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, being discovering a door that leads him straight to hell.
Based on the short story, “The Devil on the Staircase” by Joe Hill. Adapted for audio by Fred Greenhalgh. Produced by Fred Greenhalgh and William Dufris. Directed by William Dufris.
Lilly Thorne – Cassie
Tim Sample – Mr. Gussy
Brent Askari – Narrator
Ian Carlsen – Man
Jalen Weiss – Boy
Anna Gravel as Lithodora
Erik Moody – Friend, Soldier
Jay Piscopo – Friend, Soldier
Tom Alexander – Hell Voice
Recorded at Mind’s Eye Productions in South Portland, Maine.
Dialogue Editing – Grace Waldron
Sound Design – Rory O’Shea
Original Music – Peter Van Riet
Additional Music – Mind’s Eye Productions
The Dark Tome is a creation of Dagaz Media.