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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.For more shows like this, visit Realm.fm.

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This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

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The Masque of the Red Death, by Edgar Allan Poe

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 by Fred Greenhalgh / FinalRune Productions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 7mins

27 Jan 2017

Rank #1

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S1E1: The Devil on the Staircase, by Joe Hill

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 for a living, before discovering a door that leads him straight to hell.Full cast and crew credits, and transcript available: Episode page.We’re a proud member of the Fable and Folly network. Find and support our sponsors at: fableandfolly.com/partners Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

55mins

19 Oct 2019

Rank #2

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The Curious History of the Dark Tome Pt. 1: Storybook Beginnings

Liber Tenebris, The Dark Tome, remains an object of great speculation and mystery within occult circles, until now. In a special crossover episode with the podcast Point Mystic, we take a look into the legacy of Prof Joe Ricci and the disappearance of some of the most important research ever conducted into supernatural doorways. Part 1 of 2 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

34mins

31 Oct 2019

Rank #3

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S2E9: Bear Language, by Martin Cahill

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? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

36mins

21 Oct 2019

Rank #4

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S2E1: Natural Skin, by Alyssa Wong

"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.Full cast and crew credits, and transcript available: Episode page. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

25mins

21 Oct 2019

Rank #5

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S2E7: Nennorluk, by Chris Tarry

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

40mins

21 Oct 2019

Rank #6

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S2E8: Sing Me Your Scars, by Damien Angelica Waters

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

38mins

21 Oct 2019

Rank #7

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

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

24mins

21 Oct 2019

Rank #8

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S2E6: The Vishakanya's Choice, by Roshani Chokshi

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 episode, as well as original period-appropriate music from Avi Ziv. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

34mins

21 Oct 2019

Rank #9

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S1E9: How Gussy Got the Book, by Frederick Greenhalgh

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/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 8mins

19 Oct 2019

Rank #10

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S2E2: The Bacchae, by Elizabeth Hand

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?See episode link for full cast and crew credits. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

35mins

21 Oct 2019

Rank #11

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S1E8: Trial Day, by Tananarive Due

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/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

55mins

19 Oct 2019

Rank #12

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S1E7: INK by Jonathan Maberry

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 murder victim to solve their untimely death and exact justice. But hiring Monk comes with a price, even for the dead. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr

19 Oct 2019

Rank #13