Westside Fairytales: Horror and Dark Fiction Stories

Westside Fairytales: Horror and Dark Fiction Stories

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The internet’s scariest podcast. Original horror and dark fiction stories by author Tyler Bell.


Introducing Season Five: Scars in Time
Sep 7 • 2 min
Scars in Time is the 20-episode-long fifth season of the Westside Fairytales. Journey to Gun Cotton, West Virginia and experience the nightmare October 2nd.Support us on Patreon or by purchasing some merch!Follow us on social media: Twitter | Facebook |…
HLC - “Voices of Glory” by Davis Grubb and “The Last Drive-in With Joe Bob Briggs”
Jul 17 • 80 min
The last Horror and Lit Club for season four is a discussion of “Voices of Glory” by Davis Grubb and “The Last Drive-in With Joe Bob Briggs,” as well as excessive rambling about anime and representation and the importance of taking a break now and…
Behind The Season - Season Four
Jul 15 • 81 min
A lengthy rundown of some behind-the-story information for every episode in the fourth season of the Westside Fairytales. Thank you so much for supporting my little show!Support us on Patreon or by purchasing some merch!Follow us on social media: Twitter…
Carrier
Jul 3 • 97 min
A young man is attacked while walking home after a night at the bar. When he wakes the next morning, he finds his life has changed forever.Support us on Patreon or by purchasing some merch!Follow us on social media: Twitter | Facebook | InstagramJoin the…
HLC - “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” by Maya Angelou and “Pan’s Labyrinth” dir. by Guillermo del Toro
Jun 19 • 118 min
In this Horror and Lit Club I talk about Maya Angelou’s seminal 1969 work “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” and Guillermo del Toro’s masterpiece of horror-fantasy, “Pan’s Labyrinth.” I also ramble at length about potentially racist bookstore layouts, the…
The Three Flights of Mateo Jefferson
Jun 5 • 97 min
Love isn’t always a wonderful thing. Today’s story is about young men interred at a West Virginia lunatic asylum and the things one of them is willing to do to ensure the other survives.Support us on Patreon or by purchasing some merch!Follow us on social…
HLC - “Hyperion” by Dan Simmons and “Event Horizon” dir. by Paul W.S. Anderson
May 15 • 67 min
This month’s episode of the Westside Fairytales Horror and Lit Club is a discussion of the ceaseless flow of time, as well as this month’s recommendations, “Hyperion” by Dan Simmons and “Event Horizon” directed by Paul W.S. Anderson.Support us on Patreon…
Dog Star
May 1 • 101 min
In today’s episode, a massive industrial accident involving a space station orbiting a distant star imperils the lives of the few workers remaining aboard during a skeleton shift. But as one of the workers tries to make his way out of the floundering…
HLC - “Remains of the Day” by Kazuo Ishiguro and “Session 9” dir. by Brad Anderson
Apr 17 • 83 min
This month’s Horror and Lit Club episode is a discussion of “Remains of the Day” by Kazuo Ishiguro and “Session 9” directed by Brad Anderson. I also talk at length about some stuff I’ve been enjoying during quarantine, including the 1991 film “Soap Dish,”…
The Move
Apr 3 • 92 min
This month’s story concerns a handful of men working for a small moving company tasked with emptying an ancient woodland mansion. As they dig deeper into the house, however, they find more than just cobwebs lingering in the halls.Support us on Patreon or…
HLC - “Night of the Hunter” by Davis Grubb and “Night of the Hunter” dir. by Charles Laughton
Mar 20 • 73 min
A discussion of this month’s dual recommendations, Davis Grubb’s debut 1953 novel “Night of the Hunter” and its 1955 film adaptation by Charles Laughton. I also give my first impression of the new “Locke and Key” series on Netflix and ramble on about the…
Within as Without
Mar 7 • 48 min
In today’s story, a lone soldier stalks the ruins of a post-apocalyptic city, following the last orders he was given at the end of an unknown war. But as he hunts his quarry through broken buildings and desolate streets, he realizes he’s not just the…
Introducing - The Dating Game Killer
Mar 5 • 8 min
The Dating Game Killer transports you to a time when serial killers terrorized cities from coast to coast.In the middle of a string of murders, one of these deranged men appeared as a contestant on the popular television show The Dating Game. And he won.…
HLC - “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros and “REC” directed by Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza
Mar 5 • 63 min
This month’s horror and lit club is a discussion of “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros and “REC” directed by Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza. I also talk at length about some random shit, including how bad the holidays between January and June…
Ojos Oscuros
Feb 7 • 112 min
A peasant girl working as an agave farmer is given a second chance a new life, but the sacrifices she’ll have to make may not be worth it.Support us on Patreon or by purchasing some merch!Follow us on social media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Join the…
HLC - “The Terror” by Dan Simmons and its television adaptation by AMC
Jan 17 • 105 min
In this episode of the Westside Fairytales Horror and Lit Club, we discuss Dan Simmon’s 2007 novel “The Terror,” and its 2018 adaptation written and produced by David Kajganich. Also, I talk about and review “The Lighthouse” directed by Robert Eggers and…
Oh, Heaven
Jan 3 • 56 min
It’s good to have a goal to keep you motivated, to keep you grounded, but letting that goal become an obsession is never healthy.Today’s story concerns a longtime sailor whose dissatisfaction with his work life is manifested in his obsession with a small…
HLC - “Me Talk Pretty One Day” by David Sedaris and “The Witch” dir. by Robert Eggers
Dec 20, 2019 • 86 min
The December episode of the Westside Fairytales Horror and Lit Club, in which we discuss this month’s recommendations: “Me Talk Pretty One Day” by David Sedaris and “The Witch” directed by Robert Eggers. Also a lengthy discussion on subtle moralizing in…
Introducing Blood Ties
Dec 18, 2019 • 11 min
BLOOD TIES: A scripted audio series starring Gillian Jacobs, Josh Gad, and Amy Landecker. When legendary pediatric cardiologist and businessman, Dr. Peter Richland, is killed in a plane crash two days before Christmas, secrets begin to emerge about his…
Mud of the Heart
Dec 6, 2019 • 84 min
In this episode of the Westside Fairytales, we join a young man contracted as a hospice nurse to a mute, elderly woman living in an aged mansion beside a swamp. As the woman in his care slips closer to death, he finds himself plagued by haunting…
Introducing Detective Trapp
Nov 19, 2019 • 9 min
Anaheim investigator Julissa Trapp is not like other detectives. She’s the only woman on the homicide squad, and a skilled chameleon: undercover cop in vice stings, crime-scene commander, patient confidante of killers. A master interrogator, she invokes…
HLC - “Beloved” by Toni Morrison and “Society” dir. by Brian Yuzna
Nov 15, 2019 • 83 min
In this month’s Horror and Lit Club is a discussion on Toni Morrison’s seminal work, “Beloved,” and the 1989 body-horror film “Society” directed by Brian Yuzna.Support us on Patreon or by purchasing some merch!Follow us on social media: Twitter | Facebook…
Best Roses, Manassas, West Virginia
Nov 1, 2019 • 100 min
Today’s story concerns a group of older folks, the tip-top of society who live on a secluded hill in West Virginia. Despite an all-consuming fire steadily, surely approaching them, they’re content to squabble amongst themselves about old feuds and…
Introducing What Makes a Killer
Oct 31, 2019 • 5 min
Audioboom presents: What Makes a Killer. Listen to new episodes of What Makes a Killer for a look into the life and crimes of the world’s most infamous serial killers. Featuring interviews with family members, forensic experts, law enforcement, and…
HLC - Dead by Daylight and “It,” by Stephen King
Oct 18, 2019 • 93 min
An off-the-cuff discussion of October’s literature and random horror recommendations, Dead by Daylight from Behavior Interactive and “It,” by Stephen King. For “It” we discuss not only the novel, but the television miniseries and recent movies as…
The Umbrella Man
Oct 4, 2019 • 112 min
Most of us — all of us, hopefully — had a small, comfortable group of friends in high school we seemed to do everything with. The folks who seemed to always be around, showing up, dragging you out to do this or that. Today’s story concerns the end of just…
Introducing: The Mysterious Mr. Epstein
Oct 1, 2019 • 9 min
For most of his life, Jeffrey Epstein was a mystery— who he was, how he made his money, and how he got away with horrific crimes for so many years. The Mysterious Mr. Epstein explores how Epstein was able to use his wealth to buy status and credibility,…
Summer Minisode - Best Left Forgotten
Sep 13, 2019 • 22 min
It’s most often the least deserving who plague themselves with guilt, who allow the pain to build up until it suffocates them. This summer’s minisode is about just such a person who, whether they deserve it or not, is killing himself with regret over the…
Introducing: Over My Dead Body: Joe Exotic
Aug 27, 2019 • 4 min
Joe Exotic loves his animals, his husbands and his animals. He’s a liger-breeding, gun-slinging, polygamous zoo owner from Oklahoma. And throughout his career, he’s made some major enemies. Listen to season 2 of Over My Dead Body: Joe Exotic on August…
Season Four Promo
Aug 26, 2019 • 1 min
The Westside Fairytales returns Oct. 4 with 10 new, horrific stories. Tell your friends.Support us on Patreon or by purchasing some merch!Follow us on social media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Join the Westside Fairytales Horror and Lit ClubSend us an…
Update - Merch Store is Live!
Aug 2, 2019 • 45 min
Show your support for the Westside Fairytales by making a purchase from our merch store at westsidefairytales.com/merch.Support us on PatreonFollow us on social media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Join the Westside Fairytales Horror and Lit ClubSend us…
HLC - Jeannette Walls’ “The Glass Castle” and John Carpenter’s “The Thing”
Jul 20, 2019 • 71 min
In this episode of the Westside Fairytales Horror and Lit Club, I discuss the recommendations for July 2019: John Carpenter’s 1983 horror film “The Thing,” and Jeannette Walls’ 2004 memoir, “The Glass Castle.” I also talk about some stuff I’ve been…
Bonus Episode: Behind the Season
Jul 14, 2019 • 86 min
Hey folks, thanks for sticking with me through another thrilling season of the Westside Fairytales. This retrospective episode is a much larger version of a thing I do on the Patreon and I thought it’d be a nice bonus for you guys at the end of the…
Ice, and Alley Walking
Jul 5, 2019 • 52 min
Some people are invisible to most of us, but that doesn’t make them any less important. In this month’s episode, the season 3 finale of the Westside Fairytales, come along on a journey with one of those forgotten people on a slow escape from a city…
HLC - “Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad and “Magic” starring Anthony Hopkins
Jun 21, 2019 • 71 min
On this month’s episode of the Horror and Lit Club, I ramble at length on some books I’ve been reading, HBO’s new miniseries “Chernobyl,” and the Westside Fairytales literature and random horror recommendations for June 2019.This episode brought to you…
Tota Americana (Part Four)
May 31, 2019 • 74 min
Everything that begins, must end. This episode, we bring you the long-awaited finale of the four-part story, Tota Americana.This episode brought to you by: Feminist FolkloreSupport us on PatreonFollow us on social media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram…
HLC - “Preacher” by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon and “Night in the Woods”
May 18, 2019 • 48 min
Welcome to the Westside Fairytales Horror and Lit Club! This is new a monthly bonus episode series where host Tyler Bell goes into detail about the month’s random horror and literature recommendations. It’s not required listening to understand the…
Tota Americana (Part Three)
May 3, 2019 • 56 min
In this continuation of the four-part series Tota Americana, Alex continues traveling through the wide open spaces of the American Great Plains, coming across an odd, lonely girl sitting by herself on a train platform. She asks for little more than some…
Tota Americana (Part Two)
Apr 5, 2019 • 45 min
It’s on the Great Planes where we resume our story, the tale of a young person named Alex traveling across the country to the resting place of a barely known father. The hope is to find some deeper understanding of self through this visitation, but the…
Tota Americana (Part One)
Mar 1, 2019 • 54 min
In this, the first of a four-part series, we join a young person, a human animal cast loose of the nest by a sudden death of one parent, and the just as unexpected madness of another. Setting out on a journey to understand a new and unfamiliar life, this…
Introducing Over My Dead Body
Feb 12, 2019 • 6 min
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The Gates of Heaven
Feb 1, 2019 • 67 min
Today’s story will let us see the furthest limits to which loyalty might push us, by putting us in the shoes of a soldier faced with unthinkable duties. In the last months of a war he does not yet know has all but ended, he’ll be pushed to carry out…
Monstruo!!
Jan 9, 2019 • 8 min
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Ghost Story (Part Two)
Jan 4, 2019 • 49 min
Today’s story is the second half of a two-part tale.Last episode, we left the subject of our story, a young man named Barden, on his lonesome in his hermitage of a flat in Paris. He’s been bothered by strange knocking from the apartment downstairs, and…
Ghost Story (Part One)
Dec 7, 2018 • 40 min
Today’s story is about a man living alone, with little more than the glow of his computer to keep him company. But something from beyond the veil of death and time may soon enter into the life of this modern hermit, whether he wants it to or not.Support…
From Barstow Back Home
Nov 2, 2018 • 44 min
In today’s story, we follow a veteran who faces a similar problem, coming to terms with the guilt of surviving something many others did not. He’s a man who’s taken up ultra-marathoning as a way to escape the memories and feelings that have haunted him…
Preview of New Secret Project
Oct 30, 2018 • 31 min
I’m coming to you this Halloween-eve with a preview of the up-and-coming collaboration project between myself, Jack Luna of the Dark Topic podcast, and Mike Boudet of the Sword and Scale podcast. I can’t tell you any more about the project other than it’s…
Quarterly Review
Oct 5, 2018 • 81 min
Today’s story is about a man trapped in that same grind, by his own desire to become the master of the great millstone itself. But his preoccupation with success is getting to him, coloring every new day a darker shade than the last.Support us on…
Summer Minisode - Lagunitas, 4 a.m.
Aug 24, 2018 • 14 min
Life is like the tides. It comes and goes, rises and falls with the moon and light and darkness. This endless force propels us forward no matter our situation, until we can be moved no more.Tonight’s minisode is about a man who takes his elderly…
Bands of Gold and Iron
Jul 6, 2018 • 64 min
Today’s story lives amongst the tendrils of this idea. It is the story of a woman who wakes up to a life that isn’t hers, that she doesn’t want to live, and that certain forces, certain people, won’t allow her to leave. Our protagonist knows the truth…
Last Chance Gas
Jun 1, 2018 • 62 min
Today’s story is about a man trapped in a relationship he despises. He doesn’t know if he hates his wife, but he does know he plans on leaving her, just as soon as they reach the end of the long trip they’ve embarked on together.But his plans are put on…
The Gap on Gable Street
May 4, 2018 • 46 min
Life has a pace, a rhythm. It’s always unsettling when things disturb it. The death of a friend, an injury, an accident, when the unexpected comes calling it usually visits with bad news in tow.Today’s story is about a man who sets his watch by life’s…
The Seventh
Apr 6, 2018 • 53 min
There’s an old sort of saying that the best judge is one who hates his work. A man eager to pass judgment on others, that is, is the man least capable of doing the job.Today’s story is about just that sort of man, a reserved individual sent to a small…
Child of Sparrows
Mar 2, 2018 • 40 min
We all feel the urge to run sometimes. Pressure builds up around us, pushing on our chests and heads, caving in the soft bits inside our ears and eyes until we feel fit to burst. Money, family, loneliness, the struggle to be known, the pain of being…
The Green Man
Feb 2, 2018 • 33 min
Guilt grows like a weed in the hearts of sinners. It’s hard to imagine anybody who’s never wronged another person. At some point, all of us are going to make a decision we’ll have trouble living with for the rest of our lives. And even if it’s a small…
The Water Rotted Doll (Part Two)
Jan 5, 2018 • 27 min
You know the fear of drowning, even if you’ve never been near water. It’s as inborn in us as the desire to keep breathing. When last we left our protagonist, she was in deathly danger of drowning, and trapped in the kitchen of a sinking ship.This is part…
The Water-Rotted Doll (Part One)
Dec 1, 2017 • 42 min
Today’s tale is the story of a woman’s journey from a war-torn country to one of safety and prosperity. It is a time of sickness, of death, and the specter of death itself follows her on her voyage in the form of an ugly doll made of plaster. Today’s…
They All Come By
Nov 17, 2017 • 31 min
We all feel lonely sometimes. Some of us never really feel like we’re not alone, even when we’re surrounded by people. For guys like me, and our main character, that means slinking out to the bar. Secreting yourself away somewhere dark and comfortable,…
So Long Roscoe
Nov 3, 2017 • 43 min
Ever felt stuck in a rut? Today’s story is about a woman who feels trapped in a life she never expected to live. Her husband doesn’t appreciate her. She doesn’t have any hobbies, any friends or really any social interaction aside from her children. But an…
Minisode - Stuff
Sep 26, 2017 • 12 min
Here’s the last of the three minisodes for the summer off-season. We’ve got a slew of terrifying new content heading your way at the beginning of November, so remember to stay up to date with us on social media. We hope you enjoy your Halloween. Stay safe…
Minisode - The Balloon Game
Aug 4, 2017 • 12 min
We’re now more than halfway through the off-season, and new episodes of Westside Fairytales are just around the corner. Today’s minisode is just a trifle. A snatch of memory. The creeping sort of horror that walks with you for a while even after you’ve…
Sound Test One
Jun 30, 2017 • 4 min
Here’s the first of the off-season releases, titled “Sound Test One.” It’s a gift from our corporate sponsors at Blackwell Innovations*, a technology company based out of the midwest that’s been a staunch supporter of the podcast since the beginning. Hope…
Off-Season Announcements and Updates
Jun 16, 2017 • 4 min
Hey everybody, we’re just checking in on you and letting you know how things are coming along for Season 2 of the Westside Fairytales podcast. We’ve got a lot of great things coming up during the break and you can expect Season 2 sometime in November. In…
The Last Car
Apr 16, 2017 • 41 min
Have you ever felt trapped, even when, technically, you were free as a bird? Today we’ll hear the story of a man trapped by his life decisions, a man who smiles at everybody through bars only he can see. But as he becomes stuck in a monolithic warehouse…
Without Eulogy
Mar 31, 2017 • 41 min
Today’s story is a sort of sci-fi western, set at the edge of space in a time unknown. Our small cast of protagonists are escorting a sick man to the far edge of the frontier, ostensibly to die. It’s as dangerous a trip as any, and as our protagonists…
Gourmand Gourmet (Part Two)
Mar 17, 2017 • 35 min
This episode is the second half of Gourmand Gourmet, in which David has found he can no longer keep any traditional food down after emergency brain surgery. After slitting the throat of a lamb during a Central Park nativity scene, he discovers the one…
Gourmand Gourmet (Part One)
Mar 4, 2017 • 39 min
A well-respected food critic finds he’s no longer able to enjoy food after emergency surgery to remove tumors from his brain. Not only is he unable to enjoy it, but everything tastes utterly foul to him. As his career, relationship, and dignity are put on…
The Twinkling Kad
Feb 16, 2017 • 34 min
A disgraced former professor is forced to take a job as a night watchman after his career and life fall apart. After spending some time alone in the dark on his night patrols, he finds his new station in life is far from the worst of his worries.Today’s…
Carpenter Under Stone (Part Two)
Feb 1, 2017 • 28 min
To recap part one of this week’s story, a mentally disadvantaged inmate named Zeke is being forced to make Glory State Penitentiary’s first electric chair. The first inmate scheduled to use that chair, a notorious criminal named Cunny Marco, has been…
Carpenter Under Stone (Part One)
Jan 20, 2017 • 24 min
What would you do if somebody gave you the choice of dying now, or killing people just to die a bit later? In this week’s story, a mentally-disabled savant at a mid-20th-century West Virginia prison is faced with that same decision when the warden gives…
As Read by the Author
Jan 6, 2017 • 29 min
This episode is concerned with the life of a very odd book. What would you do if you found the book in your hands was writing itself even as you read it? Would you put it down, afraid of some trickery, or would you read on with fascination? And what would…
The Book Buyer
Dec 19, 2016 • 23 min
Everybody knows somebody with an obsession. Sports. Video games. Reading. But some people’s hobbies take a darker turn. This story deals with just such a man, whose obsessive book-collecting may be covering up a much more sinister desire.Support us on…
The Urge
Dec 7, 2016 • 26 min
Have you ever stood at the edge of a tall building or ledge and just had that urge to jump? In this first episode of the Westside Fairytales podcast, we follow a young woman who travels into the woods and finds it hard to leave. Support us on…