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.”

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

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Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast episode 198, Love in the Pneumatic Tube Era, by Matt WasielaWe discover old scrolls that we wrote to each other in high school, back in the Early Pneumatic Tube Era. That was back when a PT message took five minutes to get across the city.

We shake our heads. Now you can send a living butterfly to Dubai in ten seconds…

This Valentine’s Day episode of the Drabblecast’s theme is centered on odd love. Norm rattles off a staggering set of fart/love puns, and waxes on about the travails of staying together in the digital age. In the drabble, we experience love through a fighter’s eyes. In the feature story, two soul mates seperated by great distance negotiate an alternate, steampunk (tube punk?) future. In addittion the Drabblecast 2010 People’s Choice nominations are announced.

Originally published in Darwin's Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow, (May 2010, ed. Zsuzsi Gartner, publ. Douglas & McIntyre). Pendragon Variety Podcast
Episode Art:  Matt Wasiela, Peter Diamond
Read by:  Kate Baker

Twabble:  “I scan his purchase, a boquette and a spade. Necrophiles need love too, he says. They just have to dig down deep for it. ”  by  Nevermore66

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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…

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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Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 167, Snowman's Chance in Hell, by Skeet ScienskiIf the snowman, whose name was Wink, had known that the meat man would invent such a rotten thing, he never would have built the man in the first place…

3rd Annual Nigerian Scam Spam Contest
Ducks are Bastards: Part I:

Originally published in Edison’s Frankenstein (Postscripts 20/21), PS Publishing (UK), 2010.
Episode Art:  Skeet Scienski

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Friday, January 29th, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 148, The Last Great Clown Hunt, by Bo KaierIt was clown-hunting weather. It was time to gather the musty costumes, clean the slide whistles, bag up the guns, and spin the lures of cotton candy…

Originally published in Weird Tales #352, Nov/Dec 2008. U.S. Government gives crappy state back to Sioux
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier
Music by:   Gringo Motel, Randy Edelman, Wayra, The Clown Orchestra and Norm Sherman. Special Closing Music by Evil Masquerade

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Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast episode 144, by Sean AzzapardiThis sounds ridiculous, I know. It’s like watching an old movie where everyone has a British accent, even if they’re supposed to be in ancient Rome or something. God is just impossible to translate…

Magpie Yarns

Originally published in Rabid Transit #2, May 2003.
Episode Art:  Sean Azzopardi
Read by:  Naomi Mercer
Music by:   Outland, Wes Montgomery, the Flaming Lips, Phil Cuneff, Sarah Ayers, the Gorillaz, Victor Stellar

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Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast episode 143, The Golden Age of Fire Escapes pt. 2, by Bo KaierThe crowd was lined up six deep along the parade route. They ignored the Deputy Mayor who sat, lightly sedated, between his doctor and nurse in the Santa sleigh. Instead, they chanted endlessly for the Marshall, who would not leave the stifling warmth of his coach, or even roll down a window to wave. Their applause echoed off the surrounding skyscrapers. “Take off your mask!” they cried..

Originally published in Rabid Transit: Petting Zoo, (May 2004). In Search of the Monolian Deathworm: Part V, Dr. Seuss, Megabeasts
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier
Music by:   Music by Bela Fleck and the Fleck Tones, Cab Calloway, Glen Miller, Andre Hossein

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