Rank #1: 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 #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: 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 #4: 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 #5: SAMPLE: S1 Episode 3: Breathe My Name, by Christopher Golden
Being a miner is like playing Russian roulette every day of your life. Any morning you might wake up, and find the chamber with the bullet. Tommy - the youngest in a long proud line of West Virginia coal miners - finds out what it feels like to have your card be up when an explosion traps him and a dozen other souls two miles beneath the earth. With oxygen growing thin, their only prayer might come from an old ghost story.
Rank #6: SAMPLE: S1 Episode 6: Family Demons, by Frederick Greenhalgh
Cassie returns home after the wondrous night at the prom (Episode 4) and finds her dreams shattered when she gets home. Forced to flee her home, she seeks refuge in Mr. Gussy's bookshop, and the Dark Tome. This time, the book calls out for her. She finds herself with an estranged son at his homecoming to the old family farmhouse... And the demons that his father sought to hide will make themselves known.
Rank #7: SAMPLE: S1 Episode 4: Murdered Sleep, by Kat Howard
"Sleep is dying, and has been for a long time now, through uncounted ticks of clocks and the flickers of thousands of too-brief candles."
It's the night of the Senior Prom, and rather than show up awkwardly, Cassie has decided to stay home with the Dark Tome. But, she soon meets a mysterious stranger with an invitation to a masquerade ball wicked and mysterious, far stranger than any rites of spring. What she learns there will reshape her thoughts on dance, if she can ever make it back.
Rank #8: SAMPLE: S1 Episode 5: Blind Love, by Joe R Lansdale and Kasey Lansdale
As part of "Dark Duets," mojo storyteller Joe R Lansdale paired up with his daughter, Kasey Lansdale, to pen this tale of a monster whose power is through the eyes. Quick witted but unlucky in love, Jana is dragged by her friend Erin to attend an 'eye gazing party,' a new age phenomenon run by a couple of hucksters on the far edge of a small Texas town. Jana's skepticism turns to confusion when Erin - and all the girls at the party - are entranced by an unremarkable man "Thirteen." Featuring a special performance and selections of music by Kasey Lansdale.
Rank #9: The Drabblecast Reborn!
After podfading for a couple of years, The Drabblecast is BACK! And currently raising funds for a new season.
Fred shares a classic Drabblecast episode he's sure you'll love, and makes some vague mentions of what to expect regarding Season 2 of Dark Tome.
Rank #10: Season 2 Update & New Show
Today enjoy a sampler of THE MAYAN CRYSTAL, a new show out by the team that made The Dark Tome.
In the spirit of Mayan folklore, a twelve-year old Belizean girl accidentally invokes the evil spirit of an ancient enemy that threatens to consume the rainforest. With the help of her ancient ancestors, her sister, and her new friend, a 20- foot boa constrictor, she’ll go on a thrilling journey to save her village and discover the most incredible secret.
Rank #11: 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 #12: SAMPLE: S1 Episode 9: How Gussy Got the Book
Gussy and Cassie learned they've "Gone sideways" - the Dark Tome has returned them to the world, but not *their* world. As Cassie struggles to understand the predicament the book has put her in, Gussy recounts the heartbreaking tale of how he got his hands on the Dark Tome, and the cost the book has caused him.
Rank #13: SAMPLE: S1 Episode 8: Trial Day, by Tananarive Due
Young Lettie can see things through her magic eye - things that might be better if she not see. Grownup's secrets. Grownup's true intentions. But when she learns of her brother's unjust arrest and sham trial, it's her seeing eye - and some conjure magic from her Mama - that may help change the fate of her big brother.
Rank #14: 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 #15: 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 #16: SAMPLE: S1 Episode 7: INK by Jonathan Maberry
Cassie returns from her traumatic trip to a haunted - and haunting - family reunion. As she attempts to re-align her world, Gussy stumbles out of his and into the world of Jonathan Maberry's INK.
Rank #17: 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 #18: SAMPLE: S1 Episode 2: The Bread We Eat in Dreams, by Catherynne M. Valente
In Episode 2 of the Dark Tome, Cassie knows better but can't escape the temptation to return to Mr. Gussy's bookshop. She finds the old man frustrated that he can't make the magical book work. It's take someone younger - someone for whom the walls between this world and the next are a little thinner. They catch a whiff of fresh bread, and are transported to the world of Catherynne M. Valente's fable "The Bread We Eat in Dreams," where a certain personable demon named Agnes will recount the story of her ejection from hell and the little hamlet that grew up around her.
Rank #19: 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/