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The Drabblecast ~ #220 ~ Trifecta XVIII

Art by Liz Pennies

So, I have been having problems with my computer, as well as my iPod/iTunes. But im sure these problems mean little to those who may have been looking for any insight into the recent world of Drabblecast. So, here we go, and sorry for the delay. As I write this up Drabblecast is in the process of releasing their Halloween special, so shortly after this post (like tomorrow) I will give you the lowdown on those digs.

Now to this weeks episode, we get Trifecta XVIII, which means 18 for those who don’t know how to count letters. A trifecta is an episode featuring three stories, by three authors, but sharing a similar theme. Thank you for that free explanation Norm, and thank you for letting me know that this episodes theme was about rejection and abandonment. Before the stories began we were treated to hear once again about J.R. Hamantaschen’sYou Shall Never Know Security“. This round we were lucky to hear some words from the man himself about his work, through an interview conducted with Norman Sherman.

The first story, “Bad Habit” by Richard Weems, was my favorite out of the three. It featured a naked hobo, a crime fighting nun, naked tussling, but mainly it made me laugh. Story number two, “Tags” by Andrew Gudgel, took a futuristic/voyeuristic route, and touched on something I mentioned about last weeks episode, “The Big Splash“. That being a loss of emotion toward each other through technology. And closing tale, “A Happy Family” by Nathaniel Tower, which follows a family through its trials and tribulations in rasing a boot. Only on Drabblecast.

I’m not going to lie, this wasn’t my favorite episode. In fact, my favorite part, besides the first story, was getting the chance to hear Mr. Hamantaschen talk about his masterpiece and explain is style of writing. I am currently on the last story of his book, “You Shall Never Know Security“, and I must say this book is a must to have tucked under the pillow, you know, to have something to clench when you wake with unease in the middle of the night. Yeah, it will do that to yah.

Anyway, I might have to give this one a few more listens to go let it grow on me, they usually do, literally. But for the time being this Gibberer is throwing up 3 out of 5 stars in alignment.

 


HPPodcraft.com – Episode #94 – The Horror in the Museum, with Hazel Heald

Well were two for two this week, as we join Chad and Chris again as they go through another Lovecraft/Heald team-up entitled “The Horror in the Museum“. Picking up the mic alongside the boys was Brooke Phong, interne to the show, and regular Lovecraftian comedian.

This was a great episode, and I was happy to hear that the guys liked this one so much. The great notes, and reading definitely led me to picking up my “The Horror in the Museum and Other Revisions” and reading this story. I have to honestly agree that this one was a surprise. I had no previous desire to go through this one, but as I finally did I was drawn in and felt a different tone in the story apart from other Lovecraft stories. Which doesn’t go with what some say, including Lovecraft himself, that this story was almost solely HPL’s own.

The readings by Anthony Tedesco were brilliant, and solidified my feelings that this might make a great future reading for HPPodcraft to produce. I vote 3 out of 5 stars in alignment. And on behalf of the guys, DON’T FORGET TO DONATE.

Oh, and not to freak anyone out, but next week we get a most excellent treat. Better than candy for Halloween this year we are lucky to get to listen to a full reading of “The Call of Cthulhu”. Get excited.


The Drabblecast ~ #219 ~ The Big Splash by George R. Galuschak

Art by Jonathan Wilson

 Hey kids, took my iTunes awhile to snag this one out of the aether, but I finally got a chance to listen to The Drabblecast’s newest episode, #219 The Big Splash. Great episode all around, but then again what else would you expect from good ol’ Norm, host of The Drabblecast. This week we got a little extra treat as Norm presented an excellent abridged reading from The Drabblecast’s sponsor J.R. Hamantaschen’s book “You Shall Never Know Security”
A seriously creepy book that everyone should buy, borrow, and beg to read it. Skipping the drabble this week, Norm dove right in to the feature story.

The Big Splash, writen by George R. Galuschak, was a story that I had to listen to three times just to figure out if I simply liked it for the  “space-lord spliffs”, or if the emotional tug from recently losing a family dog to illness. Something that I didn’t much care for was the sex scene that manifested out of thin air. Emotion was a strong thing in this story and I wondered if there was a reason the author seemed to leave a lot of that emotion out of the two kids hooking up. I wasn’t sure if the author was trying to get across that as we progress into the future with our social networks, that maybe we will lose our sense of emotion with each other. Going to have to mull this one over and maybe giver her another listen, I can never get enough.

Closing up the episode was the announcement of this weeks twit fic winner~ Sgt. Crispy~ “Please, oh please, make the barking stop. I’ve tried everything. Playing with it, feeding it, petting it, drowning it.” Nice


The Unspeakable Gibberer

Down dark paths of twisted pines
The wind blows through shadowed vines.
And when the moon is full and high
One might see nights denizens near by.
At the zenith of night cover your ears
For fear of gibbering’s none should hear.
And don’t go peaking for things unseen
For all there is are unspeakable things.
By: David Leingang
Posted by David J. Leingang at 2:06 PM