NoSleep Podcast S9E15

13 Aug NoSleep Podcast S9E15

It’s episode 15 of Season 9. On this week’s show we have five tales about recorded relics, professorial prototypes, and the abandoned abyss.

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Groundskeeper To A Ghost Town“‡ written by S.H. Cooper and performed by Erin Lillis & Addison Peacock & Elie Hirschman. (Story starts around 00:05:30)

“Play It Again”‡ written by Michael Whitehouse and performed by Peter Lewis & Dan Zappulla & Jesse Cornett. (Story starts around 00:23:30)

I Bought a Murder HouseҠ written by Edwin Crowe and performed by David Ault & Brian Mansi & Andy Cresswell & James Cleveland & Erika Sanderson. (Story starts around 00:47:40)

“My First Student”† written by Luke Hoehn and performed by Kyle Akers & Addison Peacock & Peter Lewis & Jessica McEvoy & Elie Hirschman. (Story starts around 01:13:15)

To Secrets ForgottenҠ written by Alex Baran and performed by Mike DelGaudio & Eden & Nichole Goodnight. (Story starts around 01:40:40)


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Click here to learn more about S.H. Cooper

Click here to learn more about Michael Whitehouse

Click here to learn more about Edwin Crowe

Click here to learn more about Luke Hoehn

Executive Producer & Host: David Cummings

Musical score composed by: Brandon Boone

Audio adaptations produced by: Phil Michalski† & Jeff Clement

“To Secrets Forgotten” illustration courtesy of Naomi Ronke

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 17:36h, 14 August Reply

    ive been on here listening everyday starting at episiode 1 and i love it

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 22:57h, 14 August Reply

    The first episode’s premise and writing were good but wtf was up with the yellow face? Also, the character had said he descended from miners that have been in the US for decades, so there was absolutely no reason for the stereotypical Chinese accent. smh

    • Callan W.
      Posted at 00:18h, 15 August Reply

      Agreed. That was incredibly uncomfortable to listen to.

    • Jack
      Posted at 09:12h, 15 August Reply

      Yes! Having a non-Asian voice actor unnecessarily affect a bad Chinese accent was super offensive. Hearing him say “dead chinks” and mutter that vaguely Asian-sounding gibberish “prayer” was truly cringe-inducing for all the wrong reasons. Ironically, it also completely contradicted the moral of the story, being respect the dead—specifically, respect these dead Chinese miners who were murdered and whose land was stolen by “Americans.” And here we have a non-Asian Western voice actor appropriating an Asian identity to deliver (and undermine) that message—seemingly completely oblivious to the fact that he was providing an example of the exact kind of ignorance that the story was meant to critique.

      It should also be pointed out that the premise of the story was just another variation on the tired, racist “Indian burial ground” trope. It was almost as bad as the episode awhile back in which David Cummings voiced a black serial killer and dropped the n-bomb. Seriously, get a more diverse roster of voice actors or stay in your lane. Stop abusing the relative anonymity of audio to get away with blithely racist bs that wouldn’t fly in a visual medium. You should be embarrassed and ashamed. Do better.

      • Anonymous
        Posted at 10:12h, 15 August Reply

        “Stop abusing the relative anonymity of audio to get away with blithely racist bs that wouldn’t fly in a visual medium. You should be embarrassed and ashamed. Do better.” – you obviously know jack shit about this podcast.

      • Anonymous
        Posted at 12:12h, 15 August Reply

        Are you really offended or just posting to post?

        • Anonymous
          Posted at 14:36h, 15 August Reply

          ^^^ I mean obviously if 3 ppl took the time to agree/explain why, they definitely found something wrong w/ it

      • Anonymous
        Posted at 14:47h, 15 August Reply

        So people would prefer the podcast censor or neglect great stories because of cast limitations?

        • Elie Hirschman
          Posted at 16:06h, 15 August Reply

          I wonder how many German folks David and I offended with “My First Student?” >-:

      • Elie Hirschman
        Posted at 15:19h, 15 August Reply

        I am terribly sorry to have offended with my performance. I think most of our accent impressions here are sort of borrowed/stereotypical, and I was trying to keep it subtle, but obviously I didn’t.
        Not sure what to say – to my knowledge, none of our actors (currently) are Asian, so without declining the story or specifically seeking an Asian actor for that story, the other option would’ve been to edit the story to remove racial/ethnic details, which is not something we generally do (to my knowledge). I hope you enjoy the other stories and please keep coming back for future stories.

        • Anonymous
          Posted at 17:41h, 15 August Reply

          Hi! It’s not a huge deal- my thinking was to have just left it as an american accent because that still would’ve felt pretty accurate given the character’s backstory. Thank you for apologizing, that really means a lot, I truly love NoSleep and I’m always really excited to listen to new episodes, and I think the production is really stellar otherwise. Thanks again

          • Anonymous
            Posted at 17:47h, 15 August

            (I guess maybe I would have also left out the slur but idk what executive decisions go into producing the story and I’m trying to blame any one specific person)

          • Anonymous
            Posted at 18:18h, 15 August

            (ugh, ***NOT trying to blame any one specific person)

        • Anonymous
          Posted at 19:22h, 15 August Reply

          The show could have brought in an Asian person for the role or just not chosen it then. Having white people take Asian roles is a huge problem in movies right now. You’re a fantastic performer and one of my favourite narrators but the accent came across as offensive. It’s not your fault though, the blame for it resides with whoever thought “This will be fine”.

          • Anonymous
            Posted at 22:17h, 15 August

            It’s called voice acting.

          • Anonymous
            Posted at 10:26h, 19 August

            If it’s a problem in film, then that’s a film problem. Not a podcast problem. Bugger off somewhere else with this trash.

          • Anonymous
            Posted at 03:31h, 22 August

            This is an podcast..Do you really have to feel offended for something that is so trivial?
            It’s almost like these problems are just simply invented just to get offended.

        • Anonymous
          Posted at 10:24h, 19 August Reply

          Don’t pander to these easily offended shmucks, you still did an amazing job with the voice acting, even if it wasn’t necessarily “accurate”.

    • RIN
      Posted at 16:02h, 15 August Reply

      I agree with your comment regarding the yellow-face voice acting. It was unnecessary and uncomfortable and I found myself no longer paying attention to the story.

      also, in regards to Jack’s comment: As a free listener, I hadn’t heard the story (S8E09’s Prison is Hell) where David said the n-word and as a long-time fan, I find that incredibly disappointing – especially going back and reading the author’s “defence” of his word use.

      • Anonymous
        Posted at 10:30h, 19 August Reply

        You are a sad, easily upset human being. How do you even step outside if words or an accent can make you so upset?

        • Anonymous
          Posted at 17:00h, 19 August Reply

          The scariest story would be a true one. How offended Snowflakes have taken over NoSleep. The Snowfkakes cant sleep after a story not because of the wails of tortured demons but because of an accent.

          Right out of Month Python.

          • Anonymous
            Posted at 01:22h, 20 August

            I know, it absolutely infuriates me. They have ruined literally everything I like on the internet.

  • Adam Wrafg
    Posted at 08:33h, 15 August Reply

    Am I missing something in the ‘I bought a Murderhouse’ story.

    I’m not usually one to criticise the stories too much on here, since production is fantastic, and as with any anthology you get hits and misses (which can be pretty subjective), but I felt this story made very little sense at all?

    How did the brother buy the house? Where did the money come from? If he had the money, why didn’t he buy the house in the first place? Why would he call and harass the protagonist if he got what he wanted? Why did the police seem unconcerned that someone had broken in and dug up cellar? Surely that in itself is more than suspicious, particularly in a Murder House??? It certainly had atmosphere, and some creep to it, but it all seemed to lead nowhere.

    Not complaining as such, as the show is fantastic, but this story, out of all 9 seasons has me at a loss, as though we only have fragments of a story that makes little sense to start with.

    First two stories this week were fantastic, and the scene with the breathing on the telephone almost creeped me out so much, I considered waiting until morning to listen to the rest.

    Keep up the fantastic work all.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 13:20h, 15 August Reply

    the first story takes too many plot points from Spirited Away. Not to mention that the fake Chinese accent was totally unnecessary.

  • KYM
    Posted at 17:05h, 15 August Reply

    Had you all played “play it again” before? I have heard that one before, but with most of the characters played out, not in this as told by style, here. Any hoo. I enjoy your podcast I think you guts do a great job. Thank you for sharing!

  • Allison Kim
    Posted at 03:33h, 16 August Reply

    I know some people have also commented about it, but as a third-generation Asian American myself, it’s always disturbing and disappointing to see Asian portrayal in the media where EVERY Asian has to have the 90s flick fake Asian accent. That man has ancestors in American soil dating back to the freaking gold rush, but you have to make him sound like he’s fresh off the boat? I think in your bid for ‘diversity’, you might have insulted it instead.

    I love this podcast and was a seasons pass holder whenever I can afford it, but it’s small things like these that often makes me uncomfortable – I know you aim to ‘frighten and disturb’, but we were hoping it was through mass murderers, body horror, and angry spirits, not through casual racism or tokenism.

    • Elie Hirschman
      Posted at 07:00h, 16 August Reply

      I totally understand your point, Allison.
      I think had I taken more time to think it over, I would have realized what you said – Henry certainly wasn’t “Fresh off the boat” and could have just been played as a generic old man. But to keep up with all my voice work, I sometimes need to hurry and get things recorded and sent off as soon as possible. Not an excuse, just an explanation as to the choice made.
      I am always eager to perform accents I know or learn new ones, and I thought I downplayed the accent’s features significantly, keeping only the non-rhotic R’s at the end of the words. If I had any Asian friends, I would have run it by them (Something I did when portraying a South African character in an episode of Starship Sofa), mostly for accuracy, but also to make sure it wasn’t offensive.
      Again I apologize – it was a creative choice, and those aren’t always accepted well, and I understand the discomfort it caused, “Casual” (and unintentional) racism was certainly never my (our) aim. *SOCIAL AWARENESS LEVEL UP*

      • Dr. Roboculous
        Posted at 01:15h, 20 August Reply

        Thanks for the apology. Just admitting “I was wrong” is a huge deal in today’s trumpified political climate. And I, for one, salute you for it. You’re a great voice actor, this one mistake aside. I know I certainly couldn’t pull off any accents if I were trying to act!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 03:29h, 18 August Reply

    I enjoyed the stories..

    This is literature. Since when was thr purpose of literature to not offend and be politically correct? This is NOT journalism or some public affirmative action platform.

    Geesh. Stop beinng ‘offended’ by art. As for the criticism of Chinese fellow having an accent…does anyone else not see the irony in this comment? Hint…nothing about stories about the ‘supernatural’ is rational. It’s not logical that there were ghosts. ‘Gee whiz, how could there be ghosts when they don’t exist’?

    Dear authors and narrators, please don’t apologize for ‘offending’ anyone. The best literature ( Dickens, Kafka, London, Hardy) pokes the reader in the eye and then pokes the reader in the other eye.

    • Anonymous
      Posted at 23:55h, 18 August Reply

      So true! I like to read creepypastas from the first person account of a psychopath. Sometimes I even want the guy to evade getting caught. I’m an adult and don’t need my stories whitewashed of all the the evil, racism, injustice. Of course I don’t want there to be a real psychopah out in the real world hurting real people. This isnt Sesame Street with 4 years olds holding hands and singing Kumbaya,

    • Anonymous
      Posted at 01:41h, 21 August Reply

      Thank you! I, along with quite a few other listeners come to NSP to get away from this world bombarded by political correctness and finger pointing. Even though I don’t think it was the best story, it was entertaining. There was a part of me that thought “oh my, there attempting the Asian voice, huh?” it got the point across. Plus this podcast’s stories are supposed to have a “campy” feel to them and that was totally pulled off. Once again No Sleep team, good work, Love you all.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 17:11h, 19 August Reply

    The female narration in Groundskeeper is akin to listening to Marcie on the Brady Bunch. This is suppose to be creepy and toe curling…not a zit on the nose on the day of cheerleading trials. ‘Golly gee, this sure is spooky’.

  • Dr. Roboculous
    Posted at 01:27h, 20 August Reply

    Did you guys ever get tour shirts in?

    Also, I’m trying to remember the name of a particular story i’m pretty sure was on NoSleep but maybe not. It has to do with a guy looking out his bedroom window and there’s a clown out in the yard and it explodes on the window. There’s more to it than that but does anyone know what i’m talking about?

    • Elie Hirschman
      Posted at 07:25h, 20 August Reply

      No idea but I want that narrated and produced POST-HASTE. Exploding clowns FTW!!!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 04:27h, 20 August Reply

    I apologize for not contributing to the discussion of the stories, but I’ve got to ask, what do the † and ‡ symbols after the story titles stand for? I’ve always wondered and never managed to find an answer.

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

      Audio adaptations produced by: Phil Michalski† & Jeff Clement‡

      • Anonymous
        Posted at 13:16h, 20 August Reply

        Aaaand I just spotted that. Thank you.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 19:50h, 20 August Reply

    why would a second generation immigrant have that… accent? come tf on Nosleep podcast

    • Anonymous
      Posted at 03:33h, 22 August Reply

      Who gives two flying donkeys. It’s a podcast for horror stories..

      Keep doing amazing work NoSleep. Don’t pander to snowflakes.

      There will always be something to nitpick.

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