26 episodes

THE LESSER DEAD is an immersive audio drama about a disparate group of vampires living in the wild-and-wooly world of 1978 New York City.  Our narrator Joey Peacock (Jack Kilmer) — an irreverent, eternally-young 19-year-old — introduces us to his unconventional family and its formidable leader, Margaret McMannis (Minnie Driver), who has built a home for all of them under the subways of the city. Margaret’s strict rules have kept them safe and secure for decades... Until one night when Joey's discovery of three little kid vampires turns their world upside-down forever. 
Cast: Jack Kilmer, Minnie Driver, Danny Huston, Saul Rubinek
Written by: Christopher Buehlman
Series created by: Christopher Buehlman based on his book “The Lesser Dead"
Director: Dan Blank
Executive producers: Mark Stern, Joshua D Maurer, Christopher Buehlman, Minnie Driver, Jack Kilmer
Producer: Alixandre Witlin
Original Audio Production, Music and Sound Design by SALT
Executive Produced for SALT by Noah Gersh, Jamie Schefman, Nick Panama and Kenzi Wilbur
Original music and composition by: Benjamin Sturley

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    • 4.7 • 99 Ratings

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THE LESSER DEAD is an immersive audio drama about a disparate group of vampires living in the wild-and-wooly world of 1978 New York City.  Our narrator Joey Peacock (Jack Kilmer) — an irreverent, eternally-young 19-year-old — introduces us to his unconventional family and its formidable leader, Margaret McMannis (Minnie Driver), who has built a home for all of them under the subways of the city. Margaret’s strict rules have kept them safe and secure for decades... Until one night when Joey's discovery of three little kid vampires turns their world upside-down forever. 
Cast: Jack Kilmer, Minnie Driver, Danny Huston, Saul Rubinek
Written by: Christopher Buehlman
Series created by: Christopher Buehlman based on his book “The Lesser Dead"
Director: Dan Blank
Executive producers: Mark Stern, Joshua D Maurer, Christopher Buehlman, Minnie Driver, Jack Kilmer
Producer: Alixandre Witlin
Original Audio Production, Music and Sound Design by SALT
Executive Produced for SALT by Noah Gersh, Jamie Schefman, Nick Panama and Kenzi Wilbur
Original music and composition by: Benjamin Sturley

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Dark City

    Dark City

    For Joey Peacock (Jack Kilmer), life as a vampire in 1978 New York City isn’t half bad. He lives in the tunnels of the city with his unconventional family led by the fearsome Margaret McMannis (Minnie Driver) and spends his evenings reveling in the abundant pleasures the city has to offer. That is until one night, when Joey witnesses something on a routine subway ride that turns his world upside-down.

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    • 28 min
    Bonus Episode - Minnie Driver as Margaret and Exploring the Loops

    Bonus Episode - Minnie Driver as Margaret and Exploring the Loops

    A behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Lesser Dead, featuring the team of directors, producers, and writers who helped create the series. In this episode, we hear from Minnie Driver about her role as Margaret McMannis. We’ll also explore one of the most prominent locations in the series, “The Loops” of NYC. 

    • 5 min
    The Moth

    The Moth

    After being scolded by Margaret for not following the vampire children and trying to find their “sick in the head” Maker, Joey enlists the help of his girlfriend Neva and her Spanish Harlem “family,” the Corazones Frios. They search the night-time city for the rogue vampire and make a terrible early-morning discovery in Chinatown.

    • 29 min
    Bonus Episode - It’s All About Family

    Bonus Episode - It’s All About Family

    A behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Lesser Dead, featuring the team of directors, producers, and writers who helped create the series. In this episode, the team discusses the theme of family and how it shapes the series.

    • 8 min
    Castle Gone Red

    Castle Gone Red

    Margaret calls a “family” meeting to discuss the horrific events of the previous night. The deadly exploits of the rogue vampire are putting them all in danger. He must be found and stopped before it’s too late. Joey visits Studio 54 and has a run-in with a powerful old vampire before he and Cvetko (Saul Rubinek) find a surprising clue in Central Park.

    • 36 min
    Bonus Episode - Bringing the World to Life

    Bonus Episode - Bringing the World to Life

    A behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Lesser Dead, featuring the team of directors, producers, and writers who helped create the series. In this episode, we explore how the lush locations and characters of The Lesser Dead’s unique setting brought the world to life.

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
99 Ratings

99 Ratings

Charles Leferure ,

OMG!

I finished this story a few months back and I absolutely fell in love with it. I have since bought the book and even tho I know how it ends, I cannot wait to read the book and immerse myself in the paper this time. Highly recommend!!

moppet_mi ,

That’s it?

Like so many (too many) high produced shows with famous casts, this starts well, only to eventually go nowhere. A good premise is great, but then what? What happened to building a great story? It’s as if the writers/producers weren’t sure what to do with the characters once they started, so they rush to an ending that falls flat. I’m not talking about how it concludes, but the overall writing - if you build a good enough story the ending will work no matter what direction you take. Another sign of weak story: endless bts content; if you write well enough you don’t need to make a bunch of episodes explaining things. A little bts info is wonderful, but usually when the original story makes it worth listening to. 3 stars because the first half is pretty good.

Woozy woowoo ,

Great story

Def. Worth a chance, it’s got me hooked. Sound quality, acting and storyline are top notch

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