Audio Drama Sunday: The Deep Vault

On a scale of 1-10, how claustrophobic are you? Killer robot-ophobic? Generally afraid of dying in a post-apocalyptic wasteland in an underground bunker that was supposed to be the salvation of humanity, but is instead a cavalcade of horrors and nightmares? If the serious answer is above like a 3 for the last one, here and now in the real world, you presumably live in a war zone or own a bunker yourself. If that's not the case, and you'd like to find out how it works out for our intrepid- heroes(?), survivors(?), poor souls(?)- well, people, Alex, Carson, and Jeremy, then welcome to The Deep Vault.

There’s A Shark In The Pool

When I was a kid, I used to imagine that there was a shark in the pool. Well, I should qualify that statement: when I was the first person in the pool, I used to look into the pool and objectively know it was empty. I also would objectively know that a body of water that size could hide jellyfish, sharks, or the occasional moray eel. Or stingray. Or whatever else lives in the ocean and tries to eat at you...

Audio Drama Sunday: The Behemoth

Quick question, don't think about it: a literal giant with tree branches growing out of his head appears out of the water, and do you: A) run screaming at the horror of a literal giant appearing out of the ocean, you knew there were monsters in there, you just knew it; B) check the news to see how the military is going to take care of this, it's what they do, isn't it? It is, isn't it? or C) follow him and eventually hitch a ride on his shoulder to see if he does stuff or is just on the longest mission to get nibbles on the other side of the country? ...Madyson picks C, because that's the obvious answer. Welcome to the world of The Behemoth, the first audio drama published by the now prolific Rick Coste of Modern Audio Drama.

May The Dinosaurs Be With You

I told the children a story Sunday. Well, I told the entire congregation a story during my sermon. The children are hardest to reach, you know? When the music stops and the service is almost over, all they're really doing is waiting for me to shut up so they can go out and play. I can't say I blame them. Not really...

“Welcome to Night Vale” by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor: Fiction Book Review

A friendly desert community where the sun is always screaming, the sky is full of strange arrows and patterns, and next door to a desert otherworld which holds the absolutely terrible Desert Bluffs and their monstrous radio host, Kevin. Damn them and their Smiling God. But that's not what we're talking about here. Well, mostly. For those listening to the podcast Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, the novel by the same name by the authors by the same name is something of a love song. For those new to the world of Night Vale, it's radio station host, and it's dog park that is open to the public and also under a permanent ban against all dogs, it is likely a weird experience in post-irony, love, loss, and shape shifting. But more on that later...

Audio Drama Sunday: Help Me

What happened to Olivia? What's happening to Nicole Keene? Enter the world of "Help Me," a new twist on the found footage style of audio drama. The show follows the attempts by Nicole to track down the cause of her friend's death, only to find out that there's something darker chasing her too...

The Tunnel of Books

Imagine a tunnel. It doesn't matter where it is, but you're inside a tunnel. You walk along, in the dark, and you have no idea where you are, or what the walls are made out of, but it doesn't feel like stone, or anything else you might expect to find in a tunnel.