Sunday, May 6, 2018

Different genres and none

Welcome to another Sunday playlist. This week, three fiction podcasts that weave in and around the supernatural.


Imaginary Advice

This show belongs in lots of different genres and none; it’s consistently one of my favourite things to listen to, but it’s very hard to describe. Producer Ross Sutherland tells weird and interesting stories, sometimes about himself and sometimes about other people, but he also does essays and amazing experiments with audio. You can dive in anywhere, but I like these episodes: “Exorcist Martin Cole”, “Six House Parties” and “Casino Exit”.


The Black Tapes

Old fashioned spooky stories told in a very recognisable podcast manner. I do think you need to start at the beginning with this one, since it’s a linear story — you can do that here.


The Bright Sessions

Really one of the best there is — a lovely, clever, compelling story that unfolds over four series, based on the “recordings” of a therapist called Dr Bright who treats patients with supernatural abilities. Again, probably best to start at the beginning, but I can’t wait until you get to episode 50, it’s a delight (send me a message when you do).


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