NIGHTLIGHT: A Horror Fiction Podcast

108: The Comet by W.E.B. Du Bois

An episode of NIGHTLIGHT: A Horror Fiction Podcast

By Tonia Thompson
Creepy stories with full audio production written by Black writers and performed by Black actors. So scary it’ll make you want to leave your night light on.
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210: Expiration Date by Jennifer Baker
This week, we bring you a post-apocalyptic story that makes us question who’s really turning into a monster. Our author is Jennifer Baker, a long-time publishing professional, and the creator and host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, as well as contributing editor to Electric Literature.  Story transcript available here Narrated by Tonia Thompson. Audio production by Jen Zink.  NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you want to help keep NIGHTLIGHT from joining the undead, join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon. You can also make a one-time contribution on PayPal. As always, reviews and shout-outs on social media are always appreciated.
33:41
July 11, 2019
209: The Scars of Eliza Gray by Evan Davis
What happens when a haunted house isn't just a house after all? Also, learn what really creeps out author Evan Davis and host Tonia Thompson. Narration by Georgia McKenzie. Audio Production by Jen Zink. NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you want to help keep NIGHTLIGHT from joining the undead, join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon. You can also make a one-time contribution on PayPal. As always, reviews and shout-outs on social media are always appreciated.
1:12:15
July 11, 2019
208: Double Episode! D is for Dancing + Roadside Assistance
In D is for Dancing, by Rickey Rivers Jr, we take advantage of a chill on a hot summer day. In Roadside Assistance by Kristopher Brown, we learn why it's not always safe to drive in the dark, and why we should always listen to our mothers. NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you want to help keep NIGHTLIGHT from joining the undead, join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon. You can also make a one-time contribution on PayPal. As always, reviews and shout-outs on social media are always appreciated.
34:23
June 20, 2019
207: In the Beginning by Tyhitia Green
This week, we have a great story about a strained relationship, with a twist. What would it take to make you abandon your partner? What would you do for them? How much pain would you endure? This story asks that and more. Tyhitia writes horror, fantasy, and science fiction, and sometimes dabbles in other genres. She began writing poetry as a child and ventured into fiction years later. She enjoys writing both novels and short stories, and her work has appeared in Necrotic Tissue, Lightspeed, and Nightmare magazines. NIGHTLIGHT is 100% listener-supported. If you want to help keep NIGHTLIGHT from joining the undead, join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon. You can also make a one-time contribution on PayPal. As always, reviews and shout-outs on social media are always appreciated.
26:36
June 13, 2019
206: Penny Incompatible by Errick Nunnally
If you love Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart, you’re going to love this story by author Errick Nunnally. Penny tragically loses her son, but thankfully, he’s an organ donor. Unfortunately, not all organ donations end well. You can download a transcript of this story. NIGHTLIGHT is 100% listener funded. Thanks to the NIGHTLIGHT Legion for supporting this podcast. You can join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon, or make a one-time donation on PayPal. Narration by Cherrae Stuart. Audio production by Tonia Thompson.
1:08:36
June 6, 2019
205: The Percivals - London Calling by Eboni Dunbar
This week, we have another story from the Percivals universe by Eboni Dunbar. Last month, we met a Black woman in Victorian England kicking vampire ass with music–this time she squares up against werewolves, and we learn the fate of Alexander Percival. NIGHTLIGHT would not be possible without our patrons. If you enjoy this podcast, consider joining the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon at https://patreon.com/nightlightpod. You can also make a one-time donation to the podcast via PayPal at https://paypal.me/NightlightPodcast. You can read a transcription of the story here: https://nightlightpod.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/The-Percivals-London-Calling.pdf
55:32
May 30, 2019
Eboni Dunbar Interview
Interview with The Percivals author, Eboni Dunbar. Transcript coming soon. NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you want to help keep NIGHTLIGHT from joining the undead, join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon. You can also make a one-time contribution on PayPal. As always, reviews and shout-outs on social media are always appreciated.
20:12
May 23, 2019
204: The Percivals - Bennett Benefit by Eboni Dunbar
Queer Black women kicking vampire ass in the 19th century English countryside. And just when you think it can't get it better....there's music! NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you want to help keep NIGHTLIGHT from joining the undead, join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon. You can also make a one-time contribution on PayPal. As always, reviews and shout-outs on social media are always appreciated.
42:10
April 4, 2019
203: The Red Line by Steven Payne
Subways are just creepy. Everybody knows that. But what happens when your train breaks down in the middle of a tunnel? Read the story transcript. NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you want to help keep NIGHTLIGHT from joining the undead, join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon. You can also make a one-time contribution on PayPal. As always, reviews and shout-outs on social media are always appreciated.
44:50
February 7, 2019
202: The Deacons’ Girl by Jennifer Harris
NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you want to help keep NIGHTLIGHT from joining the undead, join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon. You can also make a one-time contribution on PayPal. As always, reviews and shout-outs on social media are always appreciated. This episode produced by Jen Zink.  Narration provided by ChaChanna Simpson.  Story edits by Tonia Thompson.
58:07
January 10, 2019
201: Blitz by C.J. Silver
What happens when man's best friend protects you....even in death? NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you want to help keep NIGHTLIGHT from joining the undead, join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon. You can also make a one-time contribution on PayPal. As always, reviews and shout-outs on social media are always appreciated.
33:52
December 13, 2018
Melody Cooper Interview
This week, we talk to Melody Cooper about her award-winning script, how to build a screenwriting career, and what Black horror means to her.
45:06
December 7, 2018
See You at the Crossroads — Audio Drama
For our season finale, we present a full-cast production audio drama inspired by our creator's favorite show: The Twilight Zone. NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you want to help keep NIGHTLIGHT from joining the undead, join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon. You can also make a one-time contribution on PayPal. As always, reviews and shout-outs on social media are always appreciated. Cast: Ruby: Cherrae Stuart Troy: Patrick Bazile Mama Buford: Chachanna Simpson Sheila: Jen Zink Evan: Hollis Monroe Miranda: Brea Grant Diane (Nurse Manager): Stephanie Malia Morris Martha (Nurse): Dionne Obeso Sacrificial Parent: DC Older TJ: Raiden Thompson Baron Samedi/Narrator: Tonia Thompson Audio production by Jen Zink and Tonia Thompson
46:35
October 31, 2018
117: At Night We’ll Feast Together by A.Z. Louise
What can happen when we writers take our job too seriously? Research is an important part of any good story, but where should we draw the line in our quest for an authentic tale? Thanks to A.Z. for submitting this story. If you enjoyed it, you can find A.Z.’s work in Equal Opportunity Madness, A Mythos Anthology, and Strange Horizons. You can visit their website at azlouise.com, or follow them on Twitter at az_louise. NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you’d like to keep this podcast alive, you can join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon. You can also make a one-time donation to the podcast via Paypal.
27:09
October 30, 2018
116: Flash Fiction
Flash fiction by Aig'ner Wilson (Dead Children Stop Playing for Ungrateful Audiences) and Nicole Givens Kurtz (Lipstick Smiles). NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you’d like to keep this podcast alive, you can join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon. You can also make a one-time donation to the podcast via Paypal.
24:20
October 23, 2018
115: Malaika Descending by Sheree Renée Thomas
What's it like to visit your loved ones in Hell? NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you’d like to keep this podcast alive, you can join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon. You can also make a one-time donation to the podcast via Paypal.
31:11
October 16, 2018
Blacklore: Slenderman
Blacklore stories are creepypasta written by Black writers from a Black perspective. We kick this new patron-only series off with a Slenderman story. If you like this story, or our True Frights episode from a couple of weeks ago, you’ll want to become a patron so you can keep getting new stories like these. NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you’d like to keep this podcast alive, you can join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon. You can also make a one-time donation to the podcast via Paypal.
08:37
October 12, 2018
Blaxploitation Exploration with Eden Royce: ABBY
In this bonus episode, we talk about Blaxploitation movie Abby with author Eden Royce. Visit Eden Royce’s website for more information about her and her work, or follow Eden on Twitter @edenroyce, or on Facebook or Instagram. Be sure to check out her middle grade novel (Tying the Devil’s Shoestrings) that will be released in 2020. NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you’d like to keep this podcast alive, you can join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon. You can also make a one-time donation to the podcast via Paypal.
1:04:22
October 9, 2018
True Frights: The Unknown Presence
In this episode, we kick off the horror holiday month and share a creepy true story. What would you do if you knew you weren’t alone, and had no way of knowing who--or what--was with you and what they wanted? NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you’d like to keep this podcast alive, you can join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon. You can also make a one-time donation to the podcast via Paypal.
17:30
October 2, 2018
114: South Central Rain by Sean Demory
Zombies that whisper. Memories that haunt. Sean Demory gives us a zombie story with so many feels. Check out Sean's publishing company: Pine Float Press Read Slow Boat to Fast City Read or listen to The Ballad of Black Tom Read or listen to Lovecraft Country Buy Victor LaValle's Destroyer, Issue #1 or read for free via ComiXology NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you’d like to keep this podcast alive, you can join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon. You can also make a one-time donation to the podcast via Paypal.
51:41
September 25, 2018
113: Unwanteds by Aigner Wilson
Can technology haunt a house? You'll find out in Unwanteds. Visit Aigner's blog, or read her published work: Mythcreants & The Five-2 NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you’d like to keep this podcast alive, you can join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon. You can also make a one-time donation to the podcast via Paypal.
37:06
September 18, 2018
112: Conjurer's Revenge by Charles W. Chesnutt
Thanks to librivox.org for the narration audio for this episode, and Jen Zink of the Skiffy and Fanty Show for the audio production. You can read more of Chesnutt’s work on Project Gutenberg. NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you’d like to keep this podcast alive, you can join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon. You can also make a one-time donation to the podcast via Paypal.
30:04
September 11, 2018
111: Sweet Justice by Kenesha Williams
“Sweet Justice” was previously published in Black Magic Women: Terrifying Tales by Scary Sisters. You can learn more about Kenesha Williams on Amazon and by checking out Black Girl Magic Lit Mag. NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you want to help keep NIGHTLIGHT from joining the undead, join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon. You can also make a one-time contribution on PayPal. As always, reviews and shout-outs on social media are always appreciated.
25:51
September 4, 2018
110: Sales Pitch by Alicia Thompson
You can read Alicia’s YA sci-fi thrillers, "The Underminers" and its sequel, "Cellblock Earth" on Kindle or paperback. Members of Kindle Unlimited can read both novels for free. NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you want to help keep NIGHTLIGHT from joining the undead, join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon. You can also make a one-time contribution on PayPal. As always, reviews and shout-outs on social media are always appreciated.
10:13
August 28, 2018
109: The Power by Linda D. Addison
Nothing good can come of two girls playing with conjure magic. This week's episode comes to us from Linda D. Addison, who tells us what it means to have power in your blood without respecting it. Linda D. Addison is an award-winning author of four collections, including How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend, and the first African-American recipient of the HWA Bram Stoker Award®. Her story, “The Power” was originally published in the 2004 anthology Dark Dreams. Addison is a co-editor of Sycorax’s Daughters (Cedar Grove Publishing), an anthology of horror fiction/poetry by African-American women. You can catch her work in the anthologies Dark Voices (Lycan Valley Press), Cosmic Underground (Cedar Grove Publishing), Scary Out There (Simon Schuster), and The Beauty of Death (Independent Legions Publishing). Her site: www.lindaaddisonpoet.com. NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you want to help keep NIGHTLIGHT from joining the undead, join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon. You can also make a one-time contribution on PayPal. As always, reviews and shout-outs on social media are always appreciated.
47:35
August 21, 2018
108: The Comet by W.E.B. Du Bois
In this dystopian tale, W.E.B. Du Bois explores the color line and its political implications after a catastrophic event. It is a work of fiction reminiscent of the Twilight Zone, almost 20 years before Rod Serling was born. Read The Comet on Project Gutenberg. This story is narrated by Hollis Monroe, and the audio is used by permission of Escape Artists Inc. and Pseudopod, who have been active and vocal supporters of NIGHTLIGHT since day one. NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you want to help keep NIGHTLIGHT from joining the undead, join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon. You can also make a one-time contribution on PayPal. As always, reviews and shout-outs on social media are always appreciated.
45:09
August 14, 2018
Interview with Danny Lore
We interview Danny Lore and learn about her inspiration for The Nasty at Bellua, how she views werewolves in stories, and about her floral apocalyptic comic series, The Wilds, out right now. To purchase issues of The Wilds, go to https://www.comixology.com/The-Wilds-1/digital-comic/654264?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC9pdGVtU2xpZGVy You can also call up your local comic shop or library and ask to purchase the upcoming collection of the first series. You can read Danny's story, The Last Exorcist, in Issue #3 of FIYAH Literary Magazine: https://www.fiyahlitmag.com/issues/issue-3-sundown-towns/ Follow Danny on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/weredawgz
50:17
August 11, 2018
107: The Nasty at Bellua
Werewolves in space. Need we say more? You can read more of Danny's work on EFNIKS.com or in FIYAH Literary Magazine. NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you want to help keep NIGHTLIGHT from joining the undead, join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon. You can also make a one-time contribution on PayPal. As always, reviews and shout-outs on social media are always appreciated.
38:54
August 7, 2018
106: Daddy’s Home by Sharon Cullars
What happens when the dead can't rest? You can learn more about Sharon via her website or follow her on Twitter. You can read the issue of Weirdbook Magazine with Sharon's story on Kindle or paperback. NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you want to help keep NIGHTLIGHT from joining the undead, join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon. You can also make a one-time contribution on PayPal. As always, reviews and shout-outs on social media are always appreciated.
14:30
July 31, 2018
105: Gray Wolf’s Ha’nt by Charles Chesnutt
You can read more of Charles Chesnutt's stories from The Conjure Woman for free on Project Gutenberg or via Amazon. NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you want to help keep NIGHTLIGHT from joining the undead, join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon. You can also make a one-time contribution on PayPal. As always, reviews and shout-outs on social media are always appreciated.
27:50
July 24, 2018
104: The Stiffening by Nicole Sconiers
What happens when intergenerational trauma becomes physical? You can follow Nicole on her blog. Buy her book, Escape From Beckyville, or read her work in Sycorax’s Daughters. NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you want to help keep NIGHTLIGHT from joining the undead, join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon. You can also make a one-time contribution on PayPal. As always, reviews and shout-outs on social media are always appreciated.
47:14
July 17, 2018
Bonus Episode! Stories of Love and Revenge
Remember, tweet with hashtag #HiddenLove to win a Pretty Deadly print from Good For Her. For more of Monique's work, follow her on Twitter @MoniqueDesir or on Facebook. She also blogs. You can also buy her books: Forbidden (urban fantasy for adults) Moonstruck (middle grade dark fantasy) NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you want to help keep NIGHTLIGHT from joining the undead, join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon. You can also make a one-time contribution on PayPal. As always, reviews and shout-outs on social media are always appreciated.
26:36
July 13, 2018
103: Wilson’s Pawn and Loan by Lamar Giles
What happens when the devil comes to collect on a soul he was promised? This week’s story is from author Lamar Giles. Narrated by Rodney Blu. Download transcript You can find more of Lamar’s work by visiting lamargiles.com. If you want to pre-order his YA mystery, SPIN, visit https://amzn.to/2u3yebR To order his YA anthology, Fresh Ink, go to https://amzn.to/2NEmR21 And if you’re like us, and can’t wait to read more of Lamar’s work, why not grab a copy of Fake ID, his YA Thriller? https://amzn.to/2L6x2ep NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you want to help keep NIGHTLIGHT from joining the undead, join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon. You can also make a one-time contribution on PayPal. As always, reviews and shout-outs on social media are always appreciated.
56:17
July 10, 2018
102: Basque of the Red Death by Eden Royce
This week we have a story from the amazing Eden Royce. I’m a huge fan of Eden’s, maybe because her stories tend toward the darker side, maybe because of the gothic feel of them, but probably because her words haunt you long after you’ve left the world she created. Eden is a full-time writer living in the UK, and as you’ll hear in her interview after the story, a fan of Edgar Allan Poe. Here’s her story, Basque of the Red Death, a tale of vengeance, corsets, and magic. Content Warning: sexual predators, objectification of women NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you want to help keep NIGHTLIGHT from joining the undead, join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon. You can also make a one-time contribution on PayPal. As always, reviews and shout-outs on social media are always appreciated.
1:07:45
July 3, 2018
101: Letters From Home by Justina Ireland
This week we celebrate our very first full episode with an original story from Justina Ireland, bestselling author of Dread Nation. If you haven’t read Dread Nation yet, you’re missing out on my favorite read of this year. Today’s story gives us a little taste of the Dread Nation world—one overrun with zombies in post-Civil War America. But don’t worry, this is a standalone story, so if you haven’t read Dread Nation, you’ll be able to fall right in and won’t hear any spoilers. And if you have read Dread Nation, well, you’ll get your fix for Black girls trained in skilled combat against the undead to hold you over until the sequel comes out. NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you want to help keep NIGHTLIGHT from joining the undead, join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon. You can also make a one-time contribution on PayPal. As always, reviews and shout-outs on social media are always appreciated.
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June 26, 2018
Black Horror is Experiencing a Renaissance
Hi! I’m Tonia Thompson—a horror writer and creator of the NIGHTLIGHT podcast. NIGHTLIGHT features horror stories written by Black authors all over the world. We’ll be debuting on June 26, 2018 with an episode based on the bestselling horror novel DREAD NATION by Justina Ireland, but first, a little story to whet your appetite. You can read the full text of this story on Twitter.   ====== I’ll see you on June 26. Go ahead and subscribe now so you don’t miss Justina’s story, and other strange and creepy tales by other Black writers.
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June 14, 2018
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