The Tunnels podcast is a case of Fact Stranger than Fiction. A little town called Griffin in Georgia lies just 45 minutes south of Atlanta. Griffin is known for its filming locations for projects such as The Hunger Games and The Walking Dead. However, under the town of Griffin lives much more real and insidious places than anything Hollywood could create. Under Griffin lie the tunnels.

The series is an investigative journalism podcast. Robert Chauncey seeks to discover the reality behind what might be an urban legend in his town. Chauncey did not grow up in Griffin, but has lived there for the past ten years. He began hearing stories about the tunnels and became curious. As he begins to research, he develops theories about what kind of tunnels they are, and if they’re real or not.

Further research uncovers that nearly everyone in Griffin has heard at least something about these mythic tunnels. Stories about homeless people inhabiting them, to escaped convicts and insane asylum breakouts using the tunnels to reach freedom. One story states the tunnels were used to sneak booze from speakeasy to speakeasy during prohibition. Several stories connect, but many lead, like the tunnels, off into the abyss. Some people have never heard of the tunnels. Others are unwilling to speak to him, or are unsure.

As Chauncey talks to more people related to Griffin, he learns more disturbing stories about the tunnels. A vast network of them lay beneath the town, more than just one or two, but an expanse branching out like the roots of a massive tree. He also hears multiple accounts of a skittering noise that occurs when the tunnels are disturbed, with numerous victims in its wake. As if dark, weblike tunnels weren’t creepy enough. What lives in these tunnels? Is it still alive now?

This podcast is definitely creepy. It is self described as a “serialized docudrama” on TunnelsPodcast.com and was inspired by a real urban legend about the tunnels underneath Griffin. In fact, if you look up “Griffin, Georgia tunnels” on Google, at least twelve links pop up referencing these tunnels and other elements mentioned in the show so far, such as the Spaulding Institute. These links are totally unrelated to the podcast.

This podcast reminds me strongly of Small Town Horror with the delivery of TANIS or the Black Tapes. Chauncey’s delivery is at all at once calm and collected, but carries an urgency that makes the podcast an edgy, harrowing listen.

The Tunnels is a new podcast in its first season of production. Robert Chauncey is the host. It is, at present, just three episodes long, so now is the perfect time to get involved in this riveting podcast. You can listen to episodes of The Tunnels on iTunes, SoundCloud, TunnelsPodcast.com, and Stitcher. Follow them on Twitter, @TunnelsPodcast