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43 EpisodesProduced by Crooked Path ProductionsWebsite

Cryptic is an audio drama. Cole and Julie Kurtz, a brother-sister team investigate cryptid sightings in their home state of Ohio. Oh, by the way, all of these legends are true!

43 Episodes | 2019 - 2022

Trailer 1 - I Remember the Monsters

May 22nd, 2019


Meet Cole and Julie Kurtz, a brother-sister team that has a long history with the creepy, and unknown. 

Cryptic is presented by Crooked Path …

An Interview with Writer and Co-Creator, Adam Hoffman

May 24th, 2019


We've got a special update for you today. Adam and I jumped on a phone call to talk about the show, Adam's origin story in theatre, writing the creative process, and of course we share a Bigfoot story or two. Thanks …

Trailer 2 - Hello, Friends!

September 6th, 2019


In this second trailer we meet Alastair Kurtz, the dearly departed father of Cole and Julie.

Season 1 of Cryptic premieres October 30, 2019! 

Cryptic …

1-01.5 - A Call from Ruthie

November 6th, 2019


The Cryptic’s producer Chuck filters calls from the Cryptic Hotline as he does his prep work for the next episode.   Come back next week for …

1-02.0 The Serpent Mound pt. 1

November 13th, 2019


Season 1 Episode 2.0 The Serpent Mound pt. 2 - Nov. 13, 2019

Things are getting strange at The Serpent Mound, well, stranger than usual. Cole and …

1-03.0 The Serpent Mound pt. 2

November 20th, 2019


Season 1 Ep. 03.0 The Serpent Mound pt. 2 Originally released: Nov. 20, 2019

What’s coming? What’s hungry?

Cole and Julie are about to find out …

1-03.5 The Artist at Work

November 27th, 2019


Meet Toby and Dina. They like the things that go bump in the night too. They're also tangled up with Sid. And what is this "flow" at the Top O' the World? So many questions.

Come back next week for Episode 4.0 - Top O' …

1-04.0 Top O' the World

December 4th, 2019


Season 1 Ep. 04.0 Top O' the World Originally released: Dec. 4, 2019

After Cole and Julie host another episode of "The Cryptic" answering questions …

1-04.5 The Pitch

December 11th, 2019


Originally released Wednesday, Dec. 11

Chad and Spencer visit Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan. They hope to sell... an idea... a thing... a... well... we …

1-05 Home

December 18th, 2019


Season 1 Ep. 5.0 "Home"Originally released: Dec 18, 2019

While Cole is off checking into a sighting in Chillicothe, Julie fields a message from a …

Sneak Peek of Merry Kurtz-mas

December 22nd, 2019


Sneak Peek of Merry Kurtz-mas

Originally Released for Patreon on Dec. 21, 2019

Jeremiah Isley of Co-Creatro, Producer, and Director of Cryptic, drops in for a quick Midseason Update, and shares a sneak peek of Merry …

1-05.5 A Tree Falls in the Woods

January 1st, 2020


Episode 5.5 A Tree Falls in the Woods

Originally Released for Patreon on Jan. 1, 2020


It's the dead of a cold Ohio winter, the perfect time for a …

1-06 Cages

January 8th, 2020


Season 1 Ep. 06 "Cages"

Originally Released: Jan. 8, 2020

Julie had quite a day handling the livestream on her own. Meanwhile Cole treks down to …

1-06.5 Portals

January 15th, 2020


Episode 6.5 Portals

Originally Released for Patreon on Jan. 15, 2020

Cole prepares for another excursion with Julie, while chatting with his wife. …

1-07 The Bridges of Ashtabula County

January 22nd, 2020


Season 1 Ep. 07 "The Bridges of Ashtabula County"

Originally Released: Jan. 22, 2020

Seeing the unseeable sometimes takes work. Like spending a fine …

1-07.5 Zydeco, Cleveland Heights Style

January 29th, 2020


Episode 7.5 Zydeco, Cleveland Heights Style

Originally Released for Patreon on Jan. 29, 2020

The Zydeco festival is about to kickoff in Cain Park and …

1-08 Alan's House

February 5th, 2020


Season 1 Ep. 08 "Alan's House"

Originally Released: Feb. 5, 2020

Cole and Julie pay a visit to their brother Alan, who has seemingly dropped out of …

1-08.5 Welcome to the Lodge

February 12th, 2020


Episode 8.5 Welcome to the Lodge

Originally Released for Patreon on Feb. 12 , 2020

Welcome to the lodge at Punderson State Park. Our staff is preparing for your stay. We certainly hope it's everything you wanted and …

1-09 Punderson pt. 1

February 19th, 2020


Season 1 Ep. 09 "Punderson"

Originally Released: Feb. 19, 2020

Cole and Julie look into reports of an old urban legend at Punderson State Park, as …

1-10 Punderson pt. 2

February 26th, 2020


Season 1 Ep. 10 "Punderson" pt. 2

Originally Released: Feb. 19, 2020

Season 2 is now on Kickstarter until March 31! Click here for more info!

In the …

Bonus - Meet Executive Producer Jeremy Snead

March 4th, 2020


Today our Co-Creator, Producer, Director Jeremiah Isley sits down for a chat with Executive Producer Jeremy Snead. They have a great conversation about Jeremy's origins in the entertainment industry, and why he has come …

Bonus - Season 1 Gag Reel!

March 18th, 2020


Hey everyone!

This was supposed to be a Patreon exclusive. But. With the way things in the world are, I wanted to give us all a few minutes of laughter. So, here it is our season 1 gag reel! Enjoy!

Note: This is the …

Season 2 Trailer - A New Direction

September 10th, 2020


Season 2 of Cryptic is coming October 28, 2020! 

Cole and Julie wrestle with the news of their father's sudden reappearance and his great …

2-01 New Management

October 28th, 2020


Season 2 Ep. 1 "New Management"

Originally Released: Oct. 28, 2020

Alastair is alive, of that there is no doubt. But how? And why is he so upset with …

2-01.5 The Overseer

November 4th, 2020


Season 2 Ep. 1.5 "The Overseer"

Originally Released: Nov 4, 2020

The rooms at Punderson are coming along, as construction continues, a very keen eye …

2-02 A Day in the Life pt. 1

November 11th, 2020


Season 2 Ep. 02 "A Day in the Life" pt. 1

Originally Released: Nov. 11, 2020

Julie is on her way to meet up with the "Old Timer", who happens to have …

2-03 A Day in the Life pt. 2

November 18th, 2020


Season 2 Ep. 02 "A Day in the Life" pt. 2

Originally Released: Nov. 18, 2020

Julie catches up with the Old Timer; Matias, they chat about old timey …

2-03.5 Along the Lazy Miami

November 25th, 2020


Season 2 Ep. 03.5 "Along the Lazy Miami”

Originally Released: Nov. 25, 2020

You know what they say about legends and myths, sometimes they’re based on misunderstandings, or the drunken delusions of the lesser …

2-04 Loveland pt. 1

December 2nd, 2020


Season 2 Ep. 04 "Loveland pt. 1”

Originally Released: Dec 2, 2020

Things often go bump in the night, but do they always glare back at you with round, …

2-05 Loveland pt. 2

December 9th, 2020


Season 2 Ep. 05 "Loveland pt. 2”

Originally Released: Dec 9, 2020

We take another trip down memory lane with some great father-son memories as …

2-05.5 Troubled Waters

December 16th, 2020


Season 2 Ep. 05.5 "Troubled Waters”

Originally Released: Dec 16, 2020

The waters of the Great Lakes are troubled indeed. Lake Erie has her stories to tell, unfortunately dead men tell no tales, which makes it harder and …

Bonus: Meet Gabby & Scratch

December 23rd, 2020


We're taking a short break for the holiday, but don't worry final 4 full episodes of season 2 of Cryptic will begin next week! Until then, meet Gabby …

2-06 Adrift pt. 1

December 30th, 2020


Season 2 Ep. 06 "Adrift” pt. 1

Originally Released: Dec 30, 2020

Cole and Julie take the advice of the Old Timer and board a booze cruise on Lake …

2-07 Adrift pt. 2

January 6th, 2021


Season 2 Ep. 07 "Adrift” pt. 2

Originally Released: Jan 6, 2021

Well this booze cruise was more than Cole and Julie (and the 30 poor souls that were …

2-07.5 Circle City Carnival

January 13th, 2021


Season 2 Ep. 07.5 "Circle City Carnival”

Originally Released: Jan 13, 2021

Well. Every so often the folks of Tallmadge throw a big shindig back by …

2-08 "Blue Devil" pt. 1

January 20th, 2021


Season 2 Ep. 08 “Blue Devil” pt. 1

Originally Released: Jan 20, 2021

Legend has it that the Tallmadge Blue Devils got their name from a battalion in …

2-09 "Blue Devil" pt. 2

January 27th, 2021


Season 2 Ep. 08 “Blue Devil” pt. 2

Originally Released: Jan 27, 2021

Cole and Julie have found themselves smack in the middle of a big ol’ festival. …

Season 2 Bonus Episode - Outtakes

February 17th, 2021


Season 2 Bonus Episode - Outtakes Originally Released: Feb 17, 2021 Season 2 was a great success and we have so many folks to thank. Even though we …

"Holding the Bag" a Cryptic Choose Your Adventure on TikTok!

April 14th, 2021


Today Jeremiah stops by to say hello and make sure you know about the latest Cryptic Story. "Holding the Bag" launches April 15, 2021 but you won't …

Cryptic Case Files Coming Soon!

September 17th, 2021


CLICK HERE to sign up for the Cryptic Case Files waiting list.

Today’s big announcement is that Cryptic is coming HOME.

Cryptic Case Files, an immersive mystery adventure is on its way.

Coming later in 2021, players …

1-01 The Maples

April 5th, 2022


Season 1 Episode 1.0 The Maples - Oct. 30, 2019

Julie is back in the game after 2 years away in Chicago. Cole and Julie investigate a lead on a …

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