Weird Darkness is hosted by professional voice artist, Darren Marlar, who is also the creator of the show.

It was in late September 2015 the pilot episode “Mothman: The Enigma of Point Pleasant” was posted… not as a podcast, but as a video on YouTube.  The next month it was decided to move forward with a regular series at two videos per week, focusing on subject matter such as ghosts, unsolved mysteries, and anything else that was strange, dark, and bizarre.

While Weird Darkness did find fans on YouTube, a year later in October 2016 it was decided to also offer the episodes in podcast form.  It was then that the show truly began to find its base.

Fast forward yet another year, and in October 2017 the hard decision was made to stop making videos and concentrate solely on the podcast (with audio versions still being posted to YouTube).  Doing this meant higher quality episodes posted more often.  The show exploded in popularity.   In doing so, Weird Darkness generated over one-million downloads in six months – and continues to grow even more quickly today.

Weird Darkness has been compared to “Coast to Coast” with Art Bell, “The Twilight Zone” with Rod Serling, “Unsolved Mysteries” with Robert Stack, and even YouTube channels such as Rob Dyke, Mr. Nightmare, and others.

Weird Darkness now posts episodes seven days per week.  New episodes on weekdays, and archive episodes on the weekends.  You can listen to the show on most all podcast players, iTunes (Apple Podcasts), YouTube, TuneIn, iHeart Radio, and even on your Echo device by asking, “Alexa, play the Weird Darkness podcast.”


Darren Marlar lived in the Kansas City area for the majority of his childhood and teen years, and calls Olathe, KS his hometown. From elementary school onward he found himself entertaining people in some way shape or form. Acting on stage, singing in a variety of choral groups, being the frontman for rock bands, or as a soloist for competition, getting involved in community theater, and eventually discovering radio in 1990, in which he has worked full-time ever since.

In 2004 Darren moved to the Rockford, Illinois area outside of Chicago and along with radio and acting also stepped into stand-up comedy for almost a decade.  It was in Chicagoland that Darren found his love for acting again and began landing roles in small, independent television and film projects. Darren has been married to his bride, Robin since 1995.

Along with radio and acting, Darren Marlar is well-known as a professional full-time voice over artist through his company Marlar House Productions. He has been providing quality audio recordings to clients around the world. If his voice sounds familiar, it is due to having voiced thousands of audiobooks, radio commercials, TV spots, movie trailers, videos, podcasts, corporate presentations, phone prompts, and more! Most people recognize him as the voice for “Facts Verse” on YouTube.

And, of course, he is most recognizable as the host of Weird Darkness.

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