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

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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Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides 48, Last Son of Tomorrow, by Bo KaierJohn was born with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men, and he often wondered why. But as a boy, it was simply wonderful to have those abilities. He could lift his father’s tractor overhead before he learned to read. He could outrace a galloping horse. He couldn’t be cut or bruised or burned. He could fly…

First appeared in May, 2009, on Tor.com.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier
Read by:  Dave Thompson
Music by:   "The Curse" by Josh Ritter

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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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Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast episode 133, Over the Walls of Eden, by Bo KaierIf you listened to Clown Eggs and thought, “I need more stories like THAT,” you are in for a treat.  This week, we listen to Jay Lake’s “Over the Walls of Eden”-stick around at the end and hear a discussion of the story.

 

“Why do you remember the books?” he finally asks.
She smiles again. “O Sun, to tell thee how I hate thy beams, That bring to my remembrance from what state I fell, how glorious once above thy sphere, Till pride and worse ambition threw me down…”

 

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Originally published in in Descant #122, August 2003.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier
Read by:  Bill Glover
Music by:   Scott Shannon, Bonnie Mitsch, Roulet, and Norm Sherman

Twabble:  “A common ancestor? Darwin, you poor fool. This ancestor was beautifully complex, and the downward spiral inevitable. ”  by  GuitarDel

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  •  Feature:  Tree, Fire, World  by  Desirina Boskovich
  •  Drabble:  And the Rest, As They Say...  by  gunsofcheckovia
  •  Genre:  Fantasy

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast episode 327, Fire, Tree, World, by Bo KaierAn oral history, recorded in the annals of sentientkind, spoken by Sven Al’bedo di’Cantara, on the eve of the ninth flying.

1. The Tree

And so it came to pass, in the years past reckoning, when I served as a scribe in the court of the king, that there stood the last and only tree.

It is not known how this came to be the only tree. For a time there were disputing theories; it could hardly have happened by chance. As for me, I favor a hypothesis rooted in the fallacy of infinite halves. For in the strange world where we lived, it was once widely known that if you cross half a distance every day, forever and ever, you shall never reach your destination. Thus, if you consume half the riches of the world, every day, forever and ever, you shall always have some riches left. This truth was a fallacy. It is not possible to cut down half a tree.

 

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First appeared in Kaleidotrope, Spring 2014
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier
Read by:  Scott H. Andrews

Twabble:  “Deep in the Everglades, graveyard for secrets and sins, an outboard motor rumbles a funeral dirge, late into the night. ”  by  Squee1313

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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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