This episode will see the first in a series of episodes dedicated to one terrifying author and the fear that they can create. For this evening’s event, we have compiled a collection of stories from the works of Manchester-based author, Gareth Shore. For you, this Ray Bradbury-inspired wordsmith will unfold dark horizons guaranteed to threaten your slumber. His tormented tomes will provide evidence that, without a shadow of a doubt, “All’s Well That Ends.”
Beginning Monday, July 10, Chilling Tales for Dark Nights will be launching the second season of the EVIL IDOL voice acting competition, in which you – a member of our audience – will have the opportunity to win a coveted spot as a vocal performer on our roster! For years we’ve taken auditions via our website and have been blessed to have discovered – and been discovered by – talented individuals such as Jeff Clement, Alicia Pavlis, Jesse Cornett, Otis Jiry and Heather Ordover. And our first season of EVIL IDOL, in 2016, brought us the talent of finalists such as Ashley Tolfo, Nick Goroff, Jordan Lester, Kristin Holland, Brindolyn McNair, and host of the Simply Scary Podcast, G.M. Danielson!
In our continuing effort to spotlight up and coming authors, this episode is dedicated to works introducing you to the frightening worlds of author Cosmas McCoy. His work has been featured in print as part of the anthology “What World Is This?: And Other Stories”. In addition, he has written screenplays for horror films. This studying Catholic priest takes time from his higher works in America’s Northeastern corridor to delve into the dark world of the imagination to unleash upon us the fruits of his haunting universe. Join us as we take a journey toward the malevolent with today’s episode, “Neither Seen Nor Heard From.”
This shows offering brings together the essence of all definitions of the word passion. More importantly, passion as defined by the state or capacity of being acted on by external agents or forces. Let us see how these forces touch our waking world to transform it into a nightmare reality, otherwise known as our "Passion Plays."
In the world of concrete facts and hard evidence, we are constantly on the lookout for those who would use the art of distraction to keep our attention on the left hand, so we won’t notice what the right hand is doing. This is not to say that the world does not have its mysteries, but we must recognize that for most instances, there is a perfectly rational explanation… or is there? Our stories will shine a light on that very question as we explore how easy it is for dark forces to manipulate the naive with a bit of “Sleight of Hand."
We dedicate this presentation to the work of author Wil Dalphin. Not since Stephen King’s “Night Shift” have we seen a short story anthology with as much bite as this Indiana native’s generous compilation of 35 harrowing nightmares in his book, “Don’t Look Away”, soon to be available on Amazon.com! We have worked directly with the author to choose some of the most tantalizingly of his terrifying tomes from his shriek-inducing collection to adapt for you, in order that you might experience his nightmares in vivid psycho-color audio, like only the Simply Scary Podcast can provide. We are proud to present our exclusive auditory renditions of Wil Dalphin’s most spine-tingling selections. Whatever you do, “Don’t Look Away."
We come together once again to traverse the deep dungeons of our story vault and we have compiled for you a collection of frightening stories that would be right at home on a Hollywood horror stage as well as on the casting couches of the soulless realm that is Tinsel Town. Join us as we take a behind the scenes look at death from a different angle. Ready your 3-D glasses and let the cameras roll as we explore our audible version of “Film Noir."
In this episode, we share with you how scarring certain coming-of-age experiences can be, tapping into the hidden horrors of adolescent anxiety, which promises to shatter your own dear recollections. In doing so, the mirrors of your mind's eyes shall become a portal to your long-suppressed and darkest of (not-so-fond) memories. Make way for this truly terrifying installment, as we explore “Through a Glass Darkly.”
Collectively etched into our psyche is the fear of the comet and doom from above, while the shadowy reflections of our mind wonder if the world we inhabit is as real as our five senses lead us to believe. Our guilty consciences secretly fear judgment while nature’s signs portend doom from below. Top that off with the fear of an overreaching authority that may not be trustworthy in fully disclosing facts, and you have a hearty recipe for horror - Simply Scary style! For this collection of creepiness, it is our pleasure to render you closer to your ending, by beginning a journey towards the naked abyss of ever-changing realities, parallel dimensions and cosmically-scaled horrors that are the harbingers of "Conspiracy and Armageddon."
In this episode we have assembled this convocation to undergo an expedition of haunting proportions, for we are summoning and being summoned. Prophetic perception taps into a realm that drips with malignant spirits and death is everywhere. Our tales promise to besiege you with consternation, so beware of this episode’ "Entities and Visions."
They say that sometimes the most frightening things are those that you cannot see. And from our horrifying experiences, you’ve become very familiar with how effective unsettling sounds can be. You know how a deep rumbling unsettles your tummy and your soul; how an almost silent whisper blowing by your ear sends your courage deep into hiding; how both the scurrying of claws on a hard surface and the bellowing of a demonic entity turn the spine to jelly. So for our opening episode of the second season of The Simply Scary Podcast, we devote our exploration to both ends of the audio spectrum, both “Screams and Whispers."
We want to thank you for making the first season of The Simply Scary Podcast so very successful, and we hope the beginning of our second season will unsettle you just as well. We are scheduled to premiere Season 2 on January 11th, 2017. Until then, we would like to present you with this mini episode to make sure you are properly hungry for our premiere.
As the stockings are hung, the Hanukkah candles are lit, and as we practice the seven principles of Kwanzaa, we all try to be a little less impatient and more forgiving at this time of year. Even those who do not celebrate ritual December holidays seem to have a glow about them as the Gregorian calendar approaches the zero hour. We here at The Simply Scary Podcast are no different, in that we feel the spirits of Christmas as we prepare you for Yuletide scares. So settle your debts and fill a cup with the nog of your choice, as we invite the first of many haunting spirits to visit us tonight. And listen closely as you hear those "Slay Bells Ring."
Prepare yourself to experience a world where wrong is right. Where the twisted perception of those descending into cognizant chaos strikes out at the realm of the rational with oblivious ecstasy. Delusion drives their single-mindedness. They can be so driven that they’ll overcome any obstacle and ignore any information contrary to their understanding. Ever increasing paranoia pushes them further into the abyss and evil is projected onto enigmatic situations, all in an effort to cement their righteousness. These unstable elements perceive themselves as heroes, but the frightening truth is that they are "Sinking into Madness."
We have come to be comfortable in the world we see around us, but often we take for granted the realm of logic we occupy. That is why a reality of the impossible can be so utterly disturbing to us. Whether perceived as bland or boring, we securely blanket ourselves in the safe, common knowledge that right is right, up is up, and things that are inanimate are just that… Join us, won’t you, as we reveal the unimaginable landscape of "Twisted Worlds."
The dark brings out the most interesting characters, doesn’t it? For example, imagine that you’re taking a walk in the woods on a cool moonlit evening, when you happen to stumble upon a stranger there amongst the tree’s creaking limbs. He seems harmless enough …a lonesome fellow traveler… but his ensuing request to “take a walk” with him opens up a world far more disturbing than you could ever imagine. The pair of stories in this episode have been masterfully performed by Otis Jiry, our resident master storyteller, in order to provide you a window into a new world which he is about to introduce. This Saturday, December 17, we invite you to join Mr. Jiry along his very own trail of terror, as he unveils his very own horror storytelling program, “Walking in the Dark,” which will be available weekly on SimplyScaryPodcast.com, as well as on the Chilling Tales for Dark Nights YouTube channel, and of course, on iTunes and wherever else podcasts are available. So without delay, denizens of the dark, let us leave our comfort zones, grab our nearest flashlight, and venture into one man’s forest of fear. Allow Mr. Jiry to guide us down the darkened path, as together we go “Walking in the Dark.”
When we think of what it means to be imprisoned, we imagine the tangible: stone walls, iron bars... armed guards… Yet, these are not the true keys to apprehension and imprisonment... In fact, we submit that the best way to confine a person may be through coercion, fear and intimidation. What better way to accomplish these goals than violating the laws of nature to manipulate the situation supernaturally, thereby, confusing your prey and prohibiting them from comprehending what is happening around them. Thus, the creepy concoctions we’ve assembled for this episode are devoted to that very pretense, a terrifying recipe for "Paranormal Imprisonment."
This episode is dedicated to a writer and performer named Emma Froh, known to many online as CreepMissPasta. She was a friend of and contributor to the show for years before leaving this earth as the result of a car accident on icy roads on 12/6/2014, two years ago to the date of the release of this episode, at only 22 years of age. This talented, generous artist is dearly missed here at Simply Scary. But instead of merely brooding that she is gone, we intend to celebrate the quality work she left behind with these six performances by her and of her dark fiction with this “Requiem."
The world of film and fiction would attempt to convince us that our first meeting with extraterrestrial beings will be a cerebral, enlightening experience. They assure us that we have much to learn from each other and that it will be an encounter between conscious, sentient and benevolent minds. They sometimes paint a positively heartwarming, humorous picture, implying our interactions will eventually become routine. Their fantasy journeys attempt to assuage our fears by showing us thrilling adventures coming from our encounters. But “the truth is out there,” and we have that truth: That it will be more a cause for dread when cosmic pilgrims reach our new world shores and emerge “From the Dark Sky.”
When we think of horror, we may imagine the immediate dangers of things such as being stalked by a malicious predator, getting lost with no hope of return, and painfully tragic accidents and injuries, or perhaps some other life-threatening situation. But what of the people who are left behind after the monster does its work, or when the nightmare is finally over? "What horrors await them?" you may ask. Will they be the next to meet with foul circumstances, or will something far worse befall them? Something, perhaps, like a long, lonely life missing someone dear to them? Whatever the answer may be, the partings of these stories will certainly be "Such Sweet Sorrow."
In our tirelessly terrifying efforts to bring you brand new fear fodder, The Simply Scary Podcast sometimes devotes our episodes to the works of single authors that are haunted by dark, foreboding vision. The only way to purge them from their minds? Why, by trying to pass them on to you, of course! For this excursion we take wicked pleasure in bringing you the works of a sword-fighting enthusiast from New York whose writing talents will leave your blade trembling. The author of this episode’s dread is James Colton and the stories we present to you will come from his stellar short story collection “Pages of Dust."
Join us as we venture into the darkest reaches of our concrete and steel society. Many people have found interesting surprises hidden for generations in old buildings. From benign discoveries of money and odd renovations from previous owners, to more malevolent discoveries of hidden corpses and dreadful omens, you can never be sure what you will unearth. This should force us to realize that monstrous acts and horrific nightmares are often hidden - just out of sight. So when you do major renovations to your home or explore an abandoned building for a thrill, it’s best to be prepared to reveal “Secrets Beneath the Floorboards."
A dark time is upon us as winter’s breath prepares to blow in the Northern Hemisphere and we will soon be reaching the point where the cold will spoil all that is beautiful. Though the outdoors is becoming more foreboding with each shortening day and the fun events under the summer sun are fast becoming a memory - fear not! …Or rather, be fearful, for the giving of thanks is coming, so we should be in an appreciative frame of mind. Thus, these stories are effectively meant as a public service of sorts. By the time these unfortunate tales of outdoor adventure gone horribly wrong are finished, you will all be thankful to be away from the wilderness for a while and out of a place where we never quite know what may be “Watching from the Woods.”
Here at Simply Scary, we are true animal lovers. No, really, we are. We have pet dogs, cats, fish, and even some of the more exotic sorts of pets like snakes, chameleons… and interns. All of them are so close to us that they’re practically part of the family. They keep us company, they’re loyal and they demand little from us. But there’s always a chance they could regress to a stage where they become feral, frightened, dangerous creatures that we should think twice about having in our homes. Do you still find hard it to believe that your cute, cuddly Mr. Puddles could harbor a dark side? Well, after experiencing the stories in this episode of The Simply Scary Podcast, you won’t be sure what to believe about your animal friends anymore. Who can guess which seemingly normal living things will turn out to be “Fearsome Creatures”?
As of the release of this episode, we’re in the home stretch of the 2016 American Presidential election cycle. Many of us are beginning to get a sense of relief that this embarrassing national circus is coming to an end. Either way, roughly half to two thirds of the country is about to be profoundly disappointed and a large portion of either team’s supporters fears buyer’s remorse. And it just so happens that we here at the Simply Scary Podcast specialize in fear. In honor of the momentous carnival like atmosphere, we bring you an act from the freak show that reveals how, believe it or not, the situation could have been much worse…
Halloween Season has come and gone, leaving only the faint scent of chocolate and bloody nightmares hanging in the air. Fortunately, we know exactly what to snack on during that special hangover from Halloween. Since there’s nothing but Thanksgiving and Christmas ahead of us, in order to ease your post-Samhain pain, we serve up two generous servings of horrific "Comfort Food."
We know that the next Poe, Mary Shelley, or Stephen King is just waiting to be given a chance to break out of obscurity. With great pride, this fourth installment of our program - and our three featured stories - are devoted to the work of up and coming horror author James Dermond. We know from Dermond's recent collection - now available on Amazon.com - that he’s the perfect guide through “Doorways to the Unseen...”
In this third installment of our program we’ll be hearing from three finalists for our Evil Idol competition. We’ve listened to hundreds of performances in our hunt for the best, and now we have to find the very best from an elite selection. You’ll realize what a daunting task we all have ahead of us after you listen to these three tales. You’ll also be sure to stop by the Chilling Tales for Dark Nights YouTube channel this Halloween for the “Sudden Death Round.”
In this second installment of our program we meet beings who exist on the edges of our reality. Beings many of us unconsciously believe in, with all our hearts, at the darkest times. They pass through us constantly and while we won’t know it, we’ll still feel it. No, we don’t mean ghosts. What we mean are beings that exist beyond life and death. They are demons. And “They are Legion.”
As nostalgic as many of us get for our childhood, memory can be a frustratingly unreliable thing. It can lose the most precious moments and information from our formative years… Inexplicably, when we really need it for a conversation with an old friend, our memories may fail us and leave us stammering for an explanation. Sometimes, though, the gaps in our memory shield us from revelations that, if they had been retained, would haunt us to our graves. Today’s stories are about unfortunate characters who attempt to unravel some of these puzzling “Childhood Mysteries.”