The Dark Volumes Podcast

8 Episodes

By: Russell Archey

Like horror stories? Like audio books? Like to be read to by a voice as soft as black velvet and as sinister as a phantom? The Dark Volumes podcast brings you monthly stories from the greats such as H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley, Robert Chambers, and others. There's some commentary, sure, but it's all about the stories, here. Turn off the lights, pour some wine, and (maybe) get under the covers. The Dark Volumes are here to remind you why you should be afraid of the dark.

"The Willows" by Algernon Blackwood
Last Friday at 10:36 PM

A story about two boating friends in turn-of-the-century Europe who stumble upon a beautiful, isolated piece of nature where they definitely don't belong, "The Willows" is a haunting tale with vivid imagery that will stay with you long after the story ends.

"The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe

Karma. Poetic Justice. What goes around comes around. This story reminds us that our secrets will only continue to eat away at us until nothing is left of our conscience but frayed, screaming nerves.

Music by Lucas King:

Old Records Series: "The Pit and the Pendulum" by Edgar Allan Poe

Nobody expects the Inquisition. A macabre joke in this case.

A classic tale by Poe without his usual supernatural flair. In this case, humanity is the nightmare.

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Old Records Series: "The Masque of the Red Death" by Edgar Allan Poe

We're all familiar with dealing with a world-changing disease at this point.

Edgar Allan Poe wrote about one, too. Seems this is a tale as old as time (no, not that one.) Although, a disease called "The Red Death" does have a particularly gruesome ring to it.

Come check out this next entry in the "Old Records Series."

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Old Records Series: "The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs

Introducing a series of recordings with the audio style of classic vinyl records--for that old-school creepy factor.

This story is the classic "be careful what you wish for" tale coupled with family heartbreak.

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Episode 2: The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe and black cats...sounds like a match made in hell. Which, once you hear this story, might be pretty accurate.

Episode 1: The Shadow Over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft

One of Lovecraft's most iconic stories and a key part of the Cthulhu mythos.

One of the best for The Dark Volume's first episode.

Music by: Lucas King

Episode 0: Welcome to The Dark Volumes, feat. "The Ghosts" by Lord Dunsany

Allow me to introduce myself as the curator of this grisly collection.

Besides my little introduction, I've included a short story here for you from Lord Dunsany: "The Ghosts."

Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany, is one of the earliest and most influential examples of fantasy and dark fiction writers. His works are notable and many, but some of the most popular include “The King of Elfland’s Daughter” (1924), “The Gods of Pegana” (1905), and “The Sword of Welleran” (1908). In this story, Lord Dunsany uses the typical human tendency to question the hereafter and what it entails – spec...