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The unseen creature whose ravenous fangs dog your every step as your footfalls echo down the midnight alleyway.

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A long, icy shadow looming over you, making the hairs on your neck rise and your breath turn to ragged puffs of mist.

Unearthly howls that pierce the night, pulling you from the comfort of sleep with feverish, heart-pounding dread.

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Welcome to Tales to Terrify, a weekly horror fiction podcast that gets under your skin, lays eggs and hatches writhing baby horrors nursed on your darkest fears. We're unique in our simplicity, bringing pure tales of terror to your ears audiobook-style – unadulterated and unadorned.

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Welcome to Episode 440. Our travels are on hiatus this week as I wade through the chaos of a flooded home studio. We have a delightfully chilling tale for you though, about a tow truck driver who stops for the wrong car. Coming Up Good Evening: Waterlogged: 00:01:06 Evan Marcroft’s Its Mouth a Blizzard, Its Belly All of Winter  as read by Matthew Bradford: 00:03:30 Pertinent Links Spread the darkness. Support us on Patreon! Evan Marcroft @ Twitter Matthew Bradford @ Twitter Matthew Bradford @ Videogame Outsiders Matthew Bradord @ Zombie Cast Original Score by Jared Robinson/Nebulus Entertainment Nebulus @ Facebook Nebulus @ Instagram  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Our last flashback for the summer. This one hails back to Episode 39, October 5, 2012. A little tale about the living dead that explores the limits of a doctor’s oath. Coming Up Tim Waggoner’s Do No Harm as read by Ruth Stearns (originally aired on Episode 39): 00:02:24 Pertinent Links Love what you hear? Support us on Patreon! Full Episode: Tales to Terrify Episode 39 (October 5, 2012) Original Score by Jared Robinson/Nebulus Entertainment Nebulus @ Facebook Nebulus @ Instagram  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Welcome to Episode 439. This week we head back to Vancouver Island to explore the remnants of one of the worst naval disasters in history. For fiction, we have one tale for you about the special bond between a girl and her pet. Coming Up Good Evening: Thank yous: 00:01:06 Dark Travels: The wreck of the SS Valencia: 00:01:46 Maria Haskins’ It’s Easy to Shoot a Dog as read by Josie Babin: 00:14:50 Pertinent Links Spread the darkness. Support us on Patreon! Maria Haskins Maria Haskins @ Twitter Original Score by Jared Robinson/Nebulus Entertainment Nebulus @ Facebook Nebulus @ Instagram  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Our flashback this week comes from July 29, 2016. A deep dive into the inky depths of the ocean… and an encounter with the eldritch horror that dwells there. Thanks to Twitter follower Kevin Frost for kicking off the search for this story, and DozingDragon for solving that riddle. Coming Up Ari Marmell’s In Deepest Silence as read by Devin McLaughlin (originally aired on Episode 235): 00:02:12 Pertinent Links Love what you hear? Support us on Patreon! Full Episode: Tales to Terrify Episode 235 (July 29, 2016) Original Score by Jared Robinson/Nebulus Entertainment Nebulus @ Facebook Nebulus @ Instagram  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Welcome to Episode 438. This week we travel to Quesnel, BC to meet Canada’s own version of Annabelle. For fiction, we have one tale for you: about a mother and daughter fleeing Nazi Germany, but not entirely for the reason you might think. Coming Up Good Evening: Contests and Shout-outs: 00:01:06 Dark Travels: Quesnel, BC’s Haunted Doll: 00:03:25 Jess Landry’s Mutter as read by Emily Strand: 00:18:59 Pertinent Links Spread the darkness. Support us on Patreon! Jess Landry Jess Landry @ Facebook Emily Strand Emily Strand @ Twitter Original Score by Jared Robinson/Nebulus Entertainment Nebulus @ Facebook Nebulus @ Instagram  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Travel with me back to August 7, 2015 for a Stoker nominated story about the strange phenomenon of disappearing girls, and the struggles (and denials) of those they left behind. Coming Up Damien Angelic Walters’ The Floating Girls: A Documentary as read by Kim Lakin-Smith (originally aired on Episode 185): 00:02:09 Pertinent Links Love what you hear? Support us on Patreon! Full Episode: Tales to Terrify Episode 185 (August 7, 2015) Original Score by Jared Robinson/Nebulus Entertainment Nebulus @ Facebook Nebulus @ Instagram  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Welcome to Episode 437. As one contest closes, we’ve got another quick and easy one for you! This week we learn about an island in the heart of Vancouver’s most famous park that comes by its name honestly. For fiction, we have one tale for you about a storm that heals a family. Coming Up Good Evening: Contests and Thank Yous: 00:01:06 Dark Travels: Vancouver’s Deadman’s Island: 00:04:56 Jonathan Robbins Leon’s Man of the House as read by Alex Ford: 00:13:51 Pertinent Links Spread the darkness. Support us on Patreon! BECKY movie trailer Jonathan Robbins Leon @ Twitter Alex Ford @ Facebook Alex Ford @ Instagram Original Score by Jared Robinson/Nebulus Entertainment Nebulus @ Facebook Nebulus @ Instagram  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Another flashback for you, Children of the Night. This one takes us all the way back to November 8, 2013 and a little tale about the agony of loss, the torment of hope and the endless pull of the sea. Coming Up L. R. Bonehill’s Whispers of the Sea as read by Nikolle Doolin (originally aired on Episode 96): 00:02:03 Pertinent Links Love what you hear? Support us on Patreon! Full Episode: Tales to Terrify Episode 96 (November 8, 2013) Original Score by Jared Robinson/Nebulus Entertainment Nebulus @ Facebook Nebulus @ Instagram  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Welcome to Episode 436. Before we get started, let’s get real for a minute. I think it’s important we do. For fiction, we have two tales for you: about the deep affection a man feels for his sweet little girl, and an unusual visitor from the sky. Coming Up Good Evening: Tough Times: 00:01:06 James Harris’ My Sweet Girl as read by Austin Stern: 00:05:15 Brenda Kezar’s Star Jelly as read by Maurine McLean: 00:15:53 Pertinent Links Spread the darkness. Support us on Patreon! Nightlight Podcast Black Women Authors – Ladies of Horror Fiction James Harris Brenda Kezar Original Score by Jared Robinson/Nebulus Entertainment Nebulus @ Facebook Nebulus @ Instagram  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Welcome to a special bonus episode where we sit down for a conversation with author Leslie Lutz and hear from (and about) her new book, Fractured Tide. Coming Up Good Evening: 00:01:06 Excerpt from Fractured Tide by Leslie Lutz: 00:03:07 Interview with Leslie Lutz: 00:17:14 Pertinent Links Love what you hear? Support us on Patreon! Leslie Lutz Fractured Tide @ Interabang Books Fractured Tide @ IndieBound   Original Score by Jared Robinson/Nebulus Entertainment Nebulus @ Facebook Nebulus @ Instagram  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Welcome to Episode 435. This week we travel to Vancouver Island to learn why the architect of an iconic Victoria landmark may have never left. For fiction, we have the conclusion of our tale about a house… and a house within that house. Coming Up Good Evening: This Is Horror Awards, Contest and Patreon updates: 00:01:06 Dark Travels: The Empress Hotel, Victoria, BC: 00:04:16 Fiction: Part 2 of Douglas Smith’s Doorways as read by Dan Gurzynski: 00:14:43 Pertinent Links Spread the darkness. Support us on Patreon! Douglas Smith Douglas Smith @ Twitter Douglas Smith @ Amazon Dan Gurzynski @ Librivox Original Score by Jared Robinson/Nebulus Entertainment Nebulus @ Facebook Nebulus @ Instagram  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Flashback time again, Children of the Night. Our story this week is from episode 135, which aired August 15, 2014. A harrowing tale of Holmes and Watson read by the inimitable Larry Santoro. Enjoy! Coming Up William Meikle’s Case of the Tibetan Rug as read by Lawrence Santoro (originally aired on Episode 135): 00:02:18 Pertinent Links Love what you hear? Support us on Patreon! Full Episode: Tales to Terrify Episode 135 (August 15, 2014) Original Score by Jared Robinson/Nebulus Entertainment Nebulus @ Facebook Nebulus @ Instagram  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Welcome to Episode 434. Enter our flash fiction contest and sign up for the newsletter! Then we step out for a little bus ride through downtown Vancouver. Our story this week is part one of a longer tale about a house within a house. Coming Up Good Evening: Contest, Newsletter and Patreon updates: 00:01:06 Dark Travels: A bus ride in Vancouver: 00:05:02 Fiction: Part 1 of Douglas Smith’s Doorways as read by Dan Gurzynski: 00:13:41 Pertinent Links Spread the darkness. Support us on Patreon! Douglas Smith Douglas Smith @ Twitter Douglas Smith @ Amazon Dan Gurzynski @ Librivox Original Score by Jared Robinson/Nebulus Entertainment Nebulus @ Facebook Nebulus @ Instagram  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
We have a bite-sized little tale for our flashback this week. A small package that contains a whole lot of… well, you’ll see. It originally aired April 28, 2017. Coming Up Karlo Yeager Rodriguez’s Clown Car, Driven Once, Never Emptied as read by Dan Gurzynski (originally aired on Episode 274): 00:02:02 Pertinent Links Love what you hear? Support us on Patreon! Full Episode: Tales to Terrify Episode 274 (April 28, 2017)   Original Score by Jared Robinson/Nebulus Entertainment Nebulus @ Facebook Nebulus @ Instagram  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Welcome to Episode 433. We have more details about our flash contest for you. Then, I’ve got a little tale of my own – a memory from my youth – to whet your appetite before we hit the road. For fiction, we have one tale that explores why you can’t return purchases from the fair. Coming Up Flash Contest Update: 00:01:09 A Trip Down (Haunted) Memory Lane: 00:02:26 Harrison Demchick’s Tailgating as read by Anthony Babington: 00:16:55 Pertinent Links Spread the darkness. Support us on Patreon! Tales to Terrify Flash Contest Harrison Demchick Harrison Demchick @ Facebook Anthony Babington @ Twitter Original Score by Jared Robinson/Nebulus Entertainment Nebulus @ Facebook Nebulus @ Instagram  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Another flashback for you, Children of the Night. This time, we’ve got a classic from one of the godfather’s of horror fiction. Coming Up Bram Stoker’s Dracula’s Guest as read by Seth Williams (originally aired on Episode 287): 00:01:56 Pertinent Links Love what you hear? Support us on Patreon! Full Episode: Tales to Terrify Episode 287 (July 28, 2017) Original Score by Jared Robinson/Nebulus Entertainment Nebulus @ Facebook Nebulus @ Instagram  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Welcome to Episode 432. We’ve got a special Flash Fiction contest cooking, as well as the first issue of our newsletter. Stay tuned for more details! For fiction, we have two tales for you: about a woman whose grandmother is missing and a student who learns extra credit isn’t always worth it. Coming Up Announcements: 00:01:06 Erica Schaef’s The Quiet Parlor as read by Tena Kolakowski: 00:06:57 Geoff Gander’s Neon Blue as read by Drew Mallory: 00:20:25 Pertinent Links Love what you hear? Support us on Patreon! Erica Schaef @ Facebook Erica Schaef @ Black Hare Press Tena Kolakowski   Original Score by Jared Robinson/Nebulus Entertainment Nebulus @ Facebook Nebulus @ Instagram  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Our flashback this week is a Stoker nominated tale by current Horror Writers Association President, John Palisano. Take my hand, Children of the Night, and let’s journey back to May 9, 2014 and episode 122 for a love story… of sorts. Coming Up John Palisano’s The Geminis as read by Bob Neufeld (originally aired on Episode 122): 00:02:07 Pertinent Links Love what you hear? Support us on Patreon! Full Episode: Tales to Terrify Episode 122 (May 9, 2014) Original Score by Jared Robinson/Nebulus Entertainment Nebulus @ Facebook Nebulus @ Instagram  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Welcome to Episode 431. It’s our first anniversary as an independent podcast! Yay us! To celebrate, we have two stories for you. First grandma comes back to help, and then a piece of fabric comes between a man and his community. Coming Up Our first anniversary of independence: 00:01:06 [Trigger] S. J. Budd’s Doing God’s Work as read by Summer Brooks: 00:09:11 Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Minister’s Black Veil as read by Seth Williams: 00:25:50 Trigger Warnings Doing God’s Work contains scenes of self harm. Pertinent Links Spread the darkness. Support us on Patreon! S. J. Budd S. J. Budd @ Twitter Original Score by Jared Robinson/Nebulus Entertainment Nebulus @ Facebook Nebulus @ Instagram  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Welcome to another flashback. We’re headed back to December 16, 2016 for a tale about a plague. A plague that somehow manages to be even more terrifying than the one we’re dealing with. Coming Up Terence Kuch’s Blood Mist as read by Alex Weinle (originally aired on Episode 255): 00:02:29 Pertinent Links Love what you hear? Support us on Patreon! Full Episode: Tales to Terrify Episode 255 (December 16, 2016)   Original Score by Jared Robinson/Nebulus Entertainment Nebulus @ Facebook Nebulus @ Instagram  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Comments (65)

Michael Hite

c'mon u fucking hacks.. what's next ? Go for some baby raping? How weak.

Jul 6th
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A M C Casiday

Wonder how many priests there were in Salem...... 🤔

May 31st
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Rusty

yet another excellent episode

May 5th
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Rusty

I tried to like King’s 11-22-63 but just could not. Wasn’t the King I grew up with and was traumatized by.

Apr 14th
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Rusty

Listened 4/2/2020 and this is pretty duckin creepy

Apr 3rd
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Elijah reagan

that was not a horror story except it was a horrible story.......can't believe they stooped this low.....please give us some real horror

Mar 14th
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Elijah reagan

great stories I loved them.....best in a while although I sure do miss the road trip that was my favorite part

Mar 6th
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Dave Baildon

i cant take these shitty stories and that narrators voice makes me want to puke, im outta here

Jan 4th
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Dave Baildon

that voice on the long ass intro is just gay af

Jan 4th
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Dave Baildon

really, the 10 minute intro was lame, please keep it short from now on

Dec 31st
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Cheryl Jones

Creepy version of “Deliverance “.

Nov 9th
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Cheryl Jones

Best story in awhile. I live in the country and always see , “dark shadows “.

Nov 9th
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Cheryl Jones

The story was long to get to a rather deflating ending.

Oct 19th
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Dave Baildon

baby jesus, a 10 minute intro? wtf then the narrators voice is fucking annoying

Oct 11th
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Elijah reagan

excellent story the type that you want to go on indefinitely......been a steady flow of good stories keep up the creeps

Oct 11th
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Elijah reagan

awesome story and great intro......dig the new music

Oct 4th
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Patricia Bowden

These stories are all fantastic, but *The Homunculus* really stood out - it was brilliant & the narration was top notch. Thank you for the tales & for the podcast.

Oct 2nd
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Elijah reagan

I love the stories this is my favorite podcast I listen to old episodes all the time and get everyone in my family interested as well.....the brief horror history at the beginning is my favorite part very interesting and cool the podcast has definitely gotten better over time......the current host is the best...by far....great stories I love horror

Sep 13th
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Dave Baildon

omg this dudes voice is irritating, sounds like hes got a mputh full of shit

Aug 7th
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Dave Baildon

omg please stop the long winded intros and get to the friggin story already. nobody cares about your bullshit just friggin read the stories

Aug 7th
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