Listen to The Silt Verses 

"Isn't this great? We each get to choose the one thing that eats us."

In this horror/fantasy serial drama, Carpenter and Faulkner, two worshippers of an outlawed god, travel up the length of their deity’s great black river, searching for holy revelations.

 

As their pilgrimage lengthens and the river’s mysteries deepen, the two acolytes find themselves under threat from a police manhunt, but also come into conflict with the weirder gods that have flourished in these forgotten rural territories. From Gods that bend flesh and mind to their wits, to authorities that want to hunt them down, our two worshippers try to stay alive and ahead.

 

This podcast is planned for two seasons, with a global cast and straddles the dark place between horror and weird fiction. Subscribe today to listen! 

Read on for other chapters 

Chapter 1: Let Me Speak First Of Revelations 

We encounter Carpenter and Faulkner, two agents of a forbidden river-god, as they make their way upwater in search of miracles and other members of their scattered faith.

Content warnings

Contains frequent religious references, human sacrifice, suicide, and some body horror.

Cast and crew

In order of their appearance:

B. Narr as Faulkner

Méabh de Brún as Carpenter

Jamie Stewart as Mason

David S Dear as Sid Wright

Calder Dougherty as Stanton

Audio production by Espii Studios

Written by Jon Ware and produced by Muna Hussen

Chapter 2: And Next Of Dark Deceit 

As Carpenter and Faulkner attempt to track down a hidden church, Carpenter dwells on the miracle of the fishing boat and its meaning - while Faulkner reflects on his childhood.

Content warnings

Contains frequent religious references, human sacrifice, body horror, drowning, and child death.

Cast and crew

In order of their appearance:

B. Narr as Faulkner

Méabh de Brún as Carpenter

Calder Dougherty as Stanton

Jamie Stewart as Mason

Jonah Knight as Peterson

David S Dear as Sid Wright

Audio production by Espii Studios

Written by Jon Ware and produced by Muna Hussen

Chapter 3: Then I'll Speak Of Champions

Elsewhere on the Peninsula, Investigating Officer Hayward checks out a tip regarding a nearly-derelict farm, and a set of curious deaths that may be linked to religious activity.

Content warnings

Contains scenes of animal death and pain, as well as references to police corruption and violence, parental death, starvation, hunger, and auto-cannibalism. 

Cast and crew

In order of their appearance:

David S Dear as Sid Wright

Jimmie Yamaguchi as Hayward

Mintaka Angell as Felix

Derrick Hill as Mr Finch

Audio production by Sammy Holden

Written by Jon Ware and produced by Muna Hussen

Chapter 4: Of Lovers, Gods and Beasts

Carpenter attempts to locate the Trawler-Man's church in the woods of Penda's Slake - but runs into trouble instead.

 

Content warnings

This episode contains scenes of animal death, ritual sacrifice and intense body horror.

Cast and crew

In order of their appearance:

Méabh de Brún as Carpenter

Daisy Bilenkin as Charity

Gordon Houston as Gareth

B. Narr as Faulkner

Audio production by Sammy Holden

Written by Jon Ware and produced by Muna Hussen

Chapter 5: My Song Is Long And Twisted

Faulkner takes the initiative, and learns the location of a fellow member of the faith in the process. Carpenter, recovering from her injuries, makes a new acquaintance.

 

Content warnings

This episode contains scenes of drowning and torture, as well as references to mutilation, murder and implied animal death.

Cast and crew

In order of their appearance:

Daisy Bilenkin as Charity

David S. Dear as Sid Wright

B. Narr as Faulkner

Calder Dougherty as Stanton

Méabh de Brún as Carpenter

Jimmie Yamaguchi as Hayward

Audio production by Sammy Holden

Written by Jon Ware and produced by Muna Hussen

Chapter 6: It Winds, It Worms, It Wends

We learn more about the origins of the Trawler-man's faith, as well as the upbringing of our protagonists.

Cast and crew

In order of their appearance:

Jamie Stewart as Mason

Méabh de Brún as Carpenter

Damien Niesewand as Vaughan

B. Narr as Faulkner

Jimmie Yamaguchi as Hayward

Calder Dougherty as Stanton

Audio production by Sammy Holden

Written by Jon Ware and produced by Muna Hussen

Chapter 7: It Carries Few, It Drowns Many

Across the border, a young advertising executive finds herself at odds with her company's new direction.

Cast and crew

In order of their appearance:

Lucille Valentine as Paige

Damien Niesewand as Vaughan

Parley Cook as Hooper

B. Narr as Faulkner

Méabh de Brún as Carpenter

Audio production by Sammy Holden

Written by Jon Ware and produced by Muna Hussen

Chapter 8: And Those I Love, It Rends

Paige, Faulkner and Carpenter investigate the home of a suspected fellow worshipper - and find more than they bargained for.

Cast and crew

In order of their appearance:

Lucille Valentine as Paige

Méabh de Brún as Carpenter

B. Narr as Faulkner

Jon Ware as Roake

Audio production by Sammy Holden

Written by Jon Ware and produced by Muna Hussen

Chapter 9: 

As Hayward deals with the aftermath of Marcel's Crossing, he finds his investigation leading him heading northwards - with a new partner on his side.

Content warnings: contains scenes of death, gun violence, police violence and intimidation

Cast and crew

In order of their appearance:

Jimmie Yamaguchi

Mintaka Angell

Calder Dougherty

David S Dear

Jonah Knight

Audio production by Sammy Holden

Written by Jon Ware and produced by Muna Hussen