Monday, December 5th, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast episode 225, Trifecta XIX, by Steve SantiagoOnce, at the beginning, you asked why you were brought here. This is what I told you: your parents made a deal. I would rid them of their plague of rats, and they would pay me. I cleared the town of pests, easily done, and returned for my payment. They laughed at me and tried to send me away with less than they promised. Money is not important. Deals are.

The theme of this episode of the Drabblecast is fairy tale child abduction. In David is Six, David cannot wait to be seven. In his desperation, he strikes a bargain with a fairy that appears to him as a talking toad and is taken to the fairy queen. The Best Boy, The Brightest Boy picks up where the Pied Piper of Hamlin left off, following the children and the Piper into his kingdom under the mountain where after a series of cruel games and tests, only one boy remains alive. He becomes the Piper’s apprentice. In Broken, a father stumbles upon a fairy in the act of exchanging his disabled child for her own enchanted brood. A heart-breaking decision follows.

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"David Is Six" was originally published in Triangulation: End of the Rainbow, 7/26/10. "The Best Boy, the Brightest Boy" was originally published in Space Squid, Issue #10. "Broken" was originally published in OnSpec #84, Spring 2011. Spec the Halls, EMP Collective
Episode Art:  Steve Santiago

Twabble:  “"Jesus Christ!" Mary yelled when she saw the muddy sandal prints across the living room, "What were you, born in a barn?" ”  by  Chris Munroe

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Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast episode 221, Year of the Rabbit, by Richard K. GreenIt used to be that the sun would go down and the streetlamps would come on and make pools of this wet, yellow light. No matter where you stood, you could see the lights on somewhere. You could run from streetlamp to streetlamp and you could look down the streets and you’d never drown in the dark…

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Originally published by Chizine, April 2012.
Episode Art:  Richard K. Green
Read by:  Norm Sherman and Kimi Alexander

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Monday, September 26th, 2011
Warning:  Adult Humor

Cover for Drabblecast episode 217, Followed, by John DebergeShe came wandering down the sidewalk like any other corpse, her herky-jerky walk unmistakable among the fluid strides of the living.  She was six or seven, Southeast Asian, maybe Indian, her ragged clothes caked in dried mud. Pedestrians cut a wide berth around her without noticing her at all…

On this episode of the Drabblecast, Norm ponders the nature of the undead. He concludes the In Search of the Brain-Eating Nandi Bear serial. Following that is feature story Followed by Will McIntosh, author of Soft Apocalypse and the upcoming Hitchers.

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Originally published in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, June, 2006. The Living Dead
Nathan Lee's Mirrorshards
Episode Art:  John Deberge

Twabble:  “I opened up the bag of skin and set the screams free. Screams are the key ingredient; remove them and these creatures die. ”  by  Algernon Sydney is Dead

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Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast episode 216 , The Book of Eternity, by Jan DennisonHis name was Marvin Kasselmeier, though he changed it to Marcus Magnus
because he thought it sounded more impressive. He’d been a bright student,
solitary and humorless, with no friends, and a single obsession: he wanted to live forever…

Is eternal life real worth it? A demonic tale from Mike Resnick explores the question in the final week of Lovecraft months Story features In Search of the Brain-Eating Nandi Bear Part V.

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A Drabblecast original story. Evan Quinlan's Drabbleshire
Episode Art:  Jan Dennison

Twabble:  “As children flock to their deranged god, his great purple lips flap open. I love you and You love me. We're a happy family. ”  by  Tesseract

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Friday, August 26th, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast episode 215, Dread Unlocks, by Bo KaierOkay, no one expects eldritch horror in LA. Not that I know what eldritch horror really is. My old boyfriend (about fifteen boyfriends back) called anything that inspired dread “eldritch horror.” I guess that would describe my entire job, really…

Another story from Lovecraft month – elder horror in LA. Dread Unlocks is on the job!

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A Drabblecast original story. Clowns, Bunnies Other Scary Things
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier
Music by:   Gringo Motel and Norm Sherman

Twabble:  “"Worry not," he said, smiling, "I'm a white wizard!" ...it was only later I realized: Not only was he evil, he was racist. ”  by  Chris Munroe

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Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast episode 214, The Wish of the Demon Achtromagk, by David FlettAchtromagk shuddered, lost in nightmare images: crimson lightning dotting a wasteland, twilight despair and feeble railings, isolation in a mewling throng. It thrashed and twisted but could not escape, could not stop the unwanted vistas in its mind.

It was silent. And soft. And dark…

Next up in Lovecraft month, a heart-warming tale of an extra-dimensional Lovecraftian horror (an ‘oh so huggable’ one) by Drabblecast favorite Eugie Foster.

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This story is a Drabblecast original.
Returning My Sister's Face by Eugie Foster
Episode Art:  David Flett

Twabble:  “"Worry not," he said, smiling, "I'm a white wizard!" ...it was only later I realized: Not only was he evil, he was racist. ”  by  Chris Munroe

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Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast episode 213 , The Haunter of the Dark, by Bill HalliarI have seen the dark universe yawning
Where the black planets roll without aim—
Where they roll in their horror unheeded,
Without knowledge or lustre or name…

To kick of Lovecraft Month Norm once again reads an H.P. Lovecraft classic.

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Originally published by Weird Tales, December 1936.
Episode Art:  Bill Halliar
Poem:  The Fungi from Yuggoth  by  H.P. Lovecraft

Twabble:  “I have nightmares when I'm chased by wolves. It's unfortunate, since that's an awful time for a person to fall asleep... ”  by  Chris Munroe

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