The Drabblecast Audio Fiction Podcast

431 EpisodesProduced by Norm Sherman

The Drabblecast is a weekly audio fiction magazine that offers strange stories for strange listeners.

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Drabblecast Director’s Cut – Sing

March 18th, 2019


“A Musical on a Submarine” Norm and author Kristine Kathryn Rusch discuss her story from way back in 2008 for Drabblecast #53. This is the “Director’s Cut – Sing.” We also dive into a discussion about unsung women in …

Drabblecast 401 – We Who Stole The Dream Pt. 2

March 16th, 2019


Women and Aliens Month continues with Part 2 of “We Who Stole The Dream” by James Tiptree Jr., aka Alice Bradley Sheldon. If you have not heard part …

Drabblecast 400 – We Who Stole The Dream Pt. 1

March 9th, 2019


The Drabblecast launches its 8th Annual Women and Aliens Month with Part 1 of “We Who Stole the Dream” by James Tiptree Jr. This is a dark, dystopian …

Drabblecast Director’s Cut – Trifecta: Things We Made

March 5th, 2019


“My Kids Think I’m Nuts” Norm and Drabblecast Audio Producer Adam Pracht talk about the Maker’s Movement, everything wrong with Gloucester, the finer points of audio production and of course the three stories in this …

Drabblecast 399 – Trifecta: We Don’t Talk Any More

February 24th, 2019


This week the Drabblecast presents a Trifecta Special: “We Don’t Talk Any More.” “One in Four Adults” by Catherine Schaff-Stump Cath Schaff-Stump …

Drabblecast 398 – The Day After The Day The Martians Came

February 9th, 2019


This week The Drabblecast presents “The Day After the Day the Martians Came” by Frederik Pohl. Jokes can teach you a lot about the underlying …

Drabblecast 397 – Fruit and Words

January 30th, 2019


This week The Drabblecast presents “Fruit and Words” by Aimee Bender; a story about words and their meanings. Aimee Bender is an American novelist and short story writer, known for her surreal plots and characters. …

Drabblecast 396 – Trifecta: Losses & Sacrifices

January 23rd, 2019


This week the Drabblecast brings you three stories about shipwrecks, murder, and Nazis. It’s a Losses and Sacrifices Trifecta! “Seven Losses of Na Re” by Rose Lemberg This is a brooding look back on things taken, things …

Drabbleclassics- Happy Old Year

January 15th, 2019


Drabbleclassics is a fan-hosted monthly series that features fan-picked stories from the Drabblecast archives. Our fan-host this month is listener Zimmerman Bledsoe, who presents author Tim Pratt‘s take on New Year’s …

Drabblecast 395 – The Slaying of the Dragon

January 12th, 2019


This week on the Drabblecast we present “The Slaying of the Dragon” by Dino Buzzati. Enjoy this rare piece of translated fiction by Italian novelist and short story writer Dino Buzzati, about what might happen today if …

Drabblecast Director’s Cut: The Worm Within

January 10th, 2019


“…And Then What?” Norm and author Vincent Eaton revisit a parasite-oriented listener favorite with this “Director’s Cut Special: The Worm Within.” This classic episode originally aired way back in 2007. Norm and Vincent …

Drabblecast 394 – Dirty Santa

December 25th, 2018


Merry Christmas strangers! The Drabblecast has something rather wicked fixed up for you this holiday season! We present to you a festive tale from …

Drabblecast 393 – Diamante and Strass

December 19th, 2018


Today the Drabblecast brings you “Diamante and Strass” by Lucy A. Snyder. Lucy A. Snyder is a five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author, appearing in publications such as Pseudopod, Strange Horizons, and Weird Tales. …

Drabblecast Director’s Cut: Jelly Park

December 17th, 2018


“It’s about getting on the bus…” Norm and author Aliya Whiteley talk double decker busses, double decker tacos, embracing weirdness for what it is and reinventing yourself. They also get into the in’s and out’s of the …

Drabblecast 392 – Single Parent

December 12th, 2018


The Drabblecast brings you “Single Parent” by Sarah Gailey. Sarah Gailey is a Hugo Award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction, and a regular …

Drabbleclassics- Go Beep

December 7th, 2018


Drabbleclassics is a fan-hosted monthly series that features fan-picked stories from the Drabblecast archives. Our Drabbleclassics host this time around is Jen Fisher, who presents author Aliya Whiteley’s take on …

Drabblecast 391 – Day of The Dog

November 30th, 2018


Today, The Drabblecast brings you “Day of the Dog” by Aliya Whiteley. We’ve still got a few bones to pick with our dog-eat-dog micro theme. So if you enjoy last week’s tail, here’s another one to sniff you nose at (and, …

Drabblecast 390 – I Will Remain

November 26th, 2018


Today the Drabblecast brings you “I Will Remain” by David Steffen. It’s a show for all our weird listeners out there that are dog people…maybe literally. Yes, it’s a ruff day in paradise. (Oh yeah, we’re barking up the …

Drabblecast 389 – Night of the Living POTUS

November 15th, 2018


The Drabblecast presents “Night of the Living POTUS” by Adam-Troy Castro. Every President Elect has “the briefing.” You know the one. The President …

Drabblecast 388 – Skullpocket: Part 2

November 8th, 2018


The Drabblecast completes its triumphant return with the conclusion of this two-part Halloween special: “Skullpocket: Part 2” by Nathan Ballingrud! …

Drabblecast 387 – Skullpocket: Part 1

November 1st, 2018


The Drabblecast is finally reborn with this special two-part Halloween story: “Skullpocket” by Nathan Ballingrud! It’s been a long year and a …

Drabblecast Reborn Metacast

October 16th, 2018


The 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 …

Drabblecast Presents: In Search of The Burmese Floridian Python

October 14th, 2018


Cryptozoologist Connor Choadsworth  deep into the Florida Everglades in search of the elusive and decidedly misplaced “Burmese Floridian Python…” …

Drabblecast Presents: The Adventures of Connor Choadsworth

October 14th, 2018


Three days left in the Drabblecast Reborn Kickstarter! You’ve still got time to get in there and get some awesome Drabblecast rewards. In this Relaunch Prelaunch episode, you’ll hear excerpts from Drabblecast resident …

Drabblecast Fan Picks: To Whatever

October 13th, 2018


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 …

Drabblecast Presents: Far Far Away

October 10th, 2018


A 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 …

Drabblecast Fan Pick: Followed

October 8th, 2018


The Drabblecast Reborn Kickstarter campaign continues! Today, Fan Picks: Followed, by Will McIntosh as chosen and introduced by Drabblecast fan Boo …

Drabblecast Fan Pick: The Belonging Kind

October 6th, 2018


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 …

Drabblecast Presents: Globes

October 3rd, 2018


A 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 …

Drabblecast Presents: Editor Lagerklatsch

September 16th, 2018


An 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 …

Drabblecast Fan Picks: The Last Dog

September 13th, 2018


The 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 …

Drabblecast Compilation: Top 5 Drabbles and Twabbles

September 11th, 2018


As 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 …

Drabblecast Presents: The Parasite Parade

September 9th, 2018


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

Drabblecast Compilation: Drabble News

September 1st, 2018


This 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 …

Drabblecast Director’s Cut: Jimmy’s Roadside Cafe

August 16th, 2018


“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 …

Drabblecast Presents: The Top 10 Post Apocalypse Short Films

August 12th, 2018


Relaunching 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– …

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

August 7th, 2018


The 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 …

Drabblecast Presents: Inside Drabblecast Audio

July 30th, 2018


This 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, …

Drabblecast Presents: Bases Covered

July 24th, 2018


In 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 …

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

July 18th, 2018


And 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. …

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

July 14th, 2018


In 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 …

Drabblecast Director’s Cut: Morris and the Machine

July 7th, 2018


The Relaunch Prelaunch marches forward as we present the listener-requested “Director’s Cut: Morris and the Machine.” This fan-favorite story originally aired in 2010. It is a haunting tale about relationships, time …

Drabblecast Compilation: Holiday Specials

July 3rd, 2018


A compilation of our holiday highlights, including songs, skits and intros from 10 years of Drabblecast Holiday Specials, including: ~ “How the …

Drabblecast Director’s Cut: Charlie the Purple Giraffe Was Acting Strangely

July 2nd, 2018


As a part of the Relaunch Prelaunch we revisit a listener favorite with special insight from the author, David D. Levine. Enjoy the “Director’s Cut: Charlie the Purple Giraffe Was Acting Strangely.” Our feature …

Drabblecast Director’s Cut: Teddy Bears and Tea Parties

June 26th, 2018


As a part of the Relaunch Prelaunch we revisit a listener favorite for the “Director’s Cut: Teddy Bears and Tea Parties.” This story was written by S. Boyd Taylor and was originally aired in 2010. It’s a heart-breaking …

The Relaunch Prelaunch

June 22nd, 2018


“That is Not Dead, Which Can Eternal Lie.” What is the Relaunch Prelaunch? The Drabblecast is back in business, with ambitious plans that you won’t want to miss hearing about. Every week we’ll be digging through the …

Drabblecast 386 – Garen and The Hound

January 2nd, 2017


This week the Drabblecast presents an originally commissioned story: “Garen and the Hound” by Jeremiah Tolbert. It is a story about the dream world …

Drabblecast 385 – The Innsmouth of the South

December 11th, 2016


The Drabblecast continues Lovecraft Month with “The Innsmouth of the South,” an originally commissioned story by Rachael K. Jones. Imitation and authenticity are as much a part of the H.P. Lovecraft mythos as any of the …

Drabblecast 384 – The Cats of Ulthar

December 5th, 2016


We begin our month-long celebration of H.P. Lovecraft with a dramatic reading of “The Cats of Ulthar.” Lovecraft Month is our yearly celebration of H.P. and his sprawling mythos. All this month you’ll enjoy some awesome …

Drabblecast 383 – SUN MOON CAT MAN

September 5th, 2016


The Drabblecast concludes Women and Aliens month with “SUN MOON CAT MAN” by Julia Reynolds. This is a story about #Language#. #Language# is a key. …

Drabblecast 382 – Down the Well

August 20th, 2016


Women and Aliens month continues with “Down the Well” by Alaya Dawn Johnson. Alaya is the author of speculative and historical fiction and has …

Drabblecast 381 – Unathi Battles the Black Hairballs

May 8th, 2016


Women and Aliens Month slithers forward with this week’s story: “Unathi Battles the Black Hairballs” by Lauren Beukes. Lauren Beukes is an award-winning, best-selling novelist who also writes comics, screenplays, and TV …

Drabblecast 380 – The Four Generations of Chang E

April 21st, 2016


We kick off Women And Aliens Month with “The Four Generations of Chang E,” by Zen Cho. It’s a dystopian space story steeping in Eastern mythology and …

Drabblecast 379 – Water Spots

April 4th, 2016


This episode of the Drabblecast presents “Water Spots,” by Rebecca Gomezrueda. Story Excerpt: “They found your brother…” Her mother leaves the sentence unfinished, and she wants to tell her not to go on. He can be …

Drabblecast 378 – Giraffe Cyborg Cleans House!

March 2nd, 2016


A plate, a plate, another plate burst upon the kitchen tile. This one broke into three large pieces and assorted ceramic crumbs. Giraffe closed her …

Drabblecast 377 – Here There Be Monsters?

February 17th, 2016


The canary yellow shirt read “Camp Fit,” but it didn’t quite fit the bulbous, pre-adolescent boy cringing in the cabin’s corner. Rows of bunks lined …

Drabblecast 376 – A Last Kiss for Lazarus Winters (A Saint Darwin’s Spiritual)

January 18th, 2016


This episode of the Drabblecast brings you “A Last Kiss for Lazarus Winters,” another story in D.K. Thompson’s Saint Darwin’s Spirituals series. D.K. Thompson was the host and co-editor of PodCastle, a fantasy fiction …

Drabblecast 375 – Ghost in the Coffee Machine

January 2nd, 2016


When it comes to ghosts, my grandmother has one solution: brew a pot of coffee. Like today, in Sadie Lancaster’s kitchen. Sadie clutches her hands …

Drabblecast 374 – Jump I’ll Catch You

December 18th, 2015


Anton drew his legs up underneath him. The car seat was huge and puffy, and the leather made a breathy creak when he moved. It sounded like it was sighing. ‘How much longer?’ he said. For a while, nobody answered. He …

Drabblecast 373 – Trifecta: Things We Made

November 30th, 2015


Sato lay on the cement floor of the workshop in a pool of his own blood and tried desperately to get Kuro-4’s legs working again. The robot, in turn, …

Drabblecast 372 – Delicate Parts

November 27th, 2015


Earnest was in kindergarten when Jackie the Janitor got fired for “choking the chicken” in the girls’ bathroom. That phrase, along with his best friend Bradley Watson’s accompanying hand gestures, stuck in Earnest’s …

Drabblecast 371 – Old Dead Futures

November 16th, 2015


There are two things I love, and one is the tiny grey owl outside my window. He is not afraid of me. He hoots and hops to my windowsill so I can stroke his downy head and feed him worms I’ve saved in my pocket. It is …

Drabblecast 370 – The Little Mermaid of Innsmouth

September 13th, 2015


Tomiko knelt at the table, across from her father, carefully holding her back rigid and straight as they ate their breakfast. She hoped the formal …

Drabblecast 369 – In The Walls

September 6th, 2015


The deadliest things in war are not bullets and guns, but hunger and desperation. I’m hungry. Penny gets the bed tonight, I’m on watch, Erik is out …

Drabblecast 368 – Restless in R’lyeh

August 30th, 2015


Dear Doctor Saperstein, I’m a 44-year-old librarian from Kansas and a loyal reader of Last night, after a relaxing day spent …

Drabblecast 367 – The Whisperer in Darkness pt. 2

August 20th, 2015


Then, apparently crossing my incoherent note and reaching me Saturday afternoon, September 8th, came that curiously different and calming letter neatly typed on a new machine; that strange letter of reassurance and …

Drabblecast 366 – The Whisperer in Darkness pt. 1

August 9th, 2015


Bear in mind closely that I did not see any actual visual horror at the end. To say that a mental shock was the cause of what I inferred – that last straw which sent me racing out of the lonely Akeley farmhouse and …

Drabblecast 365 – This Secular Technology

July 13th, 2015


Leah woke up, said the blessing upon waking, then turned on her overlay with a mental command. She hissed with displeasure — it was a _gevurah_ day, again. She was supposed to contemplate restriction, discipline, …

Drabblecast 364 – All of Our Past Places

July 6th, 2015


Aoife always told me that you could go anywhere, as long as you had the right map. So when it happened, my first thought, when I let myself into her …

Drabblecast 363 – The Totals

July 4th, 2015


Clutch has killed somebody recently. This goes without saying. For as long as Clutch can remember, he has always killed somebody “recently.” If not within the last few hours, then certainly within the last few days. He …

Drabblecast 362 – Starter House

June 15th, 2015


Dale looked up through the ribbed Lucite dome of Asteroid Cintas II, his eyes lit from within by thoughts of a bright future. “I never thought,” he said, “I’d own a purebred house.” Pam locked her eyes on his. “I knew …

Drabblecast 361 – Time to Say Goodnight

June 10th, 2015


“Then Duck left Mr. Tomkin’s farm and went to swim in Glacier Lake, just like he’d always wanted.” Mommy looked up from the last page, but Clara wasn’t sleeping. “And then what did Duck do?” Clara asked. “That’s all …

Drabblecast 360 – Trifecta: Locked Boxes

June 1st, 2015


I didn’t kill God; we should clear that up right away. I just captured him and put him in a little box. It sounds harder than it actually was. Hannah …

Drabblecast 359 – Trifecta: Unnatural Growth

May 9th, 2015


My twin brother had been a dry-eyed baby, and he grew into a dry-eyed boy. “Yaakov, why don’t you ever cry?” I asked him the day we buried my uncle’s family. He shrugged. “Maybe you carry all the tears for both of us, …

Drabblecast 358 – DoubleHeader: Rachael K. Jones

May 4th, 2015


10. _Influenza siderius_ begins as a general malaise. That is always the first symptom. Perhaps you wish to doze on the sofa, but your husband suggests a little fresh air instead. You do feel better after the walk, but …

Drabblecast 357 – Trifecta: Embarrassing Personal Problems

May 3rd, 2015


It looks like a quantity of strawberry jam squeezed into a cheap polythene shower cap. Even down to the darkened pips and the intimation someone’s …

Drabblecast 356 – An Exodus of Wings

April 17th, 2015


Before Heidi came along, Michael did everything he could to keep the damn faeries out of his apartment. Every night he washed and dried his dishes, …

Drabblecast 355 – Kiriki Grocery

April 7th, 2015


The last day of orientation at New Plymouth University, Work Placement called students up in pairs. Rhonda Morillo took the chair next to a big-boned blond girl–Deirdre, pretty sure–as their peer advisor announced their …

Drabblecast 354 – DoubleHeader XVIII: Sylvia Spruck Wrigley

March 25th, 2015


Alone — but not lonely. Three days, we’ve been on this planet. Over a year, Earth-time. But we don’t talk about Earth-time anymore. It weakens morale, says Sir Overgeneral Halfish. My morale went out the window when I …

Drabblecast 353 – Primrose or Return to Il’maril

March 21st, 2015


“I will not leave this cavern,” the voice said as soon as I stepped into the cave mouth. A baritone decaying into vibrato, an old man’s voice, full …

Drabblecast 352 – Snow Day

March 18th, 2015


The shovel bit through the foamy snow on the top stair of my front porch, then stopped with a clang. I scraped away the snow to see what was beneath. Ice. Serve me right for not shoveling after the snow had fallen last …

Drabblecast 351 – DoubleHeader XVII: Camille Griep

March 8th, 2015


The fiery orange sun hung high over the Bangkok skyline to the south. Professor Tina Montri rearranged her skirt and adjusted the alligator skin briefcase on her lap which held the presentation and research notes from …

Drabblecast 350 – Trifecta XXX: Something Fishy

February 18th, 2015


Izam’s fingers moved on their own. They found his sunken chest. And counted his ribs. His father would have slapped his hand away. A stupid habit of …

Drabblecast 349 – The Island of White Houses

February 9th, 2015


Today I am going to the island. I climb the slick wood stairs down to Whitmuth beach. The wind blows fierce through the town like usual and swirls back out to sea, smoky with our coal fires and smacking with hot oil …

Drabblecast 348 – DoubleHeader XVI: LiAnn Yim

January 25th, 2015


The fish were restless. They spun the water mossy dark until the pond was the color of crushed bottles. Pey held onto her sister’s hand. They peered …

Drabblecast 347 – Why I Hate Zombie Unicorns

January 11th, 2015


The good news is, zombie unicorns almost never bite. The bad news is, even a tiny scratch from a zombie unicorn horn will turn you into a zombie. Mom discovered that by accident.             Why I Hate Zombie Unicorns …

Drabblecast 346 – Remission

December 30th, 2014


Susan found her boss’s feelings drawer by accident. She drank too much and took a wrong turn in Sundrun’s apartment at the office holiday party, …

Drabblecast 345 – Cat With Blue Fur Trifecta

December 19th, 2014


A collection of stories from the Cat With Blue Fur Writing Contest.                       Meow Meow Bang Bang by Oliver Buckram She was the kind of …

Drabblecast 344 – Doubleheader XV

December 8th, 2014


The chair first appeared on a Thursday afternoon on the sidewalk in front of the Dollar Bank and Trust on Lancaster Street in Pulaski, Kansas. Nobody …

Drabblecast 343 – Captain Confederation

November 23rd, 2014


Captain Confederation was annoyed when he got off the elevator and it showed. It would have been so simple and logical for him to land on the roof of …

Drabblecast 342 – I’m Bill Kurtis

November 10th, 2014


Nate had expected the first serial killer. In fact the first thing he’d said to Kelly once their Ford rolled to a stop on the shoulder was, “This is …

Drabblecast 341- The Litany of Earth

November 4th, 2014


After a year in San Francisco, my legs grew strong again. A hill and a half lay between the bookstore where I found work and the apartment I shared with the Kotos. Every morning and evening I walked, breathing mist and …

Drabblecast 340 – On a Clear Day You Can See All the Way to Conspiracy

October 5th, 2014


You’re listening to the Mike Colavito Show on Cleveland’s home for straight talk, WCUY 1200. The opinions expressed on this program do not reflect …

Drabblecast 339 – Trifecta XXVIII: Offbeat Afterlife

September 18th, 2014


The ghost in my attic is Margaret, but she lets me call her Margie. She was seventy-six years old when she died, and now that she’s a ghost she sits …

Drabblecast 338 – The Crevasse

September 11th, 2014


What he loved was the silence, the pristine clarity of the ice shelf: the purposeful breathing of the dogs straining against their traces, the hiss …

Drabblecast 337 – The Only Game in Town

September 4th, 2014


Walking back up the road toward home, I saw Rich Hartzell locking up his cabin. His car was stuffed to the roof with cardboard boxes and black trash bags; only the driver’s seat was empty.             The Only Game in …

Drabblecast 336 – The Mouth of God

August 21st, 2014


There’s a dream you have. It’s not a proper dream. It’s impatient, fired with urgency. It arrives without warning, veering suddenly out of the night. You’re kneeling on the bridge. It’s late afternoon. Clouds mass low …

Drabblecast 335 – To Whatever

August 17th, 2014


H.P. Lovecraft Month continues with an originally commissioned story: “To Whatever” by Shaenon Garrity. To know or not to know is the penultimate …

Drabblecast 334 – The Colour Out of Space

August 11th, 2014


West of Arkham the hills rise wild, and there are valleys with deep woods that no axe has ever cut. There are dark narrow glens where the trees slope fantastically, and where thin brooklets trickle without ever having …

Drabblecast 333 – After the Cure

August 2nd, 2014


I was shot with the cure in the dark. Later, someone would tell me it was a Tuesday, but before the tranq dart I didn’t know such a thing existed. It …

Drabblecast 332 – Mister Bob

July 22nd, 2014


“It all began with the chicken in the end of the road,” she said. “Pardon?” I gestured. “Could you say that again?” Miss Sanderson reached out and …

Drabblecast 331 – Night of the Cooters

July 14th, 2014


Sheriff Lindley was asleep on the toilet in the Pachuco County courthouse when someone started pounding on the door. “Bert!” the voice yelled as the …

Drabblecast 330 – Trifecta XVII

June 30th, 2014


For the Drabblecast’s 28th trifecta anthology, we explore ‘changes of heart.’                   EARTH MUSIC By Miriah Hetherington A potted …

Drabblecast 329 – The Gravity Mine

June 19th, 2014


Call her Anlic. The first time she woke, she was in the ruins of an abandoned gravity mine. At first the Community had chased around the outer strata of the great gloomy structure. But at last, close to the core, they …

Drabblecast 328 – Local Delicacies

June 15th, 2014


My boss, Danny, liked to brag that El Corazon was the best Tex-Mex restaurant just off the Vegas Strip. “Because of you, Bescha,” he’d say to me. “You keep the customers happy. You keep me out of trouble.” I won’t say …

Drabblecast 327 – Tree, Fire, World

June 8th, 2014


An oral history, recorded in the annals of sentientkind, spoken by Sven Al’bedo di’Cantara, on the eve of the ninth flying. 1. The Tree And so it came to pass, in the years past reckoning, when I served as a scribe in …

Drabblecast 326 – The Last Tiger

June 2nd, 2014


Hunger has made you reckless. You track the sound of human voices through the woods until you find a man and a woman. They are shouting at each other. The woman slaps the man’s face. He presses his hand to his cheek for …

Drabblecast 324 – The Ball Room

May 15th, 2014


I’m not employed by the store. They don’t pay my wages. I’m with a security firm, but we’ve had a contract here for a long time, and I’ve been here for most of it. This is where I know people. I’ve been a guard in other …

Drabblecast 323 – Missed Connection

May 4th, 2014


Lawson was already regretting the decision to go shopping by the time he was standing in line waiting to buy a ticket for the tube. All but one of the time- and labour-saving automatic ticket dispensers was either …

Drabblecast 322 – The Carnival Was Eaten, All Except the Clown

April 24th, 2014


The magician’s table was covered by a sheet of plywood, four feet square, completely wrapped up in aluminum foil. Sugar magic was messy magic, and the foil made for easier cleanup. Scattered across the aluminum were …

Drabblecast 321 – The Goat Cutter

April 19th, 2014


The devil lives in Houston by the ship channel in a high-rise apartment fifty-seven stories up. They say he’s got cowhide sofas and a pinball machine and a telescope in there that can see past the oil refineries and …

Drabblecast 320 – Half a Conversation, Overheard While Inside An Enormous Sentient Slug

April 8th, 2014


Thank you, Inspector. I’m ready. Yes, I understand my rights as a resident extraterrestrial. No, that won’t be necessary. Of course. Ask me anything. I only wish to see justice done. It grieves me to say so, but I …

Drabblecast 319 – Trifecta XXVII

April 1st, 2014


The Drabblecast April Fool’s Day episode! Recorded live: A Drabblecast story slam that took place March 27th 2014 in Baltimore Maryland at the EMP …

Drabblecast 318 – How They Tried to Talk Indian Tony Down

March 30th, 2014


This happened about ten years ago, out at Tobin Farm. Back in the sixties, somebody bought Tobin Farm for the purposes of holding a renaissance fair …

Drabblecast 317 – Doubleheader XIV

March 22nd, 2014


You do not know me yet, my love, but I can hear you in my future. You are there from the beginning–at first just a few stray notes, but your presence …

Drabblecast 316 – A Memory of Seafood

March 17th, 2014


This week’s column is not about a restaurant, exactly, but about a memory. A distinct and painful memory, like a softened tooth you can’t help but …

Drabblecast 315 – Heaven is a Place on Planet X

March 7th, 2014


It was 8:34 p.m. on a Tuesday, and it was almost the end of the world. Actually, the world was expected to end on Friday, at precisely 5 p.m., eastern daylight time. This was not a forecast, or a projection: it was more …

Drabblecast 314 – The Blue Celeb pt. 2

March 1st, 2014


“Get out of sight, Joe.” He hustled into the shop and locked himself in the bathroom. The first cruiser that pulled up had Frank Boone riding …

Drabblecast 313 – The Blue Celeb pt. 1

February 24th, 2014


When me and Joe got home from Vietnam, we went into business together, cutting hair. Bought a little shop in the old neighborhood and been there ever …

Drabblecast 312 – Day Million

February 11th, 2014


On this day I want to tell you about, which will be about a thousand years from now, there were a boy, a girl, and a love story.           DAY MILLION by Frederik Pohl   On this day I want to tell you about, which will …

Drabblecast 311 – Birds of the Air

February 5th, 2014


Thomas takes his lunch outside the shelter, on one of the park benches that look out over the interstate and down all the way to the containment …

Drabblecast 310 – The Ugly Chickens

January 16th, 2014


My car was broken, and I had a class to teach at eleven. So I took the city bus, something I rarely do. I spent last summer crawling through The Big Thicket with cameras and tape recorder, photographing and taping two …

Drabblecast 309 – All the Young Kirks and Their Good Intentions

January 12th, 2014


2249 A.D. All the young Kirks in Riverside Public High School are assigned to the same Homeroom class. They sit together in the back corner on the …

Drabblecast 308 – Happy Old Year

December 31st, 2013


This week the Drabblecast Presents “Happy Old Year” by Tim Pratt. Tim is a regular Drabblecast contributor, bringing us such classics as …

Drabblecast 307 – Unbelief

December 19th, 2013


IT HAPPENED IN BRYANT PARK, a little after six o’clock in the evening. He was sitting by himself in lamp shadow amongst the trees, at one of the rickety green metal tables along the north side, close to where the Barnes …

Drabblecast 306 – Trifecta XXVI

December 18th, 2013


While sipping my tea in the morning, I find a small, only two inches long, naked female corpse on the bottom of the cup. Her white skin fades int the white porcelain, tiny gobs of tea leafs cover her round breasts. I …

Drabblecast 305 – Testimony Before an Emergency Session of The Naval Cephalopod Command

December 7th, 2013


The squid is a solipsistic psychopathic God with a lust for submarine hull and a mandate from Ronald Reagan branded on its hunting tentacles. It …

Drabblecast 304 – Hero, The Movie pt. 2

November 23rd, 2013


Rick takes the money the Mayor of Corkscrew has wired him and flies to Florida, feeling his oats, full of hope.  He’s met at the airport by one of …

Drabblecast 303 – Hero, The Movie pt. 1

November 18th, 2013


This romantic comedy begins where all low-budget ’50s creature-features ended: The mutant insects born of atom-bomb radiation (or invaders from space, or monsters from the sea, or fifty-foot women) have at last been …

Drabblecast 302 – The Next Logical Step

November 13th, 2013


“I don’t really see where this problem has anything to do with me,” the CIA man said. “And, frankly, there are a lot of more important things I could …

Drabblecast 301 – Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

November 10th, 2013


Just as we were all getting back into the mainland domestic groove, somebody started in with dragons and crop blights from across the North Sea. We all knew who it was. A turncoat Norwegian monk named Naddod had been …

Drabblecast 300 – Bloodchild

October 31st, 2013


My last night of childhood began with a visit home. T’Gatoi’s sister had given us two sterile eggs. T’Gatoi gave one to my mother, brother, and sisters. She insisted that I eat the other one alone. It didn’t matter. …

Drabblecast 299 – The Revelation of Morgan Stern

October 11th, 2013


It is July 31, your birthday, and I can’t reach you. I’ve been trying all day, but the cell networks are down, the internet is down. I even tried a …

Drabblecast 298 – Flying On My Hatred of My Neighbor’s Dog

October 3rd, 2013


The week we present to you Flying On My Hatred of My Neighbor’s Dog by Shaenon Garrity. Have you ever been so exasperated that you could feel the …

Drabblecast 297 – The Apothecary’s Apprentice

September 25th, 2013


In the back of the shop I scrubbed three large cauldrons clean, stripping the seasoning from them because Master Aloz insisted on it once the trade …

Drabblecast 296 – Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain

September 17th, 2013


Over the years, Tikka’s job as a Minor Propagandist for the planet Porcelain’s Bureau of Tourism had shaped her way of thinking. She dealt primarily in quintets of attractions, lists of five distributed by the Bureau: …

Drabblecast 295 – Twenty Ways the Desert Could Kill You

September 10th, 2013


1. A poisonous snake could bite you, and you could die. 2. You could prick your finger on a previously undiscovered poisonous cactus. 3. The cactus …

Drabblecast 294 – Partial Inventory

September 4th, 2013


The air conditioning only worked when the speedometer crept past 70 MPH which the lumbering GMC van (on loan from a friend of a friend who took pity on the family and their situation) rarely did. November in the South …

Drabblecast 293 – The Call of the Pancake Factory

August 22nd, 2013


The bar is plenty kitschy: goofy statues made from coconuts everywhere and strings of shell beads hanging from the ceiling. I smile when I see a coconut sporting a pair of mouse ears made from scallop shells. Tourists …

Drabblecast 292 – Hollow as the World

August 14th, 2013


One of the reasons Joshua loved Lydia as much as he did was all the secret rituals they’d devised. Their shared jokes were treasured secrets, never …

Drabblecast 291 – The Lurking Fear

August 7th, 2013


There was thunder in the air on the night I went to the deserted mansion atop Tempest Mountain to find the lurking fear. I was not alone, for …

Drabblecast 290 – The Screaming Door

July 30th, 2013


It has been two hundred days since the door to my study began screaming. I was nodding over a volume of Edwin Corang’s collected prose when I first …

Drabblecast 289 – The Cold Equations

July 16th, 2013


He was not alone. There was nothing to indicate the fact but the white hand of the tiny gauge on the board before him. The control room was empty but …

Drabblecast 288 – Bayou Witch

July 9th, 2013


Cat’s tail flicked impatiently back and forth across Elle’s face. She resisted the urge to brush it away. Mud tugged at her feet, and putrid water soaked through her shoes. She ducked beneath a low hanging branch …

Drabblecast 287 – Sweetie

July 3rd, 2013


Audiences have so little respect, these days. Admittedly, my little travelling show isn’t what it once was. We’ve been on the road for a long, long time. But I like to think that for the discerning customer, we still …

Drabblecast 286 – Unique Chicken Goes in Reverse

June 30th, 2013


Father Leggett stood on the sidewalk and looked up at the three narrow stories of gray brick that was 207 East Charlton Street. Compared to the other …

Drabblecast 285 – Doubleheader XIII

June 19th, 2013


Samuel sat on the balcony, enjoying the fading light of day. When the ventilator pushed air into his lungs, he savored the salt brine from the sea.  …

Drabblecast 284 – Turning Point

June 1st, 2013


Please, mister, could I have a cracker for my oontatherium?” Not exactly the words you would expect at an instant when history changes course and the …

Drabblecast 283 – The Man Who Drew Cats

May 23rd, 2013


Old Tom was a very tall man. He was so tall he didn’t even have a nickname for it. Ned Black, who was at least a head shorter, had been ‘Tower Block’ since the sixth grade, and Jack, the owner of the Hog’s Head Bar, had …

Drabblecast 282 – Liane the Wayfarer

May 7th, 2013


Through the dim forest came Liane the Wayfarer, passing along the shadowed glades with a prancing light-footed gait. He whistled, he caroled, he was …

Drabblecast 281 – Doubleheader XII

May 1st, 2013


Pabstus Tack, Pabstus Sludge, Pabstus! Pabstus! Of him we sing. We sing his praises, it seems to me, for want of anything better to do. Pabstus Tack …

Drabblecast 280 – Trifecta XXV

April 25th, 2013


You’ve been one-legged since the lasso trap. Your personal ad says “Kids: undecided” even though you desperately want two. When the maître d’ shows you to your blind date’s table, you are pleased with her prominent …

Drabblecast 279 – The Country Doctor

April 11th, 2013


Gardner was drowning, and strangers were laying hands on the bones of my forebears. I felt obligated to see that liberties weren’t taken with my grandmother, my great-grandmother, and other good, God-fearing ladies, so …

Drabblecast 278 – The End of the World as We Know It

April 7th, 2013


Between 1347 and 1450 AD, bubonic plague overran Europe, killing some 75 million people. The plague, dubbed the Black Death because of the black …

Drabblecast 277 – The Universe of Things

March 28th, 2013


The alien parked its car across the street from the shop and came and sat down in the waiting room. The mechanic must have seen this happen, peripherally. But he was busy settling the bill with a smartly dressed …

Drabblecast 276 – Hullabaloo

March 19th, 2013


The Town Council meeting was split down the middle — Hullabaloo colonists on the one side and Fenella Elane Tyne on the other. Jerram stood in the …

Drabblecast 275 – A Riddle in Nine Syllables

March 13th, 2013


After the attack, my team brought me straight to the med lab at base camp. They must have commed ahead, because as soon as the stretcher went through the door seals, Dr. Traynor was yelling orders…

Drabblecast 274 – Amid the Words of War

March 8th, 2013


Every few day-cycles, it receives hate-scented lace in anonymous packages. It opens the bland plastic envelope to pull one out, holding the delicate …

Drabblecast 273 – The Electric Ant

February 19th, 2013


This episode of the Drabblecast brings you a very special presentation of “The Electric Ant” by the one and only Philip K. Dick! Garson Poole wakes …

Drabblecast 272 – Power Armor: A Love Story

February 14th, 2013


It was quite a party. The women wore gowns. The men wore tuxedos. Anthony Blair wore power armor. Armor that was sleek and black and polished, and …

Drabblecast 271 – Trifecta XXIV

February 8th, 2013


We listen to the spidersong. The spiders are far away, just at the edge of our senses, whispering a haunting and beautiful melody into our minds. The …

Drabblecast 270 – The First Conquest of Earth

January 24th, 2013


When the alien fleet was first sighted just beyond the asteroid belt, end-of-the-world riots broke out in cities around the globe. But when …

Drabblecast 269 – Bright Lights

January 17th, 2013


The water fountains are low. The lockers are empty. The summer air is warm but there are people in the classrooms. People are talking, are moving. A …

Drabblecast 268 – I Only Am Escaped Alone to Tell Thee

January 8th, 2013


Whatever you do, don’t call me Ishmael. Don’t call me anything at all. Give me my pint of piss-poor ale and leave me be in this yellowed corner where men relieve themselves when they are too lazy to make three extra …

Drabblecast 267 – Postapocalypsemas

December 24th, 2012


Sandeer smelled her. It was just a whiff, a few molecules of something familiar and therefore sweet, wafting on a late afternoon breeze that …

Drabblecast 266 – Little Grace of the House of Death

December 18th, 2012


The niece of King Death had not yet chosen a name.  She was the only daughter and youngest child of Death’s sister, Merciful Grace, and everyone …

Drabblecast 265 – Pop Quiz

December 7th, 2012


“By the Earth-Stypei Treaty of The Twenty-third Local Year of Our Interaction, as amended, suspected Stypean sympathizers may be detained by duly …

Drabblecast 264 – The Belonging Kind

November 22nd, 2012


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, …

Drabblecast 263 – Betty Flesh and the Meat Man

November 16th, 2012


“Your suitor’s here!” Ma Flesh hurried into the back room of the butcher’s shop. “Are you presentable?” Betty waited there amongst the swinging, marbled yellow cow carcasses. The wooden butcher’s table was smooth under …

Drabblecast 262 – My True Lovecraft Gave to Me

October 31st, 2012


Dear Mr. Kugelmacher, This letter is to inform you of my resignation. As you know, I have spent the last fifteen years of my life working in your department store, from the age of twelve when I was hired as a stock boy, …

Drabblecast 261 – The People of Sand and Slag

October 30th, 2012


“Hostile movement! Well inside the perimeter! Well inside!” I stripped off my Immersive Response goggles as adrenaline surged through me. The virtual cityscape I’d been about to raze disappeared, replaced by our …

Drabblecast 260 – Trifecta XXIII

October 19th, 2012


You don’t remember anything, do you? Selective memory loss; what an achievement for a mind as young as yours. Locked in a cupboard of your consciousness, the guilt will eat at you from the inside…

Drabblecast 259 – The Last of the O-Forms

October 9th, 2012


At the sack’s bottom, beneath an empty donut box, he found the beef jerky. It tasted mostly of pepper, but underneath it had a tingly, metallic flavor he tried not to think about. Who knew what it might have been made …

Drabblecast 258 – Brown Dust

September 29th, 2012


“Adao, no.”  Teo, the older boy’s second-in-command, lays a staying hand on his master’s arm.  “The stories I told you about this one… they’re true.” …

Drabblecast 257 – Judgement Passed

September 23rd, 2012


We stared up at the sunlit peaks, each thinking our own thoughts.  I thought about Dessica.  We’d waited two months after landing to name it, but the …

Drabblecast 256 – Roanoke, Nevada

September 15th, 2012


“It’s the extra-terrestrials,” the General said, watching for my reaction. “Our extra-terrestrials are falling ill.” “Really?” I couldn’t keep the …

Drabblecast 255 – The Wreck of the Charles Dexter Ward pt. 2

September 6th, 2012


Looking away from the light that showed the Charles Dexter Ward was no longer entirely dead was as hard as opening a rusted zipper. But Cynthia did …

Drabblecast 254 – The Wreck of the Charles Dexter Ward pt. 1

August 31st, 2012


Six weeks into her involuntary tenure on Faraday Station, Cynthia Feuerwerker needed a job. She could no longer afford to be choosy about it, either; …

Drabblecast 253 – Maybe the Stars

August 23rd, 2012


Presently it rose, and with a shuffling walk it supported itself along the bars until it reached the bucket.  With a sigh it plunged its hands inside. Little Useless inched closer and watched while the creature cupped …

Drabblecast 252 – The Elder Thing and the Puddle People

August 9th, 2012


Upon the coming of the rain and the and the reawakening of the Krr’at race, the Elder Thing returned to us and squealed Its sky-splitting squeal and waded in among us. It came with the green feet that had eyes and …

Drabblecast 251 – The Music of Erich Zann

July 31st, 2012


My room was on the fifth story; the only inhabited room there, since the house was almost empty. On the night I arrived I heard strange music from …

Drabblecast 250 – Trifecta XXII

July 25th, 2012


My name is… John. I am… I have a wife and a daughter. They are visiting me today. Their names– Alice. And Anna. I can see, sort of. Everything is blurry. I am submerged in a coffin, a clear coffin with green water. …

Drabblecast 249 – Jimmy’s Roadside Cafe

July 12th, 2012


This episode of the Drabblecast presents Jimmy’s Roadside Cafe by Ramsey Shehadeh. It’s a tale about running a shanty café off I-95, in a post-apocalyptic, plague-ridden America. Jimmy cobbles together the shanty …

Drabblecast 248 – The Cockroach Hat

July 7th, 2012


“What I don’t like about it,” said Cliffe, “is that is it’s just a metaphor instead of something real.” “What if it was real?” I (Sam) asked. “What if it was me and I actually turned into a cockroach someday?” This …

Drabblecast 247 – How I Crippled a World for Just 0.01 Cents

June 25th, 2012


“You are accused of stealing the intellectual property of Einstein, Dirac and Heisenberg.” The middle-aged speaker waved his finger at Professor Hillabin, more in the manner of a prosecutor than a judge. This episode of …

Drabblecast 246 – The Kidney

June 12th, 2012


The shop bell rang at the front of the St. George Tim Hortons. I didn’t see who came in, but when Shel looked up, his eyes widened. “Crap.” He whispered. “It’s my kidney.” “Your kidney?” I asked. I turned in my seat, …

Drabblecast 245 – A Nice Jewish Golem

June 10th, 2012


“Mrs. Levine, it is hard enough for someone to find the right person to love in the world, even with all the people in it. For Yeshua, it is almost …

Drabblecast 244 – Doubleheader XI

May 25th, 2012


It had rolled and tumbled, whatever it was, gelatinous and tentacled, from lake to canal to stream. People watched from the shore, following it with …

Drabblecast 243 – The Other Lila

May 17th, 2012


I step out of a porter booth in the overheated Los Angeles station and reach up to peel off my winter coat. That’s when I realize something’s wrong with my hand — it feels numb and prickly, and the fingers aren’t quite …

Drabblecast 242 – Transfer of Ownership

May 12th, 2012


My new occupant is larger than Carson was. I was made for her, within a certain tolerance for the inevitable changes in human specifications that …

Drabblecast 241 – The Dead

April 26th, 2012


Three boy zombies in matching red jackets bussed our table, bringing water, lighting candles, brushing away the crumbs between courses.  Their eyes were dark, attentive, lifeless… This episode of The Drabblecast is all …

Drabblecast 240 – Trifecta XXI

April 20th, 2012


We bought our first yarn baby at a garage sale. The ends of its arms were frayed and its eye buttons dangled loose on bare threads. This theme of this episode of the Drabblecast is family unties: Nontraditional homes …

Drabblecast 239 – Killing the Morrow

April 14th, 2012


You know, I’ve heard my share of disembodied voices.  I’m accustomed to their fickle, sometimes bizarre demands.  But tonight’s voice is different, clear as gin and utterly compelling.  I must listen… This episode of …

Drabblecast 238 – From the Lost Diary of TreeFrog7

March 29th, 2012


Translating… Appendix 820 of The Forbidden Greeny Jungle Field Guide. This series of audio files was created by TreeFrog7. It has been automatically translated into text In this episode of the Drabblecast, heavily …

Drabblecast 237 – Test Drive

March 22nd, 2012


It was my turn to wear the mask, but my egg-sister Linney wouldn’t give it up. She’d been wearing the mask all morning, set on Smile, and it was a …

Drabblecast 236 – When You Visit the Magoebaskloof Hotel Be Certain Not to Miss the Samango Monkeys

March 16th, 2012


In the place where I was born, stones had been used to mark boundaries for four hundred years. We harrowed stones up in fields, turned them up in roadcuts. We built the foundations of houses from stones, dug around and …

Drabblecast 235 – Unreliable Witness

March 8th, 2012


I don’t know if this is the same tape as last time, because They keep moving things around and stealing them. I don’t know who does it. It may be the staff here, or my own family when they come to visit, or the aliens, …

Drabblecast 234 – Jagannath

February 29th, 2012

Another child was born in the great Mother, excreted from the tube protruding from the Nursery ceiling. It landed with a wet thud on the organic bedding underneath. Papa shuffled over to the birthing tube and picked the …

Drabblecast 233 – A Blade of Love

February 21st, 2012

Allan Thermoose’s wife is in love with a blade of grass. It’s the 375th blade directly even with the crack in the third slab of sidewalk east of the …

Drabblecast 232 – Valentine’s Day with the Gods

February 14th, 2012

The first ‘Go to Hell!’ The Angels did say To certain poor bastards On Valentine’s Day; ‘Go to Hell! We do our job well! It ain’t who you are It’s what you can sell…’ On Valentine’s Day, The World demands Love With a …

Drabblecast 231 – Trifecta XX

January 31st, 2012

The six of them meet for the first time in front of the sagging clapboard house where Everett Montrose was born. All are tired, with hollows under …

Drabblecast 230 – Bears Discover Fire

January 27th, 2012

This episode of the Drabblecast presents “Bears Discover Fire,” by Terry Bisson. We examine and interpret humanity through anthropomorphism. When …

Drabblecast 229 – Singularity Knocks

January 10th, 2012

“You don’t have to talk like that to us, mister,” I said. “We know town-speak just fine.” The man with the hat put it back on his head and smiled …

Drabblecast 228 – A Fairy Tale of Oakland

December 27th, 2011

In some parts of the world — Austria, Croatia, Hungary — they still remember. They understand. You can’t have something bright without having …

Drabblecast 227 – The Star

December 24th, 2011

It is three thousand light years to the Vatican. Once, I believed that space could have no power over faith, just as I believed that the heavens …

Drabblecast 226 – The Heroics of Interior Design

December 14th, 2011

I can’t fly faster than a speeding bullet. I can’t lift a car. I can’t climb slick surfaces with my bare hands or breath underwater or stop time. All …

Drabblecast 225 – Trifecta XIX

December 5th, 2011

Once, at the beginning, you asked why you were brought here. This is what I told you: your parents made a deal. I would rid them of their plague of …

Drabblecast 224 – Doubleheader X

November 25th, 2011

James Kennedy had stared at his sock drawer for a good ten minutes that first morning, dumbfounded. He’d never seen it so neat, and he didn’t …

Drabblecast 223 – Bearing Fruit

November 21st, 2011

This, of course, is what comes of being overly friendly with strange mangoes. One day you’re a wide-eyed virgin, with nary a care in the world; the next, you find yourself most unexpectedly and all but inexplicably …

Drabblecast 222 – Rules for Living in a Simulation

November 7th, 2011

Now if we, like those characters in recent movies, discovered specific clues in the world around us suggesting that we do in fact live in a …

Drabblecast 221 – Year of the Rabbit

October 30th, 2011

It used to be that the sun would go down and the streetlamps would come on and make pools of this wet, yellow light. No matter where you stood, you …

Drabblecast 220 – Trifecta XVIII

October 26th, 2011

Another of the Drabblecast’s vaunted Trifecta series. Three short stories, each with a unique twist. The episode begins with an interview of author J.R. Hamantaschen, Norm runs fingers through his troubled mind, …

Drabblecast 219 – The Big Splash

October 13th, 2011

I passed the sign that read Warning: Shark Zone. The sun was setting, lighting up the tops of the condos sticking out of the water. They had been …

Drabblecast 218 – Orange

October 8th, 2011

I take time-lapse photographs of an orange. The result is always the same. First I remove the previous orange from the spike in front of the black …

Drabblecast 217 – Followed

September 27th, 2011

This episode of the Drabblecast presents “Followed” by Will McIntosh. Norm also starts to ponder the nature of the undead. We conclude In Search of …

Drabblecast 216 – The Book of Eternity

September 11th, 2011

His name was Marvin Kasselmeier, though he changed it to Marcus Magnus because he thought it sounded more impressive. He’d been a bright student, …

Drabblecast 215 – Dread Unlocks

August 26th, 2011

Okay, no one expects eldritch horror in LA. Not that I know what eldritch horror really is. My old boyfriend (about fifteen boyfriends back) called …

Drabblecast 214 – The Wish of the Demon Achtromagk

August 17th, 2011

Achtromagk shuddered, lost in nightmare images: crimson lightning dotting a wasteland, twilight despair and feeble railings, isolation in a mewling …

Drabblecast 213 – The Haunter of the Dark

August 10th, 2011

I have seen the dark universe yawning Where the black planets roll without aim— Where they roll in their horror unheeded, Without knowledge or lustre …

Drabblecast 212 – Ancient Engines

July 29th, 2011

“Planning to live forever, Tiktok?” The words cut through the bar’s chatter and gab and silenced them. The silence reached out to touch infinity and then, “I believe you’re talking to me?” a mech said…

Drabblecast 211 – At the End of the Hall

July 23rd, 2011

My earliest fear, the one I remember anyways, was of great pulp magazine robots with hot water heater bodies and vacuum tube eyes. My brother forbade …

Drabblecast 210 – Trifecta XVII

July 7th, 2011

Drabblecast 209 – Babyhead

June 27th, 2011

Cynthia 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, …

Drabblecast 208 – Hokkaido Green

June 20th, 2011

The sound of running water came from ahead. The trail emerged from the woods and he looked up at the side of a rocky hill. A narrow waterfall …

Drabblecast 207 – Pinion

June 9th, 2011

The witness was beautiful, in a way that was almost hard to look at. His face was abstract and fashionable, all eyes and angles, with a luminous …

Drabblecast 206 – Creature

June 1st, 2011

And so came Creature out of the wasteland and into the city, bouncing from hilltop to hilltop like a bulbous ballerina skipping across the knuckles …

Drabblecast 205 – Trifecta XVI

May 19th, 2011

Drabblecast 204 – Doubleheader IX

May 10th, 2011

Here is the first joke of Betty L. Duncan. Why do the three-eyed aliens bank on the moon? Because there is not enough sun to go around. Press the blue button when you have finished laughing…

Drabblecast 203 – Boojum Part II

April 19th, 2011

The first sign was the chief engineers frowning and going into huddles at odd moments. And then Black Alice began to feel it herself, the way Vinnie was… she didn’t have a word for it because she’d never felt anything …

Drabblecast 202 – Boojum: Part I

April 8th, 2011

The ship had no name of her own, so her human crew called her the Lavinia Whateley. As far as anyone could tell, she didn’t mind. At least, her long …

Drabblecast 201 – Trifecta XV

March 25th, 2011

“Are these fiddlebacks ferns mommy?” Cindy asked. Fiddlehead honey. Margery said absently. “Fiddlebacks are nasty spiders.” It was only later that …

Drabblecast 200 – The Last Question

March 11th, 2011

It all had a beginning in the original cosmic explosion, whatever that was, and it’ll all have an end when all the stars run down. The sun will last twenty billion years and maybe the dwarfs will last a hundred billion …

Drabblecast 199 – In the Octopus’s Garden

February 28th, 2011

I woke to this new darkness, swirling about me. A phrase sticking in my mind — “Lazarus Syndrome.” What happened to people when they had died, but, for some reason, some lack of death’s completion — some unfinished …

Drabblecast 198 – Love in the Pneumatic Tube Era

February 18th, 2011

We discover old scrolls that we wrote to each other in high school, back in the Early Pneumatic Tube Era. That was back when a PT message took five …

Drabblecast 197 – Death Comes But Twice

February 8th, 2011

As always, he took delight in my interest in the scientific pursuits. ‘My assistant took the journey yesterday, by way of a shot to the heart. Prior to that, our trials on convicts included strangling, drowning, and …

Drabblecast 196 – Moons Like Great White Whales

January 29th, 2011

The pilot and her companion skimmed through the atmosphere on organic wings. They had completed their survey and the planet sampling, so this flight out from the landing craft and back was purely for their own joy. …

Drabblecast 195 – A Matter of Size

January 16th, 2011

“Wow.” Tiny Tim shakes his head slowly. Peels off his crimson domino mask and slaps it down on the meeting table. “That makes three of us.” “We’re marked men….” Dust Mite’s voice trembles. He tugs at the hood of his …

Drabblecast 194 – A Distant Sound of Hammers

January 5th, 2011

The horn blares and the red light floods down over the Cragmer’s Slaughter House sign and thirty feet below me the gates part wide like a huge and starving mouth. Then pours forth the herd…

Drabblecast 193 – Scales

December 29th, 2010

One day when a surge of dying summer heat roiled through the waterways, spoiling my fishing, I punted home to find Mama running down the grassy swell towards my docking-place. Hope died in her face when she saw my punt …

Drabblecast 192 – Rangifer Volans

December 26th, 2010

In early December, Brad Miro walked into the office of his partner, Dr. John Estes, and said, “I’ve got our next target. It’s perfect. The public is going to love it.” John closed his eyes. “I haven’t even finished …

Drabblecast 191 – Primary Pollinator

December 16th, 2010

When Dr. Lopez came for me, I was plunging the geo lab toilet. She carried a red stickle suit in one hand and a spray can of anti-fungal lubricant in the other. “Great news, Oliver! Big Spike is in season,” Dr. Lopez …

Drabblecast 190 – The Wheel

December 6th, 2010

“I’ll tell you what’s going to happen tomorrow, Davie. In the orning the priest will come here to see your box. It’ll be still there because nobody dares to touch it…” This episode of Drabblecast deals with fear and …

Drabblecast 189 – Doubleheader VIII

November 24th, 2010

They needed a virgin to make a bargain with the sea monster who hunted the waters off their coast, and they were not willing to sacrifice their daughters… With the theme this week being about freedom, this episode of …

Drabblecast 188 – The Store of the Worlds

November 19th, 2010

Tompkins 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 …

Drabblecast 187 – Doubleheader VII

November 16th, 2010

The episode begins with a DrabbleNews segment on blow-up weaponry (it’s Nerf or Nothing!). Next, a drabble from Kelley Zanfardino. on What follows is …

Drabblecast 186 – Garkain

November 9th, 2010

His home is in the dense jungle along the banks of the Liverpool River. Should anyone venture into that jungle Garkain, who can fly as well as walk, …

Drabblecast 185 – Horror World 2025: Part II

October 30th, 2010

Kyle lifted another lightsaber. “Want one? They’re not as random or clumsy as a flamethrower.” “Sh*t. The geek is strong in this one. Sure, Jedi me.” Kyle tossed it to her with a grin. Hang on Grandpa. We’re coming… …

Drabblecast 184 – Horror World 2025

October 23rd, 2010

It started in the cemetery, like these things usually do. Everyone knows being in a cemetery after dark’s a bad idea, which is exactly why Kyle had begged his grandpa to take him… This episode of Drabblecast is a …

Drabblecast 183 – Angel of the Ordinary

October 6th, 2010

“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 …

Drabblecast 182 – Trifecta XIV

September 30th, 2010

This episode of Drabblecast is another Trifecta special, with the of: Identity. Norm debates how our perceptions of optical illusions reflect how each person views things in their own, personal way. Evil Robot Monkey …

Drabblecast 181 – Funeral Song for a Ventriloquist

September 25th, 2010

A puppet’s words infect. They taint. They do this without ever sounding like a thing, without the listener realizing they have been spoken. A true ventriloquist, as those who are educated and informed may or may not …

Drabblecast 180 – Something Borrowed, Something Doomed

September 15th, 2010

While the rest a’ the country had turned away from the biorevolution, we Best Virginians had become magicians. We had learned how to use the tiniest …

Drabblecast 179 – The Red Bride

September 11th, 2010

Drabblecast 178 – The Tentacled Sky

September 2nd, 2010

The note itself simply read, “TUESDAY 7:13 PM”. Unsigned, undated, unadorned. Stuck into my door, just above the latch where I’d be sure to find the note immediately upon my return from my errands about the city…

Drabblecast 177 – Floaters

August 25th, 2010

That’s when I saw it. A thing — no, not even a thing, just an impression of a thing; a momentary imperfection in that seamless blue — that teased at the edge of my vision. My eye flicked toward it, but it either whipped …

Drabblecast 176 – Cinderlands

August 23rd, 2010

Dexter 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 …

Drabblecast 175 – The Outsider

August 11th, 2010

Unhappy is he to whom the memories of childhood bring only fear and sadness. Wretched is he who looks back upon lone hours in vast and dismal chambers with brown hangings and maddening rows of antique books. Such a lot …

Drabblecast 174 – The Fantasy Jumper

August 7th, 2010

“This is the one I wanted to show you,” Rando said to his blind date, Maya, who had an artificial eye that drooped slightly, but was otherwise very cute in a chipmunk sort of way. “Make her blonde,” Rando said, while …

Drabblecast 173 – Go Beep

July 28th, 2010

The 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 …

Drabblecast 172 – Trifecta XIII

July 20th, 2010

Drabblecast 171 – Mongoose : Part II

July 11th, 2010

You couldn’t describe a rath. You couldn’t even look at one for more than a few seconds before you started getting a migraine aura. Rovers were just …

Drabblecast 170 – Mongoose : Part I

July 4th, 2010

Izrael Irizarry stepped through a bright-scarred airlock onto Kadath Station, lurching a little as he adjusted to station gravity. On his shoulder, …

Drabblecast 169 – The Reenactment

June 24th, 2010

For fourteen years the North Piscataway High School History Department, under my stewardship, has honored the tradition of Duel Day, our annual …

Drabblecast 168 – Route Nine

June 15th, 2010

Two 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 …

Drabblecast 167 – Snowman’s Chance in Hell

June 9th, 2010

If the snowman, whose name was Wink, had known that the meat man would invent such a rotten thing, he never would have built the man in the first …

Drabblecast 166 – Jubilee

June 3rd, 2010

Thousands of fish — dead, dying, or flopping in the shallows — littered the shore. A dozen people in their nightgowns, pajamas, or hastily-thrown-on street clothes moved along the shore, bending, exclaiming, whistling, …

Drabblecast 165 – Doubleheader VI

May 26th, 2010

The baby list is not very long. Babies only come in about six colors — we’re getting one that matches Mother and me. Humans are a lot less …

Drabblecast 164 – The Observer

May 21st, 2010

And so we went in. Combat formation, all five of us, me first, face masks on so tight that the edges of our eyes pulled, suits like a second skin. …

Drabblecast 163 – Once a Month on a Sunday

May 12th, 2010

Once a month, on a Sunday, Mum and me and my little brother Zubby would dress up in our best clothes, Mum would put ribbons in my hair, and we’d all …

Drabblecast 162 – Birdwatcher

May 5th, 2010

I was poisoning crows the day the aliens arrived. They’re smarter than you might think – crows, not aliens – and they don’t go for any of the easy stuff anymore…

Drabblecast 161 – Higher than Usual

April 30th, 2010

“We’ve got one of them,” he told me gleefully. “One of what?” I asked, bewildered. “One of them,” he said, as if that explained it. “Cheeky sod from …

Drabblecast 160 – Trifecta XII

April 22nd, 2010

Drabblecast 159 – Intelligent Design

April 16th, 2010

God cocked his thumb and aimed his index finger at the firmament. Ka-pow! Pow! Pow! A line of three perfect glowing pinpoints of light appeared in the black void…

Drabblecast 158 – Dr. Diablo Goes Through the Motions

April 10th, 2010

Drabblecast 157 – Brief Candle

April 1st, 2010

The children washed up early this year; we raced down to the beach as soon as we heard. There was already a traffic jam coming out of the inland cells. My pockets are always filled with notes, so I left them …

Drabblecast 156 – Going to the Chapel

March 26th, 2010

Amilee Jo Baker’s day of wedded bliss was the biggest scandal the congregation of Millton County’s First Brotherhood Baptist Church had endured since Ginger Lynn married that Liebowitz boy from the Army, bless her heart…

Drabblecast 155 – The Second Conquest of Earth

March 21st, 2010

I barely recall how it used to be, before the Kus slashed open our sky—before their ships descended, battering the clouds with hurricanes and lightning. I remember the thunder and the majesty. And I remember the weeks …

Drabblecast 154 – Family Values

March 11th, 2010

Although she was tired, Wu was careful not to show it. Her pregnancies were progressing nicely. The eldest foetus, Hoo, was about to be born, and she …

Drabblecast 153 – What Fluffy Knew

March 5th, 2010

“Her routine was perfect in its simplicity. She spent her mornings in the kitchen waiting for someone to brush her, her afternoons sprawled on the couch in the warm sunshine, and her evenings on the nearest lap. …

Drabblecast 152 – Trifecta XI

February 25th, 2010

Maeve stepped into his study. She took a moment to remember the smell, the scent of old leather and hot meat, of tea and savagery. Archie held a …

Drabblecast 151 – The Society of Eccentric Moustaches

February 19th, 2010

Drabblecast 150 – Morris and the Machine

February 13th, 2010

The Drabblecast presents Morris and the Machine, by author Tim Pratt. Tim Pratt lives in Berkely, CA and has also been featured on the Drabblecast …

Drabblecast 149 – So You’re Going to Die

February 4th, 2010

The energy and personality of a person can get stuck before it evaporates from our world. Wood is a fair dumping ground. Something about its pore …

Drabblecast 148 – The Last Great Clown Hunt

January 30th, 2010

It was clown-hunting weather. It was time to gather the musty costumes, clean the slide whistles, bag up the guns, and spin the lures of cotton candy…

Drabblecast 147 – Cassie

January 22nd, 2010

The other gamblers ignored her. They were a mixed bunch– middle aged men in ties and shiny suits, women in evening gowns, young men with gleaming …

Drabblecast 146 – Teddy Bears and Tea Parties

January 15th, 2010

The Drabblecast brings you Teddy Bears and Tea Parties written by S. Boyd Taylor. It’s a heart-breaking horror story about little girls, stuffed …

Drabblecast 145 – Varmits!

January 8th, 2010

Those damn raccoons were here again. I know it’s raccoons. Rather easy to deduce considering the scores of chocolate footprints everywhere….

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December 31st, 2009

This 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 …

Drabblecast 143 – The Golden Age of Fire Escapes (Part II)

December 25th, 2009

The Drabblecast continues this two-part series with “The Golden Age of Fire Escapes (Part II)” by John Aegard. If you haven’t heard Part I, you …

Drabblecast 142 – The Golden Age of Fire Escapes (Part I)

December 20th, 2009

This week The Drabblecast presents “The Golden Age of Fire Escapes” by John Aegard who lives in Seattle, Washington with his blind dog. We also meet …

Drabblecast 141 – On the Destruction of Copenhagen by the War Machines of the Merfolk

December 10th, 2009

We see it happen: the great machines of the merfolk coming up over the shore, rampaging through the city with devastating effect. We watch a robotic …

Drabblecast 140 – Trifecta X

December 3rd, 2009

Drabblecast 139 – Let Us Now Praise Awesome Dinosaurs

November 26th, 2009

Today’s story is Let Us Now Praise Awesome Dinosaurs by Leonard Richardson. It’s a story about awesome dinosaurs from Mars doing radical things! Motocross? Drag racing? Murder?! As a special treat, Norm Sherman, Sleaze …

Drabblecast 138 – Kingdom Come

November 20th, 2009

Oh, it’s been comin’. You can hear it at night when the refugee traffic quiets down. Distant crashes, muffled thuds. Those spindly trees fall over in the front lines and advance the jungle another 15 meters. Or …

Drabblecast 137 – Doubleheader V

November 12th, 2009

Sam Android found Gail Galaxy skipping monopoles off the inactive accretion disk of a small black hole on the outskirts of the galaxy. Every once in …

Drabblecast 136 – The Great Old Pumpkin

November 1st, 2009

You 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 …

Drabblecast 135 – “Hello,” Said the Stick

October 22nd, 2009

“Hello,” said the stick. The soldier stopped, and looked around. He did not touch the hilt of his sword, but he adjusted his stance so he could reach …

Drabblecast 134 – Bone Sigh

October 17th, 2009

This week The Drabblecast brings you “Bone Sigh,” by legendary author Tim Pratt! But first we bring you the continuing adventures of cryptozoologist …

Drabblecast 133 – Over the Walls of Eden

October 8th, 2009

“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 …

Drabblecast 132 – Doubleheader IV

October 2nd, 2009

On this episode of the Drabblecast podcast, a pair of stories from decorated author Bruce Holland Rogers. Each deals with perception and the …

Drabblecast 131 – Storm Comes A’ Callin’

September 26th, 2009

The Drabblecast presents “Storm Comes A’ Callin'” by Jeremiah Tolbert. We also introduce cryptozoologist Connor Choadsworth in his hunt across the …

Drabblecast 130 – Trifecta IX

September 17th, 2009

Drabblecast 129 – Annabelle’s Alphabet

September 11th, 2009

Annabelle’s mother closed her eyes. “Get it sharp,” she said. “Very sharp, so it doesn’t hurt much. I’ll boil some water.” Somewhere in the house, far from the green places she’d known, baby Annabelle lay on her stomach …

Drabblecast 128 – The End of the Universe

September 3rd, 2009

“Countdown commencing,” the computer announced. “Termination of the universe in 10 . . . 9 . . . 8 . . .” Eight seconds until the end of everything. No Earth, no galaxy, no existence…

Drabblecast 127 – Nanuq

August 27th, 2009

His years away from me had bled any belief he once had in the old ways. I had thought to educate him, to make him wise in the ways of science and the …

Drabblecast 126 – Dagon by H.P.Lovecraft

August 20th, 2009

As I crawled into the stranded boat I realized that only one theory could explain my position. Through some unprecedented volcanic upheaval, a …

Drabblecast 125 – Little Brother™

August 6th, 2009

This year when Peter ran into the living room, there sat Little Brother™ among all the wrapped presents, babbling baby talk, smiling his happy smile, and patting one of the packages with his fat little hand. Peter was …

Drabblecast 124 – Ghosts and Simulations

July 30th, 2009

“You’re looking for people to mind the ghosts?” I asked, as I signed for the co-pay…

Drabblecast 123 – Toast

July 23rd, 2009

This week The Drabblecast presents “Toast” by Jamie Lackey. Jamie is the Assistant Editor for Triagulation Annual Anthology series and was previously …

Drabblecast 122 – The Fallen and the Muse of the Street

July 12th, 2009

Angels, fallen or otherwise, weren’t known for their appreciation of human art… On this episode of the Drabblecast, a Gaiman’esque tale of the urban supernatural from fan favorite Tim Pratt. How will a pair of fallen …

Drabblecast 121 – Trifecta VIII

July 5th, 2009

Drabblecast 120 – Doubleheader III

June 27th, 2009

We reach the rocky banks, out of breath. We do not speak. We can barely hear our voices over water raging against the rocks. Our breath makes white clouds. I buckle my helmet and cinch my gloves tighter… Leading off …

Drabblecast 119 – The Seven Deadly Drabbles

June 18th, 2009

Damascus started to object, but feeling the stares from those in the infinite line behind him, he angrily flipped open his courier’s bag and grabbed two bloody, dripping muslin bags.  He slapped them on the counter and …

Drabblecast 118 – The Relativity Prison

June 14th, 2009

It took weeks for me convince myself that my condition is universal, and I’m still not entirely sure. It’s almost always something in the eyes, and sometimes also in the corners of the mouth. Resignation. I had to learn …

Drabblecast 117 – Curse of the Alien’s Wife

June 4th, 2009

Now that his supernal caress has become the familiar sanctum of her nights, she fears that no mere human partner could ever satisfy her again… This …

Drabblecast 116 – It’s All in the Knowing

May 28th, 2009


Kelly Lester, a soft-spoken, unassuming young girl, with lovely sparkling green eyes and a smile that seemed fresh-born each time she used it. I fell in love with her the day she started here, and I convinced myself …

Drabblecast 115 – Clown Eggs

May 26th, 2009

This week the Drabblecast presents “Clown Eggs” by Jay Lake. It is a story that introduces us to old “bull” clown Uncle Swarmy. It’s not just another …

Drabblecast 114 – Arms and the Man

May 14th, 2009

In this episode of the Drabblecast, we present “Arms and the Man” by Mary Turzillo. It’s a story of a divorced woman, burned out to love, who finds …

Drabblecast 113 – Charlie the Purple Giraffe Was Acting Strangely

May 7th, 2009

This 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 …

Drabblecast 112 – The Guardian

April 29th, 2009

She sprinted along the sidewalk, the bag bouncing against her back. The sun melded into the horizon, disappeared, engulfing the city in grave dark. …

Drabblecast 111 – Frequent Flier Miles

April 22nd, 2009

He folds his barely eaten burrito away in its paper wrapper and regards me seriously with his warm, friendly eyes. “I have a *lot* of frequent flier …

Drabblecast 110 – Trifecta VII

April 16th, 2009


The 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. …

Drabblecast 109 – Babel Probe

April 2nd, 2009


This episode of the Drabblecast features “Babel Probe” by David D. Levine. This superbly narrated tale follows a nano scale robot on its mission to …

Drabblecast 108 – The Wicked Witch Looks at 40 (Decades)

March 28th, 2009

The wicked witch business wasn’t what it used to be.  It had been such a simple thing, to lure children with candy; back in the old days when candy …

Drabblecast 107 – The Alchemical Automaton Blues

March 21st, 2009

“How often does it do that?”  the faun asked. “Most of the time.  The poor thing’s totally neglected.  They never speak to it or interact with it– except for when the kids are throwing rocks at it…” This episode of the …

Drabblecast 106 – Boiled Black Broth and Cornets

March 12th, 2009

“From fortress-building to cornet-playing, you never cease to amaze me, Beckie.”  I replied, dumping my weekend luggage in a corner of the grm …

Drabblecast 105 – Doubleheader 2

March 5th, 2009

She’d been hunting full-grown pies for four years now.  The little hand-held fruit pies were for kids– the preservatives made them slow and stupid– …

Drabblecast 104 – The Food Processor

February 26th, 2009

Though the boy’s birthdays occurred weeks apart, Mother combined their gift to please Father. “You may choose your present this year, boys,”  said …

Drabblecast 103 – Out of His League

February 19th, 2009

An influx of uniformed combatants filed into the room, some mumbling, others grumbling– the sure sign of another loss.  In moments the place smelled of dirty socks and planetary jocks… This episode opens with a reminder …

Drabblecast 102 – The Last Dog

February 12th, 2009

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 …

Drabblecast 101 – Bemused

February 5th, 2009

My Muse is the life of every party.  He does keg-stands and plays beer-pong like he was born to the game… This episode of the Drabblecast podcast opens with a DrabbleNews story about immortal jellyfish, jellyfish that …

Drabblecast 100 – Trifecta VI

January 29th, 2009

The 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 …

Drabblecast 99 – Sarah’s Window

January 22nd, 2009

The 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 …

Drabblecast 98 – The Graggleberry Thief

January 15th, 2009

“Mark my words Monkey,” said the chicken.  “If you’re up to no good, Felonious Peck will find you out…” This episode of the Drabblecast revolves …

Drabblecast 97 – Daydream Nation

January 8th, 2009

From 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… …

Drabblecast 96 – L’wek and Sarah

January 1st, 2009

Since 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 …

Drabblecast 95 – On Dasher

December 29th, 2008

Seen from a hundred feet up–if one could see any of this meeting, which they can’t – Saint Nick and his reindeer are red and brown dots standing on a …

Drabblecast 94 – Squidges

December 18th, 2008

“Squidges?” This was a term I hadn’t heard before.  I was used to Maine brother colloquialisms, they had adopted a vocabulary largely unique to …

Drabblecast 93 – Blue

December 12th, 2008

I had a dog, his name was Blue Betchya five dollars he’s a good one too. Come on Blue! I’m a-comin’ too. Glum weather in Baltimore inspires Norm to …

Drabblecast 92 – Synesthesia

December 6th, 2008


They called  it “Synesthesia.”  It’s when the senses got mixed up and you started to hear colors or taste sounds… Norm begins this with a warning …

Drabblecast 91 – Gifting Bliss: Fifteen Years Later, Jason Avery’s Magic is Still Saving the World

November 27th, 2008

“When I first met Jason he was sitting cross-legged in the middle of the studio, surrounded by burning candles. The air smelled like flowers and a sort of a fog hung in the room and I’m thinking- this dude is a little …

Drabblecast 90 – Far Far Away

November 20th, 2008

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… In …

Drabblecast 89 – Starry Night

November 13th, 2008

“They were frozen in place, and their bodies blazed.  The angel was before them, and they were silent, burning with no heat…” The episode opens with a Drabble by John Medaille, a veteran of Podcastle, the Dunesteef, and …

Drabblecast 88 – The Toys of Peace

November 6th, 2008

Harvey retreated to the library and spent some thirty or fourty minutes in wondering whether it would be possible to compile a history, for us in …

Drabblecast 87 – The Box Born Wraith

October 29th, 2008

“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 …

Drabblecast 86 – Half-Sneeze Johnny

October 22nd, 2008


If he ain’t comfortable, he can’t sneeze proper to save his life… During the Drabble News, Norm introduces us to the cutest little …

Drabblecast 85 – Trifecta V

October 15th, 2008

The fifth of the Drabblecast’s Trifectas gathers three stories about addiction to love. Due to the subject matter, Norm issues a warning about it’s kid unfriendliness.  First, the narrator of Suzanne Vincent’s story, …

Drabblecast 84 – Doubleheader 1

October 8th, 2008

“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 …

Drabblecast 83 – Floating Over Time

October 1st, 2008

She was a machine, fabulously complex and durable and imaginative.  She was also alive… This well regarded episode of the Drabblecast shares the …

Drabblecast 82 – An Overgrown Clump of Narcissists

September 24th, 2008


“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 …

Drabblecast 81 – Snuffles

September 17th, 2008

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 …

Drabblecast 80 – Standing in Line

September 10th, 2008

I sense a diference the instant I step out of the water.  In the unnatural stillness there is an arid taste in the air that assaults the back of my …

Drabblecast 79 – Low-Carb Cheesecake

September 3rd, 2008

“Just one thing,” I said, nodding towards the cheesecake. “How do you do it?” Norm Sherman gives us more of the Mega-Beast Death-Match. The Drabbles for this episode depict lawn ornament assassins and a man’s true form. …

Drabblecast 78 – Panel Discussion

August 25th, 2008

“So, where do you get your ideas?” he asked. “I get my ideas from thinking about things.” “Like what?” “Like this panel.” In this episode of the Drabblecast, we listen in on a convention panel sidetracked by the Sci-Fi …

Drabblecast 77 – Permanent Detention

August 20th, 2008

“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 …

Drabblecast 76 – Apologies All Around

August 13th, 2008

“Pardon, Winston Sinclair, I am not here to sell you something. I am not here to buy something. Winston Sinclair, sir, I am here to apologize…” Jeff …

Drabblecast 75 – Trifecta IV

August 6th, 2008


We’re lying in the sun, letting our wings dry, when a thought suddenly occurs to me. “Do you think it’s fair” “What’s that?” says Bob. He’s sitting there beside me, fat and lazy, with his three tales flickering lightly …

Drabblecast 74 – Witchcraft in the Harem

July 30th, 2008

“I’m in serious trouble here,” I said to the pale man.  “Give me some words of wisdom.” This episode’s Drabble details a disturbing beginning. The feature is a haunting tale of desire and eternity. Norm Sherman gives us …

Drabblecast 73 – All In

July 16th, 2008

The medical profession doesn’t talk about “The Treatment”…it came from Argentina, but the scientist was from Mumbai, or the other way around… This episode’s Drabble shows us life by Etch-a-Sketch. The feature story for …

Drabblecast 72 – Exit

July 9th, 2008

Drabblecast 71 – Perfect Down Further

July 3rd, 2008

“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 70 – Reality Bites!

June 25th, 2008

Drabblecast 69 – The Story-Teller

June 18th, 2008

Drabblecast 68 – The Wiggly People

June 11th, 2008

Uncle 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 …

Drabblecast 67 – Malish

June 4th, 2008

His method of running was simple and to the point:  he was usually last out of the gate, last on the backstretch, last around the far turn, and last at the finish wire…

Drabblecast 66 – Creatures in Disguise

May 28th, 2008


They didn’t feel things the way humans did…things like mercy…

Drabblecast 65 – Old Clara’s Favorites

May 21st, 2008

Old Clara only bought gourds.  God only knew why, and folks weren’t asking themselves.  Not that Clara would have answered…

Drabblecast 64 – Thus Spake Bleerbo

May 14th, 2008

Planet to planet, galaxy to galaxy, he moved, helping people, saving lives, redeeming himself…and never finding the necessity to a speak a word…

Drabblecast 63 – Time Shift

May 7th, 2008

A few seconds (approximately 3.21, her processors told her) wasn’t a lot of time- a human brain wouldn’t have had the same opportunity for reflection…

Drabblecast 62 – Sizzle

April 30th, 2008

Insanity wears many masks…

Drabblecast 61 – Trifecta III

April 23rd, 2008

Drabblecast 60 – Dysfunction

April 17th, 2008

Drabblecast 59 – The Interview

April 10th, 2008

“Your son appears to be quite exceptional, Mrs. Warren,” Dr. Ethridge said, looking up through wire-framed glasses from the test results on his …

Drabblecast 58 – Eggs

April 3rd, 2008

Drabblecast 57 – The Tiger Fortune Princess

March 27th, 2008

Drabblecast 56 – 33 Seconds

March 20th, 2008

Inside the TecknoAir factory, deep within the Earth’s core, cheap was a necessity…

Drabblecast 55 – Circe’s

March 13th, 2008

Feliks Duda has eight weeks left in the country on the morning the letter from the Home Office arrives.  They tell Feliks he has to go back to his country.  That Feliks can not do…

Drabblecast 54 – Unholy Fruit

March 7th, 2008

The demon oranges- one for every tree in Roland’s orchard – appeared on an otherwise average Tuesday morning…

Drabblecast 53 – Sing

February 28th, 2008

Today the Drabblecast brings you “Sing” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. It’s a story about aliens, music, and strange frequencies!     Story Excerpt: Child, you sing all the time- when you’re walking, when you’re eating, …

Drabblecast 52 – Sleep Age

February 21st, 2008

Around back there’s a smaller, dimmer lobby with a line of tired-looking people clutching their little blinking cylinders as they wait to have them verified to get their money…

Drabblecast 51 – Crimson

February 14th, 2008

What wonders my kin saw as the passed away, none living will ever know.  Only those willing to taste the waters see as they did.  Only those willing to taste the waters die with their eyes open…

Drabblecast 50 – Trifecta II

February 3rd, 2008

He was the size of a child. One of those twiggy ones they show you on the guilt-o-mercials that you can keep in shoes and chickens for just 30 cents …

Drabblecast 49 – Heart to Heart

January 31st, 2008

Here’s the thing Sheila- you’re the most beautiful woman I’ve ever met.  You’re also funny, intelligent, sex is fantastic and you certainly have an …

Drabblecast 48 – The Destiny of Man

January 24th, 2008

I know what they teach you in school, Bobby, but don’t let anyone tell you that the human race isn’t the greatest, most glorious of all earth’s …

Drabblecast 47 – The Silver Ring

January 17th, 2008

“What have you got there, Dell?” Lars twisted his hand painfully to get a look at the ring. “Where did you find that?…” Norm introduces all and …

Drabblecast 46 – The She-Wolf

January 10th, 2008

Leonard returned to his home circle garrulous about his Russian strike experiences, but oppressively reticent about certain dark mysteries, which he …

Drabblecast 45 – The Fine Point

January 3rd, 2008

Once you start to see them, they seem to be everywhere… The Drabble News report, of a 5-year scientific study which showed staring at women’s breasts …

Drabblecast 44 – The Arc of Hronos

December 30th, 2007

I’ve almost finished checking those measurements. That tooth—it looks homo sapien. This could be huge… Norm presents, in his inimitable style, a …

Drabblecast 43 – Jelly Park

December 21st, 2007

Drabblecast #43 presents “Jelly Park“ by Aliya Whiteley. In consideration of the holidays, Norm begins to see a common theme to this Drabblecast …

Drabblecast 42 – 40 Quarters

December 15th, 2007

“Your work does sound most commendable, but I’m afraid there’s nothing I can do.  Volunteer work, no matter how worthy, doesn’t pay taxes.  There’s …

Drabblecast 41 – Set Another Place at the Table, I’m Bringing My Pimple

December 6th, 2007

It starts off like any normal bout of Pre-Menstrual Syndrome.  I’m constipated, I’m depressed and I’ve got a pimple the size of a hazelnut on my chin… This week’s Drabble details a junk mail scam, betraying Norm’s deep …

Drabblecast 40 – Marbles

November 29th, 2007

“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 …

Drabblecast 39 – The Beekeepers

November 22nd, 2007

The Tehtix move so damn fast – scientists can’t ever keep up… and populations never know what hit them… In a mind-bending tale of parasitic worms, …

Drabblecast 38 – Trifecta

November 16th, 2007

Trifecta – a run of three wins or grand events. Origin: 1970s from “tri” + “perfecta” The Drabblecast’s first ever trifecta special, three short stories asking there interesting questions. Is best model, best witness? …

Drabblecast 37 – Luna Springs

November 9th, 2007

They say the gravity’s lessened here, air’s purified, filtered with vitamins and proteins.  Even the light’s better – Luna Springs is on a mobile foundation timed to keep optimum reflected sunlight at all hours… In …

Drabblecast 36 – Pumpkinseeds

November 1st, 2007

Their orange gazes came from devilishly carved eyes and their vigilant stares sent a chill up Kincade’s neck.  He had never liked the gutted vegetables that people found hauntingly ornamental this time of year…

Drabblecast 35 – The Guilt Trader

October 26th, 2007

The rocking of the train soon lulled Patience into a deep sleep, and when Brian noticed her unconscious state he moved over opposite Eddie and asked, …

Drabblecast 34 – The Suit

October 21st, 2007

Drabblecast 33 – Dessert Storm

October 10th, 2007

Drabblecast 32 – The Warden’s Last Day

October 3rd, 2007

“It was 11 at night, and only a few shouts of men in the lifer block penetrated the concrete walls of death row.  My name is Michael Zlocinac, and I am a warden of U.S. Federal Penitentiary at Magdalena, New Mexico…” On …

Drabblecast 31 – Office Consultation

September 27th, 2007

“What seems to be the problem John?” “It’s difficult to explain Doctor.  To put it in a nutshell, I’m increasingly unable to come to grips with …

Drabblecast 30 – 2084

September 20th, 2007

“What are you doing tonight?” asked Julian, with a sly smirk on his face.  He knew that Winston was prone to doing the most outrageous things. …

Drabblecast 29 – Code Brown

September 13th, 2007

The Drabblecast presents “Code Brown” by Dermot Glennon. This episode opens with a little gospel, hehe. Then we move on to the Drabble Poetry Corner …

Drabblecast 28 – The Hog-Faced Man

September 6th, 2007

I listened to my father talk about the hog-faced man who came into his hospital room and stood at the foot of his bed. “What does he say to you?” I asked. My father turned his head and looked at me. “He tells me he’s …

Drabblecast 27 – Crazy

August 30th, 2007

Ma called it the crazy. She always had. The old lady called it something else.  Most of the time, before I- touched one- I used the word Ma used, or …

Drabblecast 26 – Once Upon a Hill in this City

August 23rd, 2007

Drabblecast 25 – The Worm Within

August 16th, 2007

Today we bring to you The Worm Within, by Vincent Eaton. It’s a strange tale. A rather gross tale… about a tail. It’s a tale about a worm tail and a man’s tail area. And meat. Have you ever felt something was off inside …

Drabblecast 24 – Black and White Animals Part 3 : Chromatic Conclusions

August 9th, 2007

Part Three of the Black and White Animals Trilogy, Brenda and the Black and White Animals Prepare for the Final Battle with Emperor Mersatz…

Drabblecast 23 – Momentum

August 2nd, 2007

Even after it really hit the fan out there, Dwight never ventured far from the carnival grounds.  His fellow carneys had all left in search of family members to be with. But Dwight’s family was still here…

Drabblecast 22 – Black and White Animals Part 2 : Vengeful Hearts

July 25th, 2007

With humanity’s fate at stake, Ling Ling and his Black and White followers face a new and mighty foe…

Drabblecast 21 – The Metamorphosis of the Phosphorescent Avenger

July 19th, 2007

Jell, Porp and Oct decide to stick it to the man…

Drabblecast 20 – A Day with Daddy

July 12th, 2007

Drabblecast 19 – Sredni Vashtar

June 28th, 2007

Sredni Vashtar went forth, His thoughts were red thoughts and his teeth were white. His enemies called for peace, but he brought them death. Sredni …

Drabblecast 18 – The One That Got Away

June 21st, 2007

Drabblecast 17 – Morton

June 14th, 2007

He was a genetic disaster – holding in his impressive repertoire of infirmities: asthma, severe lactose intolerance, a disposition to rashes, acute …

Drabblecast 16 – I-81

June 7th, 2007

Drabblecast 15 – Roanax

May 31st, 2007

Taygath couldn’t wait – the scouts had reported that these predator specimens were truly magnificent. His pedipalps twitched with anticipation…

Drabblecast 14 – Mouse

May 24th, 2007

Drabblecast 13 – RORRIM

May 17th, 2007

This is a story about how one thing leads to another, if you know what I mean.  It’s about what the Chinese mean when they say: “I curse you with an interesting time”…. In this episode of the Drabblecast, a convention …

Drabblecast 12 – Free Willy 2.4

May 10th, 2007

A textbook example of whale robotics gone terribly wrong… Episode 12 sees the climax of the first ever Super Animal Deathmatch (also know as the Mega-Beast Death-Match), with Norm revealing the winner – Telephant. It …

Drabblecast 11 – Black and White Animals Part 1 : Secret Weapons

May 3rd, 2007


A day at the zoo turns into humanity’s ultimate struggle for survival… Episode 11 of the Drabblecast brings us Secret Weapons – the first chapter of …

Drabblecast 10 – A Little Black Death

April 26th, 2007

He kept them in jars in his garage.  Row after row of mayonnaise jars, each one containing a small, shiny blob of instant death…. In its tenth episode, the Drabblecast presents Lance Arthur’s story ‘A Little Black …

Drabblecast 9 – Vengeance at 4 a.m.

April 19th, 2007

Rushing to clean the house before Aunt Mary comes home, April and her sister realize that Grandpa’s old clock is broken… Episode 9 of the Drabblecast …

Drabblecast 8 – Epiphany

April 12th, 2007

Ever had one of those days? Drabblecast episode 8 brings a hard-luck tale like few before – Adam Carvin’s “Epiphany,” which explores just how bad things can really get, and how to keep them in perspective. And a …

Drabblecast 7 – Rutabaga

April 5th, 2007

Tony goes undercover for the police to get a deal with “The Boss” recorded on tape… In Episode 7 Norm shares the full version of ‘Rutabaga’, a tale …

Drabblecast 6 – The Frog Prince

March 29th, 2007

Nikki’s looking for a Prince… Episode 6 of the Drabblecast brings us The Frog Prince, a story exploring the transformative potential of frog smooching. Norm recommends his favorite podcast Escape Pod, and invites …

Drabblecast 5 – Guardians

March 22nd, 2007

A terrible accident on the highway brings about an even greater collision of forces… A problem with Norm’s planned story for this week results in him …

Drabblecast 4 – Uncle Ollie’s Gift

March 15th, 2007

Some things are just too precious to leave behind… Episode 4 of the Drabblecast brings us “Uncle Ollie’s Gift,” a story of keeping your family close, and your prized possessions closer. The story’s author Kendall …

Drabblecast 3 – Next Stop

March 8th, 2007

The metrotrain at 6am can be a great place to make new friends… The Drabblecast’s third episode brings us Luke Coddington’s Next Stop, a short, atmospheric story of an encounter with a homeless man on Baltimore’s metro, …

Drabblecast 2 – Longing for Love: A Unicorn’s Story

February 28th, 2007

Not your average fairy-tale about an obese squirrel and a unicorn with back acne…. In episode 2 Norm brings us the quirky story of Gregory, a unicorn cursed with bad health and worse luck. This is also the first episode …

Drabblecast 1 – The Coughing Dog

February 21st, 2007

In the Drabblecast’s very first episode, ‘Norman’ Sherman introduces his own story The Coughing Dog. It’s a tale about a family reuniting at Christmas, and a domestic pet with a very… unusual condition. Norm also …

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