Monday, February 10th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast 312, Day Million, by CRNsurfOn this day I want to tell you about, which will be about a thousand years from now, there were a boy, a girl, and a love story.

 

 

 

 

 

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Originally published in Rogue Magazine, 1966.
Episode Art:  CRNsurf
Read by:  Mike Boris

Twabble:  “He said he loved me and he planted Flowers in my name. So, I kissed him until his toes curled. I'd loathed old Mrs. Flowers. ”  by  Algernon Sydney is Dead

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  •  Feature:  The Revelation of Morgan Stern  by  Christie Yant
  •  Drabble:  Dear John  by  Rachael K. Jones.
  •  Genre:  Drama  Horror  Romance

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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  •  Feature:  Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain  by  Cat Rambo
  •  Drabble:  The Octopus Train  by  Jason Jones
  •  Genre:  Romance  Sci-Fi

Monday, September 16th, 2013
Warning:  Some sexual language

Drabblecast episode 296, Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain, by Caroline ParkinsonOver the years, Tikka’s job as a Minor Propagandist for the planet Porcelain’s Bureau of Tourism had shaped her way of thinking. She dealt primarily in quintets of attractions, lists of five distributed by the Bureau: Five Major China Factories Where the Population of Porcelain Can Be Seen Being Created; Five Views of Porcelain’s Clay Fields; Five Restaurants Serving Native Cuisine at Its Most Natural.

 

 

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Originally published in Near+Far. Caroline Parkinson on Twitter Jason Jones
Episode Art:  Caroline Parkinson

Twabble:  “My old girlfriend said she slept like a baby. I didn't realize she meant she woke up every two hours lying in her own feces. ”  by  Swamp

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Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Drabblecast episode 272, Power Armor: A Love Story, by Mike DominicIt was quite a party. The women wore gowns. The men wore tuxedos. Anthony Blair wore power armor.

Armor that was sleek and black and polished, and made not a whisper as Blair paced the lawn behind his mansion, passing a word here or there with one of his guests. In those days the most advanced exoskeletons were crude affairs, and Blair’s armor seemed decades, if not centuries, ahead of its time…

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Originally published in Armored, edited by John Joseph Adams, 2012.
Episode Art:  Mike Dominic

Twabble:  “"Doctor Doom? I'm from Mothers Against War, Anguish, Horrors, Anger, Hate & Atrocity." "Mawahaha!" "Yes, that's us." ”  by  nevermore_66

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  •  Feature:  The Belonging Kind  by  John Shirley and William Gibson
  •  Drabble:  Belonging  by  Jeff Johnston
  •  Genre:  Mystery  Romance  Sci-Fi

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Cover for Drabblecast Episode 264, The Belonging Kind, by Kathleen BeckettIt might have been in Club Justine, or Jimbo’s, or Sad Jack’s, or the Rafters; Coretti could never be sure where he’d first seen her. At any time, she might have been in any one of those bars. She swam through the submarine half-life of bottles and glassware and the slow swirl of cigarette smoke… she moved through her natural element, one bar after another.

Now, Coretti remembered their first meeting as if he saw it through the wrong end of a powerful telescope, small and clear and very far away.

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Originally published in Shadows 4, (Oct 1981, ed. Charles L. Grant, publ. Doubleday).
Episode Art:  Kathleen Beckett

Twabble:  “Thursday was a dream come true for Arthur. Unfortunately for him it was that one where you find yourself naked in school. ”  by  PhineasQP

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  •  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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Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Cover for Drabblecast episode 245, A Nice Jewish Golem, by Tom Morganti“Mrs. Levine, it is hard enough for someone to find the right person to love in the world, even with all the people in it. For Yeshua, it is almost impossible. Would you have him fall in love with a human girl and pine for her until his heart broke and we would have to erase
the letter that gives him life? Reduce him back to a lifeless thing?”

This episode of the Drabblecast is about adoption. In the drabble, a grieving father performs terrible experiments with the comfort food brought by well-intentioned neighbors. In the feature, a fawning mother grapples with conflicting fears for her son, a golem, when he falls in love with a non-Jewish construct. Despite her distress, she must ask: In a world where options for love are severely limited, what role does faith play?

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Originally published in Jersey Devil Press #25, December 2011. Getting My Think, by Sondra Harris
Episode Art:  Tom Morganti
Read by:  Sondra Harris

Twabble:  “I kiss the hag - mouth and tongue. She melts into a maiden. No! I scream, another fetish dream dashed by faerie tale magic. ”  by  nevermore_66

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