Welcome, welcome! And thanks for joining us for another round of audio drama. This show, we take one last dip into the “participating witness” stories and get in a third visit to the Otherverse with the episode “Crossfade“. And we also welcome two new production groups to the show – Critical Point Theatre with The Grayscale series, and Jocelyn DeVore with her mischevious band of characters in Poplar Cove.
The Grayscale and Poplar Cove both surround the mysterious and unusual in very different ways. The Grayscale, for instance, is a podcast anthology series of the strange and unnatural, almost in a ‘Twilight Zone’ sort of fashion. Their story this show, “Applaud My Friends, the Comedy is Over,” comes from Beethoven’s dying words, and inspired writer Andrew Terrance Kaberline to develop a world where laughter and other emotions no longer exist, thanks to the work of The Collective – a world that comes into play in many other Grayscale stories. We then go from the “unnerving” type of strange to the amused, as Poplar Cove crafts an episodic series of a town that worships the Elder Gods and nothing is really as it seems. It’s typical to go down the road of horror, but instead Poplar Cove is a Lovecraftian telenovela farce that feels more like amused daytime drama than spooky unknowns. This show we here Episode 1, “The Stranger in the Small Town“, where we’re introduced to a few inhabitants of Poplar Cove and some of the weird “quirks” of the town. We hope you enjoy The Grayscale and Poplar Cove; we’ll have them back for the next two weeks as well! Happy listening!