Monday, July 7th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast episode 178, The Tentacled Sky, by Elan TrinidadThe note itself simply read, “TUESDAY 7:13 PM”. Unsigned, undated, unadorned. Stuck into my door, just above the latch where I’d be sure to find the note immediately upon my return from my errands about the city…

 

 

 

 

 

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A Drabblecast original story.
The Dunesteef
Episode Art:  Elan Trinidad

Twabble:  “Overpopulation by the virus in Tom gave his body a fever and the virus perished from the consequences of climate change. ”  by  Screaminspace

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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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Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast 324, The Ball Room, by Greg CravensI’m not employed by the store. They don’t pay my wages. I’m with a security firm, but we’ve had a contract here for a long time, and I’ve been here for most of it. This is where I know people. I’ve been a guard in other places—still am, occasionally, on short notice—and until recently I would have said this was the best place I’d been. It’s nice to work somewhere people are happy to go. Until recently, if anyone asked me what I did for a living, I’d just tell them I worked for the store.

It’s on the outskirts of town, a huge metal warehouse. Full of a hundred little fake rooms, with a single path running through them, and all the furniture we sell made up and laid out so you can see how it should look. Then the same products, disassembled, packed flat and stacked high in the warehouse for people to buy. They’re cheap.

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First appeared in Looking for Jake, 2005.
Episode Art:  Greg Cravens
Read by:  Graeme Dunlop

Twabble:  “"G-g-g-ghost!" yelled Steve, ashamed about his stutter. "St-St-St-Steve!" yelled the ghost. It was mean-spirited. ”  by  Jarod K. Anderson

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Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast B-sides 46, The Hodag, by Richard K. GreenI still remember that cold October afternoon in 1936 when Whitey McFarland’s old coonhound Maggie dragged herself out of the forest, whimpering and yowling. Her skin hung off her sides in red flaps and her eyes rolled wildly. She collapsed on the ground and howled.

All us kids loved Maggie, but not one of us dared go near her, not while she was baring her teeth and snarling. Benny Carper dropped the bat and ran off; Ira Schmidt just stood there staring at the half-dead animal as it pawed the frozen dirt. I tugged on Whitey’s sleeve and told him to stay with Maggie while I got my dad—Whitey’s dad was a drunk and never easy to find. When he finally nodded in understanding, I took off running.

First appeared in Black Static 7, October 2008.
Episode Art:  Richard K. Green

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Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast episode 323, Missed Connection, by Richard K. GreenLawson was already regretting the decision to go shopping by the time he was standing in line waiting to buy a ticket for the tube. All but one of the time- and labour-saving automatic ticket dispensers was either closed or unable to give change, and it was all he could do not to let out yelps of irritated despair at the inability of those in front of him to understand the process of getting the machine to yield up its wares. The station seemed to be unusually full of squalling children and jabbering mad people, and the flu which he’d thought in decline was thriving in the damp mildness of the winter afternoon. All in all he was beginning to feel like death cooled down, and he was barely on step one of the afternoon.

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First appeared in The End of the Line anthology, 2011.
Episode Art:  Richard K. Green
Read by:  Dan Chambers

Twabble:  “At the end of the date they looked at her photos. “This is my favorite” she said. It was him, years ago. They were all of him. ”  by  inkhat

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  •  Feature:  Buried Talents  by  Richard Matheson
  •  Genre:  Horror

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides episode 45, Buried Talents, by Bo KaierA man in a wrinkled, black suit entered the fairgrounds. He was tall and lean, his skin the color of drying leather. He wore a faded sport shirt underneath his suit coat, white with yellow stripes. His hair was black and greasy, parted in the middle and brushed back flat on each side. His eyes were pale blue. There was no expression on his face. It was a hundred and two degrees in the sun but he was not perspiring.


Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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  •  Feature:  The Goat Cutter  by  Jay Lake
  •  Drabble:  A Deal with the Devil  by  Eric Marsh
  •  Genre:  Horror

Saturday, April 19th, 2014
Warning:  Some explicit language

Cover for Drabblecast episode 321, The Goat Cutter, by Rafal HrynkiewiczThe devil lives in Houston by the ship channel in a high-rise apartment fifty-seven stories up. They say he’s got cowhide sofas and a pinball machine and a telescope in there that can see past the oil refineries and across Pasadena all the way to the Pope in Rome and on to where them Arabs pray to that big black stone.

 

 

 

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First appeared in Jay's short story anthology Greetings from Lake Wu
Episode Art:  Rafal Hrynkiewicz

Twabble:  “Excited to see a Martian feline, NASA spun to view the tracks behind the rover, only to find Curiosity had killed the cat. ”  by  Mat Weller

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