NoSleep Podcast S7E25

25 Sep NoSleep Podcast S7E25

It’s episode 25 – the finale of Season 7. On this special episode we feature The NoSleep Podcast production of C.K. Walker’s “Borrasca”.

Trigger Warnings

Some of our listeners may find the content of certain stories disturbing because of trauma or bad experiences in their lives. This section allows you to get some information about stories that have content which may "trigger" emotionally disturbing memories.

In order to be as respectful as possible to the authors, these trigger warnings are not intended to be spoilers for the story. However, bear in mind that by viewing these trigger warnings you may see information that reveals aspects of the plot that may in fact "spoil" the impact of the story.

Sexual abuse

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Borrasca written by C.K. Walker.

Matthew Bradford as Sam Walker
Jessica McEvoy as Kimber Destaro
Jeff Clement as Kyle Landy
Erika Sanderson as Kathryn Scanlon
Mike DelGaudio as Sheriff Clery
Nikolle Doolin as Sam’s Mother
Elie Hirschman as Phil Saunders
David Cummings as Thomas Prescott

Special Guest Stars:
Mike Flanagan as Sam’s Father
Kate Siegel as Meera McCaskey
Todd Faulkner as Jimmy Prescott
Alison Crane as Anne Destaro

Nichole Goodnight, Atticus Jackson, Dan Zappulla, Addison Peacock, Kyle Akers, Alexis Bristowe, Corinne Sanders, Tisha Boone, and Wendy Corrigan.


Click here to learn more about the voice actors on The NoSleep Podcast

Click here to learn more about C.K. Walker

Director Mike Flanagan’s upcoming movie is “Ouija: Origin of Evil”, featuring Kate Siegel

Click here for the award-winning podcast “Uncanny County” created by Todd Faulkner & Alison Crane

Executive Producer & Host: David Cummings

Musical score composed by: Brandon Boone

Audio adaptation produced by: Phil Michalski

“Borrasca” illustration courtesy of Sabu

Audio program ©2016 – Creative Reason Media Inc. – All Rights Reserved – No reproduction or use of this content is permitted without the express written consent of Creative Reason Media Inc.. The copyrights for each story are held by the respective authors.

  • Jason Thomas
    Posted at 14:46h, 25 September Reply

    Never read this story before. I had hoped for some thing Supernatural but it was good nonetheless in terms of production. The story itself was uninteresting for the most part. Season 5 finale was better imo. I love CJ Walker, but I’m not a fan of people doing horrible stuff to other person in horror. We already have enough of that in the real world….I rarely find subject matter of that nature to grab me.

    Another weak point I felt for the finale was giving just a big job to Matthew, who I feel does not have the gravitas to do such a story. Other than just sounding like a young person, Mike would have made the story I alot more cozy and immersive.

    The single best story from this season is the Tall Dog from the premiere, David Ault’s narration was simply brilliant. Best multi part story was Stolen Tongues.

    • Michael Cathcart
      Posted at 05:17h, 28 September Reply

      I have to agree, Jason. I enjoyed the actors and the production (very tight and clean, it gets better with each attempt), but the story itself just left me kinda blank.

      I like my dark fantasy to have some semblance of the supernatural or otherworldly, and until I realized what was actually happening (which I’d guessed early on), I thought it was going to be much more fun. But bad people doing bad things to helpless people is old and tired plot fodder, and it’s not an escape but a reminder to me of what evils real people can do to each other.

      I also have a really tough time with the idea that letting the bad guys go on doing their thing is somehow scary or powerful; it’s not. Not that I need all my stories to wrap up cleanly and happily, but it’s so overdone and supremely unsatisfying.

      All of that said, I do like a lot of CJ’s work, for sure! But this one just didn’t do it for me.

      I believe I have to agree, too, about Tall Dog. Really effective/affecting. Mr. Ault rocked it.

      • Michael Cathcart
        Posted at 05:18h, 28 September Reply

        Ooops! I meant CK, not CJ. Guess I had West Wing on the brain. :)

    • James
      Posted at 13:46h, 30 September Reply

      I disagree. I really enjoyed the fact that they kept the supernatural crap out of the story. Helped the story feel more real. Well done, I will add this to my small bag of stories from this podcast that I enjoyed.

      • James
        Posted at 13:50h, 30 September Reply

        And no Peter Lewis…thank god for that. He would have ruined it completely.

        • Ash
          Posted at 04:28h, 02 October Reply

          What? Peter Lewis is my favorite voice actor on NoSleep. I wish I could have him create my incoming voicemail message or narrate my life.

          • GABRIELE
            Posted at 05:41h, 03 October

            I completely agree with you, Ash. While the story alone was fantastic (and much better than MCP’s production from last year), Peter Lewis would’ve added more to it.

            Speaking of the narration, I do have to say that there were parts where it did seem a little…well, *off*. It could be a result of the editing, but there was a conversation or two that was awkwardly recorded, I think.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 15:35h, 25 September Reply

    Even though this story wasn’t my style (sexual abuse), it was well written and I have to say it was executed beautifully. You’ve been making my life spooky since season 3 and this was the most elaborate story I’ve heard yet. You guys killed it! What an excellent full cast piece. Thank you all for another kick ass season! I can’t wait for the next one, you get bigger and better every year.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 15:53h, 25 September Reply

    Man, I really wish I hadn’t read the story last month, but this was amazing nonetheless.

  • Tosh
    Posted at 15:53h, 25 September Reply

    This was simply amazing! I remember when this story was first written and spread over the internet like wildfire. There’s a reason Borrasca is so popular and you guys did a great job with it!!! 10/10

  • Andrea Roman
    Posted at 16:06h, 25 September Reply

    This was incredible. Probably the best I have heard. I loved it!!!!!
    Keep them coming!! You guys do amazing work. Thank you.

  • Anon
    Posted at 17:51h, 25 September Reply

    Fantastic audio version of this story. An excellent end to Season 7. Thank you for adding to the free stories, and not just for season pass holders (I am one, but thanks anyway).

  • Malte Michel
    Posted at 18:43h, 25 September Reply

    This is officially the best episode so far. Borrasca is definitely the best story of C.K. Walker so far! Now that it made its way to the nosleep podcast I’m nearly sad I already read it…

  • Beth
    Posted at 19:15h, 25 September Reply

    The production and suspense of the story were amazing, but I definitely wished I’d read the trigger warnings beforehand because while I didn’t have a PTSD episode, the story made me much more sad than the adrenaline your stories typically invoke. Honestly, more horrifying than the events was the main character’s response and cowardice, and I just felt angry that he did nothing and seemingly felt no guilt other than for his best friend. There was a secondary horror in the fact that no one attempted to do anything–as a woman who survived a year of continuous sexual abuse, this is literally the worst scenario I could ever find myself in and reflected how I was treated by family, friends, and authority figures who did nothing to stop it, so I suppose this story is very realistic in that regard.

    • Michael Cathcart
      Posted at 05:25h, 28 September Reply

      Hear hear! I was thinking the main character a coward from pretty early on, and as he got more and more impotent in his dealings with it all, I got upset and really stopped caring what happened to him. And I am very, very sorry about your experience with abuse, Beth. I pray for strength and continued power to you. <3

    • Stef
      Posted at 14:04h, 06 October Reply

      I’m kinda really upset at hearing the end of this story, I’m super sensitive to sexual abuse and I wished I’d read the trigger warnings much like you. Sitting here at work I’m furious and upset about the main character leaving all those women and especially, completely not caring about them whatsoever. It’s disgusting. It makes me wonder if the writer has any understanding about the severity of the subject he’s actually dealing with. I almost wish i could forget this story and I hope you’re ok <3

      • Anonymous
        Posted at 16:46h, 28 October Reply

        I highly recommend that you read all the trigger warnings before the story. The point is to disturb and unease you. If it is too much, that needs to be decided based on said warnings. I am sorry you had a bad experience.

  • Victor
    Posted at 20:48h, 25 September Reply

    The whole cast was incredible, the accents were on point. Even then, Jimmy Prescott’s VA just knocked it out of the park, sounded almost exactly like what I pictured in my mind while reading this story long ago. Great stuff. Looking forward to getting me a season pass come next paycheck :)

  • Tom
    Posted at 22:57h, 25 September Reply

    That is fucked up…

  • Hilde
    Posted at 00:38h, 26 September Reply

    Yeah, I’m not feeling this at all. I was excited for something cool and supernatural but all I got was sex slavery. The story was well-told, don’t get me wrong, but unless it was going for straight shock value it wasn’t scary. I love C.K., but this is clearly not her best and you’ve been hyping it for weeks. I’m so excited to hear the folks from Hush, though! Wonderfully acted all around!

    • Gutter
      Posted at 06:05h, 18 October Reply

      While I respect your opinion on the story, I do have to say that not everything that is frightening in the world of fiction has to be supernatural.

      I don’t think it was ‘straight shock value’ intended with the ending; it’s kind of like The Man Behind the Curtain in TWoO in a sense – all of this build up just to find out the truth. What’s more shocking than the ending is the entire town’s ability to turn a blind-eye to Borrasca and The Shiny Gentlemen. To me, sex slavery is less shocking than so many people knowing the process in which the town gains it’s population and everyone just accepts it as a part of life. Kidnapping is apparently rampant and has been since the 50s and no one bats and eye.

      But instead of just glorifying the story, I will give my only criticism: The “Borrasca” location was discovered entirely too quickly. I mean, it’s not like I could write something better and I’m definitely not whining, but maybe there could have been less of a need to rush getting from The Triple Tree to Borrasca as far as writing goes. Maybe there could have been a variable of some sort that would have caused the boys to have to hide, or struggle in some way that didn’t end in such an “easy” way with what happened to Kyle.

      I haven’t been this interested in a story since New Fish and The Djinn Bottle. I think Borrasca is a fantastic story that is very much deserving of the praise it is receiving. You really have to wonder sometimes why writers like C.K. Walker, T.W. Grimm, Milos Bogetic, and the classic AL365 just give these stories away. Just look at what they did with Penpal; I bet that guy isn’t hard up for cash right now. But in the end, they are extremely generous people and I am proud to support them all.

  • Luke
    Posted at 05:00h, 26 September Reply

    While this was a well produced story, this sort of subject matter isn’t what I come to this podcast for. Heavy and depressing and frustrating more than scary, it’s fatalistic ending was a massive let down.

    It seems like this was chosen not for the quality of the story, but because it was long enough to be used as a season finale. If this podcast continues to be this mundane and exploitative, i don’t think I’ll continue my subscription.

  • Shawnie
    Posted at 07:23h, 26 September Reply

    I must say the presentation of the story was great but the ending had me little irritated . It is as quite depressing yet true to life I was expecting more of the supernatural, the unexplained mystery of strange happenings etc. the moral of the story just ended up being your every day human brutality against other humans that’s not horror to me it’s sick and we do know it happens in the real world with that type of open ending there was nothing he or his friend could do even his father was caught up in it this is what happens when a morbid conspiracy is happening. I’m more into what people find hard to believe or won’t believe the story had me until the end. Once the girl sent the letter fully explaining what was happening I’m like Dang that’s messed up!! People do the foulest things in life.

    • Ella
      Posted at 17:02h, 26 September Reply

      Yes. I agree. This was more of a huge trigger of human brutality. If I wanted this type of ending I should have watched Taken.

  • Shawnie
    Posted at 07:25h, 26 September Reply

    PS I will never stop listening though no sleep is still the best.

  • A fan admittedly too chicken to sign real name
    Posted at 07:40h, 26 September Reply

    I love NoSleep and have listened for years–you guys have gotten me through some rough times–but this story was deeply disappointing, especially coming from C.K. Walker. I am not a sexual assault survivor, but I fully cosign Beth’s comment here about the truly nauseating (not scary) reactions of the main character, the town’s authority figures, and other women in the town towards what was going on in this story.

    Honestly, I have nothing against fiction about rape stables where the women end up put through a people grinder, but in this case, Walker took a truly dread-inducing buildup (everyone’s in on it! is it monsters?? did Prescott make a deal with horrific mangled fae-creatures in exchange for prosperity?!), pulled off its rubber mask, and revealed that it was a) just men raping people again, like in real life, b) not supernatural or paranormal at all, which is personally disappointing to yrstrly, and c) a level of exploitatively terrible horrificness that strained credulity WAY past the breaking point, maybe past several breaking points. I’m trying to think of a way to describe how many breaking points were passed, and it’s like, as if suspension of disbelief was put through some kind of machine designed specifically to break things into lots and lots of little tiny pieces, possibly in the way that ores are refined?

    Seriously, “it was easier to turn a blind eye to the people powder scattered across our mountainsides, because god forbid we adopt through legal, non-rape channels”??? I cannot believe, ABSOLUTELY CANNOT, that a town that seemed to be relatively open to newcomers for half a century (as in, free flow of people moving in) could continue such an operatically traumatizing conspiracy for so long, kill everyone who disagreed, and just have that be fine. Also, those nearby towns they stole the girls from presumably were small enough that girls would be missed, and also DIDN’T have such a conspiracy, so how??? Topping off something so stupid with a garnish of dead-eyed rape victims who had lost the ability and humanity to advocate for themselves (well, except some of them WERE like “hey, help us,” they just had the bad fortune to not be related to or dating a protagonist so nobody listened to them)–that’s just bone powder icing on a cake made of lies.

    Was the story performed well? Yes, absolutely, you guys are phenomenal. But here’s the thing: when a story tackles subject matter this dark, it better be good. Otherwise it’s just exploitation.

    Also, they’ve been talking about Borrasca for years and nobody thought to Google it?!?!

    • Michael Cathcart
      Posted at 05:29h, 28 September Reply

      Just… totally agree with every point made. Hear hear!

    • Maaike
      Posted at 00:18h, 02 October Reply

      You absolutely nailed it, I could not have expressed the same sentiments so well! Towards the end I was almost too frustrated to finish listening :(. All the more dissapointing since ‘The Whistlers’ was so good.

  • Elie Hirschman
    Posted at 07:47h, 26 September Reply

    Might be heavy and depressing,, but sometimes horror is just that. Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game and Rose Madder come to mind. Horror is not all about jump scares and gore. Sometimes it’s just about the things that make you feel the most horrified.

    Great job, all. I’m thrilled to have been a part of it.

    • Gutter
      Posted at 06:11h, 18 October Reply

      “Horror is not all about jump scares and gore.”

      Absolutely, 100% agree with this.

      Horror doesn’t mean that the most blood wins. Horror is what makes one truly Horrified in whatever definition one subscribes to.

      I wouldn’t put the plot to this story passed any real-world event. It’s the things that are actually possible that are the most frightening.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 09:15h, 26 September Reply

    This story had excellent voice acting and overall great presentation. I was hooked on this story at the very beginning. The mystery surrounding Borrasca was eerie and made me curious into what was going on.

    The only negative criticism I’d have towards the story was the ending. When I say the ending I don’t mean the revelation of the scandal kept within the town, I am referring to the closing scene with the letter. It felt like there was more for the protagonist to do, like to start looking for Kimber or even put and end to the wrongdoing secreted within the town. Though I guess real world events cant always be solved as well.

    Though overall great podcast as always.

  • Alice
    Posted at 13:12h, 26 September Reply

    I listened to the first half an hour of this story. Great voice acting from what I’ve heard really great! Like always you guys are the tops.

    But the way the female characters were being written (the sister, kimber, the group of girls at school) I started to have suspicions this would have a bad turn. Not in what was going to happen, but the writing itself.

    Oh boy am I glad I paused this to check the comments cus I really, really don’t like ‘rape is the real horror’ stories. I’m not part of the crowd that likes this kind of horror, I wanna be scared like I’m on a roller-coaster, not like I’m going on the deep web and seeing messed up real life stuff. That’s not entertainment to me.

    It also does the second thing I really don’t like, which is when the supernatural story is revealed to be mundane. Again just my personal tastes but years of watching Scooby Doo as a kid has made me hate this twist with a passion, unless it’s actually done in an interesting way.

    Also just a heads up, there’s no content warning if you’re subscribed to itunes. None in the read more text below. Yes you have the explicit warning up but you have that on all your episodes. I know you probably didn’t want to give away the twist but when the twist is sex slavery….come on. This is a heavy subject matter and people need to be warned. I even went back and listened to the opening to see if I’d just tuned out., but no. There’s no warning and I don’t think that’s good guys.

  • Gabrielle Loux
    Posted at 14:03h, 26 September Reply

    I thought the team did an amazing job with this one! I didn’t feel like Ms. Walker was writing about rape for the sake of writing about rape or straight up shock value. It is a shocking subject to be sure, but the characters are well developed, relatable, and there’s an emotional depth to the story. I was also frustrated with Sam’s actions at the end but felt like it was true to how a kid would react in such a situation. If a character’s actions frustrate you I feel like that is a sign that the author is writing realistic people.

    Amazing job everyone!

  • Jordan Harris
    Posted at 17:06h, 26 September Reply

    This story as like most from No Sleep Podcast was incredible. I’ve only been listening to the No Sleep Podcast for a few months now but I already think that there is no other media entertainment quite like it. Horror movies and shows settle for jump scares and excessive gore while this production hits you deep, disturbing you and making you feel scared in the safest of places. It reminds me of when I was a kid sitting around the campfire and being truly frightened. To everyone at the No Sleep Podcast keep up the good work!!!

  • Dustin Diggory
    Posted at 17:28h, 26 September Reply

    While this isn’t my favorite style of “horror”, I want to commend NoSleep on an AMAZING season. This was my first time subscribing to the podcast after listening to all the seasons. “Tall Dog”, “A Seaside British Pub”, and MANY other stories really got to me this season. It just keeps getting better and better. I can’t wait to see what happens in season 8. Keep up the good work team!

  • Robert Mckeown
    Posted at 22:16h, 26 September Reply

    Little conflicted on this one.

    Amazing production, great acting, well paced story – all things this podcast nails and dose a wonderful job of. The content naturally is where the uncertainty lies. As a horror podcast I want to be disturbed, scared, yet entertained by the silly horror of it all. This was just like being put under a grind stone and the emotional weight of the human horror thining me out.

    I feel like this was a controversial choice as its either someone will like it or hate it, so I commend the cast and staff for picking a story that will likely be divisive. I wouldn’t say I was enteriainted by the story, more numbed and tired by it. It’s a job to get a reaction like that from someone so I say a genunie well done to all involved for it. I look forward to the next season for less grounded horror, to lighten my mood.

  • Josh
    Posted at 00:53h, 27 September Reply

    Damn….that was darker than usual. Well done!

  • Ash
    Posted at 04:04h, 27 September Reply

    That had to have been one of the worst endings ever. Why did our two protagonists (you know, the two guys who were able to figure out where to go) suddenly take stupid pills at the end there? Why did the two survivors not tell anyone? How did a drugged up girl get away while no one else did?

    This story could have been shortened by an hour and would have had the same weak “totally implausible rape farm” impact. And we could have had a second story to listen to.

    Great production, subpar story.

    • Jason Thomas
      Posted at 08:30h, 27 September Reply

      That’s how I feel honestly. Great production, mostly excellent voice acting all around…..lame, uninteresting story. Makes me long for the days of Season 5, almost ever single episode had at least one extremely good story, sometimes several.

  • Garett Mote
    Posted at 04:50h, 27 September Reply

    Wow. I mean… just…. wow. This is the first horror related media to actually give me chills in a LONG time. Bravo. Fucking bravo.

  • Jeff Clement
    Posted at 13:43h, 27 September Reply

    I think the fact that this episode is so polarizing is a mark of its success. Whether you love it or hate it, “Borrasca” has left its impression on you. The majority of negative comments I’ve seen relate to frustration at the lack of resolution at the end or the choices the characters made. That frustration you feel means the story drew you in. It’s certainly understandable if this isn’t your type of horror but bear in mind the genre is vast and covers a whole spectrum of scenarios, realism and the human condition.

    I think of it in terms of what kind of movie I’m in the mood to watch. Sometimes I like a cheesy popcorn flick like Pumpkinhead. I get my scares and my laughs and come out of the experience giggling. Other times I want something raw and brutal like Eden Lake or Martyrs that leaves me emotionally drained and disgusted with humanity. This podcast doesn’t restrict itself to spooks and ghouls, but is dedicated to bringing the genre as a whole to life. More than anything, it’s about telling a story and taking you on a journey.

    I’m happy to see that regardless of their feelings on C. K. Walker’s story, people recognize the size and scope and tremendous amount of effort the team invested in this production. We’re not here to please everyone all the time. That’s impossible. No matter what you think of “Borrasca”, thank you for listening and enjoying what we do, even if you don’t love every story we adapt.

  • Monika
    Posted at 17:31h, 27 September Reply

    Wow. I cried a lot… Probably my favorite story so far! Thank you so much for all the effort that was put into this one! Love the podcast!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 19:33h, 27 September Reply

    Hey guys! Thanks! You make me so proud! What an amazing job! I’m so glad that you are taking such leaps of faith in your authors and your partners that you are willing to risk such ashocking story because you know you will just knock it out of the park! Just like the 1% which was so out of the realm of the normal, it was just incredibly performed and I’m so lucky that we got to have such a fantastic season finale and jump right into the next season very quick. Cheers!

  • Whitney Venter
    Posted at 22:52h, 27 September Reply

    WOW! I don’t tend to lean towards supernatural stories so this one really grabbed my attention from the beginning. I enjoyed every minute! EXCELLENT job!!!

  • Anon
    Posted at 13:36h, 28 September Reply

    This story is so disappointing. Like why didn’t anyone do anything about it? Hundreds of women drugged and raped but no one gives a crap? The writer of this story is pretty disgusting. The ending of this story is terrible and anyone who enjoyed this should be ashamed.

    • Brett
      Posted at 17:25h, 28 September Reply

      Wouldn’t it be nice if all humans were beautiful beings of light and happiness and goodwill? Welcome to the real world, anon.

      And just because you wish all stories had a happy ending doesn’t mean the author is disgusting. It takes real talent to write about the horrors of the world without flinching away or succumbing to the ‘happy ending’ that makes everything okay again.

      And don’t worry, I’m super ashamed that I enjoyed this story as much as I did. Deeply, deeply ashamed. Does that make you feel better?

  • Brett
    Posted at 16:54h, 28 September Reply

    The ending made me extremely upset, for a multitude of reasons, and my gut instinct is to conclude that I didn’t like it… But I had the same reaction to the ending of Roman Polanski’s Chinatown. Initially I thought I hated the movie for having such a depressing, unfair ending… But over time I realized how good the film actually was. If I didn’t care about the story, I would have just moved on and not gotten angry. At the end of the day, Chinatown is an amazing movie because of the emotions it draws out of you, just like the story in the season finale. “Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown,” sums it up… Chinatown, like life, isn’t fair… Sometimes you just need to move on. The bad guys don’t always get what they deserve and the good guys are sometimes helpless. I think this theme is mirrored in Borrasca.

    “Forget it Sam. Forget it, Kimber. It’s Borrasca.”

  • Reuben
    Posted at 19:10h, 28 September Reply

    I love this show, and C.K. Walker has become one of my favorite authors, but I can’t listen to this one. I’m not of stout enough heart. I generally enjoy the horror genre, especially in the audio form, and I’ve also gotten considerably “tougher” since I started listening from the very first episode, but there is a point where some stories become too scary and dark and depressing for me to enjoy them. It’s like how some haunted house attractions are too extreme for some people. Based on everything I have ever heard about this tale, not only does it reach that point, but it doesn’t stop there, and just keeps going. It’s like the McKamey Manor of creepypastas. Many of my favorite stories featured on this show are by Ms Walker, but some of her best known stories – such as this – have subject material presented in such a way that I just can’t handle it. My tolerance levels have risen significantly over the past several months, but I still have my limits.

    I do still love this show, however, and I’m glad it’s coming back for season 8.

    • Jason Thomas
      Posted at 07:03h, 29 September Reply

      I don’t know, for me the subject wasn’t scary or horrifying…it was just boring, alot of talking and nothing really happened only to find out it was just people doing horrible stuff to people…but in a sort unbelievable, extremely unlikely way.

      Walker wrote Paradise Pine which I have listened at least 50 times, no joke I fucking love that story but man was this a massive disappointment. This is one story I won’t be re-listening to which is rare bcuz I listen to almost every story on this podcast at least twice. Maybe they should that Lake One she wrote….but I don’t even know if that one is better or even supernatural.

      • Reuben
        Posted at 15:49h, 29 September Reply

        ‘Paradise Pine,’ and its follow up ‘Blue Ridge,’ was amazing. A frequent trope in Ms Walker’s work seems to be friends and/or colleagues coming together or reuniting, and then everything goes to hell. Blue Ridge was that to a T, and struck the perfect balance between depressing and scary.

        What is the “Lake One” called? Also, good horror doesn’t need supernatural elements to be scary. Season 1’s ‘Butcherface’ drives that point him.

        • Jason Thomas
          Posted at 04:32h, 30 September Reply

          She has another long story called Lake Kagachante, I don’t know much about it. Hoping David tackles it at some point. I believe it’s supernatural but don’t hold to that bcuz I have never actually read it.

          Paradise Pine is better tho bcuz of how the narrative unfolds in the Diary entries, Blue Ridge is good but not as suspenseful or scary as Paradise Pine, at least in my opinion. I also love her short story The Chandelier or rather Nicole’s reading of it.

          • Reuben
            Posted at 21:35h, 30 September

            Nichole Goodnight or Nikolle Doolin?

          • Jason Thomas
            Posted at 07:07h, 01 October

            Nikolle Doolin, she has a really unique sound and style when you give her the right story she shines. I have listened to other version of the saem story and her’s is really good…

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 02:21h, 30 September Reply

    Hay man I know u get this all the time but there show is grea!! Especially the last episode. Keep it up!!

    Posted at 03:36h, 30 September Reply

    This was my first nosleep listen, and I loved it! So much so that I hunted down the story and read it afterwards… I’m curious why the decision was made to cut out a key part of the naming of the kids. Particularly William. I won’t spoil it, but it’s pretty intense. Too far, I guess? Either way, it was great. New fan here.

  • Jeremy
    Posted at 01:35h, 01 October Reply

    I’ve listened to virtually every show…… by far the best horror podcast on the net. Can’t say enough about how great David and the wonderful voice actors are here ….. that said…. the story was so pathetic and unbelievable that it just left me pissed off that I listened to it.
    These stories of sexual abuse of women are cheap and childish. It’s not scary or amusing. It made me sick and I have no respect for the writer whatsoever….. I write as well – never would I even contemplate writing trash like this. It’s cheap, weak and a blatant attempt to appeal to the cheap sex/gore garbage we have in movie theaters now.
    No Sleep is way above this — I compare this to another Saw movie – garbage…..
    Whistlers was incredible – deep and thought provoking — this was a C rated story — and for as liberal as you paint yourself David – I’m shocked you would ever produce this garbage. A cheap thrill run about a bunch of young girls being raped – pathetic…. and no one would tell someone outside the city??!! I expected much more out of you guys. It’s not about pushing the envelop – that’s fine…. but this is trash. This will not help investment dollars come to No Sleep – I already know that – trust me bad move…….

    • Reuben
      Posted at 20:50h, 03 October Reply

      Whoa, dude, take it easy! Look, I understand, it was upsetting and disgusting, I get it. I’ve been where you are, and I know how it feels. I don’t blame you. Sometimes I too get angry. God knows I raged, and raged, at the creators of the Dead Island announcement trailer. There have been a few stories that I wish I hadn’t listened to, and a lot more that I skipped altogether. But they say at the beginning of every episode that this is a horror podcast, meant to frighten and disturb, that it is not for the faint of heart, and you listen at your own risk. The episodes are marked ‘explicit’ on iTunes, and there’s a disclaimer right at the top of the website that says the same thing. It’s literally the first thing you see on every single page of this site. They couldn’t be more clear if the episodes had a disclaimer every five minutes. If something on this show upsets you, it’s not their fault, or the authors’.

      And then you have to remember, in addition to being a horror podcast, it’s an *anthology* horror podcast. Pleasing everybody is already impossible, but anthologies are guaranteed to have stories that some people don’t like. Since episode 1, I’ve probably skipped a whole season’s worth of stories, because there’s some subject matter that I just can’t handle. It’s not anybody’s fault. It’s a matter of tastes and personal limits.

      I do think your outburst at Ms CK Walker was uncalled for, though. However you feel about this story, she is one of the most talented and gifted authors this show has access to, and that’s an objective fact. Room 733, The Doll House, The Lost Town of Deepwood Pennsylvania, and Paradise Pine (along with its follow up, Blue Ridge), to name but a few, are masterpieces of pure horror. Originally, I would skip anything with her name on it, but only until I realized what I was missing. Of course, there are some stories by her that I can’t bring myself to listen to or read – Borrasca being one, and The Disappearance of Ashley Morgan being another – but those I just skip, and that’s that.

      Going ballistic because a fictional story upset you just makes you look like an irrational fool who can’t differentiate between fiction and reality, and whose emotions are out of control as a result. Trust me, I know this from having been there, and I still struggle with it.

      If you think a particular story might upset you, skip it, or turn it off. That’s what I’ve been doing, and my tolerance levels have actually gone up after five seasons of this show. Just think about it.

      • Anonymous
        Posted at 17:08h, 05 October Reply

        A round of applause for you. Nailed my thoughts in a much more constructive way I would have.

      • Jeremy
        Posted at 12:50h, 25 October Reply

        Well umm… lucky… I’ve been writing for 25 years. I’ve invested in fledglings like this even if just to help them out……. you miss the point – it’s not the offensive nature of the story – it’s the story period – it sucks…… and the fact that anyone thinks this is scary, entertaining or god forbid ….. though provoking…. it’s a blatant attempt to reach out to the gore porn crowd….. and I thought the show was above that. A great singer can’t make a bad song good and a great writer can’t make a pathetic story good. Putting this rape garbage on No Sleep was a massive disappointment….. Now usually I would never write on a little board like this….. but this production needed to be critiqued as to influence the show to stay with theme over the physical worldly trash that this was. And some people needed to know that those of us that have the means and are very interested in the show being financially viable — were very let down….. and that comes with a cost… sad to say…..

        • Reuben
          Posted at 03:13h, 05 November Reply

          My point still stands. This show is not for the faint of heart, they say at the beginning of every episode that by listening to the show you are allowing yourself to be frightened and disturbed for your entertainment. Another point that still stands, it’s an anthology series, and there are guaranteed to be stories that some people don’t like, and other stories that it could be argued they don’t even belong.

          P.S. Why do you use so many dashes and ellipses?

        • Anonymous
          Posted at 17:35h, 09 January Reply

          That’s a lot of ellipses for a writer of 25 years….

          And clearly this is not a story for you. Everyone has their own perception of what makes a good enticing story. You didn’t like this. Ok move on. Thank you for listening. Just avoid the author from now on. End of story. As Reuben kindly pointed out, this is an anthology series. Therefore, not all stories here are going to appeal to you. If content like this makes you act this way, then click on the “trigger” warnings, and when you see that “rape” trigger, kindly leave and refrain from acting like a complaining child.

          Thank you.

  • Alexandru Roncea
    Posted at 22:46h, 01 October Reply

    This was so amazing, like watching a movie but better . I see some people complaining that it was too sexual, or it wasn’t horror.
    Man, just take art as it comes, don’t try to change it just because you are feeling uncomfortable when u hear about sex, and slavery.

    Please don’t hesitate to make good episodes just because some ppl get triggered .

    • Ash
      Posted at 04:33h, 02 October Reply

      I wasn’t uncomfortable. I was bored and annoyed by how cheap the ending was. They could have completely cut out all the BS about the tree. I have no idea why such a big deal was made about it. I don’t understand why no one thought to google, “Borrasca” at any point. And why the hell does a town of people think the only viable option for adoption is the offspring of raped women and some skinny, yellow eyed psycho?

  • Dr. Roboculous
    Posted at 00:32h, 02 October Reply

    So, there’s no Old Time Radio or Suddenly Shocking between seasons this time?

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 04:54h, 02 October Reply

    No bonus episodes this season? :(

    • Brandon
      Posted at 16:36h, 02 October Reply

      Bonus episodes are currently in production.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 17:12h, 02 October Reply

    Intriguing I’m listening

  • Jordan Zy
    Posted at 22:29h, 02 October Reply

    I’m surprised by many other comments on here saying they didn’t enjoy this episode as much, it is perhaps my favorite story I’ve heard on the no sleep podcast so far! It was a mystery that held my attention, kept me guessing, and left me thinking. The production was fantastic, I loved all the different actors collaborating for the voicework. Well done, superb finale episode!

    • Reuben
      Posted at 19:12h, 06 October Reply

      The subject material was/is upsetting to some people.

  • Nick
    Posted at 17:50h, 05 October Reply

    Long time listener, first time commenting.
    This was by far my favorite story the NoSleep team has ever produced, up until the last 20 minutes. The voice acting was absolutely phenomenal, Brandon did probably his best work so far on this podcast with the music, and the story, for the most part was excellent. That said the ending was incredibly frustrating and while I commend the work of everyone involved, I ended the episode disappointed. I know horrors like what is described in this tale have some bearing on real life, and that is hard to stomach. But what made me actually mad was that in this story the protagonist just gives up. He single-handedly dooms a lot of women to one of the most horrific fates I can imagine and brushes it off as “they have powerful friends.” This ending could have still worked with one of two options. 1) Don’t have it set in the US where human trafficking is taken VERY seriously by the FBI or 2) at least write that the protagonist tries to reach out for help and is denied and then targeted with this story being his confession before being killed. I’m not a writer, I imagine there are innumerable better endings than what I just mentioned.
    Other than the ending the story was seriously one of the best I have heard. The mystery and the subtle clues to the answer weaved around the story was fantastic. Congrats NoSleep team on creating one of the best single episodes of a podcast I have ever heard and probably one of the more divisive. And while I hate the ending, CK Walker is one hell of a writer and I am so damn impressed that I cannot wait for the next story NoSleep performs by them.
    Keep it up.

  • Joseph Gunderson
    Posted at 00:19h, 07 October Reply

    This was a well done production, and like the many other comments, the ending was a let down with a dark subject matter, But to do it again with the bonus episode, I had to comment on it. My season 8 pass is already paid for, but please get off the sexual abuse subject matter in the plots. I personally don’t think it will help keep the popularity of NO SLEEP growing and drawing in new excellent authors and new listeners. With that said, this has been my favorite Podcast for several years and would like to keep it that way.

    • Gutter
      Posted at 06:16h, 19 October Reply

      As I mentioned to another user – I definitely respect your feelings here, but I am going to politely disagree with changing anything about the show.

      This is not directed to you entirely, I am just speaking: You all know what you’re signing up for. “If at any time you feel like the subject matter in this podcast is going in a direction that you feel uncomfortable with, please do yourself a favor and turn it off. In other words; BRACE YOURSELF FOR THE NOSLEEP PODCAST.” Beautiful words of warning said by the great David Cummings.

      You see, he’s giving you an option; you can either listen to the podcast or not. He is giving those who are listening a heads-up that things may be a bit concerning to some, and you can opt-out at any time.

      Horror is horror; it shouldn’t be white-washed or bent to conform to one specific definition of what should be “acceptable”.

      I love this show and I love anyone who supports this show, regardless of their opinion because I respect that opinion. But I personally do not feel like anything should change simply because you can turn it off at any point.

  • Angelica
    Posted at 21:39h, 20 October Reply

    What the fuck. I listen to no sleep podcasts to be terrified of monsters,, not real people. What the actual fuck.

  • Eva Marie
    Posted at 22:12h, 22 October Reply

    Story was well written and very well acted and I enjoyed it a lot until I got to the ending and learned the explanation.

    Confused about a coup[e things:

    Why couldn’t he kill the protagonist? Jimmy says “I can’t kill you.” – but that is never explained. Did I miss something?

    Did his Dad sell Whitney to Jimmy in exchange for being the new Sheriff? If so, THAT needed to be commented on at least a little bit. I couldn’t tell if his dad has such a low opinion of his son that he’d believe he tried to kill Kyle or if he was in on it.

    Why didn’t the protag tell outside newspapers or anyone? They might think he’s nuts, but he doesn’t even TRY to save anyone. He just seems to accept it.

    The whole town thought this was a good idea instead of adopting? Or moving away from the bad water? Also, when do people find out and then decide they are ok with it? Like Kimber’s mom knew ALL ABOUT IT. It apparently wasn’t much of a secret, yet no one told the kids to stop asking questions.

    I guess they hated Kimber dating Kyle bc they are technically half-siblings, but if all the kids in town are the product of either the sheriff or Jimmy’s rapes, then how can they expect the kids not to date someone they are related to by accident?

    Mostly good story, but I’m not a fan of the explanation. Especially this “powder” thing.

  • Mark Manning
    Posted at 12:33h, 27 October Reply

    A well-acted and interesting story; though admittedly with a few holes in it but still left me feeling ill-at-ease – something I find happening less and less these days. In a way, glad to find out I’m still a human.

    I feel some areas could have been expanded upon; why couldn’t he kill him? Why was the term powder a commonly known phrase? Why didn’t his father act more strongly to curb his son’s interest – he obviously knew what happened.

    Never the less; all round a great piece that I enjoyed

  • Max
    Posted at 16:54h, 28 October Reply

    I tend to roll my eyes at stories involving rape, because it’s usually either a cheap twist or comes off as a creepy author fantasy, especially in the younger years of the podcast. That said, C.K. Walker tends to deal with it more skillfully than most, and the story is in keeping with her usual theme of humans being more monstrous than any imagined creature. She does strain credulity once in a while when it comes to what people can suppress, what they’re willing to turn away from and what can go unnoticed. I can only take her stories in moderation, because they’re usually really heavy and really depressing; it’s one thing to end a story with the monster being RIGHT BEHIND ME WHILE I’M TYPING, and another to drive home that people are terrible and nothing will ever get better. Walker is one of those writers whose work I can appreciate, but not necessarily enjoy. I admit a twisted admiration for her ability to write an ending like this – it’s horrible on the face of it, but the more you think about it, the more connections you make, it’s so much more awful and heartbreaking. The production values and voice acting were excellent, and I hope you can arrange for more guest stars from the world of modern horror in future episodes.

  • Erik Nervik
    Posted at 07:52h, 30 October Reply

    The structure was good, but I cannot buy the conclusion of the story, like how powerful is this Prescott guy and the Doofus Sheriff?

    Their conspiracy couldn’t reach into the State of Missouri, let alone the Feds, operations as big as this rape farm cannot escape attention since missing children reports are going to result in search parties and state troopers usually assist those, the profitable businesses being subsidized by this operation will get IRS attention becuase the state of these business is well above a played out mining town, the continuous operation of mining equipment in a mine that closed a century ago will bring attention from state and federal regulators wondering why an unpermitted mine is being operated, If any of these children are sold internationally eventually ICE will get involved, and the characters even believe this is a drug op at one point (a reasonable deduction that the DEA would probably look into )

    That’s long before the FBI gets involved and God him them then because theresnothing any FBI agent wants more then to have his face on Fox News in a raid jacket bragging about breaking up this ranch while sheriff dipstick and southern gentlemen are being led off in cuffs, and the media never looks into this?

    Like it is not possible to control state and federal authorities and the media from this low level op.

    And even if there’s a powerful conspiracy, well Google Giovanni Falcone or Frank Serpico, someone always steps up

    If the story is not supernatural then it needs to logically credible, this ending is not

  • unsubscribing
    Posted at 21:21h, 04 November Reply

    Well, that was a waste of my life. Not scary, not creative, so many plot holes………ugh unsubscribing.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 00:25h, 10 November Reply

    I thought this was going to be supernatural. But no, this is 10x scarier wtf.

  • Ben Larsen
    Posted at 17:24h, 01 December Reply

    The finale situation would make one insanely messed up movie.

    Loved it.

  • brittany silva
    Posted at 19:17h, 05 January Reply

    this story would make a awesome movie. you guys should do the new parts to

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 17:24h, 09 January Reply

    Borrasca V (the sequel) is out! 😀 I love this story (the best adaptation of the story that I’ve ever heard from anywhere) and I sincerely hope that you will adapt the sequel as well! I had an absolute blast listening to this! Please and thank you!

  • Hope Jameson
    Posted at 02:07h, 11 January Reply

    Why would Wendy have ended up at the stables, being that she was the sheriff’s daughter? Or any of the Jimmy/sheriff spawn for that matter? Do they choose girls indiscriminantely? Really confused by the Wendy getting stolen bit. Maybe I missed something.
    It’d be interesting to find out why more people don’t just flee the town, given that people know that drinking the water causes INFERTILITY. Like, “I REALLY want kids, but living in this town has caused me to be infertile, so … I guess I’ll just get a rape farm baby, keep drinking toxic water, hope my baby doesn’t have sex with their sibling down the line, and live with the fact that my daughter will too be infertile and possibly end up at yhe rape farm,” rather than simply leaving the town.
    I sound like I’m simply being cynical, but if anyone has any insight, I’d appreciate it.

  • Shannon
    Posted at 01:46h, 17 January Reply

    This story would be interesting to hear from the father’s perspective.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 04:12h, 22 March Reply

    Okay so i just listened to this and yeah. It chilled me top the fucking bone and i had to go lie down in a corner for a while. The other short stories are what i usually come for, they’re rapid fire kinda and you just kinda get a shot of adrenaline from them. “Or brood over silly plotholes” But this one is set in something that might not be too far from the truth and with how invested i got into the 3 main characters it just sucks and fills you with a nervous dread, frustration, and helplessness that i havent gotten from many other stories.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 02:37h, 24 March Reply

    This was the story that got me hooked on the podcast several months ago, and after binging the all the free content (now working my way up through the season passes), I wanted to come here and sing this episode’s praises. Judging from the other comments I may be alone in this, but I’m a sucker from horror that looks supernatural on the surface only to turn out completely human all along. It’s rather like a grown-up Scooby-Doo, only far darker and I hadn’t anticipating the “unmasking”. Oh, I know the story has it’s flaws (note, however, that it relatively recently got a “fifth chapter” that from what I hear is long enough to be a sequel and which wraps up some loose ends. Season 8 finale, anyone?). But the whole trip was so deeply disturbing and genuinely off-putting that it is by far my favorite tale the podcast has tackled to date.

    • Michael Murphy
      Posted at 02:38h, 24 March Reply

      That comment was from me, I meant to put my name but the field must have bugged out.

  • Mariam
    Posted at 12:47h, 10 May Reply

    Guys please adapt the sequel! Please? Thank you for sharing your amazing work. Borrasca has always been my favorite series and the sequel is perfect!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 19:36h, 19 May Reply

    This story was disgusting, not scary. Rape is not a plot device. Violence against women is not a fun story. Fuck everyone involved.

  • ron vargo
    Posted at 01:23h, 05 June Reply

    having issues with season 9 episode 5 ,says episode is temporarily unavailable.

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