Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Cover for Drabblecast episode 90, Far Far Away, by Jonathan WilsonThe bullet-riddled corpses of our dead crew-mates, all sixteen of them, are coffined up, and the coffins stacked as a makeshift ping pong table…

In Drabble News, Norm congratulates the Harper Collins Dictionary for adding the slang term “meh” (an utterance of indifference). For the Drabble segment, returning author and future editor Matthew Bey (responsible for Drabblecast #58, “Eggs,” among others) allows his strange nocturnal fantasies about pupating locomotives to cross into the listener’s daylight. Next, Norm reads from the work of Frank Key, the British surreal author whose ‘lopsided fiction’ has graced the Drabblecast on numerous occasions, including episode #190. The selection: “The Goat God.” The feature describes the Flying Dutchman space journey of the starship “Corrugated Cardboard,” and the strange transformations of its surviving crew. The crew’s destination: a tiny pink planet where blind, mute, magnetic love monkeys frolic. Do these wonderful mythical creatures even exist, or are they figments of the unreliable narrator’s imagination? Finally, Norm reads from the positive feedback heaped by readers upon Episode #86, “Half Sneeze Johnny.”

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A Drabblecast original story.
Episode Art:  Jonathan Wilson

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Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Cover for Drabblecast episode 87, Box Born Wraith, by David Flett“I don’t want to die in the dark!”
“We all die in the dark, Benny…”

Norm spends this episode doing his very best cheesy Vincent Price styled horror show host (Note: not a Vincent Price imitation, but an imitation of a really bad Vincent Price imitator), complete with an interminable string of puns about “ghouls” and “ghosts.” As this year’s Halloween treat, Norm selects a truly terrifying story from frequently heard contributor Kevin David Anderson, also seen in Dark Animus, and numerous other publications which include the word “Dark” in their titles.  In “The Box Born Wraith,” an unexpected encounter between a condemned mobster and a tribe of hungry ghouls changes both the captive and the captors. Finally, still in character, Norm urges listeners to face the horrors of the voting booth in November’s election.

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This story is a Drabblecast original.
Episode Art:  David Flett

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Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

Cover for Drabblecast episode 84, DroubleHeader 1, by Mike Dominic“She was called Mrs. Underhill, because that’s where she lived, and I assumed she was some kind of hob, because she obviously wasn’t human…”

In some Drabble News, Norm Sherman shares the interesting tale of well fed “Terry the Crocodile.” The featured stories are a double-dose of Michael Stanwick goodness. “Hush and Hark” brings a god back home, if only for a moment. “Metasciencefiction” shows just how writers come up with those wonderful stories about dinosaurs and guns and awesome stuff like that. Feedback is for Episode 80, “Standing in Line.”

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"Hush and Hark" and "Metasciencefiction" are Drabblecast original stories.
Episode Art:  Mike Dominic

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  •  Feature:  Snuffles  by  Jamie Lackey
  •  Drabble:  Chester Cleans the Kitchen  by  Liz Mierzejewski
  •  Genre:  Action  Drabblecast  Horror

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Cover for Drabblecast episode 81, Snuffles, by Bo Kaier

Snuffles’ cave was a marvelous place.  It was where his glowing rock lived…

The Mega-Beast Death-Match finals are announced. Stories detail mutants and things that aren’t what they appear to be. The Drabble describes the twitchy, secret side of a husband. The feature is a story of nature in the extreme. A mutant badger? Havoc? Drabblecast goodness! Feedback is for episode 77 “Permanent Detention” and episode 78 “Panel Discussion.”

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A Drabblecast original story.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Cover for Drabblecast episode 66, A Creature in Disguise, by Bo KaierThey didn’t feel things the way humans did…things like mercy…

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A Drabblecast original story.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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  •  Feature:  Dysfunction  by  Rob Haines
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Drama

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Cover for Drabblecast episode 60, Dysfunction, by Bo Kaier“I have to see for myself, or else I’ll never know.  I’ll lie there, half-in and half-out of a dream, listening to them every night…”

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A Drabblecast original story. Bbardle- “Juzt Mizundrstood” for Mike Dunn
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier
Read by:  Norm Sherman and Steve Eley

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Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Cover for Drabblecast episode 59, The Interview, by Bo Kaier“Your son appears to be quite exceptional, Mrs. Warren,” Dr. Ethridge said, looking up through wire-framed glasses from the test results on his desk. “He has the gift.”

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Originally published in From the Asylum, December 2005.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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