The Cast


[Read this in a heavyweight boxing match-style introduction] He’s a Titan of the Earbud lair!  The hardest working man in the arts and the creator of several Earbud podplays  Nicholas Thurkettle!  Though he’s a big-time writer/director (see below), Nick exercised his triple-threat acting skill in “After the Haunting.”  The dude is great at intuiting what every role needs and this was no exception.  A little serious, a little crazy, his performance of this scholarly role was a great stew of nuance and a strong foundation for the whole story. And in spite of this being straight up horror, he manages to inject a little humor into his scenes without breaking tone.  There were just words on the page, but the life of the character?  That’s all Nick. 

Nick has written and directed FOUR SHORT FILMS, one of which is currently starting its festival tour (coming your way?). He wrote the Crunchyroll Original anime Children of Ether, co-produced the hybrid dark romantic comedy/horror film A Ghost Waits (now in post-production), and is the author of a short story collection Stages of Sleep.  If you want to witness his acting chops you can check out, Cloudy With a Chance of Sunshine as well as the supernatural thriller Revelator.


Sean Keller takes the stage!  I have to be honest, I feel guilty sometimes about my own internal typecasting when it comes to Sean.  He’s my default go-to guy for the gravely-voiced, slightly southern-accented tough guy.  Sean’s been around since the days of “Ethan Burrows” so it’s only right that we have him back in After The Haunting playing a – let’s say – disillusioned tough guy.  We’ll leave it at that. You might also remember Sean as the co-lead in “Bea Little” where he plays a husband who brings a whole new meaning to the term ‘head games.’  

When he’s not behind the mic at Earbud, Sean is writing for the TV and feature world and acting on screen.  Oh and on stage, he does that too.  Oh, and he’s a singer/songwriter. Really, he kinda does it all.  Most recently he performed in SLASHED! THE MUSICAL which is prepping for another official run in Los Angeles at a time and place to be determined.  We will keep you posted on that in the meantime keep an eye out in 2018 for THE CAPTURE the sci-fi feature he co-wrote and produced.   Find Sean on Facebook and Twitter.


Ladies and Gentlemen, Tracy Clifton!  She’s back!  Tracy is one of the sweetest, nicest people we know and she’s always game to come play in the Earbud lair.  She’s been in several of our episodes from “The Creaky Stairs” to this summer’s release “Trails.”  One thing that gets us about her performance in the latter title is that the intensity/rage/insanity does NOT match with the visual.  In person Tracy is kind of petite, but on that piece of audio she is a nine-foot tall ax-wielding maniac.  That’s quite a performance.  “In After The Haunting” Tracy plays a member of the ill-fated Gallows family.  There’s a real backstory to the character – and it’s staggeringly horrific. 

Recently Tracy did her own dive into a haunting with the comedic short that she wrote, produced, and starred in!  Check out The Haunting Of Lester House.  It’s awesome. You can also follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


We convinced Melissa Graver to take some time away from feature films (You see “Why Him?” with James Franco?  Yeah, she’s in that.) to come and hang with us for a bit.  Again.  You’ll remember Melissa from an Earbud that came out two years ago called “Bea Little.”  There she plays the title character of the scheming wife who makes quite a life-decision after visiting Earbud’s omnipresent Dr. Lebeaux.  In “After The Haunting” she plays someone much more diplomatic, but no less fated (hint:  be careful who you marry…).  

Melissa Graver is currently working on a comedic web-series she is starring in and co-created called, The Pet Police that follows two women who are fed up with the inconsiderate people of this world, so they decide to take matters into their own hands and become vigilantes in the process #RiddingTheWorldOfDouchebagsOnePetPeeveAtATime. Melissa would love your help in spreading the word about The Pet Peeve Police. She will be kicking off a Seed & Spark crowd-funding campaign on September 25th to fund the rest of the series.
To learn more about The Pet Peeve Police, please follow them on social media: Facebook|Instagram|Twitter and while you’re at it, follow Melissa too on TWITTER and/or FACEBOOK.


For the next few days we’ll present unto you our cast and we’ll start with Rhyan Hill.  This is Rhyan’s second appearance on Earbud Theater, his first being the star of “There’s Something Going On With Sam” written by Aaron Woolfolk (still waiting for a sequel Aaron…).  Rhyan’s performance in TSGOWS was so indelible, his role in After The Haunting was written specifically for him. Rhyan is a super talented kid – something you can check out HERE (dude can dance! however, there will be no dancing in our podplay because that’s just not good audio drama).  You can find him on Instagram and Twitter.  “After The Haunting” will be released September 26th – subscribe on iTunes or get it directly here on the Earbud website.

What’s up with the countdown?

Art by the amazing Jordan Crane


Serialized audio drama, eh?  Hm.

For the past five years we dwelled in the house of anthology where our ‘box of chocolate’ method of storytelling might result in making you think, or possibly smile, or shit your pants in terror.  It’s a lot for people to handle (pants can be expensive and hard to clean).  In a world of uncertainty, even people who claim to like variety subconsciously want to KNOW what they’re getting into.  We get it.  We get it.  So, guess what we did?  We created a serial for you people who like serials (probably because of Serial).

To tell the truth it’s been something we’ve thought of for a long time.  We’ve had several in the hopper, but we want to do it right because right is the only way we do things, right?  (Except for the one episode we did about the Skunk-Deer – that’s all on us.)  And so for the past year the entire Earbud team AND THEN SOME* have pulled together, combined whatever resources and talents they had, and created our first serialized story.

Over the next few days we’ll feature some up close looks at the talent involved with this project.  Let’s start with Jordan Crane who will be doing the spot art for this series.  He’s the one who delivered that tasty poster you see uptop.  Jordan is an amazing artist and writer who was nominated for an Eisner Award this year, so we’re lucky and grateful to have him onboard.  Learn more about him, check out his stuff HERE.

Brace yourselves.  Share the news with friends.  This is a five part epic that will get your heart racing and pound your skull out of this dimension and back.  As for what KIND of show this is?  Will it make you smile?  Will it make you think?  What genre will you be getting?  There’s a reason we waited for this time of year and – let’s just say – it’d be wise to have an extra pair of pants handy.

Stay tuned…


*We had some help from fans this year and we’d be remiss if we didn’t thank them upfront.  Special thanks to those who contributed to our fundraiser to help get this thing off the ground.  You are legends.  Brian Hayes, Aaron Woolfolk, David Gilbreth, Emi Mochizuki, Edward Champion, Geoff Chang, Adam Lamb, Jim Cooper, and Patrick Curtis.



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Audio Dramas of the Strange and Unusual


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