The Bard

A freak accident and a circus hypnotist helped Aleksander Kulisiewicz develop a remarkable power of memory. At 21, imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp, he began mentally archiving the music he heard men singing. To save the songs of the Holocaust, he first had to save himself.

Source: The Atavist
Published: Apr 30, 2020
Length: 33 minutes (8,400 words)


A fatal overdose, a stunning coincidence, and a mother’s long quest to heal.

Author: Max Blau
Source: The Atavist
Published: Mar 31, 2020
Length: 32 minutes (8,000 words)


A telekinetic teenager became a convicted killer. Can a group of strangers prove that Christina Boyer is really a victim of injustice?

Source: The Atavist
Published: Feb 28, 2020
Length: 48 minutes (12,000 words)

The Ghost Hunter

For hundreds of years, there were rumors of a shipwrecked treasure on the Oregon coast. But no one found anything, until Cameron La Follette began digging. A real-life “Goonies” adventure.

Source: The Atavist
Published: Jan 31, 2020
Length: 34 minutes (8,600 words)

Lost in Summerland

At the world’s largest gathering of psychics and mediums, two brothers confront a painful secret.

Source: The Atavist
Published: Dec 30, 2019
Length: 38 minutes (9,600 words)

“Your Honor, Can I Tell the Whole Story?”

A murder in New Orleans, a trial that lasted less than a day, and the lives they entangled for the next three decades. Published in partnership with The Lens.

Source: The Atavist
Published: Dec 1, 2019
Length: 40 minutes (10,000 words)

The Wild Ones

People said that women had no place in the Grand Canyon and would likely die trying to run the Colorado River. In 1938, two female scientists set out to prove them wrong.

Source: The Atavist
Published: Oct 31, 2019
Length: 46 minutes (11,500 words)

The Rescue

“A flimsy raft, more than 100 souls, and three teenage heroes—or are they pirates?”

Source: The Atavist
Published: Sep 30, 2019
Length: 28 minutes (7,010 words)

There Are Places You Cannot Go

“As darkness fell, Nhek and Soem, clutching the tree trunks as flotation devices, eased into the flow of the Mekong, submerging their sweaty bodies into the dark torrent. Water soaked their clothes and splashed their faces as the current carried them south toward freedom.”

Source: The Atavist
Published: Jul 31, 2019
Length: 37 minutes (9,421 words)

Commonwealth v. Mohamed

“The evidence shows that if this were Jimmy Smith from Georgetown, not Mohamed Abdallah, who got in an accident with the Samses, we would not be here today.”

Source: The Atavist
Published: Mar 31, 2019
Length: 43 minutes (10,771 words)