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The Oddcast: Tales of the Occult, Weird, and Arcane
Dark literature at its finest.
Category: Spoken Word
Location: Los Angeles
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April 16, 2019 11:15 AM PDT

First written around March 1921, the story was first published in the June 1926 issue of the pulp magazine Weird Tales.

Summary: a man visits an isolated castle at Kilderry, where an old friend plans to drain an ancient and locally-revered swamp bog.

Narration, Sound Design, and Composition by Jon Fredette

February 28, 2019 09:06 AM PST

First published in the Christmas number of The Graphic in 1897. It is credited with the creation of the subgenre depicting the "impact event" of science fiction, and is referenced in Arthur C. Clarke's "Rendezvous with Rama".

Summary: At the turn of the 19th century, a celestial collision in our solar system first captures the attention of the world and then threatens all life on earth.

Narration, Sound Design, and Music Composed by Jon Fredette.

Additional voices by Megan McIver, Miranda Friel, Mats Bennett, and voice actors from Fiverr.

December 17, 2018 06:37 PM PST

The story was first published in May 1842 in Graham's Magazine and has since been adapted in many different forms, including a 1964 film starring Vincent Price.

Prince Prospero walls himself in one of his abbeys, passing the time with wealthy nobles in hedonistic masquerades, in hopes of waiting out a deadly plague known as the Red Death.

Narration, Sound Design, and Music Composed by Jon Fredette.

January 10, 2018 09:03 PM PST

Originally published in the March 2001 edition of Esquire magazine. It was the basis for the film Memento directed by Christopher Nolan.

A man with anterograde amnesia hunts for his wife's murderer.

Narration, Sound Design, Music Composition by Jon Fredette.

December 04, 2017 03:20 PM PST

Originally "Las ruinas circulares". First published in the literary journal Sur in December 1940. It was first published in English in View (Series V, No. 6 1946).

An itinerant magician discovers a site of arcane, circular ruins, a forsaken temple, and finds inspiration to complete his earthly task.

Narration and Sound Design by Jon Fredette.

Translated by J.E.I.

May 16, 2017 10:04 PM PDT

Originally published by Esquire in 1954.

Summary: While at dock, a passenger of a banana boat encounters a mad, weary traveller seeking passage away from the terrors he experienced on a lost expedition.

Dr. Goodbody played by Hunter Hash.

Narration, Sound Design, and Composition by Jon Fredette.

February 20, 2017 05:25 PM PST

Summary: A psychopath finds brief reprieve from a prolonged depression in a Parisian daredevil's act.

The Cyclist played by Tony Wolf. Narration, Sound Design and Composition by Jon Fredette.

Jeanne Mareteux Level (1875-1926) was a doctor and author of some 700 'conte cruel', many of which were adapted for performance at the infamous Grand Guignol theatre in Paris. Level began to write while on night shifts in a hospital where he was working as a surgeon, and his stories soon began to appear regularly in the newspaper, Le Journal. 26 of his 'cruel tales' were translated into English by Alys Eyre Macklin and published shortly after the First World War as Tales of Mystery and Horror in the US, and as Crises in the UK.

January 15, 2017 02:40 PM PST

Summary: With his imagination, a sickly boy creates his own religion, worshipping a merciless and vengeful god, to help him cope with his dull, depressive existence.

Originally written by Saki (Hector Hugh Munro) between 1900 and 1911 and initially published in his book The Chronicles of Clovis. It has been adapted for opera, film, radio and television.

Narration, Sound design, music by Jon Fredette. Additional voices by Megan McIver:
www.meganmciver.com

Music during end "pitch" provided by Myriad Black: https://myriadblack.bandcamp.com/

November 27, 2016 02:16 PM PST

Summary: A baby and her mother are visited at home by a gift-bearing stranger in a post-apocalyptic dystopia.

Mark Slade has appeared in numerous publications such as The Stray Branch, Weird Year and Wicked Gardens. He has written/and created such audio shows as Blackout City, The Sundowners and written for audio shows The Curiosity Peddler and Manor House.

His new anthology (co-edited by Gavin Chappell) is Dark Dreams where all the characters in the stories share the same dreams and nightmares.
Now available at this link
http://www.lulu.com/shop/rogue-planet-press/dark-dreams/paperback/product-22931027.html

Mark has a forthcoming book about a secret society WPS written with other members of that secret society.

Mark lives in Williamsburg, VA with his wife, daughter, and a Pomeranian that uses mind control on humans.

Mark's website: http://bloodydreadful.blogspot.com/
Megan's website: www.meganmciver.com

Aborted Mother. Written by Mark Slade. Sound design, music, and narration by Jon Fredette. Additional voices by Megan McIver.

September 22, 2016 05:12 PM PDT

Summary: A man encounters an isolated stranger who lives at the edge of his village and discovers there is more to the stranger than he first surmised.

John Davys Beresford (17 March 1873 – 1 February 1947) was an English writer, now remembered for his early science fiction and some short stories in the horror story and ghost story genres. Beresford was a great admirer of H.G. Wells, and wrote the first critical study of Wells in 1915.

Narration, sound design, and score by Jon Fredette

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