NoSleep Podcast S9E14

06 Aug NoSleep Podcast S9E14

It’s episode 14 of Season 9. On this week’s show we have five tales about those things which hide in the dark and abscond with what we hold most precious.

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.

They Stalk the Thicket
Animal death

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“The Missing Radio Hosts”† written by T. Weaver and performed by Elie Hirschman & Addison Peacock & Peter Lewis & Eden. (Story starts around 00:06:00)

Beware the Sunnyside Retirement Center“‡ written by S.A. Newman and performed by Dan Zappulla & Erin Lillis. (Story starts around 00:15:20)

A Forgotten Curio ShopҠ written by C.M. Scandreth and performed by Erika Sanderson & Nikolle Doolin. (Story starts around 00:36:00)

They Stalk the Thicket“‡ written by Michael Marks and performed by Mike DelGaudio & Jesse Cornett & Alexis Bristowe & Atticus Jackson. (Story starts around 01:07:30)

“Old Maggie’s Pool”† written by Michael Whitehouse and performed by David Ault & Erika Sanderson & Andy Cresswell. (Story starts around 01:31:00)


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

Click here to learn more about Jessica McEvoy’s new audiobook, “Donn’s Hill”

Click here to learn more about William Dalphin’s book, “Don’t Look Away”

Click here to learn more about S.A. Newman

Click here to learn more about C.M. Scandreth

Click here to learn more about Michael Marks

Click here to learn more about Michael Whitehouse

Executive Producer & Host: David Cummings

Musical score composed by: Brandon Boone

Audio adaptations produced by: Phil Michalski† & Jeff Clement

“They Stalk the Thicket” illustration courtesy of Jörn Heidrath

Audio program ©2017 – 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.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 07:42h, 06 August Reply

    David’s over-the-top performance in Beware the Sunnyside Retirement Center was absolutely fun, he feels like he’s only narrator that remembers to have fun ever now and then.

    Mike as usual was reliable as ever…..I always enjoy his stories.

    • Vivek
      Posted at 16:45h, 06 August Reply

      David is… what can I say, he is amazing. His over-the-top performance in Beware the Sunnyside Retirement Center was absolutely fun.

      Mike was fantastic, as he always is…

      I don’t know. God, everything is so great about this podcast. Such good people doing things that they love to do. We all, gathering here.. having fun.. yay!

      But.. as soon as I see some idiot (not using a stronger word because I care about you too, hate talker) talking shit about performers or writers, I get extremely pissed.

      So you didn’t like the story? It’s alright. Hey, not everything in the world is designed for your absolute pleasure. Maybe the writing was not your type? Fine. Look for something else.

      Still wanna say something to the story you didn’t like? Say it nicely. Have a point that is valid? Be specific. Be fucking specific as to why the story was not a good one. Is the writing shit? You have a point. Is the logic absurd? You have a point. Are there glaring plotholes? Go ahead. Write about it. Is it because the story is not your type? Say that it’s not “your type”. NOT “I hate her”. NOT “I am bored to death”. NOT “the story was shit.”. NOT. NOT. And a big NOT.

      Whoever you are,
      Everyone works really hard to deliver something. If you can’t appreciate it, at least don’t talk shit about it. If they are doing something wrong, like someone is actually a horrible writer and you have a solid point, make it. Don’t just write that you are bored.

      And it’s not just this comment. This is for every hate comment that I see here. It’s been building up, you see.

      • C.M. Scandreth
        Posted at 19:05h, 06 August Reply

        My stories aren’t for everyone, that’s deliberate choice I’ve made in order to be true to my voice as a writer. I could homogenise my work in order to pander to a universal audience, but I’m simply not going to.
        Pleasing everyone isn’t my goal; and in an odd way, it’s gratifying that people with certain attitudes don’t like my work.
        It means I’m hitting the mark :-)

      • David
        Posted at 20:35h, 06 August Reply

        I agree with you. So I’ll abide by your request for specificity and a preface: I could not write my own story. With that out of the way

        1. C.M is consistently one of the better storytellers that gets featured here. She’s great at writing realistic characters and her settings are delightful. Nothing bad to say about her at all.

        2. The production quality and voice acting have gone up by leaps and bounds this season. I’m impressed more and more every episode.

        3. The general storytelling quality is way down this year.

        A lot of people do come here with valid criticisms of stories but fanboys like you just shut them down. This is a comments section, not an echo chamber.

        • Vivek
          Posted at 21:55h, 06 August Reply

          Yes, This.. we needed this.

          Thank you, David. I hope this goes out to everyone that is listening to this podcast. Or the lot that considers itself as the sensible ones, if not the sensitive ones.

          Guys, we are here because we have something that we all love. Let it be about love. And sharing. And having fun. And of course constructively talking about a creation, if we don’t find it to be appropriate. Honestly, not all the writers are my type. But I understand the effort that goes behind creating something. Please understand that. Please appreciate that.

          And please… I do not want to start some absurd, time-consuming, ugly comment war here.

          I just want everyone to enjoy and have fun. And I am saying these things, because I feel bad. Really, really bad for the people who have done nothing to deserve your stupid comments. They all have their things going on, JUST LIKE YOU! Please respect that.

  • David C
    Posted at 20:40h, 06 August Reply

    I want to address the issue of anonymous and unsolicited criticism populating the comments on our site. A quick scan of the comments will prove I am willing to let people come into our “living room” on the Internet and post willfully negative comments under the cloak of anonymity. I’m not expecting this to be a “safe space”. But frankly, I’m getting tired of people who come here to call out the people who contribute to this podcast. There is huge world of social media out there. If you’re so angry about this podcast then tweet about it, post it on Facebook or the dozens of other outlets you have. But coming here to clench your little fists in impotent rage to shit on someone’s hard work is unacceptable. All you’re saying is: “Stop liking what I don’t like!!”

    Do you hate an author? A voice actor? The goddamn host of the show? You’re perfectly welcome to hold that opinion. But there are many other people who LOVE that author, actor, and maybe even the host. Regardless, you’re accomplishing nothing by openly insulting people by name.

    Criticism is allowed here in a broad sense. But anyone who comes in here to just mindlessly state, “I hate [the name of one of our contributors]!” you needn’t bother. This is our one tiny slice of the Internet which we call home. If you can’t show a modicum of respect you’ll get none in return.

  • Jason
    Posted at 21:41h, 06 August Reply

    I did not say I hated anyone. I said I don’t like her work, which I’m free to do so. You can delete my post all you want, won’t change that fact. I been a fan of the podcast for years since season 4. I purchased all season passes and I tell any horror fan I know to give the podcast a listen.

    I don’t like CM Scanderth, it’s a combination of the fact that Erika almost always reads them so there monotonous in production quality and her stories are just uninteresting to me. Seaside Pub was fine but I can’t listen to her stories multiple times. Which I can usually do for this podcast. I have listen to every single episode of the podcast from season 1 to now more than once….some stories dozens of time.

    I love nosleep podcast, but this podcast isn’t perfect and it’s that fine, it’s still far the best one of it’s type.

    • C.M.Scandreth
      Posted at 22:14h, 06 August Reply

      Thanks for the feedback, it’s more useful to get specifics than it is to get blanket statements.
      I’m actually surprised you don’t like the entire body of my podcast work, since I write on a very wide range of subjects, and strive to include a broad spectrum of characters.

      But I’m not here to please everyone, though it’s unfortunate I’m a blight on your listening experience. The good thing is that you can skip my stories and forget they exist :-)

      • Jason
        Posted at 08:39h, 07 August Reply

        I can get a bit more specific. Generally I don’t find the “horror” in your stories scary, like the Seaside Pub wasn’t scary but the setting was interesting and the wide range of characters and Erika’s narration was top notch. I think after that story you became a real hit with the podcast so they kept using your stories alot and Erika just kept reading them….all…the…time. So it feels like a bit of overexposure and a lack of variety in narration. Erika is usually great too, I love her in supporting roles when she really gets to branch out like Taco Tuesday for example. I don’t skip any story in the podcast. I listen to every thing at least once, there is no guarantee I’m gonna dislike what you have written so I always listen. I just don’t go in with high expectations. The Morozova Gift was also good because Mike was able to narrate so the variety was nice and Mike is just always sooooo good.

        I’m just a single person so it’s ok. You clearly have quite a bit of fans since you are a regular.

        • C.M.Scandreth
          Posted at 19:00h, 07 August Reply

          Morozova Gift was David Ault, and Erika, just FYI :-)

          • Jason
            Posted at 22:29h, 07 August

            Yes, I had mistaken it for something else. I remember what Morozova Gift is now. Cheers.

          • Daniel
            Posted at 17:54h, 11 August

            While a lot of other stories hurriedly delve into details, you take the time to really set your scenes. Your stories are polished and thoroughly enjoyable. Please keep contributing to the podcast, because every submission you have is truly refreshing! Thank you!

      • Anonymous
        Posted at 20:44h, 09 August Reply

        I’m going to have to vehemently disagree with this jabronie, I think your writing is beautiful and enchanting and, tbh, a step away from the usual tone most of these stories take on. I find your work, the works I’ve heard at least, really inspiring and the imagery beautiful. I think Jason’s “criticisms” lack any kind of depth or helpful substance, so he can fuck right off in my humble opinion.

  • Hinkypunk
    Posted at 23:29h, 06 August Reply

    All of the show’s regular authors are excellent authors if you ask me, as evidenced by the fact they are regular writers for the show, with solid fanbases who love and enjoy their work. Some writing styles are more to my taste than others but that’s sorta how fiction works, and I wouldn’t want any of them to change how they write to better suit me personally. That’s the beauty of the show being an anthology format. Something for everyone. If any author was objectively bad, they wouldn’t be on here.

  • Irah
    Posted at 00:42h, 07 August Reply

    Hey umm where’s Jessica? hopefully on a vacation, she’s the main reason I listen to the podcast. Her work is nothing short of astounding every single time.

  • Anon47
    Posted at 03:32h, 07 August Reply

    Great episode! I love the idea of The Missing Radio Hosts just wish it was longer.

    PS can anyone help me find the episode that has that story about a guy working at an amusement park as a mascot where the other employees there tell weird knock knock jokes? I cant remember at all what it was called or which season had it.

  • Big Fan
    Posted at 19:52h, 07 August Reply

    Loved Neil’s performance this week, great to hear him in a main role again.

  • Callan W.
    Posted at 00:27h, 08 August Reply

    CM Scandreth is easily my favorite author. I love her work and how she builds on a narrative, making it continuously changing and interesting, then concluding it in a way that is wholly satisfactory. I’m about to buy the full episode to listen to the rest, but I had to comment first because I was so pleased with A Forgotten Curio Shop. I haven’t been disappointed yet with her stories and I hope to see a lot more of her.

    And as always, fantastic narration and stories from the rest of the cast! I have been listening to this podcast for a couple years now and each season seems to get better than the last.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 04:00h, 08 August Reply

    So I’m able to listen to the free portions of the podcast on iTunes, but I’m not able to purchase a full episode on my iPad/iPhone. Is there any way for me to get the full show on my device?

  • Anonymous.
    Posted at 18:37h, 08 August Reply

    I really liked the first two stories. AC’s over the top acting was delightful and the “radio broadcast” story was adequately spooky, the sound editing I especially appreciated. The third story I did not like so much, mostly because I’m an accent nerd, and that was *not* a trans-Atlantic accent. Not even close. I like the narrator and the music, but the shop-keeper’s constantly shifting accent kept pulling me out of the story. Just my two cents. Keep up the great work!

    • Elie Hirschman
      Posted at 07:29h, 20 August Reply

      I applaud your accent nerdery and hope to one day swap accent tips with you over a steaming mug of the blood of mine enemies.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 21:39h, 08 August Reply

    Beware the Sunnyside Retirement Center was awesome

  • Rachel
    Posted at 02:13h, 09 August Reply

    Honestly I usually despise advertisements, but y’all have such awesome voices I didn’t mind one bit! Good job all around here, especially good performance tonight!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 15:30h, 10 August Reply

    A nice ‘variety pack’. Great job by the readers… they could get honorary membership in British narration.

    People like the Sunside Retirement story? It is my least favorite as I’ve read the plot a hundred times before with the same cliche characters. However, well performed.

    Favorite is Missing Radio Hosts. It has a good build up then the creepy but ‘open’ ending that keeps the scenarios running in my mind..

    Thank you for a ‘thrilling’ evening.
    Thanks for an enjoyable

  • Aaron
    Posted at 20:34h, 12 August Reply

    Could you please add a bitcoin payment option? It’s super easy with something like bitpay: or coinbase:

    Please note i’m not affiliated with them; i just really like your podcast and only see creditcard or paypal as payment options to listen to full episodes…

  • Patrick Shawn
    Posted at 03:17h, 13 August Reply

    Keep up the great work guys 😃😃

  • KT
    Posted at 06:12h, 18 August Reply

    The writing in that second story was beautiful, and the person they got to perform it was a perfect match. C. M. Scandreth, i hope they do more stories from you. I love stories with beautiful concise descriptions and atmosphere, it’s what I personally enjoy in audio stories. I also really appreciate when a setting is well-researched or written by someone who is familiar with it. I will admit I adored the first half of the story more than the second half though.

    But that first story I couldnt get behind. Things in it felt contrived to serve the story. Like how the son waited a whole day before checking on his dad after getting a very clearly distressed message, it wasnt ambiguous or “a little weird”, it was a literal call for help.

    For a person described as caring about their parent it would be an instant decision to call off work or go in late or at the very least call back. I felt that glaring flaw in the story could have been easily fixed if say he called the home and he was told by the staff things were fine, then he went after work to see his dad.

    There was also no reason he himself wasnt killed at the end. They’re so brazen about outright murder why go to such trouble to send him home and tuck him in and risk a lose end, especially after they explained their plan Bond villain-style to him. It would be so much more convenient to kill him even if they didnt want to eat him. If they were able to accomplish such a thorough infiltration of the authorities like they claim wouldnt they be smarter about things. It’s like these monsters want to troll this one unimportant guy. Makes them sound incompetant and sloppy and easily defeated. In short I couldnt relate to his actions and the monsters/aliens arent convincingly chilling.

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