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Issue #45 | 13 Jul 2023

I somehow came down with a summer cold yesterday, so this opening bit from me is going to be short, as I still have to do the podcast version. And then go back to bed.

Enjoy today's audio fiction selections. I'll be more loquatious next week. Maybe.

- Evo

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Featured Audio Fiction

I've listened to every episode of these two shows, and proudly recommend them to you. As with all things in life, YMMV.

Cover art - Dark Sanctum

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Dark Sanctum

Dramatized horror thriller from Mark Ramsey Media LLC & REALM

Dark Sanctum is a thrilling and spine-tingling limited audio series showcasing things that go bump in the night. Inspired by TV classics like The Twilight Zone and Tales from the Crypt and classic radio fright-fests like Inner Sanctum and Lights Out, this new series blends captivating storytelling with chilling audio and spectacular sound design to transport you through a twisted and memorable audio thrill ride.

Mark Ramsey is a producer of the Ambie-nominated cinematic podcast Aftershock featuring Sarah Wayne Callies, David Harbour, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and the creator/writer/narrator of acclaimed podcasts like Inside Psycho, Inside The Exorcist, Inside JAWS, and more. For Dark Sanctum he collaborates with his Inside partner and sound designer Jeff Schmidt, who is also known for his work on the podcasts-turned-television hits such as Dirty John and Dr. Death. The cast boasts the considerable voice talents of Bethany Joy Lenz (One Tree Hill, Dexter), Clive Standen (Vikings, Doctor Who), and Michael O’Neill (Jack Ryan, Dallas Buyers Club).

  • Season 1 finale released 1 Mar 2023
  • 7 episodes
  • Listening time: 2h 29m
  • Season 2 slated for Mar 2024
  • 😨😱🫨

Evo's notes: There are plenty of big stars, but also... audio itself is one of the stars of the series. As Mark tells me, "Audio is fundamental to my choice of stories and the way the stories unfold."


Cover art - The Rat King

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The Rat King

dramatized urban fantasy thriller from The Shrill Collective

The Shrill Collective presents: The Rat King by L.R. Wild. The Rat King is a serialized, thriller, fiction podcast that weaves magical realism with urban mythology.

Content warning: Contains adult content including descriptions and instances of stalking and violence.

The Shrill Collective is women-led independent nonprofit theater company dedicated to incubating new works, challenging the cis-male-dominated canon, and using art to benefit community organizations.

  • Series complete as of 24 Feb 2023
  • 7 episodes
  • Listening time: 4h 25m
  • 🐀👑🐀

Evo's notes: This story just gripped me. From concept to performance to excellent audio... it's great!

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Season Finales & Finished Series

Did I mention I'm sick? Yeah. I am.

Cover art - Murphy

Dramatized scifi from Ghostly Muse Productions

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Murphy

Follow Murphy, Jack, and Elliot as they travel across the UK and Europe in search of creatures from folktales. Soon they realize something dark is at work, and must find the source before it’s too late.

  • Season 1 finale released 12 Jul 2023
  • 6 episodes
  • Listening time: 5h 31m
  • Season 2 slated for Oct 2024
  • 🐺🧚🌊

Cover art - The Four Boys Club

Narrated thriller from Shaurya Arya-Kanojia

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The Four Boys Club

A series of short stories, which covers the worlds of four 15-year-olds: Shanky Vai, Baalan “Bandem” Asra, Ankur “Anpag” Benza, and Mompy Arda. Part coming-of-age and part drama/suspense, it has been inspired by Stephen King’s The Body/Stand By Me.

  • Season 1 finale released 8 Jul 2023
  • 13 episodes
  • Listening time: 1h 48m
  • Season 2 is pending
  • 🫣🤔 🙂

Cover art - Wrong Turn At Alpine

Dramatized urban fantasy comedy from Melanie DuPuy Media Group

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Wrong Turn At Alpine

A local news team stumbles into a 'Mystery Lights Viewing Station’ in small town Alpine and the only way out is 'to get a healing’ but who does these healings? A small group of under-qualified shamans who are currently under the suspicious eye of a menacing religious order called I.G.W.T. 

  • Season 1 finale released 29 Jun 2023
  • 7 episodes
  • Listening time: 1h 59m
  • Season 2 starts Jan 2024
  • 🌲🪶⚡️

Cover art - Climate Change and Other Small Talk

Dramatized climate fiction from Sunny Drake & Why Not Theatre

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Climate Change and Other Small Talk

Feeling overwhelmed by the looming threat of climate change? We’ve got you! This theatrical podcast is here to hold your hand through the scary stuff and entertain you at the same time. Learning about how to survive the apocalypse has never been so fun.

  • Series complete as of 14 Jun 2023
  • 9 episodes
  • Listening time: 3h 31m
  • 💚 🌎 🎭

Cover art - The Patron Saint of Suicides

Dramatized crime thriller from Alex Dolan & Realm

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The Patron Saint of Suicides

Haven Otomo spends her spare time saving people from jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. She also owns a private suicide hotline. When a rash of suicides hits the city, a detective reaches out for her help on the investigation, and her insight into why people kill themselves.

  • Series complete as of 26 Apr 2023
  • 3 seasons, 35 episodes
  • Listening time: 14h 54m
  • 😮🚆💀

Cover art - Modem Prometheus

Narrated urban fantasy from Namtao

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Modem Prometheus

Modem Prometheus is a podcast of modern folktales. These are the stories of the kerbside, the transmitter mast, the shadows between buildings.

Mental-health focused with a cast of LGBT & POC performers.

  • Season 1 finale released 10 Sep 2022
  • 10 episodes
  • Listening time: 5h 34m
  • Season 2 now releasing
  • 🌕👻📡

Cover art - The Day Everything Changed

Dramatized sci-fi from Riffage Media

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The Day Everything Changed

The Day Everything Changed is an audio drama about two broken families navigating through a post-apocalyptic world threatened by “sick” and other deadly scavengers in search of sanctuary.

  • Series complete as of 1 Mar 2022
  • 2 seasons, 9 episodes
  • Listening time: 2h 44m
  • 😧😭☠️

Cover art - Greenhouse

Narrated epistolary romcom from Lillian Holman & Atypical Artists

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Greenhouse

GREENHOUSE is an anxious audio love story about a recluse writer and a lonely florist who learn, letter by letter, that the world is a whole lot brighter when you have someone to share your story with.

  • Series complete as of 7 Dec 2020
  • 19 episodes
  • Listening time:2h 01m
  • 🌹💌🏳️‍🌈

New Seasons Coming Soon

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Presented by Radio Drama Revival, one of the internet’s longest-running anthology audio drama shows, with the goal of showcasing the diversity and vitality of modern audio fiction.

Returning on 17 Jul 2023

Tower 4, a dramatized mystery thriller from 7 Lamb Productions, returns for Season 3.

• 20 current episodes
• Listening time:9h 58m
• 🌲🔥📻

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Returning on 3 Aug 2023

Small Victories, a dramatized modern fiction story from WGC Productions, returns for Season 2.

• 9 current episodes
• Listening time: 2h 18m
• 😗🫣😝

Cover art - Small Victories

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Returning on 8 Aug 2023

The Strata, a dramatized scifi series from Mark R. Healy, returns for Season 9.

• 50 current episodes
• Listening time:22h 10m
• 🦾🤖👩‍💻

Cover art - The Strata

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