44 episodes

UNDERTOW is an ongoing supernatural horror series that reveals the dark, monstrous side within us all. Every week, host and creator Fred Greenhalgh will take you deeper into this warped version of Maine where nothing is as it seems. Here, still waters hide eerie rip-currents and the secrets we keep from each other… and ourselves. No one can escape the Undertow. 

This month, travel to unexpected places with DARK TOME. 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.

Undertow: Dark Tome is a Realm production created by Fred Greenhalgh. Listen away.
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    • 4.2 • 288 Ratings

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UNDERTOW is an ongoing supernatural horror series that reveals the dark, monstrous side within us all. Every week, host and creator Fred Greenhalgh will take you deeper into this warped version of Maine where nothing is as it seems. Here, still waters hide eerie rip-currents and the secrets we keep from each other… and ourselves. No one can escape the Undertow. 

This month, travel to unexpected places with DARK TOME. 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.

Undertow: Dark Tome is a Realm production created by Fred Greenhalgh. Listen away.
For more shows like this, visit Realm.fm

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    Dark Tome: The Curious History of the Dark Tome

    Dark Tome: The Curious History of the Dark Tome

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    • 21 min
    Dark Tome: The Devil on the Staircase

    Dark Tome: The Devil on the Staircase

    We meet teenager Cassie Pinkham, who grudgingly is reading books for the cantakerous bookkeeper, Mr. Gussy, as he recovers from surgery. Gussy sends Cassie back to his bookstore, warning Cassie that there is a particular book - The Dark Tome - that is not to be opened. Cassie, naturally, decides to open up the cover and see what it's all about.

    This flings Cassie into the world of acclaimed writer Joe Hill's chilling fable, "The Devil on the Staircase," narrated by a man who walks crooked steps for a living, before discovering a door that leads him straight to hell.

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    • 58 min
    Dark Tome: The Bread We Eat in Dreams

    Dark Tome: The Bread We Eat in Dreams

    Cassie knows better but can't escape the temptation to return to Mr. Gussy's bookshop. She finds the old man frustrated that he can't make the magical book work. It's take someone younger - someone for whom the walls between this world and the next are a little thinner.

    They catch a whiff of fresh bread, and are transported to the world of Catherynne M. Valente's fable "The Bread We Eat in Dreams," where a certain personable demon named Agnes will recount the story of her ejection from hell and the little hamlet that grew up around her.

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Dark Tome: Breathe My Name

    Dark Tome: Breathe My Name

    Being a miner is like playing Russian roulette every day of your life. Any morning you might wake up, and find the chamber with the bullet. Tommy - the youngest in a long proud line of West Virginia coal miners - finds out what it feels like to have your card be up when an explosion traps him and a dozen other souls two miles beneath the earth. With oxygen growing thin, their only prayer might come from an old ghost story.

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    • 58 min
    Dark Tome: Murdered Sleep

    Dark Tome: Murdered Sleep

    WIDE RELEASE 2/3. SUBSCRIBE TO REALM+ FOR EARLY ACCESS. "Sleep is dying, and has been for a long time now, through uncounted ticks of clocks and the flickers of thousands of too-brief candles."

    It's the night of the Senior Prom, and rather than show up awkwardly, Cassie has decided to stay home with the Dark Tome. But, she soon meets a mysterious stranger with an invitation to a masquerade ball wicked and mysterious, far stranger than any rites of spring. What she learns there will reshape her thoughts on dance, if she can ever make it back.

    Be dazzled in this adaptation of Kat Howard's short story "Murdered Sleep," which originally appeared in Apex Magazine.

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    Dark Tome: Blind Love

    Dark Tome: Blind Love

    WIDE RELEASE 2/10. SUBSCRIBE TO REALM+ FOR EARLY ACCESS. Quick witted but unlucky in love, Jana is dragged by her friend Erin to attend an 'eye gazing party,' a new age phenomenon run by a couple of hucksters on the far edge of a small Texas town. Jana's skepticism turns to confusion when Erin - and all the girls at the party - are entranced by an unremarkable man "Thirteen."

    As part of "Dark Duets," mojo storyteller Joe R Lansdale paired up with his daughter, Kasey Lansdale, to pen this tale of a monster whose power is through the eyes. Featuring a special performance and selections of music by Kasey Lansdale.

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Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
288 Ratings

288 Ratings

Mainer fan ,

Great show

I’ve really enjoyed both seasons. Only issue I’ve run into is Season 2, Episode 9. I’m unable to play it and am hoping it’ll be fixed soon so I can continue!!!

AJS041383 ,

Season 3 review

Listened to The Dark Tome before when it was its own separate podcast. It has been a while so I started a replay. The character of Mr Gussy is so very hard to listen to. It’s the accent and I tend to zone out and not pay attention to him so I can get through the episodes. Cassie is a much better character and the short stories are amazing.

Anonymous Review Author ,

Good Story Turns PC

Story has been great so far and the local lore is interesting. The background and character development is pretty good too. Wish I could leave a higher review with how good the story is, but I can’t in good conscience. My thoughts were confirmed on episode 8 when it is announced that KT is not a woman or a man - apparently… I’ll leave it at that. Also, the adds for Realm during season 2 promote a new SJW podcast. The Becka bully is pretty superficial in development.

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