Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast 324, The Ball Room, by Greg CravensI’m not employed by the store. They don’t pay my wages. I’m with a security firm, but we’ve had a contract here for a long time, and I’ve been here for most of it. This is where I know people. I’ve been a guard in other places—still am, occasionally, on short notice—and until recently I would have said this was the best place I’d been. It’s nice to work somewhere people are happy to go. Until recently, if anyone asked me what I did for a living, I’d just tell them I worked for the store.

It’s on the outskirts of town, a huge metal warehouse. Full of a hundred little fake rooms, with a single path running through them, and all the furniture we sell made up and laid out so you can see how it should look. Then the same products, disassembled, packed flat and stacked high in the warehouse for people to buy. They’re cheap.

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First appeared in Looking for Jake, 2005.
Episode Art:  Greg Cravens
Read by:  Graeme Dunlop

Twabble:  “"G-g-g-ghost!" yelled Steve, ashamed about his stutter. "St-St-St-Steve!" yelled the ghost. It was mean-spirited. ”  by  Jarod K. Anderson

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Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast B-sides 46, The Hodag, by Richard K. GreenI still remember that cold October afternoon in 1936 when Whitey McFarland’s old coonhound Maggie dragged herself out of the forest, whimpering and yowling. Her skin hung off her sides in red flaps and her eyes rolled wildly. She collapsed on the ground and howled.

All us kids loved Maggie, but not one of us dared go near her, not while she was baring her teeth and snarling. Benny Carper dropped the bat and ran off; Ira Schmidt just stood there staring at the half-dead animal as it pawed the frozen dirt. I tugged on Whitey’s sleeve and told him to stay with Maggie while I got my dad—Whitey’s dad was a drunk and never easy to find. When he finally nodded in understanding, I took off running.

First appeared in Black Static 7, October 2008.
Episode Art:  Richard K. Green

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Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast episode 323, Missed Connection, by Richard K. GreenLawson was already regretting the decision to go shopping by the time he was standing in line waiting to buy a ticket for the tube. All but one of the time- and labour-saving automatic ticket dispensers was either closed or unable to give change, and it was all he could do not to let out yelps of irritated despair at the inability of those in front of him to understand the process of getting the machine to yield up its wares. The station seemed to be unusually full of squalling children and jabbering mad people, and the flu which he’d thought in decline was thriving in the damp mildness of the winter afternoon. All in all he was beginning to feel like death cooled down, and he was barely on step one of the afternoon.

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First appeared in The End of the Line anthology, 2011.
Episode Art:  Richard K. Green
Read by:  Dan Chambers

Twabble:  “At the end of the date they looked at her photos. “This is my favorite” she said. It was him, years ago. They were all of him. ”  by  inkhat

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  •  Feature:  Buried Talents  by  Richard Matheson
  •  Genre:  Horror

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides episode 45, Buried Talents, by Bo KaierA man in a wrinkled, black suit entered the fairgrounds. He was tall and lean, his skin the color of drying leather. He wore a faded sport shirt underneath his suit coat, white with yellow stripes. His hair was black and greasy, parted in the middle and brushed back flat on each side. His eyes were pale blue. There was no expression on his face. It was a hundred and two degrees in the sun but he was not perspiring.


Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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  •  Feature:  The Carnival Was Eaten, All Except the Clown  by  Caroline M. Yoachim
  •  Drabble:  Flotsam and Jetsam  by  Norm Sherman
  •  Genre:  Fantasy  Strange

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast 322, The Carnival Was Eaten, All Except the Clown, by Shea BartelThe magician’s table was covered by a sheet of plywood, four feet square, completely wrapped up in aluminum foil. Sugar magic was messy magic, and the foil made for easier cleanup. Scattered across the aluminum were misshapen chunks of candy, the seeds from which the carnival would grow. And grow it did.

 

 

 

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Story originally appeared in Electric Velocipede #27.
Episode Art:  Shea Bartel

Twabble:  “He heard creaking, cracking. A hiker fell on his head. Then a huge limb. Then the bear. Bad things really do come in trees. ”  by  UnseenTangerine

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  •  Feature:  Stunned  by  Jack Handey
  •  Feature:  The Impatient Billionaire and the Mirror for Earth  by  B.J. Novak
  •  Feature  My Nature Documentary  by  Jack Handey
  •  Genre:  Video

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides 44, Drabblecast Live Video Podcast, by Mackenzie MartinDrabblecast Live Video Podcast – recorded at the EMP Collective in Baltimore Maryland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Episode Art:  Mackenzie Martin of Martin Forge Works LLC

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Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides 43, The Parasite Parade, by Bo KaierIf you could shrink tiny, and drop down your own throat
Like the tiniest of captains on the tiniest of boats
I bet you’d be shocked at the things that you saw
In the dark and the damp of your damp and dark maw.

Your body’s a marvel, it’s one of a kind
Which is why countless scary small things live inside!
They can’t live in houses, as most of us do
So they climb inside people– like me and like you!

Do you hear the band playing– that merry old song?
While the horns play the chorus and the crowd sings along?
Down Main Street they march, that gay promenade
Which float is your favorite in the Parasite Parade?


Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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