By Casey Wolfe
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An anthology of original audio dramas in the vein of classic series like THE TWILIGHT ZONE and OUTER LIMITS. Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror - It's All In Your Head.
||CleanMonday for the Sweepers by Nicholas Thurkettle||Raff and Knaack have a job. They clock in, gripe about their bosses, work their shift, then knock off for a beer. Pretty lucky for them in an economy of haves and have-nots. Their job takes them all sorts of places – today it’s got them wandering around in the woods, looking for something. But thanks to some equipment the bosses haven’t kept functioning properly, what they’re going to find is far more profound and strange than you expect when you’re paid by the hour. Listen in as Barney Crow, Lise Hart, Marisa Costa, and the one and only MacLeod Andrews discover that the arc of a life can be all in a day’s work, in Nicholas Thurkettle’s Monday for the Sweepers.||12/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAre You Sleeping? by Jared Rivet||Jessica, Grace, and Tina - best friends since forever - take a spontaneous trip to Vegas. Everything is fun and games until secrets and betrayals are outed. To say any more about this story would give away too much about what turns into a very long night of sheer terror. Put on your headphones and turn out the lights for this one, if you dare. And pleasant dreams.||10/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRenaissance Man by Aaron Woolfolk||Struggling artist Don Whitley has some interesting news for fiancee Jill Wallace. Up until now, she has known him as a musician struggling to pay rent and keep his old beater car running. But today he's going to introduce a new side of his life, one Jill's never known about, starting with his house located at an address that's quite out of this world.||9/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBoney McGee by Nicholas Thurkettle||The Colemans are your average suburban family - two kids, money's a bit tight but they got a good bargain on a house in a lovely little neighborhood. Their older daughter, Cece, is going through one of those teenage phases - wearing dark clothes, writing poems. She thinks all the boys at school are too immature, too shallow, until she meets...well, we won't say he's deep, since he was only under a few inches of dirt. Ashley J. Woods, Jill Cary Martin, Paul Jasser, Deva Gregory, Paige Hiskey, and Nicholas Thurkettle invite you to enjoy a truly Earbud love story - Boney McGee.||3/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn The Line by Jared Rivet||Something has gone rotten with Dawn and Rachel's friendship. Sure people change and everyone has secrets - but this time it's different. On this particular night Dawn seeks Rachel's company to finally have it out when a seemingly innocent mistake hurtles the two down a highway of terror. From the demented mind of Jared Rivet, On The Line is a tale that is at once insidious and a high-octane thrill ride.||3/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScary Ride by Nicholas Thurkettle||Alex and Darwin aren’t having much fun. Even though they are surrounded by cotton candy, flashing lights, and carnival thrills, they are grappling with the monster they were never warned about as children – DEPRESSING INERTIA. This young couple has come here to ride some rollercoasters, maybe shake up their routine; little do they know that the rickety old spook house they’re standing in line for has something more than pop-up creatures waiting inside for people just like them…So turn over your tickets, lower the safety bar, and dare to enter the Scary Ride.||12/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThere's Something Going On With Sam by Aaron Woolfolk||For eight years Frieda and her son Rodney have shared their home with a friendly and playful ghost. It has protected them, entertained their guests, and become part of their family. But when the ghost suddenly turns nasty and vicious, Frieda turns to paranormal expert Jake to help her get answers. What they discover reveals troubling implications for the ages-old relationship between the living and the dead. Written and directed by Aaron Woolfolk, Earbud Theater in association with Young Lion Productions presents, There's Something Going On With Sam.||7/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean911 by Craig Good||On the misty Northern California coast there is a ghost county. Meeker County, it's called. All the buildings still stand mostly intact except for a few bashed in doors. No action has been taken to restore it or any other Meeker County town and if you ask someone from the surrounding area about it, they clam up. However, contributor Craig Good knew about this story, brought it to our attention and - in this chilling episode - relates his version of a story he heard about Meeker County, the town of Boone and a very bad night that took place not too long ago and not too far away. Find someone to hold on to as you experience... 911.||6/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSUPER BAD DAY by Casey Wolfe||They know and they don't know. Four people wake up in pitch black darkness. They are strangers to each other except for the common experience each has just had with the worst case scenario: death, destruction, terror and chaos that is, unfortunately, no nightmare. The only common bond these people share is the experience of a bad day - that they know. What they don't know is that for the stranger among them, today has been a Super Bad Day...||3/31/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTHE CREAKY STAIRS by Jared Rivet||Every neighborhood has one. A spooky place where kids dare each other to go - maybe it's a boarded-up house, where I grew up it was an abandoned funeral home (really), for Tommy and Danny it's an abandoned tenement building across the street. And oh do the rumors grow - the rumors about the old lady who used to live there and how everyone hated her. About how mean she was. About the horrific way she died...and even rumors of a curse. If you're a kid you either stay far, far away or - if you're like Tommy and Danny - you can't help but find out for yourself lest you be branded a chicken. Tommy and Danny are about to take the journey you never could, in the middle of the night the two are going to find out what's inside that building...and what's at the top of The Creaky Stairs...||2/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTHE 2038 STATE OF THE UNION by Nicholas Thurkettle||America has endured! And will continue to endure! Well, there was the Great Sundering, but we got over that. We’ve also had economic disagreements. And Centurian invasions. But the President is optimistic, and he’s here to tell you that freedom is still the best, and all those rumors about him are absolutely false. You know the rumors we mean. Wink wink…nudge nudge…robot robot…golden-voiced Earbud newcomer Gene Godwin takes the Oath of Future Office, lays out his agenda, and winds all our stems in The 2038 State of the Union.||1/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBUBBLES by Nicholas Thurkettle||You're sitting on a porch. A gentle breeze is blowing. A friendly neighbor talks your ear off about this neighborhood you've just moved into. It's a sweet place. They bake fresh pies here, and children still go to play in the park. There's also that government lab...ever since they started up, there have been some side effects in town that you oughtta know about. The magnificent John Walcutt spins us a little yarn about coffee, the Universe, time, and his dear ol' Dad in Bubbles.||1/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTHIS MONSTROUS LIFE by Casey Wolfe||From WZMB, Monroeville, it's This Monstrous Life with your host Ira Slash. The intrepid reporters of This Monstrous Life travel far and wide to investigate the peculiar human oddity known as 'The Holiday Season.' From the North Pole to a parallel dimension, Ira, Sara Disembowel and Jonathan Moldstein put their reporting (and killing) skills to use as only they know how. See what they unearthed right here on This Monstrous Life.||12/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTHE SOUNDS BELOW by Nicholas Thurkettle||Christopher Addis walked away from the accident that took the life of his brother Paul; but he wasn’t unscathed. Plagued by panic attacks that neither a supportive girlfriend nor a probing therapist can relieve, Chris will go anywhere for answers, do anything to be free of them. This makes him a prime customer for a strange little shop he finds down a darkened street, one that promises to take all his fears away...MacLeod Andrews, Jill Cary Martin, Christine Weatherup, Nicholas Thurkettle, and Jackson Tobiska urge you to hold onto your souls and listen to The Sounds Below.||10/27/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOVER HALLOWEEN by Casey Wolfe||Erika Lebeaux is not a big fan of Halloween. It has conjured up some pretty bad memories for her pretty much her whole life. So, it comes as a bit of a curiosity that she would be interviewing the man who made the film that's pretty much the definitive icon of the holiday. A man who is an infamously tough interview who, in success, seems to have created his own monster. A man who is totally, definitively and completely... Over Halloween. Daheli Hall and Jared Rivet star in Earbud Theater's latest foray into the dark and depraved - Over Halloween.||10/15/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanESCAPE! (THE END OF HUMANITY SONG) by Nicholas Thurkettle||Garland and Perla are brother and sister, two very different people with only one overlapping skill set - they both have blackbelts in sibling rivalry. The wedge that kept them apart for years can be traced back to one individual - their father. How appropriate, then, that the two are mysteriously reunited when they're summoned to a lawyer's office to hear their father's final request - and it's a doozy. Starring Jim Van Over, Tosca Minotto and Matthew Henerson, with Austin Rogers and Jill Cary Martin - please enjoy Earbud Theater's presentation of Escape! (The End of Humanity Song).||9/4/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBEA LITTLE by Casey Wolfe||Beatrice Little is married to the rich and powerful John Little. You've heard of them, right? You've seen them at all the fancy events smiling for the cameras, rubbing shoulders with leaders and celebrities. John and Bea, smiling and happy. But if you look closely, you can see that Bea's smile is usually strained hinting at a not-so-happy life behind closed doors. And if you look even closer at the couple, especially over the past few weeks, you just might notice something different about John, something not quite right, something... off. This is where we'll pick up our story. Starring Melissa Graver as Bea and Sean Keller as John with Nicholas Thurkettle as Emerson and Branon Coluccio as Lewison - please enjoy Earbud Theater's presentation of Bea Little.||7/11/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHABITAT by Nicholas Thurkettle||Directed by Matt Enlow and starring Christine Weatherup and Nicholas Thurkettle, Habitat tells the story of Danna, a young astronaut who is the only crewmember left alive after her interstellar ship crashes. Alone and scared Danna wakes up to find... Well, we're not going to tell you. It's not Eyeball Theater, you just have to listen to it. We especially don't want to ruin the part about the toilet paper.||6/20/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCARL by Liz Bartucci||It's night, it's Valentine's day and we are on a dark highway in the middle of nowhere (or is it everywhere?). Join Jeff Cannata as Aaron and Conrad Allan as our title character CARL as they hit the road on a journey that is, shall we say, "Golden."||9/6/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanALWAYS IN SEASON by Jonathan Dees||When Peter and Debbie embark on a weekend excursion into the deep woods, they learn that no matter what time of year it is - fear is Always in Season! ALWAYS IN SEASON was written by Jonathan Dees and performed by Jeff Cannata, Sabrina Stoll and Matthew Henerson.||1/24/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBENEATH THE BASEMENT by Doug TenNapel||There's no better debunker than Dr. Fullbright. You've probably seen his website where he offers anyone $100,000 for proof of a spiritual entity. He and his trusty cameraman Neville Dylan have never encountered a case that can't be promptly dismissed as a hoax, a delusion or utter malarky. But a visit to one Natalie Jessup just might put the real deal right in their cynical laps. Starring Mike Duffy, Lindsay Zana, Sabrina Stoll and Matthew Henerson, please enjoy Doug TenNapel's "Beneath The Basement."||11/15/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCLANG! by Casey Wolfe||As any parent knows, balancing work and family can be difficult to say the least. For Gern and Betty Steadfast the two are about to slam together with a great... big... CLANG! Earbud is proud to present the acting talents of Stephen Tobolowsky, Meeghan Holoway, Sean Keller, Alex Wagner and Lindsay Zana in what is our most ambitious (and fun) podplay to date. Enjoy!||10/11/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNEIL GAIMAN'S SHOGGOTH'S OLD PECULIAR||Young American Ben Lassiter is touring the British coastline when he's forced to take refuge from the rain at a pub in the town of... Innsmouth. Here he meets the peculiar Seth and Wilf who have something to teach Ben about life, Lovecraft, death and unspeakable horror. Adapted by Casey Wolfe and performed by Jake Borelli, Simon Verlaque, Rees Pugh and Joanne McCallin, please sit back and enjoy a pint of Shoggoth's Old Peculiar.||7/11/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanETHAN BURROWS FINAL BROADCAST by ???||Ethan Burrows was (is?) a radio personality who spent the hours from midnight until four in the morning debunking the supernatural and demeaning true believers. Until the day came when proof showed up on his doorstep. Thanks to Adam Lamb, Rees Pugh and Sean Keller for pointing me in the direction of this bit of "found audio."||7/4/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAULD ACQUAINTANCE by Eric Del Carlo||Performed by Sean Galuszka, Kelly Daly and Meeghan Holoway, this story takes place in your not too distant future at a New Year's Eve party so profound you couldn't possibly forget it. Could you? Please enjoy this moving and heartfelt story.||6/27/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSHIFT by Casey Wolfe||Performed by Matthew Henerson and Allison Karman, SHIFT is a wicked and chilling tale about Dr. Katherine Block, a budding psychiatrist and single mother who is about to learn that one of her patients exhibits a most fascinating and peculiar trait...the ability to "shift." Listen if you dare...||6/20/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
Love this stuff
Quite a variety here. Stories are all different ranging from straight horror (Shift) to almost family friendly sci--fi (CLang!) to emotional stories straight out of Twilight Zone (Habitat). Note - some of the sound on the early ones doesn't play so well in your car. Best when listened to with headphones or (duh) earbuds.
The quality of Earbud’s “pod plays” are fantastic! These aren’t home recordings or amateur productions, clearly — the storytelling, performances, and tech quality are all top notch. Very much has the feel of an anthology show like Twilight Zone or Outer Limits. How exciting to find such an impressive new publisher in the world of podcast fiction, especially as a genre fan….can’t wait to hear what’s next!
Great audio drama
I'm always on the lookout for modern audio dramas and this one has great production values, but more importantly great writing and acting. I'm still thinking about the Bea Little episode (shudder).