Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

cover for Drabblecast 308, Happy Old YearThe night I met Elsie I was up on the roof of my apartment building with a bottle of Kentucky Gentleman, because it’s sort of like bourbon, but cheaper, and better at blotting out reality. Technically it wasn’t “my” building anymore since I’d been evicted and had to be gone by morning if I didn’t want sheriff’s deputies to dump all my possessions out on the sidewalk. Joke was on them — what possessions? Everything I could sell, I already had, in a vain attempt to keep up with rent. What remained was so crappy I couldn’t even give it away on Craigslist.

 

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A Drabblecast original. Pocket Pulp Project
Episode Art:  An anonymous art donor
Read by:  Matt Hayes

Twabble:  “Eternity was tedious. He would dream of oblivion. Friends was on TV again. It was the one where Ross & Rachel take a break. ”  by  ROU Killing Time

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Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast 306, Trifecta XXVI, by Gino MorettoWhile sipping my tea in the morning, I find a small, only two inches long, naked female corpse on the bottom of the cup. Her white skin fades int the white porcelain, tiny gobs of tea leafs cover her round breasts. I immediately slap the cup down, and snick across to the phone to call the police. I forget all about checking if she’s really dead. Of course, how could I give her a mouth to mouth resuscitation, if not? Her body is about the size of a match-stick.

 

 

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"Spiders" is a Drabblecast original. "Tea-Killer" is a Drabblecast original. "Tea Baby" is a Drabblecast original.
Episode Art:  Gino Moretto
Read by:  Hugh O'Donnel, Lauren Harris

Twabble:  “Keven sat, nearing tears again with this latest love letter to Raquel. He just could not find a “Q” to cut from the papers. ”  by  Kbilly

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Friday, November 15th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides episode 33, Free Range, by Haley GrunlohAfter she lost interest in the green eggs—yes, green chicken eggs (taste the same, look dyed, so what’s the point?)—my neighbor Johanna started raising black chickens. Yes, black ones. They’re popular in China for reasons ranging from nutrition to superstition, and she’d gotten three hens and a rooster from a guy in Chinatown—in exchange for the last two green-egg chickens she had.

“Green is good now in China,” he said. “Helps make a man’s pole longer.”

“Right,” she told him. “Don’t need to kill rhinoceros and go to jail for long pole anymore.”

Originally published in Asimov's Science Fiction, June 2012.
Episode Art:  Haley Grunloh

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Saturday, November 9th, 2013
Warning:  Explicit language and violence

Cover for Drabblecast episode 301, Everything Ravaged Everything Burned, by Brent HolmesJust as we were all getting back into the mainland domestic groove, somebody started in with dragons and crop blights from across the North Sea. We all knew who it was. A turncoat Norwegian monk named Naddod had been big medicine on the dragon-and-blight circuit for the last decade or so, and was known to bring heavy ordnance for whoever could lay out some silver. Scuttlebutt had it that Naddod was operating out of a monastery on Lindisfarne, whose people we’d troubled on a pillage-and-consternation tour through Northumbria after Corn Harvesting Month last fall. Now bitter winds were screaming in from the west, searing the land and ripping the grass from the soil. Salmon were turning up spattered with sores, and grasshoppers clung to the wheat in rapacious buzzing bunches.

 

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Originally published in Fence, Fall 2001/Winter 2002. www.lonemopper.com
Episode Art:  Brent Holmes
Read by:  Graeme Dunlop
Music by:   "Still Alive" by Jonathan Coulton

Twabble:  “Wiping my own piss off the back of my head, I stormed out of the men's room. It was time to take the portal gun away from Drew. ”  by  kentblue82

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Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides episode 31, The Black and White Animals Trilogy, by Bo KaierThe complete Black and White Animals Trilogy, uncut. Written by Kendall Marchman, Luke Coddington and Norm Sherman, produced by Norm Sherman. Originally appeared as episodes 11, 22, and 24… Part 1: Secret Weapons, Part 2: Vengeful Hearts  and Part 3: Chromatic Conclusions.

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Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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  •  Feature:  The Apothecary’s Apprentice  by  Craig Lincoln
  •  Drabble:  The Necromancer's Apprentice  by  Arun Jiwa
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Fantasy

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 297, The Apothecary's Apprentice, by Sean AzzopardiIn the back of the shop I scrubbed three large cauldrons clean, stripping the seasoning from them because Master Aloz insisted on it once the trade caravans stopped coming at the end of summer. Tallow, he called me, on account of my paleness. I used a brush made of iron bristles instead of horse hair, scraping away the brown muck inside, various plant and animal parts rendered into sludge like droppings from a sick bull. My book lay on the floor beside the cauldrons. Sir Tannis and the Hydra. It seemed I wouldn’t get to read much of it today…

 

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A Drabblecast original.
Episode Art:  Sean Azzopardi
Read by:  Dave Thompsoni

Twabble:  “Spiked punch, a trashed gymnasium and his mother passed out in a chair. Oedipus began to regret his choice in prom dates. ”  by  BagaBones

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  •  Feature:  Twenty Ways the Desert Could Kill You  by  Sarah Pinsker
  •  Drabble:  Improved Stars  by  Chantal Beaulne
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Fantasy

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 295, Twenty Ways the Desert Could Kill You, by Jacob Wayne Bryner1. A poisonous snake could bite you, and you could die.
2. You could prick your finger on a previously undiscovered poisonous cactus.
3. The cactus isn’t poisonous, and neither is the snake, but the snake’s venom is a powerful anti-coagulant. You could bleed to death from the place you were bitten and/or pricked.

 

 

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Originally published at Daily Science Fiction. Full version of Jacob Wayne Bryner's episode art (prints available)
Episode Art:  Jacob Wayne Bryner
Read by:  Michelle Ristuccia

Twabble:  “"Geomancy. G-E-O-M-A-N-C-Y." In the crowd, proud wizards cheered for their apprentices. The Spelling Bee had begun. ”  by  Varda

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