Rank #1: The Statement of Randolph Carter, by HP Lovecraft
Stay tuned next week (11/18/16) for our next feature episode, featuring "The Bread We Eat in Dreams" by Catherynne M. Valente
The Dark Tome is produced by Fred Greenhalgh and Bill Dufris. Theme by Peter Van Riet - http://www.petervanriet-musician.be/
Rank #2: The Crevasse, by Dale Bailey and Nathan Ballingrud
Originally appeared on Drabblecast Episode 338 - http://www.drabblecast.org/2014/09/11/drabblecast-338-crevasse/
Produced by Fred Greenhalgh of FinalRune Productions
Rank #3: God of the Razor, by Joe R Lansdale
Played by special permission from AM FM Theater. Also featuring the Mort Castle short story, "If You Take My Hand My Son"
Rank #4: Halloween Double Feature: Dark Passenger & Intensive Care
DARK PASSENGER - Two teenage friends start scaring each other on the drive to a dismal “haunted” house on the coast of Maine. But when their innocent fun starts to become all too real, they soon realize what true terror is. A nod to Stephen King in a tale inspired by a true story too haunting to forget.
INTENSIVE CARE - Alex wakes in a run-down New England hospital with foggy memories of a car accident. He asks nurses about his missing girlfriend, Elizabeth, but can’t seem to get any answers. In fact, he can’t seem to get anything straight from anyone. And – was that a scream in the distance?
Rank #5: The Masque of the Red Death, by Edgar Allan Poe
Produced by William Dufris and AudioComics as part of their “HorrorScopes” series. With field-recording by Fred Greenhalgh / FinalRune Productions.
Rank #6: The Floodgates of Willowhill, by Mary SanGiovanni
Teenage Samantha keeps her nose in her books and her head in the clouds - in lands far beyond the borders of the small town of Faulkesville where she's grown up... Where her parents mysteriously died two years ago, and where her Uncle Ted and buddy Hank Jedsoe are about to discover the real horrors that lurk in the haunted woods on the edge of town.
Rank #7: Locke & Key (Sampler) - An Audible Drama - By Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
A brutal and tragic event drives the Locke family from their home in California to the relative safety of their ancestral estate in Lovecraft, Massachusetts, an old house with powerful keys and fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them. As siblings Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode Locke discover the secrets of the old house, they also find that it's home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all...
A sample of some of the magical keys in "Locke & Key" provided by Dark Tome co-creator Fred Greenhalgh, who along with William Dufris and Team AudioComics produced Locke & Key for Audible.
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Rank #8: Interview with Christopher Golden
On today's Dark Tome, a special interview with Christopher Golden, the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as The Myth Hunters, Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, Of Saints and Shadows, and (with Tim Lebbon) The Map of Moments. He has also written books for teens and young adults, including Poison Ink, Soulless, and the thriller series Body of Evidence, honored by the New York Public Library and chosen as one of YALSA’s Best Books for Young Readers. Upcoming teen novels include a new series of hardcover YA fantasy novels co-authored with Tim Lebbon and entitled The Secret Journeys of Jack London. He edited the collection DARK DUETS in which we discovered the JOE R LANSDALE and KASEY LANSDALE team up, “BLIND LOVE,” and penned his own short story collection, TELL MY SORROW TO THE STONES, where we found the story we adapted for Episode 3 - “BREATHE MY NAME”. We talk to him today about the writer’s life, working in multi-media and the future of audio storytelling.
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Rank #9: Interview with Joe R Lansdale & Kasey Lansdale
Joe R Lansdale is the author of over forty novels and numerous short stories. His work has appeared in national anthologies, magazines, and collections, as well as numerous foreign publications. His “Hap and Leonard” series of novels is a TV series on Sundance, with Seasons 1 and 2 now available and Season 3 recently greenlit.
Kasey Lansdale has been writing and performing music since age 7. In July of 2013, Lansdale’s first anthology, “Impossible Monsters,” was released, and she has completed her first novel, “One More Than the Devil.” She also wrote the title track for the digital version of the novel Edge of Dark Water. Kasey Lansdale is a musician and you can hear her music at kaseylansdale.com
We talk to Joe and Kasey today about East Texas, where they get their story ideas, working together in a father-daughter relationship, and how to work on your creativity and love every minute. I hope you enjoy this conversation.
Rank #10: S1 Episode1: 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.