Dark Tome

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What if there was a book that literally opened up doorways to other worlds? Where would it lead, and could you handle what you found on the other side? Cassie, a wayward teen, is about to find out. One day, after she wraps up community service at a local hospital, she stumbles out of the basement of a spooky bookshop and into a story set on a devil's staircase in a remote Italian village. The Dark Tome is a new take on the anthology audio fiction podcast, featuring fantastic stories by contemporary authors from across the globe.

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Teaser: Open the Book, Unlock Imagination
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Cassie, a wayward teen, has discovered a magical book that literally transports her to the world within the story. What adventures will we go to with The Dark Tome? It starts on a crooked staircase that leads to the devil. 2 minute Teaser to the new audio fiction series by Fred Greenhalgh and Bill Dufris.
Oct 21, 2016
Episode 1, Part 1: The Devil on the Staircase, by Joe Hill
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Episode 1 of the Dark Tome introduces us to Cassie, who is forced to read books to Mr. Gussy - an old crank who runs a bookshop of the strange and the weird - as penance for pulling a girl's hair out at school. Mr. Gussy has warned Cassie of a book among books - The Dark Tome - and Cassie decides to open up the cover and see what it's all about. This flings Cassie into the world of acclaimed writer Joe Hill's chilling fable, "The Devil on the Staircase," narrated by a man who walks crooked steps for a living, before discovering a door that leads him straight to hell.
Oct 28, 2016
Episode 1, Part 2: The Devil on the Staircase, by Joe Hill
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Part 2 of 2. Cassie is enchanted by the tale of a man who used to live in a village in Italy in the late 19th century. But a series of events, a crooked staircase, and a glowing red gate, have welcomed him to stairs he has never known before - ones that lead him straight to hell. The conclusion of Joe Hill's chilling fable, "The Devil on the Staircase." The Dark Tome is produced by Fred Greenhalgh and Bill Dufris. Theme 'Febryar' by Peter Van Riet @berlinblackbird | More at http://thedarktome.com/
Oct 28, 2016
The Statement of Randolph Carter, by HP Lovecraft
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An adaptation of HP Lovecraft’s The Statement of Randolph Carter, wherein an unsuspecting grave robber opens a door that really should have stayed closed. Stay tuned next week (11/18/16) for our next feature episode, featuring "The Bread We Eat in Dreams" by Catherynne M. Valente The Dark Tome is produced by Fred Greenhalgh and Bill Dufris. Theme by Peter Van Riet - http://www.petervanriet-musician.be/
Nov 11, 2016
Episode 2, Part 1: The Bread We Eat in Dreams, by Catherynne M. Valente
1973
In Episode 2 of the Dark Tome, Cassie knows better but can't escape the temptation to return to Mr. Gussy's bookshop. She finds the old man frustrated that he can't make the magical book work. It's take someone younger - someone for whom the walls between this world and the next are a little thinner. They catch a whiff of fresh bread, and are transported to the world of Catherynne M. Valente's fable "The Bread We Eat in Dreams," where a certain personable demon named Agnes will recount the story of her ejection from hell and the little hamlet that grew up around her. The Dark Tome is produced by Fred Greenhalgh and Bill Dufris. Theme 'Febryar' by Peter Van Riet https://soundcloud.com/petervanriet | Show credits at http://thedarktome.com/
Nov 26, 2016
Episode 2, Part 2: The Bread We Eat in Dreams, by Catherynne M. Valente
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The demon Agnes recounts how she was tried as a witch in the village she drew to herself in early colonial Maine. But, perhaps a trial by fire is but small pennies to a demon who has survived banishment from hell and was a fertility god at the dawn of civilization. It is all a matter of waiting. The Dark Tome is produced by Fred Greenhalgh and Bill Dufris. Dialogue Editing by Grace Waldron. Sound Design by Matthew J Boudreau of Aural Stage Studios. Cast members - Lilly Thorne, as Cassie, Tim Sample as Mr. Gussy, Tootie Van Reenan as the Narrator, Anna Gravel, Janice Gardner, and Marie Stewart Harmon as the Gossips, Christine Marshall as Lady Sazarin and Corey Gagne as Husband, Ian Carlsen as Pastor 1, Bill Duffy as Pastor 2, Erik Moody as Pastor 3 and Goodman Mather. Theme 'Febryar' by Peter Van Riet: https://soundcloud.com/petervanriet More at http://thedarktome.com/
Dec 03, 2016
The Crevasse, by Dale Bailey and Nathan Ballingrud
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Richard Fish narrates The Crevasse, by Dale Bailey and Nathan Ballingrud. An exploration team in the Antarctic is already nurses wounds from an accident, when another tragedy strikes. Garner, the expedition's doctor, is haunted at night by howls from deep within the earth. Against his better judgement, he descends a crack into the ice shelf to try and settle things. But what he encounters beneath the ice shakes him forever. Originally appeared on Drabblecast Episode 338 - http://www.drabblecast.org/2014/09/11/drabblecast-338-crevasse/ Produced by Fred Greenhalgh of FinalRune Productions
Dec 16, 2016
Episode 3, Part 1: Breathe My Name, by Christopher Golden
1965
Being a miner is like playing Russian roulette every day of your life. Any morning you might wake up, and find the chamber with the bullet. Tommy - the youngest in a long proud line of West Virginia coal miners - finds out what it feels like to have your card be up when an explosion traps him and a dozen other souls two miles beneath the earth. With oxygen growing thin, their only prayer might come from an old ghost story. *** The Dark Tome is produced by Fred Greenhalgh and Bill Dufris. Dialogue Editing by Fred Greenhalgh. Sound Design by Bill Dufris Cast members - Lilly Thorne, as Cassie, Tim Sample as Mr. Gussy, Ian Carlsen as Tommy. With: Emily Myshrall, Rebecca Myshrall, Christopher Holt, Dalton S Kimball, Michael Kimball, Nyana Greenhalgh, Caitlyn Miles, Jay Piscopo And Christopher Price Theme 'Febryar' by Peter Van Riet: https://soundcloud.com/petervanriet More at http://thedarktome.com/
Dec 30, 2016
Episode 3, Part 2: Breathe My Name, by Christopher Golden
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Tommy - the youngest in a long proud line of West Virginia coal miners - finds out what it feels like to have your card be up when an explosion traps him and a dozen other souls two miles beneath the earth. With oxygen growing thin, his only prayer might come from an old ghost story. The conclusion of the claustrophobic tale of ghosts and survival by Christopher Golden. *** The Dark Tome is produced by Fred Greenhalgh and Bill Dufris. Dialogue Editing by Fred Greenhalgh. Sound Design by Bill Dufris Cast members - Lilly Thorne, as Cassie, Tim Sample as Mr. Gussy, Ian Carlsen as Tommy. With: Emily Myshrall, Rebecca Myshrall, Christopher Holt, Dalton S Kimball, Michael Kimball, Nyana Greenhalgh, Caitlyn Miles, Jay Piscopo And Christopher Price Theme 'Febryar' by Peter Van Riet: https://soundcloud.com/petervanriet More at http://thedarktome.com/
Jan 14, 2017
The Masque of the Red Death, by Edgar Allan Poe
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A fresh take on Edgar Allen Poe’s classic “The Masque of the Red Death” – featuring an all-star cast of New England actors, and immersive location sound recording, and an inventive script, this production re-imagines Poe’s tale of a group of ill-fated improvisatori who take on an audience with the ‘dark prince’ who holds extravagant balls to distract the gentry from the ravages of the plague. Produced by William Dufris and AudioComics as part of their “HorrorScopes” series. With field-recording by Fred Greenhalgh / FinalRune Productions.
Jan 27, 2017
Episode 4: Murdered Sleep, by Kat Howard
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"Sleep is dying, and has been for a long time now, through uncounted ticks of clocks and the flickers of thousands of too-brief candles." It's the night of the Senior Prom, and rather than show up awkwardly, Cassie has decided to stay home with the Dark Tome. But, she soon meets a mysterious stranger with an invitation to a masquerade ball wicked and mysterious, far stranger than any rites of spring. What she learns there will reshape her thoughts on dance, if she can ever make it back. An adaptation of Kat Howard's short story "Murdered Sleep" which originally appeared in Apex Magazine. Produced by Fred Greenhalgh and Bill Dufris. Production Assistant Grace Waldron. Featuring Tim Sample, Lilly Thorne, Tess Van Horn, JennyWren Walker, Casey Turner, Ian Carlsen, and JP Guimont. Original score "Febryar" by Peter Van Riet
Feb 10, 2017
Locke & Key (Sampler) - An Audible Drama - By Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
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Based on the best-selling, award-winning graphic novel series Locke & Key - written by acclaimed suspense novelist Joe Hill (NOS4A2, Horns) and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez - this multicast, fully dramatized audio production brings the images and words to life. A brutal and tragic event drives the Locke family from their home in California to the relative safety of their ancestral estate in Lovecraft, Massachusetts, an old house with powerful keys and fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them. As siblings Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode Locke discover the secrets of the old house, they also find that it's home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all... A sample of some of the magical keys in "Locke & Key" provided by Dark Tome co-creator Fred Greenhalgh, who along with William Dufris and Team AudioComics produced Locke & Key for Audible. Enjoy Locke & Key for Free as part of your 30-day trial to Audible. Visit www.audible.com/tome to sign up!
Feb 24, 2017
Episode 5, Part 1: Blind Love, by Joe R Lansdale and Kasey Lansdale
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As part of "Dark Duets," mojo storyteller Joe R Lansdale paired up with his daughter, Kasey Lansdale, to pen this tale of a monster whose power is through the eyes. Quick witted but unlucky in love, Jana is dragged by her friend Erin to attend an 'eye gazing party,' a new age phenomenon run by a couple of hucksters on the far edge of a small Texas town. Jana's skepticism turns to confusion when Erin - and all the girls at the party - are entranced by an unremarkable man "Thirteen." Featuring a special performance and selections of music by Kasey Lansdale.
Mar 12, 2017
Episode 5, Part 2: Blind Love, by Joe R Lansdale and Kasey Lansdale
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As part of "Dark Duets," mojo storyteller Joe R Lansdale paired up with his daughter, Kasey Lansdale, to pen this tale of a monster whose power is through the eyes. Quick witted but unlucky in love, Jana is dragged by her friend Erin to attend an 'eye gazing party,' a new age phenomenon run by a couple of hucksters on the far edge of a small Texas town. Jana's skepticism turns to confusion when Erin - and all the girls at the party - are entranced by an unremarkable man "Thirteen." Featuring a special performance and selections of music by Kasey Lansdale. Part 2 of 2. If you enjoy The Dark Tome, help us spread the word by telling your friends about it, following us on twitter.com/thedarktome, and completing a quick survey at Wondery.com/survey. Thank you to our sponsors: Blue Apron - Get 3 meals free on your first order when you visit them here: www.blueapron.com/tome Audible.com - Get a 30-day trial membership and a free audio book when you visit them here: www.audible.com/tome Thanks for listening!
Mar 24, 2017
The Floodgates of Willowhill, by Mary SanGiovanni
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"Everybody whose grown up in Faulkesville, well, they’ve always guessed there’s something wrong with the woods on the edge of town, the ones that border Willowhill, something people don’t like to bring up in polite company." Teenage Samantha keeps her nose in her books and her head in the clouds - in lands far beyond the borders of the small town of Faulkesville where she's grown up... Where her parents mysteriously died two years ago, and where her Uncle Ted and buddy Hank Jedsoe are about to discover the real horrors that lurk in the haunted woods on the edge of town.
Apr 07, 2017
Episode 6, Part 1: Family Demons, by Frederick Greenhalgh
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Cassie returns home after the wondrous night at the prom (Episode 4) and finds her dreams shattered when she gets home. Forced to flee her home, she seeks refuge in Mr. Gussy's bookshop, and the Dark Tome. This time, the book calls out for her. She finds herself with an estranged son at his homecoming to the old family farmhouse... And the demons that his father sought to hide will make themselves known.
Apr 29, 2017
Episode 6, Part 2: Family Demons, by Frederick Greenhalgh
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Cassie finds herself spending the night in a strange old farmhouse where there may be ghosts in the walls, and something worse beneath. She and an estranged son, Nick, will discover that demons that Nick's father sought to hide were all too real.
May 13, 2017
Interview with Joe R Lansdale & Kasey Lansdale
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Today we interview Joe R Lansdale & Kasey Lansdale, a father and daughter writing duo whose work "BLIND LOVE" was featured in The Dark Tome: Episode 5. Joe R Lansdale is the author of over forty novels and numerous short stories. His work has appeared in national anthologies, magazines, and collections, as well as numerous foreign publications. His “Hap and Leonard” series of novels is a TV series on Sundance, with Seasons 1 and 2 now available and Season 3 recently greenlit. Kasey Lansdale has been writing and performing music since age 7. In July of 2013, Lansdale’s first anthology, “Impossible Monsters,” was released, and she has completed her first novel, “One More Than the Devil.” She also wrote the title track for the digital version of the novel Edge of Dark Water. Kasey Lansdale is a musician and you can hear her music at kaseylansdale.com We talk to Joe and Kasey today about East Texas, where they get their story ideas, working together in a father-daughter relationship, and how to work on your creativity and love every minute. I hope you enjoy this conversation.
May 19, 2017
Episode 7, Part 1: INK by Jonathan Maberry
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Cassie returns from her traumatic trip to a haunted - and haunting - family reunion. As she attempts to re-align her world, Gussy stumbles out of his and into the world of Jonathan Maberry's INK. GERALD ‘MONK’ ADDISON is a skip-tracer and P.I. on Boundary Street, down the hill from where the good people go. He’s on the side of the angels, but he’s not very nice. Most of Monk’s clients are bail bondsmen and bad lawyers, but every now and then he takes a special case. He’s hired by the ghost of a murder victim to solve their untimely death and exact justice. But hiring Monk comes with a price, even for the dead.
Jun 09, 2017
Episode 7, Part 2: INK by Jonathan Maberry
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Part 2 of the Horror-Noir story INK by Jonathan Maberry. GERALD ‘MONK’ ADDISON is a skip-tracer and P.I. on Boundary Street, down the hill from where the good people go. He’s on the side of the angels, but he’s not very nice. Most of Monk’s clients are bail bondsmen and bad lawyers, but every now and then he takes a special case. He’s hired by the ghost of a murder victim to solve their untimely death and exact justice. But hiring Monk comes with a price, even for the dead.
Jun 16, 2017
Interview with Christopher Golden
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"Writing is about the beautiful melancholy of small town America..." On today's Dark Tome, a special interview with Christopher Golden, the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as The Myth Hunters, Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, Of Saints and Shadows, and (with Tim Lebbon) The Map of Moments. He has also written books for teens and young adults, including Poison Ink, Soulless, and the thriller series Body of Evidence, honored by the New York Public Library and chosen as one of YALSA’s Best Books for Young Readers. Upcoming teen novels include a new series of hardcover YA fantasy novels co-authored with Tim Lebbon and entitled The Secret Journeys of Jack London. He edited the collection DARK DUETS in which we discovered the JOE R LANSDALE and KASEY LANSDALE team up, “BLIND LOVE,” and penned his own short story collection, TELL MY SORROW TO THE STONES, where we found the story we adapted for Episode 3 - “BREATHE MY NAME”. We talk to him today about the writer’s life, working in multi-media and the future of audio storytelling. Thanks to this episode's sponsor, Audible. Dark Tome listeners can get a Christopher Golden audiobook for free with a 30-day trial membership by going to audible.com/TOME.
Jun 16, 2017
God of the Razor, by Joe R Lansdale
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A man investigates an old Texas mansion looking for antiques, but soon finds more than he bargained for. Because in this lonely stretch of town, ancient gods walk the earth, and their followers have no choice but to follow their twisted demands. This haunting story by horror master Joe R. Lansdale was adapted by Jerry Stearns and produced by AM FM Theater as part of the Grist Mill series, a horror program dedicated to chilling contemporary tales. “God of the Razor” won the Ogle Award for best Fantasy Audio Drama in 2007. Played by special permission from AM FM Theater. Also featuring the Mort Castle short story, "If You Take My Hand My Son"
Jun 30, 2017
Episode 8, Part 1: Trial Day, by Tananarive Due
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Young Lettie can see things through her magic eye - things that might be better if she not see. Grownup's secrets. Grownup's true intentions. But when she learns of her brother's unjust arrest and sham trial, it's her seeing eye - and some conjure magic from her Mama - that may help change the fate of her big brother. The Dark Tome is produced by Fred Greenhalgh and Bill Dufris. Theme 'Febryar' by Peter Van Riet https://soundcloud.com/petervanriet | Show credits at http://thedarktome.com/
Jul 07, 2017
Episode 8, Part 2: Trial Day, by Tananarive Due
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Young Lettie can see things through her magic eye - things that might be better if she not see. Grownup's secrets. Grownup's true intentions. But when she learns of her brother's unjust arrest and sham trial, it's her seeing eye - and some conjure magic from her Mama - that may help change the fate of her big brother. The Dark Tome is produced by Fred Greenhalgh and Bill Dufris. Theme 'Febryar' by Peter Van Riet https://soundcloud.com/petervanriet | Show credits at http://thedarktome.com/
Jul 21, 2017
Episode 9, Part 1: How Gussy Got the Book
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Gussy and Cassie learned they've "Gone sideways" - the Dark Tome has returned them to the world, but not *their* world. As Cassie struggles to understand the predicament the book has put her in, Gussy recounts the heartbreaking tale of how he got his hands on the Dark Tome, and the cost the book has caused him. The Dark Tome is produced by Fred Greenhalgh and Bill Dufris. Theme 'Febryar' by Peter Van Riet https://soundcloud.com/petervanriet | Show credits at http://thedarktome.com/
Aug 27, 2017
Episode 9, Part 2: How Gussy Got the Book
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SEASON 1 FINALE Gussy has traveled into the land of the underworld looking for his friend Billy - and his friend is no longer his friend. Gussy recounts the end of the heartbreaking tale of how he got his hands on the Dark Tome, and Cassie is forced to decide whether to take the book for another ride or not. The Dark Tome is produced by Fred Greenhalgh and Bill Dufris. Theme 'Febryar' by Peter Van Riet https://soundcloud.com/petervanriet | Show credits at http://thedarktome.com/
Aug 27, 2017
Halloween Double Feature: Dark Passenger & Intensive Care
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Two tales of terror to sate your appetite this Halloween. DARK PASSENGER - Two teenage friends start scaring each other on the drive to a dismal “haunted” house on the coast of Maine. But when their innocent fun starts to become all too real, they soon realize what true terror is. A nod to Stephen King in a tale inspired by a true story too haunting to forget. INTENSIVE CARE - Alex wakes in a run-down New England hospital with foggy memories of a car accident. He asks nurses about his missing girlfriend, Elizabeth, but can’t seem to get any answers. In fact, he can’t seem to get anything straight from anyone. And – was that a scream in the distance?
Oct 25, 2017
Season 2 Update & New Show
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Season 2 of The Dark Tome is coming Fall, 2018 - but good news! We'll have some new episodes over the summer and playback of a series by friends of ours this spring. Today enjoy a sampler of THE MAYAN CRYSTAL, a new show out by the team that made The Dark Tome. In the spirit of Mayan folklore, a twelve-year old Belizean girl accidentally invokes the evil spirit of an ancient enemy that threatens to consume the rainforest. With the help of her ancient ancestors, her sister, and her new friend, a 20- foot boa constrictor, she’ll go on a thrilling journey to save her village and discover the most incredible secret.
Mar 02, 2018
Springheel Saga - 1 of 9
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London, 1837. A terrifying apparition stalks the night! Constable Jonah Smith must avoid a pair of vicious killers in his hunt for the mysterious figure who will come to be known as… Springheel Jack!
May 04, 2018
Springheel Saga - 2 of 9
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Smith’s desperate race to capture the mysterious Springheel Jack before he strikes again sends him on a dangerous hunt through London’s darkest shadows … and into the crypt of evil!
May 14, 2018
Springheel Saga - 3 of 9 - The Face of the Fiend
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As the forces of darkness threaten to frame an innocent man for the monstrous attacks, Smith and Charlotte must escape the villainous Lord Wayland and solve the mystery of Springheel Jack – or die in the attempt!
May 18, 2018
Springheel Saga - 4 of 9 - The Terror of London
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Folly Ditch, 1845. When a fire-breathing maniac kills 13-year-old Maria Davis, Springheel Jack is blamed. Detective Inspector Jonah Smith is hot on the trail but soon finds himself accused of an equally terrible crime…
May 25, 2018
Springheeld Saga - 5 of 9 - The Carnival of Horrors
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Hunted by the police and stalked by a sinister new enemy, Jonah Smith risks all to clear his name by going behind the scenes at Bartholomew Fair… in search of Springheel Jack!
Jun 04, 2018
Springheeld Saga - 6 of 9 - The Tunnels of Death
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With Jonah Smith dead and the murder of Maria Davis still a mystery, there is little hope that the forces of good will triumph as a runaway train speeds towards it’s explosive destination.
Jun 12, 2018
Springheeld Saga - 7 of 9 - The Peril of the Empires
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UNITED KINGDOM, 1877. When Aldershot Barracks is attacked by the flame-wreathed ‘Night Terror’, Jonah Smith is called out of retirement by Her Majesty’s Government and sent on one final, deadly mission – to capture Springheel Jack!
Jun 22, 2018
Springheeld Saga - 8 of 9 - The Engine of Doom
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Pursued by agents of the Kaiser, Jonah Smith must join forces with an old enemy in his search for Springheel Jack. But will they survive… the Tunnels of Death?!
Jun 29, 2018
Springheeld Saga - 9 of 9 - The Lords of the World
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With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Jonah Smith must fight to fulfil his destiny and finally discover the secret of Springheel’d Jack. But as his ruthless adversaries close in, who shall become… the Lords of the World!?
Jul 07, 2018