If you think that this recommendation is going to be all flower power and free love, you are going to be disappointed. I have an issue with places that market themselves as a utopia, a place free from worldly problems. It’s why I instantly recoil at any mention of a commune, it’s always a lie, and Ullara is no different.
Six Cold Feet by Josh Donellan is described as “a fiction anthology podcast about music, mystery, and the places we escape to when the real world disappoints us.” The first season is about a man named River, who’s sister, Harmony, went missing. River documents his search by creating a podcast, like The Box or Archive 81. As River’s search continues, you begin to learn more about his life and how he and his sister came to Ullara. There are hints throughout the early episodes that let you know that something isn’t quite right about River’s life in Ullara. Utopias always have a dark side hidden under the perfect facade.
Season one of Six Cold Feet finished February 2, 2018 with 10 episodes. Each episode is around 20 – 25 minutes so it’s really easy to binge listen.
Once I started this audio drama, I couldn’t stop until I finished all 10 episodes. The writing for this podcast in incredible, you will love every single second. I cannot wait for their next season.
Check out Six Cold Feet on Twitter, visit their website, and donate to their Patreon. Listen and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.
The cover art for Six Cold Feet was taken from their @SixColdFeet
As Georgia Hardstark says in My Favorite Murder podcast, “You’re in a cult, call your dad!” Unfortunately for this character, he can’t call his dad. As you can tell from the title and the first sentence, the recommendation involves a cult.
Heretic by Bryan Marler is about Jack and the doomsday cult he grew up in. Jack explains what it was like growing up in this cult, and the effect it had on him. There were three laws that the brothers and sisters of the cult had to follow:
- The word of the Prophet is the word of God. Obey the word of the Prophet.
- Transgressors of the word of the Prophet will be chastised.
- Blasphemers of the word of the Prophet are heretics, they will NOT be tolerated.
Jack eventually left the cult, but was he able to escape it?
Heretic started February 2, 2018 and has four episodes with a new one released every Monday. Trust me, you won’t want to miss this podcast. Bryan Marler really brought Jack to life and gives the listener a creepy experience.
I, like many, have an obsession with cults. I love religion, mythology, folklore, and the psychology involved in those topics, so it’s no surprise that I am also fascinated by cults. This audio drama is about a destructive cult that is like Waco and Jonestown where the members live on a compound. It is a frightening tale because as much as Jack believes that he has escaped, he hasn’t.
Check out Heretic on Twitter, and visit their website. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to them wherever you listen to podcasts.
Heretic cover art is from @hereticpod
I’m going to assume that you’ve all played video games and have watched movies. Whenever a place is named Haven or Sanctuary, it always ends up being some type of insidious scheme. People are either going to be servants of some monster overlord, they become test subjects for a large corporations, or it’s a combination of monsters and corporations. Y’all just need to stay away from places named Sanctuary, Zhu’s Hope, or Haven.
The Haven Chronicles by Patrick Pierson is about a group of soldiers and their investigation into Haven after receiving a distress signal from a scientist. The story is told by the team members explaining their version of events. But nothing is as it seems, and even their memories are being called into question. Each member’s story seems to be slightly different, but these differences are important. As the story continues, they begin to question reality and begin to question if they have actually left Haven. If I continue, I will run the risk of spoilers, and you should just go listen yourself. Just know that you should never trust a place called Haven.
I really love this podcast, as soon as you think you know what’s going on, there’s another twist. If you enjoy those reality bending stories, the ones where you question if it’s all in the character’s imagination, then you will love it. I recently listened to it again since new episodes came out, and I discovered things I missed the first time. I missed a few of the tv and movie references the first time I listened.
Find The Haven Chronicles on Twitter, and be sure to check out their website. Subscribe to them wherever you listen to podcasts. Also, if you enjoy it listening to the podcast, check out their patreon.
The Haven Chronicles cover art was taken from @HavenChronicles
I remember the good ol’ days back when I had a short list of fears:
- Losing my mom in a store
- The wooden sailor statue at the seafood restaurant
- The wolf monster that would snatch me from my bed if I wasn’t sleeping
- The monsters that lived in the vents
- Someone kidnapping me while using public restrooms
I could keep going, but it’s not actually a short list and it’s not important. What is important, is knowing that little Alex would’ve gladly strolled down a gravel road by themselves in the middle of the night. Thanks to Andy Garland, I won’t be going on any solitary, moonlit strolls down gravel roads, so I might make it to 28.
Duggan Hill by Andy Garland is about Sasha Ismond, who goes missing while just outside of Duggan Hill. Sasha just disappeared without a trace, the only clues available come from recordings of the last few phone calls made to her former partner, Zoe. Being the last person to talk to her, Zoe feels that it’s her duty to unravel the mystery surrounding Sasha’s disappearance. She travels to Duggan Hill to search for clues, but they lead to even more questions. Finding answers seems impossible when “What do you remember?” becomes a difficult question to answer.
Duggan Hill has an incredible cast and crew that come together to create the mysterious thriller. There are currently six episodes out, and you’ll enjoy every second.
This audio drama is full of twists and turns, you will not be able to guess what is coming. I love everything about this! I highly recommend listening to this podcast, you won’t be disappointed.
Be sure to check out Duggan Hill on Twitter, their website, and subscribe to the podcast wherever you listen.
Just in case you needed this warning, don’t go walking alone especially at night.
Duggan Hill art was by Kara LaRose
Yup, this is a superhero audio drama recommendation. BUT not just any superhero, it’s a superhero the world has desperately needed.
RedWing by JV Hampton-VanSant is about Jordan Redfield-Wade, a billionaire and private investigator. Jordan is also RedWing, the newest guardian of New Ark City. Not only is he dealing with the criminals of New Ark City, but he’s dealing with problems in his own life. RedWing isn’t the best or most experienced superhero, but he is trying his best. With his martial arts training, and his newly discovered super powers, RedWing will be a force to be reckoned with. Jordan’s real life is something of a mess, between his screwed up love life and the murder of his parents, he needs his alter ego, RedWing, to kick some ass.
The first season began January 1, 2018 and has three episodes so far and more to come. I honestly cannot wait to learn more about the origins of RedWing.
A queer person of color is the main character in this story! Let me say that one more time: A QUEER PERSON OF COLOR IS THE MAIN CHARACTER IN THIS STORY! This audio drama is full of representation! There’s even a non-binary character! I’m going to be honest, the only superhero I have ever liked before now has been Wonder Woman. But now, I have two superheroes to love. Listen and find out why I love RedWing just as much as Wonder Woman.
Follow RedWing on Twitter, check out their website, and be sure to subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. Also be sure to check out their patreon.
RedWing image was by Mikaela B
Allow me to introduce you to a delightful place within my home state of Ohio, called Knox County. When people think of Ohio, they might think of Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, or our unusual ability to drive people into space *insert eyeroll*. What people don’t know, is that Ohio is home to a rather large magical community in Knox County. We have a radio station that gives us all the news about the magical happenings of Knox County.
The Magical History of Knox County is a radio show that was originally hosted by Abigail Redwine with the station tech, Ned Jones, assisting. But when Abigail went missing while investigating something, the station decided to bring in a new host, Mordecai Dogwood, as a replacement. Mordecai is new to the magic scene, in fact he didn’t know that a magical community existed in Knox County. There are crime syndicates, local legends, mysterious disappearances, and a talking toad of indeterminate species.
The Magical History of Knox County was created by an amazing and talented group of people and recorded at Kenyon College, which is in Knox County. Season one is comprised of eight episodes and a short. I hope there will be a second season because this first one was truly incredible.
I want to give some interesting story about why I started listening to this podcast, but honestly it’s just slightly embarrassing. I started listening because it was about Ohio and had magic, which are two topics I love. Don’t be fooled by how fun and silly this podcast is in the beginning, because something dangerous lurks deep in the forests of Knox County, and you’ll need to listen to find out what.
If you find yourself in Knox County Ohio, be sure to tune into The Magical History of Knox County. You can follow them on twitter. Or visit their website, and be sure to subscribe to the podcast wherever you listen.
Cover art for The Magical History of Knox County was created by Colton Flick.
Hopefully from the title, you can see where I’m going with the first recommendation. Magic, I’m starting with magic.
Kalila Stormfire’s Economical Magick Services created and voiced by Lisette Alvarez is about a witch running a small business out of her apartment. Kalila attempts to deal with life after splitting from her coven under less than amicable circumstances. She struggles to deal with a negative reputation that won’t stop following her, in fact it seems that someone is making sure that it will always follow her. Kalila will be dealing with many real world problems too, not just those of a magical nature, but I don’t want to spoil your listening.
The first episode came out on February 1, 2018 and the next will be released on February 15. Their schedule is bimonthly on the 1st and 15th of every month.
I loved the first episode, you really get a feel for Kalila and some of the struggles she is facing. I found the character extremely relatable, Kalila is trying to change and be a better person, different from who she was. It’s a difficult journey, and I think that Lisette captures that extremely well. I’m excited to hear where this is going.
If you have a need for magical help, for instance someone may have place a certain spell upon your personhood, then contact Kalila Stormfire through twitter or her website. Also be sure to subscribe to the podcast wherever you listen. Don’t forget to check out her patreon too.
Cover Design for Kalila Stormfire’s Economical Magick Service was by Kristina Lakeway