About us

The Nightmare Well is a podcast aiming to bring you dark short horror stories from both new and established authors alike. I'll be sharing my stories as well as submissions that inspire me.
Every story is performed with permission from the author.
All are aimed at an 18+ audience, so listener discretion is advised.

The Nightmare Well Team


Spike Katz

Musician, composer, performer, engineer, producer, Spike has lived music his entire life. He was classically trained in piano and bass, and cut his teeth playing punk and rockabilly in many prominent Boston bands including The Racketeers, and The Kings of Nuthin’. Spike also worked as a session bassist for Black Market Music in New York, performing on commercial works for Chase Bank, Tropicana, McDonlands, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Sega, and many others. His musical scores include independent film “The Righteous Tithe”, and created the soundtrack for Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts live performance of “A Midsummer’s Musical”. With a master certificate in music production from Berklee College of Music, he is now coowner and chief engineer/producer at Mobile Mic Studios in Providence, RI.

Contact him here: Mobile Mic Studios


Annika Chavez

Annika is a New York City based actor/director/writer originally from Los Angeles. She most recently voiced a character in “The Aloha Retreat Center” via the MeetCute Podcast, which can be found on the Podcast App. She has performed with New York Musical Theatre Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Pasadena Playhouse, and Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum. She loves creating and producing new work for the stage and screen.

Her most recent short can be found here
Check out her instagram here
Email: annikaechavez@gmail.com


Sean Hackel

Sean Hackel has trained in classical choral and operatic singing, performed poetry on stage, narrated short stories, and competed in front of crowds for grappling tournaments and kickboxing shows. He developed his voice singing with the Handel and Haydn Young Men's Ensemble for three years and got a taste for the stage with opportunities to sing at the Majestic Cutler Theater, the Wilbur Theater, and Symphony Hall.

In college Sean became a prominent figure for Boston College's Slam Fashion poetry and fashion exhibition with his exuberant renditions of original pieces. Frequent open mics kept his pen and performance sharp. He continues to enjoy grappling, boxing, and kickboxing in front of the boisterous crowds of Rhode Island. Harnessing his experiences from Slam Poetry festivals, the open mic scene in downtown Boston, singing at some of the most beautiful theaters in the city, and dominating the 125lb division for TAPOUT CANCER and NAGA, Sean is eager to incorporate his talents in new endeavors.

Sean's Acting Page
Sean's Voice Acting Page


Mr. Michael Squid

Horror author and artist from Pennsylvania, currently residing in Providence. Michael will be curating the programs. He has three collections of short stories and a fourth in the works.

Michael has also begun to film his short stories, and is currently working on a larger anthology project that aims to bridge both worlds as well.

His Available Books
His YouTube channel