Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides 43, The Parasite Parade, by Bo KaierIf you could shrink tiny, and drop down your own throat
Like the tiniest of captains on the tiniest of boats
I bet you’d be shocked at the things that you saw
In the dark and the damp of your damp and dark maw.

Your body’s a marvel, it’s one of a kind
Which is why countless scary small things live inside!
They can’t live in houses, as most of us do
So they climb inside people– like me and like you!

Do you hear the band playing– that merry old song?
While the horns play the chorus and the crowd sings along?
Down Main Street they march, that gay promenade
Which float is your favorite in the Parasite Parade?


Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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  •  Feature:  Half a Conversation, Overheard While Inside An Enormous Sentient Slug  by  Oliver Buckram
  •  Drabble:  Motel  by  Soledad Sakamoto
  •  Genre:  Comedy  Sci-Fi  Strange

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast 320, Half a Conversation, Overheard While Inside An Enormous Sentient Slug, by Skeet ScienskiThank you, Inspector. I’m ready.

Yes, I understand my rights as a resident extraterrestrial. No, that won’t be necessary.

Of course. Ask me anything. I only wish to see justice done.

It grieves me to say so, but I concur. There’s no doubt about who murdered Lord Ash.

 

 

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First appeared in the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, 2013
Episode Art:  Skeet Scienski

Twabble:  “The dragon ate me but did not destroy my amulet of protection. Still, after days of battling in intestines, I was pooped. ”  by  Algernon Sydney is Dead

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  •  Feature:  Birds of the Air  by  Joe Pitkin
  •  Genre:  Fantasy  Strange

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast 311, Birds of the Air, by Spencer BinghamThomas takes his lunch outside the shelter, on one of the park benches that look out over the interstate and down all the way to the containment pond. He has wondered whether a passerby seeing him from the highway would know whether he worked at the shelter or was one of its clients. He has had this thought most days that he has sat here. Today, though, his attention has been arrested by a small patch of goose­like objects floating out on the containment pond. If they are geese, it will be the first time he has seen a living thing on that pond.

 

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A Drabblecast original.
Episode Art:  Spencer Bingham
Read by:  Joe Scalora

Twabble:  “Buy a tree shadow from Peter Pan's NeverLandScaping. All the summer shade you want without having to rake a single leaf. ”  by  Bejami

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  •  Feature:  All the Young Kirks and Their Good Intentions  by  Helena Bell
  •  Drabble:  Supply  by  Myles McDonough
  •  Genre:  Sci-Fi  Strange

Sunday, January 12th, 2014
Warning:  Some explicit language

Cover for Drabblecast 309, All the Young Kirks and Their Good Intentions, by Jonathan Wilson2249 A.D.

All the young Kirks in Riverside Public High School are assigned to the same Homeroom class. They sit together in the back corner on the far side from the door. They speak only to each other.

The young Kirk on the Moon goes to school with no one. Each of the colonists has a job and he or she is responsible only to the duties of that job. The others call him Fisher instead of James since he spends his days knee deep in the trout pond, allowing the fish to glide between his legs. When the fish become completely inured to his presence, he thrusts his hands into the water and grasps one around the belly. It fights and Fisher holds on. He is supposed to take it out of the water, to throw it into the white bucket by the shore, but Fisher never does. He lets the fish go and when he comes home, with nothing to show for it, his mother expresses her irrevocable disappointment and sends him to bed.

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First appeared in Clarkesworld, February 2012.
Episode Art:  Jonathan Wilson
Read by:  Zoe Kerr, Paul Huntington, Naomi Mercer, Bryan Lincoln

Twabble:  “Dear ancient roly poly king, Matured to stone and bone. You have outlived all the other things, and now you're all alone. ”  by  sigment

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  •  Feature:  Warm Regression  by  Norm Sherman
  •  Genre:  Strange

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides episode 36, Warm Regression, by Mary MatticeThere were always bright rings on the doorbell and smiling faces carrying covered dishes. There was always a peck on the cheek for us kids when grandma came, and always a strong handshake from grandpa. His big warm hands always convinced us that he was as strong as he was wise. All of them would pile in, cherry red cheeks and warm mittens. They would brush off all the snow from outside and remind us how cold it was where we lived. It was true, we lived in one of the coldest parts of the country, and there was always a blizzard on Christmas Eve.

A Drabblecast original.
Episode Art:  Mary Mattice

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Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides episode 35, Teaching Bigfoot to Read, by Mary MatticeDear Bigfoot,

Life on the moon sucks. Dad got home early from the air factory today and I wasn’t done cleaning the dishes from breakfast so he broke my breakfast bowl over my head. Guess I’ll have to eat out of his bowl tomorrow.

Dad says he’s gonna have to get a new job. Not that he told me. He told Melinda, the girl he’s been bringing home lately. They drank the last of his screech — that’s this nasty rum like they used to make back on Earth — then started poking each other on the bottom bunk while I sat on the top. Dad caught me peaking and near took my eye out when he threw his boot. Melinda calmed him down at least, and they got back to poking at each other.

First appeared in Clarkesworld, January 2009.
Episode Art:  Mary Mattice
Read by:  Brian Lieberman

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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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