First, Let's start with talking about Scott Sigler. He's a sicko. He writes these stories that captivate unsuspecting people. They're gory, scary, hilarious, and downright addictive.
This is the second time I've listened to Nocturnal all the way through, all 41 episodes. I have a commute that's about 40 minutes, give or take, so I can get a decent amount of story each day. Why is that important? If you go download the thing, and give it a real try, you'll see.
The picture above has a hotlink to Podiobooks, where everything is FREE. You can download the first four or five episodes and see if you like it without spending a dime. In fact, you can download the entire thing and not spend a dime.
"If he has to give it away, it must be total crap." Hah. Here's what the twisted little Napoleon-complexed little fuck does: he'll give you an episode a week, or so, but that's all. If you want to hear the rest of the story more quickly, though, you can buy the book. I should know. I've bought all the books, because I am unable to wait for the next fix. There is a very good reason that Scott Sigler fans are known as Junkies. He strings your ass out. His business model? Try it for free, and if you like it, buy it. If you don't, then you know you don't and you aren't out any money.
Nocturnal has finished it's run of being a live podcast. That means that the entire book is available as audio files, with no waiting. When it was live, it took over a year for Scott to get all 41 episodes out (illness in the family and such interrupted the "weekly episode" process a few times). As this story wasn't available in any paper form, we just had to wait. You won't. It's a complete story, waiting for you FOR FREE.
I gave some thought to trying to explain the story, and decided I'd just cut-n-paste from the Podiobooks site:
"Something lives deep beneath the streets of San Francisco. Something that has been there for centuries, something which comes out at night to feed on the dregs of society. A sub-culture with its own myths and its own legends.
Stories of a leader named The King, who will lead them out of bondage, and their own demon, a hunting shadow known only as Savior. But the legends of Savior's brutality have faded, the fear used only within fables told to the young ones about their hunter.
When The King finally appears,just as foretold, the Nocturnals know their time has come -- the time to emerge from under the streets and hunt humanity in the open."
So, there's that. Assisted by Junkies, Scott has created a wiki of the story (and all his other stories), which you can find here in the Siglerpedia.
I'm going to quote Scott Sigler's introduction to each episode: "This story has adult language, adult situations, and lots and LOTS of violence. If you're easily offended, turn it off now..."
No, really. People get shot, stabbed, bitten, eaten, beaten, tortured, butchered...and in vivid detail. The story has partial sound effects, and Scott uses modern recording technology as well as his own considerable voice talents to create the different characters. You'll recognize each character by his or her own voice.
You like stories, right? You like stories that grab you and make you squirm a bit, and then make you laugh so hard you almost pee, right? You like mysteries and fights and good vs. evil and monsters and cops and characters who are tortured by an unknown past or origin, right? You like it when you think you know where the plot is going and then it doubles back and sneaks up on you, just to whack you in the ear with a whiffle-ball bat, right? You like good story-telling, and you like good stories. Here you go, and you're welcome.