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Westside Fairytales: Horror and Dark Fiction Stories

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Demons, desperate souls, and eldritch horrors. Strange and varied original stories that will linger long after you've finished listening. The Westside Fairytales horror and dark fiction podcast is written, read, and produced by Tyler Bell. New episodes are released the first Friday of every month. S… read more

76 Episodes | 2016 - 2020

The Urge

December 7th, 2016


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, …

The Book Buyer

December 19th, 2016


Everybody knows somebody with an obsession. Sports. Video games. Reading. But some people's hobbies take a darker turn. This story deals with just …

As Read by the Author

January 6th, 2017


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 …

Carpenter Under Stone (Part One)

January 21st, 2017


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 …

Carpenter Under Stone (Part Two)

February 1st, 2017


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 …

The Twinkling Kad

February 17th, 2017


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 …

Gourmand Gourmet (Part One)

March 5th, 2017


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 …

Gourmand Gourmet (Part Two)

March 18th, 2017


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 …

Without Eulogy

April 1st, 2017


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 …

The Last Car

April 16th, 2017


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 …

Off-Season Announcements and Updates

June 16th, 2017


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 …

Sound Test One

July 1st, 2017


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 …

Minisode - The Balloon Game

August 4th, 2017


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 …

Minisode - Stuff

September 26th, 2017


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 …

So Long Roscoe

November 3rd, 2017


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 …

They All Come By

November 17th, 2017


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 …

The Water-Rotted Doll (Part One)

December 2nd, 2017


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 …

The Water Rotted Doll (Part Two)

January 5th, 2018


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 …

The Green Man

February 2nd, 2018


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 …

Child of Sparrows

March 2nd, 2018


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 …

The Seventh

April 6th, 2018


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 …

The Gap on Gable Street

May 4th, 2018


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 …

Last Chance Gas

June 1st, 2018


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 …

Bands of Gold and Iron

July 6th, 2018


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. …

Summer Minisode - Lagunitas, 4 a.m.

August 25th, 2018


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 …

Quarterly Review

October 5th, 2018


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 …

Preview of New Secret Project

October 31st, 2018


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, …

From Barstow Back Home

November 2nd, 2018


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 …

Ghost Story (Part One)

December 8th, 2018


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, …

Ghost Story (Part Two)

January 4th, 2019


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 …


January 9th, 2019


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The Gates of Heaven

February 1st, 2019


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 …

Tota Americana (Part One)

March 1st, 2019


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 …

Tota Americana (Part Two)

April 5th, 2019


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 …

Tota Americana (Part Three)

May 3rd, 2019


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. …

HLC - "Preacher" by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon and "Night in the Woods"

May 18th, 2019


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 …

Tota Americana (Part Four)

May 31st, 2019


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 …

HLC - "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad and "Magic" starring Anthony Hopkins

June 21st, 2019


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 …

Ice, and Alley Walking

July 5th, 2019


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 …

Bonus Episode: Behind the Season

July 15th, 2019


Hey folks, thanks for sticking with me through another thrilling season of the Westside Fairytales. This retrospective episode is a much larger …

HLC - Jeannette Walls’ “The Glass Castle” and John Carpenter’s “The Thing”

July 21st, 2019


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 …

Update - Merch Store is Live!

August 2nd, 2019


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Season Four Promo

August 26th, 2019


The Westside Fairytales returns Oct. 4 with 10 new, horrific stories. Tell your friends.

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Introducing: Over My Dead Body: Joe Exotic

August 27th, 2019


Joe Exotic loves his animals, his husbands and his animals. He’s a liger-breeding, gun-slinging, polygamous zoo owner from Oklahoma. And throughout …

Summer Minisode - Best Left Forgotten

September 13th, 2019


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 …

Introducing: The Mysterious Mr. Epstein

October 1st, 2019


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 …

The Umbrella Man

October 4th, 2019


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 …

HLC - Dead by Daylight and "It," by Stephen King

October 18th, 2019


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 …

Introducing What Makes a Killer

October 31st, 2019


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 …

Best Roses, Manassas, West Virginia

November 1st, 2019


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 …

HLC - "Beloved" by Toni Morrison and "Society" dir. by Brian Yuzna

November 15th, 2019


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 …

Introducing Detective Trapp

November 19th, 2019


Anaheim investigator Julissa Trapp is not like other detectives. She’s the only woman on the homicide squad, and a skilled chameleon: undercover cop …

Mud of the Heart

December 6th, 2019


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 …

Introducing Blood Ties

December 18th, 2019


BLOOD TIES: A scripted audio series starring Gillian Jacobs, Josh Gad, and Amy Landecker. When legendary pediatric cardiologist and businessman, Dr. …

HLC - "Me Talk Pretty One Day" by David Sedaris and "The Witch" dir. by Robert Eggers

December 21st, 2019


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 …

Oh, Heaven

January 3rd, 2020


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 …

HLC - "The Terror" by Dan Simmons and its television adaptation by AMC

January 17th, 2020


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 …

Ojos Oscuros

February 7th, 2020


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.

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HLC - "The House on Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros and "REC" directed by Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza

March 5th, 2020


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 …

Introducing - The Dating Game Killer

March 5th, 2020


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 …

Within as Without

March 7th, 2020


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. …

HLC - "Night of the Hunter" by Davis Grubb and "Night of the Hunter" dir. by Charles Laughton

March 20th, 2020


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 …

The Move

April 3rd, 2020


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 …

HLC - "Remains of the Day" by Kazuo Ishiguro and "Session 9" dir. by Brad Anderson

April 17th, 2020


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, …

Dog Star

May 1st, 2020


In today's episode, a massive industrial accident involving a space station orbiting a distant star imperils the lives of the few workers remaining …

HLC - "Hyperion" by Dan Simmons and "Event Horizon" dir. by Paul W.S. Anderson

May 15th, 2020


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 …

The Three Flights of Mateo Jefferson

June 5th, 2020


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 …

HLC - "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," by Maya Angelou and "Pan's Labyrinth" dir. by Guillermo del Toro

June 19th, 2020


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 …


July 3rd, 2020


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.

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Behind The Season - Season Four

July 16th, 2020


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!

HLC - "Voices of Glory" by Davis Grubb and "The Last Drive-in With Joe Bob Briggs"

July 18th, 2020


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 …

Introducing Season Five: Scars in Time

September 7th, 2020


Scars in Time is the 20-episode-long fifth season of the Westside Fairytales. Journey to Gun Cotton, West Virginia and experience the nightmare …

SiT Chapter One - The Visions

October 2nd, 2020


This season, the Westside Fairytales takes you to Gun Cotton, West Virginia, a small, eclectic mountain town where the ever-thickening mists hold …

SiT Chapter Two - The Fire

October 16th, 2020


Ash wraps up the last threads of her life in Colorado as she and Darcy prepare to move to Gun Cotton, West Virginia. However, Ash’s delusions - her …

HLC - "Kill Six Billion Demons" by Abbadon and American Horrorplex Haunted House

October 23rd, 2020


A discussion of this month's Horror and Lit Club recommendations: "Kill Six Billion Demons" by Abbadon and American Horrorplex Haunted House. I also discuss HBO's "Lovecraft Country," Adam Sandler's "Hubie Halloween," …

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