Monday, November 15th, 2010
Warning:  Language

Cover for Drabblecast episode 187, Doubleheader 7, by Brent Holmes

The episode begins with a DrabbleNews segment on blow-up weaponry (it’s Nerf or Nothing!). Next, a drabble from Kelley Zanfardino. on What follows is a doubleheader from Hugo nominated, cognitive psychologist, author Lawrence M. Schoen (with author’s notes), as read by Phil Rossi. In A Fool’s Death we follow a man as he attempts a mime assisted death, jumping into a volcano. In Pidgin we witness the intense frustration arising from a culture clash as an alien tries to buy fruit from a hardware store.

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"Pidgin" was originally published in Pidgin in Aliens And AIs (2005). "A Fool's Death" was originally published in Abyss & Apex (2006). Inflatable Weapons of War, Phil Rossi's Crescent
Episode Art:  Brent Holmes
Read by:  Phil Rossi

Twabble:  “Every channel the same, nothing but people watching people watch the television. Reality shows had truly gone too far. ”  by  Liz Pennies

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Monday, November 8th, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 186, Garkain, by Jerel DyeHis home is in the dense jungle along the banks of the Liverpool River. Should anyone venture into that jungle Garkain, who can fly as well as walk, will wrap himself around the intruder, and smother him with the loose folds of skin which are attached to his arms and legs.

—Charles P. Mountford, The First Sunrise, 1971

In this episode of the Drabblecast podcast, the theme is mythical beasts and creatures, imagined, extinct or otherwise. Norm discuss fantastic animals from down Under (Australia). In the feature we are presented evidence of the existence of the frightful Garkain. The monster’s aspects are recalled in several accounts from eye witnesses and scholars.

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Originally published in Fantasy Magazine, April 2009. Clowns Bunnies Other Scary Things, Jerel Dye’s new Comic Book Anthology!
Episode Art:  Jerel Dye
Read by:  Graeme Dunlop, Mike Boris, and Delianna Forget

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Saturday, October 30th, 2010
Warning:  Language and violence

Cover for Drabblecast episode 185, Horrorworld 2025 part 2, by Bo KaierKyle lifted another lightsaber. “Want one? They’re not as random or clumsy as a flamethrower.”
“Sh*t. The geek is strong in this one. Sure, Jedi me.”
Kyle tossed it to her with a grin. Hang on Grandpa. We’re coming…

Norm starts this week’s Drabblecast starts with a bbardle about Phantom Claus, to get us in the Halloween spirit. The two part Horror World 2025 is concluded. We rejoin Ben to see if he is any closer to rescuing his grandfather from bedeviled robo-zombies.

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A Drabblecast original story.
Read by:  Morgan Olson as Grandpa, Tom Baker as Ben, Michelle Ristuccia as Selena, Marshal Latham as Arnold, J. E. McNeil as The Cowboy

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Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 184, HorrorWorld 2025 pt, 1, by Skeet ScienskiIt started in the cemetery, like these things usually do. Everyone knows being in a cemetery after dark’s a bad idea, which is exactly why Kyle had begged his grandpa to take him…

This episode of Drabblecast is a Halloween Special where our (g)host Norm gives us suggestions on how to simultaneously celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month (and Halloween). He also provides information on Phantom Claws, the ghost of a vengeful murdered Santa. The feature story follows Kyle on an escapism holiday to Horror World, an amusement park with violent sentient robot zombies and android wolf men.

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A Drabblecast original story. Night of the Living Trekkies Trailer, Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Episode Art:  Skeet Scienski
Read by:  Morgan Olson as Grandpa, Tom Baker as Ben, Michelle Ristuccia as Selena, Marshal Latham as Arnold, J. E. McNeil as The Cowboy

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Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 183, Angel of the Ordinary, by Dominick Rabrun“They will come on bicycles and by balloon, they will arrive in mailboxes and packages of cake batter. They will come like fleas on the dogs and like giants over the moon. The dull shall be turned into nothing by the coming of the angels…”

Norm presents this week’s Drabblecast in the form of a sermon, allowing us to bask in the glory of weird. The feature story, read by Hearty White, reveals unto us proper preparation for the coming Angels of Discrimination, scourges of the ordinary. Will you be ready?

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Originally published in Jackhammer, August 1999. The Nex, Hearty White, EMP Collective
Episode Art:  Art by Count Blackula

Twabble:  “Jenny tucked the Bible beneath her holy headband. She was ready to exercise these demons. Exercise the hell out of them. ”  by  Mikes

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  •  Feature:  Evil Robot Monkey  by  Mary Robinette Kowal
  •  Feature:  Character Flu  by  Robert Reed
  •  Feature  Toaster of the Gods  by  Randall Coots
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Fantasy  Sci-Fi  Strange

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 182, Trifecta XIV, by Jan Dennison

This episode of Drabblecast is another Trifecta special, with the of: Identity. Norm debates how our perceptions of optical illusions reflect how each person views things in their own, personal way. Evil Robot Monkey looks at the life of Sly, a micro-chip enhanced chimpanzee who creates pottery in order to deal with the stress of having intelligence. Character Flu examines a future where humanity has been infected by the worst disease ever. The show ends on a lighter note with Toaster of the Gods, read by the Dunesteef, in which a self-deified, sentient toaster shows us how far the protagonist will go for perfect toast.

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"Evil Robot Monkey" by Mary Robinette Kowal was originally published in The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction Vol. 2 (2008). "Character Flu" by Robert Reed was originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, June 2008. "Toaster of the Gods" by Randall Coots was originally published in Strange Horizons, 20 August 2001. Old Lady/Young Lady Optical Illusion, Chris Munroe, The Dribblecast, John Cmar, The Secret Lair, The Dunesteef, Con on the Cob
Episode Art:  Jan Dennison
Music by:   Norm Sherman, Bernard Pagnotti, Sara Ayers, Gringo Motel, Brian Taylor

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Friday, September 24th, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 181, Funeral Song For a Ventriloquist, by Caroline ParkinsonA puppet’s words infect. They taint. They do this without ever sounding like a thing, without the listener realizing they have been spoken. A true ventriloquist, as those who are educated and informed may or may not choose to tell you, is an adept in the art of keeping those mouths shut…

On this episode of Drabblecast, Norm focuses on the bliss of ignorance versus the pain of knowledge. In Drabble news he muses about the fact that (oh no!) scientists have decided that the Triceratops never existed. The feature, narrated by podcast regular Mike Boris, is a new, sinister spin on puppetry. Ventriloquists, it turns out, are the guardians of terrible secretes tasked with preventing their loose-lipped dummies from bringing darkness in to the world.

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A Drabblecast original story. No, not the Triceratops!!
Episode Art:  Caroline Parkinson
Read by:  Mike Boris

Twabble:  “Jenny tucked the Bible beneath her holy headband. She was ready to exercise these demons. Exercise the hell out of them ”  by  Mikes

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