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A storytelling podcast for lovers of tales.

Welcome to my storytelling podcast!

Deep in the Dark Forest is a podcast of stories featuring new adaptations of fairy tales and folk tales from around the world. Some famous, some rare, and some brand new. From authors old and young, and tellers of tales just starting out. All read by writer and audiobook narrator CC Hogan.

Each episode features one or two stories, a bit of chatter about stories and authors, the occasional poem and of course any nice things you send me. All stories feature original music. You can listen in any order you please! 

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New Episode: Jack and the Beanstalk

It is a long way up a beanstalk, so by the time Jack found the Ogre's house, he was famished. The trouble was, so was the ogre. A new adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk.

7: Little Red Cap

The story of Little Red Cap, better known as Little Red Riding Hood. A brand new adaptation based on the version from the Brothers Grimm, plus a morality poem from Charles Perrault.

6: Hansel and Gretel

When two children are abandoned in a dark forest, they wander lost and scared until they find a wonderful cottage made of bread and sugar. But the old woman who owns it has only one plan - dinner!

5: Gold-Tree and Silver-Tree

Do you like tales of envy? This is one of several stories that fit the Snow White model. This one is from Scotland and has a particularly nasty mother!

4: Thumbelina

This is such a beautiful story from the pen of Hans Christian Andersen. It is gentler than many, but is one of those that you can love whatever age you are.

The Story of my podcast. How am I doing So Far?

Eight episodes later, and still going strong. But what have I learned and where am I heading to? It is an interesting question! I think they are getting better. I hope they are...

How do I make the forest podcast?

This podcast is in it's very early days, but I have a very fixed way I go about making it. From choosing a story to recording, this is how I do it.

What makes a good story for a storyteller?

It is easy to think that an experienced storyteller can make anything interesting, even the phone book, but actually, to get the best our of the bard, you have to give the bard the best!

Things You Never Knew about Nursery Rhymes

Most people in the west grew up with the Nursery Rhyme, especially in English Speaking countries. But they are not always exactly what we think they are. And their origins are sometimes rather dark!