A horror story for everyone ...
From hostile alien worlds where creeping red fungus drives men to madness, to the simple insanities of living an unfulfilling domestic life, we at the Westside Fairytales have written a horror story for you.
Not you in that broad, neopolitical sense, where you just means anybody, but YOU, Dear Listener. We know all about you. What makes you nervous, what makes you sick with anxiety, what keeps you from leaving your house sometimes for the maddening worry of it.
And we’ve put it in a story. A story we’ll read for you.
The Westside Fairytales
Here at the Westside Fairytales, we strive to mix inclusivity with damn fine horror writing, giving our growing listener base the chance to see themselves survive (or fail to survive) our stories of horror and the macabre. Stories where a war orphan finds herself chased across the ocean by an odd doll that brings death in its wake. Where a closeted Inquisitor for a seemingly medieval church must fight his inner turmoil to find the truth of a suspected demonic possession in a small farming town.
These stories and more take place inside the shared world of the Westside Fairytales, which explores from story to story the unseen connections that lay between perfect strangers. Because at the heart of horror is the nagging sensation of how unsafe we really are. How fleeting and fragile life is, and how much of the pain we feel comes to us by indifferent strangers.
Welcome to the Westside Fairytales. We know what scares you.
Subscribership: 4,500 across multiple platforms.
Download and subscribe: The Westside Fairytales podcast is available through most podcast subscription services and podcatchers. A quick list of links to several commonly used services can be found here: westsidefairytales.com/listen-now
Episode length: An average of 30 to 40 minutes per episode, with some exceptions.
Release schedule: New episodes release on the first Friday of every month, in 10-episode seasons. Small, 5- to 10-minute “minisodes” are released during the breaks.
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About the Author
I’m Tyler Bell and I write, read, and produce the Westside Fairytales podcast, which I started as a pet project to get some attention for my writing while trying to get my novels published. My fiction is ostensibly horror, but I think the classification of “dark fiction” is far more appropriate, because my stories often stray out of the realm of pure horror into the macabre, the awful, and the unnerving.
I’ve always loved reading and writing, but public school teachers nagged me until I didn’t think I was good enough to ever do it professionally. So, I gave up on academics to go fight in Bush’s Iraq war. I guess that was probably me giving up on life, now that I look back at it, because I didn’t think I’d survive and, honestly, didn’t really care. But I did.
Turmoil and booze followed my unexpected survival of three combat deployments to Iraq in the mid-2000s. I got a college education on the GI Bill and became a journalist, which I got disillusioned with pretty fast. I kept writing little stories all the while and eventually fell in love with a girl who fell in love with my writing and pushed me to do it full time. So that’s what I do now.
I try to bring the honesty and insight of a life lived cash poor and fraught with violence to my writing. There’s a lot of people you meet working at fast casual restaurants, bars, and in the military that nobody writes about or makes movies about because people think they’re too ugly or stupid or backwards to be heroes.
But that’s not the case.
So they’re who I write about. Nobodies like me who get caught up in stuff that’s way above their pay grade, but they try to hack it out anyway.
Good people. Really.