Nosleep Podcast S2E23

24 Mar Nosleep Podcast S2E23

It’s episode 23 of the second season of The Nosleep Podcast! The episode features four tales about terrorizing technology, spooky steps, chilling children, and devilish dolls.

This episode features these stories:

Camera #36 written by Leon Chan (Redditor straydog1980) and read by David Cummings (Redditor MikeRowPhone). (Story starts at 00:03:50)

Stairs of Dark Oak written by Anton Scheller (Redditor scheller) and read by Ray Sizemore. (Story starts at 00:28:30)

She Was Just a Child written by Neil Balthazar (Redditor neil_balthazar) and read by David Cummings. (Story starts at 00:39:15)

The Doll With the Lifelike Eyes written by Matthew Biel (Redditor GhostBeezer) and read by Jinny Sanders (Redditor Spookykittens). (Story starts at 00:57:40)

Click here to learn more about Ray Sizemore.

Podcast produced by: David Cummings (Redditor MikeRowPhone).

Music by: David Cummings

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  • Username552
    Posted at 13:12h, 24 March Reply

    I listened to this show via my RSS fees last night. Regarding your “the show is getting better and better”…

    I disagree. Yes the show is good. But i’m a lifer to the show and i feel the show is just being more and more ‘okay’. With the addition of /r/libraryofshadows stories and such *professional* voice actors coming to the show, it makes me think the producer has forgotten where he has come from. This IS the NOSLEEP podcast. This is the podcast which has terrified me, some of the first season caused me freaking nightmares, not because it was cleancut and came out on time, but because it was good, because it was *true*.

    Yes, change will come. Yes there are some awesome parts to the show, i guess the music is neat…

    I suppose this goes along with the direction /r/nosleep is going but i’m not going to get into that.

    Overall i’m not happy. Will i listen to the next season? Meh. Maybe.

  • Josh of Cubicle Ninjas
    Posted at 17:24h, 24 March Reply


    Disregard the guy above. I guess people feel entitled enough to insult the awesome, fan-produced, free podcast, that is the best horror podcast ever made.

    Keep up the awesome work! :)

  • inconsistentseas
    Posted at 22:35h, 24 March Reply

    No, don’t disregard the post. The reason the comment section here is for feedback. You can’t simply ignore the unfavorable feedback because you disagree. I agree that the quality of the stories isn’t what it used to be, but who knows it may swing back. I don’t see it all going downhill from here, just depends of whether or not someone writes a great story.

    Posted at 03:44h, 25 March Reply

    I have to say, i partly agree with everybody here, lately, and throughout all of this season, the show has been losing some of it’s edge. With all the new narrators and content, the show has lost it’s cozy, yet terrifying feeling of being a small independent operation. Bringing Jinny back is as exciting for me as it was for David, as she really captures the essence of the old, underground shows, either way, i plan on sticking around as long as it’s still going!

  • Aimless
    Posted at 03:47h, 25 March Reply

    Seeing this podcast will be no more for a little bit (till may) . Does anyone have any podcasts to suggest that will fill in the missing gap this podcast will leave after it stop for the 2nd season??

    • Kat
      Posted at 00:23h, 20 July Reply

      I know this is super old, but checkout Knifepoint. That show os downright terrifying at times

  • Befuddled
    Posted at 04:44h, 25 March Reply

    I’m confused by a lot of these comments here. Such negativity over a fantastic, free podcast. You people are unreal. I happen to agree with David in that the quality of the stories is getting better. Much better. Maybe some unperceived tone has shifted and the show is somehow no longer edgy or underground? It’s still has well told, well read, creepy stories set to great eery music and I for one can’t wait for more. Keep up the great work David.

  • Befuddled
    Posted at 04:48h, 25 March Reply

    Oh, hey aimless, pseudopod. It’s right behind this one as best horror podcast, but they have been around a long time and have a large archive

  • Nick
    Posted at 11:53h, 25 March Reply

    bring brack christina scholtz pleeeeaaaasseeee

  • aLEX
    Posted at 03:03h, 26 March Reply

    I’m here for the free popcorn.

  • AnnBann
    Posted at 16:50h, 26 March Reply

    I’ve completely fallen in love with this podcast.

  • Rick
    Posted at 00:08h, 27 March Reply

    Quality is such a subjective thing. I think there is a group of listeners that hung on to the idea of this podcast being more intimate. Personally I can relate to that. I like the feeling that lack of polish gives the stories some level of authenticity somehow. But I also understand that as the podcast matures, it will naturally want to widen its audience by including segments that are more polished (e.g. stories from the libraryofshadows, improved narrators, sound qualities, etc.). Overall though, I can see the effort invested behind each show. And regardless of how the tone of the podcast will be, I still think it’s a really high quality show that’s worth revisiting every time.

  • Kevin L
    Posted at 00:19h, 27 March Reply

    This Podcast has come a long way from “The Stairs and The Doorway”. As much as I loved that story, I am enjoying the podcast more and more as it evolves. I only wish there were more horror podcasts that entertained me as much.

  • Mikey
    Posted at 04:36h, 27 March Reply

    I seriously think this was one of the best shows yet. The first story started off slow but definitely got better. But I think they were all excellent.

  • Marcelo Reina
    Posted at 02:35h, 28 March Reply

    I’m having trouble downloading this episode on iTunes.

  • Brandon
    Posted at 06:13h, 28 March Reply

    I think a lot of people are forgetting that Mr. Cummings does not in fact make the stories himself. So you really can’t blame him for the quality of them. No one is making the argument that he isn’t picking the best ones to produce, only that the best ones are not as good as they used to be. I’m not sure I agree with that, but even if I did, it still wouldn’t be a reflection on Mr. Cummings, only on the writers using Reddit. In that regards if you don’t like them you can literally have a direct effect by writing something better. In the end, all he can do is continue to up the production value, which he has. I’m not the kind of person who says you shouldn’t complain, just realize that he personally can’t do anything about these complaints other than write stories himself, which he has on occasion done, but I imagine he does not have the time to do it every show.

    Second, complaining about him upping the production value, creating better sound, using better voice actors, etc. makes no sense. It makes it a more enjoyable listening experience. There are a plenty of Podcasts that sound like they are recorded in a basement using an iMac microphone, I would prefer if this were not one of them.

  • Ceranade
    Posted at 17:37h, 28 March Reply

    I think the show is getting much better. Some people are so afraid of change. I think the the background music and the sound effects really bring you into the story and make it easier to be scared. It’s like listening to a movie without watching it. It’s awesome and is getting better. Keep up the great work Mr. Cummings.
    On a side note, I agree with Nick, I would also like to maybe hear Christina Scholtz read again.

  • Marc
    Posted at 18:15h, 28 March Reply

    Awesome job as usual. “The Doll With the Lifelike Eyes“ was one of the creepiest stories I have heard in a long time. I love that it was read by Jinny Sanders also. All of the narrators do such great jobs. Also, I always love your story selections. Thank you for this podcast.

  • jim dolan
    Posted at 21:17h, 28 March Reply

    We are setting up an non profit creative commons 3 internet radio site that features rebroadcasts of podcasts with full attribution. We would like to carry your podcast would you be interested in the project?

    Jim Dolan

  • TheLeeham1
    Posted at 15:14h, 30 March Reply

    I do not understand how people can be negative against this podcast, as far as i am concerned the podcast is always getting better and David is constantly trying to improve it for our enjoyment. Don’t worry David your doing a great job.


  • Jocelyn
    Posted at 19:11h, 01 April Reply

    I think that the podcast is…changing.Change can be good but im just not feeling the stories like i used to.I’ll still listen to the podcast even if i dont like the stories as much.Over all its a fantastic podcast that im not going to let go to waste beacause i dont like some changes…Till next time, -A listener

  • Audreythezombiekiller
    Posted at 22:10h, 03 April Reply

    I love this podcast!

  • Rob
    Posted at 15:43h, 05 April Reply

    Love the podcast. I didn’t like the alien invasion story. I don’t find aliens very creepy. I know the underlying tone wasn’t necessarily aliens, just the fact that being brainwashed can be terrifying, but as soon as I see ‘aliens’ I tune out… The voice actress was good on it, though.

    Keep making an amazing podcast!

  • hauntyrself
    Posted at 17:00h, 05 April Reply

    Just to weigh in a little more with my own opinions, I really enjoy the turn the show has taken with production quality. Even from the beginning I enjoyed some episodes more than others because of the content and my personal taste but I still enjoy having something to tune in to while I’m at work. I don’t think I’ll ever stop checking it out as long as new episodes are released.

    Having said that, I kind of have to agree with Username552 ‘s statement about the professional readers. I loved the feel of everything when the readers were people from Reddit who wanted to get in one something for NoSleep. And don’t get me wrong, I can appreciate when a talented voice comes in and does a great reading, BUT I just personally can’t stand it when story readers get a “special guest” introduction like a celebrity is gracing us with their presence. It’s a horror story podcast, I don’t care if a 13 year old is reading it or Morgan Freeman, I just want to hear the story. I guess I just don’t like the sensationalized intro for someone I’ve never heard of from somewhere other than /r/NoSleep doing the same thign I could have done if I read it aloud to myself.

    Will I stop listening? No.
    Does it really bother me as much as I make it sound? No.
    Will I record my own stuff and submit it? Probably not because I have too much other stuff to do and can hardly find the spare time to keep up with my regular hobbies.

    If you’re a pro story ready out there then I’m sorry if that was offensive, it wasn’t my intent. I’m sure you’re good at what you do. I guess all I’m saying is more stories, less celebrities.

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    Posted at 16:00h, 26 May Reply

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  • Greg
    Posted at 01:43h, 20 April Reply

    I think this is the best episode of season 2. I don’t think every episode has been great, but as with any podcast like this, you’ll get some good ones and some not so good ones. But I think the quality of this podcast is second to none. Most episodes are definitely worth listening to if you enjoy this sort of thing. Even the stories that don’t grip me, I still enjoy the production and effort that goes into making each episode.

    And I for one, love the narrators. Some more than others, but I think they all do a great job. I always love hearing from the likes Jinny Sanders, Jessica Prokuski and Christina Scholz. I think David does an excellent job narrating as well. The production is always top notch. The music, the effects, all of it.

    As for the stories? Yeah, they can be hit or miss sometimes. But if you want a podcast out twice a month with content a couple hours long each episode, plus all the bonus episodes, well, that’s gonna happen. Don’t blame the podcast, blame the redditors that aren’t writing good enough stories for the narrators to read.

  • Erica
    Posted at 19:53h, 07 November Reply

    Why is David saying his v’s like w’s in the third story? Sometimes the narration is a little over dramatic and it sounds cheesy. Good overall though.

    • Zahra
      Posted at 21:06h, 30 July Reply

      I think David was trying to do an accent in the third story, but it sounded more like a West Indian accent than an actual accent from someone from India. I love the podcasts but some of the accents used by voice actors distract from the story.

    • Grem
      Posted at 16:00h, 09 December Reply

      I thought he was trying to portray a Nordic accent despite the Indian character hah pretty bad

  • Kat
    Posted at 00:58h, 20 July Reply

    I know this is an old debate to chime in on, but I started listening to this podcast not more than a month ago and this is where I’m at in the series. I wanted to say that different people find different things scary. I personally have found some of my favorites in season 2, many of those were monthly winners. Of course I like some of the season 1 stuff or I wouldn’t be listening still, but the stories that stuck out from season one for me was the penpal series, and… that’s pretty much it. I found little of the rest truly scary, but I did find them entertaining.

    As for this season, I loved stories like Everything I Know is a Dream (my all time favorite story so far), Basement Cameras, and Plot Holes. I think it depends on what you as an individual find scary. I’m one of those that is almost never scared by horror movies, but has had trouble walking to my bed after a few episodes of the Twilight Zone. I have always found psychological horror far scarier than monsters and gore. Its why I like the Penpal series, because I can picture it happening far more easily and hence it suspends my sense of reality.

    So I guess my point is that David Cummings has only done what a producer should do, add to and enhance a story. As for the content, I’ve loved some episodes and didn’t others in both seasons. I don’t see any change in quality, just a difference in types of stories. Either way, whether I’ve been terrified or not, I’ve been entertained and that’s the point either way! So thank you for all your work David and I hope that the podcast continues to put out the stories I’ve come to enjoy every night.

  • CrystalSecret
    Posted at 12:17h, 27 October Reply

    I like this podcast and getting into season 3 is going to be awesome! Sure there are story’s that just don’t really catch my attention…In fact I FALL ASLEEP to this pod cast sometimes. But there are plenty of story’s that put a chill down my back. It’s getting better, I mean I type this and you are far past season 3 now, but I just found this podcast I listen to with my wife during afterwork hours. Just, thank you for putting these together, keep up the good work!

  • Angela McNeil
    Posted at 18:50h, 17 January Reply

    It has been wonderful to follow NoSleep from the early episodes right up to the current, very polished and professional episodes. The early episodes had a raw energy about them but later episodes have the wonderful story lines and narration. The music and artwork is outstanding. It’s like tuning in to a secret club full of my kind of people. Thank you.

  • Naiha Raza
    Posted at 20:57h, 27 January Reply

    its “nay-ha” not neehaw I’m sorry that really bothers me (i share that name). Love your podcast though <3

  • MrNoName
    Posted at 02:56h, 21 February Reply

    Please don’t attempt an Indian accent anymore.

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