Episode 53 – The Gift of Closure


Good evening everybody, and welcome to the Darkly Lit Podcast. This evening, we’ll be reading Joseph: A Story, by Katherine Rickford. Rickford appears to be a fairly obscure author, to the point where I can’t find any biographical information about her, but Joseph was first published back in 1920. I picked this story for tonight not only because of its obvious ties to the Christmas ghost story tradition, but also in honor of the Walsh family, who have finally found out for certain that Otis Toole, who had previously recanted his confession to Adam Walsh’s murder, was indeed the man responsible, a fact supported by physical evidence as well as Toole’s confession.

I don’t have too much else to say tonight, except happy holidays, and keep your loved ones close to your heart in this season, whoever they may be. Our music tonight is provided by Nox Arcana, at http://www.noxarcana.com, and the HPLHS, at http://www.cthulhu-lives.org. Please visit the website at darklylit.wordpress.com, or send comments on the show to lit.darkly@yahoo.com, or our voicemail at 920-341-3065. Until next time, when we celebrate the birthdays of both Edgar Allan Poe and Vincent Price, I wish you pleasant dreams.

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Episode 52 – Ghost Story for Christmas


Good evening everybody, and welcome to Episode 52 of the Darkly Lit Podcast! I know we’re running a little bit late this week, but that’s all the more reason to get down to business, n’est-ce pas? Tonight’s story is M.R. James’ “Two Doctors,” a story of queer revenge. Tonight’s music is provided by Nox Arcana, at www.noxarcana.com, and the HPLHS, at www.cthulhu-lives.org!

Special congratulations go out to Joe Hallett, whose story “Alone” took home our grand prize package for the Darkly Lit Story contest! Your package should be arriving within the next week or two, depending on the vaguaries of the US Postal Service. Our next show will be coming out on December 23rd, and feature a Christmas ghost story by somebody other than M.R. James! After all, if I’m going to prove that this was a widespread tradition, there has to be more than one author out there who did it, right?

But, if you can’t wait that long, there’s one other place where you can hear your friendly neighborhood Wolfemann this month. I co-hosted Episode 19 of Creepy Kitch with Stacy and Cins, discussing the first two Paranormal Activity films with them. You can find their show on iTunes, or at their blog, by searching for Creepy Kitch – and that’s K-I-T-C-H, as in witch. Their show is a *smidge* more uncouth than this one, so be prepared for some instances of adult language and such if you do go over to listen.

If anybody would like to write in with their Christmas wishes, or feedback for the show, please contact us at darklylit.wordpress.com, lit.darkly@yahoo.com, or through our voicemail at 920-341-3065. Until next time, I bring you M.R. James’ “Two Doctors,” and wish you… pleasant dreams.

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Episode 51 – Darkly Lit Lives Again!


Hi there everybody! Back from Teslacon, and I enjoyed myself greatly. I held two panels this year, rather than just one! First, I recorded today’s show, reading Casonetto’s Last Song and The Thing Invisible. Then, the next day, I held Ripperology 101, and had myself a full house for the discussion!

Sadly, we didn’t have time to get into discussing Carnacki the Ghost Finder very much; the next panel needed to get going, so I had to be almost as abrupt as the good paranormal investigator himself at getting the house cleared out! But there is some interesting discussion of Robert E. Howard and Casonetto’s Last Song in there, as well as the stories themselves. And, as always when I do a live show, I give you the full experience by not editing a danged thing. And I was using a brand new recorder too. May the Lord God have mercy on your souls.

As always, please give us a call at the new voicemail line, at 920-341-3065. Also, please check out the voting at darklylit.wordpress.com to choose your favorite story from last time to win our fabulous prize package! There’s only one more week to vote, folks, and things are LITERALLY neck and neck between Alone and Stay in the Basement at the time of this broadcast! A 50/50 split! So if you want to be sure your favorite wins, get in there and vote! Because as always, if you don’t, you don’t have the right to complain about the results.

So, enjoy the show, and keep an eye out for a bonus Ripperology episode coming up soon!

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Episode 50 – Three Twisted Tales


Tonight, submitted for your approval, we have three tales of the macabre.

First, we have “Stay in the Basement,” by Brenda.

Then, we have a true tale of terror as Jacob brings us his personal encounter with… The Beast of Bray Road.

Finally, we close out with Joseph Hallett’s debut horror story… “Alone.”

What more could you ask for? How about a chance to vote for the best one?

Just vote in the poll up there, and decide who wins our fabulous prize package! I absolutely guarantee it’s more than a ball of lint and a visit from Ygor!

In the meantime, maybe you want to call our voicemail? It’s over at 920-341-3065. And please pay a visit to Joe Bethancourt, to thank him for his kind musical support these last two shows!

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Episode 48 – Obsession!


Good evening, and welcome to the Darkly Lit Podcast, September edition. I’m sorry we’re a little late, but to be honest I just couldn’t think of a good theme until the last minute, and by then it was a little too late to record the show. Tonight, we tell a tale of loss, love – and obsession. Three of them, actually. First, I’ll read Edgar Allan Poe’s Berenice, where a lady’s smile is perhaps the most delightful thing a man can imagine. Then, we’ll be speaking briefly about another tale of unhealthy obsession and romantic dread – Twilight. I’ve heard some people complain about the knee-jerk reaction to hating on the series, and I’ll admit that I’ve done it myself in the past. But tonight, I’d like to explain my real concerns with the series – and, in the process, maybe cast a little light on the mythology of vampires, and the increasingly creepy way that love and romance is viewed these days.

We also have musical offerings from both Nox Arcana and a new artist, Tarby! Tarby’s works can be found on SoundCloud, through the following links.

His Primary Link
Tonight’s musical offering
The full Something Broke, all 21 minutes of it (still worth listening to)

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Episode 46 – Christmas in July!


Hey everybody! It’s hot, it’s sticky, it’s miserable, and it’s time to be thinking about CHRISTMAS!

So have a couple of stories by M.R. James, and a contest to see who’ll get the first Darkly Lit Christmas package!

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Episode 45 – Unleash the Hounds


Tonight, despite attempts by the scripts at my webhost to prevent it, H.P. Lovecraft brings us one of his very first stories – The Hound. This piece introduces the notorious Necronomicon, and also presages some of the themes and story elements later found in Clive Barker’s Hellraiser

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