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Drabblecast 176 – Cinderlands

Cover for Drabblecast 176, Cinderlands, by Chelsea RaganDexter crouched beneath the toxic fruit trees in his grassless back yard, turning over black earth with the spade he’d taken from the old man, and every shovelful revealed worse things:
clumps of cinders and the dust of ashes; rusting nails, practically dripping tetanus; wickedly-curved shards of brown glass; bullets of various sizes, crusted with dirt; and a foot or so down, fragments of black-stone statuary…

Drabblecast 173 – Go Beep

Cover for Drabblecast episode 173, Go Beep, by LizThe Drabblecast brings you “Go Beep” by Aliya Whiteley.

Aliya Whiteley is a writer of dark tales in science fiction and fantasy, and was the winner of the Drabblecast People’s Choice award for Jelly Park! She has also been shortlisted for the Shirley Jackson, BSFA, and British Fantasy Society Awards.

Story Excerpt:

I’m a fan of Nirvana.

I mean I’m a fan of the band rather than a fan of the concept. Although, hey, what’s not to like about the idea of being no longer subject to torture over the fires of greed, hatred and delusion? Free from all suffering – yes, that sounds pretty good. But if I really wanted to free of everything that makes us human then I probably wouldn’t dig bands like Nirvana any more, and that would be bad. Then I wouldn’t be me any more.

Enjoy the show:

Drabblecast 173 – Go Beep

Drabblecast 168 – Route Nine

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.”

Drabblecast 145 – Varmits!

Cover for Drabblecast episode 145, Varmits!, by Rodolpho ArredondoThose damn raccoons were here again.
I know it’s raccoons. Rather easy to deduce considering the scores of chocolate footprints everywhere….

Drabblecast 144 – joanierules.bloggermax.com

Cover for Drabblecast episode 144, by Sean AzzapardiThis sounds ridiculous, I know. It’s like watching an old movie where everyone has a British accent, even if they’re supposed to be in ancient Rome or something. God is just impossible to translate…

Magpie Yarns

Drabblecast 136 – The Great Old Pumpkin

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

Drabblecast 134 – Bone Sigh

Cover for Drabblecast episode 134, Bone Sigh, by Bo KaierThis week The Drabblecast brings you “Bone Sigh,” by legendary author Tim Pratt!

But first we bring you the continuing adventures of cryptozoologist Connor Choadsworth: In Search of the Mongolian Death Worm: Part Three.

Tim Pratt has written multiple stories for the Drabblecast and this one is quite horrific.

Story Excerpt:

I put the tenderizer down on the white formica table and look at my bonsai scar. It is like a flower, a jellyfish, a pinwheel of raised flesh, yellow bruises, subcutaneous hemorrhaging…

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Drabblecast 133 – Over the Walls of Eden

Cover for Drabblecast episode 133, Over the Walls of Eden, by Bo Kaier“Why do you remember the books?” he finally asks.
She smiles again. “O Sun, to tell thee how I hate thy beams, That bring to my remembrance from what state I fell, how glorious once above thy sphere, Till pride and worse ambition threw me down…”

Drabblecast B-Sides 6 – The Horror at Martin’s Beach

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides 6, The Horror at Martin's Beach, by Kathleen BeckettIts extraordinary mouth, its thick and scaly hide, and its single, deep-set eye were wonders scarcely less remarkable than its colossal dimensions; and when the naturalists pronounced it an infant organism, which could not have been hatched more than a few days, public interest mounted to extraordinary heights…

Drabblecast 123 – Toast

Cover for Drabblecast episode 123, Toast, by Forrest WarnerThis week The Drabblecast presents “Toast” by Jamie Lackey.

Jamie is the Assistant Editor for Triagulation Annual Anthology series and was previously featured on Episode #81: Snuffles.

Our feature is a peculiar story about love, loss, and moldy, potentially radioactive bread.

Story Excerpt:

Elayne won’t eat toast anymore. A week ago, she never would have dreamed of giving up toast. It was her favorite breakfast food, and breakfast is the most important meal of the day…

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Drabblecast 113 – Charlie the Purple Giraffe Was Acting Strangely

Cover art for Drabblecast episode 113, Charlie the Purple GiraffeThis episode brings you Charlie the Purple Giraffe, by David D. Levine.

It 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.

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Drabblecast 90 – Far Far Away

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.”

Drabblecast 82 – An Overgrown Clump of Narcissists

Cover for Drabblecast episode 82, An Overgrown Clump of Narcissists, by Bo Kaier“As you can see, this clump of daffodils is far too overgrown,” said the frail, blue-haired host.” The blooms in the center are starting to suffer as the younger bulbs challenge them for sunlight and nutrients…”

The episode begins with more from the world of the Mega-Beach Death-Match. The Drabble describes warring among fairies. The feature is a  grim tale of holiday angst, shame, and the potential for forgiveness (and unforgivable acts). Feedback is for episode 79’s “Low Carb Cheesecake.”

Drabblecast 77 – Permanent Detention

Cover for Drabblecast episode 77, Permanent Detention, by Bo Kaier

“But Dad, he scares me….”
“I don’t care if he’s got three eyes and tentacles.  He’s your teacher and you need to pass his class.  Case closed…”

High school horrors delight us in this episode. In the news, we learn that Bigfoot is dead, if he was ever alive, which he might not have been, so he might not be dead! Feedback from Exit by Jeff Carlson and All In by Peter Atwood.

Drabblecast 71 – Perfect Down Further

Cover for Drabblecast episode 71, Perfect Down Further, by Bo Kaier“All the Kings have been doubtful at first.  To be honest, there have been humans who have declined, but it’s just a  matter of trying….and believing…

Drabblecast 68 – The Wiggly People

Cover for Drabblecast episode 68, The Wiggly People, by Bo KaierUncle Karl shouts when he’s mad, and sometimes he smacks Mama.  That always makes the sharp things hurt me and the wiggly people come out…

On this episode of the Drabblecast, a dark tale from favorite author Eugie Foster. A troubled youth, a view in to his chaotic mind, and deeply effected life. Shake hands with the wiggly people!

Drabblecast 62 – Sizzle

Cover for Drabblecast episode 62, Sizzle, by Bo KaierInsanity wears many masks…

Drabblecast 60 – Dysfunction

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…”

Drabblecast 43 – Jelly Park

Cover art for Drabblecast episode 43, Jelly Park, by Rodolfo ArredondoDrabblecast #43 presents “Jelly Park by Aliya Whiteley.

In consideration of the holidays, Norm begins to see a common theme to this Drabblecast season: celebrating relationships.

Take, for example, the relationship between the holidays and a pile of extremely rare rhinoceros dung. Four piles, actually. All collected by conservationists and auctioned on E-bay to raise money for preservation of the species.

Norm speculates on the market timing of such a gift… A thousand dollars and you could have your very own rhino scat to accompany that Elf on your shelf. Which leads us to reflect upon the meaning of the holidays for all manner of people, animals, and legendary monsters.

But we digress.

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Drabblecast 40 – Marbles

Cover for Drabblecast episode 40, Marbles, by David Steffen

“Michael…” his mother said, smiling and bending toward him. “Don’t you think we should invite your new neighbor over to play?”

In Drabble News:  the field of Taxidermy triumphs with the successful recovery of a famous cryptozoological (mystery) animal. This week’s Drabble, “Shark attack,” provides a surprising role reversal. The feature story, also by author Ayn Sauer, continues the theme of vicious youth. “Marbles” tells the tale of young Michael and a precocious young collector named Alice. It details a kiddie cross, the sort of thing that scars for life, or elicits a frightful smile. Head-scratcher feedback for Episode #35, “The Guilt Trader,” follows.

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