Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides 49, Trash, by Jan DennisonThe day she left we forgot to take out the trash. At five-thirty in the morning, I heard the city trucks lumbering down the street with their mechanical, prehensile arms and remembered that we had forgotten to take out the trash. I didn’t care though. I knew that in a few hours I would help load the last of her boxes into the truck, and she would leave. Everything was expanding without me, and I felt like the room was growing until I was lost in and filled with its great, grey nothing.

A Drabblecast Original
Episode Art:  Jan Dennison

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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast 332, Mr. Bob, by David Krummenacher“It all began with the chicken in the end of the road,” she said.

“Pardon?” I gestured. “Could you say that again?”

Miss Sanderson reached out and tapped the translation device on the table, then picked it up and fiddled with its settings. She was the ugliest female of her species I’d ever seen– obscenely symmetrical features, pale hair and complexion, long limbs–and yet forever twirling a finger in her hair like she was trying to proposition me.

Disgusting!

 

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Story first appeared in Kaleidotrope, April 2013
Episode Art:  Dave Krummenacher

Twabble:  “To save money my girlfriend bought cheap toilet paper, but it was a bad decision and now we've got a real mess on our hands. ”  by  unreliable narrator

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Monday, July 14th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast 331, Night of the Cooters, by Raoul IzzardSheriff Lindley was asleep on the toilet in the Pachuco County courthouse when someone started pounding on the door.

“Bert!” the voice yelled as the sheriff jerked awake.

“Gol Dang!” said the lawman. The Waco newspaper slid off his lap onto the floor.

 

 

 

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This story was first published in Omni Magazine, April 1987.
Episode Art:  Raoul Izzard

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Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast episode 115, Clown Eggs, by Bo Kaier

Author Jay Lake knew about the devil and he knew about the clowns. When his story, Clown Eggs, first appeared on the Drabblecast, listeners said things like “This might be, hands-down, the weirdest story I’ve ever heard on [The Drabblecast].  I think I’m going to have nightmares forever. Can I send my therapy bills to you guys?” (Thanks, Talia)

In other words, people loved it.

Since then, the Drabblecast has produced three other outpourings from Jay’s singular vision of the world (or a world – or some worlds, but hopefully not our own).   In fact, Jay’s last professional sale was “The Goat Cutter,” Drabblecast 321, the story from last April about the Devil in Texas.    You remember that story- you can’t forget it, even though you’ve tried.

Jay lost his battle with cancer on Sunday, June 1, 2014. In tribute to Jay, we’re kicking off Drabbleclassics with several weeks of Jay Lake’s stories.

And now: Episode 115, Clown Eggs, first published May 25th, 2009.


The spring tide rolled across Momus Beach, tossing the flaccid corpses of clowns like so many torn balloons. Weathered to a dispirited pallor, they twisted in the foamy surf with the eternally surprised expressions of the dead..

The Drabble describes either an apocalyptic event, or a simple machine. The feature introduces us to old “bull” clown Uncle Swarmy. It’s not just another day at the beach. Learn more about the clown life cycle than you’re comfortable with!

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Originally published in Abyss & Apex, 2004.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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  •  Feature:  The Carnival Was Eaten, All Except the Clown  by  Caroline M. Yoachim
  •  Drabble:  Flotsam and Jetsam  by  Norm Sherman
  •  Genre:  Fantasy  Strange

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast 322, The Carnival Was Eaten, All Except the Clown, by Shea BartelThe magician’s table was covered by a sheet of plywood, four feet square, completely wrapped up in aluminum foil. Sugar magic was messy magic, and the foil made for easier cleanup. Scattered across the aluminum were misshapen chunks of candy, the seeds from which the carnival would grow. And grow it did.

 

 

 

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Story originally appeared in Electric Velocipede #27.
Episode Art:  Shea Bartel

Twabble:  “He heard creaking, cracking. A hiker fell on his head. Then a huge limb. Then the bear. Bad things really do come in trees. ”  by  UnseenTangerine

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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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