Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Drabblecast B-Sides episode 32, Headlife, by R. J. Smuin“Everything on the list,” says Quentin.
“Expensive,” says Dr. Derwent. “You’re sure?”
“Dave, I own this fucking place,” says Quentin. He’s taken to swearing more as the decades have worn on. An inhibition thing disappears out of the brain with age, he’s read that somewhere. Angry old men capering around in their institutional PJs, dribbling pee and yelling at the nurses. That won’t be me.
“So, everything?” says Dr. Derwent, smiling his unctuous ass-kissing smile. He seems nervous. Hope he’s not on drugs, wouldn’t want those pricey fingers to slip.

Originally published in Shadow Show: All New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury, edited by Mort Castle and Sam Weller.
Episode Art:  R.J. Smuin

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Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 300, Bloodchild, by Soren JamesMy last night of childhood began with a visit home. T’Gatoi’s sister had given us two sterile eggs. T’Gatoi gave one to my mother, brother, and sisters. She insisted that I eat the other one alone. It didn’t matter. There was still enough to leave everyone feeling good. Almost everyone. My mother wouldn’t take any. She sat, watching everyone drifting and dreaming without her. Most of the time she watched me.

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Originally published in Asimov's, June 1984.
Episode Art:  Soren James
Read by:  Veronica Giguere, Delianne Forget, Ray Sizemore

Twabble:  “Waking with her arm draped across him, he smiled recalling the night. Gently lifting it, he wondered where the rest was. ”  by  Farseeker

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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.

A Drabblecast original.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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Friday, October 11th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 299, The Revelation of Morgan Stern, by Jerel DyeIt is July 31, your birthday, and I can’t reach you. I’ve been trying all day, but the cell networks are down, the internet is down. I even tried a pay phone–there are two left in town that I know of, and I collected all of my change and walked to the 76 in the village. It was on fire. I watched it for a while from a distance as it painted a brown, toxic streak across the sky. It was a long walk back to the house, or what’s left of it. My feet hurt, and it was too quiet.

 

 

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First appeared in Shimmer #16, January 2013.
Episode Art:  Jerel Dye

Twabble:  “The tortured screams of the people dying in agony are muffled by thumping Swedish disco music, here in my ABBA-ttoir... ”  by  Chris Munroe

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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
Warning:  Some explicit language

Cover for Drabblecast episode 294, Partial Inventory, by John DebergeThe air conditioning only worked when the speedometer crept past 70 MPH which the lumbering GMC van (on loan from a friend of a friend who took pity on the family and their situation) rarely did. November in the South is hardly hot, but thirteen hours in any vehicle with nearly a half dozen relatives and mismatched belongings, each one trying to both curl and crowd themselves into their claimed seats had left the air warm and slick and smelling faintly of musk.

 

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A Drabblecast original.
Episode Art:  John Deberge
Read by:  Hananel Mavity

Twabble:  “Slowly. Quietly. I creep down the tube. I sense the open air. My eight legs leave the vacuum cleaner; I run. Now. Revenge. ”  by  Lyda

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Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 293, The Call of the Pancake Factory, by Bill HalliarThe bar is plenty kitschy: goofy statues made from coconuts everywhere and strings of shell beads hanging from the ceiling. I smile when I see a coconut sporting a pair of mouse ears made from scallop shells.

Tourists from all over the world are sitting around, ordering drinks non-stop because the sun is so hot at this time in Indonesia that you’ll wilt if you go outside and also because the drinks are so watered down. But that’s all right with me. I’m here to blend in, not to get drunk.

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A Drabblecast original.
Episode Art:  Bill Halliar
Read by:   Rish Outfield and Big anklevich of the Dunesteef Podcast

Twabble:  “"Grains," said the vegetarian zombie hoard. Farmer Bill aimed his shotgun. The alfalfalypse wasn't happening today. ”  by  MonsierMoustache

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Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides episode 26, The Beast in the Cave, by Matthew CowensThe horrible conclusion which had been gradually obtruding itself upon my confused and reluctant mind was now an awful certainty. I was lost, completely, hopelessly lost in the vast and labyrinthine recesses of the Mammoth Cave. Turn as I might, in no direction could my straining vision seize on any object capable of serving as a guidepost to set me on the outward path. That nevermore should I behold the blessed light of day, or scan the pleasant hills and dales of the beautiful world outside, my reason could no longer entertain the slightest unbelief…

Originally published 1918.
Episode Art:  Matt Cowens

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