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All the Podcasts You’ll Need for Halloween

stay sweet and spooky!

  • Spirits: A Drunken Dive into Myths and Legends: A boozy biweekly podcast about mythology, legends, and lore. Hear fresh takes on classic myths and learn new stories from a round the world, served up over the ice by two tipsy history geeks.
  • Mabel: Mabel is a fiction podcast about ghosts, family secrets, strange houses, and missed connections.
  • Diary Of A Madman: Have you ever wondered why people do horrible things to one another? What could drive a man to hurt, harm, or even kill? Finally, we may have an answer. Follow along as, each week, we feature the recorded diary entries of someone known only as “the madman”. Get inside his head and get twisted.
  • Limetown: Ten years ago, over three hundred men, women, and children disappeared from a small town in Tennessee, never to be heard from again. In this seven-part podcast, American Public Radio host Lisa Haddock asks the question once more, “What happened to the people of Limetown?
  • LORE: Lore is a bi-weekly podcast about the history behind scary stories. The people, places, and things of our darkest nightmares all have real facts at their core. Each episode of Lore looks into a uniquely scary tale and uncovers the truth of what’s behind it. Sometimes the truth is more frighting than fiction.
  • Archive 81: A few weeks ago, my friend Daniel Powell disappeared. Before he vanished, he send me hours and hours of audio he’d collected while working as an archivist for the HHCNYS. The tapes..are strange.
  • SPINES: Two months ago, Wren woke up covered in blood, suffering from memory loss, and surrounded by the remnants of some strange cult ritual.
  • The Magnus Archives: Make your statement, face your fear. A weekly horror fiction podcast examining what lurks in the archives of the Magnus Institute, an organization dedicated to researching the esoteric and the weird.
  • The Black Tapes: The Black Tapes is a weekly podcast from the creators of Pacific Northwest Stories, and is hosted by Alex Regan. The Black tapes Podcast is a serialized docudrama about one journalist’s search for the truth, her subject’s mysterious past, and the literal and figurative ghosts that haunt them both. Do you believe?
  • Friend of the Family: Where the narrator is a character, the two leads hate each other, fighting the supernatural is sometimes disappointingly mundane, talking to family members can be a terrible idea, and a 16-year-old girl is infinitely more exciting about stabbing a lot of things than she is about boys.
  • TANIS: Tanis is a serialized docudrama about a fascinating and surprising mystery: the myth of Tanis. Tanis is an exploration of the nature of truth, conspiracy, and information. Tanis is what happens when the lines of science and fiction start to blur…
  • Return Home: A serialized radio drama that follows the story of Johnathan Barker, who is compelled to return home to Melancholy Falls, NJ to investigate the strange things that have been going on in town and discover his purpose.
  • The NoSleep Podcast: The Nosleep Podcast is a multi-award wining anthology series of original horror stories,with rich atmospheric music to enhance the frightening tales.
  • Small Town Horror: A bi-weekly serialized docudrama about one man’s search for answers in his hometown, the site of his own mysterious kidnapping 18 years ago. Are the answers he seeks worth the cost of returning to the place known as Crazytown?
  • Manor House: Manor House presents both original and classic horror stories through a combination of acting, music, effects, and a supernatural host.
  • Sable: Every week, Lane comes to you with another tale from the odd town of Sable. Tune in to find out some of it’s deepest, darkest secrets as well as some of it’s…well, rather odd figures.
  • Wormwood: A Serialized Mystery: Tragedy forced Doctor Xander Crowe down the dark pathways of the occult, and the man was forever transformed. Now, chasing the vision of a drowned woman, Crowe finds himself in the haunted town of Wormwood, where evils lurks in the shadows and the stains the souls of its inhabits. Welcome to Wormwood.
  • Uncanny County: Robots gone haywire. Killer clown demons. And pie. So. Much. Pie. This quirky, darkly comic, Southwestern-flavored podcast brings you a new, paranormal audio play every month. Sit back, relax, and hold on tight Because you’re about to take a quick detour…through Uncanny County.

The Chronological Superman is Five Years Old Today!

It’s the 79th anniversary of the debut of Superman in Action Comics vol.1 No.1, but that’s not all!

The very first Chronological Superman entry appeared here on this day exactly five years ago. Since then, there have been more than 1,000 entries, a readership numbering more than 41,000 strong, and twenty-four years’ worth of comics, newspaper strips, movies, serials, television shows, radio serials and what-have-you gone under the bridge.

The site’s coverage of 1963 starts next week, meaning there are only 54 more years left to write about until we catch up with the modern day! Wooo! Thank goodness I’ve pared down the scope after the wrap-up of 1949, or else we’d be here for another fifteen years…

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♥ it’s time to spread your podcast pallet ♥ 

Hope you’re all having a wonderful July, everyone! As the heat is cranked up and our thermostats are turned down, it’s time to get comfortable indoors or on the sandy shores of a beach with a new podcast. And my picks are as welcoming as a breeze on a summer day.

Cool down with a touch of horrifying homesickness, served up with just the right amount of creeps and treats to top off your favorite brand of liquor.

Looking for something fresh to please that sudden thirst for audio storytelling? Look no further as PodCake has six more podcasts you’ll certainly love.

1. Friend of the Family

Where the narrator is a character, the two leads hate each other, fighting the supernatural is sometimes disappointingly mundane, talking to family members can be a terrible idea, and a 16-year-old girl is infinitely more exciting about stabbing a lot of things than she is about boys.

If you don’t think podcasts have enough occult hunters, than Friend of the Family would like to welcome you to their reunion. In this audio drama chock full of comebacks and tongues sharper than a wooden stake, we follow our snarky heroine as she battles ghosts, demons, and annoying commentary from narrators and vampires alike.

Friend of the Family is equal parts charming and creepy for fans of both horror and comedy. If your ghost story could use some more more giggles, get comfortable in your coffin and tune in today.

2. Radio People

Under the dome on the far side of the Moon, the people of Clovermeade carry on their strange lives in complete isolation from Earth.

In this bizarrely charming sci-fi story that is…much harder to put into words than I originally thought, we are given a glimpse into the lives of this quirky little moon colony. One word to best describe Radio People would be “alien”. It grants itself an identity unique for itself and only itself, beckoning curious listeners to their strange ads, off-the-wall humor, and alternative-electronica music.

Tune in for yourself to get a taste of this strange yet welcoming collection of distinct voices, songs, and one of a kind atmosphere you’ll find yourself immersed in within seconds.

3. Spirits: A Drunken Dive into Myths and Legends

A boozy biweekly podcast about mythology, legends, and lore. Hear fresh takes on classic myths and learn new stories from a round the world, served up over the ice by two tipsy history geeks.

If you think your LORE could use a little more lady power and a little more liquor, Spirits, is the show for you. Share a drink with our hosts as they slur their way through mystical tales and myths of varying origins.

Fun, funny, and certainly a fresh pick for fans of mythology-this drunken dive into myths and legends will have you asking for a refill.

4. Small Town Horror

A bi-weekly serialized docudrama about one man’s search for answers in his hometown, the site of his own mysterious kidnapping 18 years ago. Are the answers he seeks worth the cost of returning to the place known as Crazytown?

I already knew that Small Town Horror was bound to catch my attention from the get-go. Why it has continued to keep me intrigued is due to a narrative that reads like a thrilling horror novel helped by detailed audio editing and a suspenseful tale of mystery that slowly unfolds itself.

Step into the grim and gritty world of Crazytown and immediately find yourself locked into this macabre story bound to keep you up until the crack of down with shivers down your spine.

5. Uncanny County

Robots gone haywire. Killer clown demons. And pie. So. Much. Pie. This quirky, darkly comic, Southwestern-flavored podcast brings you a new, paranormal audio play every month. Sit back, relax, and hold on tight Because you’re about to take a quick detour….through Uncanny County.

In this episodic freak show of short stories varying from funny to frightening, Uncanny County is sure to have a little something for everyone. Be it robots, mysterious truckers, or hefty servings of blood soaked clowns and delicious pie, you’re sure to find something special with each serving.

There’s nothing uncanny about slipping this series into your feed for a bit of southern styled charm and scares.

6. Return Home

A serialized radio drama that follows the story of Johnathan Barker, who is compelled to return home to Melancholy Falls, NJ to investigate the strange things that have been going on in town and discover his purpose.

Make your return to good old quirky horror shows with Return Home. In this  mysterious little podcast, we are lulled into the rain-drenched tale of a man’s struggles when he comes face to face with the strange happenings of his hometown. 

A little freaky and a little funny with just the right amount of drama, this podcast will give you all the scares and suspense you’re after.

now, get to listening.

anonymous asked:

So they're making a movie based on how Superman stopped the Ku Klux Klan. Or rather, a movie based on the real-life event who infiltrated the KKK, learned their secrets, and then exposed them in the Superman radio serials airing at the time. Thoughts?

If ever there was a time for the real-life story of how Superman was used as a tool to expose a cult-like group for the hateful idiots they were to be told, it’s certainly now. Out and proud racism has made something of a comeback and President Babyhands is doing everything in his power to make the lives of everyone who isn’t a straight white guy absolutely miserable. The fact that this will be a mainstream movie and not a documentary or direct-to-DVD movie and thus easily accessible to the masses is just gravy. Hopefully, this will open the doors to superheroes and comic book characters in general to go back to the days where beating the shit out of bigots and not expecting readers to lose any sleep over it. If anybody can clear the path for stories like Batman going after alt-right leaders or the Punisher gunning down skinhead rallies, it’s the Man of Steel.

Go get ‘em, Superman.

43 Reasons Why We Love ars PARADOXICA

On the 73rd anniversary of Dr. Sally Grissom’s first audio diary entry on October 29, 1943, I, along with the rest of the fandom, would like to show our appreciation for this wonderful podcast! Without further ado, here’s a list of 43 reasons why we love ars PARADOXICA:

  1. Sally Grissom. She’s brilliant, relatable, funny, dorky and a HUGE nerd; and has been super captivating since day 1. I love Sally and I’m always looking to hear more about her.
  2. The attention to diversity and tact used to cover sensitive issues.
  3. Asexual characters are so hard to find in the media! It’s so amazing to see that kind of representation, especially amazing to see it in a brilliant female scientist.
  4. The time travel-I love that it has drawbacks, and it can’t be used as an easy solution to anything.  I loving learning more about what those restraints are, and the science behind it. It’s explained well in a way that makes sense and is easy to understand. ars PARADOXICA isn’t a repetition of other time travel stories, it’s all it’s own.
  5. The code! The codes at the end are always fun to solve.
  6. The show is also very informative; I never liked historical fiction until ars PARADOXICA.
  7. The creators, who are so in tune with their fanbase and have so much care in making sure the show is accessible for everyone.
  8. The lovely acting that draws everything together.
  9. The endless supply of time puns ready to be made.
  10. The daring choice to make a time travel story in an audio drama format and doing it wonderfully.
  11. I really, really love the intro music. It’s perfect for setting the atmosphere of the show, and every time I hear it I can just imagine the opening credits if the story was told as a visual medium.
  12. Helen Partridge’s singing!
  13. The nuanced view of science as a great tool for humanity to use and how it can be used for good or evil.
  14. All of the characters are incredibly three-dimensional and amazing.
  15. The science is completely lost on me, but I love how excited the characters get whenever they make some breakthrough.
  16. Kudos to the writers for making complex characters that have good intentions but questionable loyalties.
  17. The interactions with other podcasts (the crossover with TBS for instance, was incredible).
  18. The fanbase that the podcast has gathered, and how strong it is.
  19. Nikhil Sharma! What a freaking cool character, instantly likable and his interactions with Sally were just A+.
  20. The Cold War as a choice of setting is just fantastic-espionage and time travel go so well together.
  21. The idea of the series as “a tome of secret history you stumbled across in a library in the dead of night.” Even though I know that plenty of other people listen to this podcast, it often feels like I’m the only one in the world hearing this story unfold, like it’s being told to me personally.
  22. All of the amazing female characters! They’re all so incredibly well-written, and it warms my heart to see such excellent portrayals of women in science, women in positions of power, women of different races and sexual orientations…all in a single podcast.
  23. I love how much the creators love their own podcast. They’ve been the biggest fans from the start, and it’s obvious when you listen that everyone who’s involved in the making of aP cares deeply about the show.
  24. I love that Sally Grissom and Anthony Partridge love each other so much without ever having fallen in love. It’s so hard to find good female-male friendships in fiction that don’t turn into romantic relationships, or any friendships at all that are valued as much as romantic relationships.
  25. “Alas, my right arm is complete again” / “I threw away my shot”. Two musical references in the span of a minute, you guys are spoiling me.
  26. The podcast is just so well-written, which is a ridiculously broad statement, but it’s true. Every once in awhile, when I’m listening, I have to pause and replay a segment once or twice before I can move forward–it’s that good.
  27. I love this podcast’s origin story, and how the idea of a numbers station playing in the dead of night became this.
  28. I love that everyone in the podcast seems to love Sally Grissom as much as I do.
  29. ODAR, everyone’s favorite Organization Too Secret To Know. I love that they aren’t just the Faceless Time Organization of Evil that time travel stories so often have. ODAR was founded with the best of intentions and is run by people who still believe in their original goals. While they’re definitely morally ambiguous, they’re far from amoral.
  30. To tack onto an earlier point, I love that Sally herself says that she’s asexual on the podcast. While I would of course appreciate ace characters in any form, it meant so much more coming directly from the character than it would have if the creators had simply mentioned it outside of the series.
  31. “Real life is not a radio serial.” (and all the other times holes are poked in the fourth wall)
  32. All of the art and writing the fans create. It may be low in quantity, but the quality is through the roof.
  33. Esther Roberts. Just…Esther Roberts.
  34. The logo. The design is intriguing, and really fitting for the podcast.
  35. I loved the 9 episodes of Timelapse, where other time travel stories were discussed. I think it showed that ars PARADOXICA is doing a good job at distinguishing themselves in that aspect. Also it was cute.  
  36. The fact that we know all the characters Hogwarts Houses, like yes that is so important thank you for giving us that. 
  37. The fact that the writers will include trigger warnings for episodes where that might be necessary-it goes to show how much they appreciate and care about their audience.
  38. The children from Plasticity. In just 40 minutes, we were able to get to know and love the kids, and there was some time since I was so touched in such little time. Hearing them growing up, learning and suffering with the life ODAR gave to them was awesome, and an amazing way to reinforce the moral ambiguity of ODAR and its actions.  
  39. The quality of the child actors’ performances were especially impressive, and, combined with the writing, they were very believable. Kudos!
  40. Instead of spending hours on exposition, we learn more about ODAR and the characters naturally through the narrative itself. It feels more like putting together a puzzle than reading a textbook.
  41. The Las Vegas storyline was so good, especially because it mixed crucial plot points in with a fun road trip.
  42. ars PARADOXICA balances the tension between the innate human desire to push scientific boundaries and the horror of the possibilities of what they discover.
  43. All the amazing writers who started it all. 💜

Special thanks to @sealguemjativeressenome-meh, the awesome fans in the Podcast Enthusiasts United ars PARADOXICA Slack channel, and everyone who contributed to this list! 

Love, Honor and Decay

The lost radio serial Love, Honor and Decay is getting a reboot of sorts on our show. Since our show takes place in 1940s Los Angeles we thought it fitting to honor this buried gem by making it a show within our show. Here’s a redesign to the shows artwork that we had our resident artist work up for us. We hope you dig it as much as us.

Listen to Tove’s books, read by herself in Spotify, Storytel and Apple music!

Tove Jansson’s books, both Moomin books and some of her other novels, are now available on Spotify, Storytel and Apple Music. Listen them in the car on the way to work, on a vacation or with the kids on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

Tove Jansson herself reads the stories in Swedish. The audio recordings were made during the 1980s for the radio serial for the Radio theatre of the Finnish public service broadcaster YLE.

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♥ it’s time to spread your podcast pallet ♥

Hello, listeners! Would you consider yourself a podcast fan? I certainly do and there’s nothing I love more than being able to take time out of my day to sit back, relax, and listen in on what new tales are the tell around this growing community.

Artists everywhere are traveling to space, playing cowboy, thinking with portals, and relishing the joys of submitting to the lovely Evils of the world. Nowadays it couldn’t be easier to become part of that fantasy and I, PodCake, shall be your guide.

Looking for something fresh to please that sudden thirst for audio storytelling? Look no further as PodCake has six podcasts you’ll certainly love.

1. ILLUSIONOID

In the distant future, humanity has its last stand against the tyrant computer ILLUSIONOID. A lone survivor sends messages backwards through time in hopes that he can provide a warning of the danger to come. Will you heed his warnings? Open your ears and hone your senses, for without immediate action, none can escape the future that is ILLUSIONOID.

Follow the episodic whereabouts of lawyers, gardeners, aliens, outlaws, and explorers in this hysterical sci-fi improv comedy. Yes, improv. No transcript what so ever. Trust me, you’ll be surprised that such bizarre tales can be unwoven so fluidly without the aid of a script. 

With constantly varying scenarios, characters, and depths of space to travel each episode, you’ll always be in for something different, but always with a goodhearted chuckle between each.

2. SAYER

SAYER is a narrative fiction podcast set on Earth’s man-made second moon, Typhon. The eponymous SAYER is a highly advanced, self-aware AI created to help acclimate new residents to their new lives, and their new employment with Ærolith Dynamics.

Prepare for a step into a scientific world as the deep, chilling tones of an A.I. guides you through your new life in Ærolith Dynamics. In the future, your life  among the stars couldn’t be better. You are independent, self-sufficient, monitored, killed, tortured, and sometimes sucked into space.

But no need to worry, SAYER will wipe away your Earth-stained existence with one day of work after the next. Travel tower to tower, shift to shift, and cross your fingers to make it out alive before your lunch break.

3. Kakos Industries

The Shareholder Announcements from Kakos Industries, an organization that helps you to Do Evil Better. The announcements are read by Corin Deeth III, CEO of Kakos Industries.

Introduce yourself to the strange, sexy, and snarky company known as Kakos Industries, all about Evil and all things Evil. Excellent music, a hypnotic narration, and plenty of vulgar comedy just so damn naughty you’ll be blushing a wonderfully Evil shade by the end of each episode.

Be slowly seduced by the dulcet tones of  Corin Deeth III, an exemplary executive enhancing out Evil capabilities with each smooth, sweet monologue. Tightly designed and filled to the brink with “fucks”, puns, and fun for all you lucky shareholders.

4. The Meat Blockade

The Meat Blockade is a serialized radio show depicting the strange and surreal journeys of Karl Berenger, a self-proclaimed writer and misadventurer.

The world of the charmingly bizarre, surreal, and dangerous has never been more thrilling. Well, perhaps Mr. Berenger is getting the short end of the stick in this case, as he normally does. Poor fellow.

The Meat Blockade will spoil you silly badgers with excellent sound editing, a colorful cast of characters, and a growing collection of mini-movies that tip into the farthest ends of absurdity.

5. The Thrilling Adventure Hour

A staged show in the style of old-time radio performed live, monthly at Largo at the Coronet in Hollywood. Starring all of your favorite stars from the worlds of television, film, comedy, animation, sketch, and the stage.

A brilliant hodgepodge of genres, actors, and characters presented in the genuine contribution to old-timey radio. Lovingly retro, beautifully acted, and bursting with originality and class with each short story. 

With hundreds of episodes under their belt, this podcast brings on the most familiar settings in ways you would never expect and fresh wit and jokes that keep you tuned in.

6. Blue Sky: Podfic

What happened after the events of Portal 2? What if Wheatley fell from space, and came back to Earth? A fully-casted audio podfic of Waffle’s Portal story.

A much different addition than the others though an incredibly well read and brilliantly acted addition it is. Fans of Portal may be familiar with the famous fan fiction and this smooth reading meant to span all chapters takes both elements of the game series and story to the best quality you could possibly imagine.

Production for this project couldn’t be more stellar and I highly anticipate its completion. With its vivid world building, almost scary accurate voices, and you have a wonderful experience to kill thirty minutes of your day.

now, get to listening.

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“The Headless Indian” The Adventures of Superman Radio Serial - October - November 1942

In many ways, the new-for-1942 incarnation of The Adventures of Superman is as much a horror program as an adventure show, pitting the Daily Planet staff and their allies against intimidating, often seemingly superhuman threats. With a protagonist who can shrug off bullets, bombs and poison darts, the threat of danger benefits from being indistinct, apparently omnipresent and generally difficult to simply punch into unconsciousness.

This episode ladles it on, with the murderous apparition of the episode’s eponymous headless Indian partnered with a “Wandigo”, prowling the deep and frozen north woods where the cast has found themselves on a mission to help one of Perry White’s friends. Also in attendance is an obese, looming antagonist, unflappable and obscene, a man I’d categorize as the radio show’s one true entry into the super-villainous Class of 1942 – The Laugher.

At their first meeting, even tough and unflappable Superman is taken aback by the Laugher’s grotesque appearance – a giant of a man, unbelievably obese (“My chins are three and my stomach, though only one, is big enough for six men!” he oddly brags), with sick-seeming eyes and a gray pallor, “a toad” as the Man of Steel dubs him, glittering diamonds festooning his fat fingers and every button of his shirt. Most unsettling, though, is the Laugher’s limitless cheer – a booming, velvet chuckle, rumbling like thunder and percolating like flood water rushing through a drain, a smooth but intimidating giggle that hides a terrible malevolence. “I will even laugh – at my own death” he tells Lois Lane, having lured her into the frozen woods in order to kill her where no superhuman eyes can follow.

The Laugher is preceded by his reputation – the underworld fears him almost as much as they fear Superman, sometimes moreso. The depths of his cruelty are limitless, his wrath terrible to behold. Despite his size, he’s not an equal to Superman’s terrific might – who is? – but he resists the Man of Steel’s choking grip, and laughs as powerful steel-hard fingers threaten to crush the breath from his throat. And even more terrible than his perversity and bulk – his mind; although the script takes pain to backtrack, it’s clear upon the first meeting between The Laugher and Clark Kent that the villain has – owing to a subconscious verbal slip on Kent’s part – figured out Superman’s dual identity!

(Although there’s clearly no relation between the two characters, The Laugher routinely reminded me of Judge Holden, the malicious, impenetrable and infernal presence of writer Cormac McCarthy’s powerful Blood Meridian. Given to waxing philosophic, deeply intelligent and flamboyantly eloquent, and – of course – physically tremendous, as well as renowned for inconceivable and occult acts of cruelty, The Laugher even shares with The Judge an antagonistic but intimate relationship with nature. Sadly, unlike Holden, we find The Laugher can indeed die, blinded and frozen to death in the bitter white wasteland of the snowy woods…)

How two Disney Imagineers built a better escape room with The Nest
Escape rooms have become incredibly pervasive over the past few years, but they’re not usually thought of as fantastic storytelling platforms. In the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, a show called The Nest has been changing that. Designed as a side project by a duo from Walt Disney Imagineering — the creative group behind the company’s elaborate theme parks — it utilizes serialized radio play elements and detailed set design to tell the tragic life story of a woman named Josie. Read more