Playing with Fire | Podium Audio

The Witch of Tophet County

Playing with Fire

Book 2

By: J. H. Schiller

Performed by: Soneela Nankani

Released: September 10, 2024

Language: English

Format: Single Narration

Against a fiery—and possibly paranormal—threat, Earth’s last witch becomes its last hope, in the second book of this witty and sharp urban fantasy series.
One would think, having helped avert an apocalypse and survived unwanted civil service, the witch of Tophet County is due for a break. Unfortunately, her exemplary performance has done nothing but land her a permanent position on the local council, the respect of the new human mayor, and a boyfriend who’s more interested in feelings than action.
As if that weren’t bad enough, there’s something strange happening in Tophet County. A crew of moon-beasts lands in the middle of town, apparently seeking help. Someone—or something—is setting fire to a lot of people and places they shouldn’t be setting fire to. And as a dire tarot reading with an enchanted deck of Garbage Pail Kids revealed, the witch is apparently the one destined to untangle it all.
Now, she’ll have to embrace leading yet another taskforce and join up with the Dread Lord of Human Resources, who’s recently become very interested in the uncanny, to keep an unknown eldritch horror from destroying her hometown—or run the risk of never getting past the “Netflix” part of “Netflix and chill” with her new beau.
Blending the out-of-this-world intrigue of supernatural procedurals like The X-Files with the quirky characters and relatable awkwardness Parks and Recreation, Playing with Fire is the twisty and fun continuation of a must-read horror comedy series.
The second volume of the hit horror fantasy series—with more than 100,000 views on Royal Road—now available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, and Audible!



J. H. Schiller

J. H. Schiller writes satirical stories about tentacled eldritch monsters and the horrors of bureaucracy. In an earlier incarnation, she earned a graduate degree in international affairs and spent more than a decade working for the federal government in Washington, DC. Schiller has since escaped to Ohio, where she writes full-time. Subscribe to her newsletter at



Soneela Nankani

Having been raised by immigrant parents and grown up traveling all over the world (spending the most time in India, Ghana, Brazil and Morocco), Soneela has developed a deep multicultural appreciation, a love of storytelling and a facility with languages and dialects. Paired with her MFA in Acting, this has led to over 300 titles across many genres (including Young Adult, Romance, Sci-Fi and Fantasy), 18 Earphone awards, multiple Audie nominations and a Golden Voice Lifetime Achievement Award from AudioFile magazine over her 13-year voiceover career. When not in the booth, you can find Soneela playing card games with her kids, trying out new recipes, or attempting to solve today’s Wordle.