Episode 16: Between the Unburied and Miss Belle

She recognized the naked fear and rawness in their respective gazes. Something had happened to these boys. She could see their hearts and minds were pink and pricking red at the edges where their innocence had been torn away with such force they'd not even had a chance to bleed yet. Written by Steve Shell Sound design by Steve Shell Narrated by Steve Shell Intro music: "The Land Unknown," written and performed by Landon Blood Outro music: "I Cannot Escape the Darkness," written and performed by Those Poor Bastards

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 19, 2020, 10 a.m.

Meet Our Distant Cousins: The Oyster

From the creators of Darkest Night and Deadly Manners comes a brand new immersive sci-fi podcast called The Oyster. In a not so distant future, due to overwhelming carbon emissions, The Earth is on the brink of becoming uninhabitable. These conditions are made far more horrifying because the available housing shelters (that can produce sustainable air quality) will only be able to house 80% of the world's total population. To try and save the human race, every person has a government-mandated microchip implanted in their brains to attempt to facilitate the migration of a portion of the population to an underground shelter. In order to decide who gets to be protected and who must stay above ground, the government implements a value scale they have determined based on "usefulness" to future society. If you are valued at a 50 or above, you will be chosen to enter the bunker, and, if not, you must stay above ground and face the end of days. "Neuron" (which acts as both a prestigious brain implant and also a software company) is folded into a sanctioned branch of the government called, "The Ministry of Experience." Their job now is to develop technologies and software that can replicate the human experience above ground. But what is far more pressing is The Ministry must find a way to reduce the use of resources, or they will run out of all survivable assets before being able to relocate to "Eden" — the one place above ground that might be salvageable in a few years time. Whether Eden will be ready in time remains to be seen, but its existence is literally the last hope for the human race surviving. In a drastic effort to cut emissions and resource usage, "The Oyster" is created. The Oyster is Nirvana — A state absent from the mind while being filled with complete pleasure and bliss. What, then, happens when reality begins to fade and The Oyster is all that remains?

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 13, 2020, 2 p.m.

Episode 15: A Funeral in Pine

The county had taken a narrow little valley and dug themselves a reservoir to provide drinking water for the whole town and then some. As pretty as the lake and the surrounding woods were, it was still something wedged into nature by the hands of men — water stolen from rivers and collected here like a dragon's hoard, grounds that had lain untouched for centuries carved up and reshaped to serve human desires, seals broken and reset — all to meet the needs of the encroaching horde of townsfolk and hillfolk alike. Acts such as these have consequences, family. Trust that they do. Written by Steve Shell Sound design by Steve Shell Narrated by Steve Shell Intro music: "The Land Unknown," written and performed by Landon Blood Outro music: "I Cannot Escape the Darkness," written and performed by Those Poor Bastards

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 5, 2020, 10 a.m.

Episode 14: On Death Island

Give a group of boys from anywhere a backyard, a stretch of woods, hell, a vacant lot even — and you can watch it rise to a place of hallowed glory. A patch of trees in between houses becomes an ancient battlefield where two sides of some long-remembered, or forgotten, conflict plays out again and again after school hours. An empty, fallow field becomes an arena or tournament ground where rasslin, foot racin and some form of ball-related sport are contested and pushed to the highest form of the game. Friendships and rivalries will rise, fall and be remembered in legend forever and ever. You give a group of boys not yet concerned with matters of what's in their britches just yet a place of their own, and it will outshine Rome in the eyes of its citizens. Written by Steve Shell Sound design by Steve Shell Narrated by Steve Shell Intro music: "The Land Unknown," written and performed by Landon Blood Outro music: "I Cannot Escape the Darkness," written and performed by Those Poor Bastards

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 22, 2020, 9 a.m.

Episode 13: The Dark Earth at Night

"Ricky held his pistol at the ready, fully prepared to act as the angel of mercy, but then the thing stepped fully into the moonlight, and all thoughts of heaven fled Ricky Lee Gibson." The Gibson family meets their fate. Written by Steve Shell Sound design by Steve Shell Narrated by Steve Shell Intro music: "The Land Unknown," written and performed by Landon Blood Outro music: "I Cannot Escape the Darkness," written and performed by Those Poor Bastards

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 8, 2020, 9 a.m.

Episode 12: The Other Queen

These yarns were spun to teach you to stay safe and mind common sense, and most importantly, your mama. The stories that get lost though — the ones hardly nobody ever lived to tell — were often just blunt and simple warnings. There is darkness here: fear it. Trust those who can see through it and you might live to see the dawn. Or then again... maybe not. Written by Steve Shell Sound design by Steve Shell Narrated by Steve Shell Intro music: "The Land Unknown," written and performed by Landon Blood Outro music: "I Cannot Escape the Darkness," written and performed by Those Poor Bastards

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 24, 2020, 11:24 a.m.

Episode 11: Season Two Prologue

O Appalachia: mother and maw that births and devours us, roots sunk deep and winding as gnarled hands clasped in prayer, hold us fast and give us foundation. O knotted cage and vine wrought chains O feast of hills and green, that which feeds our hearts but often starves our blood: Hear us now. Written by Steve Shell Sound design by Steve Shell Narrated by Steve Shell Intro music: "The Land Unknown," written and performed by Landon Blood Outro music: "In the Pines" (traditional), performed by Keena Graham

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 10, 2020, 9 a.m.

Build Mama a Coffin Finale Announcement

If you've been listening to Build Mama a Coffin over on The Patreon you know who I am. And if you ain't and ye don't, well you're about to. See, if i whispered my whole name — the one I was made with, real quiet like — right in y'all's ear — well... I think you might just burst into a whole plague of locusts right there on the spot, or else you might swallow your own heart and chew out your kidneys because you cain't pronounce it and it wouldn't never get out your head no how... but I digress. The old folks called me The Hungry Mother, The Pale Daughter, The Unsated Mouth. One old preacher tried to call me Babylon, but ain't nobody listening to him no more. Not where I put him. No sir. You can call me Granny. Granny White. Written by Steve Shell Sound design by Steve Shell Narrated by Betsy Puckett Intro music: "Come, Children, Come," written and performed by Gravesend Weavers Outro music: "Build Mama a Coffin," written and performed by Blood on the Harp

Science Fiction
Published: July 27, 2020, 10:29 a.m.

A Once-Told Tale: The Wolf Sisters Part Three

The Walker Sisters and their man Melvin journey into the darkest night Baker's Gap, TN has known in thirty years in this thrilling finale to The Wolf Sisters series, originally performed live on Discord. Written by Steve Shell Sound design by Steve Shell Narrated by Steve Shell Intro music: "The Land Unknown," written and performed by Landon Blood Outro music: "I Cannot Escape the Darkness," written and performed by Those Poor Bastards

Science Fiction
Published: April 16, 2020, 2:45 p.m.

A Once-Told Tale: The Wolf Sisters Part Two

In which we properly meet The Walker Sisters and their man Melvin. Written by Steve Shell Sound design by Steve Shell Narrated by Steve Shell Intro music: "The Land Unknown," written and performed by Landon Blood Outro music: "I Cannot Escape the Darkness," written and performed by Those Poor Bastards

Science Fiction
Published: April 9, 2020, 9:57 a.m.

A Once-Told Tale: The Wolf Sisters Part One

To be a wolf is a thing of spring loaded joy, of black gummed panting death. Of pack and ground. Torn tendon and blood and broken bones in feasting abandon beneath a split and howling sky. But to be a wolf with the mind of mortal man or woman? No-we can't be trusted with that kind of power without being broken by it. Not even wise women of The Clutch. Not even them. Written by Steve Shell Sound design by Steve Shell Narrated by Steve Shell Intro music: "The Land Unknown," written and performed by Landon Blood Outro music: "I Cannot Escape the Darkness," written and performed by Those Poor Bastards

Science Fiction
Published: April 2, 2020, 9 a.m.

Meet Our Cousins: The White Vault by Fool and Scholar

The horror podcasting community is a vast and wondrous thing, family. We are pleased to introduce you to some of our extended family: The White Vault by Fool and Scholar.

Science Fiction
Published: March 23, 2020, 10:26 a.m.

Build Mama a Coffin: Trailer

A whole new story set in the world of Old Gods of Appalachia. Exclusively on Patreon. Come tithe and come a with us to Esau County, VA in the fall of 1927. Written by Steve Shell Sound design by Steve Shell Narrated by Steve Shell Outro music: "Build Mama a Coffin," written and performed by Blood on the Harp

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 6, 2020, 4:48 p.m.

Episode 10: The Witch Queen Chapter III: Last Harbor: Season Finale Part 4

Season One comes to a close as we follow Daughter Dooley to the far reaches of Last Harbor and witness what changed her and The Black Stag whose name sounds like, but is not Horn-ed Head or Hornet Head. Written by Steve Shell Sound design by Steve Shell Narrated by Steve Shell Intro music: "The Land Unknown," written and performed by Landon Blood Outro music: "I Cannot Escape the Darkness," written and performed by Those Poor Bastards

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 30, 2020, 8:02 p.m.

Episode 9: You Ready to Go Home? Season Finale Part 3

In this, our penultimate episode of Season One, we examine what makes a home and the power of kinfolk as we say good-bye to young Sarah Avery. Written by Steve Shell Sound design by Steve Shell Narrated by Steve Shell Intro music: "The Land Unknown," written and performed by Landon Blood Outro music: "I Cannot Escape the Darkness," written and performed by Those Poor Bastards

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 23, 2020, 11:20 p.m.

Episode 8: Homecoming : Season Finale Part 2

We return for a visit with the good Pastor of the Tabernacle of the Elder Covenant, as he and his family prepare to relocate. Written by Cam Collins Sound design by Steve Shell Narrated by Steve Shell Intro music: "The Land Unknown," written and performed by Landon Blood Outro music: "I Cannot Escape the Darkness," written and performed by Those Poor Bastards

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 16, 2020, 4:18 p.m.

Episode 7: Afterbirth: Season Finale Part 1

Before our time in Barlo moves forward towards its inevitable conclusion, we take one last look back to honor a life that might otherwise remain overshadowed and left hanging from the branches of our family tree. Written by Steve Shell Sound design by Steve Shell Narrated by Steve Shell Intro music: "The Land Unknown," written and performed by Landon Blood Outro music: "I Cannot Escape the Darkness," written and performed by Those Poor Bastards

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 9, 2020, 5 p.m.

Special Announcement / Family Meeting

Happy New Year, Family. There's no new story today, but there are plenty of announcements about the end of Season One and future storylines and Season 2!

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 2, 2020, 11:11 p.m.

Episode 6: The Witch Queen Chapter II: Doubt

"To live forever and keep this land..." was the promise made. What happens when a promise is kept but with a vile and broken spirit? Written by Steve Shell Sound design by Steve Shell Narrated by Steve Shell Intro music: "The Land Unknown," written and performed by Landon Blood Outro music: "I Cannot Escape the Darkness," written and performed by Those Poor Bastards

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 26, 2019, 11 a.m.

Episode 5: The Boy: Barlo, Kentucky 1917: Part Five

Who speaks for the young dead lost beneath the fair earth? The Boy comes to Barlo. Written by Steve Shell Sound design by Steve Shell Narrated by Steve Shell Intro music: "The Land Unknown," written and performed by Landon Blood Outro music: "I Cannot Escape the Darkness," written and performed by Those Poor Bastards

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 19, 2019, 10 a.m.

Episode 4.5: The Bad Death and Resurrection of Annie Messer

An interlude. Written by Steve Shell Sound design by Steve Shell Narrated by Steve Shell Intro music: "The Land Unknown," written and performed by Landon Blood Outro music: "God's Dark Heaven," written and performed by Those Poor Bastards Additional vocal work by Allison Mullins

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 13, 2019, 10 a.m.

Episode 4: The Sacrifice: Barlo, Kentucky 1917: Part Four

In the wake of the Old Number Seven Disaster, the Tabernacle of the Elder Covenant does what it can to save their own. Choices are made that cannot be unmade. Written by Cam Collins Sound design by Steve Shell Narrated by Steve Shell Intro music: "The Land Unknown," written and performed by Landon Blood Outro music: "I Cannot Escape the Darkness," written and performed by Those Poor Bastards

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 5, 2019, 10 a.m.

Episode 3: The Covenant: Barlo, Kentucky 1917: Part Three

Cletus Garvin should have died in 1910 but instead has been the pastor of The Tabernacle of the Elder Covenant for the past seven years. Debts are called to account in the shadow of the Old Number Seven Disaster. Written by Cam Collins Sound design by Steve Shell Narrated by Steve Shell Intro music: "The Land Unknown," written and performed by Landon Blood Outro music: "I Cannot Escape the Darkness," written and performed by Those Poor Bastards

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 28, 2019, 8 a.m.

Episode 2.5: Let There Be Green

An interlude in one part. Written by Steve Shell Sound design by Steve Shell Narrated by Steve Shell Intro music: "The Land Unknown," written and performed by Landon Blood Outro music: "God's Dark Heaven," written and performed by Those Poor Bastards

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 21, 2019, 10:30 a.m.

Episode 2: The Schoolhouse: Barlo Kentucky 1917: Part Two

Ten year old Sarah Avery continues to deal with the fallout of the elders of Barlo's choices. A promise is made. Written by Steve Shell Sound design by Steve Shell Narrated by Steve Shell Intro music: "The Land Unknown," written and performed by Landon Blood Outro music: "I Cannot Escape the Darkness," written and performed by Those Poor Bastards

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 14, 2019, 10 a.m.

Episode 1: The Path To The World of Men: Barlo, Kentucky 1917: Part One

Darkness comes to the tiny town of Barlo in the form of the worst mining disaster in Kentucky history. Young Sarah Avery runs.

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 7, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 1: Old Number Seven: Barlo, Kentucky 1917: Part One

Darkness comes to the tiny town of Barlo in the form of the worst mining disaster in Kentucky history. Young Sarah Avery runs. Written by Steve Shell Sound design by Steve Shell Narrated by Steve Shell Intro music: "The Land Unknown," written and performed by Landon Blood Outro music: "I Cannot Escape the Darkness," written and performed by Those Poor Bastards

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 7, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 0.5: The Witch Queen

They say there's a witch in that valley and you'd do well to stay away from there. Join us as we journey back to the settling of the central plateau and witness the power of mountain women. Written by Steve Shell Sound design by Steve Shell Narrated by Steve Shell Intro music: "The Land Unknown," written and performed by Landon Blood Outro music: "I Cannot Escape the Darkness," written and performed by Those Poor Bastards

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 6, 2019, 10:59 p.m.

Episode 0: Prologue

Welcome to our Appalachia, where hearts are good, hands are strong and no one wants to talk about what sleeps beneath us. First come, first served. Written by Steve Shell Sound design by Steve Shell Narrated by Steve Shell Intro music: "The Land Unknown," written and performed by Landon Blood Outro music: "I Cannot Escape the Darkness," written and performed by Those Poor Bastards

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 31, 2019, 4 a.m.

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