Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast episode 350, Something Fishy Trifecta, by Bo KaierIzam’s fingers moved on their own. They found his sunken chest. And counted his ribs.

His father would have slapped his hand away. A stupid habit of a stupid boy. A stupid starving boy who counted his ribs when he was hungry even though it only made him hungrier. Izam knew it was stupid
but he could not help it. He was so hungry.

The ocean was silent. The boat was still, the fishing line as motionless as ever. The last rays of sun sparkled on the waves. There would be no fish today. No food. Izam’s fingers brushed his chest and began counting his ribs again. No food for another day.

The line tugged. The rod tore from his hand.

 

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Cover art photo credits Mary Galloway, Ayeshamus, and Juan Gonzalez.
Kinda Like Salmon first appears here, in The Drabblecast.
In the Eyes of the Needy first appeared, as Mermaid, in Daily Science Fiction, February, 2014.
Sea Changes first appeared in Ideomancer, September 2008.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier
Read by:  Nathan Lee, Tina Connolly

Twabble:  “Forms combine and break apart, only to rejoin. Again and again. What is that place where I gasp for breath, above the sky? ”  by  pondspider

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Sunday, February 8th, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast episode 349, The Island of White Houses, by Susan ReagelToday I am going to the island.

I climb the slick wood stairs down to Whitmuth beach. The wind blows fierce through the town like usual and swirls back out to sea, smoky with our coal fires and smacking with hot oil from the fry shops up and down the boardwalk.

 

 

 

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This story was originally published in Flytrap #11, edited by Heather Shaw and Tim Pratt.
Episode Art:  Susan Reagel

Twabble:  “At the crescendo of his cruelty, he rotted away and died. The portrait of Dorian Button became that of a newborn baby boy. ”  by  Rhett Khan

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Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast episode 348, LiAnn Yim DoubleHeader, by Bo KaierThe fish were restless. They spun the water mossy dark until the pond was the color of crushed bottles.

Pey held onto her sister’s hand. They peered down at the water.

This morning, their mother opened her eyes and said she was too cold to get out of bed, so their father said they would spend the afternoon at the hot springs.

 

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Both of these stories are Drabblecast originals.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

Twabble:  “She's alive but they'd dress me up too; and then tea parties and doilies 'til we die. But I want her. I need her. She's mine. ”  by  beachbum21k

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Monday, January 19th, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast episode 206, Creature, by Philippa JonesAnd so came Creature out of the wasteland and into the city, bouncing from hilltop to hilltop like a bulbous ballerina skipping across the knuckles of a great hand. He was big as the moon and black as the night, and he came crashing into the city like a silent meteor. The cityfolk watched his approach with wide eyes and open mouths, and then scattered like leaves…

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Originally published in Weird Tales #349, March/April 2008.
Episode Art:  Philippa Jones

Twabble:  “Prepare your souls the men and women of earth. All will be judged by his curving claw of might. Beware the Velocirapture! ”  by  Cranialwrench

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Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Drabblecast episode 347, Why I Hate Zombie Unicorns, by David FlettThe good news is, zombie unicorns almost never bite. The bad news is, even a tiny scratch from a zombie unicorn horn will turn you into a zombie. Mom discovered that by accident.

 

 

 

 

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This story first appeared in Shimmer #20, July 2014.
Episode Art:  David Flett
Read by:  Renée Chambliss

Twabble:  “I know they're watching. Waiting, expectant, in the walls and ceiling. I begin my performance, to rapturous applause. ”  by  pondspider

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Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Drabblecast episode 346, Remission, by Jessica CraddockSusan found her boss’s feelings drawer by accident. She drank too much and took a wrong turn in Sundrun’s apartment at the office holiday party, while looking for the bathroom. It had been all the rage five
years ago, getting your feelings surgically removed. After a sensectomies, some people had the feelings stuffed or encased in glass to use as paperweights so they could show them off during meetings with clients. That’s my fear, the size of an inchworm! Impressive, isn’t it?

 

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This story is a Drabblecast original.
Episode Art:  Jessica Craddock

Twabble:  ““Oh God, I'm pregnant!” Mary whispers, with hands folded and eyes closed. “I know,” the Voice replies. “I put it there.” ”  by  Kestaa

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Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast episode 43, Jelly Park, by Rodolfo Arredondo“I’m not sure I belong here.”
“Then where do you belong?”
The others stopped chewing and looked at me expectantly.
What am I?…

As Norm detailed his Christmas plans, the common theme of this episode became apparent:  that “Home” is not a place, but rather a choice. Before getting there, though, the Drabble News tracked through a pile of extremely rare rhinoceros dung…  or rather, four piles, collected by conservationists and auctioned on E-bay to raise money for preservation of the species. Norm speculates on the market timing of such a gift. Next, Norm reflects on the meaning of the holidays, from the point of view of various people, animals, and legendary monsters. The week’s Drabble, “Choosing Home” by noteworthy community member Josh Hugo, offers a story of love conquering danger. The feature story, “Jelly Park,” (consistently voted among listener favorites), is a deliciously absurd tale of a down-on-her-luck, unemployed secretary who discovers a strange welcome from the easily overlooked community of double-decker bus drivers. The episode’s author, published twice by McMillan Press, helped sing the charminly twisted story’s celebrations. Co-narrator, Dermot Glennon, also contributed Episode #29, “Code Brown.” Feedback for Episode #37, “Luna Springs,” is bittersweet and poignant. Norm and the staff close with a rousing rendition of the Jelly Park Celebration Song, showing off multiple voices and characters, ranging from scat-singing to lunatic opera.

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Originally published in Riot Angel #4, July 2005.
Episode Art:  Rodolfo Arredondo
Music by:   Norm Sherman

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