Nocturnal (Rough Draft)

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Title Nocturnal
Publisher Dark Øverlord Media
Published 2007
Pages audio only
ISBN audio only
Podcasted 2007, 2020
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Nocturnal is a thriller / horror novel by author Scott Sigler. The novel was originally launched as a work in progress rough draft at midnight on October 31st, 2007, in podcast form. A revised version of the novel was published in by Crown Publishing in April 2012.


Something lives deep beneath the streets of San Francisco. Something that has been there for centuries, something that comes out at night ... to feed on the dregs of society. A sub-culture, with its own myths, its own legends of leader named The King that will lead them out of bondage, and their own demon, a hunting shadow known only as The Savior.

But the legends of The Savior's brutality have faded, the fear passed into stories told to frighten the young ones. When The King finally appears, just as foretold, the Nocturnals know their time has come -- the time to come out from under the streets and hunt humanity in the open.


San Francisco Police Department

Name Information Episodes Seen Fan Named
Bryan Clauser SFPD Homicide Detective. Partner to "Pookie" Chang Ep. 1-19, 23-31, 34-35 Yes
"Pookie" (Lawrence) Chang SFPD Homicide Detective. Partner to Bryan Clauser Ep. 1-8, 9.5-20, 23, 25-27, 34-35
Sacha "Sammy" Burzon Police Criminalist Ep. 2, 3, 27
Jimmy Chang Crime Scene Photographer Ep. 2, 3
Amy Zou SFPD Police Chief Ep. 1, 3, 12-16, 18, 20, 23, 26-27, 33-36 Yes
Sean Robertson SFPD Sub Police Chief Ep. 4, 11, 20, 23, 25-26, 36 Yes
John "The Black Mr. Burns" Smith SFPD Gang Task Force Ep. 4, 11, 13, 16, 18-20, 25, 27, 31, 34
Robin Hudson Medical Examiner, ex-girlfriend of Bryan Clauser Ep. 3, 8, 9.5, 11-15, 17, 20, 25-27, 31, 33 Yes
Tonda Murphy SFPD Police Officer and partner of Wie Chi Yen Ep. 7, 12, 16, 18-20, 33-34
Wie Chi Yen SFPD Police Officer and partner of Tonda Murphy Ep. 7, 16, 18, 19
Chooch Rodriguez SFPD Police Sketch Artist Ep. 7, 15
Maggie O'Donnell SFPD Police Archivist Ep. 12, 13
Francis Parkmeyer Retired SFPD Detective Ep. 10, 12-14, 27, 34
Jason Green SFPD Police Officer Ep. 23, 31
Rich Verde SFPD Detective Ep. 29

San Francisco Residents

Name Information Episodes Seen Fan Named
Rex Deprovdechuk Youth; Foster Son to Roberta; Terrorized by the BoyCo gang Ep. 1, 2, 5, 13-16, 18, 22, 24-26, 31, 35-36 Yes
Roberta Deprovdechuk Foster mother to Rex Ep. 2, 13-15, 18, 26
Aggie James Homeless heroine junkie Ep. 1, 2, 13, 18-21, 23-27, 31, 34
Mr. Biz-Nass Fortune Teller Ep. 6, 10, 13, 15, 18, 34
Kyle Souller Galileo High School Principal Ep. 5, 7, 12, 13, 15
Dr. Stone Mason Esteemed Geneticist Ep. 5, 6, 7, 29
Judge Gretchen Rodriguez San Fransisco Judge Ep. 15
Alder Jessup Weapon maker Ep. 10, 30, 31, 34
Adam Jessup Grandson to Alder Jessup Ep. 10, 30, 31, 34

Gang Members

Name Information Episodes Seen Fan Named
Johnny Yee Tong gang leader. Husband to Barbara and father to Eric Ep. 1, 2
Frank Lanza Mafia Boss for the San Francisco La Cosa Nostra Ep. 1, 8, 17, 21, 23-26, 35
Tony "Four Balls" Gillam Frank Lanza's main protection Ep. 8, 17, 21, 25
Dmitri "the Nail" Vasillof Russian Mafia number two for the west coast Ep. 17, 21, 23-26
Gennady Ivanovich Russian Mafia member, right hand man to Vasillof Ep. 27
Pavil "Fat Boy" Rockmanov Russian Mafia member Ep. 26-27
Alex Panos Bully, Leader of the BoyCo gang Ep. 1, 2, 12-15
Paul Fischer Member of the BoyCo gang Ep. 1, 15 Yes


Name Information Episodes Seen Fan Named
The Savior Eliminator of members of Marie's Children Ep. 1, 8, 14-20, 23-26
First Born The son of the founder of Marie's Children Ep. 1, 8, 16, 18, 22, 24-26, 34
The King Also known as Rex Deprovdechuk Ep. 1, 2, 15, 16, 18, 22, 24-26, 35-36
Sly Assisted in the abduction of Aggie James Ep. 1, 2, 14-16, 18, 22, 24-26, 31, 36
Mommy The founder of Marie's Children Ep. 18, 19, 25-26
Pierre Assisted in the abduction of Aggie James Ep. 1, 14-16, 18, 22, 24-26, 31
Marco Gastineau Assisted in the murder of Kyle Souller Ep. 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 16, 26
Tricky Dick Member of Marie's Children Ep. 8, 16, 22, 24, 35
Sir Voh and Fort Member of Marie's Children Ep. 16, 18, 22, 24
Sucka Member of Marie's Children Ep. 7
Tard Member of Marie's Children Ep. 16, 18, 22, 31
Spidey Member of Marie's Children Ep. 22, 24
Bone Head Member of Marie's Children Ep. 22, 24, 34
Clyde the Glide Member of Marie's Children Ep. 24, 34
Ringers People associated with Marie's Children who aren't Nocturnals Ep. 7, 14

Release Schedule

Similar to the author’s first book, EarthCore, the book release of Nocturnal followed a non-traditional path to print publication. However, Nocturnal differed in that it was released one episode at a time while it was being written.


Cover Art Edition Country Release Date Site
Serialized Podcast Audiobook Worldwide (Internet) October, 31 2007 Currently Unavailable

Theme Music

The 2007 podcast version of Nocturnal used the song Remember Your Ghost by the band Uncrowned. For a comprehensive list of music used in the podcast versions of Scott's works, refer to the Theme Music page.

Fan Art

The uniqueness of the creatures in the original 2007 version of Nocturnal inspired some Junkies to produce fan created art. The two drawings below were submitted by such junkies and help to visualize how some of the Nocturnal creatures would appear. It should be noted that the Groom's Walk art was done by Arturo Alamilla, who is also the designer of the PUV James Keeling.

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Grooms Walk by Arturo Alamilla Sir Voh and Fort by Jesse Farren

Nocturnal Characters Named for Fans

Continuing in his innovative style, author Scott Sigler’s original 2007 version of the novel Nocturnal was released amid a contest where randomly chosen fans will have their names appear in his novel. The luckiest of the fans also had their character die a horrific and untimely death. The following link references a table dedicated to tracking these fan-named characters with indicators of which characters become victims.

Nocturnal Map

Unique to the original podcast version of the story of Nocturnal, the author created a Google map which specifies the location of significant events, domiciles and landmarks that are referenced within the plot. The following link references the Nocturnal Google map.



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2009 - Recipient of the Founder's Choice Award from

Also See

Novels by Scott Sigler

Aliens: Phalanx • Alive • Alight • Alone • EarthCore • EarthCore II: Mt. Fitzroy • Ancestor • Descendant • Infected • Contagious • Pandemic • The Rookie • The Starter • The All-Pro  • The MVP • The Champion • The Crypt • Nocturnal