Campfire Radio Theater – “Monster’s Game”

Campfire Radio Theater – “Monster’s Game”

Just in time for Halloween, it’s a new episode of Campfire Radio Theater! “Monster’s Game” was created in conjunction with Aural Stage Studios’ 11th Hour Productions project. Various audio dramatists collaborate together in the month of October to create a new horror story to coincide with World Audio Drama Day. It’s a way for the audio drama community to join together, network & help each other, and share their collaborations with the podcasting/AD audience.

Warning: Contains graphic content and frightening situations not suitable for younger audiences.

Written by John Ballentine.

Please take a moment to write a review of the episode or series on iTunes. It goes a long way in helping spread the dread! Thank you for taking the time to listen!

A young man battling schizophrenic demons from his past, hears a sinister new voice in his earbuds with murderous intentions. Will a blossoming romance with a mysterious neighbor be his salvation or lead down a darker path.


Campfire Radio Theater on WAIF 88.3 FM Tonight!

Campfire Radio Theater on WAIF 88.3 FM Tonight!

Tonight I will be hosting a Halloween Special on Hazy Cosmic Jive at WAIF 88.3 FM in Cincinnati, Ohio. The show starts at 10pm ESDT and runs until midnight. You can stream live audio from a link on their website. (button is in the middle of the page)

You will hear music from new horror films, old horror films, and some of my original compositions written for Campfire Radio Theater. Speaking of Campfire Radio Theater, you will also hear two episodes from the horror anthology series as well as a sneak peek at music written for the upcoming episode to be released on October 30th!

Tune in, unless you are too scared!


Campfire Radio Theater – “Death and Alchemy”

Campfire Radio Theater – “Death and Alchemy”

It’s that time of year again! The leaves begin to fall, the temperature drops, the stench of pumpkin spice permeates the air, and horror podcasts scramble to release their wares! Fortunately for you, dear listener, Campfire Radio Theater is there to satisfy your horror entertainment needs! The latest episode, “Death and Alchemy,” was written by Patrick Moody, adapted/directed/produced by John Scott Ballentine.

Warning: Contains graphic content and frightening situations not suitable for younger audiences.

Adapted from the short story “The Doctor in the Dungeon” by Patrick Moody

Adapted, directed and produced by John Ballentine

Owen Bevan
Karim Kronfli
Erika Sanderson
Rish Outfield
Robert Cudmore.

Please take a moment to write a review of the episode or series on iTunes. It goes a long way in helping spread the dread! Thank you for taking the time to listen!

An obsessive doctor unleashes dark elemental forces in a mad quest to resurrect the dead in Victorian London.

ZBS Release “Ruby 10: The Black Star of Summa Nulla”

Ruby 10: The Black Star of Summa Nulla


ZBS has released the latest installment of the Ruby series! The ZBS email newsletter sent out notification that “Ruby 10: The Black Star of Summa Nulla” was released today and I immediately purchased it! Fans of ZBS know how much love and care goes into the production of every story they produce. From the mind-bending Meatball Fulton stories to the impressive scores by Tim Fulton, it’s always a good day when a new ZBS production shows up.

The ZBS website has this to say about the new Ruby story.

Ruby is back, and this time she’s out looking to twist Kapoor’s little neck. Yes, the Rodent has gotten her into yet another mess. How this came about – Kapoor started his own detective agency. He doesn’t call himself a P.I. (Private Investigator), he calls himself a P.S. (Private Snoop). But then he accepts a case that’s way over his head. It’s about a gemstone called The Black Star of Summa Nulla, a stone some people believe can predict the future.’


Hostile Worlds – a new podcast from Matthew McLean

Hostile Worlds

My Scottish audio drama friend Matthew McLean from has launched his new podcast series “Hostile Worlds” today. It’s a documentary/audio drama hybrid with, in my opinion, hints of “Cosmos,” “Planet Earth,” and plenty of creativity to make the trip enjoyable along the way. If you are looking for a new podcast to make your commute or downtime a bit more enjoyable, check it out.

“Join us on a journey to some of the most inhospitable, humbling, and frighteningly beautiful places in the known universe. Hostile Worlds is podcast that helps you explore alien landscapes all from the comfort of your headphones.

From the freezing hydrocarbon oceans of Titan, to the scorched, suffocating wastes of Venus – we’ll take you on an immersive audio tour to all the places you’d die to see… and places you’d die if you saw.

You’ll join the crew of The Tardigrade, an all-purpose vehicle that can float, fly, dive, and dig through any environment in the universe. There, you’ll learn all the facts you’ll ever need to act as THE space exploration authority down your local pub on a Friday night.”

The Sounds Of Nightmares 2

The Sounds Of Nightmares 2: Music Composed For Campfire Radio Theater

I am pleased to announce that volume 2 of The Sounds Of Nightmares has been released today! It took awhile to assemble everything, but in the end I compiled 38 tracks together. Tracks featured in this collection are from “Woods Ferry,” “Rites of Autumn,” “Abduction At Willow Woods,” and “Ravenous.”

My connection with Campfire Radio Theater began a few short years ago and has been one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling experiences in my musical career. While I have had good fortune to play many styles of music with a lot of different musicians over the decades, finding my home at CRT has been extremely rewarding. My love for audio drama began as early as my interest in music, so finding myself involved in being a part of creating that very type of art form is like coming home.

John Scott Ballentine, the creator of Campfire Radio Theater, was also kind enough to trust me with his audio drama “baby” and let me take on production duties for the most recent episode titled “Ravenous.” This, combined with my usual musical composition duties, was a wonderful experience (albeit a LOT of work).

It was a pleasure creating and assembling this collection of music just as much as I enjoy working on Campfire Radio Theater. I do hope you will take a moment to listen and to share it with anyone you know that may also enjoy it.