Right up front: this show is pretty intense, laden with both horror elements and suggestive content. Think twice before playing it for someone under the age of 13. Or for your uncle who hides his squeamishness under a veil of machismo, but hides his face in a pillow every time that dinner scene with John Hurt pops up in the original Alien.
Yes, some moments are that intense as we return once more to the highly inventive horror of Folxlore and Death by Dying.
Did you ever feel like you were being watched? Not just a passing glance on the street – but observed. Scanned. Studied. That’s the premise of our first tale. It’s an offering from Folxlore, the series of queer-centric horror tales written by queer writers who hate queer-phobic tropes. It’s fresh, it’s exciting, and it’s going to have you nervously looking around everywhere you go to figure out who’s keeping their eyes on your every move.
If the thought of someone watching you to death has you paranoid, don’t think small town life will be any better than the big city. Statistically, violent crime can be even worse per capita in rural and small town life. Of course, you already knew that if you’ve heard the first two episodes of Death by Dying. That’s the series about an obituary writer for a small town newspaper in Iowa who learns there’s more – a lot more – to the recently departed listed in the back pages. This time, “Isaiah Died.”
The series is a great example of how a terrific idea can surface anywhere…even in school. The concept for Death by Dying was sparked in writer Evan Gulock by a college assignment to create a podcast episode for his class. He wanted his idea to have life long after it was graded, so he popped over to the campus audio drama club; club president Niko Gerentes agreed to help. Together, they turned it into the award-winning series we’ve been sampling.
Of course, we can’t leave you with an overwhelming sense of doom and dread. Well, we can, but we’re just not mean like that. So our triple play ends with another bit of light humor from the comedic crew at It’s All Been Done Radio Hour. This time, we visit Dame Judy Bench to learn whatever happened to her beloved missing pet. And whether the detective she hired to find her furry friend made things worse in the process.
Have a good laugh. It’ll chase the darkness away.