Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast episode 175, The Outsider, by Bo KaierHere it is again – the very first H.P. Lovecraft month special!  Listen in as we try to figure out what it’s all about at the end of the episode!

 

Unhappy is he to whom the memories of childhood bring only fear and sadness. Wretched is he who looks back upon lone hours in vast and dismal chambers with brown hangings and maddening rows of antique books. Such a lot the gods gave to me – to me, the dazed, the disappointed; the barren, the broken…

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Originally published in Weird Tales, April 1926.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier
Poem:  The Fungi From Yuggoth  by  H. P. Lovecraft

Twabble:  “The flyer he gave me said 'Protect our Borders,' but when I brought my shotgun to the fiction section, they kicked me out. ”  by  The PMS Avenger

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Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides 48, Last Son of Tomorrow, by Bo KaierJohn was born with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men, and he often wondered why. But as a boy, it was simply wonderful to have those abilities. He could lift his father’s tractor overhead before he learned to read. He could outrace a galloping horse. He couldn’t be cut or bruised or burned. He could fly…

First appeared in May, 2009, on Tor.com.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier
Read by:  Dave Thompson
Music by:   "The Curse" by Josh Ritter

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Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast episode 133, Over the Walls of Eden, by Bo KaierIf you listened to Clown Eggs and thought, “I need more stories like THAT,” you are in for a treat.  This week, we listen to Jay Lake’s “Over the Walls of Eden”-stick around at the end and hear a discussion of the story.

 

“Why do you remember the books?” he finally asks.
She smiles again. “O Sun, to tell thee how I hate thy beams, That bring to my remembrance from what state I fell, how glorious once above thy sphere, Till pride and worse ambition threw me down…”

 

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Originally published in in Descant #122, August 2003.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier
Read by:  Bill Glover
Music by:   Scott Shannon, Bonnie Mitsch, Roulet, and Norm Sherman

Twabble:  “A common ancestor? Darwin, you poor fool. This ancestor was beautifully complex, and the downward spiral inevitable. ”  by  GuitarDel

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Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast 328, Local Delicacies, by Bo KaierMy boss, Danny, liked to brag that El Corazon was the best Tex-Mex restaurant just off the Vegas Strip. “Because of you, Bescha,” he’d say to me. “You keep the customers happy. You keep me out of trouble.”

I won’t say which part of my job was harder. I kept an eye on the help-wanted ads, in case something better came along.

 

 

 

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This story is a Drabblecast original.
Photo credit Xeeliz
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier
Read by:  Lauren Synger
Music by:   The Bombay Royale

Twabble:  “"Wow! I've heard tales about your kind," he told the fay.
She giggled as she bit greedily into him. "Not the right tales." ”  by  bryanwitha_y

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Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast episode 115, Clown Eggs, by Bo Kaier

Author Jay Lake knew about the devil and he knew about the clowns. When his story, Clown Eggs, first appeared on the Drabblecast, listeners said things like “This might be, hands-down, the weirdest story I’ve ever heard on [The Drabblecast].  I think I’m going to have nightmares forever. Can I send my therapy bills to you guys?” (Thanks, Talia)

In other words, people loved it.

Since then, the Drabblecast has produced three other outpourings from Jay’s singular vision of the world (or a world – or some worlds, but hopefully not our own).   In fact, Jay’s last professional sale was “The Goat Cutter,” Drabblecast 321, the story from last April about the Devil in Texas.    You remember that story- you can’t forget it, even though you’ve tried.

Jay lost his battle with cancer on Sunday, June 1, 2014. In tribute to Jay, we’re kicking off Drabbleclassics with several weeks of Jay Lake’s stories.

And now: Episode 115, Clown Eggs, first published May 25th, 2009.


The spring tide rolled across Momus Beach, tossing the flaccid corpses of clowns like so many torn balloons. Weathered to a dispirited pallor, they twisted in the foamy surf with the eternally surprised expressions of the dead..

The Drabble describes either an apocalyptic event, or a simple machine. The feature introduces us to old “bull” clown Uncle Swarmy. It’s not just another day at the beach. Learn more about the clown life cycle than you’re comfortable with!

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Originally published in Abyss & Apex, 2004.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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  •  Feature:  Tree, Fire, World  by  Desirina Boskovich
  •  Drabble:  And the Rest, As They Say...  by  gunsofcheckovia
  •  Genre:  Fantasy

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast episode 327, Fire, Tree, World, by Bo KaierAn oral history, recorded in the annals of sentientkind, spoken by Sven Al’bedo di’Cantara, on the eve of the ninth flying.

1. The Tree

And so it came to pass, in the years past reckoning, when I served as a scribe in the court of the king, that there stood the last and only tree.

It is not known how this came to be the only tree. For a time there were disputing theories; it could hardly have happened by chance. As for me, I favor a hypothesis rooted in the fallacy of infinite halves. For in the strange world where we lived, it was once widely known that if you cross half a distance every day, forever and ever, you shall never reach your destination. Thus, if you consume half the riches of the world, every day, forever and ever, you shall always have some riches left. This truth was a fallacy. It is not possible to cut down half a tree.

 

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First appeared in Kaleidotrope, Spring 2014
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier
Read by:  Scott H. Andrews

Twabble:  “Deep in the Everglades, graveyard for secrets and sins, an outboard motor rumbles a funeral dirge, late into the night. ”  by  Squee1313

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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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