Gallery of Curiosities

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Tuesday Nov 30, 2021

All monsters are elusive, some more so than others. None of them, however, are secretive about their existence. Michael Whitehouse reads. #DarkFantasy    Born to immigrants in British Columbia, Ola Al-Fateh has strongly connected to the merging of different worlds from the moment she arrived into this one. All her stories reflect this to some degree. Her other short story “The Grand Museum” has appeared in The Future Fire. Find her online at https://twitter.com/OlaAlfateh.   Narrator Michael Whitehouse is a writer, filmmaker, and voice-over artist from Glasgow, Scotland. He spends most of his time writing supernatural fiction, though occasionally dabbles in other genres when the story leads him there. He's also the founder of Ghastly Tales, which has both a horror fiction podcast and Youtube channel.   Leopold: Micheal Allen Rose   Piano In Blues by MusicLFiles Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/7495-piano-in-blues License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license   Trapped In A Clocktower by Tim Kulig Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/8583-trapped-in-a-clocktower License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license   Alone Ambience by Tim Kulig Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/8571-alone-ambience License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license   Nothing Left by Dave Deville Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/8547-nothing-left License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license   Parsemoth by Dave Deville Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/8230-parsemoth License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license   Outro: HauntedSqueezeBox by Lilo SoundLink: https://filmmusic.io/song/5552-hauntedsqueezeboxLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license    

Saturday Nov 27, 2021

Do monsters stay monsters after the story ends? Matt Dovey reads. #gothicHorror #Frankenstein Author Liam Hogan is an award winning short story writer, with stories in Best of British Science Fiction and Best of British Fantasy 2018 (NewCon Press). He’s been published by Analog, Daily Science Fiction, and Flame Tree Press, among others. He helps host Liars’ League London, volunteers at the creative writing charity Ministry of Stories, and lives and avoids work in London. More details at http://happyendingnotguaranteed.blogspot.co.uk Narrator Matt Dovey is very tall, very British, and probably drinking a cup of tea right now. His surname rhymes with "Dopey", but any other similarities to the dwarf are coincidence. He has short science fiction and fantasy stories all over the place: find out more at mattdovey.com, or follow him on Twitter @mattdoveywriter. Leopold: Michael Allen Rose Music: Halls of the Undead by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://filmmusic.io/song/3846-halls-of-the-undeadLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Soaring by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://filmmusic.io/song/4386-soaringLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license    

Friday Oct 29, 2021

Happy Halloween! Would you sell your soul for one last chance at greatness? Kristin Holland performs.    Lena Ng skulks around Toronto, Canada, and is a zombie member of the Horror Writers Association. She tiptoes at night so no one knows she’s awake. Under an Autumn Moon is her short story collection. She is currently seeking a publisher for her novel, Darkness Beckons, a Gothic romance.   Voice Actor Kristin Holland is the creator of the excellent NOCTURNAL TRANSMISSIONS short horror story podcast. He both produces the audio and performs all the various voices that appear on the show. He also appears as Dr Malcolm Ryder - ' Parapsychologist' on the A Voice From Darkness podcast. Not only a mercurial voice actor, he is also a professional musician, singer, actor, and commercial voice over artist. You can find out more about the NOCTURNAL TRANSMISSIONS podcast on their official website - NocturnalTransmissions.com.au   Leopold - Michael Allen Rose   Music: Cheap Horror by SegnoSoundtrack (Pond5.com)   The Horror Maschine 1 by Sascha Ende® Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/43-the-horror-maschine-1 License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license   Artemis by Sascha Ende® Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6934-artemis License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license   The Small by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/4067-the-small License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license   Piece for Disaffected Piano One by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/4214-piece-for-disaffected-piano-one License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license   Long note One by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/3992-long-note-one License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license   Halloween Atmosphäre 2 Graveyard by Frank Schröter Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/8208-halloween-atmosphare-2-graveyard License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license   Anxiety by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/3374-anxiety License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license   Parsemoth by Dave Deville Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/8230-parsemoth License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license   Halls of the Undead by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/3846-halls-of-the-undead License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license   Halloween The Pumpkin Head by Frank Schröter Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6663-halloween-the-pumpkin-head License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Friday Oct 22, 2021

Aesop on the post-modern rocks. Daren Callow narrates.  #FracturedFairyTales   Author Louis Evans is a sci-fi writer with work in Analog, Interzone, Escape Pod and more. He lives in Brooklyn with his partner and two cats named after fictional detectives. He is almost certainly not infested with a mind-controlling fungus. Narrator Daren Callow is a writer, voice actor and musician who is based in Hove on the south coast of the United Kingdom, a medium-sized cannon shot from the English Channel. As an actor, as well as (seemingly endless) live performances of Tales Of New Albion stories and plays, Daren has also lent his voice to Brighton Theatre of The Air and 2 Bit Productions audio dramas, he also finds time to record his own steampunk podcast (also entitled Tales Of New Albion) featuring original comedy material voiced by a cast of thousands (approx.) and readings of his sci-fi stories.   Leopold - Michael Allen Rose   Fiddle Player - Peter Voronov(Fiverr)   MusicIntro:Circus Clowns Lighter Edit by Zev Weinstein (Pond5.com) Adeste Fideles Waltz by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/7908-adeste-fideles-waltzLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license The Winter is Inside Us by Ilya Marfin (FreeMusicArchive.org) Mourning Song by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://filmmusic.io/song/4086-mourning-songLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Canon in D Major by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3473-canon-in-d-majorLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Long note One by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3992-long-note-oneLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Giant Wyrm by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://filmmusic.io/song/3807-giant-wyrmLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Ancient Rite by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5739-ancient-riteLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Outro: HauntedSqueezeBox by Lilo SoundLink: https://filmmusic.io/song/5552-hauntedsqueezeboxLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license  

Wednesday Aug 25, 2021

Double-crossing dames, reanimated corpses, and the LAPD hot on your heels. It's hard to be a dick. Jim Hodgson narrates. #OccultDetective   Author Brian K. Lowe has been writing since he was a child, the same time during which he was devouring comic books and travelling to Mars with Edgar Rice Burroughs. A graduate of UCLA, Brian lives in Southern California with his wife, working as a paralegal in securities law. Write to him at brianklowewriter@aol.com. He blogs at http://brianklowe.wordpress.com   Narrator Jim Hodgson is a humorist from Atlanta, GA. He writes, produces, and acts in Bad Gladiator, a full-cast audio comedy set in ancient Rome.   Leopold - Michael Allen Rose   Music: Dances and Dames by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://filmmusic.io/song/3585-dances-and-damesLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license I Knew a Guy by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://filmmusic.io/song/3895-i-knew-a-guyLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Spy Glass by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://filmmusic.io/song/4410-spy-glassLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Cool Vibes by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://filmmusic.io/song/3553-cool-vibesLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Faster Does It by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://filmmusic.io/song/3741-faster-does-itLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ HauntedSqueezeBox by Lilo SoundLink: https://filmmusic.io/song/5552-hauntedsqueezeboxLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Tuesday Aug 17, 2021

It's 11 o'clock. Do you know where your death is? Jasmine Arch narrates. #Gaslamp #dark   Author Natasha C. Calder is from Ely, UK. She has an M.Phil in Medieval Literature from the University of Cambridge and is a graduate of Clarion West 2018. Her work has previously appeared in The Stinging Fly, Lackington's and Burning House Press.   Reader Jasmine Arch is a narrator, writer, and poet whose brain thrives on chaos and caffeine. She lives in a rural corner of Belgium with four dogs, two elderly horses and a husband who knows better than to distract her when she's writing. Find out more about her and her work at JasmineArch.com.   Leopold - Michael Allen Rose   Music IntroCircus Clowns Lighter Edit by Zev Weinstein (Pond5.com) Bittersweet Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Big Eyes by Rafael KruxLink: https://filmmusic.io/song/5306-big-eyes-License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Visitors In The Night by Rafael KruxLink: https://filmmusic.io/song/5304-visitors-in-the-night-License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Lights by Rafael KruxLink: https://filmmusic.io/song/5309-lights-License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Cinematic Suspense Series Episode 006 by Sascha Ende®Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6308-cinematic-suspense-series-episode-006License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Forsaken by Mikael HellmanLink: https://filmmusic.io/song/5221-forsakenLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license OutroHauntedSqueezeBox by Lilo SoundLink: https://filmmusic.io/song/5552-hauntedsqueezeboxLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license  

Monday Jul 12, 2021

  The Commander of an occult objects retrieval unit recalls a lost love while searching the Mediterranean during World War II.    Author Mark Orr lives in Middle Tennessee with his wife of forty years, a couple of cats, a history degree and way too many books. On his best days, he gets to play with his grandchildren - currently four, with a fifth expected by the end of 2021. His hard-boiled supernatural mystery novels, Smarter Than the Average Werewolf and Dead Women in Love, are both available from Dark Recesses Press and through Amazon. He has recently returned to writing short stories, a form in which he had a small degree of success during the first decade or so of the current millennium. He is also scribing a bi-weekly column for HorrorAddicts.net under the moniker Historian of Horror.   Narrator Jim Hodgson is a humorist from Atlanta, GA. He writes, produces, and acts in Bad Gladiator, a full-cast audio comedy set in ancient Rome.   Leopold: Micheal Allen Rose   Opening music:Circus Clowns Lighter Edit by Zev Weinstein (Pond5.com) Dark Secrets (DECISION) by Sascha Ende®Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/246-dark-secrets-decision-License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Cinematic Suspense Series Episode 006 by Sascha Ende®Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6308-cinematic-suspense-series-episode-006License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license DeepWoods by Lilo SoundLink: https://filmmusic.io/song/6005-deepwoodsLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Artemis by Sascha Ende®Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6934-artemisLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Voice In The Night by Rafael KruxLink: https://filmmusic.io/song/5608-voice-in-the-night-License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Melodic Interlude Two by Alexander NakaradaLink: https://filmmusic.io/song/6394-melodic-interlude-twoLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Outro music:HauntedSqueezeBox by Lilo SoundLink: https://filmmusic.io/song/5552-hauntedsqueezeboxLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license  

Monday Jul 05, 2021

A bit of monkpunk to mark the passing of the solstice. Andrew McCurdy and Lou J. Berger read. Author Dawn Lloyd is an American who got bored and set out across the world looking for adventure. Nineteen years, four continents and six countries later, she has returned to settle into the Alaskan bush. She is the Editor in Chief of The Colored Lens speculative magazine. More information about her adventures can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/dawnlloydwriter/home . Narrator Lou J. Berger is a Denver-based fiction author, with about two dozen published short stories, a couple novelettes, and a novella (which was work for hire and probably doesn’t count). He’s been published in Galaxy’s Edge Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, and a host of anthologies. In 2017, he was a Finalist for Writers of the Future. Narrator Andrew McCurdy is a writer and editor whose day job as a Speech-Language Pathologist involves providing nonverbal children with access to technology to help them communicate. He lives in rural Nova Scotia with a thirteen year old girl, two freakishly old cats, and an assortment of feral creatures who have assumed ownership of the woodshed and only grant him access if he’s carrying food. Leopold: Micheal Allen Rose     Music & Soundscape:   Circus Clowns Lighter Edit by Zev Weinstein (Pond5.com)   Summer Nights by eric5335(Freesound.org)   HauntedSqueezeBox by Lilo SoundLink: https://filmmusic.io/song/5552-hauntedsqueezeboxLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Friday Jun 18, 2021

It was supposed to be a jolly evening of drinking and parlor games. What could possibly go wrong? Daren Callow narrates.    Author Harris Coverley lives in Manchester, England, where he (mostly) pretends to be busy. He has short fiction published or forthcoming in Planet Scumm, Horror Magazine, Eldritch Journal, and Shotgun Honey, amongst others. He is also a Rhysling-nominated poet with verse in Star*Line, Spectral Realms, Utopia Science Fiction, Jitter, and elsewhere. If he really had his own “Instant” he would have undoubtedly met his doom years ago.   Narrator Daren Callow is a writer, voice actor and musician who is based in Hove on the south coast of the United Kingdom, a medium-sized cannon shot from the English Channel. As an actor, as well as (seemingly endless) live performances of Tales Of New Albion stories and plays, Daren has also lent his voice to Brighton Theatre of The Air and 2 Bit Productions audio dramas, he also finds time to record his own steampunk podcast (also entitled Tales Of New Albion) featuring original comedy material voiced by a cast of thousands (approx.) and readings of his sci-fi stories.   Cousin Leopold: Michael Allen Rose Music: Theme Song: Ashes Ashes by Deus Ex Vapore Machina used by permission Circus Clowns Lighter Edit by Zev Weinstein (Pond5.com) Cinematic Suspense Series Episode 002 by Sascha Ende®Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/5789-cinematic-suspense-series-episode-002License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Lurking Sloth by Alexander NakaradaLink: https://filmmusic.io/song/4785-lurking-slothLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Zum Kampf Bereit (Romeos Erbe) by Sascha Ende®Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/4659-zum-kampf-bereit-romeos-erbe-License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Summer In Love by Frank SchröterLink: https://filmmusic.io/song/7872-summer-in-loveLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Long Note Two Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Sad Dramatic March by MusicLFilesLink: https://filmmusic.io/song/6240-sad-dramatic-marchLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Outro:HauntedSqueezeBox by Lilo SoundLink: https://filmmusic.io/song/5552-hauntedsqueezeboxLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Thursday Dec 31, 2020

We finally made 100! To celebrate, we're going all the way back to the first story we aired, the original air kraken story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sound quality is not quite up to the current quality as the original 2010 master file for the story was not in a recoverable condition.  Music: Tick Tock Tick Tock Quarantine Time by WinnieTheMoog Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6145-tick-tock-tick-tock-quarantine-time License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license   Faster Does It by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/3741-faster-does-it License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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