The Mantawauk Caves


Winner: Best Fiction Podcast, iHeart Podcast Awards.  On the night of May 10, 2007, three boys entered a cave in Mantawauk County, Tennessee. Only one made it out alive. The other two were found ten days later. They had been attacked by someone - or something. The investigation that followed revealed town secrets as old as the caves themselves and put a third teenage boy, James Fincher, on death row. This haunting narrative follows Julien Solas, an amateur writer and James' friend who’s been haunted by the events ever since.  Now, with Fincher's execution looming, Julien returns home to reconcile his past and uncover the truth behind the killings.  Created by filmmaker Dan Bush, The Mantawauk Caves is a riveting, immersive, binaural audio experience that weaves together the narrative threads of social drama, supernatural horror, and psychological thriller. A co-production of Blumhouse Television, iHeartPodcasts, and Psychopia Pictures. Starring Jonathan Tucker (Westworld) and Edi Gathegi (The Harder They Fall). Headphones recommended.

  • 3 minutes 38 seconds
    Introducing: The Passage

    Built on a foundation of historical relevance and structured by a kind of dream logic, THE PASSAGE is an immersive, psychological, 3D audio experience that invites listeners to explore the collective American psyche from the perspective of its most legendary souls. This is an ongoing audio series penned by a brilliant and diverse pool of writers and performed by an unforgettable cast of character actors.

    Each week THE PASSAGE takes us on a ride into the land of the dead, traveling with the Ferryman as he collects the recently disembodied and delivers them to the hereafter. Each week we meet another illustrious American spirit and listen as they tell their extraordinary and often terrifying tale in an attempt to influence the Ferryman’s final destination— be it a comfortable place of eternal light, a haunted purgatory of regret, or one of the nine rings of hell. 

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    7 February 2024, 4:03 pm
  • 41 minutes 17 seconds
    Episode 13: The Baptism

    Season Finale. James Fincher’s gamble pays off for Dena and his nephew. Julien faces the truth and makes the ultimate sacrifice.

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    31 May 2023, 7:01 am
  • 36 minutes 6 seconds
    Episode 12: The Goodbye Dress

    Description: Dena prepares for the worst. Julien’s struggle to stop Fincher’s execution takes a devastating turn.

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    24 May 2023, 7:01 am
  • 44 minutes 43 seconds
    Episode 11: The Midnight Man

    Desperate to uncover the truth, Juien’s investigation leads him a little too close to home, as old familial ties lead to shocking new discoveries

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    17 May 2023, 7:01 am
  • 27 minutes 23 seconds
    Episode 10: A Message From Tyler (Part 2)

    Tyler's cryptic message continues. Julien learns what became of his friend and picks up a new trail.

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    10 May 2023, 7:03 am
  • 30 minutes
    Episode 9: A Message From Tyler (Part 1)

    Fincher is offered a deal. Julien discovers a haunting message left for him by Tyler; is it the rant of a madman or a key to the truth? 

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    10 May 2023, 7:01 am
  • 30 minutes 58 seconds
    Episode 8: Wanting To Hurt Stuff

    Julien takes shelter at Dena’s house. Dena gets a house call from an unlikely friend but struggles to protect her son from malevolent forces. 

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    3 May 2023, 7:01 am
  • 39 minutes 33 seconds
    Episode 7: The Deal

    James Fincher’s time on death row has been anything but routine. Julien receives a warning. Ominous forces are closing in, and time is running out to stop Fincher’s execution.

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    26 April 2023, 7:01 am
  • 44 minutes 27 seconds
    Episode 6: Nadine O'Leary

    Julien struggles to connect the dots between the Hadley murders and the dark history of the caves. His investigation takes him back to the Fowler estate, where he meets unexpected visitors and discovers a new lead. 

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    19 April 2023, 7:01 am
  • 39 minutes 24 seconds
    Episode 5: The Necklace

    A key piece of evidence turns up that could prove Fincher’s innocence… or guilt. Tyler goes missing. Julien’s nightmares intensify.

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    12 April 2023, 7:01 am
  • 40 minutes 6 seconds
    Episode 4: A Delicate Balance

    In order to get answers, and with only nine days left until Fincher’s execution, Julien must come to terms with his past actions. 

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    5 April 2023, 7:01 am
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