NIGHTLIGHT: A Horror Fiction Podcast

203: The Red Line by Steven Payne

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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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
The Deacons’ Girl by Jennifer Harris
Join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon and help us #PayBlackWriters. You can also help us fund weekly episodes for Season 2 on GoFundMe This episode produced by Jen Zink. Narration provided by ChaChanna Simpson. Story edits by Tonia Thompson.
58:07
January 10, 2019
Blitz by C.J. Silver
What happens when man's best friend protects you....even in death? If you want to hear more stories or help #PayBlackWriters, you can join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion for as little as $1 per month. If you prefer to just make a one-time donation, go to paypal.me/NightlightPodcast.
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 imagine a trip to the Twilight Zone. Remember, we need your support to continue this podcast. Go to patreon.com/nightlightpod to join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion and support Black horror.
46:35
October 31, 2018
At Night We’ll Feast Together by A.Z. Louise
Our story today, from author A.Z. Louise, warns us of 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. Thanks to Mike, our newest member of the NIGHTLIGHT Legion. Because of you, and our other patrons, we get to keep buying more horror stories from Black writers and keep releasing new episodes. If you’d like to support NIGHTLIGHT and Black horror writers, head over to patreon.com/nightlightpod. You’ll also get access to behind-the-scenes updates and bonus episodes. Remember, Halloween is the last day to become a member and get perks like swag and free story critiques, so make sure you join today to get the most bang for your buck. If you want to support NIGHTLIGHT, but are unable to do so financially, sharing the podcast on social media and reviewing us on Apple Podcasts are both immensely helpful. In fact, if you leave a 5-star review for us before our Season 2 premiere in December, you’ll be entered to win a NIGHTLIGHT t-shirt. The first 10 reviewers will also get some NIGHTLIGHT swag, including bookmarks, stickers, a magnet, and a personalized thank you note with a mini-story starring anyone you wish. You can also make one time donations via PayPal by going to paypal.me/NightlightPodcast. Thanks to our narrator for today’s episode, the talented Cherrae Stuart. Thanks also to the audio producer and designer for this episode, Jen Zink. That’s our show for today. We’ll be back tomorrow with our season finale—an audio adaptation of my own take of a story from the Twilight Zone. You don’t want to miss it!
27:09
October 30, 2018
Flash Fiction
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24:20
October 23, 2018
Malaika Descending by Sheree Renée Thomas
October is halfway over, and that means Season 1 of NIGHTLIGHT will be coming to and end soon. We’ve got 2 more episodes, plus a special full cast production (!!!!!) bonus episode on Halloween. But, thanks to the NIGHTLIGHT Legion, there will be a Season 2! Join other horror lovers in supporting our mission to #PayBlackWriters and you’ll also get access to bonus episodes throughout the year. Real horror stories, reimagined legends, and Black horror chats with some of the most amazing voices in the genre are all perks of your membership. Plus, you know you won’t end up as Malaika’s roommate in the afterlife. Just go to patreon.com/nightlightpod to join us.
31:11
October 16, 2018
Slenderman [Blacklore Bonus Episode]
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. To join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon, go to patreon.com/nightlightpod.
08:37
October 12, 2018
Blaxploitation Exploration with Eden Royce
Visit Eden Royce’s website for more information about her and her work: www.edenroyce.com You can also 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.
1:04:22
October 9, 2018
The Unknown Presence [True Frights Bonus Episode]
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? For more bonus content, join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion by going to patreon.com/nightlightpod. You can also make a one-time donation to the podcast via Paypal.
17:30
October 2, 2018
S1 E14: 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 Help us pay Black writers and get bonus content by joining the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon or supporting us on PayPal
51:41
September 25, 2018
Unwanteds by Aigner Wilson
Visit Aigner's Blog: https://loveundergroundblog.wordpress.com/ Published Work: Mythcreants The Five-2 Become a member of the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon. You can also contribute via PayPal.me/NightlightPodcast, or by listening to the podcast via the RadioPublic app.
37:06
September 18, 2018
S1 E12: 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. If you’d like to keep this podcast alive, you can join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion by going to patreon.com/nightlightpod.You can also make a one-time donation to the podcast via Paypal.
30:04
September 11, 2018
S1 E11: 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. If you’d like to keep this podcast alive, you can join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion by going to patreon.com/nightlightpod.You can also make a one-time donation to the podcast via Paypal.
25:51
September 4, 2018
S1 E10: 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. Thanks to members of the NIGHTLIGHT Legion, we were able to pay this Black author or her work. If you’d like to contribute, you can join us at patreon.com/nightlightpod or make a one-time donation at paypal.me/NightlightPodcast. This week’s episode is partially brought to you by Audible. Try Audible today by going to nightlightpod.com/audible to get 30 days and 2 books free! This week’s recommendation is THE CHANGELING by Victor LaValle.
10:13
August 28, 2018
S1 E9: 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. This week's episode is brought to you in part by our patrons. You can become a member of the NIGHTLIGHT Legion for as little as $1 and get access to perks such as behind-the-scenes updates, bonus stories, and extended interviews with our authors. All patrons also get ad-free episodes. If you prefer to make a one-time donation to help us pay Black writers, go to PayPal.Me/NightlightPodcast. This week’s episode is also brought to you by Audible. Try Audible today by going to nightlightpod.com/audible to get 30 days and 2 books free! This week, I recommend FRESH INK, an anthology of stories that features an author aired on NIGHTLIGHT: Lamar Giles, who wrote Wilson’s Pawn and Lawn, one of our most popular episodes so far.
47:35
August 21, 2018
The Comet by W.E.B. Du Bois on NIGHTLIGHT: The Black Horror Podcast
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: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/15210/15210-h/15210-h.htm#Chapter_X 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. As always, we appreciate your support. If you like this podcast, you can join us on Patreon at patreon.com/nightlightpod. Reviews on iTunes are immensely helpful, as are shares on social media and in real life with friends.
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
S1 E7: The Nasty at Bellua
You can read more of Danny's work on EFNIKS.com: http://efniks.com/fiction-pages/2018/3/14/the-moon-and-other-beasts-i-keep-with-me Or in FIYAH Literary Magazine: http://www.fiyahlitmag.com/product/issue-three-sundown-towns/ We've got 2 episodes of Season 2 funded and if you want more NIGHTLIGHT we need your help. To support NIGHTLIGHT so we can continue to #PayBlackWriters, go to http://www.patreon.com/nightlightpod or http://paypal.me/NightlightPodcast. Don't forget to rate us and leave a review. Our interview with Danny will air later this week.
38:54
August 7, 2018
Daddy’s Home by Sharon Cullars
This week we hear a story from Sharon Cullars. Sharon tells us what happens when the dead can't rest. You can learn more about Sharon via her website at www.sharoncullars.com or follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SharonCullars You can read the issue of Weirdbook Magazine with Sharon's story on Kindle or paperback: https://amzn.to/2mXQgIB You can also support us by joining our Patreon: http://patreon.com/nightlightpod. All patrons get ad-free episodes and lots of other membership perks!
14:30
July 31, 2018
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 https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/11666 or via Amazon: https://amzn.to/2uKbJsA As always, we appreciate your support. If you like this podcast, you can join us on Patreon at patreon.com/nightlightpod. Reviews on iTunes are immensely helpful, as are shares on social media on in real life with friends.
27:50
July 24, 2018
The Stiffening by Nicole Sconiers
You can follow Nicole on her blog: www.nicolesconiers.com/blog Buy her book, Escape From Beckyville: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/69733 Sycorax’s Daughters: https://amzn.to/2ur2UE2 Please follow our wonderful narrator for this episode: Cherrae Stuart at www.cherraelstuart.com or @ActorOnTheEdge on Twitter. You can also check out her podcast at @TCADPodcast and @GoodMorningAntioch You can buy Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older: https://amzn.to/2Lo7xFe The sequel (Shadowhouse Fall) is also amazing.
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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