What if there was a book that literally opened up doorways to other worlds?
Where would it lead, and could you handle what you found on the other side?
Cassie, a teen that's having trouble fitting in at school, is about to find out. One day, after she wraps up community service at a local hospital, she stumbles out of the basement of a spooky bookshop and into a story set on a devil's staircase in a remote Italian village.
Curious History of the Dark Tome, Epilogue - An Essay by Mr. Gussy
"I gotta give you a warning: there is no truth about the Dark Tome. If you think I can tell you anything certain about it, well, turn your computer off now and knock yourself in the head for the fool you are. What makes you think we can ever understand something so old?"
A special episode featuring recovered tape of the author, Wilbur Gussy, reading his controversial 1999 essay, "The Curious History of the Dark Tome," long thought to be an apocryphal part of internet history.
Though its authenticity has been hotly debated in academic and online forums over the ensuing two decades, none can cast doubt how effective it was at creating a lucrative online book business for the AOL user who wrote it. The more cynical online commenters suggest that it was written as a crass commercial publicity stunt.
The Days of Flaming Motorcycles, by Catherynne M. Valente
Caitlin no longer tracks days by the calendar - instead, it's by the theme covers of the journals she writes while she goes to work at the derelict Java Shack in Augusta, Maine. The themes of these journals, e.g. "The Days of Flaming Motorcycles," are both a useful counter of time and contain the truthful account of her observations of the zombie apocalypse...
A mesmerizing story of pandemic and zombies by Catherynne M. Valente, NYT bestselling author of over two dozen works of fiction and poetry (including one of my personal all-time-favorites, the Orphan’s Tales).
Read by Kat Moraros, a Chicago-based actor originally hailing from North Yarmouth, Maine. Kat has a deep background of stage, film and voice acting, and is represented by Gill Talent Group Chicago. www.katmoraros.com @katmoraros
Female zombie FX by Sarah Golding, AKA Quirky Voices, sarahgoldingvoiceactorandmore.weebly.com and host of the MADIVA podcast for voice actors.
Produced, designed, and some zombie sounds by Fred Greenhalgh, co-creator of the Dark Tome.
Introducing: Of Fae & Fiends
Preview of the first episode of FAE & FIENDS, a new dark faerie tale podcast by Fred Greenhalgh, creator of THE CLEANSED and THE DARK TOME.
Lizzie returns to her family’s ancestral farmhouse in rural Maine and discovers tapes in the attic that reveal an amazing family secret.
Hear remaining episodes by going to StitcherPremium.com and use code FIEND to get immediate access to this binge-able audio experience!
A Journey to Fae (Trailer)
Lizzie invites you on a journey to the magical land of Fae - a place of spectacular wonders, but also monsters with sharp teeth. Fae & Fiends is the latest original project of Fred Greenhalgh (Creator of the Dark Tome) and will be a binge-listening event, with all episodes available on Stitcher Premium on Feb 6, 2020.
Go to stitcherpremium.com and use code FIEND for a free 30-day trial of Stitcher Premium.
If you already have Stitcher Premium, search for "FAE" and subscribe/favorite the podcast... come back in February to enjoy the entire adventure!
The Green Knight's Wife, by Kat Howard
"The boys arrive with the changing of the weather, ushered in by winter’s cold. Once a year, at the beginning of December, those silly boys who think coming here means they are brave. All of them so eager to test their worth on the edge of my husband’s axe."
For this winter's solstice, we dramatize a sharp (ha, ha) story by Kat Howard (http://www.kathowardbooks.com/ & @katwithsword) that subverts the Arthurian legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. What happens when the Green Knight's Wife has a chance to tell the story?
Feat. Moira Driscoll, William Dufris, Stephen McLaughlin, and Thomas Campbell.
Sound design by Rory O'Shea with music by Blue Dot Sessions (http://www.sessions.blue/), Mind's Eye Productions, & AudioJungle.
Produced & Directed by Fred Greenhalgh, originally appearing in Uncanny Magazine - https://uncannymagazine.com/article/green-knights-wife/
Introducing: BLOOD TIES
BLOOD TIES: A scripted audio series starring Gillian Jacobs, Josh Gad, and Amy Landecker. When legendary pediatric cardiologist and businessman, Dr. Peter Richland, is killed in a plane crash two days before Christmas, secrets begin to emerge about his dealings with female colleagues throughout his career. These disturbing revelations thrust his children, Eleonore and Michael, into a fight they’re completely unprepared for. Listen now at wondery.fm/BTDarkTome
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Fasten Your Seatbelt for a WILD RIDE!
Be sure to fasten Your Seatbelt, this one is a WILD RIDE! A cohesive Adventure through many doorways is the best way that I can describe this PodCast/Story. You won’t just be traipsing along with a set of characters and heading off to an end goal. This one is more like getting on a Rollercoaster with some people, and hanging on to the bars strapping You in, while all sorts of stimuli and stories come at you from every direction, until You finally pull back into the main terminal with the same people sitting next to You, while You all try to assess what just happened. Then laughing, and and all walking out together through a tunnel exit. Only this time, when You hit the sunlight and come back to the real world, You leave
Behind those who You were originally riding the coaster with and walking beside.
•Cohesively Woven Individual Tales, so even the most Far Out of Left Field Tale, still winds it’s way back into the main Plot Concept.
•The main plot Characters are interesting, and realistic enough in word and action that You won’t be banging Your head against a wall at the main heroin’s idiocy.
•Each Mini-Adventure/tale is stand alone enough interesting in their own right (mostly), and
•Overall, the main story is very adventurous and attention holding.
•A Pro & Con, I wasn’t very keen on the ending of the main tale; however, as I understand it, (and as with many good books), the main tale may not be truly “over.”
•Not one single story, but many individual tales woven together under a common theme story.
•Multiple Authors, in a Round Robin style of writing, except the individual tales, rarely incorporate the main characters in their individual adventures, which I found disappointing and in my eyes was an opportunity lost.
•Pro & Con, I wasn’t very keen on the ending of the main tale; however, as I understand it, (and as with many good books), the main tale may not be truly “over.”
Neat stories, great acting
As a New Englander, I am wicked impressed with how the actors NAILED Maine accents and sensibilities. It adds such a sense of place which keeps the anthology-style story line from feeling disjointed. Good work, and huge props for making sure your team gets paid.
This podcast seems like a great idea and is well made but I just cannot get over the atrocious fake accent of the old man. The actor is clearly Australian and is awful at doing an American accent, it’s so off putting. It’s just so annoying I can’t listen.