March of the Midnight Crow – a performed reading

‘Last week alone this dreaded Curse had destroyed more than two thousand souls. When Pope Clement heard this news, he shrugged and damned the whole area. Nobody touched by the plague could be spared.’

As the Black Death ravages the land, Dominic struggles to balance caring for his sick daughter and doing his duty for Pope and country. For Dominic is a plague doctor, and outside his little house on the ancient cobbled streets, the crows have begun to gather.

Show notes:   

March of the Midnight Crow was written by Leah Crowley. It was originally published in The Thread of the Infinite: Tales of Industrial Horror, published by Snowbooks. It has since been republished in Leah’s kindle collection, Hexennacht: Night of the Witch. We hope you enjoy it.

Leah Crowley is an award-winning poet, author, tarotist, interviewer, paranormal investigator. She is a best-selling writer of voluminous works in diverse genres from gothic literature to social science. Her writings have been featured on the BBC and other popular media outlets. She has appeared in print alongside William Blake, the Brontë Sisters, Edgar Allan Poe, Jane Austen, H.P. Lovecraft, Thomas Hardy and Austin Osman Spare. Leah has contributed to numerous commercial & small press magazines and anthologies, including, Massacre Magazine, Sanitarium Magazine, Official Haunted Magazine, Holistic Therapist, Health and Efficiency Naturist, Nusa Sun, Fear Magazine, Ravenwood Quarterly, Sub-verse, The Aquila Literary Journal, Comic Scene UK and The Metal Magazine. She has interviewed numerous creative artists, writers, and music artists including award-winning horror author Jack Ketchum, trans fashion model Diana Apsara, and international doom/Goth metal band, Paradise Lost. Never one to sit idle, Leah is currently studying a BA (Honours) degree in Music. She is a member of TABI (Tarot Association of the British Isles) and a gold member of The Boleskine House Foundation.

Feel free to follow her on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. If you want to dive deep into her work, her books are available at Amazon.


The future:

March of the Midnight Crow is my twelfth audio piece as ‘Fine-toothed Comb Productions’, and I’m very proud of it.

Contrary to previous announcements, my final public piece of audio entertainment will be released here for free on the 20th February – a reverse birthday treat from me to you. That will be a previously unpublished story by a writer whom I very much admire: Stewart Hotston.

After that? Back to writing some Flashes of Inspiration, I think. I’ve loved doing this as a hobby, but the bills won’t pay themselves. As such, I’ll be adding Narration and Audio Editing to the available Services here at The Fine-toothed Comb just as soon as I find time to breathe and look around me once more.

I am delighted to announce that I have already received my first commission: a story by the wonderful Priya Sharma.

If you are considering joining them in securing my services, then please email me at to discuss your audio project. You can find my relevant Testimonials here.


Sound design and attribution:

Intro and Outro music are used under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License.

My regular Intro music is called The Fifth Life, by Circus Marcus.

My regular Outro music is called Post Bellum, by Dee Yan-Kee.

The sound effects used have all been sourced from Freesound under the same Creative Commons license. They are as follows:

Evening woods Drunen NL by klankbeeld

big pigs 2 by Zecraum

chicken run by Bluesy1905

Underneath the floorboards by BeeProductive

Raven by Bidone

Raven 2 by Bidone

Raven many by Bidone

Door squeak normal by InspectorJ

crows fly by by Cinetony

Item falling (plastic) by EchoCinematics

Five knocks on closet door by Omar Alvarado

Knocks loud 10 sec by chevy1976

Dying and gasping sounds… by Iceofdoom Your work, elevated.

Further Reading:

If you enjoyed March of the Midnight Crow, you may enjoy my other performed readings – available for free on my Audio page.

If you would like me to record some of your work, talk to me via my Contact page.

If you’re a podcaster who wants help editing the audio, I’d be glad to discuss rates and work out a schedule.

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