Santa Claus enters the race for President as the ultimate outsider candidate. Featuring Rachel Dratch and Tom Ligon. Written by Mario Correa, and produced by Jonathan Mitchell. With Mo Rocca, Russell G. Jones, Connie Ray, Shaina Feinberg, Jo Firestone, Willy Appelman, Phoebe Tyers, Helen Coxe, T.J. Mannix, Lauren Ashley Smith, Bill Rohlfing, Mario Correa, Kerry Kastin, Louis Kornfeld, and Benjamin Correa. Commissioned by NPR's All Things Considered.
To avert a potential underworld mutiny of horrific proportions, these fifty insurrectionists were relocated through a portal from the pit of hell to the dark Eldritch Forest of another world, parallel to our own. Upon their banishment, the condemned were transformed into half-man and half-serpent creatures. Thirteen years ago, William Clay - then a mere child - disappeared from a nearby forest, never to be seen again. Only recently, his younger brother, Dan, acquired information on the forest fables from a questionable source.
Within the hexed walls of the fortress, Dan and his companions are plagued with unsettling questions... questions whose answers will require a deeper infiltration into the secret recesses of the centuries-old castle, answers which will involve confrontations with the citadel's animate and inanimate residents, and answers which will entail encounters with the savage beasts of the forest. Is Dan's brother, William, alive and a prisoner of the Reclaimers? Will the travelers survive the spellbinding powers of these creatures?
Following the mysterious disappearance of a local townsman, Sam White waits for the cover of night to take his leap through the cursed oak's portal in search of the missing man. Within hours of his departure, Dan Clay and his friends are unexpectedly exiled to a land of atrocities. To escape the uncharted world, the seven intrepid adventurers must conquer the oppressive allurements of their surroundings and the unrivaled powers of their assigned guardians.