Wrong Station

Wrong Station

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“Come on in, have a seat. It’s been a while since I’ve seen you. There’s this story I’ve been dying to tell you. Maybe you’ll find it interesting…” The Wrong Station is a radio horror series in the tradition of Quiet Please and Lights Out, created by Alexander Saxton and Anthony Botelho.


64 - The Candle
May 24 • 36 min
The candle sputtered as bits of badly-rendered fat crackled in the burning tallow. Exhausted from the day’s work, he sat back on his cot, watching the smoke rise like rain in reverse, to pool on the ceiling. Then something interesting began to happen. The…
63 - Blood in the Golden Aspens
May 10 • 27 min
As a child, I’d loved this forest; maybe because it was where I went to get away from the cottage, and the dark, brooding pressure of my Grandfather’s presence. But something had changed. The woods no longer seemed like a place of reprieve. I felt that I…
62 - Brumaire
Apr 26 • 20 min
“Year… II? Yes, it must still be. Brother! The pocket watch tells me it is now Prairial, which is strange, one because it is broken, and two, because it is only supposed to tell minutes and hours, not months. Nevertheless, greetings from Chateau…
61 - Come Down To Us
Apr 12 • 32 min
“I have done what you forced me to do,” he said. “I have initiated The Final Snow.” Even dampened by the snow, she could hear the outraged cry of despair that lifted from a million throats; across the city. He had passed a sentence of death upon them, and…
60 - April Ghouls: Just a Series of Normal Exorcism Stories With No Unifying Theme
Mar 31 • 25 min
Nothing specific about this episode, no no, not at all, oh no no my friends… The Wrong Station contains explicit content and mature themes. Discretion is advised. Episode-specific warnings can be found at www.wrongstation.com
A Very Special Self Isolation Episode
Mar 22 • 13 min
Has the quarantine madness set in yet? No? Allow us to help you with that.
59 - The Door
Mar 15 • 26 min
“Here’s the place,” she said, and then loitered by the door, impatient for us to get out. The apartment was a little grimy: she hadn’t cleaned up after the previous tenants, but it was nothing objectionable. I only had one question. “What’s that door in…
58 - Early Frost
Mar 1 • 32 min
“I guess I always wanted to be a farmer.” I expected laughter, but instead the silence plunged deeper. “No,” said the farmer. “You don’t. The vermin, the too-small harvest, the too-big loneliness, up before dawn, asleep after dark. The forces of nature…
57 - Horses
Feb 16 • 33 min
“Sorry, Hannah,” he said. “I forgot you liked horses so much, and didn’t want to hear about them getting lit on fire until their bones showed through. Just be careful, you know? And watch out down by the tracks, too. You know, after what happened to that…
56 - Achille Belanger And the Case of the Open Secret
Feb 2 • 28 min
They arrived at the crime scene, a gorgeous space: plasterwork ceilings illuminated by broad sash windows. A floor of unsurpassed versailles parquetry was disfigured only by the pool of dried blood. “I do wish the police would allow us to clean that up,”…
55 - A Tale of Andalusia
Jan 19 • 27 min
A pair of guards bowed low on the other side, and though their weapons were sheathed, he felt a spike of alarm, and nearly struck them with his sword, for both men were deformed, and hideous in his sight. But though their appearance repulsed him, they…
54 - The Badalisc
Jan 5 • 26 min
The Badalisc is an Epiphany-time tradition, a creature that visits towns and gives a comedic speech where it talks about the town gossip and reveals people’s secrets. There’s singing, dancing, eating, and at the end of it the creature wanders back into…
53 - Auld Tup
Dec 22, 2019 • 19 min
“That… play,” I said. “What did it represent?” He frowned at me and tilted his head. I repeated the question, but it seemed he’d understood my words, but not their meaning. “Represent?” he said. “Nay. It represent nowt. Tis just only the Auld Tup.” The…
52 - Roses
Dec 8, 2019 • 34 min
At four in the morning, I awoke writhing in pain. It was a hunger like nothing I’d felt up to that point. Like a force of nature. A vacuum needing to be filled. Performed by Melissa Taylor. The Wrong Station contains explicit content and mature themes.…
51 - The Initiation
Nov 24, 2019 • 28 min
“Your son must be initiated,” said the shaman, Shiao-Duun. “For his sake and yours. You are all too young to remember the hard times, the cold times. But Shiao-Duun is not too young. And I tell you, such times will come again. The tribe will need its…
50 - Convergence
Nov 10, 2019 • 30 min
“We just sail through.” And so we did. No flash, no psychedelic effects, it was like walking through a door. On one side, we left behind the world’s largest ocean; on the other, we entered a body of water nearly twice the size. Performed by Jacquie Martin…
49 - Something Snipp’ed This Way Comes
Oct 27, 2019 • 26 min
Fallen leaves swirl beneath the feet of devils, witches, and demons. Flame is put to ten hundred thousand wicks, making faces glow through the dark October night. You crush a sweet thing between your teeth as you wait. You do not know for what but you…
48 - National Parade
Oct 20, 2019 • 23 min
Shavash Day came on a cold October morning. Stumbling to the window, I saw people already lining the grey streets, dressed in drab traditional attire, or the Red and Grey of the Caraghian flag. Something that struck me, even from the window, was that…
47 - October Devil
Oct 13, 2019 • 24 min
“But that’s not fair,” she whispered. Her grandmother grinned at her, mouth very wide, long yellow-grey teeth clicking as they met. “Get used to it,” she said. “It’s an unfair world. You’re going to have to learn that if you want to run the Company…
46 - A Visitor in the Night
Oct 6, 2019 • 26 min
It was an hour past sunset, which in this land is earlier than you might think it, when there was a knock on our door. Not abnormal at that hour, but not common. In this land work is best done under what meagre sunlight there is, and the night is best…
Please Consider This
Sep 30, 2019 • 15 min
Something Wrong is back.
45 - Aquarium
Aug 18, 2019 • 35 min
That’s not to say I ever stopped fearing fish, but by the time I stepped through the doors of the aquarium that fear had been buried under 16 straight years of education and exposure. I thought I had it beat. But you’re not here for the story of my life.…
44 - Crimson and Turquoise
Aug 4, 2019 • 27 min
“And what do you ask in return?” She said. The Druj shook her head at the question, as though saddened by a small, suspicious mind. “My child,” she said. “Who made you so mistrustful? I ask almost nothing in return. A small inconvenience, and quickly…
43 - Into Pigment
Jul 21, 2019 • 24 min
So staring at this painting every day, well, you can imagine the kinds of tricks my mind started playing on me. Or at least, that I thought it was playing on me. Subtle things at first. I’d let the colours blend, imagine the trees blowing in the wind and…
42 - Hunter, Hunter
Jul 7, 2019 • 28 min
But the Hunter was not fazed; if anything, their tawny eyes seemed to catch light. They passed back and forth in front of the dead animal, examining it from many angles, clicking their tongue. “Do you know,” said the Hunter, turning to their followers. “I…
41 - Flynn’s
Jun 23, 2019 • 27 min
It was the sort of place with the same number of people in it at 11am and 2am, and often the exact same ones. You could stick your head in the door at noon, and it would already be night inside. The people who drank there had been banished from the day.…
40 - All Alone
Jun 9, 2019 • 24 min
The solitude, on the other hand, was, what’s the word? Palpable. I wasn’t at all prepared for it. They tried to tell us, but it’s something you can’t really understand until you go through it. Knowing you’re 3 trillion klicks away from the closest human.…
39 - The Draugr
May 26, 2019 • 24 min
I remember even now how our grandmother described the Draugr’s corpse-blue flesh, his long fingernails, and how he crept away at night to gorge on the blood of children in their cradles. But as I say, such tales are no longer encouraged. The Christians…
38 - Grill Marks
May 12, 2019 • 22 min
The meat hissed as it slapped onto the grill, and the Pit Master pressed down with his chrome spatula, not hard enough to release the juices, but enough to sear the geometry of the cooking grate into the beef. The Wrong Station contains explicit content…
37 - The Rat Story
Apr 28, 2019 • 19 min
“It was big.” “How big?” “Big.” I saw it a few nights after that. I was sitting in the kitchen, and I heard what I thought was the cat, coming down the hall. It wasn’t the cat. But it wasn’t much smaller, either. The Wrong Station contains explicit…
36 - Trevann Head
Apr 14, 2019 • 22 min
Tradition has it they come out of the mountains once a year at Golowan Night, in midsummer, to visit the Town. They walk the streets; see what’s changed, and then they take one thing back with them. Performed by Jonathan Shaboo. The Wrong Station contains…
35 - Espalier
Mar 31, 2019 • 23 min
It stood near the back wall, gleaming darkly in the red light. From a central column, it branched upward; a disturbingly fleshy plant corralled into a rigid, diamond lattice. It had no leaves, which I thought strange; so few plants are ever out of season…
34 - Velvet
Mar 17, 2019 • 24 min
Antlers are the fastest growing bone in the animal kingdom. In June and July, the antlers of a White-tailed deer can grow as fast as an inch a day. An inch. In order to grow so quickly, the bones need blood; lots of it, and so they’re covered in a thin,…
33 - Holotype
Mar 3, 2019 • 22 min
I am currently standing in the biomedical laboratories of the *REDACTED*—or simply the Institute, as I shall here on refer to it as—and am just outside of the main lab. In front of me is the holotype, species yet unnamed, currently thawing after being put…
32 - Northland Bus
Feb 17, 2019 • 14 min
Don’t worry though. I know I look a little intimidating to everyday people, but I promise there’s a reason for the way I look. I’m not gonna talk your ear off, either. I know most people hate having people next to them on the bus, but I’m usually able to…
31 - The Fair Folk
Feb 3, 2019 • 29 min
The rest of her pregnancy was without complication. The town marvelled; many had been sure she would die. But she had picked up a strange habit. It was remarked on in town how she would leave her home in the evenings, and walk along water’s edge in the…
30 - Classic Car
Jan 20, 2019 • 21 min
See, what you oughta do is get yourself an older vehicle. Take the Chimera for example. That engine has been running smooth and clean for over 60 years. With a few replacement parts, of course. They just don’t make cars like this anymore. Say, could you…
29 - Keep the Crows at Bay
Jan 6, 2019 • 22 min
Open your eyes. Don’t fall asleep, you mustn’t fall asleep. You have to stay awake, or the crows will eat you. Some think that they go for the eyes first, but it’s always the tongue. They take your tongue so you cannot cry for help, then leave you to…
Snips in Stockings
Dec 24, 2018 • 27 min
You’ve been so good this year that we decided to leave you an extra little something in your stocking. Just make sure to give it a few good whacks before reaching in, to make absolute sure that it’s dead. Performed by Anthony Botelho and Tara Wink. The…
28 - In the Dead of Night
Dec 23, 2018 • 25 min
Later, I found out it was the coldest that day had been in a hundred years. I’m convinced I nearly died on the road that afternoon. And there’d be times that night when I wasn’t sure I hadn’t, and that the cabin I’d arrived at wasn’t hell. The Wrong…
27 - Come and See
Dec 9, 2018 • 30 min
The letters swam, spilling into different words. “The crowning achievement of the Greatest and Best was Universal Discovery. Our voyagers found the outermost edge of the universe. We found the answers we were looking for, and the answers you are looking…
26 - The Attendant
Nov 25, 2018 • 25 min
I never thought a hospital could be so pleasant. It began to feel like a home and besides the healing, visits from friends, and watching some of the trashiest daytime TV you can imagine, it was a pretty uneventful winter for me. Except for that one night…
25 - War Comes Home
Nov 11, 2018 • 22 min
Not long after Thomas’ return, I started noticing strange things in and around the house. Noises at first, at night. Something like the sound of distant thunder. Boom… boom… boom… off in the distance, in the middle of the night. Oddly, at around the same…
24 - Snip or Treat: An Analecticum of Halloween Shorts
Oct 28, 2018 • 47 min
The chill wind blows and carries the smell of pumpkin rot. Creatures and bones and things peer from every home. The doorbell rings in the dead of night on a dark street. Do you dare answer? It must be time for more snips, and it must be time for…
23 - A Long Slice of Ham
Oct 21, 2018 • 23 min
Now, that all sounds a bit dispassionate and business-minded when I listen to myself. This isn’t supposed to be a sales pitch. No… please don’t mistake me as being blase, this work really is my passion. As are the pigs. The Wrong Station contains explicit…
22 - Farther Than Samarkand
Oct 14, 2018 • 25 min
The sun was right overhead. It was so hot I thought the plastic wheels of my travel bag would melt to the pavement. As I turned from the parking lot down the side of the highway, the fresh dose of codeine washed over me, like white surf on a sunlit beach.…
21 - The Catcher
Oct 7, 2018 • 33 min
“It’s dangerous to face them alone. You must have others with you, others you trust, even if it puts them in danger.” That’s what Laudens told me when I first became the Catcher. It was the soundest of advice. And yet, sometimes we do not have the luxury…
We’re Taking Calls
Sep 30, 2018 • 7 min
Sit tight folks, We’re Taking Calls. Followed by announcements for Season 3. Featuring Alexander Saxton, Jada Rifkin, and Anthony Botelho.
20 - In Constantinople
Jan 28, 2018 • 27 min
She would stand in purple darkness, back pressed against one of the marble pillars supporting the window’s arch, and strain her ears to catch scraps of conversation as they drifted up through the purple leaves and white flowers of the citrus trees. In…
19 - Bush Party
Jan 21, 2018 • 18 min
And then, some strange, lingering sense of wrongness resolved itself into a realization. The people at this party were strange. They were all slightly too long and slender in the limbs and body. They all moved the same way, with the same liquid…
18 - Cheveux de lin
Jan 14, 2018 • 27 min
But on one night – it was late in the fall, I think – a foreign sound leaked into my father’s left ear, the one with the hearing aid. He took out the device and shook it, a habit that seemed to help, like the way you might hit an old radio to get it back…
17 - Dive Bar
Jan 8, 2018 • 18 min
She looked down at her drink, and tilted it to watch the fluid stick to the sides of the glass. She wrinkled her nose. He’d said it was “Bessenjenniver,” a specialty, and the bartender had poured her a thick shot in a yellowed tumbler, after unscrewing…
16 - Yet More Short Snips
Dec 31, 2017 • 34 min
Another collection of stories, tales of strange beasts and far-flung places. None of them a beginning or an ending, all of them short. Featuring Arun Varma, Kevin Matthew Wong, and Rachel Hart. The Wrong Station contains explicit content and mature…
15 - The Blasted Cove
Dec 3, 2017 • 32 min
Tell me, what draws you to that place? Were you raised here as child, wandering to the cliffs in your youth to throw rocks at the crumbling caves past the inlet? Did your elders tell you never to go near it, and you’ve just never shaken the childish want…
14 - The Quiet Quarter
Nov 26, 2017 • 28 min
I was mesmerized by the building, looking up and up at its titanic height. Near this end, it had a tower which soared to a height nearly double that of the bell tower at St. Mark’s. At the peak of the spire was a golden weather vane. Unlike St. Mark’s,…
13 - On Black Lake
Nov 19, 2017 • 15 min
You know, I’ve seen the video. There was a good six months where she watched it almost every day, desperately searching for a clue, any kind of hint. All for nothing, obviously. I think we all knew that, the neighbours. But we’d sit with her while she did…
12 - These Old Trees
Nov 12, 2017 • 22 min
You see, the people who lived here choose to do so for a very specific reason. In spite of the fact that, until their being here, no humans who had ever set foot in this place wanted any part of it.
11 - Bad Road
Nov 5, 2017 • 17 min
My old man turned to me, and he said, Jimmy, it’s a bad stretch of road along here. If you can avoid it, never drive it after dark. It’s a bad stretch, and bad strange things happen to folks along here after dark. The Wrong Station contains explicit…
Incoming Transmission
Oct 1, 2017 • 7 min
There’s something Wrong with the signal.
10 - ‘Come on out’
Mar 16, 2017 • 20 min
Now I’d been in that camp fer ‘bout six months, an’ Jack’d been there fer ‘bout four, an’ it was me’n’im together what found the Frenchman, floatin’ facedown in that swamp. An’ we thought for sure that he was dead. But he wasn’t. Stay tuned for…
09 - Punch for Punch
Mar 9, 2017 • 17 min
I’ve never felt at home with my wife’s family, and neither has Alison for that matter. But this time I had this special, sick feeling. There was something about this dinner, and the awful people at it, that felt like a disaster waiting to happen.…
08 - The Family Business
Mar 2, 2017 • 22 min
I must say that I was surprised when I received your call. Not many people are very interested in learning the fine details of my work, given the nature of it. Yet here you are, the Brabant River Funeral Home. The Wrong Station contains explicit content…
07 - Outward Bound
Feb 23, 2017 • 21 min
I went through sort of a rough patch when I was younger, and one summer I ended up in one of those outdoor education programs so I wouldn’t have to redo a year. I thought I’d be okay when they left me alone on one of those little islands. But I wasn’t…
06 - Short Snips
Feb 16, 2017 • 29 min
Not every story has an end, or a beginning. Every day we glean half-stories, based on half-memories of half-facts. Catharsis is a rare treat for those who hear these tales, and for those who experience them. Featuring, in order of appearance, Emma Burns,…
05 - Property Values
Feb 9, 2017 • 13 min
It had been empty for as long as anyone could remember, and even in my brightest early memories of the neighborhood I grew up in, the house at the end of the lane is stands apart with its darkened windows. Featuring Hannah Wilkinson.
04 - The Hum
Feb 2, 2017 • 15 min
Things have been pretty good since the war ended. Energy is a lot cheaper, and that drives down the price on pretty much everything else. Everything seems perfect, though there was a while when I wasn’t sleeping all too well. Let me tell you about it,…
03 - A Walk in the Park
Jan 26, 2017 • 19 min
She was walking home on one of the snowiest nights of the year, she tells me. She kind of loses track of time, and eventually comes to this park. A place she’d never heard of, and one she was never able to find again. That big park, with that little house…
02 - In the Dead of Winter
Jan 19, 2017 • 23 min
I used to be a sawyer, you know? Sawmill man. This weather tonight makes me think of the last place that I ever worked. The terrible cold and the awful feeling you’d get at night. Like you were being watched by something, just beyond the trees. Featuring…
01 - Family Photos
Jan 12, 2017 • 29 min
I guess you wanna hear that story, huh? It all happened a short while after my father died, years ago. I never knew much about his side of the family, but maybe it was better that way. Maybe it would have been better if I’d never found those photos. The…
00 - The Snowman
Dec 23, 2016 • 10 min
In a small town in the middle of winter an old man sits on his porch, watching the snowman. He never takes his eyes off of it, but why? The Wrong Station is a radio horror series in the tradition of Quiet Please and Lights Out, created by Alexander Saxton…