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Campfire Radio Theater

A Modern Audio Drama Horror Anthology... Hear the Fear!

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The Master's Hungry Children

As World War 2 draws to a close, a squad of bullying Nazis occupy a remote Romanian village populated by old men, women and livestock. But all is not as it appears as a bitter Winter night falls and the Germans find themselves stalked by something far more bloodthirsty than the pursuing Red Army. Written, directed and produced by John Ballentine Cast John Ballentine Blaine Hicklin Dennis Kacsur Tanja Milojevic Glenn Hascall Music by Kevin MacLeod "Mournful Strings" by Hammerklavier Running time 31:55

31mins

27 Mar 2012

Rank #1

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Abduction at Willow Woods

Two old friends unearth lost secrets from their youth when they revisit the wooded site of an otherworldly encounter. A 3D binaural audio experience! Headphones/Earbuds recommended! Warning: Contains explicit language and frightening situations not suitable for younger audiences. Written, directed and produced by John Ballentine Co-directed by Blaine Hicklin Cast Blaine Hicklin John Ballentine Patrick Bazile Teresa Ballentine Rick Prewitt  Doug Hogate Jr Music by Kevin Hartnell Overlook Hotel Records Patrick Bazile Voice Talent Paradelphia Radio Follow us on Facebook @CampfireRadioTheater and Twitter @CampfireRadio Running Time 33:09

33mins

27 Jan 2017

Rank #2

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Whispers From Hell

Harmless pranks turn dark as a young woman fears a voyeuristic predator may be stalking her from the shadows of peaceful suburbia where a dreadful secret lies in the cemetery next door. Warning: Contains explicit language and frightening situations not suitable for younger audiences. Written, directed and produced by John Ballentine Cast Rachel Arling Shelby Sessler John Patrick Melendez Diane Gilbert Tanja Milojevic Music by Kevin Hartnell http://overlookhotelrecords.com/ Special thanks to Lewis and Sandi Humphries for allowing us to record in their lovely home. Running Time 28:55

28mins

25 Oct 2015

Rank #3

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Hungry Hollow

On a weekend camping trip, three boyhood friends rescue an enchanting young hiker lost in the mountains but soon find themselves pawns in a dark ritual as old as the hills with lethal consequences. And as shadows grow longer, a hideous truth emerges regarding the campfire legends of a wrathful old woman said to inhabit the valley. Written, directed and produced by John Ballentine Cast Blaine Hicklin Shelby Sessler John Ballentine Alan Wells Music by Kevin MacLeod, Zero V, Richard Lainhart, Cormi and Setuniman Running time 31:10 

31mins

6 Feb 2013

Rank #4

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Woods Ferry

Weekend explorers on a quest for antique treasures stumble upon a lost town at the end of a long dirt road and soon uncover the unspeakable truth behind the decades past evacuation of Woods Ferry. Warning: Contains explicit language and frightening situations not suitable for younger audiences. Written, directed and produced by John Ballentine Cast Blythe Haynes Rish Outfield Steve Schneider Jack Kincaid Blaine Hicklin Joe Stofko Music by Kevin Hartnell http://overlookhotelrecords.com/ Running Time 33:32

33mins

5 Jun 2016

Rank #5

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Night Delivery

A rookie late night radio DJ is entangled in the web of a beguiling young beauty in red and devilish reverse rock lyrics as a dark wave of violence sweeps 1980s Atlanta. Warning: Contains explicit language and graphic content not suitable for younger audiences. Written, directed and produced by John Ballentine Cast Rish Outfield           http://dunesteef.com/ Blythe Haynes Blaine Hicklin John Ballentine Anitra DeLorenzo    http://www.authorwebservices-xl.net/US/540609/ Melissa English Kevin Hartnell Steve Schneider Music by Kevin Hartnell http://overlookhotelrecords.com/ Orignal Songs by Overlook Hotel Records featuring Joe Bartoldus, Mike Chambers, Andrew May, Mat Williams and Kevin Hartnell Running Time 37:33

37mins

20 Sep 2015

Rank #6

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Ghosts of Flannan Lighthouse

A chilling mystery unfolds in 1900 off the Scottish coast as Joseph Moore arrives at the Flannan Island Lighthouse to find it cold and abandoned... its keepers vanished. Will a blood-stained journal reveal a clue to their dark fate or resurrect an ancient long-dead curse? Written, directed and produced by John Ballentine U.K. production directed by Matthew McLean Cast Robert Cudmore Matthew McLean Jim Balfour Rich Matheson                  http://www.ynrohkeeg.com/ Blaine Hicklin Caitlin Sneddon Music by Kevin Hartnell http://overlookhotelrecords.com/ Produced in association with Yap Audio  http://www.yapaudio.co.uk/ http://audiodramaproduction.com/ Running Time 33:50

33mins

26 Mar 2015

Rank #7

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Twilight Road

A young woman, pronounced dead hours earlier, springs to life on the embalming table. Haunted by disembodied voices and recollections of a shadowy afterlife, Cerina is desperate to escape the ghoulish confines of the city morgue. Might she suffer delusions due to her accident or is something far more grisly amiss?  Written, directed and produced by John Ballentine Cast Diane Gilbert Shelby Sessler John Ballentine Blaine Hicklin Alex Pinnock Teresa Ballentine Music by Tom Cusack, Kevin MacLeod, Richard Lainhart, Ambient Fabric and Still Water Running time 27:01

27mins

22 Oct 2012

Rank #8

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Rites of Autumn

A young boy spends an autumn afternoon with his grandpa who passes on a few very unique and disturbing Halloween traditions. Written, directed and produced by John Ballentine Cast Joe Stofko James Hicklin Shelby Sessler Tanja Milojevic Rich Wentworth Kevin Hartnell Laurel Hicklin Music by Kevin Hartnell http://overlookhotelrecords.com/ Follow us on Facebook @CampfireRadioTheater and Twitter @CampfireRadioRunning Time 26:01

26mins

24 Oct 2016

Rank #9

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Dreaming of a Dead Christmas

Two college coeds returning home for the holidays unwittingly unleash a zombie outbreak at a truck-stop after running over a mysterious man on a desolate country road. Warning: May contain explicit language and graphic content not suitable for younger audiences. Written, directed and produced by John Ballentine Cast Tanja Milojevic Shelby Sessler John Ballentine Teresa Ballentine Blaine Hicklin Joe Stofko Music by Kevin MacLeod and Michael Hoffman Songs by The Experiments, Reigning Sound, The Ravonettes, Out of Orion and Dott Running time  29:22

29mins

15 Dec 2013

Rank #10

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The War of the Worlds

A young woman's cell phone diary chronicles the end of days first hand as deadly alien war machines emerge from fallen meteorites and rain fiery destruction upon an unsuspecting populace. A new adaptation of the H. G. Wells classic! Warning: May contain explicit language and graphic content not suitable for younger audiences. Adapted, produced and directed for this series by John Ballentine Cast Shelby Sessler     http://www.youtube.com/user/shelbeanie143?feature=watch Joe Stofko            http://www.harvestaudio.joestofko.com/home/ Jack Kincaid         http://edictzero.wordpress.com/ Glenn Hascall       http://www.freewebs.com/glennhascall/ John Ballentine Blaine Hicklin Julie Hoverson      http://www.19nocturneboulevard.net/ Teresa Ballentine Catherine Rinella  http://midnightaudiotheatre.com/ Scott Spaulding     http://decoratedair.com/ Music by Kevin MacLeod and Setuniman  Running time  37:07

37mins

27 Oct 2013

Rank #11

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The Philadelphia Xperiment

Confined to a mental ward in 1951 and awaiting his impending lobotomy, an enigmatic WW2 veteran known only as Patient X recalls an ill-fated experiment to render a U.S. warship invisible resulting in nightmarish side effects for the survivors as well as uncovering a mind-bending temporal terror. Warning: May contain explicit language and graphic content not suitable for younger audiences. Written, directed and produced by John Ballentine Cast David Ault Jack Kincaid Joe Stofko M Sieiro Garcia John Ballentine Blaine Hicklin Glenn Hascall Music by Kevin Hartnell, Kevin MacLeod, Richard Lainhart and  ERH http://www.overlookhotelrecords.com/ Running time 32:58

32mins

12 May 2014

Rank #12

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RIP Part I

Newlyweds on the final eve of their honeymoon are haunted by the ghosts of old Whitechapel as a mysterious pub patron breathes terrifying new life into the bloody terror that gripped the streets of Victorian London. Warning: Contains graphic content not suitable for younger audiences. Written and Directed by Blaine Hicklin Series produced by John Ballentine Cast Rish Outfield                      http://dunesteef.com/ Gerti Steele Alan Steele                       http://wadealansteele.com/ David Ault                        http://www.davidault.co.uk Caitlin Sneddon Robert Cudmore               http://www.yapaudio.co.uk/ Matthew  McLean Wendy Bilton Arbuckle Jim Balfour Music by Kevin Hartnell and Kevin MacLeod http://www.overlookhotelrecords.com/ Vocal arrangements performed by Lisa Greaves Taylor Produced in association with Yap Audio. Special thanks to Rish Outfield of the Dunesteef Podcast and Alan and Gerti Steele. Running Time 25:42

25mins

5 Oct 2014

Rank #13

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Death and Alchemy

An obsessive doctor unleashes dark elemental forces in a mad quest to resurrect the dead in Victorian London. Warning: Contains graphic content and frightening situations not suitable for younger audiences. Adapted from the short story "The Doctor in the Dungeon" by Patrick Moody Adapted, directed and produced by John Ballentine Cast Owen Bevan Karim Kronfli Erika Sanderson Rish Outfield Robert Cudmore Music by Kevin Hartnell and Alan Howarth "Happy Ukulele" by Scott Holmes https://scottholmesmusic.com/ https://overlookhotelrecords.bandcamp.com https://www.patrick-moody.com/ http://www.owengbevan.com/ https://www.starnow.co.uk/karimkronfli https://m.facebook.com/erikasandersonactor http://www.twilighthistories.com/ Follow us on Facebook @CampfireRadioTheater and Twitter @CampfireRadio

39mins

2 Oct 2017

Rank #14

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Ravenous

Investigating the disappearance of a colleague, BBC journalist Albert Titus lands the scoop of a lifetime in the Scottish coastal village of Redmayne as he unravels a terrifying mystery perhaps tied to a sinister cannibal clan of legend. Warning: Contains explicit language and frightening situations not suitable for younger audiences. Written, directed and produced by John Ballentine Co-Produced by Kevin Hartnell Cast David Ault Robert Cudmore Matthew McLean Rachel Craig Caitlin Sneddon Jim Balfour Will Snyder Music by Kevin Hartnell Overlook Hotel Records A Scottish Podcast Evil Kitten Productions David Ault, Voiceover Artist Follow us on Facebook @CampfireRadioTheater and Twitter @CampfireRadio Running Time 32:32

32mins

11 Jun 2017

Rank #15