Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Cover for Drabblecast 253, Maybe the Sea, by Steve SantiagoPresently it rose, and with a shuffling walk it supported itself along the bars until it reached the bucket.  With a sigh it plunged its hands inside.

Little Useless inched closer and watched while the creature cupped the salt water and brought it to its face: not to drink, but to moisten its skin…

This episode of the Drabblecast continues H.P. Lovecraft Tribute Month with an eye towards Lovecraft’s fascination with and misgivings about the sea. It starts with a quote from Dagon, which kicked off the very first H.P. Lovecraft Tribute Month. In the drabble, there is more to a fisherman’s remarkable sea wife than meets the eye. In the feature, a nod to Lovecraft’s The Shadow Over Innsmouth, a young girl living among humans who act savagely encounters a sympathetic, otherworldly Deep One. She faces hard questions: where does she truly belong, and where should her loyalties lie?

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A Drabblecast original.
Episode Art:  Steve Santiago

Twabble:  “I hosted the Cult of Dagon meeting this week. Unfortunately the sashimi snacks my wife prepared didn't go down too well. ”  by  PureChance

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Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Cover for Drabblecast episode 252, The Elder Thing and the Puddle People, by Matt WasielaUpon the coming of the rain and the and the reawakening of the Krr’at race, the Elder Thing returned to us and squealed Its sky-splitting squeal and waded in among us. It came with the green feet that had eyes and mouths, and with the yellow, rubbery outerskin, and with the lace and the glitter — oh, the horrible, horrible glitter…

This episode of the Drabblecast continues H.P. Lovecraft Tribute Month, specifically focusing on the frequent appearance of cults in Lovecraft’s work. In the drabble, cult meetings aren’t always all about sacrifices and secret rites. In the feature, what starts out as an innocent encounter between a little girl and her imaginary friends takes an ominous turn when the “puddle people” turn out to be real creatures who worship her as their capricious god. When a rebel revolts against the the cult to save her daughter from being sacrificed, how will their deity react?

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A Drabblecast original. DystopianEugenicsCo GameDevSoc
Episode Art:  Matt Wasiela
Read by:  Hananel Mavity

Twabble:  “The kneeling man offered the small box to the woman he loved. “Oh no,” said Pandora, “I’m not falling for that one again.” ”  by  DutchessAlyssa

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  •  Feature:  The Music of Erich Zann  by  H.P. Lovecraft
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Horror

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Cover for Drabblecast episode 251, The Music of Erich Zann, by Bill HalliarMy room was on the fifth story; the only inhabited room there, since the house was almost empty. On the night I arrived I heard strange music from the peaked garret overhead, and the next day asked old Blandot about it. He told me it was an old German viol-player, a strange dumb man who signed his name as Erich Zann, and who played evenings in a cheap theater orchestra; adding that Zann’s desire to play in the night after his return from the theater was the reason he had chosen this lofty and isolated garret room, whose single gable window was the only point on the street from which one could look over the terminating wall at the declivity and panorama beyond…

This episode of the Drabblecast kicks of H.P. Lovecraft Tribute Month. It begins with a reading from Lovecraft’s Fungi from Yuggoth. In the feature, an impoverished student is forced to take an apartment in an almost empty building on the mysterious Rue d’Auseil. One of the other tenants, a viol player named Erich Zann, lives alone on the top floor and plays strange, otherworldly music at night. The student, drawn to his music, eventually gains Zann’s trust and learns catastrophic secrets.

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Originally published in The National Amateur, March 1922.
Episode Art:  Bill Halliar
Music by:   Paolo Pandolfo
Poem:  The Fungi From Yuggoth  by  H.P. Lovecraft

Twabble:  “The gypsy examined the cards she dealt and foretold, "You'll come into a large sum of money." Indeed, it was a full house. ”  by  TroyStJames

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Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Cover for Drabblecast episode 250, Trifecta 22, by Liz PenniesMy name is… John.

I am…

I have a wife and a daughter. They are visiting me today. Their names– Alice. And Anna.

I can see, sort of. Everything is blurry. I am submerged in a coffin, a clear coffin with green water. There’s a tube in my mouth so that I can breathe, machine-like.

My legs are transparent. I see veins and arteries, thin muscles that look like spiderwebs bundled together. The doctors say my memory will be fuzzy. It’s supposed to come back quickly.

I am…

The theme of this Drabblecast Trifecta is “if you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself.” In Faithful Servant, a long-suffering butler’s poorly timed fit of temper is nearly the end of him. In Selfless, a man with an incurable illness goes to great lengths to ensure his wife and daughter enjoy a normal, happy life. In Prophecy Negotiations, a fateful farm boy learns that if you want to rise to a new station, it pays not to accept the first offer.

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"Selfless" by Kenneth Kao was originally published in Daily Science Fiction, April 2011. "Prophecy Negotiations" by Rich Matrunick was originally published at Space Squid, Summer 2011. "The Faithful Servant" by Joel Shulkin is a Drabblecast original.
Episode Art:  Liz Pennies
Read by:  John Cmar and Alasdair Stuart

Twabble:  “The pancakes attained sentience. Bill shook his fist at the charred landscape. “You blew it up, you damn dirty Crêpes!” ”  by  Astroguyz

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Thursday, July 12th, 2012
Warning:  Some Instances of Explicit Language

Cover for Drabblecast episode 249, Jimmy's Roadside Cafe, by Roo VandegriftAfter the world ended, Jimmy set up a roadside cafe in the median of I-95, just north of the Fallston exit, in the grassy depression between the guardrails. His first cafe, nothing more than a plywood shanty, fell to the first thunderstorm that blew through. The second was better: he dug a sort of foundation and built the walls out of heavy plywood he’d harvested from an overturned Home Depot truck, reinforced the corners with steel joints, laid down a sheet of tin for the roof. He used a Hummer’s windshield for the front window, a thick yellow shower curtain for the door. And then he nailed an Open/Closed sign beside the doorway, flipped it to Open, settled down in his lawn chair, and waited…

This episode of the Drabblecast is post-apocalyptic. In the drabble, Santa’s list is put to unusually ominous use one Christmas. In the feature, after the world ends, Jimmy cobbles together a makeshift roadside café where he assists passersbys. Whether they need scavenged supplies, hard truths, or a place to rest and say goodbye, his simple kindness is an oddly uplifting oasis in a ravaged world.

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Originally published at Strange Horizons, 30 June 2008.
Episode Art:  Roo Vandegrift

Twabble:  “I saw myself buying new eyeglasses. For weeks, it's all my crystal ball showed me, every single time. It was a re-vision. ”  by  Algernon Sydney is Dead

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Friday, July 6th, 2012
Warning:  Some instances of Explicit Language

Cover for Drabblecast episode 248, Cockroach Hat, by Greg Cravens“What I don’t like about it,” said Cliffe, “is that is it’s just a metaphor instead of something real.”

“What if it was real?” I (Sam) asked. “What if it was me and I actually turned into a cockroach someday?”

This episode of the Drabblecast is all about crazy relationships. In the drabble, it’s apparent that finding Mr. Right is difficult no matter who (or what) you are. In the feature, Sam wakes up one day to discover he has been transformed into a giant cockroach. He spends the rest of his day on a surreal quest, not only to return to his normal self, but also to save his girlfriend from threats both mundane and extraordinary, with the hope a new start together.

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Originally published at Tor.com, May 2010. Word Whore Raffles a Painting! More Greg Cravens: gocomics.com/thebuckets, moreontvcomics.com, gocomics.com/hubris, cravenscartoon.com
Episode Art:  Greg Cravens
Read by:  Preston Buttons and the Word Whore of Air out My Shorts

Twabble:  “Four of the subjects died only a few days after being exposed to the virus. The last was immune, so I had to kill him myself. ”  by  TroyStJames

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Monday, June 25th, 2012

Cover for Drabblecast episode 247, How I Crippled a World for just .001 Cents, by Bo Kaier“You are accused of stealing the intellectual property of Einstein, Dirac and Heisenberg.” The middle-aged speaker waved his finger at Professor Hillabin, more in the manner of a prosecutor than a judge.

This episode of the Drabblecast illustrates the folly of bureaucracy. In the drabble, one by one an entire classroom of students are promoted to be their own teachers. In the feature, a lost, dimension-hopping scientist is trapped in a world where scientific theories are considered intellectual property. Unable to perform his calculations without them, he finds himself on trial for failure to pay royalties. When he cannot convince the court to take mercy on him, he pulls looses a devastating strategy.

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Originally published in Bards and Sages Quarterly, July 2010.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier
Read by:  John Mierau

Twabble:  “After hearing the ominous growls coming from the drain, Stephen decided it was time to stop masturbating in the shower. ”  by  Sir_Ignatz

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