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When video collector Mark Cambria watches a mysterious VHS tape, he begins talking in his sleep in a language that doesn't exist. Mark and his girlfriend Tamra set out to investigate the tape's origin and find themselves caught up in a web of conspiracy, occult, and dread surrounding a legendary video store with a sinister purpose beyond imagining. Video Palace was created by Nick Braccia and Mike Monello, directed by Ben Rock, written by Ben Rock & Bob DeRosa and stars Chase Williamson and Devin Sidell. 

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1. Somniloquy

1. Somniloquy

2018-10-1621:506

After watching a mysterious white VHS tape, video collector Mark Cambria begins talking in his sleep in a language that doesn’t exist. He interviews several colleagues in the film community and discovers an urban myth surrounding the existence of the so-called “white tapes.” Mark’s search for answers leads him and his girlfriend Tamra to the legend of the Video Palace and also to Thurman Mueller, a former Video Palace member who has been missing for over twenty years.
2. Obsession

2. Obsession

2018-10-2620:475

Mark interviews the wife of Thurman Mueller, who was deeply obsessed with the Video Palace before he disappeared twenty years ago. Mark is excited to discover another white tape in Thurman’s vast movie collection, even though viewing it makes him physically ill. He’s forced to flee with the tape when confronted by Thurman’s volatile son, Shane. After Mark returns home, he learns that Tamra was unnerved by a strange sound at their door.
3. The Piano Tuner

3. The Piano Tuner

2018-10-2925:406

Excited to have found a second white tape, Mark shares the news with his new friend, film-collector Jacob Manders. Tamra helps Mark trace the new white tape to Randy Wane, a professional piano tuner with a nearby shop. Mark interviews him and learns more about the Video Palace before their encounter takes a strange turn that once again leaves Mark physically ill. Afterwards, Mark receives an odd voice mail message with a surprising connection to Randy.
4. Dissonance

4. Dissonance

2018-11-0221:445

Mark and Tamra ask for help from their friend Cat, who composes the music for Mark’s podcast. She analyzes the white tapes and surmises that there must be more of them in existence. Mark shares Cat’s theory with film-collector Jacob Manders, who adds a theory of his own, that the white tapes were actually made at the Video Palace. Mark and Tamra are left with only one choice: they have to go to Conway, Vermont, in search of the original Video Palace.
5. Pilgrimage

5. Pilgrimage

2018-11-0520:554

Mark and Tamra travel to Conway, Vermont, and the original site of the Video Palace. Once there, Mark has an unexpected reaction to what was once the legendary video store. Afterward, they interview the locals and get a promising new lead, as well as a first-hand account of a run-in with The Eyeless Man, a local boogeyman some say was made up to scare children. Mark and Tamra decide to stay overnight in a motel, where Mark’s sleep talking takes a turn for the worse.
6. The Hidden Basement

6. The Hidden Basement

2018-11-0921:195

Mark interviews a former clerk at the Video Palace and learns some intriguing new information, including the strange circumstances of her last night at work. Meanwhile, Tamra visits a mental institution in search of the owners of the Video Palace. Mark and Tamra come away from their separate investigations with new clues, including two more white tapes and a chilling message from twenty years ago.
7. The Code

7. The Code

2018-11-1220:221

Mark and Tamra enlist Cat’s help in lining up the audio in all four white tapes. She plays the resulting project for them, which causes Mark to pass out and injure himself. Now on their own, Cat and Tamra make a crucial new discovery: a secret code buried deep within the white tapes. After the two young women are startled by a strange visitor outside the front door, Cat leaves to break the code at home, but a bizarre accident threatens Mark and Tamra’s entire investigation.  
8. Life Support

8. Life Support

2018-11-1616:464

Mark and Tamra learn more about Cat’s terrible accident while waiting with her wife at the hospital. When they return home, they discover someone has broken into their apartment and taken something vital. Hoping for good news, Mark returns a call to Jacob Manders and is confronted with a tragic turn of events. Pushed to the breaking point, Mark and Tamra have an explosive argument that could mean the end of their investigation as well as their relationship.
9. Revok

9. Revok

2018-11-1921:113

After the argument that might have ended everything for Mark and Tamra, Mark is ready to give up the investigation - until Tamra calls to say she solved the code that Cat found in the tapes, which contains coordinates leading somewhere Mark never suspected. Patching up their relationship while staking out the location, Mark’s investigative instincts kick into overdrive and he impulsively crosses a line he’s never crossed as an investigator and charges directly into the heart of the mystery.
10. The Stack

10. The Stack

2018-11-2331:328

After agreeing to call off the investigation, Mark secretly goes back to Randy’s piano shop to get to the heart of the mystery once and for all. He records his descent into the hidden basement, where he discovers the horrifying truth behind the white tapes. Tamra finds the recording the next day and uses it to retrace Mark’s steps, but as she searches for an answer to his ultimate fate, a familiar obsession begins to grip her.
Over the last two years, Dr. Maynard Wills, a professor of folklore at the New School in New York City has done his own research and collected stories—either experienced firsthand or passed on—about the eerie phenomena of the white tapes and the Eyeless Man. On October 13th, 2020, Tiller Press, part of Simon and Schuster, will publish Professor Wills’ work: VIDEO PALACE: IN SEARCH OF THE EYELESS MAN which shares ten stories from familiar faces in the horror community—and contains the only interview Tamra Wulff has done since Mark’s disappearance. This first episode includes the preface, by Wills’ teaching assistant, Daniel Carter and Wills introductory entry.
“The Real Sharon Lockenby” is inspired by a chance meeting Graham had at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh. It’s a relatable, real life nightmare about what it means to become a meme: what do we get, what do we lose and what’s in it for the Eyeless Man? Join our quest to uncover the truth about the Eyeless Man. Buy VIDEO PALACE: IN SEARCH OF THE EYELESS MAN now wherever you purchase books, eBooks or audiobooks.
“A Texas Teen Story” is a very personal contribution, as it chronicles first-hand the unexplained events Grant experienced in the ‘90s. It’s a story of obsession, cliques, power and music, with a focus on the social dynamics and potential for cruelty that are unique to teenage girls. Grant’s experience suggests that choices we make in our formative years may invite forces that haunt us the rest of our lives. You can join our quest to uncover the truth about the Eyeless Man. Buy VIDEO PALACE: IN SEARCH OF THE EYELESS MAN now wherever you purchase books, eBooks or audiobooks.
Comments (19)

Promaxius

This story dragged, but it was still good. Not a great payoff, but interesting world building.

Oct 27th
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LC

I was hoping it was a prelude to season 2... 🙄

Oct 12th
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Heather J. Hasan

Tales from the Quadead! I can't believe he mentioned that film...

May 24th
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Bella Ring

So far this really reminds me of Tanis and Tha Black Tapes... ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

May 1st
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Donnie Griggs

Loved it!

Mar 5th
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Clayton Douglas

Any updates on season 2? Awesome show.

Nov 26th
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rebecca p

this was a great podcast. those big dramatic moments towards the end of the tapes when something g loud and scary also happened gave me chills. loved this. love shudder

Nov 19th
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Shane Lees

This was a fantastic podcast.

Nov 6th
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Cuppaginger

Tagging this one as waiting in the hopes we'll see a season 2 and a continuation not just on the hunt for the tapes & their meaning but for Mark now as well. If you like podcasts like Rabbits and Tanis give this one a listen.

Jul 20th
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Marvin Hall Jr.

This story was great. Took me back to looking through video stores and asking the clerk for videos that were not “on the shelves”. I hope they come with a season 2!

Jul 8th
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Brooke Venning

I wonder if this will actually have a 2nd season. It has been 7 months and not even an update post or a "season 2 is coming!" post. 😭

May 6th
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Sonika Raghavareddygari

A whole day of work went out of the window cuz I could not stop till the end . All episodes in one go, it’s that great.

Dec 26th
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Maria Wasley-Valdez

Love this podcast! I need more.

Dec 14th
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Miki Amsterdam

Amazing! Soo glad I found this podcast. Great immersive music, I'm completely hooked.

Dec 11th
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