I have come from up high, musing with the Jivapanthis. And to The Nameless Ones of the Deep do I go, squirming in their number.
—The Nameless Rider
Season Three • Episodes One - Six

And Worms Do Not Destroy

In this six-part story, a mythic odyssey challenges a pair of barbarian brothers as they set off on an arduous pilgrimage to beseech The Blessed Immortal King.

Part One: Barbarian brothers Wedit and Yof journey north to beseech The Blessed Immortal King but soon run afoul of a gang of thieves.


Part Two: Barbarian Wedit matches wits with the mysterious Azara the Volpa when he refuses to pay for her otherworldly elixir.


Part Three: Barbarian brothers Wedit and Yof are taken prisoner by The Magnate, the saurian nemesis of The Nameless Rider.


Part Four: Barbarian brothers Wedit and Yof are befuddled by The Good Lady and her Messengers before confronting the Nameless Rider in a snow storm.


Part Five: Barbarian brothers Wedit and Yof reach the city of The Blessed Immortal King and disrupt a festival held in his honor.


Part Six: Barbarian brothers Wedit and Yof face their destiny when they stand before the throne of The Blessed Immortal King


  • Written and Produced by William J. Meyer
  • Starring Steve Rudolph as Wedit, Yof, and the Narrator
  • Featuring Cary Michael Ayers as Kaveh and Ensemble, AJ Beckles as Messenger Navid and Ensemble, Julia Eve as Azara and The Minister, Sarah Golding as Messenger Nima and Ensemble, Karim Kronfli as The Magnate and The Nameless Rider, Owen McCuen as Ensemble, Elizabeth Novotny as The Good Lady and The Creature and Ensemble
  • Illustration by William J. Meyer
  • Do you prefer direct mp3 downloads of this story? You can download Part One here and download Part Two here and download Part Three here and download Part Four here and download Part Five here and download Part Six here
  • Would you like to read this story? You can read it in my short story collection Invisible Fires: Fugues + Fairy Tales
  • This story's recommended book: Fearful Symmetry: Kraven's Last Hunt by JM DeMatteis, Mike Zeck, and Bob McLeod





  • They hate me. I’m not going to cry for them.
    —Jordan
    Season Two • Episode Two

    The Loser

    When Jordan is invited to a rich and popular girl's birthday party on the same day as her own birthday, her new best friends have a cruel surprise in store.

    But there's something about Jordan none of them know, and their wicked scheme could lead to a disaster of paranormal proportions.



  • Written and Produced by William J. Meyer
  • Read and Performed by Emily Strand
  • Music by Chad Crouch. Licensed under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC 3.0 license
  • Featuring the song "Happy Birthday to You" written by Patty and Mildred J. Hill and performed by James Hudson. Public domain
  • Theme Music by William Seegers
  • Illustration by William J. Meyer
  • Do you prefer a direct mp3 download of this episode? You can download the mp3 file here
  • Would you like to use the foley sound effects I recorded for this episode? You can download them from Freesound
  • Would you like to read this story? You can read it in my short story collection Invisible Fires: Fugues + Fairy Tales
  • This episode's recommended book: Kiki's Delivery Service by Eiko Kadono





  • Most die never saying what they meant to. Never hearing what they should. Made mute by fear-- and deaf by pride.
    —Hildr
    Season Two • Episode One

    Waiting to Die in a Tent, A Few Thoughts on Valhalla

    The old viking warrior Einarr and his young friend Mikel battle to protect their distant city of Reidun.

    When Einarr is mortally wounded, Mikel sets out to locate Einarr’s estranged daughter Kára for a final father-daughter reunion. But before they can return, a mysterious figure finds Einarr alone-- and about to breathe his last.



  • Written and Produced by William J. Meyer
  • Starring Boyd Barrett as Einarr, Karin Heimdahl as Hildr, Owen McCuen as Mikel, and Madeline Goshorn as Kára
  • Featuring the Icelandic folk song "Krummavísur" written by Jón Thoroddsen and performed by Sigurboði Grétarsson. Used with permission

    You can read two English translations of "Krummavísur" here

  • Theme Music by William Seegers
  • Illustration by William J. Meyer
  • Featured as a Platinum selection in the 2020 HEAR Now Festival
  • Do you prefer a direct mp3 download of this episode? You can download the mp3 file here
  • Would you like to use the foley sound effects I recorded for this episode? You can download them from Freesound
  • Would you like to read or perform this play? You can find it on New Play Exchange
  • This episode's recommended book: Scandinavian Mythology by H.R. Ellis Davidson





  • It's not wrong, you know.
    To need somebody.
    —Cindy
    Season One • Episode Three

    Idylls of Camelot

    Cindy confronts her brother Harry about skipping another family funeral, drudging up old pains, including the time they found their father's strange invention.

    After the death of their parents, Cindy and Harry uncover the turmoil of their family history and discover that like any addiction, talking to the dead has its price.



  • Written, Produced, and Read by William J. Meyer
  • Starring Kristina Teves as Adult Cindy and Christopher Karbo as Adult Harry
  • Music by William Seegers
  • Featuring the song "Angry: A Love Song" by Auto Bonfire. Licensed under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

  • Illustration by William J. Meyer
  • Do you prefer a direct mp3 download of this episode? You can download the mp3 file here
  • Would you like to use the foley sound effects I recorded for this episode? You can download them from Freesound
  • Would you like to read or perform the play version of this story? You can find it on New Play Exchange
  • This episode's recommended book: The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James





  • Tomorrow has nothing for you.
    —Mother
    Season One • Episode Two

    Goodbye, She Said

    "He" waits to die, hanging in a void, recalling the last few perilous weeks of his brief and flittering life.

    "She" loses her boyfriend and her sister on the same day, spinning into a newfound compulsion for horror.

    Could the rumored monster cult be responsible for all their woes?



  • Written, Produced, and Read by William J. Meyer
  • Featuring Nicola Branch as the singing voice of "She."
  • Additional Voices by Cary Michael Ayers, Nathan Bonilla-Warford, Duncan Cassidy, Owen McCuen, Jenny Seegers, William Seegers, and Andrew Wardlaw
  • Music by William Seegers
  • Featuring the song "Come to Me," nominated for a 2018 Audio Verse Award. Performed by Nicola Branch, music by William Seegers, written by William J. Meyer
  • Illustration by William J. Meyer
  • Do you prefer a direct mp3 download of this episode? You can download the mp3 file here
  • Would you like to use the foley sound effects I recorded for this episode? You can download them from Freesound
  • Would you like to read this story? You can read it in my short story collection Invisible Fires: Fugues + Fairy Tales
  • This episode's recommended book: The Monsters and the Critics by J.R.R. Tolkien





  • I walk'd west of the sun for your touch. I walk'd east of the moon for your kiss.
    —Sindre
    Season One • Episode One

    The House That Jack Built

    When a man's secretive past threatens to consume him, he must choose between deceiving his wife and losing her for all time.

    The newlywed couple Jack and Liz move into their new house on an otherwise uninhabited island, and soon a nearly-forgotten arson casts a fiery shadow over their marital bliss, the mysterious forest surrounding their home, and the strange creature living there.



  • Written, Produced, and Read by William J. Meyer
  • Music by William Seegers
  • Illustration by Caitlin Cadieux
  • Do you prefer a direct mp3 download of this episode? You can download the mp3 file here
  • Would you like to use the foley sound effects I recorded for this episode? You can download them from Freesound
  • Would you like to read this story? You can read it in my short story collection Invisible Fires: Fugues + Fairy Tales
  • This episode's recommended book: The Sacred Tree in Religion and Myth by Mrs. J.H. Philpot





  • We share a tremble.
    Dare a silence.
    We create our own,
    coded meaning.
    —Sophia
    Future Episode

    I Am Five Years Old and Dying

    Revenge is a feature not a bug when a robot struggles to break free from its original programming: the assassination of five secret leaders of an illegal tech consortium.

    It's Valentine's Day, and the machine called Sophia has a very special gift for its maker.

  • Written and Produced by William J. Meyer
  • Co-Starring Sravya Kidambi as Dr. Minerva Madison, Kyle Nishimura as Dr. Kūya Tsukamoto, Rachel Bell as Emporio, and Abigail Wahl as ZOE-5
  • With Michael Hudson as TV Presenter, Christopher Karbo as Professor, Joryn Meehan as French Reporter, Melle Teich as German Reporter, and Stanley Swanson as Metro PA
  • Japanese Culture and Language Consultant: Susumu Kimura
  • Technical Consultant: Chris Sutherland
  • Special Translation Thanks: Eduardo Soto-Falcon, Elisabetta Gagliano, Allison Lee, Rochelle Lynn, Kessi Riliniki, Lucy Sloper, Melle Teich, and Marina Walinksi





  • Am I going out of my mind?
    —Chloë Brontë
    Future Episode

    The Transposition of Chloë Brontë

    Chloë and Max’s relationship is strained when they move in together and Chloë’s sleep paralysis appears to open a portal to another dimension.

  • Written and Produced by William J. Meyer
  • Starring Tanja Milojevic as Chloë, Erin B. Lillis as Being, and Boyd Barrett as the Narrator





  • What is true must not be hidden.
    —The Artificial Intelligence
    Future Episode

    The Animatronic Truth

    A pack of human hunters chase an Artificial Intelligence across Antarctica for committing the ultimate crime-- claiming to possess a soul.

    When a fugitive Artificial Intelligence takes to kyudo, the Way of the Bow, to defend itself from humans, it begins to question the nature of its true identity as it struggles to escape-- and keep a rendezvous with God.

  • Written and Produced by William J. Meyer
  • Co-Starring Aurore Gautheur as Jeanne Aelia Domrémy-Augusta
  • Science Consultant: Dr. Kristin Poinar




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