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Drabblecast 387 – Skullpocket: Part 1

Drabblecast cover Skullpocket Part 1 by Bo Kaier and Ellis DuneganThe Drabblecast is finally reborn with this special two-part Halloween story: “Skullpocket” by Nathan Ballingrud!

It’s been a long year and a half(ish), folks. Death just isn’t what it used to be. Frankly it’s boring. Everyone screaming and crying at each other, the incessant heat, obsessive social media addicts—it gets old, ya know? Can’t we just stop wallowing and enjoy a good story? So we rang the bell of our ratty old safety coffin (cause those are still a thing, right?) and you actually dug us up!

Now this old corpse has some new stories just for you. First up is Nathan Ballingrud’s “Skullpocket” told in two parts. Nathan Ballingrund is a Shirley Jackson Award winning author of horror and dark fiction. It’s a sinister tale about Mr. Wormcake and one terrible game…

Story Excerpt:

Jonathan Wormcake, the Eminent Corpse of Hob’s Landing, greets me at the door himself. Normally one of his several servants would perform this minor duty, and I can only assume it’s my role as a priest in the Church of the Maggot that affords me this special attention. I certainly don’t believe it has anything to do with our first encounter, fifty years ago this very day. I’d be surprised if he remembers that at all.

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Drabblecast Reborn Metacast

Relaunch Prelaunch imageThe Drabblecast Reborn! Yeah, it’s happening! There’s just 48 hours left to be a part of it, folks. That’s right, our Drabblecast Reborn Kickstarter Campaign comes to a close this Wednesday, October 17th @ 7 pm EST/4 pm PST.

In our recap, Norm wraps up the final Drabblecast Relaunch Prelaunch episode with gratitude, news, and an assortment of limited 48 hour opportunities!

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Drabblecast Presents: In Search of The Burmese Floridian Python

Dabblecast Presents: In Search of the Burmese Floridian PythonCryptozoologist Connor Choadsworth  deep into the Florida Everglades in search of the elusive and decidedly misplaced “Burmese Floridian Python…”

Pallid, oddly-accented Choadsworth and his slack-jawed, knuckle-dragging camera man Jeff embark on an exhaustive trek deep into f&$%ing Florida!

Seriously, what kind of creatures actually live in f&$%ing Florida?

Meet the Burmese Floridian Python:

Burmese Floridian Python imageA snake which can grow up to fifteen feet long, weight over two hundred pounds, and eat an adult sheep hole… which sounds kinda gay, doesn’t it? Not that there’s anything wrong with that… Well, it is a sheep, so that’s not really cool.

This was originally an exclusive video podcast available only to Drabblecast $10/month subscribers. Now it has been made available to everyone! To get access to more exclusive content, you can subscribe and support your favorite podcast!

Enjoy the search!

Drabblecast Presents – In Search of The Burmese Floridian Python with Connor Choadsworth

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Drabblecast Fan Picks: To Whatever

Drabblecast Fan Picks: To Whatever

Drabblecast Fan Zimmerman goes over his first Drabblecast love, remembering his trip through the Wrangell Mountains of Alaska, in this Drabblecast Relaunch Prelaunch fan pick. The smallness we feel in big places; the conversations we have with ourselves.

The real lesson of life is to laugh. “Because life, no matter how dark, when read as a comedy, is filled with impossible laughter.”

 

Drabblecast Presents: Far Far Away

Drabblecast Presents: Far Far AwayA special throwback episode.  With One week left in the  Drabblecast Reborn Kickstarter, Norm presents one of his favorite surreal stories from deep in the archive by Hootingyard writer and Resonance FM radio personality Frank Key, and gives us a teaser about Frank’s commissioned story for Drabblecast Kickstarter Supporters

The 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…

Drabblecast Fan Pick: Followed

Drabblecast Fan Picks Followed cover artThe Drabblecast Reborn Kickstarter campaign continues! Today, Fan Picks: Followed, by Will McIntosh as chosen and introduced by Drabblecast fan Boo Yeah. Hear her thoughts on an unsettling story about living with the consequences of our actions…

This story originally aired in 2011.

Story Excerpt:

She came wandering down the sidewalk like any other corpse, her herky-jerky walk unmistakable among the fluid strides of the living.  She was six or seven, Southeast Asian, maybe Indian, her ragged clothes caked in dried mud. Pedestrians cut a wide berth around her without noticing her at all…

So enjoy this Fan Pick:

Drabblecast Fan Picks: Followed

Drabblecast Fan Pick: The Belonging Kind

The Drabblecast Fan Picks - The Belonging Kind As the Drabblecast Reborn Kickstarter campaign continues, we bring you another Fan Pick: The Belonging Kind.  Drabblecast fan Kyle Sellers introduces this eerie story about how hard fitting in can be sometimes…

It might have been in Club Justine, or Jimbo’s, or Sad Jack’s, or the Rafters; Coretti could never be sure where he’d first seen her. At any time, she might have been in any one of those bars. She swam through the submarine half-life of bottles and glassware and the slow swirl of cigarette smoke… she moved through her natural element, one bar after another.

Now, Coretti remembered their first meeting as if he saw it through the wrong end of a powerful telescope, small and clear and very far away.

Drabblecast Presents: Globes

Globes by Norm Sherman art by Bo KaierA very special throwback story from our editor/founder/host and general bon vivant Norm Sherman.

Listen to 11 year old Norm take us to the edge of the unknown with a story he wrote for 7th grade English class back in the day.

And speaking of mishearing those words as  “Backing Today,” check out the Drabblecast Reborn Kickstarter and help us hit our next stretch goal, to bring Drabblecast Classics back each month!

The moon-lit tide was without peace on this particularly awkward Wednesday night. It wasn’t the ocean’s unmerciful beating of the soft sand underneath it that made it an awkward Wednesday night…

Drabblecast Presents: Editor Lagerklatsch

Drabblecast Presents Editor LagerklatschAn Editor Lagerklatsch!

Just what the hell is a Lagerklatsch?

Well if you’ve been to a convention or two you might be familiar with the phrase “coffee klatsch.”

You can probably do the linguistics from there, replacing coffee with something…hoppier.

Made up German words are fun! In fact, that’s a special charm of the German language, it encourages these creations. Ever notice that Germans are able to encapsulating a nuanced but recognizable concept into a single word? Compound words. It’s a thing.

Or in German: Mammutwörter (“mammoth words”)

Anyways…drinks and shop talk with short fiction editors John Joseph Adams (Lightspeed Magazine), Neil Clarke (Clarkesworld), Scott K. Andrews (Beneath Ceaseless Skies) and Norm Sherman (The Drabblecast, formerly Escape Artists)!

Enjoy!

The Drabblecast Presents: Editor Lagerklatsch

Drabblecast Fan Picks: The Last Dog

Drabblecast Fan Pick: The Last Dog cover artThe leadup to our Relaunch Kickstarter campaign continues with this Fan Pick: The Last Dog.

This was a favorite of one of our newest team members, Jen Fisher, d(r)abbler of all things and master of none. We’ll be doing more of these with opportunities for fans to record their own introductions to their favorite stories in the future. Hit us up on Facebook and Twitter or give us a shout out in our forums to tell us your favorite stores.

In “The Last Dog,” the titular ultimate canine and his master, the last man on Earth, form a strong bond helping one another to survive on a war-ravaged planet. When they encounter an alien assassin, they are forced to make hard choices.

Story Excerpt:

He was panting now, his breath coming in a never-ending series of short spurts and gasps.  His sides ached, his eyes watered, and every now and then he would trip over the rubble of the decayed and ruined buildings that lined the torturously fragmented street…

Enjoy:

Drabblecast Fan Pick: The Last Dog

Drabblecast Compilation: Top 5 Drabbles and Twabbles

Top 5 Drabbles and Twabbles imageryAs a lead up to our Relaunch, The Drabblecast brings you a compilation of our Top 5 Drabbles and Twabbles. That’s 100-word stories and 100-character stories, for those new to the show. They might also known as “flash fiction.”

This compilation comes from you, our listeners and fans. Wanna tell us your favorite? Have some new flash fiction to send us? Find us on Facebook or Twitter and give us all the goods!

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Drabblecast Presents: The Parasite Parade

Drabblecast Presents the Parasite Parade CoverThe Drabblecast presents “The Parasite Parade,” an audio version of an original children’s book written by Norm Sherman. The illustrations are by Caroline Parkinson.

It’s a children’s book about—you guessed it—parasites! Why, you ask? Seriously, kids these days just seem too normal.  With their green energy and their social awareness. Children need disturbing realities too and we figured why not illustrate that?

Fortunately for all the naive mini-adults out there, Caroline felt the same way!

How ar’ diz kidz nawt f*&ked up enuff?!

-Caroline Parkinson
(hypothetical quote… in marginally offensive British cockney)

And so there it was, folks. The Parasite Parade was born. The audiobook and hardcover versions will be available soon through the Drabblecast Kickstarter!

The Parasite Parade illustration

Drabblecast Presents: The Parasite Parade

Drabblecast Compilation: Drabble News

Drabble News cover artThis week, The Drabblecast brings you a compilation of our “Drabble News” segments, including songs and skits from the past 10 years.

We’ve mined through the years to dig up some our favorite subjects, including fan favorites expressed to us through social media.

Subjects might include:

Monster Jellyfish
Utah Fast Food Rap
Zombie Ants
RPS: The RPG
Prehistoric Monster Croc
Ducks Are Bastards Part I & II
Pimp My Satellite
Little Shop of Stem Cells

Wanna tell us your favorites? Find us on Facebook or Twitter.

So how about it, folks? Do you really wanna know what’s going on in the world? We suspect you do. So check out the show below:

Drabblecast Compilation: Drabble News

Drabblecast Director’s Cut: Jimmy’s Roadside Cafe

Director's Cut: Jimmy's Roadside Cafe cover art“Birds are what come after…”

We present to you a special Relaunch Prelaunch episode—”The Director’s Cut: Jimmy’s Roadside Cafe.”

This story was written by Ramsey Shehadeh and originally aired back in 2012.

In it, Norm and author Ramsey Shehadeh talk about grief, Mr. Rogers, the apocalypse, and his popular story about compassion in the end times.

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Drabblecast Presents: The Top 10 Post Apocalypse Short Films

Top 10 Post Apocalypse Short FilmsRelaunching and Prelaunching continues: Norm shares and reviews his top 10 best (and free online!) post apocalypse short films in this special video podcast.

#10– “Sepsis” written and directed by Artur Llobell

#9– “Senior” directed by Noel Paul & Stefan Moore, music by Royskopp

#8– “Cargo” written and directed by Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke

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Drabblecast Director’s Cut: Flying On My Hatred of My Neighbor’s Dog

Cover art Director's Cut: Flying On My Hatred of My Neighbor's DogThe Relaunch Prelaunch continues with another listener-requested “Director’s Cut: Flying On My Hatred of My Neighbor’s Dog.”

When this story originally aired in 2013 it was an immediate hit with the Drabblecast Community, winning Best Story in the People’s Choice Awards of that year. It seems the potentially energizing power of hate is still a relevant topic here in 2018.

In this episode, Norm sits down with the author, Shaenon Garrity.

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Drabblecast Presents: Inside Drabblecast Audio

Cover art for Inside Drabblecast AudioThis episode takes you inside Drabblecast audio production. Ever wonder how we produce an episode of the Drabblecast? Wonder no more!

We dig into all the technical aspects like voice acting, sound editing and mixing, foley effects, music and more.

Preproduction? Reading? Acting? Yeah, it’s all here folks, all the blood sweat and tears that go into every production of the Drabblecast.

This Episode originally aired as part of our B-Sides paid premium content. You can subscribe for this content by signing up for our $10/month B-Sides membership!

Really, this episode speaks for itself, so enjoy:

Drabblecast Presents: Inside Drabblecast Audio

Drabblecast Presents: Bases Covered

Bases Covered cover artIn this week’s Relaunch Prelaunch a chunk of classic Drabblecast musical joy: Bases Covered – “For His—or Her—or Its—or Their Glory”

This (fake) album unites all faiths (fake or not) into one perfectly fine and marketable sales campaign!

Maybe we’re all just part of some weird baby mouse dream, or maybe Zeus is going to turn into a giant bull to have His way with us… maybe you worship the Thetins trapped inside. Or maybe you hail Bast, the ancient goddess of warfare.

Whatever faith you adhere to, whatever gods you bow down before, we’ve got your bases covered.

If you fancy these musical droplets of exultation, you can find a few more of Norm’s ditty’s here.

So please enjoy this special presentation, and of course, “praise be… (to whatever):”

Drabblecast Presents: Bases Covered

The Drabblecast: 10 Years of Strange Stories (Part II)

Drabblecast 10 Years of Strange Stories (Part II) cover artAnd now we present the thrilling conclusion, Drabblecast: 10 Years of Strange Stories (Part II).

The Drabblecast had several editorial shifts over the years. We made friends. We won awards. And we were off to the races.

What kind of races?

I like to think they were wiener dog races (yes, that’s a thing). Tiny, beady-eyed wiener dogs racing on the backs of skeletal thoroughbreds around a sprawling abyss. But we digress.

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The Drabblecast: 10 Years of Strange Stories (Part 1)

The Drabblecast 10 Years of Strange Stories cover artIn honor of the eleventh tenth year of the podcast, we thought we’d take you back in time through 10 years of strange stories for strange listeners.

That’s right we’re going back to our oh-so-humble beginnings. And they’re pretty humble. And humiliating. Ain’t that show business, folks?

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