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The Drabblecast Audio Fiction Podcast

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

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Drabblecast 392 – Single Parent

The Drabblecast brings you “Single Parent” by Sarah Gailey. Sarah Gailey is a Hugo Award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction, and a regular contributor for Tor.com and Barnes & Noble. Single Parent follows one father’s journey to face the monsters in his son’s closet and some demons of his own. It was originally produced for […] The post Drabblecast 392 – Single Parent appeared first on The Drabblecast.

26mins

12 Dec 2018

Rank #1

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Drabbleclassics 27 – Go Beep (173)

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 mindless marketing, the grunge rock anti-establishment, and the struggles of a young couple trying to fight a bizarre takeover, in her story “Go Beep.” Oh, […] The post Drabbleclassics 27 – Go Beep (173) appeared first on The Drabblecast.

20mins

7 Dec 2018

Rank #2

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Drabblecast Director’s Cut: Jelly Park

“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 first ever Drabblecast People’s Choice Award Winner for “Best Story” back in 2007, for this “Director’s Cut: Jelly […] The post Drabblecast Director’s Cut: Jelly Park appeared first on The Drabblecast.

43mins

17 Dec 2018

Rank #3

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Drabblecast 400 – We Who Stole The Dream Pt. 1

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 tale about sadism and slavery, and the potential for cruelty in all of us. Published postmortem in the 1990 compilation “Her Smoke Rose Up Forever,” this story […] The post Drabblecast 400 – We Who Stole The Dream Pt. 1 appeared first on The Drabblecast.

43mins

9 Mar 2019

Rank #4

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Drabblecast 418 – Not Recommended for Guests of a Philosophically Uncertain Disposition

Episode Sponsor- I’m From Nowhere by Lindsay Lerman Damita managed The Fracture’s visitor centre and gift shop, while Jem took the guided tours. There was also a cafe, which always had fresh coffee and an inventive selection of hot sandwiches, although Damita had never met anyone who worked in the kitchens. ‘They’re all very industrious, […] The post Drabblecast 418 – Not Recommended for Guests of a Philosophically Uncertain Disposition appeared first on The Drabblecast.

26mins

30 Oct 2019

Rank #5

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

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 writes fiction for children and adults, from humor to horror. She is the author of the Klaereon Scroll series, the most recent of which is The Pawn of Isis, coming in March, 2019. […] The post Drabblecast 399 – Trifecta: We Don’t Talk Any More appeared first on The Drabblecast.

30mins

24 Feb 2019

Rank #6

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Drabblecast 417 – Love in the Balance

Episode Sponsor- I’m From Nowhere, a novel by Lindsay Lerman. This week’s Drabblecast explores unrequited love and how relationships, like anything in life, are susceptible to change. We bring you a full cast production of David D. Levine’s space opera story “Love in the Balance,” read to you by Mike Boris, Lauren Synger, Veronica Giguere, Adam […] The post Drabblecast 417 – Love in the Balance appeared first on The Drabblecast.

44mins

11 Oct 2019

Rank #7

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Drabblecast 402 – The Moving Stars

We’re in the thick of Women and Aliens month, and we’re keeping it going with an original commissioned story— “The Moving Stars” by Premee Mohamed. Premee Mohamed is an Indo-Caribbean scientist and specfic auhor based out of Canada. Her short fiction has appeared in Analog, Pseudopod, Mythic Delirium, Automata Review, and other venues.  Her debut […] The post Drabblecast 402 – The Moving Stars appeared first on The Drabblecast.

40mins

27 Mar 2019

Rank #8

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Drabblecast 419 – Trifecta: Halloween Special

Special Guest Host Cryptkeeper Norm hosts this year’s Drabblecast Halloween special. The Drabblecast brings you a special 3 original stories from Editors past and present, all centered around the history of a lonesome Texas Graveyard. We present to you,The Lich Gate Trifecta: They Went Into the Graveyard, One by One by Matthew Bey The Armadillo […] The post Drabblecast 419 – Trifecta: Halloween Special appeared first on The Drabblecast.

51mins

8 Dec 2019

Rank #9

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Drabblecast 404 – Witches for Mars

Closing out Women and Aliens month, The Drabblecast brings you another originally commissioned story: “Witches for Mars” by Eden Royce. It’s a surreal tale about considering greener pastures…   Story Excerpt: No one expected the government to allow it. To acknowledge it even, but Maira was looking at the advertisement above a webpage she was […] The post Drabblecast 404 – Witches for Mars appeared first on The Drabblecast.

42mins

20 Apr 2019

Rank #10

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Drabblecast 403 – The Translator

Next up in Women and Aliens month: a Drabblecast original commissioned from author Eboni J. Dunbar, “The Translator.” Eboni Dunbar resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner and specializes in queer and black speculative fiction. She is also a VONA Alum, an associate editor for PodCastle and a freelance reviewer. Story Excerpt: […] The post Drabblecast 403 – The Translator appeared first on The Drabblecast.

44mins

31 Mar 2019

Rank #11

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Drabblecast 410 – Go Between

On this week’s Drabblecast, Norm and NPR’s Chioke I’Anson bring you stories about the voices in your head, including “Go Between” by acclaimed writer China Mieville. “Go Between” tells the tale of a man who, for several years, has been receiving strange instructions to deliver seemingly random items from location to location. Agonizing over effect […] The post Drabblecast 410 – Go Between appeared first on The Drabblecast.

46mins

5 Jul 2019

Rank #12

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Drabblecast 407 – The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change

This week we bring you “The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change” by Kij Johnson. This story depicts a world in the aftermath of “The Change,” a mysterious event whereby all domesticated mammals spontaneously gain near-human intelligence and the ability to speak.  It was shortlisted for the 2007 […] The post Drabblecast 407 – The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change appeared first on The Drabblecast.

1hr 12mins

4 Jun 2019

Rank #13

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Drabblecast 409 – The Dandelion Man

 The Drabblecast presents an original story: “The Dandelion Man” by Jack Nicholls. A tale of coming of age, a tale of survival; a fight to discover who is of the soil and who is of the air… Story Excerpt: Teo and Paulus stood at the shore of the pampas, where the grass grew twice as […] The post Drabblecast 409 – The Dandelion Man appeared first on The Drabblecast.

33mins

20 Jun 2019

Rank #14

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Drabblecast 405 – Wet Fur

This week The Drabblecast presents “Wet Fur” by Jeremiah Tolbert. From Jeremiah: “This story came to me wholly formed in a dream one day. I wrote it in a white hot tear, desperate to capture all the details and emotions that had seemed so immediate in the dream. It’s about how our pets live such […] The post Drabblecast 405 – Wet Fur appeared first on The Drabblecast.

27mins

25 Apr 2019

Rank #15

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Drabblecast 416 – Necessary Cuts

Closing out this year’s H.P. Lovecraft month, we bring you another Drabblecast original, this time from author by Bryan Milller, about editing a manuscript as if the whole world depended on it… The manuscripts I read are haunted. Commas vanish forever into the void. Subjects and verbs struggle in bloody disagreement. Infinitives are cleaved with […] The post Drabblecast 416 – Necessary Cuts appeared first on The Drabblecast.

38mins

1 Oct 2019

Rank #16

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Drabblecast Director’s Cut – Sing

“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 Science Fiction, like Leigh Bracket and James Tipree Jr. Why use a pen name after all? […] The post Drabblecast Director’s Cut – Sing appeared first on The Drabblecast.

57mins

18 Mar 2019

Rank #17

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Drabblecast 401 – We Who Stole The Dream Pt. 2

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 one, you can find that here. Sadism, slavery, power and oppression… are we ever truly innocent? Or is there the potential of cruelty in all of us? […] The post Drabblecast 401 – We Who Stole The Dream Pt. 2 appeared first on The Drabblecast.

35mins

16 Mar 2019

Rank #18

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Drabblecast 411 – Wholesale Solution

This week on the Drabblecast, something a little different! “Wholesale Solution” is a full cast radio play set in a dystopic science fiction universe where nothing is as it seems. Written and produced by Fred Greenhalgh and Jack Bowman, buckle in for a ride to Europa! Story Excerpt: We are inside a holding cell containing […] The post Drabblecast 411 – Wholesale Solution appeared first on The Drabblecast.

48mins

19 Jul 2019

Rank #19

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Drabblecast 413 – The Rats in the Walls

Kicking off this year’s H.P. Lovecraft month with a classic from the man himself. It’s not your mind playing tricks it’s The Rats in the Walls! On July 16, 1923, I moved into Exham Priory after the last workman had finished his labours. The restoration had been a stupendous task, for little had remained of […] The post Drabblecast 413 – The Rats in the Walls appeared first on The Drabblecast.

10 Aug 2019

Rank #20