Saturday, December 25th, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 192, Rangifer Volans, by Bo KaierIn early December, Brad Miro walked into the office of his partner, Dr. John Estes, and said, “I’ve got our next target. It’s perfect. The public is going to love it.”

John closed his eyes. “I haven’t even finished writing the paper about the Mongolian death worm yet”

This Christmas Special episode of Drabblecast starts with Norm’s Lovecraft inspired take on “The Night Before Christmas”. The theme this week is a creepy yet festive take on Christmas. The feature lets us see the career of a successful crypto-zoologist. As we see Dr John Estes just recovering from discovering the Mongolian death worm when his partner wants to catch a flying reindeer. Norm discusses how it’s better not to believe, like in Santa… or the Mayans.

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A Drabblecast original story. Download 'Twas the Night MP3
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

Twabble:  “I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus, and it became suddenly clear why I was the single teenager sporting a fluffy white beard. ”  by  CLP

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Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 191, Primary Pollinator, by Bill HalliarWhen Dr. Lopez came for me, I was plunging the geo lab toilet. She carried a red stickle suit in one hand and a spray can of anti-fungal lubricant in the other.

“Great news, Oliver! Big Spike is in season,” Dr. Lopez said. “He finally wants to fertilize Thick Root…”

The theme of this Drabblecast is propogation and legacy for future generations. The feature lets us into the world of Oliver as he imitates a bora monkey-bird and goes to fertilize a massive jerk of a tree. Norm recaps and wonders what we can learn from the story and it relates to state tax.

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Originally published in Space Squid, Issue #2. Frank Key's "Impugned by a and Peasant Other Stories" {sponsor}, Space Squid
Episode Art:  Bill Halliar

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Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 190, The Wheel, by Josh Hugo“I’ll tell you what’s going to happen tomorrow, Davie. In the orning the priest will come here to see your box. It’ll be still there because nobody dares to touch it…”

This episode of Drabblecast deals with fear and rationality. The feature takes us to a world where fear of knowledge and how it can be used for evil prevents humanity from progressing.

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Originally published in Jizzle (1952). Frank Key's "Impugned by a Peasant Other Stories" {sponsor}
Episode Art:  Josh Hugo

Twabble:  “She chomped grimly on a neon chicklet stick figure. Voodoo Chew was the cheapest nico-gum, but why was her son screaming? ”  by  Petricore

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Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 189, DoubleHeader 8, by Tania HendersonThey needed a virgin to make a bargain with the sea monster who hunted the waters off their coast, and they were not willing to sacrifice their daughters…

With the theme this week being about freedom, this episode of Drabblecast sees Norm musing about the irony of song about freedom written by a man name Key… it could be a trap. Mermaids of the Old West centers on the mistreatment of captured Mermaids. In Darkness we learn what makes a sacrifice worthy.

Special thanks to Salim Fahdley and Jan Dennison for lending voices and artistic help.

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"Darkness" was originally published in CEMETERY DANCE 58 (2008): 99-100. "National Geographic On Assignment: Mermaids of the Old West" was originally published in FICTITIOUS FORCE 2 (Spring 2006): 18. Episode Sponsor: Impugned by a Peasant and Other Stories by Frank Key, MegaBeast Finals!
Episode Art:  Tania Henderson
Read by:  Kimi Alexander

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Friday, November 19th, 2010

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"
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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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Monday, November 15th, 2010
Warning:  Language

Cover for Drabblecast episode 187, Doubleheader 7, by Brent Holmes

The episode begins with a DrabbleNews segment on blow-up weaponry (it’s Nerf or Nothing!). Next, a drabble from Kelley Zanfardino. on What follows is a doubleheader from Hugo nominated, cognitive psychologist, author Lawrence M. Schoen (with author’s notes), as read by Phil Rossi. In A Fool’s Death we follow a man as he attempts a mime assisted death, jumping into a volcano. In Pidgin we witness the intense frustration arising from a culture clash as an alien tries to buy fruit from a hardware store.

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"Pidgin" was originally published in Pidgin in Aliens And AIs (2005). "A Fool's Death" was originally published in Abyss & Apex (2006). Inflatable Weapons of War, Phil Rossi's Crescent
Episode Art:  Brent Holmes
Read by:  Phil Rossi

Twabble:  “Every channel the same, nothing but people watching people watch the television. Reality shows had truly gone too far. ”  by  Liz Pennies

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Monday, November 8th, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 186, Garkain, by Jerel DyeHis home is in the dense jungle along the banks of the Liverpool River. Should anyone venture into that jungle Garkain, who can fly as well as walk, will wrap himself around the intruder, and smother him with the loose folds of skin which are attached to his arms and legs.

—Charles P. Mountford, The First Sunrise, 1971

In this episode of the Drabblecast podcast, the theme is mythical beasts and creatures, imagined, extinct or otherwise. Norm discuss fantastic animals from down Under (Australia). In the feature we are presented evidence of the existence of the frightful Garkain. The monster’s aspects are recalled in several accounts from eye witnesses and scholars.

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Originally published in Fantasy Magazine, April 2009. Clowns Bunnies Other Scary Things, Jerel Dye’s new Comic Book Anthology!
Episode Art:  Jerel Dye
Read by:  Graeme Dunlop, Mike Boris, and Delianna Forget

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