Women in Horror-Podcast Edition Part Two

Hello out there! I hope you are somewhere cool and not melting like me here in Berlin, with plus 30c weather that has been going non-stop for weeks. Welcome back to the Women in Horror monthly blog, I took a break last month because my partner and I got married! Then we took a well needed vacation. Now I'm back to my regular work schedule and am happy to get back into my project with the well awaited 2nd edition of the #womeninhorror podcast edition. If you haven't read the first part you can check it out HERE! This month we have a great mix of podcasts from audio dramas, haunted stories, horror movie pods and a comedy approach to creepy lore, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Break out your fans/spritzie bottles and chill out with some truly entertaining and engaging podcasts!

Gone Podcast-

Is an audio drama about a woman waking up to an empty world, void of people. She records her hours puzzling together what has happened. I love (like LOVE) the protagonists voice - Sunny Moraine the creator of the audio drama, she creates such an ambiance with her voice that pulls you in and keeps you there. I'm a person who needs a good narrator when it comes to audio dramas, podcasts, audiobooks etc so this hooked me from the first episode.

The story feels so personal, it hits me on a deeper level. I can put myself in the protagonists place and see how I would react to the current trauma of her world. Would I be brave? Would I curl up and die from anxiety? It's a story that I feel a lot of people can empathize with, many of us have this fear of being alone. So what happens when you are utterly alone? Devoid of all people, living things. It's a scary thought.

I am still in the beginning 10 episodes of the podcast, because I want to take it slow and absorb the story. I have a tendency to rush through things and with this I'd like to take my time, because it deserves my time. It's similar to reading a book you really connect with and not wanting it to be over.

There are full episodes every other Wednesday and others that are in between called interludes, which are these kind of poetic theatre breaks giving the story more background into the characters. All professionally produced with excellent music and tone. Did I also mention it has a queer protagonist? No? Well it does! It's the cherry on top of the creepy sundae for me and what makes it a current favorite.

Go listen to it here on Podbean or if you have itunes it's there too!

Books in the Freezer-

The two hosts Rachel and Stephanie, talk about which horror/macabre books they are into in connection with the topic of the podcast for the week. My fav ones so far are the Queer Horror and the audiobooks episodes. Sometimes I find book pods don't go over audiobooks, which is a shame because they don't consider them to be "reading", which is not the case especially for those who are vision impaired and for some people like one of the hosts of Books in the Freezer, it is easier to comprehend a book via listening because they do better with audio learning. Which ever way you read is valid and I am happy they covered so many great horror audiobooks. Some classics they recommended were The Exorcist, Nosferatu which I will definitely be putting on my to read list because they said the narrators did such an excellent job.

The Queer horror episode was great too! Both hosts and guest Chelsea, of Not right Now I'm Reading podcast talk about their favorite queer horror books. I found out so many new authors and heard a few familiar names like the anthology created by Nightmare Magazine "Queers Destroy Horror", which I recently downloaded on my iPad. With such authors like Chuck Palahniuk and Alyssa Wong attached I am excited to get into this, once I am done with my current reading: Her Body and Other Stories which is also a horror anthology with stories with a focus on queer and women narratives by Carmen Maria Machado. Oh and the whole conversation surrounding The Picture of Dorian Gray was eye opening, as I did not know there were scenes cut from the original because they displayed queer affection/love. Plus the author who got me into horror reading Anne Rice gets a mention with The Vampire Lestat. In her books it was one of the first times I read about queer love as a young person and it really helped me feel comfortable in the early stages of when I really started identifying as bi-/pansexual. Representation matters! I hope to see more podcasts do queer horror themes, because it is so important to uplift marginalized creators.

One other thing I love about this podcast is they have show notes! I'm often scrambling to find a pen and write things down so to be able to go and check everything out on their webpage is a gift! Oh shout out as well, thank you for recommending the Gone Podcast!

Go have a listen over HERE or find them on Itunes !

Unearthly Podcast-

I love a good ghost story, I grew up with the sound of people in my house walking up and down hallways at night and when I looked out of my bedroom there was nothing there. I've seen green lit eyes open a door and look at me. I've felt something not flesh and blood grab my elbows in a loving way and comfort me at a low time in my teen years .

My life has been riddled with eerie events I can't explain by logic. When I was recommended to listen to the Unearthly podcast I was happily surprised to find the host retelling real life stories of people's experience with the paranormal. It lit a lantern in my heart and reminded me of all these encounters I've had. It also reminded me how alone I felt with these experiences. It is comforting to listen to other people's stories and also deeply creepy in some cases. I leave every time after I listen a little more haunted, a little more curious of the world we live in and always a question of what these spirits or creatures are?

I think my favorite episodes so far are Paranormal Pride and actually the first ever podcast she made called Nanny's Bear, which SUPER creeped me out. I really liked that the host started off the podcast with a personal experience of theirs as it brought a feeling of deeper connection to the narratives of hauntings. There's something so eerie when you listen to someone's tale of unexplained beings, abnormal silences, walking through a forest and having it go deathly still or waking up to the creeping feeling of something being in your house. The way she tells the story and describes her experience adds a layer of mystery and intrigue. I think about that story sometimes and ponder what could have been haunting her Grandparents house. I kinda want to make a painting of it actually, I will post about it on twitter when I'm done with it :)

Find and Enjoy Unearthly HERE !