708: Christmassacre V

For the fifth year in a row, The Wicked Library brings you a frightful collection of tales to make you shiver from more than the cold! Enjoy 6 tales to wrap up your year in the most Wicked way possible.

Stories: “Yuletide Ride” by Daniel Foytik, “Hark, The Herald” by Aaron Vlek, “The Clause” by Lane Llyod, “Unc The Snowman” by S. L. Dixon, “Together this Time” by Samantha Pleasant LeBas, “The Dangers of December” by Immortal Alexander

X4: Christmassacre 2015


  1. "Yuletide Ride" - by Daniel Foytik, read by Daniel Foytik
  2. "Boxing Day" - by C. Bryan Brown, read by Daniel Foytik
  3. "The Duchess of Brimstone" - by Bret Boriseau, read by Daniel Foytik
  4. "Old Krampus" - by Jane Yolen, read by Victoria Bigglesworth-Hays
  5. "Basement Etiquette" - by Gwendolyn Kiste, read by Daniel Foytik
  6. "The Lonesome Death of Phineas T. Croughly" - by Nelson W. Pyles, read by Nelson W. Pyles

Gather round Kiddies, Christmassacre Storytime is about to begin! Today's Wicked Holiday episode features 6 Wicked tales!

For this episode, we gathered together a collection of Vicious Victorian Tales and even a Special Victorian Narrator.

We hope you enjoy the Horrorday Fun! Please share the link and rate the show, and Merry Christmas From Dan, Nelson, Victoria, and Your Librarian!

About the Authors:

Daniel Foytik is the current host and producer four podcasts including The Wicked Library and The Lift. Daniel is a writer and storyteller who explores his love story and storytelling in all its forms through, writing, narration, audio production, and podcasting. His original podcast 9th Story Podcast features interviews and discussions on story. Daniel will be making his first foray into the world of audiobook narration in the upcoming audio editions of an anthology from Shadows at the Door, edited by Mark Nixon, and a novel, Carrot Field, by Vincent Asaro.

Daniel’s production entity— 9th Story Studios — creates The Wicked Library (with Executive Producer Nelson W. Pyles), 9th Story PodcastListen (devoted to storytellers telling stories), and The Lift (with Executive producer Cynthia Lowman).

Twitter: @dfoytik / @9thstory
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C. Bryan Brown a writer and plunger hater who enjoys the finer things in life. You know, equal rights, expensive whiskey, and sex.

He was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He’ s been hit in the face with a dirty plunger, run over with his own car, and lived in a haunted house. Now he lives the American Dream of debt of near poverty with his wife, kids, and grandkids somewhere in central Ohio. He writes to avoid going to jail and indulge his dark side. Stalk him at

Twitter: @cbryanbrown

Bret Bouriseau grew up in a small Midwestern town along the Mississippi. As a boy, much of his free time was spent reading and drawing. Not caring for the structure of the public school system, he took his GED test in his junior year while still in high school. After receiving his diploma he promptly left, leaving his home for good shortly after turning 17.

Throughout the early ‘80’s he traveled, supporting himself with various odd jobs -including airbrush artist and carnie. In 1985 he joined the U S Navy and reported aboard the USS Enterprise visiting 14 countries before ending his tour of duty in 1989. In 1992 he discovered the wonderful world of sales, a profession that combined travel and word skills. It was a natural fit.

After running a few legit businesses Bret tried his hand at publishing an underground paper called The Spectre. He sold ads and organized party bus tours to subsidize his income. It was there he began to hone his skills in earnest.

Both an artist and writer, Bret acknowledges painter and cover artist Frank Frazetta as his biggest single artistic influence. His personal style is more akin to Maxfield Parrish

An avid reader of pulp fiction, his two favorite books are Bram Stoker’s Dracula and The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Twitter: @knocknafay

Jane Yolen is an author of children’s books, fantasy, and science fiction, including Owl Moon, The Devil’s Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?

She is also a poet, a teacher of writing and literature, and a reviewer of children’s literature. She has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century.

Owl Moon, Winner of the 1988 Caldecott MedalJane Yolen’s books and stories have won the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award, the World Fantasy Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Association of Jewish Libraries Award among many others. This website presents information about her over three hundred books for children. It also contains essays, poems, answers to frequently asked questions, a brief biography, her travel schedule, and links to resources for teachers and writers. It is intended for children, teachers, writers, storytellers, and lovers of children’s literature.

Twitter: @janeyolen

Gwendolyn Kiste is a speculative fiction writer based in Pennsylvania.

Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications including LampLight, Nightmare Magazine, Flash Fiction Online, and Shadows at the Door as well as Flame Tree Publishing’s Chilling Horror Short Stories anthology.

As a regular contributor, she writes for multiple travel and entertainment sites including, Wanderlust and Lipstick, and her own 60 Days of Halloween, a collection of humorous essays chronicling her autumnal misadventures.

She currently resides on an abandoned horse farm with her husband, two cats, and not nearly enough ghosts.

Twitter: @GwendolynKiste

Nelson W. Pyles is the author of several short stories as well as the critically acclaimed novel DEMONS DOLLS AND MILKSHAKES. He is the creator, executive producer and former host of The Wicked Library as well as the co founder of Society 13 Podcast Network. His upcoming collection EVERYTHING HERE IS A NIGHTMARE will be published before the end of 2015. He is currently working on two novels, one a sequel to his first book.

Twitter: @NelsonWPyles


About the Artist:

Jeanette Andromeda is an artist, blogger, youtuber, and filmmaker. When she’s not talking about horror or up to her elbows in paint, she’s often found wandering around in graveyards working on stories, scripts and sketches.

Twitter: @horror_made


Dramatic readings performed by:

Daniel Foytik:
Twitter: @9thstory

Amber Collins:
Twitter: @blamberino

Nelson W. Pyles (
Twitter: @NelsonWPyles

The voice of the Librarian was performed by Nelson W. Pyles
The voices of Victoria Bigglesworth-Hayes, Dutchess, and Society 13 were performed by Amber Collins

 Production Music

The Wicked Library Theme
Anthony Rowsick of Novus (

The Society 13 Theme
Anthony Rowsick of Novus (

Deep Noise
Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Silent Night, Deck the Halls, Comfort and Joy, What Child is This, We Wish you a Merry Christmas, It Came Upon a Midnight
Clear, Here We Come A Wassailing
Public Domain: Arranged by Daniel Foytik

Merry Creepmas, Hell's Bells, All Through the House (Alternate Mix), Evil Krampus
From the Album: The Gift of Christmas Fear - Horror Music for Creepmas
Sam Haynes - Halloween Haunt Music (
Used with Permission

Reflections of Long Ago, First Snow, Spirit of the Season,Redemption, Lullaby, Carol of the Bells
From the Album: Winter's Knight
Nox Arcana (
Used With Permission

The Halloween Christmas
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Audio Recording

Sound Design by Daniel Foytik, 9th Story Studios:

Producer: Daniel Foytik Executive Producer: Nelson W. Pyles

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