Dark Passenger

Dark Passenger Audio Horror Story
Written and Produced by Frederick Greenhalgh

Two teenage friends start scaring each other on the drive to a dismal โ€œhauntedโ€ house on the coast of Maine. But when their innocent fun starts to become all too real, they soon realize what true terror is. A nod to Stephen King in a tale inspired by a true story too haunting to forget.

This inaugural field recorded FinalRune production still haunts today. It was recorded in the foggy, dim stretches of rural Downeast Maine where the story is set – the birthplace of creator Fred Greenhalgh. Featuring immersive sound design, and an original score, this full cast audio horror story is sure to chill to the bone.

The Audio Script

Download “Dark Passenger” (Mp3 download)


  • Narrator: John Coons
  • David: Christopher Reiling
  • Matt: Philip Hobby
  • Girl: Rowan Hoyt
  • Father: Rob Hoyt
  • Boy: Gabriel Whitman
  • Mother: Stacy Ann Strang

Sound Effects:

  • Record on-location in Old Orchard Beach, Maine
  • Supplemental effects courtesy of Sounddogs.com


  • Original Music by Stu Mahan and James Munro

Special Thanks:

  • Peter and Marge Titcomb
  • WMPG
  • Roger Gregg, David Schinn, Richard Fish, and the whole crew of NATF
  • I can’t wait!!!

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  • Michelle… Thanks so much! Very excited to present this story and hope it’ll meet everyone’s desires for spooky fiction…

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  • This is frikkin awesome! Loved all aspects – the music, the writing, the acting. Really top-notch.

  • I started listening to this one in the dark, but by the end I had the lights back on. Very scary. Excellent.

  • This play was absolutely GREAT well acted could not be bettered by any Hollywood stars .This was my first time listening today of your plays KEEP UP THE HIGH STANDARDS YOU HAVE SET YOURSELVES

  • Wow, thanks for the high praise, Harry! We’ll have to do more like these ๐Ÿ™‚ People love horror

  • Sophie && Morgan

    This Is Hilarious And Awesome!!!

  • Steve

    Well done but why does it cut off right before the end?

  • Karen

    This was an AWESOME story (I’m not quite sure if i get the ending tho)… plz do more horror :3

  • @Karen So glad you enjoyed the story! It spooks us, too, but we’ll keep the horror going…

    @Steve Hm, as far as I can tell the download is working as expected. It’s possible the flash loader is giving you trouble, you could try the mp3 download

  • marisa

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  • holycrap im freeking out that was so fregen scary ahhhh scary ive had nightmars ever sins this fuck ahhhh

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  • mary

    i am a big horror fan and this was awsom well done listened to it in my room in the dark lol my mistake very good

  • Miriam Castro

    My name is Miriam Castro Huerga and I am a teacher of ESL at the Official School of Languages in Laguna de Duero (Valladolid, Spain). I am currently working on a mini-online project with my students, in which I want to grant them the opportunity of having a blended learning experience, that is, a combination of online and onsite teaching/learning process.
    My intention was to create two or three modules with varied material, some related to what we were working in class and some totally different.

    One of the modules is about narrative tenses and that is where the material on your page comes in very useful. I am writing to you to check whether it would be possible for me to use some of the material on the webpage by adapting it to my teaching purposes or having students referred to the page (mainly with the audio podcasts). I could make a selection of the works I could be interested in so you could actually talk with the authors concerned. I hope to hear from you soon. In the meantime, let me congratulate you on the idea you have had and wish you happy New Year.

    Best wishes,

    Miriam Castro Huerga

  • Caedon Jervis

    Its ight

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  • Stephen King
    The best horror writer in the world.
    I want to write his typa stuff but I’m 13 and I dont want people to think I’m disturbed.
    Should I go with my dream to scare people or will people think I’m crazy/psycho/morbidly obsessed.

  • Hi Thomas,

    Well, I’ve always believed in following your dream, no matter what other people think. In the beginning, they may laugh at you, or think you’re weird. In the end, they will envy you and be mystified at how you’ve gotten as far as you have.

    I started reading Stephen King too young myself – probably about your age (when I was asleep night after night reading Cujo and freaking myself out). The story Blind Man’s Confession I wrote and had published when I was 15. So, start now. You don’t want to wake up one day wondering why you never got around to following your dreams. Chase them now.

    – Fred

  • austin

    so scary my ass lol ive heard scaryer shit while i was takin a shit. but it is a good story

  • Sounds so real and the mix is so well done. Love this.

  • A great story too… love the spooky audio stuff.

  • Really getting chills at 11:45:00…

  • Ana Ruiz

    Was driving from san fransico to la with my bf at night when I suggested listeniing to a scary story to stay awak ,i stumbled upon this web site and started hearing it…..yah by the end of the story I was fully awake from fear I had to ask my bf to get off the fwy where there would be more light lol this was an amazing story and was acted out sooo good I loved it!

  • Love this kind of comment!

  • Jar Jar Jam

    Uh… that wasnt scary at all..

  • taina

    This is a grate story. It makes me relate to it.

  • Sylvan

    Awesome sound effects! Great fun!

  • Mercedes

    Love the darkness of the story

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  • jr

    I don’t get tired of listening to Day of the dead,you can really put yourself in the story

  • finalrune

    Thanks so much! I appreciate your interest in our productions. It was fun and a little different to go back to “Day of the Dead” after so many years, but it felt like a homecoming and I felt like we did good by it to freshen up the 2006 production.

    – Fred

  • James

    The music ruined it.

  • finalrune

    Sorry you didn’t care for the music, James!

  • Daniel Boivin

    Thats a very good one, very disturbing! Plus, knowing that it’s been recorded near of my childhood vacation place, it kind of “speaks to me”…:D

  • finalrune

    Glad you enjoyed it Daniel! Where did you travel as a kid? Downeast Maine (where the story is set), or Old Orchard Beach (where we recorded this play)?

    – Fred

  • Daniel Boivin

    Every summer we used to go on vacation to Old Orchard Beach. I always liked this part of New England. Sometimes it reminds me some of John Carpenter old movies. Now it’s been at least 7 years since I went there. I’m planning to go back there next summer to show the ocean to my kids. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • tyson

    can i please have the whole script? need it for my school assignments!!

  • Lee

    is there any script ?

  • Lee

    is there any script ? can post it ?

  • finalrune

    Lee – there is a script. You can email me at fred [at] finalrune.com if you want more information. Need to know more about intended use before we share our raw materials!

    – Fred

  • William Tatum

    Programs like this are really ideal for those long drives down dark, rarely-traveled country roads. The Bobby Darin tune was a nice touch and the acting was superb!

  • finalrune

    Thanks William! This one was, in fact, inspired by one such dark, rarely-traveled country road…

  • ivyanna

    just found this site and i think the music and the story line’s are perfect, very unique and scary love it, and it’s acted out very well i love it, it left me suspenseful after every scream, love it keep up the good work <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

  • finalrune

    So glad you enjoyed the show!

  • Zee

    The too-loud music destroyed the story.

  • Terrie Holden

    i couldnt listen to it, the overpowering music distracted me and drowned out the muffled dialogue…why have music playing while theyre speaking?

  • Shelly Chance

    I thought it was very well done ! I like the story and the music . I think the music makes it . . First time listening to audio I am hooked

  • finalrune

    Thanks Shelly! If you liked this, check out the title we worked on for Audible, 13.5 hrs of dark fantasy! http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/FREE-Locke-Key-Audiobook/B00YI1CTVU?source_code=AUDORWS0618159DY3

  • Just Zee

    I am a HUGE Audio Drama fan. Thank you for creating these!!

  • finalrune

    Thanks and hope you find the whole set!

    Frederick Greenhalgh
    FinalRune Productions – finalrune.com – @finalrune
    Radio Drama Revival – radiodramarevival.com – @radiodrama
    (207) 650-6198

    /The Cleansed/, a serialized apocalypti-epic audio podcast: http://thecleansed.com

  • Magnolia

    Great story, guys. Very entertaining! Amazing what you did with sound alone. It was spooky, which was what I was looking for, and unexpectedly funny!
    You mongrels! *shakes fist dramatically*
    Make more!

  • TAL

    Too much blaspheme ….can’t listen, sorry

  • rod

    Threw the name of our Lord Jesus Christ into the dirt twice in the first 10 minutes. Sorry, that’s enough for me. Might have been a good story for a road trip.

  • J

    Your really limiting yourself if you filter out everything with objectionable language,it doesn’t mean you condone it just by listening. I’m sure Jesus isn’t that much of a sissy that he’s gonna be hurt or hold it against you. I don’t mean disrespect,just think your missing out,if there’s kids then be sure to let them know it is wrong but that it is also part of reality,people in scary situations cuss.