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Hey Sleepless! So if you’ve been following the blog for the last week, you’ll know I’m deep in a forest in the Carpathian mountains, hunting down some kind of pig-based creature that my guide, Danny, was going to show me.
Well, there’s been a temporary setback, hence the absence of a blog on Tuesday. Last Friday night, in the middle of a colossal storm, Danny went out to investigate some strange noises in the forest at midnight. Now, you’re probably expecting me to say that he never came back, but if only it was that simple.

Danny did come back. But he’s changed.
We’ve been here for a week. Danny keeps pacing up and down the cabin, going in and out of his bedroom, rattling pots and pans in the kitchen. I keep hearing him mutter under his breath, and occasionally he makes strange oinking sounds. It’s a little disconcerting. So I was stuck here in the cabin with him – and I’d like to just clarify here, Danny’s an old friend. I’ve known him for years. He’s not some rando I just met, he’s my Transylvanian contact from back in my newspaper days. He’s never behaved like this before. It’s very odd.

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Happy Friday, Sleepless! It’s night time in the UK, where I sit writing this. I’m discussing animals with human faces with Jessica McEvoy; the usual kind of chat that happens in the NoSleep Podcast HQ. We’re trying to work out which animals would be the creepiest with human faces. I reckon deer and sheep with human faces are the creepiest. Jessica agrees with deer, and also thinks frogs would be creepy with human faces. We both think giraffes with human faces would be silly, but llamas would be creepy. I posited a theory that there’s a sweet spot when it comes to neck ratio + human face. Too long and it’s just preposterous. Too short and it’s too human. Somewhere in between, like a llama or a deer, and that’s creepy as heck.

What do you think, Sleepless? Which animal with a human face would you least like to encounter? Let us known on Twitter, or if you’re reading this via the Facebook fangroup, post your answer in the replies there!

Moving on, we have one episode of the podcast left before our tourists head off and we’re taken over by the mysterious host. Who’s it gonna be? I know. You’ll just have to wait. But we’ve got a really cool episode lined up for 12. We got beloved returning authors, we got debut authors, we got… well, just wait and see. It’s gonna be lit, as the pyromaniac said.

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Good afternoon Sleepless! Welcome back to the new, twice-weekly-scheduled 2018 return of the NoSleep Blogcast. Going forward, we’ll be publishing two blog entries per week, on Tuesdays and Fridays (circumstances allowing) so be sure to check back on those days for the hottest NoSleep Podcast content direct into your eyeballs.

It’s an exciting, if bittersweet, time at the NSP HQ right now. Our intrepid tourers; David C, David A, Erika, Nichole, Jessica and Brandon are packing up their things, ready to leave us. The first tour date is on February 20th at the Aladdin Theater in Portland, so they gotta get ready, get their practising on, rehearse the scripts, and fine tune their scariest voices to give you NO SLEEP. So we’ll be bidding them farewell on this weekend’s show.

But who’s hosting in David’s stead, you ask? Well. I can’t divulge that yet, but let’s just say it’s someone who’s sure to give you many a sleepless night. I’m personally very excited to begin working with this person to produce a handful of home shows you’re never gonna forget. It’s up to us to keep things running smoothly while David and co are on tour, and aside from the occasional fire, flood and kaiju attack, I reckon we’re gonna do okay! My trusty butler Theobold has my back too, so I can’t see anything going wrong.

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Season’s bleatings, Sleepless! December has begun. I hope all of you have opened the first two doors on your advent calendar, and received horrific and unsettling treats. On December 1st, my calendar had an eyeball in it, then on December 2nd, a pinky finger. Really excited for the next 22 days!

So, you may have noticed a lack of activity on the blog lately. This is a good thing! It means that we at The NoSleep Podcast have been working extremely hard to prepare some fantastic content to see the year out. We’ve got some exciting Christmas horror coming up soon, and before that we have Season 10 episodes 4 (this weekend), 5 and 6. We’ve got some excellent stories to share with you, including tales from Marcus Damanda, Henry Galley, Harrison Prince and Felix Blackwell. Felix’s story ties into his celebrated Stolen Tongues series, so if you’re a Season 7 pass holder and feel like refreshing yourself on that tale, they can be heard starting from Season 7 Episode 18.

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Happy Sunday sleepless! Gabrielle Loux speaking. You may remember me from my interview with Olivia a few weeks ago, or you may already know me from submitting, or you may have seen me haunting Twitter. I come bearing an interview with regular NSP author Henry Galley.

Henry is a British author who first appeared on The NoSleep Podcast in season six with “They Move Through the Trains. I’ve had the pleasure of working with him on several of his stories, and also the upcoming podcast Congeria. Some of Henry’s notable podcast gems include “Two Facts You Should Probably Know“, “In My Line of Work“, “Midnight Rendezvous, and a brand new tale on today’s episode called “Duplex, available for free to all listeners.

Henry recently started studying creative writing at The University of East Anglia and I can’t wait to see where his studies take this already incredibly talented young author.

Recently I had a call with Henry in which we talked about a variety of things including writing, podcasts, horror, and his future ambitions. I’ve transcribed it below. Let’s get started!

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Greetings, Sleepless. Olivia here, back from the dead like a zombie with unfinished business.

As many of you know, a couple of weeks ago the NoSleep Podcast team performed a fantastic sold-out show in Toronto! I couldn’t attend because I was off taking part in dark and sinister rituals for unspeakable reasons, but we sent along our intrepid reporter, aka Community Manager Krista Neubert. During her time with the cast and crew, she wrote this blog to give us an insight into the horrific goings on behind the scenes of our beloved podcast! And she took photos. Lots of photos. Photos I captioned which I’m sharing with you now in case a mysterious agency tries to erase me from existence. It happens more often than you’d think.

So without further ado, here we are with the first of Krista’s guest blogs, which I have puntastically titled… Community Mismanagement.

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Hi Sleepless! Just a quick update for you all today. Season 9 is over! Boo! But if you’re a season pass holder, there are still some exciting bonus episodes to look forward to, such as Old Time Radio and Suddenly Shocking! That’s really cool! You know what else is cool? Brandon Boone.

Brandon, as you know, does all our music, and it’s super scary and awesome and creepy and just fantastic. You can always stream his work over on his Bandcamp, and his wonderful tunes for the show can be purchased in a variety of ways, from individual EPs to a monthly subscription which allows you to download all his new music.

But! Because Brandon is such a cool guy, and his hair is fabulous, he’s made his tracks from the Halloween 2017 episodes free for everyone! Not just streaming, but free to download too! Simply choose to purchase the album, enter any value in the Pay What You Want box (including $0) and download to your heart’s content! And on top of that, the tracks from our Season 9 finale, The Hidden Webpage, are also free to download!

So go, get yourself some Brandon Boone in your life. Now!

Brandon Boone, looking suitably sinister at a show

Brandon Boone, looking suitably sinister at a show

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Hello, Sleepless! Here it is, the big day! The day we’ve all been waiting for. The ghouls, the specters, the undead, the people who love the things that go bump in the night. Today is Halloween, the day when us horror fans can let our fear flag fly. Whether you’re carving and displaying pumpkins or placing skeletons in your garden, this is your day. It’s like Christmas, but with more dismembered body parts and blood. And without the presents.

We should do that, actually. Pioneer Halloween gift-giving. It’d be awesome if we exchanged gifts like we do at Christmas, but they were all horror-themed! ‘What’s in the box?’ Oh it’s a severed head! Next year, let’s do a Secret Satan for Halloween!

Moving on, IT’S HALLOWEEN! So naturally, we at The NoSleep Podcast have a lot of cool things for you. The big one, of course, is our free Halloween episode, released today and available for everyone, season pass member or not. Coming in at 2 hours 35 minutes, it’s a cavalcade of cadavers with four stories by four authors; S.H. Cooper, Michael Whitehouse, Jacob Healy and some unknown called Olivia White who I’ve never heard of.

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The questions for day three of our Six Days of Halloween competition are up on the Facebook fanpage. Four season passes left up for grabs, and *whisper* here’s an exclusive reveal, there’s a special prize draw for anyone who answers all six days correctly.

Each day there will be 3 new story-related questions along with one new random NoSleep trivia question. All story questions have been plucked from free episodes to give everyone a fair shot at the prize. Everyone who answers all 4 questions correctly will go into a draw to decide who wins the Season Pass for that day. Brooks will announce the winners the following day (assuming someone has answered all the questions correctly).

Lucky number Six will be announced in a live stream from Toronto on Sunday, October 29th, and will also win a signed poster or t-shirt from the Halloween show.

The last group of questions will be posted on Friday, October 27th.

So if you’re not already a member of the group, go ahead and sign up for a chance to win a season pass 10! And who knows, maybe if you answer all six days correctly, there may be a special prize up for grabs!

But first! We have a winner for yesterday’s season pass! That winner is… Madhur Parashar! Congratulations! Your season pass will be on its way to you, drooled on by a cryptid, aka David Cummings!

As for the rest of you…

GOOD LUCK & BRACE YOURSELVES!

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The questions for day two of our Six Days of Halloween competition are up on the Facebook fanpage. Five season passes left up for grabs, and *whisper* here’s an exclusive reveal, there’s a special prize draw for anyone who answers all six days correctly.

Each day there will be 3 new story-related questions along with one new random NoSleep trivia question. All story questions have been plucked from free episodes to give everyone a fair shot at the prize. Everyone who answers all 4 questions correctly will go into a draw to decide who wins the Season Pass for that day. Brooks will announce the winners the following day (assuming someone has answered all the questions correctly).

Lucky number Six will be announced in a live stream from Toronto on Sunday, October 29th, and will also win a signed poster or t-shirt from the Halloween show.

The last group of questions will be posted on Friday, October 27th.

So if you’re not already a member of the group, go ahead and sign up for a chance to win a season pass 10! And who knows, maybe if you answer all six days correctly, there may be a special prize up for grabs!

But first! We have a winner for yesterday’s season pass! That winner is… Kelsey Walden Bohl! Congratulations! Your season pass will be on its way to you, cursed by the seven princes of Hell, or at least David Cummings!

As for the rest of you…

GOOD LUCK & BRACE YOURSELVES!

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Starting today, October 22nd, questions will be posted by me on the Facebook fanpage to give 6 of you a chance to win a Season 10 Pass.

Each day there will be 3 new story-related questions along with one new random NoSleep trivia question. All story questions have been plucked from free episodes to give everyone a fair shot at the prize. Everyone who answers all 4 questions correctly will go into a draw to decide who wins the Season Pass for that day. Brooks will announce the winners the following day (assuming someone has answered all the questions correctly).

Lucky number Six will be announced in a live stream from Toronto on Sunday, October 29th, and will also win a signed poster or t-shirt from the Halloween show.

The last group of questions will be posted on Friday, October 27th.

So if you’re not already a member of the group, go ahead and sign up for a chance to win a season pass 10! And who knows, maybe if you answer all six days correctly, there may be a special prize up for grabs!

GOOD LUCK & BRACE YOURSELVES!

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Greetings, Sleepless. Story editor Gabrielle Loux here. Following last week’s interview, Olivia decided to take an impromptu holiday, starting immediately. Unfortunately she left no forwarding address, and no information as to when she’d be back. I sure hope nothing… sinister has befallen her. Hahaha. Hahahahaha! HAHAHAHAHA.

Anyway. As well as Olivia’s untimely death sudden vacation, there have been some exciting changes around The NoSleep Podcast headquarters. Namely, we’re delighted to welcome aboard Krista Neubert as our new Community Manager!

Many of you may already know Krista as one of the admins of The NoSleep Podcast fanpage on Facebook. As a core part of that team, she’s helped to build a community of nearly six thousand dedicated fans who regale us with their tales of listening to the podcast, experiencing untold horrors, and seeing pigs and bananas which they then post photos of.

Along with admin Brooks J. Bigley and moderator/fluffy NoSleep Podcast mascot Jimmy Ferrer, Krista’s become a hugely valuable member of the community, and that’s why she’s now also working for the show as community manager! There are a lot of exciting things on the horizon. Fan events, competitions, secret encoded projects Olivia was working on that I’m currently trying to crack the ciphers on, all sorts.

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Greetings and salivations, Sleepless. It is I, Olivia White, host of The NoSleep Podcast, back with another dose of terrifying, nail-biting horror.  On this week’s episode we have six skin-crawling tales about bigamist Bigfoots, twerking Thunderbirds, cuckolded Chupacabras and meme-loving Mongolian Death Worms. In our first tale, entitled What I Saw On Top Of My Mom’s Wardrobe Will Haunt Me To This Day, author Chainsaw Dave takes us on a journey of…

Wait, sorry, no, my bad. That story got rejected. I’m being told it was only 300 words long, 248 of which were just the word ‘really’, and the ending twist was that the story was just a dream.

Now, you may be wondering two things here, Sleepless. One, ‘why is Olivia pretending to be David?’. Well, the answer to that is simple. I’m getting practise in before I have him ‘disappeared’ and stage my coup to take over the show as host. The second thing you may be asking is ‘how does The NoSleep Podcast select such quality stories, instead of the kind of rubbish outlined above?’. The answer to that is more complex, but in short: Gabrielle Loux.

For those who don’t know, Gabrielle is The NoSleep Podcast’s extremely talented story editor who, along with some story curator I’ve never heard of, works tirelessly to select the best of the best of horror fiction to be produced on the show. Gabrielle is one of our less public-facing team members, but she has one of the most important jobs on the show, and so what better to give you an insight into her fantastic work than… A NOSLEEP BLOGCAST INTERVIEW?

So read on, kiddies, as transcribed from an exclusive found footage recording, we have a glimpse into the mind of… GABRIELLE LOUX, STORY EDITOR EXTRAORDINAIRE.

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Greetings, Sleepless.

We’re five days into October now. Already across the community I’m seeing a vast amount of Halloween preparations. Movies are being selected, costumes are being designed, virgins are being sacrificed to dark ancient gods, candy is being bought. It chills my already frozen heart to see so many of you getting into the spirit of dread and panic.

Over at The NoSleep Podcast HQ, they’re obviously preparing for the live Halloween show, and the special Halloween episodes, but more immediately they’re gearing up for the release of Episode 22 this coming Saturday/Sunday. I broke into David’s office in the dead of night to see if I could steal some exclusive, never-before-seen information about the upcoming episode.

I managed to discover the following: It has some stories in it. They are horror stories. They are performed by some narrators.

Nobody tell David I’ve leaked this information. I’ve heard the punishment for giving away NoSleep Podcast secrets is severe. But then, he’d have to identify and catch me first.

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Hello, sleepless ones, and happy October.

That’s right, the month of Halloween is upon us, and that can only mean one thing. Horror! So, business as usual at The NoSleep Podcast HQ then… or is it? Answer: No, no it isn’t.

Firstly, you may notice that you’re reading this message on the NoSleep Podcast blog. Y’know, that blog which hasn’t been updated since Season 5, when David made a post detailing the fact he was taking a week off. It’s the only post on the blog until now in fact, and yes, that does mean David’s never taken a week off since then. He hasn’t even taken an hour off since then in fact. He’s a shambling, hollowed-out husk of a man, working his fingers (literally) to the bone to bring you the premium in horror content.

So, yes, exciting news, the blog’s going to be getting some use again, and what better time to kick that off than in the run-up to Halloween.

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Due to unexpected circumstances we need to take a week off in between S5E05 and S5E06. We’ll be back with S5E06 on March 22. In the meantime, please enjoy this production of “The Mouth of God” by author Ramsey Shehadeh.

This story was originally produced by David Cummings for the great audio fiction podcast, “The Drabblecast”.

Special thanks to Norm Sherman of The Drabblecast for allowing me to share this production with you.


Click here to discover more about The Drabblecast

 


 

“The Mouth of God” produced by: David Cummings

 

Music & Sound Design by: David Cummings

 

Narrated by: David Cummings and Jessica McEvoy

 

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