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Issue #50 | 17 Aug 2023

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Let's get to the stories for this week, shall we?

- Evo

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.

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Prestige

Dramatized historical fiction from Raenbo Media

A multi-protagonist period drama set in a post-revolutionary Haiti that asks the central question: How far will people go for power?

  • Season 1 finale released 6 Jan 2023
  • 8 episodes
  • Listening time: 1h 25m
  • Will there be a Season 2?
  • 🇭🇹👗🏰

Evo's notes: A nicely done bit of international historical fiction that is all too familiar.


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The Lesser Dead

Dramatized thriller from Echoverse & SALT

THE LESSER DEAD is an immersive audio drama about a disparate group of vampires living in the wild-and-wooly world of 1978 New York City.

Our narrator Joey Peacock (Jack Kilmer) — an irreverent, eternally-young 19-year-old — introduces us to his unconventional family and its formidable leader, Margaret McMannis (Minnie Driver), who has built a home for all of them under the subways of the city. Margaret’s strict rules have kept them safe and secure for decades… Until one night when Joey’s discovery of three little kid vampires turns their world upside-down forever.

  • Series complete as of 6 Jun 2023
  • 8 episodes
  • Listening time: 3h 53m
  • 🧛🕺🗽

Evo's notes: The talent on this show knocks it out of the park. No sparkly vampires here. Just some funky ones. And wow... what an ending!

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Season Finales & Finished Series

The first four shows in this list are fully complete. A record, I think! Binge away!

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Dramatized scifi from Fearless Fred Kennedy & Curiouscast

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Mud 79 - A Fan Made Star Wars Story

Star Wars meets Platoon. Solomon Kwai is one of countless youths from across the galaxy who find themselves in the Imperial Army four years after the Clone Wars and before the rise of The Empire, because the battle is not over.

Features a diverse cast, and all advertising dollars earned by Fred Kennedy goes to the Make A Wish Foundation.

  • Series complete as of 17 Aug 2023
  • 12 episodes
  • Listening time: 8h 58m
  • 🌌💪🪖
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Dramatized mystery mockumentary from El Extraordinario

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Blum

An Art History student disappears while working on her thesis about Ursula Blum, a avant-garde painter from the 20th century. Five years later, a journalist decides to travel to Switzerland to continue the investigation and narrate in a podcast what she discovers about the mystery surrounding both women.

This is a Spanish-to-English release with backing from Switzerland Tourism.

  • Series complete as of 16 Aug 2023
  • 9 episodes
  • Listening time: 3h 16m
  • 🕵️‍♀️🖌️🇨🇭
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Dramatized scifi mystery from Sentinel Studios

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Homicide at Heavensgate

When a mysterious guest is found dead during the grand opening of a new lunar resort, two detectives are sent to investigate. What they find is a rich assortment of potential suspects, and the emergence of a mystery that goes deeper than they imagined.

One of the lead characters is a detective with Dwarfism, and is played by a actor with Dwarfism.

  • Series complete as of 11 Aug 2023
  • 6 episodes
  • Listening time: 3h 5m
  • 🌔☠️🕵️‍♂️
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Dramatized slice-of-life anthology from James Kim & Overtones Media

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You Feeling This

A fiction podcast mixtape about love, the people who make up Los Angeles County, and how the heartbreak, the yearning, and the need for connection is something everyone is searching for. These are the stories that define the people of Los Angeles.

The majority of the cast, crew, writers and performers are all PoC, identify as LGBTQ+, or are women.

  • Series complete as of 28 Jun 2023
  • 13 episodes
  • Listening time: 4h 01m
  • 🌆🫂🛟
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Dramatized scifi comedy from Amy Thorstenson & Littlest Viking Productions

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Dear Earth, I'm Really Sorry

When the greatest inventor on Earth disappears, it’s up to his disaster-prone son and his Frankenstein daughter to save the world… then accidentally destroy it… then save it again.

Highlights queer and women's voices in the often male-dominated realm of scifi.

  • Season 1 finale released 10 Mar 2022
  • 8 episodes
  • Listening time: 7h 19m
  • Season 2 slated for Nov 2023
  • 🤖🔬💥
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Dramatized erotic thriller from Xperience J & Shhh! Jus' Listen Media

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Kiss: The Audio Series

Some believe that a kiss is one of the most intimate connections that two people can share, but when it comes to Washington, D.C.'s Lipstick Serial Killer; a mere kiss could easily equate to death.

A BIPOC-created podcast.

  • Season 1 finale released 17 Apr 2020
  • 7 episodes
  • Listening time: 1h 58m
  • Season 2 slated for Sep 2024
  • 💋🔪🙅🏾‍♂️

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 24 Aug 2023:

Old Gods of Appalachia, a narrated horror anthology from DeepNerd Media & Rusty Quill, returns for Season 4.

• 50 current episodes
• Listening time: 27h 15m
• 🧑‍🌾🧺👹

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Returning on 28 Aug 2023:

The Royals of Malibu , a dramatized fiction tale from Diversion Audio & Pod People, returns for Season 2.

• 13 current episodes
• Listening time: 6h 21m
• 🌆💵💦

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Returning on 15 Sep 2023:

Mansfield Mysteries, a dramatized comedy mystery from The QuaranTeam Group, returns for Season 9.

• 9 current episodes
• Listening time: 3h 29m
• 🍸🔪🔎

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Project Pulse, a dramatized cyberpunk series from Eyes Shut Studio, returns for Season 2.

• 8 current episodes
• Listening time: 2h 01m
• ⚔️🎮♿️

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