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TOP 100 ApplePodcasts #Audiofiction #Audiodrama in USA, UK, Canada, and Germany. Top 50 Mexico, France, UAE, and Brazil. Top 10 Japan and Israel. No. 4 Singapore. No. 1 Qatar.*

Listen as D. J. Swales narrates BARATANAC, his horror thriller novel, other popular fiction, poems, and Japan's beloved Kwaidan ghost stories (by Irish writer Lefcadio Hearn). DJ weaves myth, folklore, magical realism, romance, horror, and alternative histories – penned during 8 nomadic years in decaying cafes, dusty book shops and haunted hotels.

*Chartable Weekly ApplePodcasts Rankings 2020

D. J. Swales Gothic & Other Tales D.J. Swales

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TOP 100 ApplePodcasts #Audiofiction #Audiodrama in USA, UK, Canada, and Germany. Top 50 Mexico, France, UAE, and Brazil. Top 10 Japan and Israel. No. 4 Singapore. No. 1 Qatar.*

Listen as D. J. Swales narrates BARATANAC, his horror thriller novel, other popular fiction, poems, and Japan's beloved Kwaidan ghost stories (by Irish writer Lefcadio Hearn). DJ weaves myth, folklore, magical realism, romance, horror, and alternative histories – penned during 8 nomadic years in decaying cafes, dusty book shops and haunted hotels.

*Chartable Weekly ApplePodcasts Rankings 2020

    EP 2 | RIKI BAKA | Japanese Ghost Stories | KWAIDAN | Audio Fiction |

    EP 2 | RIKI BAKA | Japanese Ghost Stories | KWAIDAN | Audio Fiction |

    KWAIDAN: STORIES AND STUDIES OF STRANGE THINGS

    Listen as DJ Swales, author of BARATANAC, narrates personally selected Japanese ghost stories from Kwaidan. First published by Irish writer Lafcadio Hearn (Yakumo Koizumi) in 1904, Kwaidan is Japan’s most famous, widely read, and beloved collection of ghostly folklore and superstition.

    Inspired by Lefcadio's life and writings, DJ spent 6 months in Kyushu (based in Kumamoto) while drafting two of his own upcoming horror thriller novels (The Golem of Nagasaki and Radish). Kumamoto City was home to two of Japan's most noted novelists – Lafcadio Hearn and Natsume Soseki (also an eminent haiku poet and former resident of London's Bloomsbury).

    Lafcadio Hearn utterly embraced Japanese culture and became a naturalised citizen. DJ visited his old Samurai house many times – the only surviving example of its type in downtown Kumamoto (and now a museum dedicated to Lefcadio's life).

    Filmmaker Masaki Kobayashi released his highly acclaimed Japanese horror movie Kwaidan in 1964, based on (and named after) Lafcadio Hearn's collected Japanese folklore. Lafcadio's work saved many of these tales from being lost during Japan's rapid Meiji Restoration.

    Art work: The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons (Hyakki Yagyō) by Kawanabe Kyōsai.

    Learn more about Lafcadio Hearn in this New Yorker article.



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    • 6 Min.
    EP 1 | CHERRY TREE OF THE SIXTEENTH DAY | Japanese Ghost Stories | KWAIDAN | Audio Fiction |

    EP 1 | CHERRY TREE OF THE SIXTEENTH DAY | Japanese Ghost Stories | KWAIDAN | Audio Fiction |

    KWAIDAN: STORIES AND STUDIES OF STRANGE THINGS

    Listen as DJ Swales, author of BARATANAC, narrates personally selected Japanese ghost stories from Kwaidan. First published by Irish writer Lafcadio Hearn (Yakumo Koizumi) in 1904, Kwaidan is Japan’s most famous, widely read, and beloved collection of ghostly folklore and superstition. 

    Inspired by Lefcadio's life and writings, DJ spent 6 months in Kyushu (based in Kumamoto) while drafting two of his own upcoming horror thriller novels (The Golem of Nagasaki and Radish). Kumamoto City was home to two of Japan's most noted novelists – Lafcadio Hearn and Natsume Soseki (also an eminent haiku poet and former resident of London's Bloomsbury).  

    Lafcadio Hearn utterly embraced Japanese culture and became a naturalised citizen. DJ visited his old Samurai house many times – the only surviving example of its type in downtown Kumamoto (and now a museum dedicated to Lefcadio's life). 

    Filmmaker Masaki Kobayashi released his highly acclaimed Japanese horror movie Kwaidan in 1964, based on (and named after) Lafcadio Hearn's collected Japanese folklore. Lafcadio's work saved many of these tales from being lost during Japan's rapid Meiji Restoration. 

    Art work: The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons (Hyakki Yagyō) by Kawanabe Kyōsai.

    Learn more about Lafcadio Hearn in this New Yorker article.



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    • 5 Min.
    EP 16 | ROBED MERCHANT OF THE RED LANDS | BARATANAC | Audio Fiction | 18+

    EP 16 | ROBED MERCHANT OF THE RED LANDS | BARATANAC | Audio Fiction | 18+

    A trespasser confronts the priestess Emeshmoon as she navigates through Baal's great temple in Carthage. Before the gleaming sacrificial Tophet ovens, she suspects a familiarity in the concealed man's voice. The reason for his visit is soon revealed . . . 



    Discover the audio-drama of D.J. Swales’ debut novel, a genre-busting blend of classic horror, thriller and historical fiction. BARATANAC is a tapestry of short chapters – thick with suspense, terror, twisted romance, and Gothic influences. Experience brutal historic events and cataclysmic incidents that weave fact and fiction. The Fitzmarbury Witches series unveils a web of predatory evil that spans eras and continents. Dare BARATANAC to chill your blood.



    Ordinary mortals who learn of what truly dwells in Fitzmarbury are not long for this world.



    Emeshmoon is no ordinary priestess of Baal. The familiar she conceals is no ordinary familiar.



    EVEN THE PUREST EVIL HAS A HISTORY

    In 2017, an author flees the accursed London streets of Fitzmarbury, terrified and fearing for his life. In an isolated Barbados redoubt – on wild Atlantic shores – the author’s mind and writings are haunted. Cruel voices speak horrifying revelations. A vast storm approaches as another visitor to Bathsheba – a presence – stalks him in the darkness . . .

    A NEW DARKNESS AT THE WORLD’S EDGE

    Sixty years after the fall of King Leonidas and the Spartan 300, Emeshmoon – a ruthless priestess of Baal – sails from the imperial city of Carthage. She is a hardened warrior, wrenched from the only love she ever knew and raised in merciless service to Baal. Her iron heart holds the secrets of a young girl trafficked across the Sahara from the decaying desert city of Sekht-Am (Siwa), deep in the Spirit Lands of ancient Egypt. Ever threatened by the scandal of her origins, Emeshmoon proves herself by embarking on a violent mission to a rebellious colony. Again she is sent from Africa – this time to penetrate new frontiers at the edge of the world, in ancient Britain. Will she follow orders and fiercely carve a place for Baal in Baratanac? Will she ensure the merciless dominance of Carthage? Or will she find reasons to claw back her humanity?

    The African coast fades. The greatest fleet on earth steers into the fathomless Unknown Ocean . . .



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    • 34 Min.
    EP 15 | AN ORNAMENTAL EGYPTIAN BOX | BARATANAC | Audio Fiction | 18+

    EP 15 | AN ORNAMENTAL EGYPTIAN BOX | BARATANAC | Audio Fiction | 18+

    Waves slam into the ship as the sailor spies on the priestess. She is possessed with her tasks until a sudden interruption. Fear freezes his blood as her incantations tear at old scars and he witnesses her confounded by a strange phenomenon. A lavish object draws her attention as the sailor suspects she is not alone . . . 



    Discover the audio-drama of D.J. Swales’ debut novel, a genre-busting blend of classic horror, thriller and historical fiction. BARATANAC is a tapestry of short chapters – thick with suspense, terror, twisted romance, and Gothic influences. Experience brutal historic events and cataclysmic incidents that weave fact and fiction. The Fitzmarbury Witches series unveils a web of predatory evil that spans eras and continents. Dare BARATANAC to chill your blood.



    Ordinary mortals who learn of what truly dwells in Fitzmarbury are not long for this world.



    Emeshmoon is no ordinary priestess of Baal. The familiar she conceals is no ordinary familiar.



    EVEN THE PUREST EVIL HAS A HISTORY

    In 2017, an author flees the accursed London streets of Fitzmarbury, terrified and fearing for his life. In an isolated Barbados redoubt – on wild Atlantic shores – the author’s mind and writings are haunted. Cruel voices speak horrifying revelations. A vast storm approaches as another visitor to Bathsheba – a presence – stalks him in the darkness . . .

    A NEW DARKNESS AT THE WORLD’S EDGE

    Sixty years after the fall of King Leonidas and the Spartan 300, Emeshmoon – a ruthless priestess of Baal – sails from the imperial city of Carthage. She is a hardened warrior, wrenched from the only love she ever knew and raised in merciless service to Baal. Her iron heart holds the secrets of a young girl trafficked across the Sahara from the decaying desert city of Sekht-Am (Siwa), deep in the Spirit Lands of ancient Egypt. Ever threatened by the scandal of her origins, Emeshmoon proves herself by embarking on a violent mission to a rebellious colony. Again she is sent from Africa – this time to penetrate new frontiers at the edge of the world, in ancient Britain. Will she follow orders and fiercely carve a place for Baal in Baratanac? Will she ensure the merciless dominance of Carthage? Or will she find reasons to claw back her humanity?

    The African coast fades. The greatest fleet on earth steers into the fathomless Unknown Ocean . . .



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    • 23 Min.
    EP 14 | A SAILOR DIVULGES DESERT SECRETS | BARATANAC | Audio Fiction | 18+

    EP 14 | A SAILOR DIVULGES DESERT SECRETS | BARATANAC | Audio Fiction | 18+

    The despised monks of an ancient desert crocodile cult file on board the lead ship of the Silver Fleet. Their painted faces and merciless eyes drink in the sights of the great Carthage docks. Silently, they disappear below deck bearing the goods of the priestess for the clandestine voyage to Baratanac. Nearby a sailor holds court, whispering horrors and the inner-most sordid secrets of the oases orders and their high-walled redoubts. 



    Discover the audio-drama of D.J. Swales’ debut novel, a genre-busting blend of classic horror, thriller and historical fiction. BARATANAC is a tapestry of short chapters – thick with suspense, terror, twisted romance, and Gothic influences. Experience brutal historic events and cataclysmic incidents that weave fact and fiction. The Fitzmarbury Witches series unveils a web of predatory evil that spans eras and continents. Dare BARATANAC to chill your blood.



    Ordinary mortals who learn of what truly dwells in Fitzmarbury are not long for this world.



    Emeshmoon is no ordinary priestess of Baal. The familiar she conceals is no ordinary familiar.



    EVEN THE PUREST EVIL HAS A HISTORY

    In 2017, an author flees the accursed London streets of Fitzmarbury, terrified and fearing for his life. In an isolated Barbados redoubt – on wild Atlantic shores – the author’s mind and writings are haunted. Cruel voices speak horrifying revelations. A vast storm approaches as another visitor to Bathsheba – a presence – stalks him in the darkness . . .

    A NEW DARKNESS AT THE WORLD’S EDGE

    Sixty years after the fall of King Leonidas and the Spartan 300, Emeshmoon – a ruthless priestess of Baal – sails from the imperial city of Carthage. She is a hardened warrior, wrenched from the only love she ever knew and raised in merciless service to Baal. Her iron heart holds the secrets of a young girl trafficked across the Sahara from the decaying desert city of Sekht-Am (Siwa), deep in the Spirit Lands of ancient Egypt. Ever threatened by the scandal of her origins, Emeshmoon proves herself by embarking on a violent mission to a rebellious colony. Again she is sent from Africa – this time to penetrate new frontiers at the edge of the world, in ancient Britain. Will she follow orders and fiercely carve a place for Baal in Baratanac? Will she ensure the merciless dominance of Carthage? Or will she find reasons to claw back her humanity?

    The African coast fades. The greatest fleet on earth steers into the fathomless Unknown Ocean . . .



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    • 28 Min.
    EP 13 | DRIED COBRAS AND THE CHILDREN OF SEBEQ | BARATANAC | Audio Fiction | 18+

    EP 13 | DRIED COBRAS AND THE CHILDREN OF SEBEQ | BARATANAC | Audio Fiction | 18+

    The sailor Igider spies on the priestess of Baal and makes a discovery that could rock the ship to its core. He recollects scenes at the great docks of Carthage, where the monks of the mysterious desert cult of Sebeq  - the crocodile god of ancient Egypt - had paraded onto the vessel with her belongings. He recalls the whispered conjecture and mockery among his crew mates as they had observed the spectacle. One Nubian sailor in particular had divulged a surprising number of the feared cult's intimate secrets . . .



    Discover the audio-drama of D.J. Swales’ debut novel, a genre-busting blend of classic horror, thriller and historical fiction. BARATANAC is a tapestry of short chapters – thick with suspense, terror, twisted romance, and Gothic influences. Experience brutal historic events and cataclysmic incidents that weave fact and fiction. The Fitzmarbury Witches series unveils a web of predatory evil that spans eras and continents. Dare BARATANAC to chill your blood.



    Ordinary mortals who learn of what truly dwells in Fitzmarbury are not long for this world.



    Emeshmoon is no ordinary priestess of Baal. The familiar she conceals is no ordinary familiar.



    EVEN THE PUREST EVIL HAS A HISTORY

    In 2017, an author flees the accursed London streets of Fitzmarbury, terrified and fearing for his life. In an isolated Barbados redoubt – on wild Atlantic shores – the author’s mind and writings are haunted. Cruel voices speak horrifying revelations. A vast storm approaches as another visitor to Bathsheba – a presence – stalks him in the darkness . . .

    A NEW DARKNESS AT THE WORLD’S EDGE

    Sixty years after the fall of King Leonidas and the Spartan 300, Emeshmoon – a ruthless priestess of Baal – sails from the imperial city of Carthage. She is a hardened warrior, wrenched from the only love she ever knew and raised in merciless service to Baal. Her iron heart holds the secrets of a young girl trafficked across the Sahara from the decaying desert city of Sekht-Am (Siwa), deep in the Spirit Lands of ancient Egypt. Ever threatened by the scandal of her origins, Emeshmoon proves herself by embarking on a violent mission to a rebellious colony. Again she is sent from Africa – this time to penetrate new frontiers at the edge of the world, in ancient Britain. Will she follow orders and fiercely carve a place for Baal in Baratanac? Will she ensure the merciless dominance of Carthage? Or will she find reasons to claw back her humanity?

    The African coast fades. The greatest fleet on earth steers into the fathomless Unknown Ocean . . .



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    • 26 Min.

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Rudies79 ,

Great

I really love listening to the first episode.
The description of the environment and creation of the mood is awesome. Absolutely recommendable.
I’m excited for many more episodes!!!

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