NoSleep Podcast S8E09

04 Dec NoSleep Podcast S8E09

It’s episode 09 of Season 8. On this week’s show we have five tales about creatures, colors, and convicts.

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.

Prison is Hell
Description of a violent sexual assault and murder
Racial slur
Brief mention of a child murder

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Do You Remember the Little Red Bear?Ҡ written by Lindsay Moore and performed by Jesse Cornett & Corinne Sanders & Nichole Goodnight. (Story starts around 00:03:15)

Snow Witch of SchuylkillҠ written by J.P. Carver and performed by Mike DelGaudio & Jessica McEvoy & Atticus Jackson & Matthew Bradford & Elie Hirschman & Jeff Clement & Erika Sanderson. (Story starts around 00:25:00)

“Loose Teeth”‡ written by Nancy M. Long and performed by Nikolle Doolin. (Story starts around 00:55:00)

Hidden in the Colors“‡ written by Jackson Laughlin and performed by Dan Zappulla & Addison Peacock. (Story starts around 01:08:45)

Prison is HellҠ written by Sam Marduk and performed by David Cummings & Peter Lewis & Jesse Cornett & Alexis Bristowe & Jeff Clement. (Story starts around 01:25:00)


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Click here to learn more about Lindsay Moore

Click here to learn more about J.P. Carver

Click here to learn more about Nancy M. Long

Click here to learn more about Jackson Laughlin

Click here to learn more about Sam Marduk

Executive Producer & Host: David Cummings

Musical score composed by: Brandon Boone

Audio adaptations produced by: Phil Michalski† & Jeff Clement

“Snow Witch of Schuylkill” illustration courtesy of Jen Tracy

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.

  • Emily M.
    Posted at 00:47h, 05 December Reply

    Holy shit. The Little Red Bear gave me legit creeps. What a crazy bitch.

  • Jack N.
    Posted at 21:29h, 05 December Reply

    Could’ve done without the gratuitous n-bomb from David Cummings (of all people). Do you not have any POC voice talent? Give me a fucking break.

    Jesse Cornett doesn’t seem to understand where and where not to pause when reading a sentence, and his inflection is often baffling. It’s distracting, and it makes it really difficult to follow the story.

    You should maybe start considering some of those voice acting offers that you recently bragged about receiving and so very wrongly claimed not to need.

    • Ian Francis
      Posted at 20:27h, 06 December Reply

      First thing’s first: they have trigger warnings. Pay attention to them so you’re not offended by the language.
      Secondly: if you don’t like the voice acting, then don’t listen. It’s just that simple.
      Lastly: The voice acting is terrific, and I doubt you can do any better.

      So, do everyone a favor and just don’t post anymore unless you have something constructive to say, because your comments aren’t helping anyone.

    • Willette Hill
      Posted at 02:46h, 07 December Reply

      I’m with Jack. The n-bomb was not only gratuitous but totally unnecessary. The link to the author doesn’t work, but my googling and my spidey sense tells me the author is not of the African diaspora. I am. We are not a homogeneous group with the same mindset, thoughts and feelings on the use of the n-word used by folks not in our group. I don’t think it should be used by anyone, but that’s just me. I’ll go one step further and say that some authors step OUTSIDE their group (males writing with a female voice, White folks writing with a Black perspective) and they pull it off. So this is just MY OPINION. With that said: I wasn’t feeling it with this author. When I first listened to the story and I heard the n-bomb, I thought “wait. what?” I rewound it, convinced I’d heard wrong. Frankly, it was OFFENSIVE to me. Not only did it sting, I took issue with the statement. Unless you can pass for White, Black folks can’t make themselves disappear. You can be seen as insignificant and therefore invisible by White folks, but that’s not the same thing. I speak from experience. Also, the ethnic descriptions of the victims didn’t add anything to the story. I have no gripe with the voice acting, it’s top notch to me. I took issue with the author’s use of the n=bomb and the ethnic descriptions of the victims. Totally irrelevant to the story. I’m just saying.

      • Sam Marduk
        Posted at 19:43h, 01 January Reply

        Saw your comment and had to respond! First off, I’m very petty so I won’t be long. I will simply say if you didn’t like the one use of the n-bomb, then you’ll HATE the story I’m writing centered around the word Faggot. The point is, I use inflamatory imagery and words in all my wiritng. I avoit casual swearing and focus on words that really bother people, that is just my writing style.

        Now you know the name, just skip my stuff when it comes on, thank you.

        • Caz the Harper
          Posted at 04:54h, 07 January Reply

          Until you’ve been targeted by strangers who are trying to hurt you and bully you and attack you for essential parts of your self that you can’t change, it’s hard to know how that really feels.

          Ignorant people are just that: ignorant. Bigotry comes from ignorance and a misunderstanding, unintentional or not, of what it really feels like to be that person and live that experience. And some of us have better armor than others, but that’s just because we’ve been stabbed so many times already.

          I’ll definitely be skipping your stuff from here on. Thanks for the heads up!

        • Anonymous
          Posted at 20:56h, 17 April Reply

          This just seems like lazy writing. Anyone can make people uncomfortable by dropping “words that really bother people” in their work. Those words already bother people regardless of their context. It would be making an ordinary word become uncomfortable that would take skill and talent. Hope you are able to improve! :)

    • John Smith
      Posted at 15:35h, 25 December Reply

      Go back to your safespace(echochamber).

    • Sam Marduk
      Posted at 19:45h, 01 January Reply

      I wasn’t going to comment initially since you’re too easilly bothered, but when you insult the narrators, you have to own up.

      I would love to see your version. You can even put in your own censoring since you have a hard time with upsetting language.

    • Reuben
      Posted at 00:56h, 17 January Reply

      God forbid a villainous character should say a bad word.

    • Pinky
      Posted at 21:18h, 28 February Reply

      I’d have to agree with the criticism for Jesse Cornett. His inflection is sometimes random/grating and distracts from the narrative of the story.

    • Zarathustra
      Posted at 21:59h, 03 March Reply

      Move on feeble minded one. Your dickery has no place here.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 00:16h, 06 December Reply

    I’m a season pass holder but the trigger warnings are ridiculous. If people get triggered just don’t listen.

    • A Nonny Moose
      Posted at 08:23h, 06 December Reply

      I’m triggered by your trigger warning

    • Anonymous
      Posted at 23:32h, 06 December Reply

      I like that they’re there for people that need them, but I’m glad they’re not in your face and openly spoilery. I think it’s a win-win situation.

    • Caz the Harper
      Posted at 04:42h, 07 January Reply

      Spoken by someone without any triggers. Believe it or not, traumatic things really happen to people. It’s fun to be scared but it’s nice to know you may be suddenly taken to a darker place than you want to be. If you don’t like trigger warnings, don’t listen to the trigger warnings. lol

    • Reuben
      Posted at 00:55h, 17 January Reply

      I find the trigger warnings useful. Believe it or not, having some idea if what kind of content there are in certain stories has helped make me a hell of a lot tougher than I was when I first started listening.

    • Anonymous
      Posted at 09:27h, 11 February Reply

      Well how can a person not listen if they don’t have a warning that something will trigger them?

      People with PTSD and triggers are not a homogenous group. What sets off one person will harmlessly bounce right off another.

      For a long time, seeing children hurt, even in fiction, Was a serious trigger for me. It made me mad – far madder than fiction should reasonably make a person. But I’ve also never not been a horror fan. So what would you have me do? Forego this passion of mine, out of fear of being set off? Or just live my life in constant risk of exploding with anger?

      Horror is like a rollercoaster; It invokes feelings of fear, but it does so in a completely safe environment. If a story triggers you, then it stops fulfilling its intended purpose, just as a rollercoaster stops fulfilling its purpose if it causes you to pass out.

      These teeny tiny warnings that impact *no one* but their intended audience are a godsend to those of us who want to ride the rollercoaster, but don’t have the good fortune to be completely impervious to PTSD.

  • John Embry
    Posted at 01:12h, 06 December Reply

    Officially blown away!

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    Posted at 08:26h, 06 December Reply

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  • Jon Bartolome
    Posted at 01:23h, 13 December Reply

    How can I listen to the remaining 3 stories?

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 20:05h, 26 December Reply

    I’m a season pass subscriber and i’m quite… disturbed by the third tale,I’m currently recovering from anorexia and bulimia, please, PLEASE put trigger warnings for eating disorders

    • Reuben
      Posted at 01:04h, 17 January Reply

      I heard the words “eating disorder” in the introduction for a story called “Loose Teeth,” and I just said “fuck this, I’m skipping it.” I’ve never suffered from eating disorders, but I have had some sickeningly vivid nightmares about my teeth falling out, and just about all body horror related to the teeth is too scary for me. I typically skip stories that I don’t like or don’t want to listen to, or if I’m listening to a story in which I don’t like where it’s going, I’ll just skip to the next one. You might want to give that a try.

  • Cheryl W.
    Posted at 19:57h, 31 December Reply

    It’s just fiction let’s not be so harsh…it’s acting Its not the person…I love the stories and the voice actors…lol hell I know I couldn’t do it…I’m a horrible actor…keep up the good work!!

  • Nunya Business
    Posted at 23:38h, 13 April Reply

    Regarding trigger warnings: I have C-PTSD due to being tortured and molested as a young child. I still enjoy horror fiction, but I’d rather The Beast didn’t come out and destroy everything, so I appreciate the warnings.

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