It came to my attention that I listen to a lot of podcast content but haven’t done anything on here podcast-related for a good few months. So here’s a list of some podcasts I have loved (finished series/ongoing in-between seasons) and some that I am loving right now (still ongoing).
They are mostly fiction with a couple looking at spooky aspects of history. If you listen to podcasts and are looking for something new and exciting to sink your teeth … ears into, I hope this post can be of some use to you.
This is probably one of the greatest things I have ever listened to, and to think I nearly passed on it because I wasn’t feeling something sciency at the time!
The basic premise of this one is that a young physicist, Dr Sally Grissom, whilst undertaking an experiment, accidentally creates time travel and lands smack-bang on the centre of a US military ship in 1943.
This awesome tale is told over roughly 40 episodes spanning three seasons. Everything from the storyline, to the characters, to the voice acting is superb and pretty much flawless. I honestly can’t rate this one highly enough.
The White Vault:
Status: Ongoing (Two complete series and a third part way through as of time of this writing)
I really liked the concept of this horror series that fans of John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’ will absolutely love. It is presented in the medium of found footage (text messages, voice recordings, video footage etc … and centres around a repair team sent to an installation in Iceland. The team, trapped at the station due to severe weather, soon find that they are not alone on the ice.
The first two seasons focus around the expedition to Iceland and the third season is a different set of characters sent to investigate a new site found in the Patagonian Andes. Sadly, I have not started season 3 yet, but am very much looking forward to it.
Status: Ongoing (2 complete seasons at time of writing)
This is another science-fiction podcast and, once again, I was blown away by the voice acting. It focuses on the first people to attempt to colonise Mars. More importantly, it focuses on everything that can, and does go wrong when mankind begin something vast and uncharted such as colonising a new world. Each episode is done from the POV of a different member of the expedition which gives the show a very unique feel to it.
There is so much to love about this Podcast and I am absolutely looking forward to season 3. Just hope it hurries up. Getting impatient for my next Marsfall fix.
The Magnus Archives:
Status: Ongoing (160 episodes as of this writing)
Right, now we get into the realms of ‘I have yet to write a review for the next few podcasts.
The Magnus Archives focuses on the head archivist at the Magnus Institute as he seeks to go through the vast array of content his institute has accumulated on paranormal and unexplained phenomena. Each episode is the archivist recording another story he has pulled out of the archive. Each story is 20 mins or so of creepy, horrory goodness. After each episode there is a 1-2 minute bit where he gives his opinion on the story and what his team have been able to dig up on the matter in their researches.
Each story is mildly linked in an overreaching arch that, even though I am only 22 episodes in, as of this writing, I can tell is going to be enthralling to say the least. This podcast is the reason my audio book listening is going to take a serious hit. I’m addicted and can’t get enough.
If you like the Nosleep podcast this will be perfect for you. I actually prefer it as, unlike the Nosleep podcast, I find the narration wonderful whereas I really didn’t get on with the Nosleep narration. It just sounded like the guy wanted to make even the most mundane of things sound interesting and it just came off as a bit smarmy and obnoxious. The voice actors are British, so if you enjoy English accents, this one will be for you.
Status: Ongoing (132 episodes as of this writing)
Every episode of Lore is a 30-40 minute dive into some of the world’s spooky/mythical/mysterious history and is one of the more interesting non-fiction podcasts out there. It covers a wide range of topics from hauntings to the origins of fairy tales, vampires, werewolves etc …
There are far more strange goings on and odd happenstances throughout history than we can ever imagine. This podcast brings a good deal of them to light.
It is so popular that Amazon has since made a TV series out of it.
The Cabinet of Curiosities:
Status: ongoing (160 episodes as of this writing)
This podcast is essentially the little brother of Lore. Where Lore deals with a topic in detail over a 40 minute period, The Cabinet of Curiosities gives you a ten minute bite-sized chunk of interesting titbits from history, focusing on similar subject matter as Lore. Each episode has two minisodes to it so each little ‘titbit’ is roughly 2-3 mins long.
It may not sound like much, but it is one of the most addictive podcasts I have ever listened to.