Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 168, Route Nine, by Broken CyborgTwo years ago it must’ve been. Me and Manny and a couple of the other boys — Carlos and T-Bone — met up at the last Dairy Queen outside of Lompoc.
Manny was going on at me about that shortcut I liked, Route Nine.
“I’m telling you that place is God-awful weird, Joe.”

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Originally published in Shimmer, Winter 2006. Ducks are Bastards Part II: Quack Blocked
Episode Art:  Broken Cyborg

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Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast episode 136, The Great Old Pumpkin, by Bo KaierYou must know, Doctor, that I did not choose to seek psychiatric help. I have no faith that I shall exit this room a healed man; I know now that I have been destined for the asylum since childhood. No mere conversation with you can steer me clear of that fate. That said, let us proceed with this court-compelled farce before my mad prattle provokes your crabbiness further..

Madness abounds

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The story originally appeared in Strange Horizons, 25 October 2004.
The drabble originally appeared in Necrotic Tissue # 2, April 2008.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier
Music by:   Eskit

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Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast 99, Sarah's Window, by Philip PomphreyThe shadow lingered at Sarah’s window, balanced on air, certain to fly away the next step I took.  Another moment and it would be gone.  Another moments and I would call the police, report my daughter missing, and spend the rest of my life convincing myself I’d imagined it…

This episode of the Drabblecast opens an announcement introducing the Drabblecast Archive CDs, featuring episodes 1-79 in a 3 disc set. In the drabble, a sleep-addled God himself cannot (or will not) provide a reason for why the world ended. The feature story, Sarah’s Window, explores the familiar theme of children leaving our world for one of fantasy, with the twist of a distraught parent serving as protagonist. A single father tries to convince a trespassing, morally ambiguous shadow creature to return his apparently kidnapped daughter, Sarah, amid its assertions that it is innocent of wrongdoing since “not all lost things are stolen.” An otherworldly realm seduces with magical delights.

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Originally published in Realms of Fantasy magazine (April 1996)
Episode Art:  Phil Pomphrey

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Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Cover for Drabblecast episode 96, L'Wek and Sarah, by Bo KaierSince the Emergence they’d all had to learn:  humans, certainly, but mostly the Lemurians…

Norm opens the episode with the “Top 10 List” of the most badass animals of 2008, each mentioned in the listener and news forums (winner:  the “colossal squid,” of course).  This episode’s Drabble, by Shane Shennen (who also contributed a Drabble to Episode #93), explores the villainous joys of building a robot army. Norm segues into the moody feature story by Samantha Henderson. Samantha was featured recently with her fantasy “Starry Night” (Episode #89), which coincidentally also involves crystals. In this story, a young member of the underground Lemurian species ponders his relationship to a human race captivated by their unearthly gemstones. Feedback for “Gifting Bliss” (Episode #91) was highly positive.

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Originally published in Dreams & Nightmares, #76, 2007.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Cover for Drabblecast 65, Old Clara's Favorites, by CRNsurfOld Clara only bought gourds.  God only knew why, and folks weren’t asking themselves.  Not that Clara would have answered…

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Originally published on the author's website, http://jonathancg.net/.
Episode Art:  CRNsurf

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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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  •  Feature:  The She-Wolf  by  Saki
  •  Drabble:  Sour Cream Scream  by  Faith Gardner
  •  Genre:  Comedy  Drabblecast  Fantasy

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

Cover for Drabblecast 46, The She-Wolf, by CRNsurfLeonard returned to his home circle garrulous about his Russian strike experiences, but oppressively reticent about certain dark mysteries, which he alluded to under the resounding title of Siberian Magic…

Norm details numerous urban legends about revolting items found in fast food as an introduction to this week’s Drabble, a terrifying story about moldy fast food, circular breathing, and ghosts. The feature story showcases the work of 19th-Century author “Saki,” the pen name for Hector Hugh Monroe, heard earlier in Episode #19, “Sredni Vashtar.” Saki describes an encounter with Siberian magic, which Norm acts out using a dazzling variety of male and female caricature voices. An unreliable travelogue inspires skeptical table turning and an elaborate drawing-room prank. Feedback for Episode #40, “Marbles,” shows the depth of discussion among the listener forums. Finally, Norm announces the year’s “People’s Choice” Drabblecast poll, soliciting votes for the listeners’ favorites. He reminds us that the First Annual Nigerian Scam Spam contest is still accepting entries.

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Originally published in Beasts and Super-Beasts, (1914).
Episode Art:  CRNsurf

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