By Norm Sherman
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The Drabblecast has a huge collection of the weirdest stories out there. But where to start listening? Start here, with Drabbleclassics. A curated walk through the best episodes, with additional commentary and insight.
||CleanDrabbleclassics 26 – Unreliable Witness (235)||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,||4/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrabbleclassics 25 – Charlie the Purple Giraffe Was Acting Strangely (113)||A change came over Charlie then, like a cloud passing in front of the sun. He placed his hands flat in his lap, straightened his neck, and took a deep breath. "Us," he said at last. "They read us." - A delightful Drabble evokes a sage summation of||11/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrabbleclassics 24 – Cinderlands (176)||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 every shovelful revealed worse things: clumps of cinders and the dust of ashes; rusting nails,||8/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrabbleclassics 23 – Synesthesia (92)||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 concerning graphic violence and gore. We return to one of the Drabblecast's favorite topics,||8/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrabbleclassics 22 – Go Beep (173)||I’m a fan of Nirvana. - I mean I’m a fan of the band rather than a fan of the concept. Although, hey, what’s not to like about the idea of being no longer subject to torture over the fires of greed, hatred and delusion? Free from all suffering –||7/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrabbleclassics 21 – Mongoose : Part II (171)||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 blots of shadow. The breeder was massive, armored, and had no recognizable features,||5/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrabbleclassics 20 – Mongoose : Part I (170)||Izrael Irizarry stepped through a bright-scarred airlock onto Kadath Station, lurching a little as he adjusted to station gravity. On his shoulder, Mongoose extended her neck, her barbels flaring, flicked her tongue out to taste the air,||5/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrabbleclassics 19 – So You’re Going to Die (149)||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 size and how cellulose vibrates. A person can get himself pasted inside the wall or the floorboards.||3/31/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrabbleclassics 18 – Sing (53)||Child, you sing all the time- when you’re walking, when you’re eating, even when you’re laughing. You people make the most beautiful music in the entire galaxy...||3/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrabbleclassics 17 – Apologies All Around (76)||"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 Soesbe, graduate of The Viable Paradise Workshop, gives us a tender feature about a family of the ..||2/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrabbleclassics 16 – Blue (93)||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 treat us all to a pair of melancholy stories. In Shane Shennen's Drabble, "Ancient Apple Tree,||2/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrabbleclassics 15 – Creature (206)||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 of a great hand. He was big as the moon and black as the night,||1/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrabbleclassics 14 – Jelly Park (43)||"I'm not sure I belong here." "Then where do you belong?" The others stopped chewing and looked at me expectantly. What am I?... - As Norm detailed his Christmas plans, the common theme of this episode became apparent: that "Home" is not a place,||12/25/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrabbleclassics 13 – Rangifer Volans (192)||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 writing the paper about the Mongol..||12/20/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrabbleclassics 12 – Gifting Bliss: Fifteen Years Later, Jason Avery’s Magic is Still Saving the World (91)||"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 off..." -||12/2/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrabbleclassics 11 – The Box Born Wraith (87)||"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 really bad Vincent Price imi...||10/31/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrabbleclassics 10 – The Wiggly People (68)||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 Foster. A troubled youth,||10/12/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrabbleclassics 9 – The End of the Universe (128)||"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...||10/8/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrabbleclassics 8 – The Wish of the Demon Achtromagk (214)||Achtromagk shuddered, lost in nightmare images: crimson lightning dotting a wasteland, twilight despair and feeble railings, isolation in a mewling throng. It thrashed and twisted but could not escape, could not stop the unwanted vistas in its mind. -||9/29/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrabbleclassics 7 – The Store of the Worlds (188)||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..." -||9/22/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrabbleclassics 6 – The Outsider (175)||Here it is again - the very first H.P. Lovecraft month special! Listen in as we try to figure out what it's all about at the end of the episode! - - Unhappy is he to whom the memories of childhood bring only fear and sadness.||8/31/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrabbleclassics 5 – Code Brown (29)||"We cannot destroy it- it's too valuable" said Klugscheisser "And yet, it would be dangerous to keep it. We must hide it in the last place that anyone would ever think of looking for it..."||8/11/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrabbleclassics 4 – Annabelle’s Alphabet (129)||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 and cried...||7/21/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrabbleclassics 3 – The Tentacled Sky (178)||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... - - - - - - -||7/7/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrabbleclassics 2 – Over the Walls of Eden (133)||If you listened to Clown Eggs and thought, "I need more stories like THAT," you are in for a treat. This week, we listen to Jay Lake's "Over the Walls of Eden"-stick around at the end and hear a discussion of the story. - -||6/22/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrabbleclassics 1 – Clown Eggs (115)||Author Jay Lake knew about the devil and he knew about the clowns. When his story, Clown Eggs, first appeared on the Drabblecast, listeners said things like "This might be, hands-down, the weirdest story I've ever heard on [The Drabblecast].||6/8/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
There are some great stories in here
Great for those who want to know more...
If you love The Drabblecast, but like me are too cowardly to explore the archives, this is a great show :-)
Insane, Original and Spectacular
Norm and his insane (both weird and nerdy) Drabblecast crew consistently create some of the best literary podcasting available today. Comprising both the horror and sci-fi genres upon first glance, one learns to appreciate (or not) Norm's great sense of humor and the truly original ways in which he manifests it.
Norm is a gifted and creative musician and storyteller who finds other wonderful storytellers to tell their tales to us, much to our benefit.
Thank you for your fabulous work, Norm!