FINAL EVIL IDOL 2017 - ROUND 2 RESULTS Updated: Saturday, September 9, 2017   We have now received all of the final scores from all of the members of our 8-judge panel, and all public votes have been collected and tabulated, and final weighted scores have been processed.   30% of each contestant's final score was decided by our listening audience, as determined by their up-to-down-vote ratio.   The remaining 70% was determined by our panel of judges.   Congratulations to the top 10 contestants who have advanced to the third round, which will run from 9/18 - 9/29!   Without further ado, the final EVIL IDOL 2017 - ROUND 2 voice acting competition rankings:   OFFICIALLY MOVING ON TO ROUND 3:   01. Joe Walz ― 94.99% (YT ratio) ― 8.13 (judges' average) ― 8.54 (final score)   02. Nikolai Porter ― 93.32% (YT ratio) ― 8.19 (judges' average) ― 8.53 (final score)   03. Jonathan West ― 95.34% (YT ratio) ― 8.06 (judges' average) ― 8.50 (final score)   04. Heather Thomas ― 90.22% (YT ratio) ― 8.00 (judges' average) ― 8.31 (final score)   05. FearFunktion ― 87.64% (YT ratio) ― 8.06 (judges' average) ― 8.27 (final score)   06. Fritz Faught ― 77.85% (YT ratio) ― 8.47 (judges' average) ― 8.26 (final score)   07. Miguel Martin ― 88.06% (YT ratio) ― 7.84 (judges' average) ― 8.13 (final score)   08. Justin Norris ― 83.14% (YT ratio) ― 7.66 (judges' average) ― 7.85 (final score)   09. Andrew Berrios ― 80.21% (YT ratio) ― 7.69 (judges' average) ― 7.79 (final score)   10. Ky Kinney ― 88.71% (YT ratio) ― 6.97 (judges' average) ― 7.54 (final score)   OFFICIALLY ELIMINATED:   11. Brandon Nash ― 87.00% (YT ratio) ― 6.88 (judges' average) ― 7.42 (final score)   12. Ryan Borses ― 91.24% (YT ratio) ― 6.66 (judges' average) ― 7.40 (final score)   13. Darragh Counihan ― 80.71% (YT ratio) ― 7.00 (judges' average) ― 7.32 (final score)   14. Chris Brook ― 86.82% (YT ratio) ― 6.69 (judges' average) ― 7.29 (final score)   15. Andrew Scuderi ― 86.38% (YT ratio) ― 6.69 (judges' average) ― 7.27 (final score)   16. Adam Koot-Bascomb ― 80.70% (YT ratio) ― 6.66 (judges' average) ― 7.08 (final score)   17. Ann LaBar ― 86.94% (YT ratio) ― 6.31 (judges' average) ― 7.03 (final score)   18. Brady Boothe ― 79.75% (YT ratio) ― 6.44 (judges' average) ― 6.90 (final score)   19. Erica Garraffa ― 82.93% (YT ratio) ― 6.25 (judges' average) ― 6.86 (final score)   20. Daniel Gurzynski ― 77.21% (YT ratio) ― 6.44 (judges' average) ― 6.82 (final score)   21. Camille Erickson ― 82.33% (YT ratio) ― 5.81 (judges' average) ― 6.54 (final score)   22. Leah Feaster ― 74.92% (YT ratio) ― 6.03 (judges' average) ― 6.47 (final score)   23. Quincy Walters ― 84.93% (YT ratio) ― 5.38 (judges' average) ― 6.31 (final score)   24. GhoulBrains ― 79.96% (YT ratio) ― 5.31 (judges' average) ― 6.12 (final score)   25. Dirili ― 79.87% (YT ratio) ― 5.13 (judges' average) ― 5.98 (final score)   26. Matthew Smith ― 64.22% (YT ratio) ― 5.53 (judges' average) ― 5.80 (final score)   27. Zorayda ― 70.27% (YT ratio) ― 5.19 (judges' average) ― 5.74 (final score)   28. Rob Palumbo ― 55.81% (YT ratio) ― 5.47 (judges' average) ― 5.50 (final score)   29. Stephen Sennert ― 42.21% (YT ratio) ― 4.75 (judges' average) ― 4.59 (final score)   30. Creepy Steampunk ― 37.17% (YT ratio) ― 3.78 (judges' average) ― 3.76 (final score) ...

Thank you to all of our fans, listeners, and supporters, who have helped us to overcome YouTube's ridiculous AI/bot "machine learning" demonetization tools in in the past 2-3 weeks.   We continue to struggle with the unjust demonetization of our entire back-catalog, as well as many of our new releases, which continue to be flagged (despite the fact they contain nothing remotely objectionable in their tags, titles, descriptions or thumbnail imagery), and even though 99% of the videos which had been auto-flagged and have now been manually reviewed have been deemed to have been flagged in error and re-monetized.   The reposting of older material has raised some honest questions, and we understand why.   "CTFDN, I've heard this before. Why are you reposting old stuff, y'all? I want my new creepy stories!"   The reposts are our way of giving the finger to YouTube. Because storytelling is timeless, we have an advantage over other "current events" and gaming channels, in that our stories are often relevant 4-5 years after their original posting, and will probably still be decades later.   Upon the first round of reposts, we also learned something interesting: 95% of the comments suggested newer fans (who have found us in the past 1-2 years) have never heard the material from 2012-2016.   It is no secret that YoTube doesn't make it easy to check out a channel's back-catalog. They offer no calendar view or posts, and haven't added any new ways to sort a channel's content (such as by tags, up/down vote ratio, watch time, etc.) since YT was taken over by Google in 2008.   If someone new to us wants to listen to our old material, they have to click the nefarious "see more" button at the bottom of their video uploads page literally dozens of time to get back to 2014-2013 (where there are a LOT of diamonds hidden in the rough!)   Reposting helps expose new listeners to these older stories, helps us overcome the unjust demonetization (and YT's absurd 'you have to have gotten 1,000+ views in the past 7 days rule), and gives us an opportunity to rebrand with updated logos, etc.   In summary, we thank you all for "putting up with" and understanding why we're doing what we're doing. It is helping us to survive this creative content massacre, to live (and scare!) another day.   Beginning 9/11, we start a new schedule of DAILY new story postings, which will continue - with dedication and passion - for the forseeable future.   Material will be simplified until such time that revenue springs back, meaning that it will not feature elaborate sound effects or custom music - or full casts - but it will feature the best of our narrative performers, and every effort will be made to cast women for female roles, men for male roles, and appropriate actors for children's roles.   We do hope everyone will continue to support us with the onset of the new schedule. It takes a tremendous amount of effort to keep 40+ voice talents busy and scheduled, and to go through this many tales of terror.   We have good things in store. We can't wait to share the heebie-jeebies into all of you for another 5 years.   Craig Groshek ...

FULL CONTEST DETAILS: https://www.chillingtalesfordarknights.com/evilidol2017/   AUDIO FROM LAST YEAR'S CONTEST: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECtd0JgPc8I&list=PLpCh5fYI6EcHYFYTek9PSFJaCz6djWJ0l     BACKGROUND INFORMATION   Beginning Monday, July 10, Chilling Tales for Dark Nights will be launching the second season of the EVIL IDOL voice acting competition, in which you – a member of our audience – will have the opportunity to win a coveted spot as a vocal performer on our roster!   For years we’ve taken auditions via our website and have been blessed to have discovered – and been discovered by – talented individuals such as Jeff Clement, Alicia Pavlis, Jesse Cornett, Otis Jiry and Heather Ordover.   And our first season of EVIL IDOL, in 2016, brought us the talent of finalists such as Ashley Tolfo, Nick Goroff, Jordan Lester, Kristin Holland, Brindolyn McNair, and host of the Simply Scary Podcast, G.M. Danielson!   REQUIREMENTS   ✔ Applicants can be any age, gender, or sex, and can be of any nationality.   ✔ Prior voice acting experience is NOT required!   ✔ Those who competed (or auditioned) previously but who have not become members of our roster are welcome to compete this year.   ✔ All competitors must pay a mandatory $5.00 USD entrance fee (paid via PayPal using the link to the left).   ✔ Applicants must have the ability to record clean, clear audio, unsupported by sound effects or music, to be sent to us in either .WAV or 320 kbps MP3 format via a dependable service such as DropBox or Google Drive.   ✔ Applicants are welcome to use any recording device of your choice. However, please note: although contestants are being judged on their performance, enthusiasm and interest in becoming a part of our team, and not on the quality of your recording device itself, those lacking the ability to record, at minimum, clean, clear audio will be at a serious disadvantage in the contest itself.   ✔ All applicants must provide: a short 1-2 minute audio clip telling us your name or stage name, your age and location, any other details about yourself you’d like to share, and a quick explanation as to why you’d like to become the next Evil Idol.   ✔ All applicants must provide: a sample reading, no longer than 5 minutes, of any public domain horror story of your choice. It can be Poe, Lovecraft, Bierce, Stoker, or any other author of your choice, so long as it is out of copyright! If you’d like to perform a modern story as well, that’s fine, too, but you’ll need to provide a copy of an email from the author to us proving they are aware of and okay with your use of their work in this capacity. Don’t know how to contact an author? Record a classic. We will not select stories for you.   ✔ Email the aforementioned audio, your legal name, a high quality photo of yourself, and your contact details, to our director at: craig (at) chillingtalesfordarknights.com.   THE ENTRANCE FEE & THE CASH PRIZE   New this year is a cash prize for the winner and the first 3 runners-up!   We’re asking everyone joining the contest this year to contribute $5 to a cash prize pool.  Your contribution of 5 dead presidents will get you into the contest and will GUARANTEE you the chance to be heard!  Unlike in 2016, when only half of the more than 250 entrants were given the opportunity to participate, everyone contributing this year will get their five minutes of fame!   The cash prize awarded to the winner and the three runners-up will be provided using the funds collected in the pool – think of it as personal raffle ticket of terror!   The more people that enter, the more diverse the competition, and the bigger your paycheck, so tell your friends, your family, and that cashier with the awesome voice that works at your local grocery store!   Regrettably, we cannot state at this time what the exact cash prize will be at this time, as that will depend on the number of entrants.  Rest assured, however: we will release more details once the application period is over!   In the event we do not receive enough interest in the contest this year, all funds will be returned.   HOW THE CONTEST WILL WORK   The stories provided as part of the application will be utilized in the first round, and will be posted in full to our YouTube channel, where the public will be allowed to vote via UP or DOWN votes, for one week per entry.   After all entrants have been judged, they will be ranked according to the ratio of up or down votes, and the top 50% of contestants as based on those numbers will move on to the second round, which begins in August!   In the second round and beyond, contestants will be asked to secure their own material, as well as perform it, and will be judged again by the YouTube audience.   The total number of rounds will be determined by the number of applicants!   The winner and runners-up will be selected in plenty of time to be a part of our upcoming Halloween festivities in October! ...

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]...

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!...

Don't miss our public January 30, 2016 livestream event *TONIGHT*, featuring several of your favorite narrators and producers having fun, telling tales and making friends. Set your calendars and join us Saturday, January 30, at 8 PM CST / 9 PM EST, for an event you'll never forget! Saturday, January 30, 2016 Public Livestream Event Live Event Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DChWUreKirY 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 Then What Happens? There will be open submissions thru 2/23/16. 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 3/1/16, 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 7/30/16. 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 February 24, 2016 Story Submission Period: 1/26/2016 - Midnight CST 2/24/2016 Winner and Runners-up Announced: 3/1/2016 Winning Story Anticipated to Be Published By: 7/30/16 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 februarycontest@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] – February 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 public January 30, 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, January 30, at 8 PM CST / 9 PM EST, for an event you'll never forget! Saturday, January 30, 2016 Public Livestream Event Live Event Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DChWUreKirY 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 1/26/16. 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 2/2/16, 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 6/30/16. 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 January 26, 2016 Story Submission Period: 1/5/2016 - Midnight CST 1/26/2016 Winner and Runners-up Announced: 2/2/2016 Winning Story Anticipated to Be Published By: 6/30/16 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 januarycontest@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] – January 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. ...