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ZERO’S HOUR

written by Eric Del Carlo, directed by Casey Wolfe

Original Release Date: May 9, 2017

Great strides in technology and social progress have come and gone – though not without their moments of controversy.  Take for example the latest tech in homicide investigation.  Now, law enforcement has access to witnesses they never used to – the victims.  Yes, science has bestowed the power to resurrect murder victims (when deemed appropriate or necessary) for a limited amount of time in hopes they can answer the question of who killed them.  But it makes most people uncomfortable, so much so they mask their discomfort and unease by nicknaming the “temporary beings” ZEROS.  And the amount of time they have to live again?  Exactly one hour.

Come now and join Detective Emil Mekelberg and the freshly born/resurrected Alfeo Jurado – the investigation does indeed have profound revelations.  But not what you might expect.  It’s time.  The countdown is on.  It’s ZERO’S HOUR.

Sound Effects Editing and Mixing by Casey Wolfe with an assist from Craig Good

Original music by Sean Galuszka, David Eccles and Dennis Willis.
Additional music from Kevin Macleod
Automated voice courtesy TTSReader
Artwork by Kasey Dubner.

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CUSHING VON HEFFERNAN

written and directed by Nicholas Thurkettle

Original Release Date: April 10, 2017

If you’ve got an injury the medical textbooks can’t explain, the person you need is the one who studies all the forbidden textbooks – the famous Professor Cushing Von Heffernan! As brilliant as he is unnecessarily jerky, he lives for the challenge of new and novel wounds and illnesses from the realm of the supernatural. With his partner and closest friend, the 230-year-old Maranda Grosz, and their eager teenage sidekick Rickey, The Professor takes on the puzzling case of a Miss Lonelyhearts with an unusual mark on her arm, and a seductive vampire who swears he never bites without consent. Matthew Henerson, Tosca Minotto, Morgan Lauff, Victoria Martinez, MacLeod Andrews, and Nicholas Thurkettle invite you into the drawing room for a demonstration of the Professor’s unsurpassed genius and completely awful manners, in Cushing Von Heffernan: Bite Investigator!

Mixing and sound effects editing by Craig Good. Original music by Darren T. Lodwick. Artwork by Jennifer Weatherup.

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MONDAY FOR THE SWEEPERS

written and directed by Nicholas Thurkettle

Original Release Date: December 3, 2016

Raff and Knaack have a job. They clock in, gripe about their bosses, work their shift, then knock off for a beer. Pretty lucky for them in an economy of haves and have-nots. Their job takes them all sorts of places – today it’s got them wandering around in the woods, looking for something. But thanks to some equipment the bosses haven’t kept functioning properly, what they’re going to find is far more profound and strange than you expect when you’re paid by the hour. Listen in as Barney Crow, Lise Hart, Marisa Costa, and the one and only MacLeod Andrews discover that the arc of a life can be all in a day’s work, in Nicholas Thurkettle’s Monday for the Sweepers.

Sound Effects Editing and Mixing by Craig Good. Music by Chris Zabriskie (Used under a Creative Commons License). Artwork by Ashley F. Miller, PhD

Some sound effects used via Creative Commons License from the following creators:

Superex1110, digifishmusic,
cmusounddesign
, nooly, glencurtisadams, jjhouse4

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ARE YOU SLEEPING?

written and directed by Jared Rivet

Original Release Date: October 14, 2016

Jessica, Grace, and Tina, best friends since forever, take a spontaneous trip to Vegas. Everything is fun and games until secrets and betrayals are outed. To say any more about this story would give away too much about what turns into a very long night of sheer terror. Put on your headphones and turn out the lights for this one (if you dare). And pleasant dreams…

Starring the voice talents of Tracy Clifton, Adam Fox, Chelsea Rickets, Jared Rivet and Clarke Wolfe. Edited and Mixed by Craig Good with music by Kevin MacLeod, please enjoy Are You Sleeping?

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RENAISSANCE MAN

written and directed by Aaron Woolfolk

Original Release Date: September 28, 2016

Struggling artist Don Whitley has some interesting news for fiancee Jill Wallace. Up to now she has known him as a musician struggling to pay rent and keep up his old beater car – but today he’s going to introduce a new side of his life she’s never known, starting with his house located at an address that’s quite out of this world. Aaron Woolfolk, creator of Earbud Theater’s hit There’s Something Going On With Sam brings us a story full of complexity, suspense and wonderment plus it has an ending worthy of Hitchcock. Featuring the voice talents of Rico Anderson, Toyin Moses, Darrell, Philip, Tosca Minoto, Nicholas Thurkettle and Sean Keller – we think you’re gonna dig Renaissance Man!

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CTHULHU ATTACKS

written by Sean Hoade

Original Release Date: May 14, 2016

Down in the ocean near Antarctica, something stirs. A strange, cataclysmic shockwave explodes across the entire globe, suddenly killing hundreds of millions, driving many more into insanity, and leaving all the nations of the world frantically searching for answers. Politicians, soldiers, scholars, and cult leaders struggle to respond as civilization seems to be collapsing hour after hour, while a select few begin to notice a similarity between the unfolding events and the prophecies of a long-dead horror writer…Earbud Theater is WAS proud to share this exclusive excerpt from the brand-new audiobook version of author Sean Hoade’s acclaimed Lovecraft mythos-inspired novel Cthulhu Attacks! – Book 1: The Fear, produced and narrated by our own Nicholas Thurkettle.

Buy Cthluhu Attacks! – Book 1: The Fear at:
Amazon
Audible
iTunes

Note! This was a limited availability on Earbud Theater, we only leave this space here so you can gaze upon what you missed. Lament your lateness (or just go ahead and head on over to Amazon and buy Sean’s audiobook).

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BONEY MCGEE

written by Nicholas Thurkettle, directed by Aurora Culver

Original Release Date: April 1, 2016

The Colemans are your average suburban family – two kids, money’s a bit tight but they got a good bargain on a house in a lovely little neighborhood. Their older daughter, Cece, is going through one of those teenage phases – wearing dark clothes, writing poems. She thinks all the boys at school are too immature, too shallow, until she meets…well, we won’t say he’s deep, since he was only under a few inches of dirt. Ashley J. Woods, Jill Cary Martin, Paul Jasser, Deva Gregory, Paige Hiskey, and Nicholas Thurkettle invite you to enjoy a truly Earbud love story – Boney McGee.

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ON THE LINE

written and directed by Jared Rivet

Original Release Date: March 11, 2016

Something has gone rotten with Dawn and Rachel’s friendship. Sure people change and everyone has secrets – but this time it’s different. On this particular night Dawn seeks Rachel’s company to finally have it out when a seemingly innocent mistake hurtles the two down a highway of terror. From the demented mind of Jared Rivet, On The Line is a tale that is at once insidious and a high-octane thrill ride.

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SCARY RIDE

written by Nicholas Thurkettle, directed by Christine Weatherup

Original Release Date: December 8, 2015

Alex and Darwin aren’t having much fun. Even though they are surrounded by cotton candy, flashing lights, and carnival thrills, they are grappling with the monster they were never warned about as children – DEPRESSING INERTIA. This young couple has come here to ride some rollercoasters, maybe shake up their routine; little do they know that the rickety old spook house they’re standing in line for has something more than pop-up creatures waiting inside for people just like them…So turn over your tickets, lower the safety bar, and dare to enter the Scary Ride.

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THERE’S SOMETHING GOING ON WITH SAM

by Aaron Woolfolk

Original Release Date: July 14, 2015

For eight years Frieda and her son Rodney have shared their home with a friendly and playful ghost. It has protected them, entertained their guests, and become part of their family. But when the ghost suddenly turns nasty and vicious, Frieda turns to paranormal expert Jake to help her get answers. What they discover reveals troubling implications for the ages-old relationship between the living and the dead. Written and directed by Aaron Woolfolk, Earbud Theater in association with Young Lion Productions presents – There’s Something Going on with Sam

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911 by Craig Good

Original Release Date: June 27, 2015

On the misty Northern California coast there is a ghost county. Meeker County, it’s called. All the buildings still stand mostly intact except for a few bashed in doors. No action has been taken to restore it or any other Meeker County town and if you ask someone from the surrounding area about it, they clam up. However, contributor Craig Good knew about this story, brought it to our attention and – in this chilling episode – relates his version of a story he heard about Meeker County, the town of Boone and a very bad night that took place not too long ago and not too far away. Find someone to hold on to as you experience… 911.

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SUPER BAD DAY by Casey Wolfe

Original Release Date: April 1, 2015

They know and they don’t know. Four people come to, surrounded by darkness. They are strangers to each other except for the common experience each has just had with the worst case scenario: death, destruction, terror, chaos… The only common bond these people share is the experience of a bad day – that they know. What they don’t know is that for the stranger among them, this has been a Super Bad Day…

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THE CREAKY STAIRS by Jared Rivet

Original Release Date: February 13, 2015

Every neighborhood has one. A spooky place where kids dare each other to go – maybe it’s a boarded up house, where I grew up it was an abandoned funeral home (really), for Tommy and Danny it’s an abandoned tenement building across the street. And oh do the rumors grow – the rumors about the old lady who used to live there and how everyone hated her. About how mean she was. About the horrific way she died… and even rumors of a curse. If you’re a kid you either stay far, far away or – if you’re like Tommy and Danny – you can’t help but find out for yourself lest you be branded a chicken. Tommy and Danny are about to take the journey you never could, in the middle of the night the two are going to find out what’s inside that building – and what’s at the top of The Creaky Stairs….

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THE 2038 STATE OF THE UNION by Nicholas Thurkettle

Original Release Date: January 20, 2015

America has endured! And will continue to endure! Well, there was the Great Sundering, but we got over that. We’ve also had economic disagreements. And Centurian invasions. But the President is optimistic, and he’s here to tell you that freedom is still the best, and all those rumors about him are absolutely false. You know the rumors we mean. Wink wink…nudge nudge…robot robot…golden-voiced Earbud newcomer Gene Godwin takes the Oath of Future Office, lays out his agenda, and winds all our stems in The 2038 State of the Union.

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BUBBLES by Nicholas Thurkettle

Original Release Date: January 5, 2015

You’re sitting on a porch. A gentle breeze is blowing. A friendly neighbor talks your ear off about this neighborhood you’ve just moved into. It’s a sweet place. They bake fresh pies here, and children still go to play in the park. There’s also that government lab…ever since they started up, there have been some side effects in town that you oughtta know about. The magnificent John Walcutt spins us a little yarn about coffee, the Universe, time, and his dear ol’ Dad in Bubbles.

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THIS MONSTROUS LIFE by Casey Wolfe

Original Release Date: December 14, 2014

From WZMB, Monroeville, it’s This Monstrous Life with your host Ira Slash. The intrepid reporters of This Monstrous Life travel far and wide to investigate the peculiar human oddity known as ‘The Holiday Season.’ From the North Pole to a parallel dimension, Ira, Sara Disembowel and Jonathan Moldstein put their reporting (and killing) skills to use as only they know how. See what they unearthed right here on This Monstrous Life.

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THE SOUNDS BELOW by Nicholas Thurkettle

Original Release Date: October 28, 2014

Christopher Addis walked away from the accident that took the life of his brother Paul; but he wasn’t unscathed. Plagued by panic attacks that neither a supportive girlfriend nor a probing therapist can relieve, Chris will go anywhere for answers, do anything to be free of them. This makes him a prime customer for a strange little shop he finds down a darkened street, one that promises to take all his fears away…Earbud Theater, along with MacLeod Andrews, Jill Cary Martin, Christine Weatherup, Nicholas Thurkettle, and Jackson Tobiska urge you to hold onto your souls and listen to The Sounds Below.

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OVER HALLOWEEN by Casey Wolfe

Original Release Date: October 16, 2014

Erika Lebeaux is not a big fan of Halloween. It has conjured up some pretty bad memories for her pretty much her whole life. So, it comes as a bit of a curiosity that she would be interviewing the man who made the film that’s pretty much the definitive icon of the holiday. A man who is an infamously tough interview who, in success, seems to have created his own monster. A man who is totally, definitively and completely… Over Halloween. Daheli Hall and Jared Rivet star in Earbud Theater’s latest foray into the dark and depraved – Over Halloween.

 

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ESCAPE! (THE END OF HUMANITY SONG) by Nicholas Thurkettle

Original Release Date: September 5, 2014

Garland and Perla are brother and sister, two very different people with only one overlapping skill set – they both have blackbelts in sibling rivlary. The wedge that kept them apart for years can be traced back to one individual – their father. How appropriate then that the two are mysteriously reunited in a lawyers office to hear their fathers final request – and is it a doozy. Starring Jim Van Over, Tosca Minotto and Matthew Henerson with Austin Rogers and Jill Cary Martin – please enjoy Earbud Theater’s presentation of Escape! (The End of Humanity Song).

 

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BEA LITTLE by Casey Wolfe

Original Release Date: July 12, 2014

Beatrice Little is married to the rich and powerful John Little. You’ve heard of them, right? You’ve seen them at all the fancy events smiling for the cameras, rubbing shoulders with leaders and celebrities. John and Bea, smiling and happy. But if you look closely, you can see that Bea’s smile is usually strained hinting at a not-so-happy life behind closed doors. And if you look even closer at the couple, especially over the past few weeks, you just might notice something different about John, something not quite right, something… off. This is where we’ll pick up our story. Starring Melissa Graver as Bea and Sean Keller as John with Nicholas Thurkettle as Emerson and Branon Coluccio as Lewison – please enjoy Earbud Theater’s presentation of Bea Little.

 

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HABITAT by Nicholas Thurkettle

Original Release Date: June 21, 2014

Directed by Matt Enlow and starring Christine Weatherup and Nicholas Thurkettle, Habitat tells the story of Danna, a young astronaut who is the only crewmember left alive after her interstellar ship crashes. Alone and scared Danna wakes up to find… Well, we’re not going to tell you. It’s not Eyeball Theater, you just have to listen to it. We especially don’t want to ruin the part about the toilet paper.

 

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CARL by Liz Bartucci

Original Release Date: September 7, 2013

It’s night, it’s Valentine’s day and we are on a dark highway in the middle of nowhere (or is it everywhere?). Join Jeff Cannata as Aaron and Conrad Allan as our title character CARL as they hit the road on a journey that is, shall we say, “Golden.”

 

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ALWAYS IN SEASON by Jonathan Dees

Original Release Date: January 25, 2013

When Peter and Debbie embark on a weekend excursion into the deep woods, they learn that no matter what time of year it is – fear is Always in Season! ALWAYS IN SEASON was written by Jonathan Dees and performed by Jeff Cannata, Sabrina Stoll and Matthew Henerson

 

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BENEATH THE BASEMENT by Doug TenNapel

Original Release Date: November 16, 2012

There’s no better debunker than Dr. Fullbright. You’ve probably seen his website where he offers anyone $100,000 for proof of a spiritual entity. He and his trusty cameraman Neville Dylan have never encountered a case that can’t be promptly dismissed as a hoax, a delusion or utter malarky. But a visit to one Natalie Jessup just might put the real deal right in their cynical laps. Starring Mike Duffy, Lindsay Zana, Sabrina Stoll and Matthew Henerson, please enjoy Doug TenNapel’s “Beneath The Basement.”

 

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CLANG! by Casey Wolfe

Original Release Date: October 12, 2012

As any parent knows, balancing work and family can be difficult to say the least. For Gern and Betty Steadfast the two are about to slam together with a great… big… CLANG! Earbud is proud to present the acting talents of Stephen Tobolowsky, Meeghan Holoway, Sean Keller, Alex Wagner and Lindsay Zana in what is our most ambitious (and fun) podplay to date. Enjoy!

 

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NEIL GAIMAN’S SHOGGOTH’S OLD PECULIAR

Original Release Date: July 12, 2012

Young American Ben Lassiter is touring the British coastline when he’s forced to take refuge from the rain at a pub in the town of… Innsmouth. Here he meets the peculiar Seth and Wilf who have something to teach Ben about life, Lovecraft, death and unspeakable horror. Adapted by Casey Wolfe and performed by Jake Borelli, Simon Verlaque, Rees Pugh and Joanne McCallin, please sit back and enjoy a pint of Shoggoth’s Old Peculiar.

 

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ETHAN BURROWS FINAL BROADCAST by ???

Original Release Date: July 5, 2012

Ethan Burrows was (is?) a radio personality who spent the hours from midnight until four in the morning debunking the supernatural and demeaning true believers. Until the day came when proof showed up on his doorstep. Thanks to Adam Lamb, Rees Pugh and Sean Keller for pointing me in the direction of this bit of “found audio.”

 

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AULD ACQUAINTANCE by Eric Del Carlo

Original Release Date: June 28, 2012

AULD ACQUAINTANCE was written by Eric Del Carlo and performed by Sean Galuszka, Kelly Daly and Meeghan Holoway, this story takes place in your not too distant future at a New Year’s Eve party so profound you couldn’t possibly forget it. Could you? Please enjoy this moving and heartfelt story.

 

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SHIFT by Casey Wolfe

Original Release Date: June 21, 2012

Welcome to Earbud Theater and the launch of our first podplay! Written by Casey Wolfe and performed by Matthew Henerson and Allison Karman, SHIFT is a wicked and chilling tale about Dr. Katherine Block, a budding psychiatrist and single mother who is about to learn that one of her patients exhibits a most fascinating and peculiar trait… the ability to “shift.” Listen if you dare…

 

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