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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, an ...
 
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While Frank is off on one of the Librarian's capers, Martine and the Librarian take a trip back to a time and place of beginnings. A secret origin is revealed and a future path is chosen. Credits Author: Aaron Vlek Cast: Special Guest Storyteller - Steve Shell (of Old Gods of Appalachia) | Martine - Dana M Lewis | The Librarian - Nelson W. Pyles | …
 
We present another episode of The Darkness in Between, our interseasonal entertainment, with a dark tale written by Cristina Noelle and told by Nelson Pyles. It has been said that to create art, one must suffer. David's recent collection is the talk of the art world and he hopes to repeat and surpass that success with his unconventional way of crea…
 
Sarah Enni is the host and producer of First Draft and an author in her own right. This was a great conversation to wrap the TCL-Pandemic season, as Sarah and I got into therapy talk, making big life changes, the upsides of being "optimistically nihilistic" about publishing, the pros and cons of life hacking, and of course Burning Man. Thanks so mu…
 
We present another episode of The Darkness in Between, our interseasonal entertainment, with a dark tale written by Christi Nogle told by Addison Peacock. When a young girl finds herself in trouble, she runs away from home. She knows her family will be looking for her and understands hiding is the only way to stay safe from their "help". Host / Pro…
 
We present another episode of The Darkness in Between, our interseasonal entertainment, with a dark tale by Carl Hughes. This time, we join Jud and his for mates as they celebrate a luck break for Jud. Late might drinking and carousing lead to a bus trip where Jud ends up in a place in between and needs to make a choice. Artwork: Jeanette Andromeda…
 
Pillow talk revealed an interesting account of an incident that occurred between a woman and a man who went through a violent break up and divorce. It was a she-said story that changed each time she told it until the real truth trickled through her lies. The end has a doozy conclusion! If you believe in karma, you’ll love this podcast.…
 
Tracey Baptiste is the author of numerous books for young readers, including the beloved Jumbies series and the New York Times Bestselling Minecraft: the Crash. This episode is not only brimming with the delicious process stuff we love here at TCL, it also gave me several potentially life-changing revelations when Tracey shared with me about recrea…
 
During 2020, in search of things to do from home, I started attending some of the virtual movie talks that writer and critic Walter Chaw gives with guests via the Denver Public Library. They’ve been a true highlight of All This, as Walter’s knowledge is wide and deep and generous. Like all good film critics, he’s also an insightful critic of cultur…
 
Lindsay Eagar is an author and writing coach with a recent ADHD diagnosis. She’s been very open about it online and generous with my personal questions, and I wanted to bring her on for a more topic-focused episode. In this case: our brains! Lindsay shares her background, symptoms, diagnosis process, and management strategies in ways that I found s…
 
Dave Connis is not only the legendary composer of the theme music for this very podcast, but also an author in his own right, with two YA novels out and a picture book on the way. The emotional theme music of this episode is honesty. Dave and I get into matters of art and faith, how a sudden loss changed his writing life and drive, and how not to b…
 
It's our Season 2 Finale of Wicked Fairy tales so we decided we'd share it with the full audience. To hear 23 other tales from Seasons One and Two and be able to hear Season Three, signup at the $5 a month level at patreon.com/wickedlibrary. This time The Librarian takes notes of "wisdom" from this strange tale of a shoemaker and a tailor who meet …
 
We present a fresh episode of The Darkness in Between, our interseasonal entertainment, with today's dark tale by Davis Walden. This time, we take a trip to the beach with a young man and his boyfriend. The two have a fun weekend planned as a birthday celebration, but things take a Wicked turn. Told by Daniel Foytik. Brought to you by Magic Spoon: …
 
We present the second episode of The Darkness in Between, our interseasonal entertainment, with another tale from Lee Forman. This time, we explore "The Annex" as Stanley, a mental institution patient undergoes an experimental treatment to deal with his dark secret. Voice of the Librarian: Nelson Pyles | Artwork: Jeanette Andromeda | Host / Produce…
 
Shiva's Ring, Part Two Still working undercover at the mining camp, Frank meets another young miner with a story to tell. This time, it's a young man who has a bit of the same gift Frank has. While some secrets are revealed, the mystery deepens until Frank is forced to tangle with a power that has him using all his tools and tricks. Credits Author:…
 
It's our 2021 Wicked Women in Horror Special! While we celebrate women in horror every month here at The Wicked Library, we're officially celebrating Women in Horror Month with six dark tales written just for us by amazingly talented women writers, and presented by one of our executive producers, Cynthia Lowman. "On a Cold Basement Floor", by Pippa…
 
We kick off our interseasonal entertainment with two fresh tales of Wicked love...and death by from Lee Forman. "The Record of Harold Snyde": A man discovers a special record player and shares his favorite music with his wife and friends. "Birthing the Future": A scientist celebrates the birth of his children with his beloved wives. Told by: Daniel…
 
Today we present an episode from our friends over at The Grey Rooms (thegreyrooms.com). The Grey Rooms is a weekly horror anthology podcast set within an episodic narrative. Each week the season’s guest is forced to choose between two doors, seeking to unravel the mystery that trapped them in this endless torment. Behind each door, our guests face …
 
Amy Gentry is the author of three psychological thrillers for adults, one 33 1/3 on Tori Amos, and a bunch of shorter stuff. Her latest book is Bad Habits, which is here to scratch all your dark academia itches and also make you laugh and cringe. After chatting a bit about her book and her own background in academia, we dug into process and publica…
 
Shiva's Ring, Part One Frank is sent of to locate something called Shiva's Ring, but this time the Librarian doesn't tell him where it is, or even where to find it. While The Librarian is off somewhere unreachable, Frank goes back to his roots and uses his experience to discover the location of Shiva's Ring. He calls in a favor with Martine's broth…
 
For the first episode of 2021, author Maurene Goo and I jumped on the phone just hours after the inauguration, having kept our scheduled conversation in hope and faith but also ready to cancel. For many reasons, I’m so glad we didn’t have to. Phew! After processing world events for a bit, we dig into Maurene’s backstory, writing process, the upside…
 
Season Finale! Season 10 comes to an end with another dark tale written just for us by Pippa Bailey. It's the Midnight Mayhem Camp-out and everyone is sharing their scariest stories. A Haitian man shares a very personal and terrifying tale about when he was a boy and came face-to-face with majik, voodoo, and the Gunny Sack Man in a tale he calls "H…
 
The Annotated Courageous Creativity, 1 Intro & Silent Messages Note to listeners: This is the first episode of the first paid subscriber season, The Annotated Courageous Creativity. I’m making this first episode available to all to help you decide if you’d like to hear more. Annual subscriptions will be 25% off through January 31st. Enjoy! In this …
 
This Creative Life is moving! The pod's new home is at Substack, where you can find out more about what I've got planned for the new paid subscriber options. Meanwhile, the interview episodes as you've always known them will continue to show up in your feed, complete and ad-free. In the final episode of 2020, I talk to Michael Bourret of Dystel, Go…
 
Rook's Folly Frank has been through many changes while serving the Librarian, now, his most recent transformation is complete, and he fully embraces his new form and leaves parts of himself behind as he moves toward his ultimate future. Join Frank as shares the details of his latest caper with the Librarian and his best girl Martine. A cosmic conte…
 
It's time for our annual Christmassacre episode. This year we bring you 5 dark tales to bring some cold, dark fear to your Yuletide Celebration. "Purple and Pall", by Scarlet R. Algee, told by Daniel Foytik and scored by Nico Vettese. "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year", by Michelle Renee Lane, told by Dana M Lewis, and scored by Nico Vettese. "L…
 
Season 10 brings you another dark tale written just for us by Angela Yuriko Smith. A woman born with a strange condition relates how she became one of the most popular women in her small town and developed her special skills. Told by: Sarah Ruth Thomas Custom Score: Nico Vettese Voice of the Librarian: Nelson Pyles | Artwork: Jeanette Andromeda | H…
 
Season 10 brings you another dark tale written just for us. Jenny, a woman in her early 30s who suffers from a severe, untreated panic disorder is driving cross-country to enjoy a vacation with her friend. When a storm forces her to pull over and wait it out, she's thrown into a situation where a strange reality from another time overlaps our own. …
 
Note to listeners: Given a recent diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome and the physical toll of podcast editing, Sara (while optimistic) isn't sure about the future of the pod for 2021. There's also a chance the pre-2020 archives will go behind a paywall, so download your favorites while you can at http://thiscreativelife.libsyn.com and have them fr…
 
The Rite of Paris The Private collector dives fully into Season 2 with this all new episode. Frank has been through many changes while serving the Librarian, but as Frank shares in this latest adventure, the full extent of that transformation has finally become evident. Join Frank as he peers behind the the literal curtain into the Librarian's priv…
 
It's time for our annual Halloween episode. This year we bring you 3 dark tales to help make your Samhain extra spooky. 1: "Light on Broken Glass", by Gary A. Braunbeck | Told by: Nelson W. Pyles | Custom Score: Nico Vettese 2: "The Dinner Conversation", by Nelson W. Pyles | Told by: Erika Sanderson | Vocal Edit and Custom Score: Nico Vettese 3: "C…
 
Today, The Librarian decided to bring you a dark tale by Edgar Allan Poe as a special pre-Halloween treat. Normally, Wicked Fairy Tales is only heard by our supporters at the $5 a month and above level, but since this is the Librarian's favorite time of the year, he couldn't help giving you a little extra treat in preparation for tomorrow's Hallowe…
 
Season 10 brings you two new dark Tales by TWL Alum, Jessica McHugh. 1: "Pick your Path and I'll Pray" Former forty-niner Elmer Wray thought he left his tragic past at the bottom of a bottle, but when he's called back to his old mining claim, he realizes not all that glitters is gold. Told by: Graham Rowat Custom Score: Nico Vettese 2: "Always a Br…
 
Daniel Nayeri's autobiographical novel, Everything Sad Is Untrue, tells the tale of young Daniel, who has landed in Oklahoma after his mother is forced to flee Iran with Daniel and his sister and after they've spent some years living as refugees in Italy before making it to the U.S. On the podcast episode, the real Khosrou (aka Daniel) tells the ta…
 
Season 10 brings you another dark tale written just for us. James Keller lives in a world where living requires a REC booster and, for those who can't afford it, death is a medical procedure planned and controlled by the government. Told by: Graham Rowat Custom Score: Nico Vettese Voice of the Librarian: Nelson W. Pyles | Artwork: Jeanette Andromed…
 
Ancient Salts, Pt 2. Frank found himself in a difficult situation last time we checked in on him. The town, empty, the Librarian trapped and himself lost. In the epic conclusion, Frank finds out more than he ever expected about the Geezers, reality, and himself. We kick off Season two with part two of "Ancient Salts". Credits Author: Aaron Vlek | E…
 
Two writers. An obsession with cult narratives. A love of chickpeas. Sara and Courtney Summers (Sadie, All the Rage, the forthcoming The Project) talk about Courtney's backstory as a high school dropout who had her first book published in her early twenties, how to think strategically about writing without compromising your creative compass, and be…
 
Season 10 brings you another dark tale written just for us. When Kris Winters moves into her grandmother’s house and becomes ill, she thinks it’s allergies. She couldn’t be more wrong. Told by: Jessica McEvoy Custom Score: Nico Vettese Voice of the Librarian: Nelson W. Pyles | Artwork: Jeanette Andromeda | Host / Producer / Showrunner: Daniel Foyti…
 
Season 10 continues with another briny Batrachian tale as we take a dark dive into the deep. Geoffrey Sykes Vermillion returns in another dark and mysterious adventure. This time, he visits his friend Gerald Marshall at his summer, seaside cottage when Gerald's nephew falls ill under strange circumstances. This tale draws on the events told in "The…
 
Season 10 continues with a wet and Wicked wild wade into the waves. Nicola Hope is exhausted, tired, buggered even. She spends most of her time sweating like a pig in the Horny Haggis kitchen, but now that she's done for the day, all she wants is to sit at the bar and guzzle down all the beer in the world - and maybe just maybe, if she's lucky enou…
 
The wisdom that comes with over thirty years in this business and at this craft is priceless--Rita is generous with it here, from aspects of craft (like looking for "points of ignition within the reader") to those of identity (like quitting her day job after 25 years because "I really needed to be the author that I was on my bio"). We get a glimpse…
 
Season 10 continues with a disturbing found tape recording which relates the hidden truth behind a suspected bombing. When Eddie Wozniak manages to fight off an intruder, he knows it's more than a home invasion, so he records a message fro his friend Bobby in hopes that someone will find out the truth. Told by: Graham Rowat Voice of the Librarian: …
 
Lance Rubin is the multi-talented author of three novels, co-writer of the Off-Broadway show Broadway Bounty Hunter, and performer of all sorts. In this episode, we talk about his evolution from community theater kid to writer, creative partnership with a life partner, perfectionism, death, and hope. His latest book is Crying Laughing. Find all the…
 
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