As nostalgic as many of us get for our childhood, memory can be a frustratingly unreliable thing. It can lose the most precious moments and information from our formative years… Inexplicably, when we really need it for a conversation with an old friend, our memories may fail us and leave us stammering for an explanation. Sometimes, though, the gaps in our memory shield us from revelations that, if they had been retained, would haunt us to our graves. Today’s stories are about unfortunate characters who attempt to unravel some of these puzzling “Childhood Mysteries."...

On June 13, 2016, the first round of our first ever Evil Idol voice acting competition officially began! From that point, 118 contestants entered the first round fray, and of those, only 50 were eligible - based on listener voting - to move on to the 2nd round, which began August 1, 2016! Voting on Round 2 contestants ran from August 1 - August 27, 2016.  And of the 50 that had advanced to round 2, only the best 25 advanced to Round 3, which began September 1st, 2016! For the first two weeks of September 2016, the top 25 contestants duked it out for supremacy, and on September 23, 2016, the final votes were cast, thus determining the final six contestants who will be advancing to the 4th and final round, to be held live on Halloween night this year, October 31st, 2016! Based on our weighted ranking algorithm - which took into account the contestants's up/down vote ratios, their total popularity (up votes only), their audience engagement level (total votes received), and their adjusted popularity (up votes less down votes) - the final six moving on to the 4th and final round are as follows: 1. Ashley Arndt 2. Jordan Lester 3. Nick Goroff 4. Christopher Keegan 5. Kristin Holland 6. Brindolyn McNair Want to hear all of the finalists' amazing performances in one playlist? You wish is our command! Round 4 Finalists Playlist - click here! Want to take a trip on the Evil Idol time machine? Check out playlists of previous entries below! Finalists Playlists: Round 4 finalists Round 3 finalists Round 2 finalists Missed the prior rounds and want to give them a listen? Nothing to worry about! All Evil Idol entries so far (all rounds included) The following contestants were also ranked, but will not be joining us on Halloween night. We appreciate their contributions, however, and look forward to working with them in other capacities, though they will not, unfortunately, be crowed this year's first-ever Evil Idol: 7. Stuart Kurth 8. Jason Hill 9. Matthew Dalzell 10. Tyler Bowman 11. Marshall Ragsdale 12. John Evans 13. Josh Irish 14. C.C. Childers 15. Kyra Greif 16. Benjamin Lisman 17. Katie Starnes 18. Kailaan Scott Carter 19. Sahil Dalal 20. Pendleton Arkwright 21. Charlie Davenport 22. Olivia Steele 23.Maribel Linares 24. Korynn Warthen 25. Michael Wetch Not familiar with Evil Idol? Well, as a refresher, the prize if one wins the entire competition: a coveted permanent spot on the Chilling Tales for Dark Nights roster, as well as a studio recording package to help get them sounding like a studio veteran in no time (f they don't sound like one already, that is!).  The first-ever Evil Idol will also get special scheduling privileges, and will be fast-tracked to "veteran" status, and will be featured more regularly than other contestants. Congratulations to our six finalists! We look forward to seeing each and every one of you on Monday, October 31st, 2016 - Halloween night - for our 4th and final round, beginning at 9 PM Central Standard Time / 10 PM Eastern Standard Time! Voting will take place live after each scheduled set of performances via SMS text messaging! Be sure to mark your calendars and get ready to help make history!...

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtnYxzc2YXg[/youtube] On June 13, 2016, the first round of our first ever Evil Idol voice acting competition officially began! From that point, 118 contestants entered the first round fray, and of those, only 50 were eligible - based on listener voting - to move on to the 2nd round, which began August 1, 2016! Voting on Round 2 contestants ran from August 1 - August 27, 2016.  And as of today, we are proud to announce that you - the listeners - have spoken again - and have helped select those who will proceed to the coveted Round 3 of our competition, which begins September 1st! You can listen to a customized playlist of the Round 3 finalists if you'd like - just click here! Missed the prior rounds and want to give them a listen? Nothing to worry about! All Evil Idol entries so far (all rounds included) Round 2 entries only Want to skip to the cream of the crop! Here are compilations of the finalists! Round 2 finalists Round 3 finalists The prize if one wins the entire competition? A coveted permanent spot on the Chilling Tales for Dark Nights roster, as well as a studio recording package to help get them sounding like a studio veteran in no time! Those who made it to the second round as based on scores from round one were announced on Facebook originally on 8/28, click here to see that posting. We are proud to announce that the following individuals will be moving on to Round 3 beginning September 1, 2016! ‪‎Congratulations to everyone who participated, especially those who made it to the next round! NOTE: The following list is alphabetized by first name, and does not imply the order in which anyone is ranked, or the order in which their entries for Round 3 will be published. If your name is not on this list, this means you are no longer a participant in the Evil Idol competition. However, this does not mean you will not be considered for roles in the future. If we are interested in working with you in spite of the results here, we will contact you on a need-by basis. Ashley Arndt Benjamin Lisman Brindolyn McNair C.C. Childers Charlie Davenport Christopher Keegan CreepsWork Jason Hill John Evans Jordan Lester Kailaan Scott Carter Katie Starnes Korynn Warthen Kristin Holland Kyra Greif Maribel Linares Matthew Dalzell Michael Wetch Midnite Marshall Nicholas Goroff Olivia Steele Pendleton Arkwright Sahil Dalal Stuart Kurth Tyler Bowman ...

Chilling Tales for Dark Nights and Chilling Tales: The Podcast fans, our newest story featuring the writing of Hollywood screenwriter Max Landis(writer of the movies Chronicle and Victor Frankenstein), featuring production and music by Jeff Clement and the vocal talent of Jeff, as well as Alicia Pavlis and Kellie Fitzgerald - was just released! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs6Z54xY_7U) We need YOUR help to promote this! Point out to all your friends and family that we worked with Max on this, and draw as much attention to it as possible. We would also appreciate it if you would reach out to Landis and let him know you appreciate him allowing us to adapt his story, and encourage him to work with us on other projects. He's a truly creative, out-of-the-box guy, and we would be honored to collaborate with him more frequently. Thanks for all you do! Here is some social media contact info for Landis, so that you can message him. He seems most active on Twitter: ► Twitter: https://twitter.com/Uptomyknees ► YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Uptomyknees ► Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/user/Uptomyknees/ ► Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uptomyknees [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs6Z54xY_7U[/youtube] ...

Don't miss our April 2016 exclusive Patrons-only live event, "An Evening with Steve Taylor," featuring the one and only Steve Taylor - voice actor, host of Chilling Tales: The Podcast and card-carrying meteorologist - having fun, telling tales and making friends. This is your opportunity to get up close and personal with Taylor, ask him questions directly, and see what's in store in the future! Not a Patron yet? Sign up today to get access to this event, as well as our entire HD audio and film archive! Click here to become a Patron today! Live YouTube event page! [mepr-show if="loggedin"]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12dx20pLmSw[/mepr-show][mepr-show if="loggedout"]Sorry! Access to this event is limited to patrons only. Click here to log in or sign up now and get access instantly! Lost your password? Click here to reset it! Need more info? Take the tour now to see what you're missing![/mepr-show] Set your calendars and join us Saturday, April 16, at 8 PM CST / 9 PM EST, for an event you'll never forget! Saturday, April 16 "An Evening with Steve Taylor" Patrons Only Live Event Event begins: 8 PM CST / 9 PM EST Be there or be square! Join us at the below URL! BOOKMARK IT NOW! [mepr-show if="loggedin"]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12dx20pLmSw[/mepr-show][mepr-show if="loggedout"]Sorry! Access to this event is limited to patrons only. Click here to log in or sign up now and get access instantly! Lost your password? Click here to reset it! Need more info? Take the tour now to see what you're missing![/mepr-show] ★ ★ ABOUT PERFORMER STEVE TAYLOR ★ ★ Steve Taylor was born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1970. Reared in the papermill town of Crossett, Arkansas, Steve first experienced the creepy and unexplained as he witnessed the ‘Crossett Light’. The tale goes a little like this: Crossett had a railroad worker, a brakeman, who came to an untimely end in the early 1900s when he was beheaded near some tracks. For years, many people have reported seeing a ball of light swaying back and forth a few feet over the track as the spirit of the brakeman looks for his lost head. Or is it his wife carrying the lantern and looking? Steve got his start in front of a microphone at the age of fifteen, working for one the local radio stations in Magnolia, Arkansas. His journey from then and there to here has taken Steve (and his voice) to great destinations that include Knoxville, Tennessee, Huntsville, Alabama, and his current home base on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. His skills have earned him over eighty Mississippi Association of Broadcaters awards, a dozen ADDY awards, and two Silver Microphones. Steve’s also a meteorologist, practicing those wares at WXXV Television in Gulfport, Mississippi. Steve joined the Chilling Tales team in early 2015 as a narrator. First doing a few small parts, eventually Steve got involved in some of the larger-scale projects that Chilling Tales has become known for. His favorite project so far? The Chilling Tales production of H.G. Welles’s ‘War of the Worlds’. Steve continues his pursuits in the voiceover world, auditioning for every commercial, radio, and television script that comes his way. Steve is the station imaging voice for KIIS-FM in Los Angeles, California, as well as the amazing KIIS-FM in Sydney, Australia, among other stations. Steve is married to Susan, his wife and companion of over twenty years. They are the parents of Grace, Walker, and Lola. ► Official Website | http://stevetvo.com/ ► Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/stevetvo ► Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/stevetvo/ Not familiar with Steve Taylor? Check out his narration playlist here!  Or check him out as the host of Chilling Tales: The Podcast! DATE / TIME Start time of event: 8:00 PM CST See you there! [mepr-show if="loggedin"][youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12dx20pLmSw[/youtube][/mepr-show][mepr-show if="loggedout"]Sorry! Access to this event is limited to patrons only. Click here to log in or sign up now and get access instantly! Lost your password? Click here to reset it! Need more info? Take the tour now to see what you're missing![/mepr-show]...

A remake of the classic radio thriller, as performed originally by Orson Welles and Mercury Radio Theater, about a man who comes across a strange figure in the road while making his way home. When he picks up the lonesome hitchhiker, he gets more than he bargained for....

Don't miss our public March 26, 2016 live event, featuring a star-studded cast of your favorite narrators and producers having fun, telling tales and making friends. Set your calendars and join us Saturday, March 26, at 8 PM CST / 9 PM EST, for an event you'll never forget! Live Event Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xv9x_U7u70 Be there or be square!  ...

Don't miss our March 2016 exclusive Patrons-only live event, "An Evening with Jeff Clement," featuring the one and only Jeff Clement, having fun, telling tales and making friends. This is your opportunity to get up close and personal with Clement, ask him questions directly, and see what's in store in the future! Not a Patron yet? Sign up today to get access to this event, as well as our entire HD audio and film archive! Click here to become a Patron today! Live YouTube event page! [mepr-active ifallowed="show" unauth="message"]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyp-xOD6sek[/mepr-active] Set your calendars and join us Saturday, March 19, at 8 PM CST / 9 PM EST, for an event you'll never forget! Saturday, February 20th "An Evening with Jeff Clement" Patrons Only Livestream Event Event begins: 8 PM CST / 9 PM EST Be there or be square! Join us at the below URL! BOOKMARK IT NOW! [mepr-active ifallowed="show" unauth="message"]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyp-xOD6sek[/mepr-active] ★ ★ ABOUT PERFORMER JEFF CLEMENT ★ ★ Jeff Clement is an executive producer, composer, and narrator for Chilling Tales for Dark Nights. ► Official Website | http://auralstimulation.net/ ► YouTube | http://www.youtube.com/user/AuralStimulations ► Facebook | http://www.facebook.com/AuralStimulations ► Twitter | http://www.twitter.com/auralstimulate ► Instagram | http://instagram.com/auralstimulations ► Tumblr | http://auralstimulations.tumblr.com/ ► SoundCloud | http://soundcloud.com/auralstimulation Not familiar with Jeff Clement? Check out his narration playlist here!  Or check out his production playlist here! DATE / TIME Start time of event: 8:00 PM CST See you there! [mepr-active ifallowed="show" unauth="message"][youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyp-xOD6sek[/youtube][/mepr-active]...

Don't miss our public March 26, 2016 livestream event, featuring a star-studded cast of your favorite narrators and producers having fun, telling tales and making friends. Set your calendars and join us Saturday, March 26, at 8 PM CST / 9 PM EST, for an event you'll never forget! Live Event Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xv9x_U7u70 Be there or be square!  ...

The Challenge: In 3,000 - 6,500 words, write the scariest short horror story you can imagine, as inspired by the series of photographs below: This Month's Images: HD Image # 1 HD Image # 2 HD Image # 3 Then What Happens? There will be open submissions thru 3/22/16. During that period, we will accept any and all stories written that were clearly inspired by the images above (assuming they did not violate our submission standards: click here to view those). At the conclusion of the writing period, all entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges, including members of the cast and crew at Chilling Tales for Dark Nights, and the panel will select one grand prize winner and nominate two runners-up, each of whom will receive various prizes On 3/29/16, the top stories, as determined by the judging panel, will be announced on our website, YouTube channel and on Chilling Tales: The Podcast. The 1st place winner's tale shall will then be assigned to our narrators to be produced for publication on our YouTube channel and website - and possibly also on our podcast - complete with full sound effects and custom music, with an anticipated release date prior to 8/30/16. The top author will receive a complimentary 1-year pass to the CTFDN Members Area, as well as a complimentary Season Pass for the current season of David Cummings' NoSleep Podcast The two runners up will receive a complimentary 6-month pass to the CTFDN Members Area, as well as a guarantee that their stories will be produced as part of the Simply Scary audio book series. All entries will also be considered for inclusion in our upcoming print and eBook horror anthologies, and for possible future production. The Deadline: All stories for this contest must be submitted to us no later than Midnight CST on March 23, 2016 Story Submission Period: 2/23/2016 - Midnight CST 3/23/2016 Winner and Runners-up Announced: 3/29/2016 Winning Story Anticipated to Be Published By: 8/30/16 Rules and Notices: Contest entries must meet our standard story submission guidelines - click here to see those. Stories must be between 3,000 and 6,500 words in length. You may title the story whatever you like Send stories by e-mail to marchcontest@chillingtalesfordarknights.com within the timeframe cited above (this supersedes the standard submission email on our story submissions page). Stories sent to the standard submissions email rather than to the contest email address may be missed. Attach the stories in an editable format, such as Microsoft Word (.DOC, .DOCX), or OpenOffice only - no PDFs The subject line of your e-mail should be formatted as follows: "[Story Name Here] by [Author’s Name] – March 2016 Short Horror Writing Contest Submission. Please follow this naming convention exactly or your submission could easily be missed. Include a short bio, a full list of all your website and social media links, and a quality profile photo of yourself, all for use on your resulting author's page (in the event you win and are published) Include a brief synopsis of your story Include your full name and a pen name as well, if you prefer to be credited by an alternative name upon posting / publication We reserve the right to reject a submission without giving a reason. We only accept original submissions by the authors themselves. By submitting you state that you are the author of the story and hold all the rights necessary for publishing on this website and our affiliated YouTube channels, podcast and websites. Helpful Hints and Other Information: Edit and proofread your story several times prior to submission. You will receive an auto-response when you submit your story. Please consider this evidence that your submission has gotten to us. If you do not get an automated response, please let us know. With regard to formatting, do not indent your paragraphs. Make sure to put a hard return after each paragraph. Keep in mind while writing that your story may or may not be produced with sound effects and music. It should be written in such a way that it would work as both an audio book reading and as a full production, or equally well in written form. Read your story out loud and make sure it makes sense and sounds decent when spoken. After all, our narrators will need to read it later, and it should sound decent. Use spell check! Always! If your story is one of the winners, you will be asked to sign a Multimedia Release Form, authorizing us to reproduce the story in audio format for use commercially on our websites. No compensation will be provided other than the prizes stated above. All rights remain with the submitting author. Chilling Entertainment makes no claim of copyright. By submitting a story, contributors agree that an audio version of the story may be produced and acknowledge that both the audio and text versions of the stories submitted will be exploited commercially, and that the full text of the story will also appear on the website. Authors shall receive no financial compensation for your story submission, with exceptions made for those that are featured in printed/eBook anthologies or story collections.  Separate financial arrangements will be made with authors whose stories are featured in those products. We reserve the right to make minor edits on the story, such as to spelling, grammar, etc. as we deem necessary, on both the text copy and on the final stories as produced for audio. Again, this bears repeating, stories submitted as part of this contest *MUST* meet our standard story submission guidelines.  Click here to view those.    ...

Don't miss our February 2016 exclusive Members-only livestream event, "A Night with Jesse Cornett," featuring the one and only Jesse Cornett, having fun, telling tales and making friends. This is your opportunity to get up close and personal with Cornett, ask him questions directly, and see what's in store in the future! EVENT DETAILS HERE: https://www.chillingtalesfordarknights.com/event/night-jesse-cornett-members-livestream-event/ This is a members-only event; you'll need to have a Members Pass or an Event Pass to get access! Get a 72-hour Event Pass for $0.99 here: https://www.chillingtalesfordarknights.com/register/72-hour-event-pass/ Or sign up for one of our other memberships here, and support us long-term: https://www.chillingtalesfordarknights.com/join-now/ * * * * * * Set your calendars and join us Saturday, February 20th, at 8 PM CST / 9 PM EST, for an event you'll never forget! Saturday, February 20th "A Night with Jesse Cornett" Members Only Livestream Event Event begins: 8 PM CST / 9 PM EST ★ ★ ABOUT PERFORMER JESSE CORNETT ★ ★ Jesse Cornett is an executive producer, editor, film scout and narrator for Chilling Tales for Dark Nights. OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://pleromaproductions.wix.com/pleromaproductions#!my-work/ck0q Not familiar with Jesse Cornett? Check out his narration playlist here!  Or check out his production playlist here! DATE / TIME Start time of event: 8:00 PM CST See you there!...