Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides episode 26, The Beast in the Cave, by Matthew CowensThe horrible conclusion which had been gradually obtruding itself upon my confused and reluctant mind was now an awful certainty. I was lost, completely, hopelessly lost in the vast and labyrinthine recesses of the Mammoth Cave. Turn as I might, in no direction could my straining vision seize on any object capable of serving as a guidepost to set me on the outward path. That nevermore should I behold the blessed light of day, or scan the pleasant hills and dales of the beautiful world outside, my reason could no longer entertain the slightest unbelief…

Originally published 1918.
Episode Art:  Matt Cowens

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Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Cover of Drabblecast episode 95, On Dasher, by Matt CowensSeen from a hundred feet up–if one could see any of this meeting, which they can’t – Saint Nick and his reindeer are red and brown dots standing on a potmarked gray island spanning hundreds of feet, lapped by waves…

Norm begins this Christmas episode with musical satire of the “Night Before Christmas” poem, twisting it into an explanation of the subprime derivative collapse: “We Don’t Have to Liquidate Christmas.” Jonathan C. Gillespie, a veteran of the podcast “Variant Frequencies” among others, focuses on those unsung worker heroes of Christmas, the everyday average reindeer, who pull a heavy load (and toys too) across the skies. As it turns out not even these mythic creatures are immune to office politics. The titular Dasher is given a chance to prove himself, and keep his day job, amid a desperate sky race around the world.

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A Drabblecast original story.
Episode Art:  Matt Cowens

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Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Cover for Drabblecast episode 70, Reality Bites, by Matt Cowens“Well Mr. Merrill, as my associate informed your brother, it is the official opinion of Fundamental Insurance that you are not dead per se….”

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A Drabblecast original story.
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Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Cover for Drabblecast episode 10, A Little Black Death, by Matthew CowensHe kept them in jars in his garage.  Row after row of mayonnaise jars, each one containing a small, shiny blob of instant death….

In its tenth episode, the Drabblecast presents Lance Arthur’s story ‘A Little Black Death’ – a spider story, not recommended for the squeamish. Norm encourages listeners to vote in the Super Animal Deathmatch, and to take advantage of the new comment feature of the site.

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This story originally appeared in the author's collection of short stories, title unknown.
Episode Art:  Matt Cowens

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