NoSleep Podcast S8E25

16 Apr NoSleep Podcast S8E25

It’s episode 25 – the Season Finale of Season 8. We conclude our season with two tales about the darkness buried below the surface.

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My Dad Finally Told Me What Happened That Day
Non-graphic mentions of child abduction, child death, child endangerment, suicide.
It’s all implied but if you have a thing about creepers and kids be forewarned.

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“There’s Something Underneath Denver International Airport”‡ written by T. Takeda Wise and performed by Peter Lewis & Jessica McEvoy & Nikolle Doolin. (Story starts around 00:03:00)

My Dad Finally Told Me What Happened That DayҠ written by Jared Roberts and performed by Mike DelGaudio & Peter Diseth & Nikolle Doolin & Atticus Jackson & Addison Peacock & David Ault & Peter Lewis. (Story starts around 00:34:00)


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Executive Producer & Host: David Cummings

Musical score composed by: Brandon Boone

Audio adaptations produced by: Phil Michalski† & Jeff Clement

Season 8 Finale illustration courtesy of Charlie Cody

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48 Comments
  • Jason
    Posted at 10:44h, 16 April Reply

    What would this podcast do without Mike? I don’t want know. Good episode guys. See you next season.

  • kevin
    Posted at 15:33h, 16 April Reply

    This the first time I felt like I had to leave a comment because that last story had me shaking with fear.

  • Casey
    Posted at 20:21h, 16 April Reply

    That last story was absolutely terrifying, first time i’ve been genuinely unnerved during one of these episodes! keep up the amazing work!

  • Vega
    Posted at 20:35h, 16 April Reply

    Jesus God this was a bad episode to listen to by myself, at night, outside in the dark. Why was I outside in the dark? Because you would see me during the day. Duh.

    Plus, I’m a sucker for ambience. So, here I am…feeling all brave and cool and grown-up, listening to scary stories with nothing else but the lazy glow of my cigarette to illuminate the evening…and all of a sudden I’m not outside anymore. I’m indoors. Lights on. Fingers sort of twitching as I fumble with the lock on my back door.

    I mean…there wasn’t anyone out there.

    Right? No one was just…hanging out…watching me, Couldn’t be. I’d have noticed that. I’d was just being paranoid. That gooseflesh creeping up my back and neck was just…nerves. Right?

    Anyway. Thanks for keeping my evenings eventful, my pants ruined, and my nights sleepless. Season Finale FTW. Like, Room 733 good.

    P.S.

    Whistlers, Creeping Crimson, Borasca, now this? Four darn near perfect season endings. What y’all will do to top this season? No pressure.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 21:04h, 16 April Reply

    Borasca was awful only listened once, already listened to this one 3 times.

    • Vega
      Posted at 22:34h, 16 April Reply

      Meh. To each their own. I loved that Borasca puts you right into the character’s shoes after the big reveal. You start to piece together the pieces and understand how messed up everything truly is (not to be vague, but I’m already on the God of Spoilers’ bad side).

      Borasca really takes that trope of the kid-investigators and turns it disturbingly on its ear.

      But again, it’s not for everyone. Depends on your flavor of horror.

      • Reuben
        Posted at 13:18h, 17 April Reply

        At least Borrasca has a “happy” ending. CK Walker wrote a sequel that ties everything up nicely, and gives some much-needed closure, both to the characters and the readers.

        • Vega
          Posted at 11:20h, 18 April Reply

          Wait, wait, wait…say…what?

          Excuse me while I go rid myself of some extra minutes!

          • Reuben
            Posted at 13:19h, 18 April

            Look up “CK Walker Borrasca V” on your search engine of choice. MrCreepyPasta also performed a dramatic reading for his Youtube channel.

    • Stefanie
      Posted at 15:25h, 17 April Reply

      Borasca was amazing story-telling. That’s what made the story so disturbing. I only listened to it once myself. It really got to me.

  • Freckles
    Posted at 00:58h, 17 April Reply

    Holy smokes what a spectacular finale!! The second story was absolutely brilliant and I personally think Mike DelGaudio was the perfect choice for it!! Besides terrifying, I think it was very well “explained” in the sense that you could really visualize what was going on at every moment! I loved it, thank you all so much for making this podcast possible!

  • Anastasia Flores
    Posted at 03:08h, 17 April Reply

    2nd story was so scary I have to leave the other half for tomorrow during the day! I need to use the bathroom but am scared to walk through the darkness.

  • RIN
    Posted at 12:57h, 17 April Reply

    Struggling to work through the first story; Peter Lewis’ narration is probably my least favourite out of everyone on the show but this one feels especially bad.

    • Anonymous
      Posted at 20:28h, 17 April Reply

      I agree.

      • Monica
        Posted at 04:27h, 20 April Reply

        I think the same, also the story is not that good

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 15:33h, 17 April Reply

    you mean without david cumming, right? his voice is the best

  • Megan H
    Posted at 16:19h, 17 April Reply

    Did anyone else hear the whispering at the very end when the outro music was playing? It sounded like “oh by the way (couldn’t hear the name) says hello”. It definitely creeped me out.

    • BG
      Posted at 19:47h, 17 April Reply

      YES! It said “Oh by the way, Big Red says hi.” WHAT DOES THAT MEAN!!!!!???

      • Megan H
        Posted at 19:58h, 17 April Reply

        I have no idea and now as soon as I get off work I’ll probably end up in a deep google/Wikipedia worm hole trying to figure it out

        • Anonymous
          Posted at 07:47h, 18 April Reply

          Hopefully it doesn’t mean that Chanty Binx is joining the podcast.

      • Megan H
        Posted at 15:45h, 18 April Reply

        Just an FYI – all I could find was the official nosleep twitter page says that Big Red is friend they met on tour

  • Alexa
    Posted at 18:26h, 17 April Reply

    I listen to NoSleep every single night when I go to bed, and the second story of this finale is the only story to unsettle me since The Pancake Family.

    Bravo!

  • Stefan
    Posted at 20:36h, 17 April Reply

    Great episode, but the second story should’ve been titled “My Dad Eventually Sort-of Told Me What Happened That Day”, heh. But I got some theories to elucidate the mystery:
    *SPOILERS AHEAD*
    Regarding Timmy: He stops acting weird and disappears from his relatives’ place because the town mob killed his lunatic companion. He was the only one who really liked Timmy for who he was and not because of his record collection or toys. The loneliness was unbearable and pushed him into psychosis and he disappeared.

    There are two lunatics: According to the criminal one, impersonating the mother, the first was deemed harmless and children would bring him food. This is also the person that Matt and Flora saw in the woods warning them to go away lest they come upon the mystical cabin in the woods of which he was terrified.
    Here’s the important part. The criminal lunatic learned how to mimic voices. He learned how to mimic Timmy’s companion in order to impersonate him. Timmy, as remembered, went into a dark room/closet to “speak to his parents”. Unbeknownst to Timmy the criminal lunatic impersonated his companion and murdered his parents. He was observing Timmy’s interaction with his companion to learn to mimic their voices and manerisms (such as the crazy dance). My theory is that the friendly lunatic didn’t always stay at Timmy’s. He went often into the woods, perhaps also to check if children had gone there in order to warn them, since children have been kind to him and given him food and a few moments of conversation. When he was gone, the criminal lunatic pretended to be him in the dark for Timmy. He’s also the one doing all the creepy stuff pretending to be the harmless lunatic. He’s the one Matt and Flora encountered at Timmy’s. As we hear on Matt’s tape, he does not identify that man with the one they saw in the woods. So there are two distinct people.

    Flora’s disappearance: she was most likely not kidnapped. Frightened she ran out of Timmy’s and presumably home. Maybe the friendly lunatic saw her running scared and called for her. But since the voice was that of the guy at TImmy’s she got frightened and confused even more and must have taken a detour through the woods. There in the woods she stumbled upon the cabin. Or she was just confused and ran into the woods. There in the cabin she was sequestered by the old man. The criminal lunatic returned to the cabin — to maybe bring provisions to the old man or perform rituals to raise Chaturggha the Soulsucker from his slumber? — and that’s because we know he got the Ramones T-shirt from Flora. It is unclear when in the timeline he got the T-shirt, but it was after Flora’s death. Yes, the old man tortured her mentally and physically and she died eventually. Could be that it was around the time our narrator was being photographed as a child. Flora could no longer be alive because of the next section.

    The tourists: as per the ranger’s story this took place not long ago. First problem is that while they had no phone signal and the compass didn’t work, the compass app on their phone should’ve done the job perfectly. Second, even if you don’t have a compass, look at the clock, look where the sun is and it’s simple to figure out where’s north. So I hope future writers find a way to get their characters lost in the woods without making them look like incompetent illiterates. You learn basic navigation skills in school during biology/natural studies classes. Ok, let’s assume they had the spatial awareness of a toddler. They come to this mystical cabin in the woods and other than the old man, there is a young woman in there as well. Notice that it’s a young woman. Had it been Flora she would have had to been older. What happens to people who end up in the cabin is unclear, but this is what we can tell as facts: only men seem to have been able to escape from the cabin. The tourist lady excaped because she was with her boyfriend. Or it’s possible the old man miscalculated the sleeping dosages because there were two of them and in the past we were told singular people came to the cabin.

    The cabin and the coverup: the tourists clearly could find the cabin on Google Earth, so it’s not like it was a dream or the cabin teleported. When they reported to the authorities what happened to them they were told not to repeat the story to anyone. They even sent a screenshot of the old man giving them the middle-finger dipped in his own feces to the authorities. Why has nobody acted upon this? My theory: the old man is the proverbial drunk racist grandfather at the Thanksgiving dinner table that every family member pretends doesn’t exist. My other better theory: the whole town awaits the coming of Chaturggha the Soulsucker. I’m basically giving you people here fodder for a sequel 😉

  • Mae
    Posted at 20:47h, 17 April Reply

    “My Dad Finally Told Me What Happened That Day,” was such a good story. It was so well narrated too. This was a very satisfying episode. Thank you for all your hard work. I can hardly wait ’til season nine!

  • Bri Gutierrez
    Posted at 21:31h, 17 April Reply

    This, too, is my first comment. I’ve been listening to the podcast for years and have listened to every episode several times and NEVER have I been as stumped and terrified and satisfied with a story as “My Dad Finally…” It was so nice to be hooked until the last.

    David Lynch vibes! Twin Peaks Fire, Walk With Me! Anyone? Wow. I want to hear more stories by this author. And Mike’s best narration in my opinion.

    Thank you!!!!!!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 21:54h, 17 April Reply

    2nd episode was awesome through out, but again falls short at the end.

    WWHYY can’t these writers tie anything up? Such a let down. no story should end with “hmm don’t know, guess it’ll have to be” .. what a cop out, shows the writers have little to no creative skills.

    The best story was season 3 episode 1. The ending was bone chilling and actually exemplified the creepy atmosphere presented in the story. Everything else is just all about creepy situations with no thought going into the how and why.

    All the value in this podcast is in the production and voice acting, that’s first class. The writing leaves a lot to be desired.

    • Marcee Johnson
      Posted at 17:21h, 18 April Reply

      YESSSSS I was sooo ready for a huge finish. Everything except the last 2mins was the best.

  • Em
    Posted at 21:58h, 17 April Reply

    Peter Lewis knocked it out of the park this time! I’ve missed the subtleties of his earlier narrations, and this one brought them back quite nicely. I loved it.

    And Mike Del GODio! He is fantastic. Great closing story for Season 8. I look forward to S9!!!

  • Cameron Schmitt
    Posted at 23:49h, 17 April Reply

    This is easily one of the best episodes! I’ve listened to every episode and I have never been so immersed as I was in the season 8 finale. I have never commented or been to your website but I had to share how much I enjoyed the “My Dad Finally” story. Keep up the good work and we all cannot wait until season 9 !!!

  • Brooke Palmer
    Posted at 04:14h, 18 April Reply

    First time commenter, long time listener and aside from the whistlers and that flashlight tag story the my dad finally told me story was the best original horror content I’ve ever heard on a podcast. Incredible finale…the only story I’ve EVER heard narrated that got my pulse up.

  • Tristan
    Posted at 08:00h, 18 April Reply

    Wow. A literal “no sleep” episode, in that I had my EYES WIDE OPEN IN THE DARK until around 3am. The second story was absolutely CHILLING. What a way to end the season.

  • Marcee Johnson
    Posted at 12:55h, 18 April Reply

    WHOOOOA!!! That last story was NUTZ!!! Loved it!!! Great job guys. So authentic sounding. BUT I’m thinking the old man in the cabin was either a wendigo OR a demon. I Say a demon because the smell of burning tires to a child interpret as the smell of sulfur. Can’t wait till next season. Huge fan. I listen on Spotify. PLEASE COME TO RHODE ISLAND!!!

  • Jillian
    Posted at 14:07h, 18 April Reply

    The season 8 finale was incredible, but that last story was truly something else… Phenomenally done!

  • Megan
    Posted at 14:32h, 18 April Reply

    This was definitely my favorite season finale. Just wow. Great job, everyone involved.

  • Gillian
    Posted at 17:52h, 18 April Reply

    I think there might be something wrong with me. I have listened to every single episode of this podcast, mostly while I work but also by myself in the dark…. and not one story have I found scary. I see all of these comments of people saying they were “terrified” by the stories….and I got nothin’…. don’t get me wrong, this podcast is extremely entertaining, and I’m a person who definitely believes in pretty much all things paranormal…. I think I’m broken. Does anyone else feel the same way? Am I alone? Bueller?

    Regardless, the production and narration quality of these stories is incredible.

    • Anonymous
      Posted at 20:04h, 18 April Reply

      I get ya. I’ve had a few chilled moments throughout the seasons, but they’ve been rare. But I still love the podcast

    • Anonymous
      Posted at 05:05h, 22 April Reply

      Yep, I have noticed my fear tolerance has become desensitized since the very first episode. It sucks.

  • Talia
    Posted at 19:21h, 18 April Reply

    This season’s finale had my two favorite things: Peter Lewis being wonderfully Peter Lewis-y, and a long-form, exquisitely produced narrative.

    Both stories were awesome, but holy shit….I have to say that it’s not often that I find a NoSleep story SCARY. Unsettling, definitely. I delight more so in the masterful way the stories are told and the fantastic narration rather so than feeling truly afraid. At most, I get a brief shudder and some goose-pimples. But that second one…dear gods, I listened to it in broad daylight (not even like close to dusk daylight, but high noon daylight), and I can legit say that I am frightened. “My Dad Finally Told Me…” was so well written, produced, and narrated. Everyone put on their A game (especially Mr. Cummings, who must be nursing a sore throat after that screaming.) Truly, everything was great about this finale and this season was really fantastic. This was my first full season as a subscriber, and I will definitely be subbing to every season to come.

    Thanks for such an awesome season, and congrats again on a successful tour! I look forward to attending the next one too!

  • Wen Vis
    Posted at 22:08h, 18 April Reply

    Most incredible podcast ever. Second story made us shiver. Goosebumbs all over! Keep up the good good work! Greets from the Netherlands!

  • hope
    Posted at 23:05h, 18 April Reply

    Liked both stories. And, like many of the other commenters above, I felt actually freaked out during the second story. I thought the storytelling was such that it sounded like a real person relaying a story to you. Great job! <3 <3 <3

  • Monica
    Posted at 04:36h, 20 April Reply

    First of all the second story is one of the best narrations that i hace ever Heard, my first languaje is not english so i want to congratulate peter lewis because he has such a great voice, so fluent and also very easy to understand, thanks to everyone at the no sleep team for a great season, love from a huge fan in México

  • Vow
    Posted at 04:56h, 20 April Reply

    Both stories were awful.

    • Anonymous
      Posted at 08:04h, 20 April Reply

      Wrong

      • Anonymous
        Posted at 08:28h, 20 April Reply

        Wrong

    • Reuben
      Posted at 22:13h, 20 April Reply

      Your opinion is factually incorrect.

      • Anonymous
        Posted at 01:49h, 21 April Reply

        Wrong

  • Alicia
    Posted at 03:39h, 21 April Reply

    Bravo for this season’s great finale! It’s been a long while since I’ve been this gripped and creeped out by a nosleep episode but the amazing voice acting & reading and the chilling ambience & music were phenomenal here. Though I was disappointed by how the second story ended, of course that is in no way the podcast crew’s fault. I hope the writer continues with the story so that the loose ends are tied up and that we get to listen to the reading you’ll continue to horrify us with :)

    • Stefan
      Posted at 04:48h, 21 April Reply

      I’ve posted above theories regarding the second story, where I tried to tie up loose ends and unanswered questions. It was my first time posting on this blog (though I’ve been listening to the podcast for a long time) and my reason for trying to make sense of it was because I really liked the story and the writer himself brought up questions regarding plot holes which he tried to answer. But it felt like questions were left unanswered because of, maybe, time constrain. Or the writer perhaps created something bigger than he anticipated which will take a life of its own, like the Cthulhu mythos and how other writers than Lovecraft contributed to it. I wouldn’t be surprised if the writer would do a sequel from the perspective of the town ranger and his investigations with the cabin in the woods. Or a story about the town asylum, like why was it abandoned and had it anything to do with the cabin in the woods? Is the cabin and the old man the centre for everything strange and evil that happened?

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