Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Cover for Drabblecast episode 234, Jagannath, by Bill HalliarAnother child was born in the great Mother, excreted from the tube protruding from the Nursery ceiling. It landed with a wet thud on the organic bedding underneath. Papa shuffled over to the birthing tube and picked the baby up in his wizened hands. He stuck two fingers in the baby’s mouth to clear the cavity of oil and mucus, and then slapped its bottom. The baby gave a faint cry.

“Ah,” said Papa. “She lives…”

This episode of the Drabblecast is about awakenings and transformations. In the drabble, not all its memories of a man’s life make sense to an undersea creature. In the feature, generations ago the survivors of a ruined world struck a deal with their Mother, an enormous creature merging flesh and technology. They live symbiotically within her, helping her do everything from navigating to digesting food while in return she provides them safety and sustenance. When Mother is injured beyond repair, starved for both food and fresh genetic material, she passes on a dying gift.

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Originally published in Weird Tales #358, summer 2011.
Episode Art:  Bill Halliar
Read by:  Hananel Mavity

Twabble:  “Even deep within his bunker, Paul felt each bomb add to the city's devastation. He smiled and tore up 15 parking tickets. ”  by  loyaleagle

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Monday, December 5th, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast episode 225, Trifecta XIX, by Steve SantiagoOnce, at the beginning, you asked why you were brought here. This is what I told you: your parents made a deal. I would rid them of their plague of rats, and they would pay me. I cleared the town of pests, easily done, and returned for my payment. They laughed at me and tried to send me away with less than they promised. Money is not important. Deals are.

The theme of this episode of the Drabblecast is fairy tale child abduction. In David is Six, David cannot wait to be seven. In his desperation, he strikes a bargain with a fairy that appears to him as a talking toad and is taken to the fairy queen. The Best Boy, The Brightest Boy picks up where the Pied Piper of Hamlin left off, following the children and the Piper into his kingdom under the mountain where after a series of cruel games and tests, only one boy remains alive. He becomes the Piper’s apprentice. In Broken, a father stumbles upon a fairy in the act of exchanging his disabled child for her own enchanted brood. A heart-breaking decision follows.

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"David Is Six" was originally published in Triangulation: End of the Rainbow, 7/26/10. "The Best Boy, the Brightest Boy" was originally published in Space Squid, Issue #10. "Broken" was originally published in OnSpec #84, Spring 2011. Spec the Halls, EMP Collective
Episode Art:  Steve Santiago

Twabble:  “"Jesus Christ!" Mary yelled when she saw the muddy sandal prints across the living room, "What were you, born in a barn?" ”  by  Chris Munroe

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Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
Warning:  An S*Bomb. Also, sexual content. The S*Bomb was way worse though.

Cover for Drabblecast episode 220, Trifecta XVIII, by Liz PenniesAnother of the Drabblecast’s vaunted Trifecta series. Three short stories, each with a unique twist. The episode begins with an interview of author J.R. Hamantaschen, Norm runs fingers through his troubled mind, learning of the seeds from which his horrors spring. The theme of this Trifecta: getting the boot – stories of rejection and alienation. First up, Richard Weems’s Bad Habit, in which a nun and a naked pervert do battle (no, really). Next, author Andrew Gudgel (featured on fellow podcasts such as Escapepod) appears with Tags, as read by Kimi Alexander, a story of teenage dares in a technologically submerged world. Lastly, A Happy Family, by author, novelist Nathaniel Tower, read by Abner Senires, in which a family receives a very unexpected bundle of joy (and puzzlement).

Episode Sponsor: You Shall Never Know Security by J.R. Hamantaschen.

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"Bad Habit" by Richard Weems is a Drabblecast original story. "Tags" by Andrew Gudgel was originally published by Flash Fiction Online, September 2010. "A Happy Family" by Nathaniel Tower was originally published by Bourbon Penn (Jan 2011).
Episode Art:  Liz Pennies
Read by:  Kimi Alexander and Abner Senires
Music by:   Gringo Motel

Twabble:  ““We don’t allow no faster-than-light neutrinos in here,” says the bartender, with a growl. A neutrino walks into a bar. ”  by  Strawman

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Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast episode 214, The Wish of the Demon Achtromagk, by David FlettAchtromagk shuddered, lost in nightmare images: crimson lightning dotting a wasteland, twilight despair and feeble railings, isolation in a mewling throng. It thrashed and twisted but could not escape, could not stop the unwanted vistas in its mind.

It was silent. And soft. And dark…

Next up in Lovecraft month, a heart-warming tale of an extra-dimensional Lovecraftian horror (an ‘oh so huggable’ one) by Drabblecast favorite Eugie Foster.

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This story is a Drabblecast original.
Returning My Sister's Face by Eugie Foster
Episode Art:  David Flett

Twabble:  “"Worry not," he said, smiling, "I'm a white wizard!" ...it was only later I realized: Not only was he evil, he was racist. ”  by  Chris Munroe

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Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast episode 211, At the End of the Hall, by Michael HoskinsMy earliest fear, the one I remember anyways, was of great pulp magazine robots with hot water heater bodies and vacuum tube eyes. My brother forbade me to touch his precious magazines, so I wouldn’t. I’d stare and stare at the covers through; hourglassed damsels in diaphanous gowns draped over thick slab altars, and the robots, always the robots with their cylindrical torsos and pincer claws for hands….

In Search of the Brain-Eating Nandi Bear Part III

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Originally published in Fantasy Magazine #1, 2005. The Dunesteef Podcast
Episode Art:  Michael Hoskins
Read by:  Delianne Forget
Music by:   Sigur Ros, Norm Sherman, Gringo Motel

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Monday, June 27th, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast episode 209, Babyhead, by Johan LindroosCynthia couldn’t explain what she’d just seen in the vegetable patch.

She didn’t want to look again. She considered going back into the house, crawling back into bed with Mikey, and putting it down as a beer-inspired dream.

But that pinkish dome with the fuzzy down had felt soft under her fingers, and there had been the smell of manufactured newness, like a dusting of talcum powder wafting up to her nostrils, as she had pulled the coarse outer leaves of the cabbage apart…

Tales of parental love gone awry in this week’s unsettling Drabblecast.

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A Drabblecast original story. In Search of the Mongolian Deathworm
Episode Art:  Johan Lindroos
Read by:  Voices by Veronica

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Wednesday, May 18th, 2011
Warning:  Some explicit language

Cover for Drabblecast episode 205, Trifecta 216, by Georgia Warley Cummings

Love means never letting go. And biting..

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"Just Be" by Sandra Odell was originally published by Ideomancer, Vol. 10 Issue 1, March 2011. "Wonder" by J.R. Hamantaschen is a Drabblecast original story. "You Had me at Rawwwr" by Nicky Drayden was originally published by Shimmer, October 12, 2010. CastMacabre, Cast of Wonders, Jake Bible
Episode Art:  Georgia Warley-Cummings

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