There will be spoilers for Rose Drive in this spotlight review. I highly recommend listening first. The word “cinematic” should not be used lightly for an audio-based medium; it is linked tightly with sweeping musical scores against a visual backdrop. …
“ICONography” Smartly Dissects Myths and Realities of Historical Icons
A place is not just defined by its geographical borders and its people, but by their memories, histories, and stories—its icons. An icon, real or imagined, is not just a religious work of art, but any person, object, concept, or …
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The Interlaced Fate of Music and Humanity in the “Marsfall” Second Season Finale
Marsfall, a science-fiction podcast following a group of colonizers after they have landed on Mars, grapples with the subsequent horrors they have to face, both from within and from outside. The season two finale, “Chapter 17 – Chip”, witnesses an epic …
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First Look: Time-Traveling Train of “The 12:37” is Lively, Honest, and Queer
Usually, boarding the wrong train means you have to text your date to tell them you’re going to be late. Unfortunately for Nora Pacinelli, she’s probably going to be really late–or maybe perfectly on time–since she appears to have boarded …
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HartLife NFP’s “Unwell” is Both a Quiet Example and Direct Subversion of Midwestern Gothic
The creeping, quiet dread of the desolate Midwest—those distant areas where there’s nothing but corn, a gas station, and one ancient diner for miles—is the ideal setting for the terror and dysfunction that lives inside the Gothic family home, like …
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“The Response” Passes the Microphone to Disaster-Affected Communities
It isn’t easy to provide nuanced and descriptive reports on natural disasters without taking up a huge amount of time, but The Response manages, with apparent ease, to consider one angle to each of three natural disasters in the United …
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Janus Descending Weaves Beauty into Tragic Horror
(The following review contains minor spoilers for tangential narrative elements.) The tragedy inside modern horror is an element sometimes not well-played for me, either overdone or undercooked. Janus Descending, a space horror set on a distant planet with evidence of …
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First Look: “Minefire” Summons Demons and Psychics for a Wild Romp
I can think of no better demon-hunting dream team than a human who makes bad decisions with ouija boards, the demon entity she summons, and said demon’s perpetually annoyed psychic friend. When a seance goes awry, Rob finds herself stuck …
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First Look: “Dark Dice” is Immersive, Action-Packed Horror Actual Play
Immersive in-character conversation and sound design are the two aspects of any actual play podcast most likely to get me hooked. Fool and Scholar Production’s actual play podcast, Dark Dice, is a horror podcast made up of Game Master and …
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First Look: “Timestorm” Celebrates Puerto Rican History for Young Adults
I got an advance listen of @cocotazomedia's TIMESTORM and if you want great representation, fun young adult audio, and consideration of the interlocking of current and historical events, this is the podcast for you.
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