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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.
  • All There in the Manual: A few examples, mostly found in either the podcast description or the books.
    • The book version of "compulsion" reveals the last names of the detectives interviewing the narrator to be Mura and Thewlin.
    • The entire description of "prisoner" serves as a mini prologue to the events of the story:
      There is a curious fact about the tiny railway station mentioned by the teller of this story that he would never know: Almost sixty years before the events he describes, the station was partially demolished in the night by someone or something unknown, and had to be rebuilt from the ground up. Unknown, yes, but there were indeed whispers—from the older folk mostly, people long dead by the time the weary and hungry narrator appeared in the mountains utterly by chance.
    • While the name of the narrator's band in "pride" is never said in-story, the description of the episode reveals it to be "Waters Blue and Permanent".
  • Bad Habits: "Father Hall" pretends to be a priest as a way of getting close to his intended victims.
  • Breather Episode: The stories "retaliation", "experiment", "sugary", and "cleanse" are (for Knifepoint) relatively lighter and more zany in tone than the dark horror of their peers.
  • Continuity Nod: Subtle, but there.
    • Garret Markish's final ritual that caused a sinkhole to swallow his school's entire soccer team in "outcast" is mentioned in a news report in "pride". The villain of "pride" dresses in a large costume that looks similar to the demon in the school boiler room in "possession". Father Hall appears in "possession" and is mentioned in "mother". The drug tangerine is taken by both the protagonist in “mother” and one of the narrators of “A Convergence In Wintertime”
    • 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.
    • The dreams had by Emma in "The Crack" detail the creatures from "fields" and the victims in "vision".
    • The narrator in "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”.
    • The dating system of “Let No One Walk Beside Her” and “army” share their format, implying they may take place in the same fantasy-horror world.
    • The Poldrict House from "presence" is mentioned in "I Was Called Anwen".
    • Rarity Computing is mentioned in both "vacancy" and "Late Checkout".
    • The markers in “gifters” feature a hand, a sword, and a spider - the hand may refer to “Let No One Walk Beside Her” and the spider may reference the Far-Spider, though the possibilities are endless.
    • The Lyra Forest is the source of unusual events in both “forest” and “rink”
    • The Patreon-exclusive “traces” is a love letter to the fans who love to hunt for these connections, confirming that (at least) school, circles, guest, town, landmark, outcast, rebirth, The Crack, mother, A Convergence in Wintertime, fields, transit, proof, legend and spider all exist within the same world. Presumably, this includes all their related tales, too.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: Only two of the first fourteen episodes ("school" and "possession") are read by Narnia, with the others performed by guest actors. From that point forward, except for ensemble pieces, he is the only narrator.
  • Exact Words: The ghost that haunts the Poldrict House in "presence" is benign to anyone who encounters her. This is because everyone thinks her last name is "Poldrict" due to a printing error on the house's century-old deed. Knowing her real name of "Poldrice" causes you to be a target of her supernatural wrath, something that accidentally befalls the hapless narrator.
  • Eye Scream:
    • Wesley Harrod from "eyes" 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.
  • Formula-Breaking Episode: 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 ("army"), a 1800's theater ("rehearsal"), a small French hamlet ("sisters"), and even space ("lake"). There are also two stories not told in first person, but are rather research notes from the notebook of a character from "house" ("cabin" and "desert").
  • 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 Poldrict House, the house from "visitation", and you guessed it, the house from "house"
  • Hell Is That Noise: The constant rhythmic clapping that signals the approach of the terrible Singers of Songs in "Let No One Walk Beside Her."
  • Human Sacrifice: Rather non-traditional versions pop up in "cabin" and "cult".
  • I Love the Dead: Irwin Settle from "vision" 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.
  • 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".