The Wicked Library

The Wicked Library

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The Wicked Library is a bi-weekly podcast dedicated to bringing you stories of horror by the newest and best independent authors. We showcase original short stories, from various horror sub-genres, dramatically read by talented voice actors. Stories feature musical scoring to create truly immersive experience. Enjoy a story? Most of our authors have more stories available on their websites, own podcasts, Amazon pages and elsewhere. Hosted by Daniel Foytik.


TWL 725: A Priest in Love  

Stephanie Ogrodnik makes her Wicked Library debut with this dark and atmospheric tale. Father William Blackwell has fallen in love. Aside from the obvious problems with this obsession, is that the girl he loves is dead. In a tale that proves love can make us do things we'd never expect and cross forbidden boundaries, a priest with a keen sense of smell lusts for a malicious dead girl, who carries the scent of ash. Special Link to Gwendolyn Kiste's Halloween Blog (mentioned in intro): Goodbye Summer, and Hello Autumn! Show Notes:

TWL 724: Classically Wicked  

This week, we dig into the archives and share 3 classic wicked tales by Daniel Foytik, Rebecca Snow, and Kerry Lipp - all narrated by Nelson W. Pyles. "Grey and Red" by Daniel Foytik"Comp Time" by Rebecca Snow"What if Jesus was a Werewolf" by Kerry Lipp

723: Amelia's Labyrinth  

John Clewarth makes his Wicked Library debut with this darkly mysterious tale. George Paddison is sent to boarding school, deep in the North Yorkshire countryside. His wealthy father, the owner of a national newspaper, says it will be ‘the making of him’. At first, George is lonely and bewildered in the vastness of the Manor School, but is befriended by a captivating young boy, named Joseph Longmire. George is fascinated by Joseph’s prized possession, a toy Victorian theatre, through which he makes up his own stories. By means of distraction, Joseph takes George exploring in the huge grounds, to a mysterious woodland that is home to a strange natural phenomenon.

TWL 722: Ten Little Indians  

Patrick Moody makes his Wicked Library debut with this story told by Addison Peacock. In this dark tale, Celia’s family moves to the country after buying an old plantation to fix up and flip. She doesn't really like the old house, but everything changes when she meets a group of other children who want to sing and play with her.

721: Extra Wicked Summer Anthology  

This week, thanks to our Patreon supporters and some very Wicked Authors, we have been able to produce three Extra Wicked tales for you all. These stories are heard first by our Patreon supporters with a new tale being released each month. But, since the goal of The Wicked Library is always the promotion of the writers, artists, and composers, we wanted to share these bonus tales with our entire audience. Please support the authors by finding their other work and adding it to your collection, and help keep the extra stories coming by supporting the show you love on Patreon. "Amputation Capital" by Tyler Woodsmall, narrated by Addison Peacock. Allie is in the business of purchasing celebrity skin, and selling it for a profit - a very large profit. She sees her "suppliers" solely as commodities, but that might be about to change. "The Pit" by Meg Hafdahl, narrated by Jessica McEvoy No longer in use, a mine pit on the outskirts of a rural Minnesota town was stripped and flooded, causing it to become the perfect swimming hole. Since she was in diapers, Melissa has been coming to play in the dark water alone. "Mrs. Morrison's Pie" by Nelson W. Pyles, Narrated by Nichole Goodnight Mrs. Morrison has a favor to ask of an old..."friend" -- one who's been visiting her for many years as part of an ongoing arrangement. The ladies normally pass the time during their visits with conversation, games, coffee, and pie. But, this year, Mrs. Morrison sweetens the deal with a very special buttermilk pie to ensure she gets what she needs.

TWL 720: Bone Peyote  

A journal is found that tells an incredible story about a young man and his friend's experiments with a powerful form of traditional medicine called "Bone Peyote". Like all medicine, Peyote, and especially Bone Peyote must be respected, because it opens up doorways to places that are closed for a reason. When man thinks he knows better than the gods, there may be no turning back.

719: Dead Man's Caul  

Jessica McHugh returns with a new wicked story narrated by Nelson W. Pyles. In this dark tale, a sailor looking for the way out of his predicament makes a deal with an old woman. Who comes out the better in the end? Story by Jessica McHugh | Narrated by Nelson W. Pyles, with additional voice work by Cynthia Lowman

TWL 718: Idle Hands  

The Devil is back this week, with a darkly humorous tale that's sure to give you a little more sympathy for him. In this tale, The Devil -- a lover of theater -- sits at man's stage where he and God haggle over the price of the ticket. Story by Kelli Perkins | Narrated by David Ault

TWL 717: Two Tales of Terror  

Your Librarian brings you two tales of death, devouring, and reanimation.  "And Drown Melancholy" puts you in the mind of an unfortunate young woman suffering from a splitting headache who mixes alcohol and drugs to stop the pain, but you're not alone in there. "The Tomb Wife" explores the unique the classic story of boy meets ghoul and the deep, devouring  desires they have  for each other. Narrated by Eden Royce

TWL 716: Quem Infra Nos  

Selected from the upcoming audio book edition of the Shadows at the Door Anthology, we bring you a haunting tale set in Durham, England. An author on route to a speaking event finally finds the time to visit the historic city of Durham, once on the cobbled streets he is drawn to the Cathedral. Deep in the tombs, something lies in wait. 'Forget not, who is below us'.

TWL 715: The Journey  

Sim has struggled all his life to fit in -- a struggle to find peace and feel normal. When he finds himself on an unplanned, surreal journey he may finally find what he's been seeking.

Best S3: Always Something There to Remind Me  

When Cindy and her husband Randy start watching old home movies from his childhood, Randy begins to notice subtle differences between his memory and reality -- changes that become more apparent as they watch. Cindy tries to reassure Randy, but it soon becomes evident that reality and memory are not what they seem. Enjoy this creepy and twisted tale from Season Three as read by Nelson W. Pyles.

TWL 714: There Will Be Refreshments  

This dark, twisted, and entertaining tale is a wild ride into darkness. When Mark suffers a car accident, he is propelled into Hell and embarks on a journey that challenges and punishes him in ways he could never have expected. When offered a way out, he is determined to pursue it - even if it takes an eternity.

TWL 713: The Tyranny of Heaven  

In this dark tale, a resident of Hell relates the true story of Eden, The Fall, Satan, Lucifer, and God - and how Hell was once a paradise. A surprisingly Wicked tale for many reasons, this story is sure to give you a new perspective on the place Heaven has named Hell.

TWL 712: Your Lease has Expired  

When the vampire Jefferson Webster is asked by his former lover, Katherine, to provide a dead body for an important ritual, he decides to help - if for no other reason than to see her again. Much time has passed though, and things between the two are cold, and may not go as well as Jefferson hopes.

711: Five Deathly Tales  

This week we have five short deathly tales. Two of the five have previously been featured only in our newsletter, and one only our Patreon page. But, since the goal of The Wicked Library is always the promotion of the writers, artists, and composers, we wanted to share these handpicked tales with our entire audience. "One Hour" by Dene Bebbington | "A Lament from the Dying" by Keith McDuffee | "The Heart of a Madman" by Gwendolyn Kiste | "Playground Zero" by Jessica McHugh | "Last Steps" by Kelli Perkins More shorter tales like these will be featured in the future for Patreon supporters at on a one per month basis, but once we have enough collected for a full episode, we'll share them with everyone.

710: Southern Fried Horror  

In honor of Women in Horror Month, the Wicked Library delivers a show by the ladies! Thanks to Amber Collins, Cynthia Lowman, Lydia Peever, Eden Royce, Samantha Pleasant LeBas, and Jeanette Andromeda. Aside from this week's "The Wicked Colonel" artwork by Steven Matiko and a special appearance by the Librarian, the ladies have the run of the Library this week. Of course, every month features women in horror at the Wicked Library. "Hand of Glory" A woman has a unique way of getting information from a suspected killer despite his reluctance to cooperate. "Homegoing" A woman struggles to come to terms with her son's crimes.

709: Gator Bait  

"Indian Joe" bills himself as the World's Greatest Alligator Wrestler, but he has many secrets - including the fact that his name is actually Harry Gallager. When he meets up with a true Florida native named Wowakan, Harry is challenged in new ways, and may finally come to respect the animals he wrestles...if he lives.

708: Christmassacre V  

For the fifth year in a row, The Wicked Library brings you a frightful collection of tales to make you shiver from more than the cold! Enjoy 6 tales to wrap up your year in the most Wicked way possible. Stories: "Yuletide Ride" by Daniel Foytik, "Hark, The Herald" by Aaron Vlek, "The Clause" by Lane Lloyd, "Unc The Snowman" by S. L. Dixon, "Together this Time" by Samantha Pleasant LeBas, "The Dangers of December" by Immortal Alexander Merry Christmassacre!

707: Raison D'etre  

The Lift's Guide, Victoria Bigglesworth-Hayes begins to question not only her existence but her purpose. Fortunately for her, there is someone else who can not only sympathize, but can help guide her through this particularly rough time in her unlife. In this first ever crossover, the worlds of The Lift and The Wicked Library collide in a surprisingly uplifting episode about choices. This episode is simulcast as episode S2E3 of The Lift. The version found here also includes an interview with the author.

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