We’re back with both dark and light tales of horror and the supernatural this week, as we continue our listen to episodes from The Grayscale and Poplar Cove podcasts. Last week we didn’t get much chance to dive into the meat and potatoes of these two groups, so this time around we’re taking a few minutes as well to look at how these two podcasts got started, and some of their other audio drama and podcast ventures as well.
First up for the evening is The Grayscale, an audio drama series under the umbrella of CPT Broadcast, the audio storytelling side of Critical Point Theatre in NYC. The series is run by Dylan James Amick, edited by Chelsea Rugg, and created by Matthew Schott & Andrew Terrance Kaberline; delivering its storytelling in a traditional anthology series, a-la Twilight Zone – that is to say, not only does each story stand on it’s own, but takes a look different aspects of human behavior and throws a twist on it. This show we have a story from their third season, entitled “Regarding Your Primary Care“- guaranteed to sound the warning bells in the back of your mind as a patient with amnesia finds herself trapped in a treatment plan supposedly of her own design.
After that, things get a little weird and a lot more lighthearted – a possible abnormality for a Lovecraftian tale. Poplar Cove is written, directed, and produced by Jocelyn DeVore, who has brought the characters to life with the help of her friends in a local writing group. Developed from an idea of smashing together opposing genres, Poplar Cove is a fun little slice-of-life about a weird town, in a weird place, with weird goings-on. It would have been easy to take this down the path of dark and mysterious goings-on, but the lighter, quirkier comedy of the show makes it refreshing and fun to listen to. The show is currently wrapping up their first season and preparing for a second, while Jocelyn also works on another audio drama project involving B-movie scifi and pulp entitled “For Science!” As for this show, we take a listen to the second episode of the series, where quests are embarked on, people reunited and plans are made in “The Man in the Tall Tower“. Happy listening!