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Literature / Knifepoint Horror

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Knifepoint Horror is a horror short story series/podcast by Soren Narnia. Here is a description from the website:

"These tales of supernatural suspense by Soren Narnia adhere to the most primal element of storytelling: a single human voice describing events exactly as it experienced them. The stories, stripped of even proper titles, spill forward as taut, uninterrupted confessions. Knifepoint Horror leaves nothing but the story's riveting spine to compel and chill you to the core."

The stories are available as podcasts at this address: available in both print and e-book format from amazon.

Due to the suspenseful nature of the series, beware of unmarked spoilers.


Knifepoint Horror contains examples of:

  • Affably Evil: The coach driver in "trail" probably counts. Although, whether or not he is really evil is unclear.
  • Bad Habits: "Father Hall" pretends to be a priest as a way of getting close to his intended victims.
  • Continuity Nod: Subtle, but there.
    • Father Hall appears in "possession" and is mentioned in "mother"
    • The Far-Spider is the source of power tapped into both by the narrator's family in "lighthouse" and Fiona Plauser in "elements". Fiona is the sister of Gretchen Plauser, whose death caused the terrible events occurring in Robin Song in "town". The 'attraction' performed by Forsch Cording in "town" is the same ritual performed by Aramis Churchton in "house". Both Gantt in "house" and the Light-Herders in "cult" obtained their mastery over death from the same remote African tribe of the Gy Chulthu.
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    • The dreams had by Emma in "The Crack" detail the creatures from "fields" and the victims in "vision".
    • The narrator is "laborer" is co-workers with the son of the narrator from "tarp".
    • The "Sixth Dictionary of Occult Manifestation" is a book mentioned in the concluding statement of "cellar" and the opening recording of "The Lockbox". The possession of several spirits that occurs in the Lockbox is pretty clearly the same as seen in “bells”.
  • Eye Scream: Wesley Harrod removes his own eyes with a broken liqueur bottle.
    • In "bells" in the Second Quick Trilogy episode, a deranged woman causally mentions that she "swallowed a farmer's eye in Lancaster".
  • Failure-to-Save Murder: Shirley from "eyes" was tortured and murdered by a demon conjured by her paranoid husband. She had sought help from Wesley Harrod before her fate was sealed since Harrod was the kindest man she knew, but since he barely knew her and the things she talked about such as her husband using a demon to torment her seemed downright delusional to him, he declined to help. Because of this, she blamed Harrod for her death and chose to haunt him for the rest of his days.
  • Ghost Town: The town in "legend" only has a small handful of inhabitants, and most are gone while the story takes place.
  • Great Escape: The plot of "sounds" is kicked off by a prison break.
  • Haunted House: The Poldrice House, the house from "visitation", and you guessed it, the house from "house"
  • Human Sacrifice: Rather non-traditional versions pop up in "cabin" and "cult".
  • I Love the Dead: Irwin Settle is stated to have "a history of necrophilia", and that's the least creepy thing about him.
  • I See Dead People: The narrator of "visitation"
  • Loners Are Freaks: Garret Markish form "outcast" definitely has issues, although it seems like isolation caused his instability, rather than vice versa.
  • Missing Time: This is suffered by John Gray and several other characters in "vision".
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Essentially the thesis of the series. Everything that happens in all the stories are so...disjointed, stilted, and uncanny. Most stories end without a clear resolution as well.
  • Nuns Are Spooky: The nuns in "sisters" are more victims then villains, but that doesn't stop the from being scary as hell.
  • Only One Name: Duke never tells the reader his full name, despite every other narrator doing so. In the audio version, he gives no name at all.
  • Pocket Dimension: The forest cemetery the coachman takes Sean to in "trail".
  • Show Within a Show: The "Their Thousand Hands" series, a popular zombie movie series directed by the narrator's friend in "undead".
  • Sinister Subway: You can't have a horror series without a subway story! The story "tunnel" deals with some very unusual happenings on a DC metro train.
  • Something Completely Different: Most of the stories take place in an urban or rural, modern day setting. However, a few take place in pretty out-there locales, including a medieval battlefield, a 1900's theater, a small French hamlet, and even space. There are also two stories not told in first person, but are rather research notes from the notebook of a character from "house".
  • Town with a Dark Secret: Certain people in Robin Song, Virgina are protecting the entity which causes such strange occurrences in the town.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: John Gray in "vision" discovers a gap in his memory was caused by the trauma of seeing the devil appear over the horizon.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The plot of "possession" is kicked off when a demented woman stabs the narrator in the leg one night. She's seemingly unrelated to the supernatural happenings that plague the narrator afterwards, but if she had chosen another victim on that night, he likely would have gone on to live a normal life.
  • Updated Re Release: In some cases, the book version of the stories are a bit longer than the podcast version.
  • Werewolf Works: A werewolf serves as a major character in "bargain". It's pretty much the only time a "traditional" monster shows up in the series.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: The plot of the latter half of "undead".


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