Saturday, December 20th, 2014

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.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier
Poem:  'Twas the Night (mp3)  by  Norm Sherman

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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Friday, December 19th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast episode 345, Cat With Blue Fur Trifecta, by Bo KaierA collection of stories from the Cat With Blue Fur Writing Contest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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All three stories are Drabblecast originals.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier
Read by:  Norm, Sean Sorrentino, Nathan Lee

Twabble:  “The last man to live stares longingly back over the stars, racing light itself for one last glimpse of his long lost love. ”  by  Monday

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Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast episode 344, Doubleheader XV, by Em PooleThe chair first appeared on a Thursday afternoon on the sidewalk in front of the Dollar Bank and Trust on Lancaster Street in Pulaski, Kansas. Nobody saw how it got there. At least, no reliable eyewitnesses have ever come forward, so we are unable to pinpoint the exact moment of its arrival. Customers began to ask the tellers about it shortly after lunch.

 

 

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Sing, Pilgrim! first appeared in Fantasy & Science Fiction, November 2013.
Suspicious first appeared in Daily Science Fiction, July 2011.
Episode Art:  Emily Poole
Read by:  Lauren Synger

Twabble:  “They said it was too late to operate, but only a fool gives up hope. The knife trembles in my hand. Hush, my love; be strong. ”  by  L0rdEntr0py

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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
Warning:  Several Instances of the F-Bomb

Cover for Drabblecast episode 91, Gifting Bliss, by Kelly MacAvaney“When I first met Jason he was sitting cross-legged in the middle of the studio, surrounded by burning candles. The air smelled like flowers and a sort of a fog hung in the room and I’m thinking- this dude is a little off…”

This podcast begins with a content warning, beware the “f-bomb.” Norm takes the occasion of Thanksgiving to politely thank civilization and his listeners. The feature is a faux documentary from Josh Roundtree, a contributor to “Realms of Fantasy.” Its subject is a record called “Gifting Bliss” from fantasy musician Jason Avery, whose band “Broken” has a magical healing power to listeners. The reading includes fake commercial breaks and Norm’s hysterical imitations of several sub-standard bands and clueless musicians. Lastly, Norm reads the feedback for the recent Halloween story, “The Box Born Wraith.”

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Originally published in Can't Buy Me Faded Love (Wheatland Press), May 2008.
Episode Art:  Kelly MacAvaney

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Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides 54, The Lonely Child, by Melissa McClanahanSomething pricked Marla’s hand. Groggily, very much so, she turned over in bed and spoke to her husband.

“John,” Marla whispered, trying to keep the irritation out of her voice, “turn on the light. There’s a pin in the bed.”

“What?” Her husband rolled over in the dark, and she felt his elbow bump into her leg.

“John, there’s a needle. In the bed. With your baby. Turn on the light.” Her words were firm. John got up and turned on the light, looking at her unsteadily.


Episode Art:  Melissa McClanahan

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Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast episode 343, Captain Confederation, by Joe BotschCaptain Confederation was annoyed when he got off the elevator and it showed. It would have been so simple and logical for him to land on the roof of the Superhero Administration Centre, or in the ample grounds surrounding it, but these alternatives were no longer open to him. Last month Transport Canada had proposed a regulation requiring superheroes to take off and land from helipads unless actually fighting crime, and for some inexplicable reason the Department of Superhero Affairs had gone along with it.

 

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This story first appeared on AEscifi.ca, May 2013.
Episode Art:  Joe Botsch
Read by:  Rich Fish

Twabble:  “I look like a blimp since that teleporter accident with the sea cow. Wherever I go, people exclaim, "Oh, the humanatee!” ”  by  The_Hol-Man

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Monday, November 10th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast episode 342, I'm Bill Kurtis, by E. C. IbesNate had expected the first serial killer. In fact the first thing he’d said to Kelly once their Ford rolled to a stop on the shoulder was, “This is serial killer country. We’re finished.” She made scaredy-cat eyes and drew a finger across her throat. “Finished,” he enunciated. She’d heard his bake before, something to the effect that certain places settled and then maybe recultivated to feel remote–the Wisconsin Northwoods, for example, or parts of Appalachia or, in this case, Tornado Alley–were stuffed silly with the dumped spent corpses that were the nuggets of serial killers’ labor. The type needed space to operate. So each tree in the Northwoods doubled as a headstone, each stalk of corn out here a memorial, and to hike cross-country through such territory was to traipse condemned through the densest kind of cemetery.

 

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This story first appeared in Surreal South '11. It has been reedited for the Drabblecast.
Episode Art:  E. C. Ibes

Twabble:  “Don't think of the worms crawling under your skin. No really. Don't. If you think about them, they get hungry, and breed. ”  by  Nocturnist

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