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.

Whence Came You: Podcast Review

Whence Came You, the Masonic podcast hosted by Bro. Robert Johnson, is something of an anomaly for me in my podcast feeds. I am subscribed to a boatload of audio dramas, podcasts about mythology, true crime podcasts, shows about writing and other aspects of creative careers, and Whence Came You, the only show which is more or less targeted towards an organization. I added the show to the list of shows to check out about two years ago now after seeing the title with no other information on a suggested listening list online (though I confess the list in question may have misunderstood what it was, as it was next to a row of audio dramas), and have been glad I did ever since.

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.

“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: Creedence Clearwater Revival Hour

Do you need someone to take you to church? Do you need a pastor in your life? Do you need the "good book" to guide your way? Do you know what the "good book" is? Do you have a real sense of what a pastor actually does? What exactly is it that parishioners do when there is a Sunday service going on? If you know, head down to Beavertail, and let Pastor Creedence Clearwater know, he'd really appreciate the help. And if you'd rather listen to someone really learning by doing, check out the Creedence Clearwater Survival Revival Hour!..

Audio Drama Sunday: We’re Alive

Like many people, "We're Alive" was one of the first audio dramas that I listened to when I delved into the new (to me) world of television for the ears. Early on in my listening experience, I was hooked by the depth and execution of the foley work, the realism of the characters' choices, and how Kc Wayland managed to bring a new and believable villain to the world of zombies. "We're Alive," in a lot of ways, is better than shows like "The Walking Dead," a powerhouse of the zombie genre...

KCRW’s “Here Be Monsters” : Podcast Review

A podcast about the unknown. And fear, impromptu home surgery, beetles that are fed with meat, and a guy that hangs out in the graves he's dug before the dead people are brought over (by the funeral home, relax). But mostly fear. The brainchild of a young and worried about the world and future and things in the world that are in the future man named Jeff Entmen, "Here Be Monsters" is a podcast which is best described as a curated collection of existential crises. But that's not all there is to it.

Audio Drama Sunday: The Bunker

Quick question: if you were stuck in the far future post-apocalypse, still had a mid to late 20th century radio for some reason, and needed to reminisce about the before-times, where would you turn to?  The Bunker, obviously!  Hosted by some of the most ancient beings to walk (under) (part of) the Earth, The Bunker…