Back in 2013, one of the first projects covered on this site was the fascinating horror web series SILVERWOOD created by award-winning director Tony E. Valenzuela.
The drama about the dark goings on in a rural California hamlet hearkens back to classic television anthology series such as The Twilight Zone and George A. Romero’s Tales From The Darkside - but with a decidedly modern spin.
Fast forward five years later, and the horror of SILVERWOOD is being revisited in its sequel SILVERWOOD: THE DOOR.
SILVERWOOD: THE DOOR is an eleven-part story that follows two unaffiliated groups of people - a cub scout troop and employees on a corporate retreat - who share the misfortune of selecting the dense forest surrounding the titular town as the location for their respective outdoor activities.
However, unbeknownst to all, the forest has been infected by an ancient, otherworldly… presence.
This presence feeds on the groups’ darkest thoughts and most violent impulses.
One by one, man, woman, and child fall prey to the corrupting influence of this presence, and soon all are enveloped in a hellish nightmare of blood, insanity, and terror.
The story is chilling by being a Stephen King-like saga of ordinary people battling a place possessed by evil.
SILVERWOOD: THE DOOR is a serialized story produced by innovative publishing startup, Serial Box.
Serial Box borrows production techniques from television to provide a dynamic new dimension to audiobooks.
Serial Box offerings are written by a team of accomplished authors similar to the writers rooms of television series.
Each serial is released in seasons comprised of 10 to 16 weekly episodes. These episodes feature dramatic narration and the highest levels of audio production, including sound effects and background music.
Episodes can be purchased individually, or passes can be bought for complete seasons. Text transcripts are also available for each episode at no additional charge.
Episodes can be listened to on the Serial Box site, via the app, or downloaded to almost any mobile device.
In my opinion, audiobooks and audio dramas offer a level of story immersion unmatched by any medium because listening to a story engages our imaginations in a much more visceral and intimate way.
Remember, our storytelling traditions all began with us gathered around a fire listening to stories being told long before the printed word and visual media were invented.
What makes Serial Box’s platform so unique is it makes consuming audio novels less intimidating and far more convenient with its episodic story structure.
If SILVERWOOD: THE DOOR is indicative of the production quality of all of Serial Box’s content, count me in.
SILVERWOOD: THE DOOR’s acclaimed writing team is headed by author Brian Keene and includes fellow horror authors Stephen Kozeniewski, Richard Chizmar, and Michelle Garza & Melissa Lason (The Sisters Of Slaughter).
Watch the trailer for SILVERWOOD: THE DOOR to get a taste of the serial’s foreboding tone …