Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 184, HorrorWorld 2025 pt, 1, by Skeet ScienskiIt started in the cemetery, like these things usually do. Everyone knows being in a cemetery after dark’s a bad idea, which is exactly why Kyle had begged his grandpa to take him…

This episode of Drabblecast is a Halloween Special where our (g)host Norm gives us suggestions on how to simultaneously celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month (and Halloween). He also provides information on Phantom Claws, the ghost of a vengeful murdered Santa. The feature story follows Kyle on an escapism holiday to Horror World, an amusement park with violent sentient robot zombies and android wolf men.

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A Drabblecast original story. Night of the Living Trekkies Trailer, Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Episode Art:  Skeet Scienski
Read by:  Morgan Olson as Grandpa, Tom Baker as Ben, Michelle Ristuccia as Selena, Marshal Latham as Arnold, J. E. McNeil as The Cowboy

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Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 183, Angel of the Ordinary, by Dominick Rabrun“They will come on bicycles and by balloon, they will arrive in mailboxes and packages of cake batter. They will come like fleas on the dogs and like giants over the moon. The dull shall be turned into nothing by the coming of the angels…”

Norm presents this week’s Drabblecast in the form of a sermon, allowing us to bask in the glory of weird. The feature story, read by Hearty White, reveals unto us proper preparation for the coming Angels of Discrimination, scourges of the ordinary. Will you be ready?

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Originally published in Jackhammer, August 1999. The Nex, Hearty White, EMP Collective
Episode Art:  Art by Count Blackula

Twabble:  “Jenny tucked the Bible beneath her holy headband. She was ready to exercise these demons. Exercise the hell out of them. ”  by  Mikes

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  •  Feature:  Evil Robot Monkey  by  Mary Robinette Kowal
  •  Feature:  Character Flu  by  Robert Reed
  •  Feature  Toaster of the Gods  by  Randall Coots
  •  Genre:  Fantasy  Sci-Fi  Strange

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 182, Trifecta XIV, by Jan Dennison

This episode of Drabblecast is another Trifecta special, with the of: Identity. Norm debates how our perceptions of optical illusions reflect how each person views things in their own, personal way. Evil Robot Monkey looks at the life of Sly, a micro-chip enhanced chimpanzee who creates pottery in order to deal with the stress of having intelligence. Character Flu examines a future where humanity has been infected by the worst disease ever. The show ends on a lighter note with Toaster of the Gods, read by the Dunesteef, in which a self-deified, sentient toaster shows us how far the protagonist will go for perfect toast.

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"Evil Robot Monkey" by Mary Robinette Kowal was originally published in The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction Vol. 2 (2008). "Character Flu" by Robert Reed was originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, June 2008. "Toaster of the Gods" by Randall Coots was originally published in Strange Horizons, 20 August 2001. Old Lady/Young Lady Optical Illusion, Chris Munroe, The Dribblecast, John Cmar, The Secret Lair, The Dunesteef, Con on the Cob
Episode Art:  Jan Dennison
Music by:   Norm Sherman, Bernard Pagnotti, Sara Ayers, Gringo Motel, Brian Taylor

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Friday, September 24th, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 181, Funeral Song For a Ventriloquist, by Caroline ParkinsonA puppet’s words infect. They taint. They do this without ever sounding like a thing, without the listener realizing they have been spoken. A true ventriloquist, as those who are educated and informed may or may not choose to tell you, is an adept in the art of keeping those mouths shut…

On this episode of Drabblecast, Norm focuses on the bliss of ignorance versus the pain of knowledge. In Drabble news he muses about the fact that (oh no!) scientists have decided that the Triceratops never existed. The feature, narrated by podcast regular Mike Boris, is a new, sinister spin on puppetry. Ventriloquists, it turns out, are the guardians of terrible secretes tasked with preventing their loose-lipped dummies from bringing darkness in to the world.

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A Drabblecast original story. No, not the Triceratops!!
Episode Art:  Caroline Parkinson
Read by:  Mike Boris

Twabble:  “Jenny tucked the Bible beneath her holy headband. She was ready to exercise these demons. Exercise the hell out of them ”  by  Mikes

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Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 180, Something Borrowed Something Blue, by Bo KaierWhile the rest a’ the country had turned away from the biorevolution, we Best Virginians had become magicians. We had learned how to use the tiniest creatures to change the world in the biggest, most beautiful ways…

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A Drabblecast original story.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier
Read by:  Read by Lauren Synger, The Dunesteef, Delianne Forget, La Fenice
Music by:   Edmund Butt, Norm Sherman and Gringo Motel

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Friday, September 10th, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 179, The Red Bride, by Skeet ScienskiYou are to imagine, Twigling, the Red Bride to be a human, such as yourself, although she is in truth a creature of the Var...

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Originally published in Strange Horizons, 5 July 2010. Gbase.com, Cast Macabre, United States Disc Golf Chapmionship
Episode Art:  Skeet Scienski
Read by:  Delianne Forget
Music by:   Music by Gringo Motel, Norm Sherman, Bruce Winter, Scott Shannon

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Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides episode 12, Social Parasite, by Jason Kivela“I, Commander Cody Pendant, am asking you, Chief Neo-Eugenicist Shahven Ishtpig the Third, one last time,” the Aryan commander tossed back a shot of vodka. The glass shattered against the wall, “is Project Minnesota Condor ready?” He impatiently tapped his gun…

A Drabblecast original.
Episode Art:  Jason Kivela
Read by:  Mike Boris

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