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Drabblecast 036 - Pumpkin Seeds

Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 8:04 pm
by Mr. Tweedy
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Pumpkin Seeds by Kevin Anderson

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

Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 8:10 pm
by Mr. Tweedy
A coworker said I sounded like "a mental patient in his room" while listening to the intro and outro. Ouch. :cry:

This could be the best Drabblecast ever! The production was even better than normal, the story was genuinely suspenseful, and the jokes were enough to make you laugh like a mental patient. Nothing puts you in the Halloween spirit like an face-hugger planting demon spawn in your chest. Truer words were never spoken.

Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 9:35 pm
by strawman
:twisted: Absolute bravo! :twisted:
I have tried for years to master the art of telling scary stories while playing the organ, opening creaky doors, and firing weapons. I just about had it down, too. But then you had to go and add the joke about the Jehovah's Witnesses! It is too much! I just can't do it!

You ARE the Master!

Posted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 2:09 am
by hooloovoo33
Haha. That was brilliant. The voice was perfect. And I loved the first story.

You nailed this one Norm.

Posted: Sat Nov 03, 2007 12:56 am
by normsherman
Hehe thanks. This one distracted me a bit too much from the necessary tediums of life and I'm still trying to catch up.
Glad people enjoyed though.

I especially liked the Drabble- What's the title Kevin, is that a figure of speech I've never heard?

Posted: Sat Nov 03, 2007 4:51 am
by Mr. Tweedy
It's a saying I've heard. Something like "If a bear is chasing you, you don't have to outrun the bear. You only have to outrun your camping buddies." The implication being that the bear will eat only the slowest camper, leaving the rest safe. Zombies=bear. I think the moral is that it's okay to let misfortune fall on someone else if you're smart enough to see it coming and get out of the way. Which is kind of immoral for a moral... or something.

Say, Norm, what's your day job? My wife wants to know. Do you do the music full-time or is that a second moonlight enterprise?

I work for a newspaper, an organ of the evil mainstream press, spurner of the profound and purveyor of the lowest common denominator. I make ads, but most of the products advertised don't kill people directly, so I'm not evil.

You are correct sir

Posted: Sun Nov 04, 2007 7:32 pm
by Kevin Anderson
Mr. Tweedy is exactly right. I have always heard it as a punchline to an old joke, my grand dad used to tell;

Two campers running from a bear - one says to the other, "We are never gonna outrun this bear." The other camper says, "I'm not trying to outrun the bear, I'm trying to outrun you."

Excellent

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 12:38 am
by Derm
This one was really good. The flash story was the first good one I've heard for a long time (there really is afrightening amount of dreadful flash fiction out there) I guessed the ending from the title, but the it didn't really matter because it was well set up and well told. The main story took a while to get going, but when it did, it was excellent, and Kincade is a man after my own heart (and possibly my own liver too if he get his hands on it). What I liked most about the whole thing though was norm gradually losing the will to live as the body count of awful halloween jokes mounted up in the links.

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 10:24 pm
by AynSavoy
I also really liked this drabble. I love zombies, and I'm always interested to see different approaches to the zombie-story narrative.

I enjoyed the production of the main story; the music really enhanced the drama (I'd be curious to listen to the story without it).

Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 5:39 pm
by normsherman
Mr. Tweedy wrote:Say, Norm, what's your day job? My wife wants to know. Do you do the music full-time or is that a second moonlight enterprise?

I work for a newspaper, an organ of the evil mainstream press, spurner of the profound and purveyor of the lowest common denominator. I make ads, but most of the products advertised don't kill people directly, so I'm not evil.
Indeed, the music is just for fun. I have two main gigs- I manage a nonprofit music outreach program during the day and teach classical guitar in the afternoon/eve.

Adverts eh? Any with olifonts?

Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 6:51 am
by Mr. Tweedy
No. We've got serif, sans serif and script fonts. Never heard of an oli font before...

The job basically sucks. It pays crap, is über boring and there a lot of cranky ladies who think I'm either ignorant or oh-so-cute due to my being the same age as their children. I mostly just cram text into little boxes. Here's a sample:

____________________________________________
Buy a Car at X-Treme Auto because
X-Treme Auto is the Most X-Treme Dealer in Town!
X-TREME!!!!
____________________________________________


I've been looking for something else for, like, the last year, but no one seems interested. Sigh. People just don't recognize my genius. Maybe if I replaced my skull with a glass dome so they could see my brain...

Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 7:10 pm
by tbaker2500
I'm not one much for horror, but gads that was a great story. Your character execution (no pun intended) was top-notch.

Tom

Posted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 7:24 pm
by DKT
Holy cow was that a great Halloween story! Bummer I heard it last night instead of Halloween, but I really enjoyed listening to it. :wink: Well done all around, you guys.

Posted: Sun Jun 29, 2008 4:47 pm
by zZzacha
Woohoo! Two wonderful stories by Kevin Anderson!
The Drabble had a perfect rhythm, very well written with a great, Halloweeny gruwesome ending. Yeah, great performance by Norm, too!

Pumpkin Seeds had some great turns! I really enjoyed that, although the end was a bit predictable. But I've learned not to listen to a story for the end, but to enjoy the ride. I did enjoy the ride!

The sounds and special effects of the episodes too were great! The whole episode was a great performance. Well done, Norm!
Even listening to it now, on a very hot June Sunday in Holland, I got into the Halloween mood (we don't even really have Halloween in Holland, though the stores try to impose it on us a little more each year).

Posted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 4:33 am
by normsherman
zZzacha wrote:Woohoo! Two wonderful stories by Kevin Anderson!
The Drabble had a perfect rhythm, very well written with a great, Halloweeny gruwesome ending. Yeah, great performance by Norm, too!

Pumpkin Seeds had some great turns! I really enjoyed that, although the end was a bit predictable. But I've learned not to listen to a story for the end, but to enjoy the ride. I did enjoy the ride!

The sounds and special effects of the episodes too were great! The whole episode was a great performance. Well done, Norm!
Even listening to it now, on a very hot June Sunday in Holland, I got into the Halloween mood (we don't even really have Halloween in Holland, though the stores try to impose it on us a little more each year).
Thanks zZzacha. Yah, I'll always be particulary proud of how things turned out for that episode. Halloween is the Drabblecast Christmas and we plan on delivering again this year. :twisted:

Posted: Sat Jul 05, 2008 5:17 am
by Richmazzer
Still catching up. I've gotta say- this was an amazing episode, even for DC standards. This wins the podcast Emmy's in my book. Hilarious fake narrator from Tales from the Crypt, fantastic Drabble and story from Kevin, incredible production and narration by Norm, it just doesn't get better than this.

Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 6:08 pm
by Kevin Anderson
Sorry about this shameless self-promotion, but The Dunsteef just posted a prequel to Pumpkinseeds. Its called Halloween in July, and I think the guys did a great job. The tie in is not till the end, so wait for it. Hope you like it. Happy Halloween.

http://dunesteef.com/2009/03/27/page-88 ... -anderson/

…and then there is this. Squidkin

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And one more intrusive bit of self-promotion, My story Fear Factor is available at Sniplits.com FREE, until Monday. I'm the featured author this week. Please don't make fun of the shirt. It was a gift.
http://www.sniplits.com/

Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 6:48 pm
by Mr. Tweedy
Kevin Anderson wrote:Please don't make fun of the shirt. It was a gift.
http://www.sniplits.com/
Dude, how old are you? You look like my dad.

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Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 8:28 pm
by strawman
Mr. Tweedy wrote:
Dude, how old are you? You look like my dad.
That is SO cold. Now he gets to be a pin-up in Kendall's room.

Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 9:07 pm
by tastycakes
strawman wrote:
Mr. Tweedy wrote:
Dude, how old are you? You look like my dad.
That is SO cold. Now he gets to be a pin-up in Kendall's room.

Tasty, indeed. I think I've got a spot directly over my bed so they are the last thing I see before sleep and the first thing I see waking up.