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Dark Tome

Dark Tome

What if there was a book that literally opened up doorways to other worlds?

Where would it lead, and could you handle what you found on the other side?

Cassie, a teen that's having trouble fitting in at school, is about to find out. One day, after she wraps up community service at a local hospital, she stumbles out of the basement of a spooky bookshop and into a story set on a devil's staircase in a remote Italian village.

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S3E1: Introducing The Dark Tome: Undertow

More Dark Tome is here! Enjoy our new standalone audio movie, UNDERTOW.

UNDERTOW takes place 18 months after the end of Dark Tome Season 2. As the world tries to reconcile the inexplicable occurrences in Simpson Falls, Maine, Simpson Falls native and investigative reporter Tony Baxter, is called on assignment.

But as Tony starts to dig underneath the surface, he finds the subject of the story is soon on him, and the aftermath of a childhood tragedy he?s never fully reconciled. Tony is faced with an impossible choice, and he and his partner, photojournalist Sonia Proud, won?t be able to leave the town as they arrived.

Featuring over 40 actors, a full original score and recorded across the United States during lockdown, UNDERTOW is a slow-burn audio-horror thriller in the veins of 1980s Stephen King paperbacks. First episode debuted on January 14, 2021, with new (10) episodes released weekly thereafter.

Currently exclusive to Stitcher Premium, use promo code DARK for a free month?s trial.

2021-01-22
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Trailer - The Dark Tome: Undertow

The Dark Tome is back with a standalone audio movie, called UNDERTOW. UNDERTOW takes place 18 months after the end of Dark Tome Season 2. As the world tries to reconcile the inexplicable occurrences in Simpson Falls, Maine, Simpson Falls native and investigative reporter Tony Baxter, is called on assignment. But as Tony starts to dig underneath the surface, he finds the subject of the story is soon on him, and the aftermath of a childhood tragedy he?s never fully reconciled. Tony is faced with an impossible choice, and he and his partner, photojournalist Sonia Proud, won?t be able to leave the town as they arrived. Featuring over 40 actors, a full original score and recorded across the United States during lockdown, UNDERTOW may be the most ambitious Dark Tome project to date. UNDERTOW will be exclusive to Stitcher Premium, debuting on *January 14th, 2021*. Learn more at: https://thedarktome.com/undertow/
2021-01-05
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Bonus Episode - Last Stop on Route 9 by Tananarive Due

This week a special opportunity to showcase the work of Nightlight Podcast! A black horror podcast hosted and produced by Tonia Ransom.

The story is "Last Stop on Route Nine" by Tananarive Due - a chilling tale of taking a wrong turn and ending up in another world. Nightlife Pod is an amazing anthology, check out their work at: nightlightpod.com - on Patreon ( https://www.patreon.com/nightlightpod ) - and Twitter ( https://twitter.com/missdefying )

Discover Tananarive Due's work on her website ( http://tananarivedue.com/ ) - Also don't miss her on-demand webinar on black horror taught with Steven Barnes. The Sunken Place ( http://bit.ly/SunkenPlaceCourse ) [http://bit.ly/SunkenPlaceCourse]

2020-12-24
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Season 3 Announcement | Halloween Special

Today we announced Dark Tome Season 3 - yahooo! Coming in January, 2021. Also, a re-play of a classic horror radio play, reinvented by Fred's FinalRune Productions. Three men who tend the light at a reclusive island off the coast of French Guiana see a rogue ship adrift in the Atlantic. The reason for the derelict ship soon becomes obvious ? it has been overrun by hundreds of thousands of ferocious ship?s rats. The rats land on the isle and soon we are in for a claustrophobic tale of terror as the three men struggle to keep their minds from cracking under the pressure of thousands and thousands of squeaking, scratching, hungry rats. Written by George Toudouze, adapted for radio by James Poe *Part of the FinalRune/Mad Horse Old Time Radio on Location Project*
2020-10-30
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Curious History of the Dark Tome, Epilogue - An Essay by Mr. Gussy

"I gotta give you a warning: there is no truth about the Dark Tome. If you think I can tell you anything certain about it, well, turn your computer off now and knock yourself in the head for the fool you are. What makes you think we can ever understand something so old?"

A special episode featuring recovered tape of the author, Wilbur Gussy, reading his controversial 1999 essay, "The Curious History of the Dark Tome," long thought to be an apocryphal part of internet history. Though its authenticity has been hotly debated in academic and online forums over the ensuing two decades, none can cast doubt how effective it was at creating a lucrative online book business for the AOL user who wrote it. The more cynical online commenters suggest that it was written as a crass commercial publicity stunt.

2020-06-09
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The Days of Flaming Motorcycles, by Catherynne M. Valente

Caitlin no longer tracks days by the calendar - instead, it's by the theme covers of the journals she writes while she goes to work at the derelict Java Shack in Augusta, Maine. The themes of these journals, e.g. "The Days of Flaming Motorcycles," are both a useful counter of time and contain the truthful account of her observations of the zombie apocalypse... A mesmerizing story of pandemic and zombies by Catherynne M. Valente, NYT bestselling author of over two dozen works of fiction and poetry (including one of my personal all-time-favorites, the Orphan?s Tales). Read by Kat Moraros, a Chicago-based actor originally hailing from North Yarmouth, Maine. Kat has a deep background of stage, film and voice acting, and is represented by Gill Talent Group Chicago. www.katmoraros.com ( http://www.katmoraros.com ) @katmoraros Female zombie FX by Sarah Golding, AKA Quirky Voices, sarahgoldingvoiceactorandmore.weebly.com and host of the MADIVA podcast for voice actors. Produced, designed, and some zombie sounds by Fred Greenhalgh, co-creator of the Dark Tome.
2020-04-10
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Introducing: Of Fae & Fiends

Preview of the first episode of FAE & FIENDS, a new dark faerie tale podcast by Fred Greenhalgh, creator of THE CLEANSED and THE DARK TOME. Lizzie returns to her family?s ancestral farmhouse in rural Maine and discovers tapes in the attic that reveal an amazing family secret. Hear remaining episodes by going to StitcherPremium.com and use code FIEND to get immediate access to this binge-able audio experience!
2020-02-07
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The Green Knight's Wife, by Kat Howard

"The boys arrive with the changing of the weather, ushered in by winter?s cold. Once a year, at the beginning of December, those silly boys who think coming here means they are brave. All of them so eager to test their worth on the edge of my husband?s axe."

For this winter's solstice, we dramatize a sharp (ha, ha) story by Kat Howard ( http://www.kathowardbooks.com/ & @katwithsword) that subverts the Arthurian legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. What happens when the Green Knight's Wife has a chance to tell the story?

Feat. Moira Driscoll, William Dufris, Stephen McLaughlin, and Thomas Campbell. Sound design by Rory O'Shea with music by Blue Dot Sessions ( http://www.sessions.blue/) , Mind's Eye Productions, & AudioJungle. Produced & Directed by Fred Greenhalgh, originally appearing in Uncanny Magazine - https://uncannymagazine.com/article/green-knights-wife/

2019-12-21
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The Curious History of the Dark Tome Pt. 2: Apocalyptic Endings

Today we feature POINT MYSTIC's second (and final) part of their investigation into the tragic death of Dr. Joseph Ricci, the destruction of his research into doors to other worlds, and of the disappearance of one of the most infamous books in occult history - the Dark Tome. Part 2 of 2 Visit Point Mystic at: http://www.pointmystic.org/
2019-12-15
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The Curious History of the Dark Tome Pt. 1: Storybook Beginnings

Liber Tenebris, The Dark Tome, remains an object of great speculation and mystery within occult circles, until now. In a special crossover episode with the podcast Point Mystic, we take a look into the legacy of Prof Joe Ricci and the disappearance of some of the most important research ever conducted into supernatural doorways. Part 1 of 2
2019-11-01
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S2E9: Bear Language, by Martin Cahill

Joanna, her brother Oliver, and her dad are all trapped in the upstairs of their house, with a bear prowling downstairs. However, as her father plows deeper into a bottle of whisky, it becomes clear that sapien beasts may be the most fearsome of all...

Meanwhile, the stage is set for the grand conclusion of Season 2! In the hands of the Parabellum agents, Cassie seems helpless to stop the summoning of a great evil. Can the young enchantress use what she's learned about the book to stop it?

2019-10-21
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S2E8: Sing Me Your Scars, by Damien Angelica Waters

Cassie finds herself trapped with several other women in a monstrous situation imagined by a twisted doctor in early 1910s America. This is the world of SING ME YOUR SCARS, a chilling treatise on subservience and bodies, told by Victoria, a woman torn between her desire for freedom, and her desire not to rot away.
2019-10-21
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S2E7: Nennorluk, by Chris Tarry

Mr. Gussy returns, but what he finds on the other side was not what he expected. We venture to the salt-sprayed shores of New Brunswick, where time has been hard on Sammy. But the promise of three square meals and the hunt for a sea monster makes him believe there might be such a thing as second chances.
2019-10-21
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S2E6: The Vishakanya's Choice, by Roshani Chokshi

Cassie faces a choice, and who better to help her understand the importance - and power - of choices than Sudha, a Vishakanya, or poison maiden, a female assassin whose very touch is deadly? NYT-Bestselling Author Roshani Chokshi retells the death of Alexander the Great - a story that has become legend - through the perspective of a woman who has never had a Choice, a most precious thing thought only to be the domain of kings. Special thanks to Stories of Mahabharata for support casting this episode, as well as original period-appropriate music from Avi Ziv.
2019-10-21
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S2E5: Mr. Carter's Story, by Fred Greenhalgh

Cassie returns to her high school guidance teacher's office, looking for answers. Mr. Carter tells his story, about how he first encountered the Dark Tome, and the terrible effects it had on his life. Now, Cassie faces a choice of grace consequence.
2019-10-21
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S2E4: Inselberg, by Nalo Hopkinson

Cassie's transported to a Caribbean island in the near-future, where a devastating 'duppy tide' caused utter devastation? And has led to a new, perverse form of tourism. But the tourists are in for more than they bargained for when they learned of the mutated fauna in this home that gave birth to zombis.
2019-10-21
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S2E3: The Birds of Azalea Street, by Nova Ren Suma

Kim and Cassie hide away at a rich family's home in a neighborhood on the outskirts of town. But, Kim isn't letting Cassie go without learning some of her secrets? And what Cassie reveals, may be as much as Kim can handle. In the world of BIRDS OF AZALEA STREET, a monster lurks behind closed doors... A monster tolerated by the sweet neighbors, who will turn a blind eye to monstrosity if it'll help keep property values in check.
2019-10-21
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S2E2: The Bacchae, by Elizabeth Hand

Cassie's saved by a friend, but learns that her world has changed more than she could have imagined while she's been gone. Worlds gone wrong turns out to be a theme, when she goes on her next trip, to the world of THE BACCHAE. In a world where environmental destruction has poisoned life to a breaking point, what consequence will fall on those who were implicit in its demise?
2019-10-21
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S2E1: Natural Skin, by Alyssa Wong

"I'm not a ghost!" -- "All ghosts say that." In the return of the acclaimed dimension-jumping anthology fiction podcast, we find Cassie flung to a world where body modifications are routine and one daughter of a Chinese immigrant is prepared to make an unbelievable sacrifice to save her own skin. This is the world of Alyssa Wong's NATURAL SKIN, a harrowing tale of distorted ideas of beauty in a near-future dystopian Toronto, Canada.
2019-10-21
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Season 2 Trailer: The World's Not How I Left It

The teaser trailer for Dark Tome: Season 2
2019-10-20
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S1E9: How Gussy Got the Book, by Frederick Greenhalgh

Mr. 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.

The Dark Tome is produced by Fred Greenhalgh and Bill Dufris. Theme 'Febryar' by Peter Van Riet https://soundcloud.com/petervanriet | Show credits at http://thedarktome.com/

2019-10-19
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S1E8: 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.

The Dark Tome is produced by Fred Greenhalgh and Bill Dufris. Theme 'Febryar' by Peter Van Riet https://soundcloud.com/petervanriet | Show credits at http://thedarktome.com/

2019-10-19
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S1E7: 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.

GERALD ?MONK? ADDISON is a skip-tracer and P.I. on Boundary Street, down the hill from where the good people go. He?s on the side of the angels, but he?s not very nice. Most of Monk?s clients are bail bondsmen and bad lawyers, but every now and then he takes a special case. He?s hired by the ghost of a murder victim to solve their untimely death and exact justice. But hiring Monk comes with a price, even for the dead.

2019-10-19
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S1E6: 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.
2019-10-19
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S1E5: 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.
2019-10-19
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S1E4: 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. An adaptation of Kat Howard's short story "Murdered Sleep" which originally appeared in Apex Magazine. Produced by Fred Greenhalgh and Bill Dufris. Production Assistant Grace Waldron. Featuring Tim Sample, Lilly Thorne, Tess Van Horn, JennyWren Walker, Casey Turner, Ian Carlsen, and JP Guimont. Original score "Febryar" by Peter Van Riet

2019-10-19
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S1E3: 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.

The Dark Tome is produced by Fred Greenhalgh and Bill Dufris. Dialogue Editing by Fred Greenhalgh. Sound Design by Bill Dufris Cast members - Lilly Thorne, as Cassie, Tim Sample as Mr. Gussy, Ian Carlsen as Tommy. With: Emily Myshrall, Rebecca Myshrall, Christopher Holt, Dalton S Kimball, Michael Kimball, Nyana Greenhalgh, Caitlyn Miles, Jay Piscopo And Christopher Price Theme 'Febryar' by Peter Van Riet: https://soundcloud.com/petervanriet More at http://thedarktome.com/

2019-10-19
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S1E2: 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. The Dark Tome is produced by Fred Greenhalgh and Bill Dufris. Theme 'Febryar' by Peter Van Riet https://soundcloud.com/petervanriet | Show credits at http://thedarktome.com/
2019-10-19
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S1E1: 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.
2019-10-19
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The Floodgates of Willowhill, by Mary SanGiovanni

"Everybody whose grown up in Faulkesville, well, they?ve always guessed there?s something wrong with the woods on the edge of town, the ones that border Willowhill, something people don?t like to bring up in polite company." 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.
2017-04-07
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The Masque of the Red Death, by Edgar Allan Poe

A fresh take on Edgar Allen Poe?s classic ?The Masque of the Red Death? ? featuring an all-star cast of New England actors, and immersive location sound recording, and an inventive script, this production re-imagines Poe?s tale of a group of ill-fated improvisatori who take on an audience with the ?dark prince? who holds extravagant balls to distract the gentry from the ravages of the plague.

Produced by William Dufris and AudioComics as part of their ?HorrorScopes? series. With field-recording by Fred Greenhalgh / FinalRune Productions.

2017-01-27
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The Crevasse, by Dale Bailey and Nathan Ballingrud

Richard Fish narrates The Crevasse, by Dale Bailey and Nathan Ballingrud. An exploration team in the Antarctic is already nurses wounds from an accident, when another tragedy strikes. Garner, the expedition's doctor, is haunted at night by howls from deep within the earth. Against his better judgement, he descends a crack into the ice shelf to try and settle things. But what he encounters beneath the ice shakes him forever. Originally appeared on Drabblecast Episode 338 - http://www.drabblecast.org/2014/09/11/drabblecast-338-crevasse/ Produced by Fred Greenhalgh of FinalRune Productions
2016-12-16
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The Statement of Randolph Carter, by HP Lovecraft

An adaptation of HP Lovecraft?s The Statement of Randolph Carter, wherein an unsuspecting grave robber opens a door that really should have stayed closed. 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/
2016-11-11
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Season 1 Teaser: Open the Book, Unlock Imagination

Cassie, a wayward teen, has discovered a magical book that literally transports her to the world within the story. What adventures will we go to with The Dark Tome? It starts on a crooked staircase that leads to the devil. 2 minute Teaser to the new audio fiction series by Fred Greenhalgh and Bill Dufris.
2016-10-21
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