Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides 53, 21 Steps to Enlightenment (Minus 1), by Shea Bartel1.

When a spiral staircase appears in front of you, don’t panic. Just know that if you place your feet on that first step, it shows commitment. You can’t go back. You can only go up and up and up until you reach the very top.

Watch your step. That’s the main thing to remember. Some people think they can race to the top, or take the steps two at a time. All it takes is one stumble, one slip, and soon you’re tumbling, arms pinwheeling, shins banging, down, down, down.

You don’t want to be rejected by a spiral staircase. It’s painful.

This story first appeared in Strange Horizons, February 2014.
Episode Art:  Shea Bartel
Read by:  Christina Rivera

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Monday, September 29th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast episode 214, The Wish of the Demon Achtromagk, by David FlettAchtromagk shuddered, lost in nightmare images: crimson lightning dotting a wasteland, twilight despair and feeble railings, isolation in a mewling throng. It thrashed and twisted but could not escape, could not stop the unwanted vistas in its mind.

It was silent. And soft. And dark…

Next up in Lovecraft month, a heart-warming tale of an extra-dimensional Lovecraftian horror (an ‘oh so huggable’ one) by Drabblecast favorite Eugie Foster.

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This story is a Drabblecast original.
Returning My Sister's Face by Eugie Foster
Episode Art:  David Flett

Twabble:  “"Worry not," he said, smiling, "I'm a white wizard!" ...it was only later I realized: Not only was he evil, he was racist. ”  by  Chris Munroe

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Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast episode 188, The Store of the Worlds, by LizTompkins sighed. “What happens is this: You pay me
my fee. I give you an injection which knocks you out. Then, with the aid of certain gadgets which I have in the back of the store, I liberate your mind…”

This episode of Drabblecast starts with Norm recommending and playing an excerpt from Frank Key’s story anthology. In the feature we learn about Mr. Wayne, a man who visits the store of the world in order to discover his deepest desire. Is it simply an escape from a post-apocalyptic world, or is it something more?

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Originally published in Playboy, 1959. Audio rights were obtained through the author's estate.
Episode Sponsor: Frank Key's Story Anthology, "Impugned by a Peasant"
Forever Angels
Episode Art:  Lizanne Herd
Music by:   19 Action News, special closing music: Pick up the Phone.

Twabble:  “I had heard that love is blind. Just before my son's viola recital, I prayed that it was deaf as well. ”  by  Ben Hathaway

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Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast episode 339, Trifecta 28, by Brent HolmesThe ghost in my attic is Margaret, but she lets me call her Margie. She was seventy-six years old when she died, and now that she’s a ghost she sits in her rocking chair day and night, holding a tiny baby in her arms. The baby rarely moves and almost never cries. His name is Gavin, and he is thin and wrinkly and covered in fine brown hair. Funny looking, as preemies often are, but sweet nonetheless. Margie keeps him wrapped in a blanket of cobwebs, which I think is disgusting. I’ve always hated spiders.

 

 

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Listening to it Rain first appeared in Fireside Magazine, September 2013.
Passengers is a Drabblecast original.
Paperclips and Memories and Things That Won’t be Missed first appeared in Apex Magazine, May 2014.
Episode Art:  Brent Holmes
Read by:  Paul Huntington, Whitney Avalon

Twabble:  “I thought spider monkeys were cute until the day I found myself all webbed up, organs liquefying, slathered in bananas. ”  by  Luftwaffle

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Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides 51, An Almanac of Things that Can Kill You, by Forrest WarnerIf you get ill after eating or touching something that didn’t make anyone else sick, you may be allergic to it. Especially if there’s a rash. Allergies are caused by your body rejecting substances it doesn’t like. There is no treatment but to avoid those substances. Fortunately, only a few types of allergies can kill you. Nut allergies, for instance. Bee stings. But I imagine most people with fatal allergies to common things have died by now.

I am allergic to wool, soy, peanuts, and pollen. Only my peanut allergy can kill me.

First published in Lightspeed magazine, April 2014.
Episode Art:  Forrest Warner

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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides 49, Trash, by Jan DennisonThe day she left we forgot to take out the trash. At five-thirty in the morning, I heard the city trucks lumbering down the street with their mechanical, prehensile arms and remembered that we had forgotten to take out the trash. I didn’t care though. I knew that in a few hours I would help load the last of her boxes into the truck, and she would leave. Everything was expanding without me, and I felt like the room was growing until I was lost in and filled with its great, grey nothing.

A Drabblecast Original
Episode Art:  Jan Dennison

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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast episode 129, Annabelle's Alphabet, by Bess GutensteinAnnabelle’s mother closed her eyes. “Get it sharp,” she said. “Very sharp, so it doesn’t hurt much. I’ll boil some water.”

Somewhere in the house, far from the green places she’d known, baby Annabelle lay on her stomach and cried…

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Originally published in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, October 2001.
Episode Art:  Bess Gutenstein
Music by:   Gringo Motel, Devin Anderson, Marco Esu, Sara Ayers, Palestrina, Chopin, The Brothers Femme, and Norm Sherman

Twabble:  “Cthulhu was buried in his wool suit, seaweed and supplications in his breast pockets. Mourners left behind their sons. ”  by  F5iver

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