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Check out all of the newest material including short stories and anthologies.


Terror in the Library
Full story readings of horror fiction

Discover a treasure trove of fantastic horror stories! These full story readings are in the public domain and are handpicked and produced exclusively for matthewtansek.com.

The Night Song
A six-part audio tale of nocturnal horror

Does the night wind beckon you from your window?

Does the danger of the black veil excite your soul?

There is more to the world when the sun goes down; something nameless is added as the light dies away. My name is Douglas Ingram, and for as long as I can remember I have been unable to resist the song of the crickets and the darkness just beyond my door. When the rest of the world goes quiet and turns in, I head out, but far too often I get wrapped up in the events I’m just out there to observe. I’ve learned that the greatest beauty and the greatest horrors emerge when they think nobody is watching. I’ve seen monsters that masquerade as men, I’ve heard the dead whisper and I’ve even felt the pulse of the moon. It’s about time I share these things with you, and the rest of the waking world. These are my stories…

Coming Soon!

A continuing podcast examining the origins of common horror tropes

Have you ever wondered what the first occult detective story was? Or how about the first story about an invisible monster? Or killer clown? Well, you’re in the right place because in this podcast we will explore the firsts in horror literature. In each episode, we’ll take a look at the authors that first dreamed up the concept, the context of the world that the idea was born into, as well as the stories and legacy those ideas have spurred since their inception.

From the Writing Desk

I was asked the other day by a friend what my reading recommendations would be for someone looking to create a tabletop game in a Gothic horror setting.  I put together the following, and thought that it might be useful for others out there so I'm going to re-post it here.  It's by no means a definitive list, but it ...
Like many people I've got a deep fascination with the pulp stories of yesteryear, and up until this point I had thought I had read all of the occult detective stories that were out there that had been written in that time period.  I marveled at the electric pentacle of Thomas Carnacki, and the Ghost Busters-esque hauntings that he set ...
/ Musings, reading
If you love pulp fiction and weird tales as much as I do then you've probably already heard about the €300,000 donation that Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown gave to the Ritman Library to digitize it's occult collection.  The collection includes thousands of pre-1900s texts including alchemy, astrology, magic, and theosophy.  How cool. This is a particularly awesome thing for ...
/ creativity, Inspiration, Musings


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