Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides 53, 21 Steps to Enlightenment (Minus 1), by Shea Bartel1.

When a spiral staircase appears in front of you, don’t panic. Just know that if you place your feet on that first step, it shows commitment. You can’t go back. You can only go up and up and up until you reach the very top.

Watch your step. That’s the main thing to remember. Some people think they can race to the top, or take the steps two at a time. All it takes is one stumble, one slip, and soon you’re tumbling, arms pinwheeling, shins banging, down, down, down.

You don’t want to be rejected by a spiral staircase. It’s painful.

This story first appeared in Strange Horizons, February 2014.
Episode Art:  Shea Bartel
Read by:  Christina Rivera

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Monday, September 29th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast episode 214, The Wish of the Demon Achtromagk, by David FlettAchtromagk shuddered, lost in nightmare images: crimson lightning dotting a wasteland, twilight despair and feeble railings, isolation in a mewling throng. It thrashed and twisted but could not escape, could not stop the unwanted vistas in its mind.

It was silent. And soft. And dark…

Next up in Lovecraft month, a heart-warming tale of an extra-dimensional Lovecraftian horror (an ‘oh so huggable’ one) by Drabblecast favorite Eugie Foster.

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This story is a Drabblecast original.
Returning My Sister's Face by Eugie Foster
Episode Art:  David Flett

Twabble:  “"Worry not," he said, smiling, "I'm a white wizard!" ...it was only later I realized: Not only was he evil, he was racist. ”  by  Chris Munroe

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Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast episode 188, The Store of the Worlds, by LizTompkins sighed. “What happens is this: You pay me
my fee. I give you an injection which knocks you out. Then, with the aid of certain gadgets which I have in the back of the store, I liberate your mind…”

This episode of Drabblecast starts with Norm recommending and playing an excerpt from Frank Key’s story anthology. In the feature we learn about Mr. Wayne, a man who visits the store of the world in order to discover his deepest desire. Is it simply an escape from a post-apocalyptic world, or is it something more?

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Originally published in Playboy, 1959. Audio rights were obtained through the author's estate.
Episode Sponsor: Frank Key's Story Anthology, "Impugned by a Peasant"
Forever Angels
Episode Art:  Lizanne Herd
Music by:   19 Action News, special closing music: Pick up the Phone.

Twabble:  “I had heard that love is blind. Just before my son's viola recital, I prayed that it was deaf as well. ”  by  Ben Hathaway

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Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast episode 339, Trifecta 28, by Brent HolmesThe ghost in my attic is Margaret, but she lets me call her Margie. She was seventy-six years old when she died, and now that she’s a ghost she sits in her rocking chair day and night, holding a tiny baby in her arms. The baby rarely moves and almost never cries. His name is Gavin, and he is thin and wrinkly and covered in fine brown hair. Funny looking, as preemies often are, but sweet nonetheless. Margie keeps him wrapped in a blanket of cobwebs, which I think is disgusting. I’ve always hated spiders.

 

 

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Listening to it Rain first appeared in Fireside Magazine, September 2013.
Passengers is a Drabblecast original.
Paperclips and Memories and Things That Won’t be Missed first appeared in Apex Magazine, May 2014.
Episode Art:  Brent Holmes
Read by:  Paul Huntington, Whitney Avalon

Twabble:  “I thought spider monkeys were cute until the day I found myself all webbed up, organs liquefying, slathered in bananas. ”  by  Luftwaffle

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Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides 52, Editor LagerklatschDrinks and shop talk with short fiction editors John Joseph Adams (Lightspeed Magazine), Neil Clarke (Clarkesworld), Scott K. Andrews (Beneath Ceaseless Skies) and Norm Sherman.

 

 

 

 

 

Apocalypse Triptych
Clarkesworld Chinese Science Fiction Translation Project Kickstarter
Episode Art:  The Drabblecast

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Thursday, September 11th, 2014
Warning:  Some explicit language and animal distress

Cover for Drabblecast episode 338, The Crevasse, by Hannah HollowayWhat he loved was the silence, the pristine clarity of the ice shelf: the purposeful breathing of the dogs straining against their traces, the hiss of the runners, the opalescent arc of the sky. Garner peered through shifting veils of snow at the endless sweep of glacial terrain before him, the wind gnawing at him, forcing him to reach up periodically and scrape at the thin crust of ice that clung to the edges of his facemask, the dry rasp of the fabric against his face reminding him that he was alive.

 

 

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Produced by Fred Greenhalgh of Final Rune Productions.
Story first appeared in Lovecraft Unbound, edited by Ellen Datlow
Episode Art:  Hannah Holloway
Read by:  Rich Fish

Twabble:  “My sister just read a book about Stockholm Syndrome. She said it was pretty bad at first but by the end she kind of liked it. ”  by  Unreliable Narrator

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Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast episode 337, The Only Game in Town, by Bo KaierWalking back up the road toward home, I saw Rich Hartzell locking up his cabin. His car was stuffed to the roof with cardboard boxes and black trash bags; only the driver’s seat was empty.

 

 

 

 

 

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This story is a Drabblecast Original
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier
Music by:   "Fire in the Blood" sung by Ralph Stanley and Emmylou Harris

Twabble:  “Local cops are looking for witnesses to a recent hit and run. I'll bet it was the same guy who threw a tricycle under my car. ”  by  unreliable narrator

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