•  Feature:  Betty Flesh and the Meat Man   by  Damon Shaw
  •  Drabble:  My Wife, the Star  by  PhineasQB
  •  Genre:  Fantasy  Romance  Strange

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Cover for Drabblecast episode 263, Betty Flesh and the Meat Man, by Bo Kaier“Your suitor’s here!” Ma Flesh hurried into the back room of the butcher’s shop. “Are you presentable?”

Betty waited there amongst the swinging, marbled yellow cow carcasses. The wooden butcher’s table was smooth under her fingertips, and solid as the earth. Knives glinted from the walls, each reflecting a tiny, seated Betty and the thin figure of Ma Flesh standing over her.

“Sit up straight,” Ma snapped. “And don’t scratch. It could lead to tragedy. I mean it.”

“I won’t.” Betty didn’t dare ask why Ma was so against scratching. Her head itched but she didn’t lift her hand. Ma had cut off Betty’s hair to stop her from being so floaty. She hoped the suitor liked short hair. If he was blind, he’d like it, she thought. She could lay her head in his lap and he could tell her mood by the bumps on her skull. He could stroke behind her ears, let his fingers drift up to her crown, slide down her neck–

“It isn’t Saturday.” Ma rapped on Betty’s head with the back of her shining metal hook. “No going floaty today, girl.”

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A Drabblecast original.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier
Music by:   Greenskeepers, Lotion (special closing music)

Twabble:  “She promised to show me her best trick that night in the bedroom. What a joke that was. She can't even guess the right card. ”  by  uncre8d1

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Friday, October 19th, 2012

Cover for Drabblecast episode 260, Trifecta XXIII, by Bo KaierYou don’t remember anything, do you? Selective memory loss; what an achievement for a mind as young as yours. Locked in a cupboard of your consciousness, the guilt will eat at you from the inside…

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"Constant Companion" by David Steffen is a Drabblecast original. "Gorgon" by Teresa Milbrodt is a Drabblecast original. "Blue" by Sandra Odell is a Drabblecast original.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier
Read by:  Jacob Boris, Peter Piazza

Twabble:  “I've recently began caring for my grandparents. Cooking, cleaning, bathing. The funeral director was terrible at it. ”  by  SgtCrispy

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Saturday, September 29th, 2012
Warning:  Language and content unsuitable for younger listeners

Cover for Drabblecast episode 258, Brown Dust, by Amber Carky“Adao, no.”  Teo, the older boy’s second-in-command, lays a staying hand on his master’s arm.  “The stories I told you about this one… they’re true.”
“True?”  Adao casts a skeptic’s eye over Santos.  Can those flimsy ribs cage anything as fugitive as truth?

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Originally published in Starlight 2, (Nov 1998, ed. Patrick Nielsen Hayden, publ. Tor).
Episode Art:  Amber Carky

Twabble:  “His tears fell just like the rain: from 6,000 feet as he pulled frantically at the cord of a parachute that wouldn't open. ”  by  Emily

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Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Cover for Drabblecast episode 257, Judgement Passed, by Jerel DyeWe stared up at the sunlit peaks, each thinking our own thoughts.  I thought about Dessica.  We’d waited two months after landing to name it, but the decision was unanimous.  Hot, dry, with dust storms that could blow for weeks at a time– if ever there was a Hell, that place had to be it.  But eight of us had stayed there for two years, exploring and collecting data; the first interstellar expedition at work.  And then we had packed up and come back– at an empty Earth.  Not a soul left anywhere….

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Originally published in Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse, (Jan 2008, ed. John Joseph Adams, publ. Night Shade Books). Jerel's Etsy store
Episode Art:  Jerel Dye

Twabble:  “I reburied the zombies, packed away the ray gun and handed out pink slips to my minions. I hate the end of summer vacation. ”  by  Bugjackbarron

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Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Cover for Drabblecast 253, Maybe the Sea, by Steve SantiagoPresently it rose, and with a shuffling walk it supported itself along the bars until it reached the bucket.  With a sigh it plunged its hands inside.

Little Useless inched closer and watched while the creature cupped the salt water and brought it to its face: not to drink, but to moisten its skin…

This episode of the Drabblecast continues H.P. Lovecraft Tribute Month with an eye towards Lovecraft’s fascination with and misgivings about the sea. It starts with a quote from Dagon, which kicked off the very first H.P. Lovecraft Tribute Month. In the drabble, there is more to a fisherman’s remarkable sea wife than meets the eye. In the feature, a nod to Lovecraft’s The Shadow Over Innsmouth, a young girl living among humans who act savagely encounters a sympathetic, otherworldly Deep One. She faces hard questions: where does she truly belong, and where should her loyalties lie?

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A Drabblecast original.
Episode Art:  Steve Santiago

Twabble:  “I hosted the Cult of Dagon meeting this week. Unfortunately the sashimi snacks my wife prepared didn't go down too well. ”  by  PureChance

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  •  Feature:  Selfless  by  Kenneth Kao
  •  Feature:  Prophecy Negotiations   by  Rich Matrunick
  •  Feature  The Faithful Servant  by  Joel Shulkin
  •  Genre:  Comedy  Fantasy  Sci-Fi

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Cover for Drabblecast episode 250, Trifecta 22, by Liz PenniesMy name is… John.

I am…

I have a wife and a daughter. They are visiting me today. Their names– Alice. And Anna.

I can see, sort of. Everything is blurry. I am submerged in a coffin, a clear coffin with green water. There’s a tube in my mouth so that I can breathe, machine-like.

My legs are transparent. I see veins and arteries, thin muscles that look like spiderwebs bundled together. The doctors say my memory will be fuzzy. It’s supposed to come back quickly.

I am…

The theme of this Drabblecast Trifecta is “if you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself.” In Faithful Servant, a long-suffering butler’s poorly timed fit of temper is nearly the end of him. In Selfless, a man with an incurable illness goes to great lengths to ensure his wife and daughter enjoy a normal, happy life. In Prophecy Negotiations, a fateful farm boy learns that if you want to rise to a new station, it pays not to accept the first offer.

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"Selfless" by Kenneth Kao was originally published in Daily Science Fiction, April 2011. "Prophecy Negotiations" by Rich Matrunick was originally published at Space Squid, Summer 2011. "The Faithful Servant" by Joel Shulkin is a Drabblecast original.
Episode Art:  Liz Pennies
Read by:  John Cmar and Alasdair Stuart

Twabble:  “The pancakes attained sentience. Bill shook his fist at the charred landscape. “You blew it up, you damn dirty Crêpes!” ”  by  Astroguyz

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Friday, July 6th, 2012
Warning:  Some instances of Explicit Language

Cover for Drabblecast episode 248, Cockroach Hat, by Greg Cravens“What I don’t like about it,” said Cliffe, “is that is it’s just a metaphor instead of something real.”

“What if it was real?” I (Sam) asked. “What if it was me and I actually turned into a cockroach someday?”

This episode of the Drabblecast is all about crazy relationships. In the drabble, it’s apparent that finding Mr. Right is difficult no matter who (or what) you are. In the feature, Sam wakes up one day to discover he has been transformed into a giant cockroach. He spends the rest of his day on a surreal quest, not only to return to his normal self, but also to save his girlfriend from threats both mundane and extraordinary, with the hope a new start together.

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Originally published at Tor.com, May 2010. Word Whore Raffles a Painting! More Greg Cravens: gocomics.com/thebuckets, moreontvcomics.com, gocomics.com/hubris, cravenscartoon.com
Episode Art:  Greg Cravens
Read by:  Preston Buttons and the Word Whore of Air out My Shorts

Twabble:  “Four of the subjects died only a few days after being exposed to the virus. The last was immune, so I had to kill him myself. ”  by  TroyStJames

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