Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Cover of Drabblecast episode 110, Trifecta 6, by Tom MorgantiThe village of Kriegerwald on the shores of Lake Teufel high in the Swiss Alps couldonly be reached by foot or ski lift, which suited the villagers. Each villager possessed broadforeheads and flat noses with strange guttural accents even the people in the valley below barelyunderstood. They also had a singular tourist attraction, popular enough to fund villagemaintenance but not to flood them or stir a desire for greater accessibility.

This trifecta episode of the Drabblecast features three stories, each exploring humanity’s reaction to strange and threatening situations. In the first story, The Frozen People, Swiss villagers sustain their existence by selling views of their 7000 year old perfectly preserved frozen warrior. When lightening strikes, everyone’s life changes. In Sheltered, a fast approaching asteroid threatens to wipe out all of mankind. This sends many burrowing deep into the ground, while a few brave individuals stay above to revel in the cataclysm. Interactions between the groups take on an ironic twist. In Order to Conserve speaks to governments and people as they are threatened by the loss of the most precious of all natural resources…. and it’s not oil or water.

Of note: this episode marks the debut of Twit-Fic/Twabbles.

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"The Frozen People" by Danny Adams was originally published in Abyss & Apex #15, Third Quarter 2005. "Sheltered" by Ralph Gamelli is a Drabblecast original story. "In Order to Conserve" by Cat Rambo was originally Published in Eyes Like Sky and Coal and Moonlight
Episode Art:  Tom Morganti
Read by:  Frank Key

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  •  Feature:  The Wicked Witch Looks at 40 (Decades)  by  Janet E. Sever
  •  Drabble:  The Moth  by  Zac Alexander
  •  Genre:  Comedy  Drabblecast  Fantasy  Horror

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast 108, The Wicked Witch Looks at 40 (Decades), by Mary MatticeThe wicked witch business wasn’t what it used to be.  It had been such a simple thing, to lure children with candy; back in the old days when candy had been hard to come by…

In this episode’s Drabble, a moth eloquently expresses her attraction to a bright light and her own subsequent destruction. The feature story, The Wicked Witch Looks at 40 (Decades), follows Winnie the witch through her (long overdue) midlife crisis. After a particularly discouraging Halloween, where not a single child is captured, she takes the advice of an article in Martha Stewart Living magazine, changing her house and her lifestyle.

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A Drabblecast original story.
Episode Art:  Mary Mattice

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  •  Feature:  The Alchemical Automaton Blues  by  Ian McHugh
  •  Drabble:  Hide and Seek  by  Liz Mierzejewski
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Fantasy

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast episode 107, The Alchemical Automaton Blues, by Josh Hugo“How often does it do that?”  the faun asked.
“Most of the time.  The poor thing’s totally neglected.  They never speak to it or interact with it– except for when the kids are throwing rocks at it…”

This episode of the Drabblecast begins with a Drabble News story about an employee finding a Brazilian wandering spider in the bananas at a Whole Foods in Oklahoma. In the Drabble, a little girl plays hide and seek with her friend, Rex. T-Rex. In the feature story, The Alchemical Automaton Blues, the good intentions of a kind-hearted couple concerned for the welfare of their ogre neighbor’s badly neglected and constantly crying guard golem have unexpected and disheartening consequences for the creature in question.

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Originally published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #15, Oct-Nov 2004.
Episode Art:  Josh Hugo

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Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast episode 105, DoubleHeader 2, Kelly MartinezShe’d been hunting full-grown pies for four years now.  The little hand-held fruit pies were for kids– the preservatives made them slow and stupid– but pies in the wild, they were the true treasure, they had formed the culture of her people…

This episode of the Drabblecast features two pie-themed stories set in one fantasy world. In The Blueberry Pie, successfully slaying the titular food item stands as the first rite of passage for a child wishing to officially join the tribe of the pie hunters. One young pie hunter cannot ignore the allure of hunting a crusted, culinary legend. In The Last of the Pie Hunters, a peaceful gardener gives care and compassion to a battered warrior in the war between the pie hunters and the cake eaters.

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"The Blueberry Pie" and "The Pie Hunters" are Drabblecast original stories.
Episode Art:  K. Martinez

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  •  Feature:  The Food Processor  by  Michael Canfield
  •  Drabble:  The Market  by  Carson Beker
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Fantasy  Strange

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast episode 104, The Food Processor, by Bo KaierThough the boy’s birthdays occurred weeks apart, Mother combined their gift to please Father.
“You may choose your present this year, boys,”  said she.  “Something to fulfill your destiny, perhaps.”  The boys were born to change the world…

The winners of the Drabblecast People’s Choice Award are announced: Best Drabble “Please Allow the Door to Close” by John Medaille (episode 89) and Best Feature Story, Floating Over Time by Robert Reed (episode 83). In the Drabble, gods get whatever they can afford at a marketplace of souls. The feature, The Food Processor, is a coming of age story about two brothers who use their birthday gift, an industrial food processor, to break free from the expectations and control of their formidable chef father.

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Originally published in Borderlands Vol. 5.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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  •  Feature:  Bemused  by  Michael R. Fosburg
  •  Drabble:  A Gentleman Caller  by  Rodney Elliot
  •  Genre:  Comedy  Drabblecast  Drama  Fantasy

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast episode 101, Bemused, by Bo KaierMy Muse is the life of every party.  He does keg-stands and plays beer-pong like he was born to the game…

This episode of the Drabblecast podcast opens with a DrabbleNews story about immortal jellyfish, jellyfish that under certain circumstances can reverse the aging process. In the Drabble, a stalker cheerfully greets, drugs, and kidnaps the object of her desire. The feature story, Bemused, is a hack-to-riches-to-hack tale about a mediocre, rejected writer who discovers his muse and a catapult to fame and fortune. The only problem: his muse is a real jerk.

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A Drabblecast original story.

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  •  Feature:  Cork Ringtone and the Break Dancing Pig  by  Mel Bosworth
  •  Feature:  Gerri's Sounds  by  Michelle Howarth
  •  Feature  Cupid  by  Ken Goldman
  •  Genre:  Comedy  Drabblecast  Fantasy  Horror  Romance  Strange

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast 100, Trifecta VI, by Bo KaierThe 100th episode of the Drabblecast opens with Norm thanking donors, contributors, and listeners for its success and growth. Norm announces the opening of nominations for the second annual Drabblecast People’s Choice Awards, now including a category for drabbles as well as feature stories. In Cork Ringtone and the Break Dancing Pig, a desperate, Jesus-costumed liquor store robbery, which may be wholly unnecessary when a loan shark experiences an alien-induced vision of god. In Gerri’s Sounds, the events occurring in a torture chamber are experienced in disturbing detail by its sounds alone. In Cupid, Playing, new love is cut short by a deranged cherub.

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"Cork Ringtone and the Break Dancing Pig" by Mel Bosworth is a Drabblecast original story. "Gerri's Sounds" by Michelle Howarth is a Drabblecast original story. "Cupid, Playing" by Ken Goldman was originally published in Horror Garage, #12, 2006.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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