S1:E3 - The Ritual (part 2)

 
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The moment has come and the ritual is almost complete. What vile intentions do the secret teachers have in store for the students of Distinct Poplar schools?

 

Music Credits:

Classic Horror 1 - Dark World   
Classic Horror 1 - Dark World by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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Day of Chaos   
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Seiries One Episodes:

S1:E2 - The Ritual (part 1)

 
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She's been invited to a secret ritual on, The Day of Masks an annual holiday of anonymity where teacher and student alike wear masks to school. She's pretty sure everyone around her is a teacher in disguise, but what is The Ritual and what will she have to do in order to survive it?

Music Credits:

Land of Phantoms    
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SERIES 1 EPISODES:

S1:E1 - A Strange Holiday of Masks

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Eventually every neighborhood had their very own Day of Masks. They celebrated with elaborate parades and ghastly looking parade floats. These things were originally designed to be menacing, bright and colorful, but in an off-putting and gaudy kind of way. The messed up idea being, that the newcomers to the neighborhood would see them and get scared. Childish I know, but you should see these things! 

Music Credits:

Kool Kats    
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Series 1 Episodes:


That Homeless (part 2) - Audiobook

 
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They call him, That Homeless and his role to play starts with a haunted house, a monster, and a strange curse. Find out what happens in part 2 of this short story of dark storybook fantasy and the magical modern marvel that is the city of Distinct Poplar.

Music Credits:

Inexorable
Inexorable by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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That Homeless
By Matt Herzberg

This piece is from an e-book called, That Homeless now available on Amazon Kindle!

 

That Homeless (part 1) - Audiobook

 
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This modern fairytale tells the story of a city neighborhood called Almer’s Way and the strange sickness that has claimed half of it’s residents. Arriving in the form of a noxious cloud that envelopes the neighborhood, the people of Almer’s Way find themselves cut off from the rest of the city—with no way out. The only solution to these events seems to be a mute vagabond and the boy who heralds his unique story.

That Homeless
By Matt Herzberg

This piece is from an e-book called, That Homeless now available on Amazon Kindle!

 

Music Credits:

Ghost Story

Ghost Story by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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Deep Noise

Deep Noise by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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Blackweal

 
 
 
 

Bilby Blackweal is a teacher at Cagger high school who’s career has been stuck ever since “The Incident”. An expert in discipline, Blackweal’s nefarious methods for order are brought into question when “the incident” exposes his truly dark and cruel nature.

Music Credits:

Mary Celeste by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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Classic Horror - Madness Paranoia by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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The Gurmlacks (part 2)

 
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Bren has the Gurmlacks he’s always wanted, but one of them is dead and needs to be disposed of. The ominous warnings of his grandfather’s favorite saying rings in Brna’s ears, “You can’t dig deep enough to dispose of a dead Gurmlack. What will he do next, now that he has them?

Distinct Poplar is a young adult (YA) short story series of dark fantasy and storybook horror, written and illustrated by Matt Herzberg. Distinct Poplar takes place in a sprawling city, where the supernatural and fantastic things are common place. This vast metropolis looks and feels like a fairy tale kingdom come to life and thrusted unceremoniously into the modern era. Here, people practically live on top of one another, covered in the grime and hardships of everyday city living, and always keeping an eye out for the dark and sinister things awaiting just around the corner.

Music:
From Russia With Love - Huma-Huma
Solo Cello Passion - Doug Maxwell/Media Right Productions
1812 Overture - Tchaikovsky
9th Symphony, Finale (by Beethoven)

The Gurmlaks (part 1)

 
 
 
 

The Gurmlacks were once an exotic and highly prized creature found only in Distinct Poplar, but they were hunted to the point of extinction...or so they thought! Join Bren as he accidentally stumbles upon a Gurmlack of his very own. What will he do with it and how will it change his life forever?

MUSIC:

William Tell Overture (by Rossini)   -  Rossini

From Russia With Love   -  Huma-Huma

The Cat That Ate Laughter

 
 

Hometown hero, The Handsome Boy seeks to protect his nephew from a dangerous menace that stalks children, hungry for their laughter.

Music Credits:

Aunt Tagonist - Silent Film Dark by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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Ghost Processional (Alternate) by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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Fluffing a Duck by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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Cool Vibes - Film Noire by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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My Very Strange Neighbor And My Very Unsightly Back

 
 
 
 

In this disgusting short story of modern storybook horror; a teenager relates the terrifyingly odd events transpiring in their filthy apartment building. One neighbor in particular has taken a seemingly sinister interest in them, and the unrest suffered from a growing tumor in the teenager's back. Is the creepy neighbor the cause or the cure to this mutation, and will the the main character survive to find out whats befallen them? Find out what happens in this unsettling tall tale set in a fairy tale city with a truly dark and sinister edge.

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The Way The City Was Named

An annual holiday play tells the story of the city’s unique and quizzical name, Distinct Poplar. 12 angry councilmen, a dancing king with finger-guns, and a lone woman with a very large book are the characters for this in-story stage production. Unfurl the backdrops, pull the demolishers out of the mothballs, and get the understudies ready for impromptu injuries. It’s time to find out; How The City Was Named!

This Is What Happens on Iestyn Street (When Nobody Else Is Around)

 
 
 
 

There are several unexplained occurrences on Iestyn street. From the hour of four one zero to the hour of five fifteen. Thats when all traffic seems to stop. No cars on smooth black pavement and no shoes on broken concrete. It's as if the business day disappears, suddenly, and the residents take a break from busy lives.