Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast episode 350, Something Fishy Trifecta, by Bo KaierIzam’s fingers moved on their own. They found his sunken chest. And counted his ribs.

His father would have slapped his hand away. A stupid habit of a stupid boy. A stupid starving boy who counted his ribs when he was hungry even though it only made him hungrier. Izam knew it was stupid
but he could not help it. He was so hungry.

The ocean was silent. The boat was still, the fishing line as motionless as ever. The last rays of sun sparkled on the waves. There would be no fish today. No food. Izam’s fingers brushed his chest and began counting his ribs again. No food for another day.

The line tugged. The rod tore from his hand.

 

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Cover art photo credits Mary Galloway, Ayeshamus, and Juan Gonzalez.
Kinda Like Salmon first appears here, in The Drabblecast.
In the Eyes of the Needy first appeared, as Mermaid, in Daily Science Fiction, February, 2014.
Sea Changes first appeared in Ideomancer, September 2008.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier
Read by:  Nathan Lee, Tina Connolly

Twabble:  “Forms combine and break apart, only to rejoin. Again and again. What is that place where I gasp for breath, above the sky? ”  by  pondspider

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Thursday, February 12th, 2015
Warning:  Really Sad

Cover for Drabblecast episode 93, Blue, by Richard K. GreenI had a dog, his name was Blue
Betchya five dollars he’s a good one too.
Come on Blue!
I’m a-comin’ too.

Glum weather in Baltimore inspires Norm to treat us all to a pair of melancholy stories. In Shane Shennen’s Drabble, “Ancient Apple Tree,” the passing of an old, faithful robot is mourned by nary an organic eye. Next, accomplished writer Mike Resnick (who appears in Drabblecast #67, “Malish,” and #102 “The Last Dog”) bases a sad tale of attrition and mourning on the traditional song “Old Blue.” Accompanied by Norm’s gentle rendition of the song, the story describes the mutual loyalty of a hermit and his canine companion in a harsh season. A grateful Norm confesses to his love of dogs after the song and story conclude. This is followed by feedback for Episodes #88 (“The Toys of Peace”) and #89 (“Starry Night”), which is generally positive.

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Originally published in Hunting Dog magazine, 1979.
Heaven's Bones by Samantha Henderson
Episode Art:  Richard K. Green

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Sunday, February 8th, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast episode 349, The Island of White Houses, by Susan ReagelToday I am going to the island.

I climb the slick wood stairs down to Whitmuth beach. The wind blows fierce through the town like usual and swirls back out to sea, smoky with our coal fires and smacking with hot oil from the fry shops up and down the boardwalk.

 

 

 

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This story was originally published in Flytrap #11, edited by Heather Shaw and Tim Pratt.
Episode Art:  Susan Reagel

Twabble:  “At the crescendo of his cruelty, he rotted away and died. The portrait of Dorian Button became that of a newborn baby boy. ”  by  Rhett Khan

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Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast episode 348, LiAnn Yim DoubleHeader, by Bo KaierThe fish were restless. They spun the water mossy dark until the pond was the color of crushed bottles.

Pey held onto her sister’s hand. They peered down at the water.

This morning, their mother opened her eyes and said she was too cold to get out of bed, so their father said they would spend the afternoon at the hot springs.

 

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Both of these stories are Drabblecast originals.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

Twabble:  “She's alive but they'd dress me up too; and then tea parties and doilies 'til we die. But I want her. I need her. She's mine. ”  by  beachbum21k

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Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Drabblecast B-Sides episode 57, The Pain Peddlers, by Bo KaierThe phone bleeped. Northrop nudged the cut-in switch and heard Maurillo say, “we got a gangrene, chief. They’re amputating tonight.”

This story first appeared in Galaxy magazine, August 1963.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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Monday, January 19th, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast episode 206, Creature, by Philippa JonesAnd so came Creature out of the wasteland and into the city, bouncing from hilltop to hilltop like a bulbous ballerina skipping across the knuckles of a great hand. He was big as the moon and black as the night, and he came crashing into the city like a silent meteor. The cityfolk watched his approach with wide eyes and open mouths, and then scattered like leaves…

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Originally published in Weird Tales #349, March/April 2008.
Episode Art:  Philippa Jones

Twabble:  “Prepare your souls the men and women of earth. All will be judged by his curving claw of might. Beware the Velocirapture! ”  by  Cranialwrench

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Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Drabblecast episode 347, Why I Hate Zombie Unicorns, by David FlettThe good news is, zombie unicorns almost never bite. The bad news is, even a tiny scratch from a zombie unicorn horn will turn you into a zombie. Mom discovered that by accident.

 

 

 

 

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This story first appeared in Shimmer #20, July 2014.
Episode Art:  David Flett
Read by:  Renée Chambliss

Twabble:  “I know they're watching. Waiting, expectant, in the walls and ceiling. I begin my performance, to rapturous applause. ”  by  pondspider

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