Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast 332, Mr. Bob, by David Krummenacher“It all began with the chicken in the end of the road,” she said.

“Pardon?” I gestured. “Could you say that again?”

Miss Sanderson reached out and tapped the translation device on the table, then picked it up and fiddled with its settings. She was the ugliest female of her species I’d ever seen– obscenely symmetrical features, pale hair and complexion, long limbs–and yet forever twirling a finger in her hair like she was trying to proposition me.

Disgusting!

 

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Story first appeared in Kaleidotrope, April 2013
Episode Art:  Dave Krummenacher

Twabble:  “To save money my girlfriend bought cheap toilet paper, but it was a bad decision and now we've got a real mess on our hands. ”  by  unreliable narrator

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Monday, July 14th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast 331, Night of the Cooters, by Raoul IzzardSheriff Lindley was asleep on the toilet in the Pachuco County courthouse when someone started pounding on the door.

“Bert!” the voice yelled as the sheriff jerked awake.

“Gol Dang!” said the lawman. The Waco newspaper slid off his lap onto the floor.

 

 

 

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This story was first published in Omni Magazine, April 1987.
Episode Art:  Raoul Izzard

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Monday, June 30th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast episode 330. Trifecta XVIII, by Forrest WarnerFor the Drabblecast’s 28th trifecta anthology, we explore ‘changes of heart.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Episode Art:  Forrest Warner
Read by:  Mat Weller, Geoff Welchmann

Twabble:  “They survived by living off the land. They raised chickens, grew their hair long, and protected the levee. Dam hippies. ”  by  Josh Peters

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Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast episode 329, The Gravity Mine, by Melissa McClanahanCall her Anlic.

The first time she woke, she was in the ruins of an abandoned gravity mine. At first the Community had chased around the outer strata of the great gloomy structure. But at last, close to the core, they reached a cramped ring. Here the central black hole’s gravity was so strong that light itself curved in closed orbits.

 

 

 

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First appeared in Asimov's, April 2000
Episode Art:  Melissa McClanahan
Read by:  Amy Sturgis

Twabble:  “Every message he sent felt more like a farewell. With Earth 23 light years away, he would likely never hear back from her. ”  by  bryanwitha_y

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Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast 328, Local Delicacies, by Bo KaierMy boss, Danny, liked to brag that El Corazon was the best Tex-Mex restaurant just off the Vegas Strip. “Because of you, Bescha,” he’d say to me. “You keep the customers happy. You keep me out of trouble.”

I won’t say which part of my job was harder. I kept an eye on the help-wanted ads, in case something better came along.

 

 

 

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This story is a Drabblecast original.
Photo credit Xeeliz
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier
Read by:  Lauren Synger
Music by:   The Bombay Royale

Twabble:  “"Wow! I've heard tales about your kind," he told the fay.
She giggled as she bit greedily into him. "Not the right tales." ”  by  bryanwitha_y

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Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast 326, The Last Tiger, by Alex ClawHunger has made you reckless. You track the sound of human voices through the woods until you find a man and a woman. They are shouting at each other. The woman slaps the man’s face. He presses his hand to his cheek for a moment, and then lunges at the woman, knocking her to the ground. He squeezes his hands tight about her throat. The noises she makes are ugly.

Your nostrils flare. You smell food. It is in the pack on the man’s back. You come closer to the couple, deliberately snapping a twig underfoot. The man whirls around, almost losing his grip on the woman. You point at the back pack.

 

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First appeared in Electric Velocipede, May 2008
Episode Art:  Alex Claw

Twabble:  “Cinderella looked out across the water. Her attendance at tonight's island gala was dependent on her ferry godmother. ”  by  Bejami

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Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast episode 325, Jackalope Wives, by Liz PenniesThe moon came up and the sun went down. The moonbeams went shattering down to the ground and the jackalope wives took off their skins and danced.

They danced like young deer pawing the ground, they danced like devils let out of hell for the evening. They swung their hips and pranced and drank their fill of cactus–fruit wine.

They were shy creatures, the jackalope wives, though there was nothing shy about the way they danced. You could go your whole life and see no more of them than the flash of a tail vanishing around the backside of a boulder. If you were lucky, you might catch a whole line of them outlined against the sky, on the top of a bluff, the shadow of horns rising off their brows.

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First appeared in Apex Magazine, January 2014
Episode Art:  Liz Pennies
Read by:  Eleiece Krawiec

Twabble:  “At the hike's end we found seal skins scattered all over that beach. "Let's go," I said. "But first, let me take a Selkie." ”  by  JMiriah

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