Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast episode 129, Annabelle's Alphabet, by Bess GutensteinAnnabelle’s mother closed her eyes. “Get it sharp,” she said. “Very sharp, so it doesn’t hurt much. I’ll boil some water.”

Somewhere in the house, far from the green places she’d known, baby Annabelle lay on her stomach and cried…

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Originally published in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, October 2001.
Episode Art:  Bess Gutenstein
Music by:   Gringo Motel, Devin Anderson, Marco Esu, Sara Ayers, Palestrina, Chopin, The Brothers Femme, and Norm Sherman

Twabble:  “Cthulhu was buried in his wool suit, seaweed and supplications in his breast pockets. Mourners left behind their sons. ”  by  F5iver

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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 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:  Unique Chicken Goes in Reverse  by  Andy Duncan
  •  Drabble:  Prosopagnosia  by  Ken Liu
  •  Genre:  Comedy  Strange

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 286, Unique Chicken Goes in Reverse, by David KrummenacherFather Leggett stood on the sidewalk and looked up at the three narrow stories of gray brick that was 207 East Charlton Street. Compared to the other edifices on Lafayette Square—the Colonial Dames fountain, the Low house, the Turner mansion, the cathedral of course—this house was decidedly ordinary, a reminder that even Savannah had buildings that did only what they needed to do, and nothing more.
He looked again at the note the secretary at St. John the Baptist had left on his desk. This note read:
OCONNORS
MARY
PRIEST?
CHICKEN!

Read full story…

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Originally published in Eclipse One, (Oct 2007, ed. Jonathan Strahan, publ. Night Shade Books).
Episode Art:  Dave Krummenacher

Twabble:  “I think my cell phone might be sentient. When I charge it, it bleats! Is it just me, or do Androids dream of electric sheep? ”  by  Varda

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  •  Feature:  Turning Point  by  Poul Anderson
  •  Drabble:  The First Wish  by  Phineas QB
  •  Genre:  Sci-Fi

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 284, Turning Point, by Neil GoogePlease, mister, could I have a cracker for my oontatherium?”

Not exactly the words you would expect at an instant when history changes course and the universe can never again be what it was. The die is cast; In this sign conquer; It is not fit that you should sit here any longer; We hold these truths to be self-evident; The Italian navigator has landed in the New World; Dear God, the thing works!–no man with any imagination can recall those, or others like them, and not have a coldness run along his spine. But as for what little Mierna first said to us, on that island half a thousand light-years from home . . .

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Originally published in Conflict, (Aug 1983, Poul Anderson, publ. Tor).
Episode Art:  Neil Googe

Twabble:  “A mugger stops 2 guys for money. As they both take out cash, one guy hands the other a bill & says, "Here's that 20 I owe you!" ”  by  Algernon Sydney is Dead

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Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 269, Bright Lights, by Bo KaierThe water fountains are low. The lockers are empty. The summer air is warm but there are people in the classrooms. People are talking, are moving. A female emerges from the nearest classroom. She is fully grown. She has dyed hair and competing odors and all of her teeth. Showing her teeth, she asks, “Are you the teacher?”

“YES. YES, I AM.”

She wants to believe those words. What she sees isn’t what she expects, but this woman believes in authority. She wants to get along with others. Showing her teeth, she says, “My son is thrilled to get into your class. He loves the outdoors and doing outdoor things . . . fishing and all that. . . .”

“GOOD.”

“You’ll do the field trip Thursday, right? To the woods?” She waits a moment and then says, “I can take some of the kids, if you need an extra car.”

“I DON’T NEED A CAR.”

“But I’d like to come along. I mean, I’ve heard such good things about you. My friend Rita . . .” She stops talking, trying to find a reason for her nervousness.

“I MUST GO AND TEACH YOUR SON.”

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Originally appeared in Strange Horizons, 7 May 2012. Episode Sponsor: The Cleansed, The Dribblecast
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

Twabble:  “I woke up this morning wrapped in my true love's arms. It would have been better if they'd still been attached to his body. ”  by  Emily

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Monday, December 24th, 2012

Cover for Drabblecast episode 267, Postapocalypsemas, by Mary MatticeSandeer smelled her.

It was just a whiff, a few molecules of something familiar and therefore sweet, wafting on a late afternoon breeze that otherwise carried only the usual: formaldehyde, benzene, dioxin, chromium, and miscellaneous particulate matter both organic and non-. (Once, there had been the smell of roasting chestnuts and crackling logs and simmering spiced cider, but in recent cycles only less pleasant things burned.) There, represented by an air sample just barely statistically significant, was the scent of Sophie.

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A Drabblecast original.
Episode Art:  Mary Mattice

Twabble:  “Wait. He has control of the weather, healing powers, boulder-moving strength AND can walk on water? Best. X-Man. Ever. ”  by  Etaan

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