Author: Carolyn Ducker

Podcast Review: The Far Meridian

  From the Creators of ars Paradoxica comes The Far Meridian! The Far Meridian is a new podcast about conquering fears, friendship, and lighthouses.  Hesperia (Peri) is a young woman with agoraphobia who wakes up one morning to a blackout. Trying to convince herself to calm down, she looks outside. “This can’t be happening” she vocalizes, “the cliffs aren’t there, the ocean isn’t there.” Because her lighthouse has moved, she has no power. There’s no one to deliver groceries to her. Peri has to learn to deal with her newly traveling house, and overcome her anxiety about the outside...

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Top 5 Horror Serial Podcasts to Check Out

This Halloween season, there are so many podcasts to check out. The horror genre is full to the brim on iTunes. So, what should you check out this year as you deck the spooky halls? Here is a top 5 list of Horror Serial podcasts to check out this year!  Number 5: Diana’s Monster On the night of Diana Harris’s birth (July 23, 1970), a monster crawled through the Evanston, Texas. On Diana’s 23rd birthday, she was seen carrying seven bodies into a warehouse, where a fire engulfed them all. These are Diana Edith Harris’s last known whereabouts. Martin...

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Podcast Review: MABEL

Mabel is one of the best current horror podcasts out there! Its unique storytelling and atmosphere really make this a stand-out among modern podcasts of the genre. Mixing familiar elements like ghosts, labyrinths, and mystery with modern technology make this podcast a chillingly familiar tale. This podcast is fresh, intriguing, and exciting. It’s perfect to listen to at night, especially around Halloween!  Plot of Mabel Mabel tells the story of a live-in carer, Anna Limon exploring the house of her charge, Sally Martin. Anna tries to contact the woman’s granddaughter, Mabel Martin. Mostly, she wants to ask a question...

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LORE Podcast Gets Amazon Prime Treatment and Friday the 13th Release

Lore, Aaron Mahnke’s nonfiction horror podcast, is getting its own Amazon Prime TV Series. Lore has been around since 2015 and continuously ranks in the Top 100 podcasts downloaded on iTunes.  The first book in a three part series will be released on October 10th (signed copies can be preordered here ). And on Friday, October 13, Lore, the series, is streaming on Amazon Prime. What to Expect The podcast tells the true origins of some of the most pervasive myths, superstitions, and urban legends in the world. This podcast is delivered like a spooky bedtime story. Lore has been incredibly successful and...

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Podcast Review: ROVER RED

If choose-your-own adventure stories are  your kind of party, Rover Red: Alone in an Apocalypse is for you! Rover Red is a unique podcast that is wholly listener driven. Vote on plot points, submit suggestions, and add your voice to the story!  Plot  Leah (the Rover Red) is trapped in the Otherwhere, a place where “silt runs beneath the sand like water in a stream”.  Her only companion is E.V.i.E., her recorder/narration device. Leah’s self appointed mission? Find her brother, Jonah, who was kidnapped and taken from the compound. However, they cannot return home. Along with the ever present threat...

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Podcast Review: THEATRE OF TOMORROW

“From the first stories told in firelit caves, to the electronically recorded messages of deep space…” comes the Theatre of Tomorrow! The Theatre of Tomorrow is a science fiction podcast reminiscent of The Twilight Zone and H.G. Wells‘ War of the Worlds.  The sound quality of The Theatre of Tomorrow draws the listener in from the introduction. The minor pops and slight white noise makes the listener nostalgic for old radio shows. Fans of The Orbiting Circus of the Air will enjoy how this show is put together. It has the feel of old school radio casts with its...

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Wolf 359: Listen Before It’s Gone!

Wolf 359 is right in the middle of its fourth and final season. The Webby nominated sci-fi serial takes place aboard the USS Hephaestus. The story is told through the (often unreliable) communications log of officer Doug Eiffel. As the space station Hephaestus orbits the red dwarf Wolf 359 (also of Star Trek fame), it broadcasts out into the black of space, hoping to find signs of other intelligent life.  One of the most unique shows to come out of the podcast boom, this audio drama is not to be missed. Over the past four seasons, the crew of...

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BLACK MIRROR Recap: (S03E03) Shut Up and Dance

Put a piece of tape over your webcam before you watch this next episode of Black Mirror. Blackmailers have you. Spoilers ahead. A woman in a hoodie walks up to a car, sticking something under the rear tire well. She communicates something via her phone, and leaves. Cut to the interior of a diner. Its the midday rush. A young man is cleaning dishes into the trash. He notices a child has left a toy. He returns it to the child, offers a small smile, and returns to his duties. Meet Kenny This teenager, Kenny (Alex Lawther) returns from...

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5 Best New Fiction Podcasts of 2016

2016 was an incredibly creative year for fiction podcasts. NightVale Presents alone released three new podcasts, GE released two, and various independent producers took a crack at their own stories. Whatever a listener’s taste, they were likely to find it in 2016. From horror, to fantasy, science fiction, and others, 2016 delivered in a big way.  To make the list, podcasts had to be fiction, and had to begin in 2016. The season did not have to be completed in 2016. This is the list of the top 5 best new fiction podcasts of 2016. Life.After Life.After, one of...

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BLACK MIRROR Recap: (S03E02) Playtest

Imagine a world where horror gaming has reached new heights. Images can now be directly implanted into one’s brain. This is the world of Playtest, the second episode in the third season of the Netflix/BBC original, Black Mirror. Written by Charlie Brooker, this episode is not for the faint of heart (But are any Black Mirror episodes for the faint of heart?) Spoilers ahead. Globetrotter Cooper (Wyatt Russell) , an American citizen, has grown tired of his stagnant life at home with his mother. In an effort to escape, Cooper sneaks out of the house and onto a plane bound for Sydney, Australia. From there he...

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