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The Wicked Library

The Wicked Library is a Parsec Award winning show featuring horror fiction stories from upcoming, new, independent and bestselling authors. Our Tales of terror are read by Host / Producer, Daniel Foytik and other popular voice actors and feature custom music to bring the stories to life. Each episode features the work of some of the best voices in independent horror fiction. Authors of all types have contributed stories, like Jessica McHugh, KB Goddard, C. Bryan Brown, Stephanie Wytovich, and bestselling authors like Neil Gaiman and Owl Goingback.If you'd like to be a featured author on the show see our website for submission guidelines.

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The Diplomat

Let's REWIND! By popular demand, here is something you're sure to enjoy - a resurrected episode from Season One.As a treat for you all (including Nelson W. Pyles), we managed to find and remaster an old episode from Season One by Barbie Stoeckle. Enjoy a truly Wicked zombie tale that we thought we'd lost forever. Pulled from a deep crevice behind the Librarian's desk and ready to spin, it's "The Diplomat."Just for extra fun, this show features an opening and closing that pay homage to classic shows from The Golden Age of Radio that inspired The Wicked Library. SHOW NOTES: www.thewickedlibrary.com/rw-1

34mins

7 Nov 2015

Rank #1

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TWL 913: A Wicked Halloween Anthology - LIVE

Today's show includes 3 Terrifying Tales and was recorded LIVE at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville, GA as part of Explore Gwinnette's #Artober Festival! To watch the paintings being made head to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0bitdFlhTEZeGf7Fv8a5PQ/videos."Freebies"Author: Christopher LongCAST:Opening Narrator – Graham RowatChet - Nelson W. PylesSi - Daniel FoytikKylie - Denise Michele JohnsonThe Stranger - Cynthia Lowman"Unholy Wedlock"Author: K. B. GoddardCAST:Opening Narrator – Mary MurphyMrs. Winter & Mrs. Lucas - Denise Michele JohnsonAlgernon Hunter - Nelson W. PylesJohn Evans & William Thompson - Daniel FoytikLouisa Hunter & Mrs. Hill - Cynthia LowmanThe Lift: "The Lost and The Damned"Authors: Daniel Foytik and Nelson W. Pyles(This story is simulcast as S4E4 of The Lift)CAST:Opening Narrator (Alice Bigglesworth-Hayes) -Erika SandersonSpecial Agent Jackie Ellis & Courtney - Denise Michele JohnsonDexter Walters - Nelson W. PylesVictoria Bigglesworth-Hayes – Amber CollinsJennifer - Cynthia LowmanJim - Daniel FoytikCustom Scoring  Nico Vettese of We Talk of DreamsSound design assistance, recording, and additional SFX: David Benedict and Atlanta Radio Theater Company.Voice of the Librarian: Nelson W. Pyles | Artwork: Alex J. Murd | Host / Producer / Showrunner: Daniel Foytik | Executive Producers: Cynthia Lowman, Nelson W. Pyles, Nico VetteseGet your copy of The Wicked Library Presents: 13 Wicked Tales on Kindle, or in print.  Visit thewickedlibrary.com/read to get your copy today.Get your copy of The Lift, 9 Stories of Transformation Volume One on Kindle, or in print.  Visit victoriaslift.com/read to get your copy today.Production Music"The Wicked Library Theme"Anthony Rowsick of Novus (novus3.bandcamp.com)"The Lift Opening Theme"Henninger-Parke Music"The Lift Closing Theme"Nico Vettese of We Talk of DreamsAudio RecordingFinal mix by Daniel Foytik, 9th Story Studios: www.9thstory.com9th Story Studios:Visit The Wicked Library:On Facebook: www.facebook.com/thewickedlibraryOn Twitter: @wickedlibrary

1hr 40mins

31 Oct 2019

Rank #2

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TWL 716: "Quem Infra Nos", by Mark Nixon

Selected from the upcoming audio book edition of the Shadows at the Door Anthology, we bring you a haunting tale set in Durham, England.An author on route to a speaking event finally finds the time to visit the historic city of Durham, once on the cobbled streets he is drawn to the Cathedral. Deep in the tombs, something lies in wait. 'Forget not, who is below us'.

1hr 22mins

4 May 2017

Rank #3

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TWL 715: "The Journey", by Eamon O'Neill

Sim has struggled all his life to fit in -- a struggle to find peace and feel normal. When he finds himself on an unplanned, surreal journey he may finally find what he's been seeking.

1hr 1min

20 Apr 2017

Rank #4

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TWL 906: An Extra Wicked Anthology

It's time for another quarterly Extra Wicked Anthology Episode! Today we bring you three great tales from the darker side of things. Supporters of the show at the $5 a month and above level hear these stories first at the rate of one a month. Later (once a quarter), the stories are compiled and shared with the entire audience to help promote the work of the authors, composers and voice actors.1. "A Little Light Gets In", by Daniel FoytikThis first tale is a story by The Wicked Library's own Daniel Foytik. It originally appeared in the Shadows at The Door written anthology, and is also available on Audible as part of the audio edition of the anthology with 12 other full length stories narrated by Cynthia Lowman and Daniel Foytik.Karen, has spent her life wondering what happened the night her mother was murdered. Years later, she returns to the small mountain town in Pennsylvania where she grew up armed with special equipment that will allow her to make contact with her mother's spirit. But, in this town, with dark secrets going back to it's earliest days, another entity awaits her arrival and the opportunity to cross into our world.Storyteller: Cynthia Lowman | Score: Shawn Parke and Kim Henninger of Henninger Parke Music2. "13", by K. B. GoddardTate is a rational Victorian man who does not believe in the supernatural, curses, or other such nonsense - almost arrogantly so.  However, the supernatural does believe in him.Storyteller: Graham Rowat | Score: Nico Vettese3. "At the Top of Her Lungs", by Cory MasonA woman struggles to return to her daily routine after complications from surgery leave her vocal cords permanently damaged. Will help ever come, if no one can hear you scream?Storytellers: Heather Thomas, Narrator | Nelson W. Pyles, Attacker | Score: Nico VetteseVoice of the Librarian: Nelson W. Pyles | Artwork: Alex J. Murd | Host / Producer / Showrunner: Daniel Foytik | Executive Producers: Cynthia Lowman, Nelson W. PylesGet your copy of The Lift, 9 Stories of Transformation Volume One on Kindle, or in print.  Visit victoriaslift.com/read to get your copy today.Production Music"The Wicked Library Theme"Anthony Rowsick of Novus (novus3.bandcamp.com)Audio RecordingFinal mix by Daniel Foytik, 9th Story Studios: www.9thstory.com9th Story Studios:Producer / Host / Showrunner: Daniel FoytikVisit The Wicked Library:On Facebook: www.facebook.com/thewickedlibraryOn Twitter: @wickedlibrary

1hr 20mins

9 Jun 2019

Rank #5

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TWL 900: "The Case of the Yuletide Bride", by Aaron Vlek

For our 2018 Christmas Special, we present the return of Geoffrey Sykes Vermillion, first appearing in the Parsec Award Finalist episode, "The Case of the Black Lodge" in season 8.In today's dark tale, you'll met Audrey Hawkwoode, the young protegee of Geoffrey Sykes Vermillion. When Audrey returns home for the Christmas Holiday, she learns something is not quite right, and calls her upon her mentor for urgent help in solving the matter.CreditsAuthor: Aaron Vlek | Cast: Mary Murphy, as Audrey Hawkwoode | David Ault, as Geoffrey Sykes Vermillion | Daniel Foytik, as James and Sydney Hawkwoode | Nelson W. Pyles, as Mr. Hawkwoode | Heather Thomas, as Mrs. HawkwoodeVoice of the Librarian: Nelson W. PylesCustom Score: Nico Vettese | Artwork: Jeanette Andromeda | Host / Producer / Showrunner: Daniel Foytik | Executive Producers: Cynthia Lowman, Nelson W. PylesGet your copy of The Lift, 9 Stories of Transformation Volume One on Kindle, or in print.  Visit victoriaslift.com/read to get your copy today.

1hr 27mins

24 Dec 2018

Rank #6

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TWL 902: "The Man in Number 23", by Christopher Long

Who knows what your neighbors are really up to behind closed doors? One man learns the horrible truth that his neighbor has seen . . . and comes to learn that terror is not limited to under the sea. It is far, far closer than you could ever imagine.Author: Christopher Long | Storyteller: Louie Pollard | Custom Score: Nico Vettese

35mins

18 Mar 2019

Rank #7

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TWL 724: Classically Wicked

This week, we dig into the archives and share 3 classic wicked tales by Daniel Foytik, Rebecca Snow, and Kerry Lipp - all narrated by Nelson W. Pyles."Grey and Red" by Daniel Foytik "Comp Time" by Rebecca Snow"What if Jesus was a Werewolf" by Kerry Lipp

1hr 22mins

20 Aug 2017

Rank #8

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TWL 722: "Ten Little Indians", by Patrick Moody

Patrick Moody makes his Wicked Library debut with this story told by Addison Peacock.In this dark tale, Celia’s family moves to the country after buying an old plantation to fix up and flip. She doesn't really like the old house, but everything changes when she meets a group of other children who want to sing and play with her.

1hr 2mins

21 Jul 2017

Rank #9

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TWL 809: "Suckle His Poison" by Madeleine Swann

Today we present a wickedly strange and horrifying tale of secret desires.A Victorian solicitor returns from a business trip to find his wife missing. The story she tells in a letter is more weird and terrible than a penny dreadful.Special Offers:Winc Special Offer: Want to get great wine delivered right to your door and help out the show at the same time? Try Winc and get $20 off using this link: trywinc.com/wickedlibraryCreditsAuthor: Madeleine Swann| Storytellers: Mary Murphy as Clara, Andy James as Bertie and The Police Officer, Amber Collins as Hettie, and Daniel Foytik as Matson and other male vocals | Special Guest: Nichole Goodnight | Custom Score: Nico Vettese | Voice of the Librarian: Nelson W. Pyles | Host / Producer / Showrunner: Daniel Foytik | Executive Producers: Cynthia Lowman, Nelson W. Pyles

1hr 14mins

25 Apr 2018

Rank #10

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Terror Returns: Two Tales

For the Season 6 Finale, we present a double feature, with two terrifying tales from Jessica McHugh!"Take All Your Belongings"Riding the train is lonely when you don't march to the same drummer as everyone else. In this tale a young woman is shunned by all the other riders on the Red Line - for all the wrong reasons."Tyler Returned"Deep loss, depression, and insanity can go hand in hand. But, what if the insane was actually possible? What if the ones we lost came back to us?

1hr 25mins

20 May 2016

Rank #11

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TWL 914: Cinnamon to Taste, by Christi Nogle

Today's story is from an author new to the Wicked Library.Marnie and her aunt Cindy are happy running a bakery until Marnie gets lost in a dark nowhere. When she returns, nothing about her life feels the same. What is reality, anyway?Author: Christi NogleTold by: Sarah Ruth ThomasCustom Score: Nico VetteseVoice of the Librarian: Nelson W. Pyles | Artwork: Alex J. Murd | Host / Producer / Showrunner: Daniel Foytik | Executive Producers: Cynthia Lowman, Nelson W. Pyles, Nico VetteseGet your copy of The Wicked Library Presents: 13 Wicked Tales on Kindle, or in print.  Visit thewickedlibrary.com/read to get your copy today.Get your copy of The Lift, 9 Stories of Transformation Volume One on Kindle, or in print.  Visit victoriaslift.com/read to get your copy today.Production Music"The Wicked Library Theme"Anthony Rowsick of Novus (novus3.bandcamp.com)Audio RecordingFinal mix by Daniel Foytik, 9th Story Studios: www.9thstory.com9th Story Studios:Visit The Wicked Library:On Facebook: www.facebook.com/thewickedlibraryOn Twitter: @wickedlibrary

36mins

18 Nov 2019

Rank #12

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TWL 732: Extra Wicked Halloween 2017

This week, thanks to our Patreon supporters we've pulled the desiccated corpses of three lost tales from the ether of Season One, and completely resurrected them, with new voices, new music and propped them up for you to enjoy. As an added bit of fun, Nelson W. Pyles, the creator and and original host / storyteller of the show, is in the studio to help introduce the stories. This episode really is made possible thanks to our Patreon supporters, as the custom scores and voice actors do not come for free. If you enjoy this episode and these stories, please support the authors by finding their other work and adding it to your collection, and help keep the extra stories coming by supporting the show you love on Patreon."Fishing Hole" by Nelson W. Pyles, told by the author, "In the Silt" by Jessica McHugh, told by Addison Peacock, "Love Song for the Rejected" by Paul Michael Anderson, told by Mike DelGaudio and Addison Peacock, "Cruel and Unusual" by C. Bryan Brown, told by Daniel Foytik

2hr 18mins

31 Oct 2017

Rank #13

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TWL 803: Extra Wicked Winter Anthology 2018

Today, along with the other Wicked tales, we present the premier episode of our new Patreon Exclusive Show, The Private Collector, included here, for free, in its entirety. Future episodes of The Private Collector can be heard by those supporting the show on Patreon at the $10 a month level. The stories shared today are heard first by our Patreon supporters, but, since the goal of The Wicked Library is always the promotion of our writers, we share these bonus tales with our entire audience. Please support the authors by finding their other work and adding it to your collection, and support the show you love on Patreon.S1E1: "The Library on the Other Side of Town", by Aaron Vlek. Told by Daniel Foytik, Nelson W. Pyles, and Addison Peacock. Score by Nico Vettese."A Slithering Offer" by Lee Forman. Told by Daniel Foytik."The Letter in The Lighthouse" by Nelson W. Pyles, adapted for audio. Told by Daniel Foytik. "C0nquer0r" by Caitlin Marceau, told by Immortal Alexander and Jeanette Andromeda.HelloFresh special offer. Visit https://www.hellofresh.com, Promo Code: WickedLibrary30 Casper Special Offer.  Visit https://casper.com/wickedlibrary, Promo Code at checkout: WICKEDLIBRARY

1hr 53mins

27 Feb 2018

Rank #14

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TWL 813: "Another Pleasant Valley Sunday" by Jessica McHugh

Our resident author, Jessica McHugh, is back with another dark story.In today's wicked tale, we take a dark ride into a town where we meet Richie, a child happy to see new visitors. But, like most places we visit here in the Wicked Library, things that seem idyllic on the surface, are most assuredly not.Credits:Author: Jessica McHugh | Storytellers: Daniel Foytik, Main Narration | Mary Murphy as Richie, GPS, and Mrs. Green | Nichole Goodnight as Mrs. Gray | Nelson W. Pyles as Mr. Green | Jessica McHugh as Zaftig Woman | Addison Peacock as Sandra | Voice of the Librarian: Nelson W. PylesCustom Score: Nico Vettese | Host / Producer / Showrunner: Daniel Foytik | Executive Producers: Cynthia Lowman, Nelson W. Pyles

1hr 9mins

28 Jun 2018

Rank #15

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TWL 815: "Gardening" by Kathleen Queen

In this Wicked tale, we meet Paige, who is going to have an...interesting day. Her faithful orange tabby, Fred, tries to help her with one of her problems, but her big troubles are far beyond Fred's ability to be helpful. In fact, if Fred was a smart cat, he would look for a new home immediately.Credits:Author: Kathleen Queen | Storytellers: Daniel Foytik, Main Narration| Cynthia Lowman as Paige | Andy James as John | Nichole Goodnight as Doctor | Voice of the Librarian: Nelson W. Pyles | Custom Score: Nico Vettese | Host / Producer / Showrunner: Daniel Foytik | Executive Producers: Cynthia Lowman, Nelson W. PylesGet $20 off from Simple Contacts: https://www.simplecontacts.com/wicked20

1hr 1min

17 Aug 2018

Rank #16

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TWL 915: An Extra Wicked Anthology

It's time for another quarterly Extra Wicked Anthology Episode! Today we bring you two great tales from the darker side of things. Supporters of the show at the $5 a month and above level hear these stories first at the rate of one a month. Later (once a quarter), the stories are compiled and shared with the entire audience to help promote the work of the authors, composers and voice actors.1. "Perverse", by Meg HafdahlA woman struggles with the loss of her wife, and a dark truth.Author: Meg HafdahlStoryteller: Jessica McEvoyScore: Nico Vettese2. "Next", by David GreskeAn institutionalized man finally understands the truth.Author: David GreskeStoryteller: Graham RowatCustom Score: Nico VetteseVoice of the Librarian: Nelson W. Pyles | Artwork: Alex J. Murd | Host / Producer / Showrunner: Daniel Foytik | Executive Producers: Cynthia Lowman, Nelson W. Pyles, Nico VetteseGet your copy of The Wicked Library Presents: 13 Wicked Tales on Kindle, or in print.  Visit thewickedlibrary.com/read to get your copy today.Get your copy of The Lift, 9 Stories of Transformation Volume One on Kindle, or in print.  Visit victoriaslift.com/read to get your copy today.Production Music"The Wicked Library Theme"Anthony Rowsick of Novus (novus3.bandcamp.com)Audio RecordingFinal mix by Daniel Foytik, 9th Story Studios: www.9thstory.com9th Story Studios:Visit The Wicked Library:On Facebook: www.facebook.com/thewickedlibraryOn Twitter: @wickedlibrary

1hr 3mins

10 Dec 2019

Rank #17

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TWL 604: Dominance, by C. Bryan Brown

Returning favorite author C. Bryan Brown brings a dark tale to The Wicked Library with a new take on the classic "werewolf". A story with more than one wicked element, and an epic battle with fear, loss, and triumph. Feel the terror of a small band fighting to survive and the challenges they face. Get ready for a new kind of dominance. Show Notes at www.thewickedlibrary.com/604

54mins

1 Jul 2015

Rank #18

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TWL 714: "There Will Be Refreshments", by James Johnson

This dark, twisted, and entertaining tale is a wild ride into darkness.When Mark suffers a car accident, he is propelled into Hell and embarks on a journey that challenges and punishes him in ways he could never have expected. When offered a way out, he is determined to pursue it - even if it takes an eternity.

1hr 25mins

6 Apr 2017

Rank #19

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TWL 904: A Wicked Fairy Tale

The Librarian brings you a dark tale of a young man who manages to use his lack of fear to interesting results. Collected by the Brothers Grimm. As told by The Librarian Original Score by Nico Vettese of We Talk of Dreams.Credits Storyteller:  The Librarian | Score: Nico Vettese | Host / Producer / Showrunner: Daniel Foytik | Executive Producers: Cynthia Lowman, Nelson W. Pyles

30mins

19 May 2019

Rank #20