Sunday, May 31st, 2015
Warning:  Some Adult Language

Cover for Drabblecast Locked Boxes Trifecta by Carly LynI didn’t kill God; we should clear that up right away. I just captured him and put him in a little box.

It sounds harder than it actually was. Hannah helped me make it. Her dark, sad eyes so serious and focused behind the wire-rimmed glasses she always wore, her slender fingers tracing the passages from the Bible. A long time ago, God gave instructions on how to build a tabernacle for him to inhabit. That story made us wonder: if the infinite can be confined to a building or a tent or a room, then why not a box?

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Winners announced for the 8th annual Drabblecast People's Choice Awards!
Guest Produced by Adam Pracht.

Coffee and Cornbread first appeared on Space Squid, September 2014.
God-Shaped Box first appeared at Hub magazine, April 2008.
Trimming the Fat first appeared on Asbury Pulp, December 2013.
Episode Art:  Carly Lyn
Read by:  Ibba Armancas, Trendane Sparks, Jacob Boris, Logan Waterman, Adam Pracht, Matthew Sanborn Smith, Nick Camm, Veronica Giguere

Twabble:  “After years in zero gravity when legs became less important to move from here to there everyone started farting around. ”  by  Gary Doe

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Sunday, May 24th, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast episode The Horses of Lir by Bo KaierI sent this one to The Saturday Evening Post. Three times. They kept losing the ms. I stopped.

The moonlight was muted and scattered by the mist above the loch. A chill breeze stirred the white tendrils to a sliding, skating motion upon the water’s surface. Staring into the dark depths, Randy smoothed his jacket several times, then stepped forward. He pursed his lips to begin and discovered that his throat was dry.

Sighing, almost with relief, he turned and walked back several paces. The night was especially soundless about him. He seated himself upon a rock, drew his pipe from his pocket and began to fill it.

This story first appeared in the anthology Whispers III, published in August 1981.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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Sunday, May 10th, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast episode 171, Mongoose pt. 2, by Skeet ScienskiYou couldn’t describe a rath. You couldn’t even look at one for more than a few seconds before you started getting a migraine aura. Rovers were just blots of shadow. The breeder was massive, armored, and had no recognizable features, save for its hideous, drooling, ragged edged maw. Irizarry didn’t know if it had eyes, or even needed them…

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Originally published in Lovecraft Unbound, October 2009.
The Burning Zeppelin Experience
Episode Art:  Skeet Scienski
Read by:  Abby Crayden as Station Master, Lauren Synger as Colonel Sanderson

Twabble:  “Some folks say the ghosts of the Skeptics Society still haunt these back roads; eternally debunking the supernatural. ”  by  Nowicki1283

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Sunday, May 10th, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast episode 170, Mongoose pt. 1, by Jerel DyeIzrael Irizarry stepped through a bright-scarred airlock onto Kadath Station, lurching a little as he adjusted to station gravity. On his shoulder, Mongoose extended her neck, her barbels flaring, flicked her tongue out to taste the air, and colored a question. Another few steps, and he smelled what Mongoose smelled, the sharp stink of toves, ammoniac and bitter…

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Originally published in Lovecraft Unbound, October 2009.
The Dribblecast
Shadow Unit
Episode Art:  Jerel Dye
Read by:  Abby Crayden as Station Master, Lauren Synger as Colonel Sanderson

Twabble:  “The aliens solemnly spake unto me: "Take us to your leader. Nah, just kidding, we're totally going to blow your shit up!" ”  by  PureChance

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Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast Unnatural Growth Trifecta, by Declan KeaneMy twin brother had been a dry-eyed baby, and he grew into a dry-eyed boy.

“Yaakov, why don’t you ever cry?” I asked him the day we buried my uncle’s family.

He shrugged. “Maybe you carry all the tears for both of us, Anna.”

I thought he might be right. In the past month I had cried again and again. I had wept through the night of hiding in the root cellar among the onions and potatoes and jars of pickled vegetables, my face buried in our mother’s skirt. We emerged in the morning to discover the Cossacks had burned down the barn with all of our animals trapped inside. I cried again for the goats. We didn’t even know yet that our cousins down the road had suffered the same fate. Our two older siblings took their turns calming me, but I took the most comfort from Yaakov’s stoic face.

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Guest Producer: David Cummings of the NoSleep Podcast
They Sent Runners Out first appeared in Fireside magazine, February 2014.
The Liver apparently first appears here on The Drabblecast. Probably.
Caretaker in the Garden of Dreams first appeared in Necrotic Tissue magazine, January 2010.
Episode Art:  Declan Keane
Read by:  Erika Sanderson, Peter Lewis, David Cummings

Twabble:  “The aliens said that humanity is too violent to join the Federation. Of course we couldn't let an insult like that stand. ”  by  Eric Marsh

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Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast episode Rachael K Jones Doubleheader by Spencer Bingham10. _Influenza siderius_ begins as a general malaise. That is always the first symptom. Perhaps you wish to doze on the sofa, but your husband suggests a little fresh air instead. You do feel better after the walk, but by the next morning the listlessness has returned tenfold. Your husband complains when you order takeout instead of making the pot roast, but you feel too tired to care.

 

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Spencer Bingham's new comic: Homebound
Ten Wretched Things About Influenza Siderius first appeared in Daily Science Fiction July 2014.
Mamihlapinatapei first appeared in Crossed Genres August 2014.

Episode Art:  Spencer Bingham

Twabble:  “We watched the animals. They watched us back. Who will move first, we asked? Whoever has the most to gain, they answered. ”  by  DrewDidThis

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Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast Trifecta by Unka OdyaIt looks like a quantity of strawberry jam squeezed into a cheap polythene shower cap. Even down to the darkened pips and the intimation someone’s attempted to pick it up and squished it in the middle. Clint adjusts the telescopic sight and tilts his head, upping the magnification, but knocking the thermal readout to the off position. He can feel the heat from here, so it’s safe to say that the temperature is outside the usual parameters.

 

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Guest Producer: Bryan Lincoln of the Fullcast Podcast

Clint Radigan's Intergalactic Genitourinary Clinic first appears here on The Drabblecast.
On the Nose first appears here on The Drabblecast.
A Plague of Boils first appeared on Hooting Yard.org, May 2012.
Episode Art:  Unka Odya, on Behance and Facebook
Read by:  Rish Outfield, Bryan Lincoln, Michael Amaral, Casey Regan, James Bagley, Tom Vale, and Dan Panicucci

Twabble:  “As a werecat my senses improved. I now see what my tom sees when he stares into a corner, and you don't want to know about it. ”  by  groomporter

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