead Badger, published October 2007.
Episode Art:  Aaron Siddall

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Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Drabblecast cover for The Sound of Useless Wings by Lori Anne BaumgartnerI try to ignore my brothers and sisters as I do my work under the hot twin suns. They call me names. They call me dreamer. They call me innocent. They call me ridiculous.

All the while, I herd the rodents into the pen. I collect animal droppings and scatter them in the garden. I chew what long grass I can find and spit it out into the buckets so my mother can make the doughy bread that is a staple of the Hort diet.

The Way of The Buffalo podcast
This story was first published at Tor.com, January 2015.
Episode Art:  Lori Anne Baumgartner
Read by:  Hugh O'Donnell

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