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NIGHTLIGHT: A Horror Fiction Podcast

74 EpisodesProduced by Tonia RansomWebsite

Creepy stories with full audio production written by Black writers and performed by Black actors. So scary it’ll make you want to leave your night light on.

74 Episodes | 2018 - 2021

418: Possession by Jarred Thompson

July 20th, 2021


This week, be careful about who you choose to marry.

A transcript is available on the NIGHTLIGHT website.

Narrated by GP Mckenzie.

Produced by Jen …

417: Interview with Tracy Cross

July 6th, 2021


We interview Tracy Cross, author of Red Box. We discuss dystopian fiction, The Twilight Zone, hoodoo, and writing good monsters.

Tracy Cross has had …

416: Red Box by Tracy Cross - Part 2

June 23rd, 2021


This week, the second part of our cyberpunk horror about a mysterious box and unusual pandemic.

A transcript is available on the NIGHTLIGHT website.

Narrated by Felicia Renee.

Produced by Davis Walden of the Viridian …

415: Red Box by Tracy Cross

June 8th, 2021


This week, the first part of a two-part cyberpunk horror about a mysterious box and unusual pandemic.

A transcript is available on the NIGHTLIGHT website.

Narrated by Felicia Renee.

Produced by Davis Walden of the

414: Interview with Samantha Frye

May 26th, 2021


Tonia interviews Samantha Frye, author of Playthings. We discuss MFA programs, genre writing, story inspiration in cartoons, and Southern Black …

413: Flash Fiction - "Appendages" & "Playthings"

May 18th, 2021

Show Notes:

This week, a double feature from Rickey Rivers Jr and Samantha Frye wherein body parts have a mind of their own and a twist on monsters hiding in a child’s closet.

A transcript is available on the NIGHTLIGHT …

412: Interview with Victoria Hutchinson

May 5th, 2021


This week, we interview Victoria Hutchinson, author of "Bloodlust" and discuss the story's premise and inspiration, writing dark vs lighthearted …

411: Bloodlust by Victoria Hutchinson

April 27th, 2021

Show Notes:

This week, short fiction from Victoria Hutchinson that explores what it’s like to seek out pain you cannot feel.

A transcript is available on the NIGHTLIGHT website.

Narrated by Tonia Ransom.

Produced by

410: Interview with L. Marie Wood

April 20th, 2021


We interview L. Marie Wood, author of Family Dinner. We discuss pantsing vs plotting, screenwriting, and more.

L. Marie Wood is an award-winning …

409: Flash Fiction by L. Marie Wood & Tyhitia Green

April 13th, 2021


This week, another double feature with two flash fiction stories from L. Marie Wood and Tyhitia Green..

A transcript is available on the NIGHTLIGHT website.

Narrated by Elijah Ramsey and Tonia Ransom.

Produced by Davis …

408: Interview with Michele Tracy Berger

April 6th, 2021


We interview Michele Tracy Berger, author of “Etta, Zora, and the First Serpent”.

Twitter: @micheletberger

Instagram: @bergermichele2005



Author Site:

407: Etta, Zora, and the First Serpent by Michele Tracy Berger

March 30th, 2021


This week, a story from the Harlem Renaissance featuring none other than Zora Neale Hurston.

A transcript is available on the NIGHTLIGHT website.

Narrated by Cherrae Stuart.

Produced by Davis Walden of the Viridian Wild …

406: Interviews with Errick Nunnally & Nicole Givens Kurtz

March 23rd, 2021


We interview Errick Nunnally, author of “You Call This An Apocalypse?” and Nicole Givens Kurtz, author of “Siren’s Song”.

Errick Nunnally was born …

405: Flash Fiction by Errick Nunnally & Nicole Givens Kurtz

March 17th, 2021


A doubleheader this week: a tale of what happens when the apocalypse comes to the hood, followed by a story of an unlikely victim of an unusual siren …

404: Interview with Tonya Liburd

March 9th, 2021


We interview Tonya Liburd, author of “The Drunken Tree”, episode 403.

Tonya Liburd shares a birthday with Ray Bradbury and Simeon Daniel, which may tell you a little something about her; and while she has an enviable …

403: The Drunken Tree by Tonya Liburd

March 2nd, 2021


This week, a story of an obsessed dead twin and a magical tree from Tonya Liburd.

Originally published in Chiral Mad 5, out summer 2021. A transcript …

402: Interview with Alexis Brooks de Vita

February 23rd, 2021


We interview Alexis Brooks de Vita, author of “Her Faithful Black Cat”, episode 401. We talk about the history of Black horror literature, Poe, …

401: Her Faithful Black Cat by Alexis Brooks de Vita

February 9th, 2021


A reimagining of Poe’s story “The Black Cat” makes us examine what love really means and how it can transcend through time and space.

Story by Alexis Brooks de Vita. Originally published in The Horror is Us. A …

Bonus Episode: Trial Day from The Dark Tome

December 23rd, 2020


Happy Holidays! Enjoy this bonus story by Tananarive Due courtesy of The Dark Tome podcast.


Young Lettie can see things through her magic eye - …

314: Halloween Special - Reality Show

October 31st, 2020


What happens when someone will do anything to win a reality show?


Natasha: Cherrae Stuart

Ed: Carl Stewart

Milo: Devante Johnson

Cameraman: …

313: Ujima by Alledria Hurt

October 30th, 2020


Should your loyalty lie with your new family, or your old? In this tale of vampire vs human families, the answer is complicated.

Audio production by …

312: Desiccant by Craig Laurance Gidney

October 23rd, 2020


Tiny vampires infest a public housing building, leaving hulls of residents in their wake. Originally published in SLAY: Stories of the Vampire Noire.

311: One Hand in the Coffin Part Two by Justin C. Key

October 16th, 2020


This week, the conclusion of our creepy puppet story from last week.

Audio production by Davis Walden. Narration by Carl Stewart.

Episode transcript available on the NIGHTLIGHT website.

310: One Hand in the Coffin by Justin C. Key

October 9th, 2020


Everyone knows puppets and dolls are creepy, and this tale shows us what happens when a vengeful ghost finds a new home in one. This story is a …

309: The Foreclosure by Marc Abbott

October 2nd, 2020


This week's story explores what it means when something is too good to be true.

Audio production by Evan Shelton.

Narration by Matt Peters.

An episode transcript is available on the NIGHTLIGHT website.

308: Interview with Tananarive Due

September 19th, 2020


This week, we interview author of "Last Stop on Route Nine" and Executive Producer of Horror Noire, Tananarive Due.

Links mentioned in the interview:

Devil in America by Kai Ashante Wilson

Danger Word Short Film

Sunken …

307: Last Stop on Route Nine by Tananarive Due

September 11th, 2020


This week we have a story bestselling author and screenwriter, Tananarive Due. This tale of taking a wrong turn into another world is reminiscent of …

306: Pink Lake by Steven Van Patten

August 28th, 2020


This week we have a Lovecraftian story to fill you to the gills with fear. Steven Van Patten imagines a beautiful lake with a dark secret beneath its …

305: 3115 Wicker Street by Cherrae L. Stuart

August 14th, 2020


This week, a story from a voice you've heard before...but not like this. Voice actor and writer Cherrae L. Stuart spins a tale of what happens when our dreams become nightmares.

Audio production by Evan Shelton. …

304: Birds by Zin E. Rocklyn

July 10th, 2020


This week, we have a story of birds, blood, and vengeance.

Episode transcript

Audio production and narration by Tonia Ransom.

Atmospheric music courtesy of klankbeeld.

303: Mermaids in Cape Town by Mame Bougouma Diene

June 26th, 2020


This week’s story is a perfect blend of noir, mermaids, and murder, with some heavy metal thrown in for good measure.

Episode Transcript

Narrated by William Lett. Audio production by Tonia Ransom.

NIGHTLIGHT is entirely …

302: Tango of a Telltale Heart by Sumiko Saulson

June 12th, 2020


This week, a captivating story of hellhounds and conflicting ancestry.

Narrated by Cherrae Stuart. Audio production by Tonia Ransom.

NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you want to help keep NIGHTLIGHT from …

301: The Lost Ones by Valjeanne Jeffers

March 13th, 2020


NIGHTLIGHT is back for Season 3 with a story about werewolves,  sorcerers, and demons. Be careful of cobblestone streets and mysterious  songs.

215: Breaking the Waters by Donyae Coles

September 20th, 2019


This week, we're co-releasing this episode with Pseudopod. If you love horror and you haven't listened to Pseudopod, you should fix that now. :)

214: Null (Void) by MultiMind

August 30th, 2019


Fans of The Matrix will enjoy this story of a simulated reality.

Narrated by Cherrae Stuart. Audio production by Jen Zink.

NIGHTLIGHT is entirely …

213: Sorry, Wrong Number by Tonia Ransom

August 15th, 2019


This week, we have a story from our creator, Tonia, about revenge and werewolves.

Narrated by Dominick Rabrun. Audio production by Tonia Ransom. 

212: Sundown Town by Zig Zag Claybourne

August 1st, 2019


This week, we have a story of revenge in the South. With vampires!

A quick content warning: there is racial violence in this episode and if that’s …

211: Interview with Jennifer Baker

July 19th, 2019


We interview Jennifer Baker, author of Expiration Date, and editor for Electric Literature, as as well as creator of the Minorities in Publishing Podcast.

Learn what editors hate to see, how to write stories with …

210: Expiration Date by Jennifer Baker

July 11th, 2019


This week, we bring you a post-apocalyptic story that makes us question who’s really turning into a monster. Our author is Jennifer Baker, a long-time publishing professional, and the creator and host of the Minorities …

209: The Scars of Eliza Gray by Evan Davis

July 11th, 2019


What happens when a haunted house isn't just a house after all?

Also, learn what really creeps out author Evan Davis and host Tonia Thompson.

Narration by Georgia McKenzie. Audio Production by Jen Zink.


208: Double Episode! D is for Dancing + Roadside Assistance

June 20th, 2019


In D is for Dancing, by Rickey Rivers Jr, we take advantage of a chill on a hot summer day.

In Roadside Assistance by Kristopher Brown, we learn why …

207: In the Beginning by Tyhitia Green

June 13th, 2019


This week, we have a great story about a strained relationship, with a twist. What would it take to make you abandon your partner? What would you do …

206: Penny Incompatible by Errick Nunnally

June 6th, 2019


If you love Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart, you’re going to love this story by author Errick Nunnally. Penny tragically loses her son, but …

205: The Percivals - London Calling by Eboni Dunbar

May 30th, 2019


This week, we have another story from the Percivals universe by Eboni Dunbar. Last month, we met a Black woman in Victorian England kicking vampire …

Eboni Dunbar Interview

May 23rd, 2019


Interview with The Percivals author, Eboni Dunbar.

Transcript coming soon.

NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you want to help keep NIGHTLIGHT from joining the undead, join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon. …

204: The Percivals - Bennett Benefit by Eboni Dunbar

April 4th, 2019


Queer Black women kicking vampire ass in the 19th century English countryside. And just when you think it can't get it better....there's music!

NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you want to help keep …

203: The Red Line by Steven Payne

February 7th, 2019


Subways are just creepy. Everybody knows that. But what happens when your train breaks down in the middle of a tunnel?

Read the story transcript.

NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you want to help keep …

202: The Deacons’ Girl by Jennifer Harris

January 10th, 2019


NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you want to help keep NIGHTLIGHT from joining the undead, join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon. You can also make a one-time contribution on PayPal. As always, reviews and …

201: Blitz by C.J. Silver

December 13th, 2018


What happens when man's best friend protects you....even in death?

NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you want to help keep NIGHTLIGHT from joining the undead, join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon. You can …

Melody Cooper Interview

December 7th, 2018


This week, we talk to Melody Cooper about her award-winning script, how to build a screenwriting career, and what Black horror means to her.

See You at the Crossroads — Audio Drama

October 31st, 2018


For our season finale, we present a full-cast production audio drama inspired by our creator's favorite show: The Twilight Zone.


117: At Night We’ll Feast Together by A.Z. Louise

October 30th, 2018


What can happen when we writers take our job too seriously? Research is an important part of any good story, but where should we draw the line in our …

116: Flash Fiction

October 23rd, 2018


Flash fiction by Aig'ner Wilson (Dead Children Stop Playing for Ungrateful Audiences) and Nicole Givens Kurtz (Lipstick Smiles).


115: Malaika Descending by Sheree Renée Thomas

October 16th, 2018


What's it like to visit your loved ones in Hell?

NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you’d like to keep this podcast alive, you can join the NIGHTLIGHT Legion on Patreon. You can also make a one-time donation …

Blacklore: Slenderman

October 12th, 2018


Blacklore stories are creepypasta written by Black writers from a Black perspective. We kick this new patron-only series off with a Slenderman story.

If you like this story, or our True Frights episode from a couple of …

Blaxploitation Exploration with Eden Royce: ABBY

October 9th, 2018


In this bonus episode, we talk about Blaxploitation movie Abby with author Eden Royce.

Visit Eden Royce’s website for more information about her and …

True Frights: The Unknown Presence

October 2nd, 2018


In this episode, we kick off the horror holiday month and share a creepy true story. What would you do if you knew you weren’t alone, and had no way …

114: South Central Rain by Sean Demory

September 25th, 2018


Zombies that whisper. Memories that haunt. Sean Demory gives us a zombie story with so many feels.

Check out Sean's publishing company: Pine Float Press
Read Slow Boat to Fast City
Read or listen to The Ballad of Black …

113: Unwanteds by Aigner Wilson

September 18th, 2018


Can technology haunt a house? You'll find out in Unwanteds.

Visit Aigner's blog, or read her published work: Mythcreants & The Five-2


112: Conjurer's Revenge by Charles W. Chesnutt

September 11th, 2018


Thanks to for the narration audio for this episode, and Jen Zink of the Skiffy and Fanty Show for the audio production.

You can read more of Chesnutt’s work on Project Gutenberg.

NIGHTLIGHT is entirely …

111: Sweet Justice by Kenesha Williams

September 4th, 2018


“Sweet Justice” was previously published in Black Magic Women: Terrifying Tales by Scary Sisters.

You can learn more about Kenesha Williams on Amazon and by checking out Black Girl Magic Lit Mag.


110: Sales Pitch by Alicia Thompson

August 28th, 2018


You can read Alicia’s YA sci-fi thrillers, "The Underminers" and its sequel, "Cellblock Earth" on Kindle or paperback. Members of Kindle Unlimited can read both novels for free.

NIGHTLIGHT is entirely …

109: The Power by Linda D. Addison

August 21st, 2018


Nothing good can come of two girls playing with conjure magic. This week's episode comes to us from Linda D. Addison, who tells us what it means to have power in your blood without respecting it.

Linda D. Addison is an …

108: The Comet by W.E.B. Du Bois

August 14th, 2018


In this dystopian tale, W.E.B. Du Bois explores the color line and its political implications after a catastrophic event. It is a work of fiction …

Interview with Danny Lore

August 11th, 2018


We interview Danny Lore and learn about her inspiration for The Nasty at Bellua, how she views werewolves in stories, and about her floral …

107: The Nasty at Bellua

August 7th, 2018


Werewolves in space. Need we say more?

You can read more of Danny's work on or in FIYAH Literary Magazine.

NIGHTLIGHT is entirely …

106: Daddy’s Home by Sharon Cullars

July 31st, 2018


What happens when the dead can't rest?

You can learn more about Sharon via her website or follow her on Twitter. You can read the issue of Weirdbook …

105: Gray Wolf’s Ha’nt by Charles Chesnutt

July 24th, 2018


You can read more of Charles Chesnutt's stories from The Conjure Woman for free on Project Gutenberg or via Amazon.

NIGHTLIGHT is entirely listener-supported. If you want to help keep NIGHTLIGHT from joining the …

104: The Stiffening by Nicole Sconiers

July 17th, 2018


What happens when intergenerational trauma becomes physical?

You can follow Nicole on her blog.
Buy her book, Escape From Beckyville, or read her …

Bonus Episode! Stories of Love and Revenge

July 13th, 2018


Remember, tweet with hashtag #HiddenLove to win a Pretty Deadly print from Good For Her.

For more of Monique's work, follow her on Twitter

103: Wilson’s Pawn and Loan by Lamar Giles

July 10th, 2018


What happens when the devil comes to collect on a soul he was promised? This week’s story is from author Lamar Giles. Narrated by Rodney Blu.

102: Basque of the Red Death by Eden Royce

July 3rd, 2018


This week we have a story from the amazing Eden Royce. I’m a huge fan of Eden’s, maybe because her stories tend toward the darker side, maybe because of the gothic feel of them, but probably because her words haunt you …

101: Letters From Home by Justina Ireland

June 26th, 2018


This week we celebrate our very first full episode with an original story from Justina Ireland, bestselling author of Dread Nation. If you haven’t …

Black Horror is Experiencing a Renaissance

June 14th, 2018


Hi! I’m Tonia Thompson—a horror writer and creator of the NIGHTLIGHT podcast. NIGHTLIGHT features horror stories written by Black authors all over the world. We’ll be debuting on June 26, 2018 with an episode based on …

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