Aliens? They like classical music, and we're going to exploit them because ~capitalism~.
The Penumbra Podcast:
Aliens? Their stuff is pretty cool, but they're extinct and we live here now.
Aliens? Great gardeners. We're taking credit for their existence. If they try to conquer Earth, we're taking credit for that too.
Welcome to Night Vale:
Aliens? Whaaaaaaat? Who said anything about aliens??? They TOTALLY don't run the government and use humanity as a testing ground for reality-altering technology. LOOK AT THIS CUTE CAT AND ALSO MY HOT SCIENTIST HUSBAND STOP THINKING ABOUT ALIENS WE'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO THINK ABOUT THE ALIENS!!!!!
Alice Isn't Dead:
Aliens? *deep sigh* This country is obsessed with the idea of "otherness". We label those who are different from us, those we deem unworthy of sharing this land, as "other". As "illegal aliens". Why? Is it such a crime to be different? Is otherness inherently bad?
Aliens? ALIENS???? ARE ALIENS REAL TOO?? WE HAVE ENOUGH TO WORRY ABOUT IN OUR OWN GODFORSAKEN OCEAN WE CAN'T WORRY ABOUT ALIENS TOO!!! Also hey I have a cool story about aliens.
Are you a fan of podcasts or web series? Then your help is needed.
This series is called The Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye and is from the he brilliant minds of @tincanbros but it is in need of funding on @kickstarter
Wayward Guide is an amazing web series with an action packed plot and interesting characters. Artemis, a pod cast host, is looking for an escape from the fluff pieces the APN always give her to cover but soon her and her twin brother/producer/co-host are thrown into a story revolving around an old mining town. But not all is as it seems as they soon discover the town is run by werewolves. There is a promise of twists, decite, Badass Ladies and of course mystery because you never know who could be the werewolf and who could be innocent.
This series has 10 episodes and is accompanied by a series of 10 podcast episodes. So if you enjoy web series’ or if you love podcasts there is something for you. Plus the rewards are great, whether its a postcard, poster, tshirt or being in the cast there is something you can get to keep with you forever just through funding.
And that’s not all there’s a brilliant soundtrack from Chuck Criss (Computer Games) and an amazing cast of people. The series Stars Mary Kate Wiles as Artemis (The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Poe Party) and Steve Zaragoza as Paul (Mostly Harmless).
Starring along side them are 2/3 of The Tin Can Brothers themselves, Joey Richter and Brian Rosenthal who you probably know from Team Starkid Productions such as AVPM. A number of other Starkids such as Dylan Saunders, Nick Lang and Corey Dorris are also joining the cast. As well as that some of the other Poe Party crew are starring such as Sinead Persaud, Sean Persaud, Ashley Clements, Clayton Snyderand Tara Perry.Jon Cozart (Paint), Titus Makin (glee), Gabe Greenspan (Solve it Squad returns) and Joanna Sotomura (video game highschool) also add their magic to the cast.
Oh and there’s Sean Astin playing the head of the APN who’s in this thing you may or may not know, Lord of the Rings ????
But most importantly we really need to get this funded otherwise the series won’t be made and we will miss out on this amazing plot and cast and the great idea of an accompanying podcast series. So please even if it’s just $1 donate so we can finally get this project funded. 🐺🌕
Part 2 of my horror/fantasy podcast recs is finally here! (Sorry it’s taking so long @thefestiveoctopusnods!) This is the start of all the fiction I listen to and they’re in no particular order. Part 3 should be up soonish..
Passage Ok. So this is a new podcast (only 1 episode out right now!) And it follows the time honoured tradition of “journalist explores spooky goings on and gets in over their head”. This is based around Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest and is based on GHOST SHIPS! A lifeboat washes up with a bunch of skeletons and an antique pistol and sets the internet on fire when it’s revealed to be a lifeboat from a ship that disappeared 150 years ago. A journalist travels to Puget Sound to find why and how this happened. The first episode is 15 minutes but that may increase as the series goes on.
Spines Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to wake up covered in blood in an attic with no memories of what you were doing or why there’s arcane symbols painted everywhere? If so this is the podcast for you. It follows Wren as she tries to figure out what was going on and why the other people in the attic seem to have really creepy powers. There is quite a bit of body horror in this one just as a warning. Wren is trying to find her “boyfriend” and figure out what he did to them all and why all her “friends” seem to want to kill her now for what he did. Also the main character is bisexual so that’s a giant plus in my book. Each episode is about 20 minutes long so if body horror, secret societies, and creepy superpowers interest you then give this one a try.
Darkest Night One of my favourite new podcasts! It’s narrated by Lee Pace and is another body horror podcast! This one has super secret creepy private company doing human experiments. These experiments boil down to poor lab tech gets a severed head in a box and sucks out the eyeball jelly to put in a machine that plays the last things the eye saw before it died. Each episode is a separate story but with an overarching story about the lab tech doing a casual bit of corporate espionage. Episodes are between 20-30 minutes long and have some of THE BEST 3D audio I’ve heard outside of ASMR videos so you definitely need to use headphones with this one.
The Magnus Archive The Magnus Institute is collecting first hand accounts of the strange and unusual things that happen to normal people for their archives. It’s based around a new archivist who is replacing the last one and going through all the archives and digitising them (as much as possible). Each episode is mostly a stand alone horror story but there are a couple of overarching mysteries that link the podcast together - the three main ones are what happened to the previous archivist and where she went, a private collector’s library of books that come alive as they’re read, and the creepy worm lady. Episodes are about 25 minutes long and it’s just started it’s second season.
Mabel This one is told in a series of voicemails. The narrator, Anna, is a live-in carer for a old lady and she’s leaving messages to the lady’s granddaughter. That’s the basic premise at least. The granddaughter is the mysterious Mabel who is off doing something. Most likely avoiding the creepy house. Each episode is about 20 minutes long. It starts off with a haunted house vibe but quickly descends into something else entirely that makes you wonder if Anna is psychotic, or if the house is influencing her in some way. If Haunting of Hill House is your jam then this is definitely one to check out. I really wish I could explain more about it but you kinda need to experience it to get the full effect. But trust me, it will keep you guessing like all great haunted house stories do.
The Bridge Ok. Ok ok ok. So. Imagine they built a giant transcontinental bridge across the ocean so you don’t have to fly. Now imagine they build hotels and water parks and sightseeing spots along this bridge and kept safe by the Watchtowers. Now imagine that everything goes horribly horribly wrong. That is the situation the guardians of Watchtower 10 find themselves in. It’s 2016 and the ocean has revealed that it’s still not ready to be tamed. Join the gang in these 25 minute episodes as they broadcast to an empty road, fight off weird cults, and struggle to keep their secrets secret. Oh yeah, and no one release the sea monster in the basement please and thank you.
Tales of THATTOWN Welcome to THATTOWN. Found in the deep south (Alabama) THATTOWN is filled with the normal things you’d find in any small town like bands of marauding zombies that like to whisper your deepest secrets to you, casual demon possessions, auto cults, and town mages. Not going to lie - I love this podcast and would urge everyone to check it out. Plus the creators are so nice and will put up trigger warnings for you and are writing up transcripts for free because they want everyone to be able to access it. Episode lengths vary and you need to listen to the first couple of episodes together because the first one is done in such a different style to what the show actually settled with.
The Lift If you ever find yourself in a creepy building that no one else can see, staffed by a dead girl called Victoria who knows just that little too much about you then congratulations - you have a decision to make. Each episode is based around a new person who somehow stumbles into this liminal place. Victoria will take you to the floor that will best help you work out your issues and try and help you. If you deserve it. Of course, it’s up to you if you want to take the help. Each episode is about 30 minutes long and season 2 just started where we’re learning a lot more about Victoria’s backstory and how she ended up trapped as a guardian to that place,
Help Me This is a short, completed podcast about one girl’s journey to find out why her best friend committed suicide. Turns out the answer is - because she didn’t. The podcast quickly takes a turn from trying to find acceptance in death to fighting for your life from the thing that stalks you and wants to steal your soul. There’s a lot more out there than people know and, if you’re unlucky, you can accidentally draw their attention. Fans of slenderman or creepypasta this 15 part miniseries is one you definitely need to listen to. And I really hope the creator decides to put something new out soon!
Hi! I NEED MORE PODCASTS TO LISTEN TO PLEASE SUGGEST SOME!
I’ve been getting a bit board with my podcast feed, does anyone have any podcasts they suggest? I really want like an audio-drama with characters and a story. I’ve listened to a lot and have some even to catch up on but I’m never in the mood for them. Here is a list of what I have listened to already, and a description if you yourself are looking for more to listen to:
Alice isn’t Dead- Spooky vibes, not too long, gay, mostly the main character talking to herself but gets into trouble with Thistle men 0.0
EOS 10 (WHICH I LOVE AND WANT TO RETURN SO BAD)- Hilarious, probably gay but no official relationships yet, doctors in space and their banter
Greater Boston- Super original ? Like a group of characters living in Boston but they don’t super know each other and also real interviews from people living in Boston, and LESBIANS
Hector Vs. the Future- Science comedy hilarious and weird
Lore- Real stories of folklore, can keep you up at night so watch out
Our Fair City- hilarious and suspenseful and wholesome, Capitalism takes over and people are trying to just survive
Radio People- Confusing space banter that is sometimes concerning for characters but most of it is just funny and weird
The Bridge- just started, don’t know how i feel about it yet
The Bright Sessions- FANTASTIC! Listening to the counseling sessions of a therapist and her patients with abnormal abilities! Usually nice, all pure characters (except one -_-), you will love everyone and they all meet up in the current episodes AND ITS GAY WITH SEVERAL CHARACTERS AND HAS A CANNON ACE CHARACTER
The Far Meridian- Super chill like lonely aesthetic ? A character is trying to overcome her anxieties about life while super weird things happen to her every day and she just has to deal with it and she’s great!
The Orbiting Human Circus of the Air- I don’t even know other than great ?? A radio show you listen to but also hear the behind the scenes and you will fall in love with the janitor Julian he is my smol son and will be yours too
The Penumbra Podcast - SUPER LGBT+ Detective on mars, getting into way to much trouble and Juno just needs some help and maybe he will get that. Also random mini series that are also super amazing and always defying expectation and probably the most futuristic gay podcast because society has gotten to the point that being gay or trans or having pronouns that don’t match your voice (since you can’t see anyone) isn’t shocking to any character ever at all ? and boys wear wedding dresses :’D
The Strange Case of the Starship Iris- amazing gay space pirates and their adventures, cannon trans character!!!
Thrilling Adventure Hour- tragically ended but 200 episodes so hey you’ve got plenty. So many different shows but the best is a space western and a couple that are mediums but just want to be left alone to drink.
Welcome to Night Vale- spooky and I’m sure everyone has heard of it by now
Wits- A talk show from Minnesota Public Radio with comedian and musician guests that talk about things and play games, it’s over but the archive is great.
Wolf 359- Begins with healthy space banter, ends with you obsessing if your space children will ever be okay.
Wooden overcoats- Hilarious and very little drama, when a second funeral home opens in the village a never ending feud begins 0.o except only one side is really upset about it, Chapman is nice to everyone.
Like musically. Since listening to The Orbiting Human Circus I’ve been inspired to do covers of some of their songs. Which has really gotten me back into playing by ear and creating different interpretations of songs.
Or Artistically. I’ve started drawing and crocheting again so I’d have something to do while listening to The Bridge, or Ars Paradoxica, Wolf 359, and The Penumbra podcast. And now i have so many projects on the go and i love it
Or physically! Listening to podcasts has really gotten me outside more; running, biking or going to the gym! Welcome to Night Vale really motivates me as i can get lost in the amazing story instead of focusing on how tired i am.
Finally my communication skills have soared since i started listening to podcasts! Being the charming introvert i am, small talk has been my nemesis. But i find listening to others speak in a variety of contexts has really helped me build my own voice and become more comfortable in new social situations.
So thank you. Thank you so much all you lovely creators of these amazing shows!!! Please never stop telling your stories and sharing your art.
I’m going to tell you about some of my favorite podcasts because not enough people listen to podcasts!
The Bridge: “It’s an alternate 2016, and Watchtower 10 sits in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, keeping lonely watch over the Transcontinental Bridge.” This podcast is SO GREAT. There’s lots of cool storytelling and a vague sea monster thing named Bob that may or may not actually be a goldfish (it’s probably not a goldfish).
Hello from the Magic Tavern: Definitely the funniest podcast I listen to and one of my favorites. It’s about Arnie, who fell through a portal behind a Burger King into the magical land of Foon. Features co-hosts Chunt (a talking badger/shapeshifter) and Usidore the Blue (a wizard who has a million names, including many secret names you do not know yet, like Biscuit Meniscus and Papa Mâché). This podcast is improvised, but there’s actually a storyline too occasionally. (Also if you like Starkid, some of them have been on this podcast)
The Bright Sessions: “Dr. Bright provides therapy for the strange and unusual” This podcast is about a therapist who provides therapy for teenagers and young adults with superpowers (empaths, telepaths, involuntary time travelers, etc.). Features an adorable super gay relationship.
Wolf 359: About life on the Hephaestus Research Station, which orbits around red dwarf star Wolf 359. Features communications officer Doug Eiffel (who is only capable of talking in pop culture references), commander Minkowski (who is just trying to do her job and get everyone else to do theirs), Alexander Hilbert (mad scientist extraordinaire), and my computer wife Hera (the most adorable and sarcastic AI system you will ever meet).
Alice Isn’t Dead: From the creators of Welcome to Night Vale, this podcast follows a truck driver in her search across America for the wife she had long assumed was dead. This is a kind of horror-y podcast that centers around a wlw couple. It’s really good and also creepy.
Missing the spooky season of autumn? Want a relief to hold you over until next Halloween? Here’s a small list of some newer, physiological, fear inducing, and overall just interesting podcasts that will leave you wanting more thrills!