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Tales of supernatural suspense by Soren Narnia.Music by Kevin MacLeod, incompetech.com, unless otherwise noted. These stories are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License, meaning that anyone is free to adapt them as they see fit, even for profit, without the obligation to compensate the author.Email: songofsadbirds@aol.com. Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/sorennarniaAlso by Soren Narnia: the podcast 'Those Snowy Nights You Read to Me, They'll Never Be Forgotten.'

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Tales of supernatural suspense by Soren Narnia.Music by Kevin MacLeod, incompetech.com, unless otherwise noted. These stories are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License, meaning that anyone is free to adapt them as they see fit, even for profit, without the obligation to compensate the author.Email: songofsadbirds@aol.com. Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/sorennarniaAlso by Soren Narnia: the podcast 'Those Snowy Nights You Read to Me, They'll Never Be Forgotten.'

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By I-can't-find-a-name - May 14 2020
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This is the best horror podcast available... and it isn’t even close.

yay

By Owlstarwarriorcat - Apr 27 2020
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Simply the best horror podcast i've heard

iTunes Ratings

1958 Ratings
Average Ratings
1805
89
21
17
26

Best of the best

By I-can't-find-a-name - May 14 2020
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This is the best horror podcast available... and it isn’t even close.

yay

By Owlstarwarriorcat - Apr 27 2020
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Simply the best horror podcast i've heard
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Knifepoint Horror

Latest release on Apr 10, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: fields

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The next time you take a long country drive, look to your left and right as the scenery rolls by, the forgotten places where no footsteps tread for weeks, months, maybe years at a time. How long would it be before anyone noticed that such a place had become shelter for something unspeakable?

Listeners might also enjoy the dark suspense tale An Oral History Of Hell.

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/sorennarnia

From Josh Mckelvey (@joshmckelvey on Instagram), this image:

Jan 22 2016

1hr 34mins

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Rank #2: possession

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A man's slow descent into depression and addiction opens up a world of once-hidden terrors, the worst of which awaits in a malevolent ghost's plan to devour his weakened soul.

Dec 26 2010

1hr 28mins

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Rank #3: sleep

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There exists in this life a very real, horrifying phenomenon that science cannot yet extinguish. It strikes a surprising number of people, and none of us are safe. And if it comes for you, it will come at the most vulnerable moment you will ever know.

When I was younger, I loved adapting stories I’d read into radio plays or short films or long monologues, but the results just grew old in a drawer, because there was always the spectre that these projects were based on someone else’s original work and there would certainly be much ceasing and desisting and legal threats. These days especially, everyone seems to be circling the wagons with the things they create, demanding payment and putting up No Trespassing signs around every word, every idea. The stories of the Knifepoint Horror podcast, though, are presented through a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License, making them essentially anyone's to experiment with however they want without having to ask permission or pay anything for their use. As long as the source is credited, you can freely copy, adapt or remix them and share what you come up with anywhere you like. Just have fun pushing your imagination to its limits; you may find, as I have, that it always beats thinking about intellectual property rights, trademarks, and royalties. - S.N.

Jun 01 2015

37mins

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Rank #4: cult

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Read by Peter Yearsley. A cult's act of human sacrifice and resurrection reaches across the twentieth century to leave its imprint on a modern day murder.

Nov 25 2010

19mins

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Rank #5: The Crack

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Another tale of lands touched by both enigmatic beauty and dormant, uncategorizable cruelty. 

The narrator: Justy Gee, the Starless podcast

The poem reader: Jes Echo

Gail Greenlove: Amy Paonessa, The Bloodlust podcast

The truck driver: Cal Butera

Michael Spinell: Soren Narnia

Nadia Oliver: Susan Wallace

Ronald Garr: Brian Lillie

Poetry by Mia LeBemay

Music: “Concentration” and “Smoother Move” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/sorennarnia/

Mar 29 2018

1hr 1min

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Rank #6: school

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A damaged man recalls his time at Seacrist Elementary, the unlikely site of a hideous paranormal outbreak which still haunts him two decades later.

Dec 05 2010

50mins

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Rank #7: house

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Read by Dennis Smith. On a dark winter's night, a seeker of ghosts attuned to the strange energy within a remote haunted house underestimates its inhabitants' power to destroy.

Dec 30 2010

54mins

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Rank #8: rebirth

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By popular demand, a new tale of Knifepoint Horror. A nighttime expedition to a sleepy town uncovers the truth behind seemingly groundless rumors.

An alternative narration by Jason Hill is here.

Aug 16 2011

42mins

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Rank #9: guest

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He was a teenager who suddenly had no place to sleep, no money, and no options. The world had quickly become a very scary place ... and then shelter appeared much too conveniently.

Oct 29 2015

39mins

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Rank #10: staircase

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A comfortable suburban existence begins to fracture with a single sound. You may have heard it sometime yourself, but those who have surely possess no need for stories like these to haunt them.

Artist Jessica Mellen created this eerie bit of business with this episode in mind.

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/sorennarnia

Feb 12 2015

29mins

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Rank #11: family

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For the haunted, any calm explanation of a supernatural phenomenon is a comforting one, no matter where it comes from. But it is never more important than in that very moment to remain watchful and mistrusting.

Music by Kevin MacLeod, incompetech.com. "Magic Forest" licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.

For a spooky little radio drama I wrote recently, listen to episode 20, "Paranormal Appraisal 151," at www.alexandriaarchives.com.

Jan 24 2018

1hr 2mins

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Rank #12: eyes

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Read by Mark Nelson. An invitation to a seance leads a Congressman to face the wrath of a tortured spirit bent on making him suffer for a past betrayal.

Producer and photographer Jeffrey Laub has done a series of photographic portraits of characters from the podcast; check them out at http://jeffreylaub.com/index.php/projects/.

Nov 29 2010

26mins

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Rank #13: legend

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A tale made specifically for the campfire--a simple tale of the woods, long-buried secrets, and letting chances to escape terror slip agonizingly away.

images copyright David Montano, www.davidmontano.com When I was younger, I loved adapting stories I’d read into radio plays or short films or long monologues, but the results just grew old in a drawer, because there was always the spectre that these projects were based on someone else’s original work and there would certainly be much ceasing and desisting and legal threats. These days especially, everyone seems to be circling the wagons with the things they create, demanding payment and putting up No Trespassing signs around every word, every idea. The stories of the Knifepoint Horror podcast, though, are presented through a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License, making them essentially anyone's to experiment with however they want without having to ask permission or pay anything for their use. As long as the source is credited, you can freely copy, adapt or remix them and share what you come up with anywhere you like. Just have fun pushing your imagination to its limits; you may find, as I have, that it always beats thinking about intellectual property rights, trademarks, and royalties. - S.N.

Jason Hill has also done a reading of this story, here. 1/1/15 - A listener or two has asked about the approach to story resolution often found here, which tends to end the narratives (and even individual scenes) on less than a high point with questions unanswered. The tension can suddenly evaporate, leaving things hanging. I think it's because I find myself genuinely frightened only by horror that manages to simulate the true feel of real life--its dead ends, unexplained mysteries, cliffhangers with no payoff. This is the world at its most stark, inexplicable, impenetrable. When horror gets too neat and follows a bulletproof story arc, I find myself spotting the ways the author artificially tied things up so as to satisfy everyone in the audience, and the story tends not to linger for me beyond that initial telling. But if I'm actively denied knowledge, or a traditional ending, or a release of tension, I find the horror sticks with me. To wander a world where anything can happen to you randomly, without warning, without explanation--that's what creeps me out. Lack of closure is my boogeyman. Well, lack of closure and cleaning my shower.

Jan 01 2015

36mins

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Rank #14: A Quick Decology of Terror

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These 10 stories were produced as videos for YouTube over the past year as a slight change of pace--here they are, if you haven't heard them yet, in audio-only format as a convenience to those (like me, actually) who prefer to do without the creaky visuals. Some have been partially re-recorded.

Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/.

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/sorennarnia

Apr 04 2017

2hr 2mins

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Rank #15: A Quick Trilogy of Terror

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Something a little shy of Knifepoint Horror, but perhaps entertaining in their own way, here are three stories that don't quite fit into the mold of those previously offered.

..... Many people have been thoroughly creeped out by the show's avatar--what IS that thing looking at us? Well, we finally have an answer, provided by 11-year-old Ethien Duckett. His story below is entitled "Ratbat." Talk about economy of storytelling!

One cold rainy night I saw a rat I picked it up with no idea what to do with it. As I came home a bat flew into a net beside my door. I grabbed it and took them both inside. Thinking what to do with them was hard, then I thought about the sewer. I quickly threw them in the toilet. Then a beam of light came out of my toilet. I then realized something was going to happen just then a portal from another dimension threw a potion down the toilet and transformed them both into a ratbat. You wouldn’t like to meet a ratbat. They are hideous, monstrous things that shouldn’t exist.They look like a slice of moldy bread with teeth, the strange thing is that they have no wings to fly with. Sadly they have no feet so they can’t run, but they can teleport. If a rat bat gets on you stop, drop and roll, or else your hair will get turned into a mop with a stick on top. Ratbat likes to laugh at people with mops on their head. Ratbat laughs “Rahhhaa” each and every time he sees a mop-head. I was trying to catch that ratbat in the net, then he teleported on the mayor’s hair and turned it into a mop. The mayor was freaking out and pulled out a ray gun, blasting everything except ratbat. Everyone’s mop hair was on fire it was total mayhem. Just then ratbat made a black-hole and everyone was put in a parallel jail dimension.  While some tried to shout I decided to use my mop stick to make a ladder and climb out. Ratbat was sleeping safe and sound. I took a stick of my ladder and whacked it with my stick. Oh no it was a decoy the real one was behind me, I pulled out a laser gun and attached it to my stick right as he teleported I shot the portal and trapped him inside the portal forever.The EnD--->???

Jun 21 2013

1hr 32mins

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Rank #16: sisters

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The secluded castle, once rumored to harbor evil, had been redeemed by the influence of piety and innocence until something came through the forest to return it to true darkness.

Image copyright David Montano, www.davidmontano.com

Feb 24 2012

53mins

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Rank #17: landmark

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Somewhere near your house it stands, one of those decaying places that people always whisper about as they pass by. For every day you age, it seems to age three. But it may well live beyond you, silently daring you each night at dusk to enter, coldly confident you'll always be too afraid.

Jul 19 2015

44mins

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Rank #18: chasm

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In the space of minutes, a travel writer venturing alone in remote waters goes from a state of enviable tranquility to blinding terror.

Producer and photographer Jeffrey Laub has done a series of photographic portraits of characters from the podcast; check them out at http://jeffreylaub.com/index.php/projects/.

P.S. Fans of zombie stories--non-traditional ones, that is--might be interested in an audio novella of mine called Song of the Living Dead over at http://thosesnowynights.libsyn.com/

Sep 11 2015

32mins

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Rank #19: trail

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Read by Markham Anderson. A courteous stranger offers three friends looking for a Halloween hayride into the woods something deeper and darker.

Producer and photographer Jeffrey Laub has done a series of photographic portraits of characters from the podcast; check them out at http://jeffreylaub.com/index.php/projects/.

Dec 02 2010

18mins

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Rank #20: A Second Quick Trilogy of Terror

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Another three tales roughly and tersely told.

Check out Jason Hill's narration of the third story of the group here.

And see how he captured the story's essence in this eerie drawing.

The following image, inspired by the first story in the group, was created by friend of the show Georgia D. (@Ankhtheodd on Twitter):

Wait till after you listen to the episode to click here

Oct 08 2013

1hr 11mins

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