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Strange stories by strange authors for strange listeners, such as yourself!
A weird fiction podcast bringing strange stories by strange authors to strange listeners--such as yourself!
A weird fiction podcast bringing strange stories by strange authors to strange listeners--such as yourself!
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That is Not Dead Which Can Eternal Lie...

After 10 years of producing incredible, weekly strange fiction for all the world to enjoy, the Drabblecast's founder and host, Norm Sherman eventually sunk somewhere beneath the dark waves of the South Pacific, only to be awoken when the stars were finally aligned.  

With your support, the Drabblecast Kickstarter Campaign will bring back Norm and the Drabblecast from the swirling abysmal depths - eager to immediately start spawning with townspeople and carving strange symbols onto everything. Not to mention podcasting!

Drabblecast Relaunch 

We've got a lot planned for our Relaunch - more than just amazing weekly weird fiction and fun. We've got contests, live shows, art shows, an ongoing webcomic series - even a video game in the works (it may or MAY be about Mongolian Deathworms)...

Not only are we now fully funded, but we've been able to reach nearly every stretch goal! Thank you for helping us achieve so much! Here's what's in store:

We're also excited to announce we are now bringing back Cyptozoologist Connor Choadsworth! 

Something lurks beneath the waves of the South Pacific... local rumors  hint at a lost race of horrific fish-frog humanoids that dwell far  below.  Help fund Connor and his undoubtedly misfit crew as they don their ascots and take to the high seas!

Your pledge to support the Drabblecast Reborn Kickstarter campaign now  gets you one step closer to a new adventure from Drabblecast Resident Cryptozoologist Connor Choadsworth this spring!  

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 Wait, back up-- The Drabble-what???  

If you missed the first 10+ years of The Drabblecast, you missed a lot! Weekly stories about everything from demonic teddy bears and insecure doomsday robots to aliens living out of their station wagons and soccer moms that wind up saving the world... all told with incredible voice acting, music and sound effects. The Drabblecast wasn't just your average every day run-of-the-mill story podcast - this was the podcast that you waited longingly for each week.  

Since its founding in 2007, the Drabblecast has:

  • Produced over 500 stories by over 400 authors
  • Published over 20,000 total minutes of top-notch audio storytelling 
  • Racked up over 5.3 million total downloads
  • Won the Parsec Award for "Best Speculative Fiction Magazine" 3 years in a row.

The Drabblecast is easy to love, but hard to describe. Click the image below of Philip K. Dick's story "The Electric Ant" to hear an episode and get a little taste of what to expect each week on the podcast:  

Here's what some pretty big-name authors are saying about us!

"The Drabblecast delivers a powerful reading, and it's a fine example of how a story can be transformed when told out loud, but more importantly, told out loud well."
-William Gibson,  multiple award-winning science fiction author, creator of the "Cyberpunk" subgenre, and author of Drabblecast story "The Belonging Kind" (episode 264).

"I’m really quite impressed by the job Norm Sherman did narrating my story, which is higher praise than you’d think, because I’m usually extremely resistant to interpretations of my work that differ in any way from how it sounded in my head. But Norm’s interpretation works beautifully, and it taught me something about my own creation."
         –Michael Swanwick, Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Award-winning author, on his Drabblecast story "Hush and Hark" (episode 84).

"Over the years I’ve heard various books and stories of mine read by perhaps a dozen professional actors and at least that many amateurs. Some were okay, some were pretty awful. Until now there had only been one brilliant reading — by actor William Windom, some years ago. Then I  listened to Norm’s rendition of “Blue” — and now there are two. I can’t  imagine it being done any better. Thanks for a truly wonderful job."
-Mike Resnick, internationally acclaimed 37-time-Hugo Award-nominee science fiction author, on his Drabblecast story "Blue" (episode 93).

Why Are We Raising Money?

The Drabblecast could never have survived the entire decade that it did without listener support, which made it possible to pay authors and voice actors professional rates. But after 10 years of dedicating his free time towards producing the #1 downloaded weird fiction podcast in the world, Norm realized that the only way to keep the stories coming and actually grow this strange little beautiful gem of an enterprise would be to turn it into a full-time operation. 

Few people realize how much time AND money goes into making each episode of the Drabblecast. A typical episode takes at least 40 hours of behind the scenes work and can cost up to $2500. These costs are split between:

  • Purchasing the rights to the story (we believe authors deserve to be paid!)
  • Episode artwork
  • Voice actors (this can become quite expensive for full-cast productions)
  • Music and sound effects licensing
  • Server costs
  • Editing and production costs

So, in addition to all the awesome Kickstarter rewards you will receive by supporting this campaign, know that your pledge comes with more than all the warm fuzzy feelings commonly associated with parasites tactfully invading your endocrine system.  Know that you're helping a creator like Norm and a creative team like the Drabblecast do something big and amazing, with all their attention and passion thrown at it!  You're truly getting in on the ground level of something big, folks.   

 Rewards! 

You are helping us realize an amazing dream: rebooting the best fiction podcast ever made and cranking it up to a whole new level!

  • Digital Hugs, Name on Website

In addition to digital hugs, pick between 1 of the 3 upcoming "Drabblecast Best Of" audio anthologies, with new commentary by Norm and others:  "Best of Horror," "Best of Fantasy," "Best of Science Fiction".

  • (1) Audio Anthology: Horror, Science Fiction OR Fantasy
  • Digital Hugs, Name on Website

Pick between TWO Drabblecast "Best of" Audio Anthologies. Also, receive a special Drabblecast Glow in the Dark pin!

  • (2) Audio Anthologies: Horror, Science Fiction OR Fantasy
  • Drabblecast Glow in the Dark Pin
  • Digital Hugs, Name on Website

All of the above, but Get ALL THREE Drabblecast "Best of" Audio Anthologies as well as a Drabblecast Glow in the Dark pin, PLUS an exclusive original Drabblecast-commissioned Lovecraft mythos story by long-time Drabblecast favorite author Frank Key.

  • (3) Audio Anthologies: Horror, Science Fiction AND Fantasy
  • Original Lovecraft mythos audio story by Frank Key
  • All of the above

All of the above, PLUS a special Drabblecast Mug, AND an ebook and audio version of the new, limited edition, fully illustrated "Drabblecast Best of Anthology: 10 Years of Strange Stories."

  • Drabblecast Mug
  • Drabblecast Anthology: 10 Years of Strange Stories (complete audio and ebook)
  • All of the above 

All of the above, PLUS a limited edition Drabblecast Season 11 Kickstarter T-shirt, designed by Drabblecast artist Declan Keene AND a Drabblecast "100" Challenge Coin!

  • Drabblecast T-Shirt
  • Drabblecast "100" Challenge Coin
  • All of the above

All of the above, PLUS a full-print paperback edition of the new and upcoming illustrated Drabblecast 10th Anniversary Best of Anthology, "Drabblecast: 10 Years of Strange Stories".

  • Print paperback edition of Drabblecast Anthology: 10 Years of Strange Stories
  • All of the above

All of the above, PLUS a custom designed Drabblecast flask-- a Drabbleflask!

  • Hand-carved Drabblecast Flask!
  • All of the above 

 All of the above, PLUS a limited edition, fully illustrated HARDCOVER copy of the Drabblecast 10th Anniversary Anthology AND an ebook and audiobook of the new Drabblecast children's book, "Parasite's Parade," written by Norm Sherman and illustrated by  Caroline Parkinson. 

Also, Norm will write, read, record and produce  whatever you want up to 100 words...your phone voicemail, your wedding proposal, a prank call to your step mom or even your own obituary!

  • Drabblecast Anthology: 10 Years of Strange Stories (hardcover)
  • Parasite's Parade Illustrated Children's Book (ebook and audio)
  • Norm reads and produces whatever you want (up to 100 words)
  • All of the above

All of the above, and also: Drabblecast Holiday Gift Bag! Get a beautifully wrapped, jam-packed "Disconcerting Mystery Gift" from Norm, personally addressed and sent to whomever you like, just in time for the Holidays!  Contents might range from fun and festively wrapped owl pellets, to handcrafted jewelry made from the severed body parts of antique baby dolls; to secret "Choose your own Adventure" chowder recipes, to possibly a perfectly fine, unboxed Neti Pot, just to clear the ol' sinuses! Guaranteed to be the weirdest, most confusing and ominously stained gift under anyone's Christmas tree this holiday season! 

Also: A limited edition Hardcover copy of the Drabblecast Illustrated Children's Book "Parasite's Parade."

  • Drabblecast Holiday Gift bag!
  • "Parasite's Parade" audio and hardcover children's book
  • All of the above

All of the above, PLUS a hand-forged cast-iron Drabblecast tentacle sculpture!  

These 9" 5 1/2 pound tentacle sculptures are hand-forged by blacksmith Mackenzie Martin over an anvil at 2000°F, fusing mild steel, copper and wrought iron with a big badass hammer. The wrought iron is salvaged antique metal that has a natural grain similar to wood, which is lightly colored with pigment and lacquered. You can have up to 50 characters custom etched into the base at no extra cost!

Also, ONE of the Following: 1) Become a Drabblecast Producer for an entire episode!  This isn't just a name credit as episode Producer, this is an opportunity to get hands on and go behind the scenes to work with Norm on either a Doubleheader Special or a Trifecta Special from the ground up! Join the team and play an active role in everything from episode theme, selected authors, stories, voice actors, etc. in a very fun, exclusive behind-the-scenes opportunity!  No technical knowledge necessary.  

OR 

Receive one 30-second ad, read by Norm in an episode intro. This might be a 30-second product promotional or even personal message or commemoration-- your call!  Over 25 thousand listeners will hear your message!  That's a $2,000 value by industry advertising standards!

  •  Cast Iron Drabblecast Tentacle Sculpture
  • (1) Executive Producer Credit or (1) 30-second Sponsorship on (1) Episode
  • All of the above 

All of the above, except join the Drabblecast as either Producer or Sponsor (with a 30-second promotional) for 2 episodes instead of just 1!

  • (2) 30-Second Promotional Sponsorships or (2) Executive Producer roles for full Drabblecast episodes.
  • All of the above 

Everything above, PLUS an original commissioned piece by Drabblecast's Art Director Bo Kaier of ANYTHING you want. Imagination and decency are no limitation. Bo is an illustrator designer responsible for the imagery Kickstarter, numerous Drabblecast covers, and sorts of other ponderous 2D imagery. Take a look here: bokaier.com/art.

  • An original, framed, commissioned piece by Bo Kaier
  • All of the above

All of the above, AND receive a customized song (a "Bbardle") fully written, recorded  and produced by Norm, about ANYTHING you like in any style you want!  

Check out a few past Bbardles that folks commissioned Norm to do:

  • Original commissioned and fully produced song by Norm about ANYTHING you want!
  • All of the above

All of the above, PLUS receive full credits as the Drabblecast Executive Producer for a full year of Drabblecast stories. ALSO, receive a new Washburn banjo with custom cephalopod banjo head artwork, signed by Norm! 

  • Executive Producer/Sponsorship of ALL Season 11!
  • Custom Cephalopod banjo, signed by Norm!
  • All of the above

Thanks to all the Strange People who've Helped Make the Drabblecast Possible!

#TeamDrabble: Norm, Bo, Adam, Tom, Jen, Zimmerman, Kyle, Jason S.,  Jason B., Justin M., Justin B., Samantha, Sandra, Boo, Declan, Caroline, John, Patrick, Peter, Charity and Fred.

As well as our Early Bird Pre-Kickstarter Backer Sue Cammarata, who helped make our wonderful Kickstarter video possible!

Special Thanks to:

Actor: Erica Roth (EricaRoth.com)

Video Editing: Jordan Allen (Side of Fries)

Strategy and Marketing: Kyle Sellers, Kickstarter MBA 

Go Ye Then Unto the Fields and the Cities, and Spreadeth Forth this Good News of the Weird.  

For Verily I Sayeth Unto You, the Drabblecast Shall Be Reborn...

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    Get all THREE Drabblecast "Best of" Audio Anthologies, a Glow in the Dark pin, PLUS an exclusive original Drabblecast-commissioned Lovecraft mythos story by long-time Drabblecast favorite, author Frank Key.

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    • Drabblecast Glow in the Dark Pin
    • (3) Audio Anthologies: Horror, Science Fiction AND Fantasy
    • Original Lovecraft mythos audio story by Frank Key
    • Drabblecast Anthology: 10 Years of Strange Stories (audio/ebook)
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    BRAIN-EATING NANDI BEARS

    All of the above, PLUS a limited edition Drabblecast Season 11 Kickstarter t-shirt, designed by Drabblecast artist Declan Keene!

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    MONSTER JELLYFISH

    All of the above, PLUS a softcover PRINT version of "Drabblecast 10th Anniversary Anthology: 10 Years of Strange Stories"

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    All of the above, plus Drabblecast mug AND a hand carved Drabblecast flask-- a Drabbleflask!

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    VAMPIRE CATFISH

    All of the above, PLUS a limited edition, fully illustrated HARDCOVER copy of the "Drabblecast 10th Anniversary Anthology: 10 Years of Strange Stories" AND an ebook and audiobook of the new "Parasite's Parade" children's book, written by Norm Sherman and illustrated by Caroline Parkinson. Also, Norm will write, read, record and produce whatever you want up to 100 words... your phone voicemail, your wedding proposal, a prank call to your step mom or even your own obituary!

    Includes:
    • Drabblecast Anthology: 10 Years of Strange Stories (hardcover)
    • Parasite's Parade Illustrated Children's Book (ebook and audio)
    • All Rewards from "BLACK & WHITE ANIMALS" level
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    ALPHA CLOWNS

    All of the above, and also:
    Drabblecast Holiday Gift Bag! Get a beautifully wrapped, jam-packed "Disconcerting Mystery Gift" from Norm, personally addressed and sent to whomever you like, just in time for the Holidays! Contents might range from fun and festively wrapped owl pellets, to handcrafted jewelry made from the body parts of antique dolls, to secret "Choose your own adventure" chowder recipes, to a perfectly fine working Neti Pot, to ominously-stained TV show screenplays that never existed-- sure to be the weirdest, most confusing and exciting gift under anyone's Christmas tree this holiday season!

    Also: Receive one 30 second ad, read by Norm in an episode intro. This might be a 30 second product or business advertisement, or could simply be a tribute or fun and endearing shoutout to someone or something special in your life.

    Includes:
    • "Parasite's Parade" audio and hardcover children's book
    • Norm reads whatever you want! (up to 100 characters)
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    COLOSSAL SQUID

    All of the above, PLUS a hand-forged cast-iron Drabblecast tentacle sculpture! These 9" 5 1/2 pound tentacle sculptures are hand forged by a blacksmith over an anvil at 2000º using mild steel, copper and wrought iron. The wrought iron is salvaged antique metal that has a natural grain similar to wood, which is lightly colored with pigment and lacquered. You can have up to 50 characters custom etched into the base at no extra cost!

    Also, ONE of the Following: 1) Become a Drabblecast Producer for an episode! Go behind the scenes and work with Norm on either a Doubleheader Special or a Trifecta from the ground up! Help make decisions about episode theme, authors and stories being featured, 100 word story selection, voice actors, etcetera.

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    Receive one 30 second ad, read by Norm in an episode intro. This might be a 30 second product promotional or personal message or commemoration!

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    All of the Above, PLUS pick between (2) 30 Second Promotional Sponsorships or (2) Executive Producer roles for full Drabblecast episodes.

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    MONGOLIAN DEATHWORMS

    Everything above, PLUS an original, framed, commissioned painting by Drabblecast's art director Bo Kaier of ANYTHING you want--hopefully it's something weird and awesome because Bo can make it happen!

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    All of the Above, but receive a customized song, fully written, recorded and produced by Norm, on ANYTHING you like!

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    • Norm Writes You a Song!
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    Receive full credits as the Executive Producer/Sponsor for all Drabblecast episodes for a full year!

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    • An original, framed, commissioned painting by Bo Kaier
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