•  Feature:  Twenty Ways the Desert Could Kill You  by  Sarah Pinsker
  •  Drabble:  Improved Stars  by  Chantal Beaulne
  •  Genre:  Fantasy

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 295, Twenty Ways the Desert Could Kill You, by Jacob Wayne Bryner1. A poisonous snake could bite you, and you could die.
2. You could prick your finger on a previously undiscovered poisonous cactus.
3. The cactus isn’t poisonous, and neither is the snake, but the snake’s venom is a powerful anti-coagulant. You could bleed to death from the place you were bitten and/or pricked.

 

 

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Originally published at Daily Science Fiction. Full version of Jacob Wayne Bryner's episode art (prints available)
Episode Art:  Jacob Wayne Bryner
Read by:  Michelle Ristuccia

Twabble:  “"Geomancy. G-E-O-M-A-N-C-Y." In the crowd, proud wizards cheered for their apprentices. The Spelling Bee had begun. ”  by  Varda

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  •  Feature:  Partial Inventory  by  Helena Bell
  •  Drabble:  Knock  by  Chris Thompson
  •  Genre:  Drama  Horror

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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  •  Feature:  The Beast in the Cave  by  H.P. Lovecraft
  •  Genre:  Horror

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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  •  Feature:  Hollow as the World  by  Ferrett Steinmetz
  •  Drabble:  The Oldest of the New Gods  by  George Sandison
  •  Genre:  Horror  Sci-Fi

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
Warning:  Some strong language

Cover for Drabblecast episode 292, Hollow as the World, by Oskar KunikOne of the reasons Joshua loved Lydia as much as he did was all the secret rituals they’d devised. Their shared jokes were treasured secrets, never to be shared with the other kids at high school; some days, the way Lydia could send Joshua into high titters with a raise of her pierced eyebrow was the only thing that kept Joshua from slitting his wrists…

 

 

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A Drabblecast original. Clarion West Director's Commentary
Episode Art:  Oskar Kunik

Twabble:  “I never knew my mom. But I love stepmum. She gives the best of herself. I'm lucky to have such a good intestine to call home. ”  by  MonsieurMoustache

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  •  Feature:  Fungi from Yuggoth  by  H.P. Lovecraft
  •  Genre:  Horror

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides episode 25, Fungi from Yuggoth, by Bo KaierI. The Book

The place was dark and dusty and half-lost
In tangles of old alleys near the quays,
Reeking of strange things brought in from the seas,
And with queer curls of fog that west winds tossed.
Small lozenge panes, obscured by smoke and frost,
Just shewed the books, in piles like twisted trees,
Rotting from floor to roof—congeries
Of crumbling elder lore at little cost.

I entered, charmed, and from a cobwebbed heap
Took up the nearest tome and thumbed it through,
Trembling at curious words that seemed to keep
Some secret, monstrous if one only knew.
Then, looking for some seller old in craft,
I could find nothing but a voice that laughed.

Individual sonnets first appeared in Weird Tales. First completely collected in Beyond the Wall of Sleep (Sauk City, WI: Arkham House, 1943, 395–407).
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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  •  Feature:  The Lurking Fear  by  H.P. Lovecraft
  •  Genre:  Horror

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast 291, The Lurking Fear, by Gabo VitolloThere was thunder in the air on the night I went to the deserted mansion atop Tempest Mountain to find the lurking fear. I was not alone, for foolhardiness was not then mixed with that love of the grotesque and the terrible which has made my career a series of quests for strange horrors in literature and in life. With me were two faithful and muscular men for whom I had sent when the time came; men long associated with me in my ghastly explorations because of their peculiar fitness.

We had started quietly from the village because of the reporters who still lingered about after the eldritch panic of a month before – the nightmare creeping death. Later, I thought, they might aid me; but I did not want them then. Would to God I had let them share the search, that I might not have had to bear the secret alone so long; to bear it alone for fear the world would call me mad or go mad itself at the demon implications of the thing. Now that I am telling it anyway, lest the brooding make me a maniac, I wish I had never concealed it. For I, and I only, know what manner of fear lurked on that spectral and desolate mountain…

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Episode Art:  Gabo Vitollo
Poem:  The Fungi from Yuggoth  by  H.P. Lovecraft

Twabble:  “They say, "Write about what you know." So she heeded the advice, and had an excellent career writing rejection notices. ”  by  Tom Baker

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