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:  Drabblecast  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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Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast 290, The Screaming Door, by Forrest WarnerIt has been two hundred days since the door to my study began screaming. I was nodding over a volume of Edwin Corang’s collected prose when I first felt it; a curious ripple that moved through the
room, standing my hair on edge, followed by the sensation of coffee spilling into my lap as the screaming began…

 

 

 

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A Drabblecast original.
Episode Art:  Forrest Warner
Read by:  Dan Chambers

Twabble:  “Later, lizard-woman gave her errant husband such a strenuous tongue-lashing, that it went in one ear and out the other. ”  by  DireCari

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Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides episode 24, Answer, by Bo KaierHe straightened and nodded to Dwar Reyn, then moved to a position beside the switch that would complete the contact when he threw it. The switch that would connect, all at once, all of the monster computing machines of all the populated planets in the universe–ninety-six billion planets–into the supercircuit that would connect them all into the one supercalculator, one cybernetics machine that would combine all the knowledge of all the galaxies…

Originally published in Angels and Spaceships, 1954.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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Monday, July 15th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 289, The Cold Equations, by Rodolfo ArredondoHe was not alone.

There was nothing to indicate the fact but the white hand of the tiny gauge on the board before him. The control room was empty but for himself; there was no sound other than the murmur of the drives — but the white hand had moved. It had been on zero when the little ship was launched from the Stardust; now, an hour later, it had crept up. There was something in the supply closet across the room, it was saying, some kind of a body that radiated heat…

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Originally published in Astounding Science Fiction, 1954
Episode Art:  Rodolfo Arredondo
Read by:  Bryan Lincoln- Narrator, Stephen Granade as Barton, Rebecca Rinas as Maralyn, Dan Kelly as Delhart, Alex White as Gerry Cross, Michael Stokes as Man from Group 2, Hugh O'Donnel as Ships Records, John Riendeau as Man on the Stardust

Twabble:  “My soap dish broke. It had a lifetime warranty, so I called it in. Soon, axe men smashed my door. "You know what we must do." ”  by  Algernon Sydney is Dead

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Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast 288, Bayou Witch, by K. MartinezCat’s tail flicked impatiently back and forth across Elle’s face. She resisted the urge to brush it away. Mud tugged at her feet, and putrid water soaked through her shoes. She ducked beneath a low hanging branch dripping with old man’s beard. It trailed over her shoulders, and evidently Cat, who dug his claws into her scalp slightly in payback. She bit her lip at the pain.

“Cat,” Elle said, trying to keep her tone calm. “Would you like to walk?”

After an indigent pause, Cat replied. “No… the view from here is much better…”

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Episode Art:  K. Martinez

Twabble:  “Red. Red everywhere. I let it enter my house. I dab a finger for a taste. Jam. The peanut butter has gone feral. I am afraid. ”  by  Big Bad G

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Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
Warning:  Explicit language

Cover for Drabblecast episode 287, Sweetie, by Raoul IzzardAudiences have so little respect, these days.

Admittedly, my little travelling show isn’t what it once was. We’ve been on the road for a long, long time. But I like to think that for the discerning customer, we still provide value for money. An experience you can’t get from the computer screen–the modern freakshow–despite all its tricks and special effects…

 

 

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A Drabblecast original.
Episode Art:  Raoul Izzard

Twabble:  “"Creativity's a river. It doesn't run dry," Lisa said when she got writer's block. But she didn't factor in the beavers.
--Varda

I pelt bad:
I typed in a fever
'Twas writer's beaver
My plot was in a jam

I couldn't have that
so I made a new hat
of felt
I don't give a damn
-- Algernon Sydney is Dead  by  Varda & Algernon Sydney is Dead

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