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By Shyno Baby Paul

Fiction Podcasts in 2021

23 March 2021

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The Courtship of Mona Mae

She is a hard-headed rancher trying to find her mother. Mona Mae's mother was sold away during slavery. A western love story coming from the production stables of Harlem Queen, this new podcast 'The Courtship of Mona Mae' stands out with cinematic sound design and endearing characters. This tale has a softer side which is usually missing in most westerns. The first episode sets the bar for how emotionally invested you’ll be getting into Mona Mae’s journey.

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Murray Mysteries

Murray Mysteries, the podcast, offers a refreshing modern take on the age old vampire classic Dracula. In this new version, Mina Murray is a puzzle loving 20-something podcaster whose best friend Lucy gets a mysterious illness and whose longtime boyfriend straight up disappears.

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The Candyman

The Candyman, is fictitious true crime investigative series about what really happened to the children that entered the infamous candy factory in 1971. At the rudder of the The Candyman are two hosts and an intern, who find out that everything about the book and movie was based on real life events. It is dramatic and outlandish, with cleverly understated sound design that only adds to the brilliant comedic premise.

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The Ravages: A Love Story

The Ravages: A Love Story, is an experimental audio drama which tells a tale of a stranger who persuades an actor for help. Convinced they already knew one another in another life. The premise is sci-fi like with a dash of romance which feels like a blend of 'Russian Doll' and 'About Time', elevated with fantastic sound design

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The Isolation Chamber

This one is a psychedelic fiction podcast about a character called Brendan, who seeks treatment for self-doubt, finds the strange Dr Miller, and soon realizes the cure comes from within. The Isolation Chamber is a cerebral journey, uncertain and strange but held together by nonsensical sequences of different characters that add humor and surrealism to Brednon’s existential crisis. The sound design is similar to the 2001: A Space Odyssey and early Danny Elfman film scores

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From An Island

This audio drama podcast plays out with found audio files ranging from voice notes to news reports, and each episode leaves you wanting to know more about this strange island that seems to have its own political infrastructure and society separate from everywhere else. The audio pieces are cut and weaved in a way that feels like a ransom note, creating an urgency to piece it together before it’s too late.

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The Hunt for the Flying Dutchman

Solomon Calloway and Eli Winters are best friends. They have been treasure hunting all their lives. In this podcast they steal one treasure which delivers far more than they bargained for. The pair have the same chaotic thief dynamic as Tulio and Miguel in The Road to Eldorado, and the fun, swashbuckling sound design envelopes you in their misadventures

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Speak of the Devil

Speak of the Devil is an anthology series; each story is written by a different writer and focuses on themes of anxiety, insecurity, and living in a male-dominated world. It’s a slice of life series that starts with the episode “Hair Suit,” a painfully relatable internal monologue of Marnie, who has forgotten to shave before swimming. This podcast weaves in voices and events in a way that makes you feel less alone.

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The Family Dragon Slayer

This audio drama podcast is an actual play whose players are a family who all live under one roof. Listen to the part where the DM explains the game mechanics to their child, who has never played in a campaign before. The players’ characters are incredibly fun, and the NPCs are well crafted by the DM. It is genuinely a joy to listen to this family settle into the game and create a story together.

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Unwanted

Ben and Grant have been escaping work all their lives. But they stumble upon a recently escaped murderer, they decide they can try their hand at bounty hunting. Unwanted builds a world of characters that you can easily visualize and relate to (but hopefully not too much). The seamlessly layered sound design makes it feel like you’re eavesdropping in on the conversations and allows for easy immersion in every bad decision Ben and Grant make for the sake of making money.

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Maker’s Misfits

Six friends came together to make Maker’s Misfits. It's an actual play based on 'Pathfinder' ,The Extinction Curse', In their first campaign, The Circus of Wayward Wonders comes to town, and the troupe is ready to show off their performances. However, much like any other circus, things get a bit chaotic and not everything goes as smoothly as planned.

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Wet Sock on a Sore Foot

Mixing Boccaccio’s Decameron and Gilmore Girls shouldn’t work, but it does in Wet Sock on a Sore Foot. Ali is on a pilgrimage through the Maine wilderness, and along the way they manage to collect a crew of equally as neurotic individuals who are having existential crises of their own. These fast-talking characters have comically profound monologues as they try to figure out just what the hell life is about.

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