Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast Unnatural Growth Trifecta, by Declan KeaneMy twin brother had been a dry-eyed baby, and he grew into a dry-eyed boy.

“Yaakov, why don’t you ever cry?” I asked him the day we buried my uncle’s family.

He shrugged. “Maybe you carry all the tears for both of us, Anna.”

I thought he might be right. In the past month I had cried again and again. I had wept through the night of hiding in the root cellar among the onions and potatoes and jars of pickled vegetables, my face buried in our mother’s skirt. We emerged in the morning to discover the Cossacks had burned down the barn with all of our animals trapped inside. I cried again for the goats. We didn’t even know yet that our cousins down the road had suffered the same fate. Our two older siblings took their turns calming me, but I took the most comfort from Yaakov’s stoic face.

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Guest Producer: David Cummings of the NoSleep Podcast
They Sent Runners Out first appeared in Fireside magazine, February 2014.
The Liver apparently first appears here on The Drabblecast. Probably.
Caretaker in the Garden of Dreams first appeared in Necrotic Tissue magazine, January 2010.
Episode Art:  Declan Keane
Read by:  Erika Sanderson, Peter Lewis, David Cummings

Twabble:  “The aliens said that humanity is too violent to join the Federation. Of course we couldn't let an insult like that stand. ”  by  Eric Marsh

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Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast episode Rachael K Jones Doubleheader by Spencer Bingham10. _Influenza siderius_ begins as a general malaise. That is always the first symptom. Perhaps you wish to doze on the sofa, but your husband suggests a little fresh air instead. You do feel better after the walk, but by the next morning the listlessness has returned tenfold. Your husband complains when you order takeout instead of making the pot roast, but you feel too tired to care.

 

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Spencer Bingham's new comic: Homebound
Ten Wretched Things About Influenza Siderius first appeared in Daily Science Fiction July 2014.
Mamihlapinatapei first appeared in Crossed Genres August 2014.

Episode Art:  Spencer Bingham

Twabble:  “We watched the animals. They watched us back. Who will move first, we asked? Whoever has the most to gain, they answered. ”  by  DrewDidThis

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Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast Trifecta by Unka OdyaIt looks like a quantity of strawberry jam squeezed into a cheap polythene shower cap. Even down to the darkened pips and the intimation someone’s attempted to pick it up and squished it in the middle. Clint adjusts the telescopic sight and tilts his head, upping the magnification, but knocking the thermal readout to the off position. He can feel the heat from here, so it’s safe to say that the temperature is outside the usual parameters.

 

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Guest Producer: Bryan Lincoln of the Fullcast Podcast

Clint Radigan's Intergalactic Genitourinary Clinic first appears here on The Drabblecast.
On the Nose first appears here on The Drabblecast.
A Plague of Boils first appeared on Hooting Yard.org, May 2012.
Episode Art:  Unka Odya, on Behance and Facebook
Read by:  Rish Outfield, Bryan Lincoln, Michael Amaral, Casey Regan, James Bagley, Tom Vale, and Dan Panicucci

Twabble:  “As a werecat my senses improved. I now see what my tom sees when he stares into a corner, and you don't want to know about it. ”  by  groomporter

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Friday, April 17th, 2015
Warning:  Some adult themes and language

Cover for Drabblecast episode An Exodus of Wings, by Melissa McClanahanBefore Heidi came along, Michael did everything he could to keep the damn faeries out of his apartment. Every night he washed and dried his dishes, never left one dripping in the drying rack. Always fished the food particles from the drain, took the trash out, sealed his cereal in glass jars.

 

 

 

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This story first appeared in Daily Science Fiction, May 2013.
Guest Produced by Adam Pracht
Episode Art:   Melissa McClanahan
Read by:  Trendane Sparks and Ibba Armancas

Twabble:  “The hair wasn't right. He turned it back to front and dabbed away blood. "Flawless," he said through the wet mouth-hole. ”  by  DrewDidThis

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast episode Kiriki Grocery, by Tory HokeThe last day of orientation at New Plymouth University, Work Placement called students up in pairs. Rhonda Morillo took the chair next to a big-boned blond girl–Deirdre, pretty sure–as their peer advisor announced their “exciting cultural opportunity”: stocking shelves at Kiriki Grocery.

 

 

 

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This story is a Drabblecast original.
Episode Art:  Tory Hoke

Twabble:  “The Assassin's Wives Club threw her a party for her first kill. A small party with a small cake, that no one dared to touch. ”  by  Drewdidthis

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Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Drabblecast Alienated / The Front Line by Mary MatticeAlone — but not lonely.

Three days, we’ve been on this planet. Over a year, Earth-time. But we don’t talk about Earth-time anymore. It weakens morale, says Sir Overgeneral Halfish.

My morale went out the window when I found out that I was sentenced to be transported off planet.

 

 

 

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Alienated first appeared in Nature Physics, October 2014.
Old Flames first appeared in Daily Science Fiction, November 2012.
Episode Art:  Mary Mattice
Read by:  Naomi Mercer

Twabble:  “The alien evolved to be cute and cuddly as a reproductive strategy. That explained the wave of immaculate conceptions. ”  by  groomporter

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Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast episode 352, Primrose or Return to Il’maril, by E.C. Ibes“I will not leave this cavern,” the voice said as soon as I stepped into the cave mouth. A baritone decaying into vibrato, an old man’s voice, full of dignity and pride.

I tried to pinpoint its source, but the air was thick with fog. The haze seemed to originate from inside the chamber, where a mysterious current of cold wind blew from underground. All around me, where the vapour met the pink light, it glowed, the colour of the primrose buds in my terrarium back home. The thought of missing them in full bloom this year, pricked at me. Focus, Virginia, I told myself. Don’t be so bloody addled. There are lives on the line.

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This story first appeared in Apex Magazine, Oct. 2014.
Episode Art:  E. C. Ibes
Read by:  Gabrielle deCuir

Twabble:  “The nightclub's disco ball isn't really made of tortured souls, but I can see you in there, a thousand times, screaming. ”  by  Robert Lach

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