Podcast

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 wayward teen, 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.The Dark Tome is a new take on the anthology audio fiction podcast, featuring fantastic stories by contemporar...more

Episodes

  • S2E9: Bear Language, by Martin Cahill

    Oct 19 2019

    Joanna, her brother Oliver, and her dad are all trapped in the upstairs of their house, with a bear prowling downstairs. However, as her father plows deeper into a bottle of whisky, it becomes clear that sapien beasts may be the most fearsome of all... Meanwhile, the stage is set for the grand conclusion of Season 2! In the hands of the Parabellum agents, Cassie seems helpless to stop the summoning of a great evil. Can the young enchantress use what she's learned about the book to stop it?

  • S2E8: Sing Me Your Scars, by Damien Angelica Waters

    Oct 19 2019

    Cassie finds herself trapped with several other women in a monstrous situation imagined by a twisted doctor in early 1910s America. This is the world of SING ME YOUR SCARS, a chilling treatise on subservience and bodies, told by Victoria, a woman torn between her desire for freedom, and her desire not to rot away.

  • S2E7: Nennorluk, by Chris Tarry

    Oct 19 2019

    Mr. Gussy returns, but what he finds on the other side was not what he expected. We venture to the salt-sprayed shores of New Brunswick, where time has been hard on Sammy. But the promise of three square meals and the hunt for a sea monster makes him believe there might be such a thing as second chances.

  • S2E6: The Vishakanya's Choice, by Roshani Chokshi

    Oct 19 2019

    Cassie faces a choice, and who better to help her understand the importance - and power - of choices than Sudha, a Vishakanya, or poison maiden, a female assassin whose very touch is deadly? NYT-Bestselling Author Roshani Chokshi retells the death of Alexander the Great - a story that has become legend - through the perspective of a woman who has never had a Choice, a most precious thing thought only to be the domain of kings. Special thanks to Stories of Mahabharata for support casting this epi...more

  • S2E5: Mr. Carter's Story, by Fred Greenhalgh

    Oct 19 2019

    Cassie returns to her high school guidance teacher's office, looking for answers. Mr. Carter tells his story, about how he first encountered the Dark Tome, and the terrible effects it had on his life. Now, Cassie faces a choice of grace consequence.

  • S2E4: Inselberg, by Nalo Hopkinson

    Oct 19 2019

    Cassie's transported to a Caribbean island in the near-future, where a devastating 'duppy tide' caused utter devastation… And has led to a new, perverse form of tourism. But the tourists are in for more than they bargained for when they learned of the mutated fauna in this home that gave birth to zombis.

  • S2E3: The Birds of Azalea Street, by Nova Ren Suma

    Oct 19 2019

    Kim and Cassie hide away at a rich family's home in a neighborhood on the outskirts of town. But, Kim isn't letting Cassie go without learning some of her secrets… And what Cassie reveals, may be as much as Kim can handle. In the world of BIRDS OF AZALEA STREET, a monster lurks behind closed doors... A monster tolerated by the sweet neighbors, who will turn a blind eye to monstrosity if it'll help keep property values in check.

  • S2E2: The Bacchae, by Elizabeth Hand

    Oct 19 2019

    Cassie's saved by a friend, but learns that her world has changed more than she could have imagined while she's been gone. Worlds gone wrong turns out to be a theme, when she goes on her next trip, to the world of THE BACCHAE. In a world where environmental destruction has poisoned life to a breaking point, what consequence will fall on those who were implicit in its demise?

  • S2E1: Natural Skin, by Alyssa Wong

    Oct 19 2019

    "I'm not a ghost!" -- "All ghosts say that." In the return of the acclaimed dimension-jumping anthology fiction podcast, we find Cassie flung to a world where body modifications are routine and one daughter of a Chinese immigrant is prepared to make an unbelievable sacrifice to save her own skin. This is the world of Alyssa Wong's NATURAL SKIN, a harrowing tale of distorted ideas of beauty in a near-future dystopian Toronto, Canada.

  • S1E9: How Gussy Got the Book, by Frederick Greenhalgh

    Oct 19 2019

    Mr. Gussy and Cassie learned they've "Gone sideways" - the Dark Tome has returned them to the world, but not *their* world. As Cassie struggles to understand the predicament the book has put her in, Gussy recounts the heartbreaking tale of how he got his hands on the Dark Tome, and the cost the book has caused him.The Dark Tome is produced by Fred Greenhalgh and Bill Dufris. Theme 'Febryar' by Peter Van Riet https://soundcloud.com/petervanriet | Show credits at http://thedarktome.com/

  • S1E8: Trial Day, by Tananarive Due

    Oct 19 2019

    Young Lettie can see things through her magic eye - things that might be better if she not see. Grownup's secrets. Grownup's true intentions. But when she learns of her brother's unjust arrest and sham trial, it's her seeing eye - and some conjure magic from her Mama - that may help change the fate of her big brother.The Dark Tome is produced by Fred Greenhalgh and Bill Dufris. Theme 'Febryar' by Peter Van Riet https://soundcloud.com/petervanriet | Show credits at http://thedarktome.com/

  • S1E7: INK by Jonathan Maberry

    Oct 19 2019

    Cassie returns from her traumatic trip to a haunted - and haunting - family reunion. As she attempts to re-align her world, Gussy stumbles out of his and into the world of Jonathan Maberry's INK.GERALD ‘MONK’ ADDISON is a skip-tracer and P.I. on Boundary Street, down the hill from where the good people go. He’s on the side of the angels, but he’s not very nice. Most of Monk’s clients are bail bondsmen and bad lawyers, but every now and then he takes a special case. He’s hired by the ghost of a m...more

  • S1E6: Family Demons, by Frederick Greenhalgh

    Oct 19 2019

    Cassie returns home after the wondrous night at the prom (Episode 4) and finds her dreams shattered when she gets home. Forced to flee her home, she seeks refuge in Mr. Gussy's bookshop, and the Dark Tome. This time, the book calls out for her. She finds herself with an estranged son at his homecoming to the old family farmhouse... And the demons that his father sought to hide will make themselves known.

  • S1E5: Blind Love, by Joe R Lansdale and Kasey Lansdale

    Oct 19 2019

    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. 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." Featuring a s...more

  • S1E4: Murdered Sleep, by Kat Howard

    Oct 19 2019

    "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.An adaptat...more

  • S1E3: Breathe My Name, by Christopher Golden

    Oct 19 2019

    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. *** The Dark Tome is produced by Fred Greenhalgh and Bill Dufris. Dialogu...more

  • S1E2: The Bread We Eat in Dreams, by Catherynne M. Valente

    Oct 19 2019

    In Episode 2 of the Dark Tome, 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...more

  • S1E1: The Devil on the Staircase, by Joe Hill

    Oct 19 2019

    Episode 1 of the Dark Tome introduces us to Cassie, who is forced to read books to Mr. Gussy - an old crank who runs a bookshop of the strange and the weird - as penance for pulling a girl's hair out at school. Mr. Gussy has warned Cassie of a book among books - The Dark Tome - and Cassie 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...more

  • Season 2 Trailer: The World's Not How I Left It

    Oct 12 2018

    A teaser for Dark Tome Season!!! The new Season debuts October 26, 2018, exclusively on Stitcher Premium. Get a free month of Stitcher Premium by visiting stitcher.com/premium and using promo code DARK

  • Halloween Double Feature: Dark Passenger & Intensive Care

    Oct 25 2017

    Two tales of terror to sate your appetite this Halloween.DARK PASSENGER - Two teenage friends start scaring each other on the drive to a dismal “haunted” house on the coast of Maine. But when their innocent fun starts to become all too real, they soon realize what true terror is. A nod to Stephen King in a tale inspired by a true story too haunting to forget.INTENSIVE CARE - Alex wakes in a run-down New England hospital with foggy memories of a car accident. He asks nurses about his missing girl...more

  • God of the Razor, by Joe R Lansdale

    Jun 30 2017

    A man investigates an old Texas mansion looking for antiques, but soon finds more than he bargained for. Because in this lonely stretch of town, ancient gods walk the earth, and their followers have no choice but to follow their twisted demands. This haunting story by horror master Joe R. Lansdale was adapted by Jerry Stearns and produced by AM FM Theater as part of the Grist Mill series, a horror program dedicated to chilling contemporary tales. “God of the Razor” won the Ogle Award for best Fa...more

  • The Floodgates of Willowhill, by Mary SanGiovanni

    Apr 07 2017

    "Everybody whose grown up in Faulkesville, well, they’ve always guessed there’s something wrong with the woods on the edge of town, the ones that border Willowhill, something people don’t like to bring up in polite company."Teenage Samantha keeps her nose in her books and her head in the clouds - in lands far beyond the borders of the small town of Faulkesville where she's grown up... Where her parents mysteriously died two years ago, and where her Uncle Ted and buddy Hank Jedsoe are about to di...more

  • The Masque of the Red Death, by Edgar Allan Poe

    Jan 27 2017

    A fresh take on Edgar Allen Poe’s classic “The Masque of the Red Death” – featuring an all-star cast of New England actors, and immersive location sound recording, and an inventive script, this production re-imagines Poe’s tale of a group of ill-fated improvisatori who take on an audience with the ‘dark prince’ who holds extravagant balls to distract the gentry from the ravages of the plague.Produced by William Dufris and AudioComics as part of their “HorrorScopes” series. With field-recording b...more

  • The Crevasse, by Dale Bailey and Nathan Ballingrud

    Dec 16 2016

    Richard Fish narrates The Crevasse, by Dale Bailey and Nathan Ballingrud. An exploration team in the Antarctic is already nurses wounds from an accident, when another tragedy strikes. Garner, the expedition's doctor, is haunted at night by howls from deep within the earth. Against his better judgement, he descends a crack into the ice shelf to try and settle things. But what he encounters beneath the ice shakes him forever.Originally appeared on Drabblecast Episode 338 - http://www.drabblecast.o...more

  • The Statement of Randolph Carter, by HP Lovecraft

    Nov 11 2016

    An adaptation of HP Lovecraft’s The Statement of Randolph Carter, wherein an unsuspecting grave robber opens a door that really should have stayed closed.Stay tuned next week (11/18/16) for our next feature episode, featuring "The Bread We Eat in Dreams" by Catherynne M. ValenteThe Dark Tome is produced by Fred Greenhalgh and Bill Dufris. Theme by Peter Van Riet - http://www.petervanriet-musician.be/

  • Season 1 Teaser: Open the Book, Unlock Imagination

    Oct 21 2016

    Cassie, a wayward teen, has discovered a magical book that literally transports her to the world within the story. What adventures will we go to with The Dark Tome? It starts on a crooked staircase that leads to the devil.2 minute Teaser to the new audio fiction series by Fred Greenhalgh and Bill Dufris.