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.

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

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Friday, November 19th, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 188, The Store of the Worlds, by LizTompkins sighed. “What happens is this: You pay me
my fee. I give you an injection which knocks you out. Then, with the aid of certain gadgets which I have in the back of the store, I liberate your mind…”

This episode of Drabblecast starts with Norm recommending and playing an excerpt from Frank Key’s story anthology. In the feature we learn about Mr. Wayne, a man who visits the store of the world in order to discover his deepest desire. Is it simply an escape from a post-apocalyptic world, or is it something more?

Originally published in Playboy, 1959. Audio rights were obtained through the author's estate.
Episode Sponsor: Frank Key's Story Anthology, "Impugned by a Peasant"
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Episode Art:  Lizanne Herd
Music by:   19 Action News, special closing music: Pick up the Phone.

Twabble:  “I had heard that love is blind. Just before my son's viola recital, I prayed that it was deaf as well. ”  by  Ben Hathaway

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Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 183, Angel of the Ordinary, by Dominick Rabrun“They will come on bicycles and by balloon, they will arrive in mailboxes and packages of cake batter. They will come like fleas on the dogs and like giants over the moon. The dull shall be turned into nothing by the coming of the angels…”

Norm presents this week’s Drabblecast in the form of a sermon, allowing us to bask in the glory of weird. The feature story, read by Hearty White, reveals unto us proper preparation for the coming Angels of Discrimination, scourges of the ordinary. Will you be ready?

Originally published in Jackhammer, August 1999. The Nex, Hearty White, EMP Collective
Episode Art:  Art by Count Blackula

Twabble:  “Jenny tucked the Bible beneath her holy headband. She was ready to exercise these demons. Exercise the hell out of them. ”  by  Mikes

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Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast episode 113, Charlie the Purple Giraffe, by Josh HugoA change came over Charlie then, like a cloud passing in front of the sun.  He placed his hands flat in his lap, straightened his neck, and took a deep breath.  “Us,” he said at last.  “They read us.”

A delightful Drabble evokes a sage summation of the style from Norm: the mark of a good drabble is the rolling of the eyes and sounds of chuckling. The feature is a unique tale set inside a televised cartoon world. Our main character, Charlie the purple giraffe, has a disturbing and profound view of his world, one not shared by his best friend Jerry the orange squirrel. Floating question marks, colored word balloons, it may not be as light, airy, and humorous as appears at first blush.

Originally published in Realms of Fantasy, June 2004.
Episode Art:  Josh Hugo

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Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Cover of Drabblecast episode 110, Trifecta 6, by Tom MorgantiThe village of Kriegerwald on the shores of Lake Teufel high in the Swiss Alps couldonly be reached by foot or ski lift, which suited the villagers. Each villager possessed broadforeheads and flat noses with strange guttural accents even the people in the valley below barelyunderstood. They also had a singular tourist attraction, popular enough to fund villagemaintenance but not to flood them or stir a desire for greater accessibility.

This trifecta episode of the Drabblecast features three stories, each exploring humanity’s reaction to strange and threatening situations. In the first story, The Frozen People, Swiss villagers sustain their existence by selling views of their 7000 year old perfectly preserved frozen warrior. When lightening strikes, everyone’s life changes. In Sheltered, a fast approaching asteroid threatens to wipe out all of mankind. This sends many burrowing deep into the ground, while a few brave individuals stay above to revel in the cataclysm. Interactions between the groups take on an ironic twist. In Order to Conserve speaks to governments and people as they are threatened by the loss of the most precious of all natural resources…. and it’s not oil or water.

Of note: this episode marks the debut of Twit-Fic/Twabbles.

"The Frozen People" by Danny Adams was originally published in Abyss & Apex #15, Third Quarter 2005. "Sheltered" by Ralph Gamelli is a Drabblecast original story. "In Order to Conserve" by Cat Rambo was originally Published in Eyes Like Sky and Coal and Moonlight
Episode Art:  Tom Morganti
Read by:  Frank Key

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  •  Feature:  Cork Ringtone and the Break Dancing Pig  by  Mel Bosworth
  •  Feature:  Gerri's Sounds  by  Michelle Howarth
  •  Feature  Cupid  by  Ken Goldman
  •  Genre:  Comedy  Drabblecast  Fantasy  Horror  Romance  Strange

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast 100, Trifecta VI, by Bo KaierThe 100th episode of the Drabblecast opens with Norm thanking donors, contributors, and listeners for its success and growth. Norm announces the opening of nominations for the second annual Drabblecast People’s Choice Awards, now including a category for drabbles as well as feature stories. In Cork Ringtone and the Break Dancing Pig, a desperate, Jesus-costumed liquor store robbery, which may be wholly unnecessary when a loan shark experiences an alien-induced vision of god. In Gerri’s Sounds, the events occurring in a torture chamber are experienced in disturbing detail by its sounds alone. In Cupid, Playing, new love is cut short by a deranged cherub.

"Cork Ringtone and the Break Dancing Pig" by Mel Bosworth is a Drabblecast original story. "Gerri's Sounds" by Michelle Howarth is a Drabblecast original story. "Cupid, Playing" by Ken Goldman was originally published in Horror Garage, #12, 2006.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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  •  Feature:  Daydream Nation  by  Paul Di Filippo
  •  Drabble:  Cryosleep  by  Jake Freivald
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Fantasy  Romance  Sci-Fi

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast 097, Daydream Nation, by Bo KaierFrom a small, dusty box similar to a contact-lens case, she took a fresh iDreams bindi, a self-adhesive circlet displaying the iDreams logo: a stylized human head wreathed in fluffy clouds and displaying a Third Eye…

This episode of the Drabblecast explores the relationship between technology and romance. In the Drabble, cryotechnology brings new dimensions to love, loss, and grieving. The feature, Daydream Nation, is a post-modern fairy tale exploring how the development of an iDreams caster, a device allowing users to broadcast crafted or purchased iDreams to one another, might affect courtship and relationships. After the story, Norm waxes poetic about the effect of our instant message society on “good old fashioned cheesy flirting.”

Originally published in Cosmos: The Science of Everything, October 2005.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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