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Knifepoint Horror

Tales of supernatural suspense written and produced by Soren Narnia.The text of these stories is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA.Email: songofsadbirds@aol.com. Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/sorennarniaAlso by the author: the podcast 'Those Snowy Nights You Read to Me, They'll Never Be Forgotten.'

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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:

1hr 34mins

22 Jan 2016

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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.

1hr 28mins

26 Dec 2010

Rank #2

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The Lockbox

For the people in a small town in upstate New York, what happened was just another sordid true crime story. But they would never know just how frightening and surreal things became in its aftermath, or what one woman chose to endure in the name of compassion. Music: Bob Pokrzywa, from the album 'A Wounded and Prostrate Foe,' all rights reserved. https://bobpokrzywa.bandcamp.com/album/a-wounded-and-prostrate-foe    -and-  Anthony Brown, 'Evolving Ambient Soundscape,' Getty Music. All rights reserved. Cast (in order of appearance): Scholar: Eric Dantley Ellen Hershbergen: Linda Wojtowick Narrator: Jamie Molina Pontiac resident: Julie Medina Father Dorr: Les Lentz Denise Minotka: Amy Newman Detective: Corey Landis Radio broadcaster: Maureen Rivers Nan Carlos: Currer Hathaway Private investigator:  Stuart Arnheim Social worker: Effi T. Mothgil Grace Beck: Catherine Saraceno Prosecutor: Cal Butera Police officer: Ebenezer Alasi Listeners might also enjoy my new (free) audiobook of dark suspense called Town With a Tranquil Name, now downloadable from the podcast Those Snowy Nights You Read to Me, They'll Never Be Forgotten. Also now available: a graphic novel version of eight Knifepoint Horror stories. Check out the anthology here: https://mdpenman.bigcartel.com/ https://longlivelamariposa.bigcartel.com/ https://mrpicto.bigcartel.com/ Other audio horror by Soren Narnia: 'Why Have You Disturbed Our Sleep' - The Bloodlust podcast, October 8, 2017 'Outcall' - Episode 15, Alexandria Archives podcast 'Paranormal Appraisal 151' – Episode 20, Alexandria Archives podcast 'Q & A With a Vampire Killer' - Episode 33, Alexandria Archives podcast Patreon: www.patreon.com/sorennarnia

1hr 12mins

21 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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The Crack

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/ From artist David Montano -

1hr 1min

29 Mar 2018

Rank #4

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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.


1 Jun 2015

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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.


25 Nov 2010

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Three for Halloween

The featured story of this brief trilogy imagines that perhaps, Earth's final confrontation between good and evil will take place so quietly you'll be able to hear a caterpillar crawl through the blood-soaked grass. Before this tale comes an appetizer ... and afterward, a little dessert. 0:00  dusk 7:51  extremity 41:41  project Additional narration by Linda Wojtowick. Music by Kevin MacLeod, incompetech.com. "Ice Demon" licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Other audio horror by Soren Narnia: 'Why Have You Disturbed Our Sleep' - The Bloodlust podcast, October 8, 2017 'Outcall' - Episode 15, Alexandria Archives podcast 'Paranormal Appraisal 151' – Episode 20, Alexandria Archives podcast 'Q & A With a Vampire Killer' - Episode 33, Alexandria Archives podcast Patreon: www.patreon.com/sorennarnia


3 Oct 2019

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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.


5 Dec 2010

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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.


30 Dec 2010

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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.


16 Aug 2011

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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. Images by artist Mandey Brown (@mandeyfromzogs on Instagram)


29 Oct 2015

Rank #11

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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.

1hr 2mins

24 Jan 2018

Rank #12

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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 Jason Hill has also done a reading of this story, here.


1 Jan 2015

Rank #13

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Maybe your own town holds one: a folk tale, discredited and in many ways absurd, that nevertheless will not die. Here is a glimpse into one such tale ... and the rare destructive force it happened to carry with it.  Music by Kevin MacLeod, incompetech.com. "Virtutes Instrumenti" licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/sorennarnia


25 Jul 2018

Rank #14

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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


12 Feb 2015

Rank #15

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A Quick Trilogy of Terror

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--->???

1hr 32mins

21 Jun 2013

Rank #16

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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/.


29 Nov 2010

Rank #17

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A Quick Decology of Terror

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

2hr 2mins

4 Apr 2017

Rank #18

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A man in trouble, wanting only an escape from a crisis, stumbles across a mystery which leads to another... and yet another, demanding a return to a dangerous place and time. Music by Kevin MacLeod, incompetech.com. "Shadowlands 1: Horizon" licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/sorennarnia

1hr 1min

11 Jun 2018

Rank #19

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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.


19 Jul 2015

Rank #20