Indie Fiction Podcast Sampler

A curated podcast list by Tal Minear
Creation Date November 9th, 2019
Updated Date Updated November 14th, 2019
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A variety of audio fiction shows! Pick a section that you're interested in, then pick a show that grabs your attention. And repeat!

Fantasy

Inn Between
A fantasy-adventure between adventures, wherein five heroes encounter monsters, magic, fighting, and friendship in the conveniently located Goblin’s Head Inn.
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Tal Minear

*whispers* found family!!! This is one of my favorite shows in general.
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Sidequesting
Sidequesting is a fantasy podcast about avoiding the main plot and doing sidequests instead. It follows Rion, an adventurer who’s willing to help out just about anyone - as long as they’re not being asked to deal with the scary wizard everyone keeps talking about.
Counterbalance
A hole has been torn into the weave that creates magic, allowing spirits that threaten the wellbeing of mortals to manifest. Counterbalance is about the journey of three people attempting to fix the hole, while trying to find out who caused it to rip in the first place.
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Tal Minear

I love the sound design in this one!
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Alba Salix, Royal Physician / The Axe & Crown
30
The award-winning fantasy-comedy! In Alba Salix, overworked, cynical witch Alba tends to the health of the King, Queen and citizens of the kingdom of Farloria, with the help of her obnoxious apprentice Magnus and an absent-minded fairy named Holly. The spinoff The Axe & Crown follows the misadventures of Gubbin the troll tavernkeeper, his clueless landlord Stan and his shady niece Betula.
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Tal Minear

This one is really funny!
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Modern Fantasy

Love and Luck
Love and Luck is a queer slice of life romance story, with a touch of magic. An audio drama told mostly via voicemails, we publish short episodes once a week on Tuesday evenings (AEST). Made for people who like healthy relationships and happy endings, Love and Luck is set in Melbourne, Australia in the present day, and is populated with many real life queer Melbourne people, events and places, alongside its fictional characters.
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Tal Minear

This is one heartfelt show. It's full to the brim of Queer and Trans rep, and I adore it.
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Kalila Stormfire's Economical Magick Services
16
Glamour spell gone wrong? Astral projection got you untethered? Want to know why your angry dead rich father is haunting you? Consider Kalila Stormfire’s Economical Magick Services. After a controversial fallout with her coven, Kalila Stormfire must juggle complex clients and an anonymous critic hellbent on besmirching her new business. The decaying urban block where Kal operates appreciates her affordable experience in a broad range of supernatural ailments and remedies. Still, Kal is not sure if her talent is enough to stop whoever has been posting bad reviews and persuading customers to cancel appointments. If you like stories about minority witches in modern-day working class neighborhoods, meddling love goddesses, and morally ambiguous spellcraft…this is the tale for you.
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Tal Minear

This one is so well done and builds on itself in an amazing way.
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Interference
2
Jacq is recording a D&D advice show, and when she plays it back, she realizes she was getting weird interference. Where is it coming from?
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Tal Minear

This one is romantic! (Also has trans rep!)
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Witches of the City
2
Witches of the City is a podcast about magic and the power that comes with it. 15-year-old Lia Rowse is the youngest member of her coven and is completing her application to the Witchcraft Guild of North America. In Lia’s application tapes, she is required to answer a series of questions in order to prove why she should be accepted to the guild, But in answering these questions, Lia seems to have something to hide. But, then again, so does the Guild.
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What's going on with the Witchcraft Guild of North America? Will Lia find out? This one has a dash of mystery and a touch of intrigue.
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Super Powered Pods

The Bright Sessions
Start with episode 01. Dr. Bright provides therapy for the strange and unusual; their sessions have been recorded for research purposes. Visit www.thebrightsessions.com for more information and additional content. Created by Lauren Shippen
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Tal Minear

This is the show that got me into making audio fiction. It's also a complete series, with spin-offs in production!
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The Beacon
After surviving a dangerous encounter with a monster, Bee discovers she has the magical ability to control fire. Confused and with no heroic aspirations, she reaches out online to try and find others with impossible powers like hers - but finding them is only half the battle. Getting along and learning to protect everything important to them is another challenge altogether.
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Tal Minear

Bee is precious and must be protected.
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The Van
Kids gifted with strange powers have grown up under the thumb of the vicious and intelligent driver of the van Novia-Scotia. Seventeen year old Cola’s life in the van is shaken up when her older “sister” Rosaline has disappeared and she realizes Nova will stop at nothing to find her. What will happen when she does? And what will happen to Cola as she nears adulthood, the age when kids in the van seem to slip away?
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Tal Minear

This show incorporates poetry in a really wonderful way.
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Soulborn City
2
Blessed with the divine power of enhanced empathy, Sefriya Parzol can feel the emotions of everyone surrounding her, including her new classmates in a unique program who represent the 11 other blessings of the patrons Runal. For Sef, feeling is easy, but understanding what she feels is harder, and separating others' emotions from her own can feel impossible at times. Soulborn City features Sef's story of self-discovery through her journey to understand her rambunctious and divinely powerful classmates - and the rest of the world that helped to shape them all.
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Tal Minear

I love the worldbuilding of this show!
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Time Travel

ars PARADOXICA
48
When an experiment in a time much like our own goes horribly awry, Dr. Sally Grissom finds herself stranded in the past and entrenched in the activities of a clandestine branch of the US government. Grissom and her team quickly learn that there's no safety net when toying with the fundamental logic of the universe.
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Tal Minear

This one is a complete series!
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Timestorm
6
The Ventura twins are yanked into another dimension where they meet a distant cousin who gives them an extraordinary mission: travel through time to preserve their culture’s true history. Along the way, they meet people from Africa, Europe, and the Americas who have left their mark on Puerto Rican heritage. In the twenty-first century, Alexa and Beni navigate school, friendship, and family while keeping their time-traveling quests a secret. When a natural disaster devastates islands across the Caribbean, the twins understand what’s at stake for their ancestral homeland. As Puerto Rico faces an uncertain future, the twins do all they can to witness, find, and remember its past. Timestorm is produced by Cocotazo Media with support from PRX and the Google Podcasts creator program. Series creator / writer / producer: Dania Ramos. Audio engineer / sound designer / producer: Michael Aquino. | Podsite: TimestormSeries.com | Members of KidsListen.org | Support Timestorm at ko-fi.com/K3K0HZPU
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Tal Minear

This one is cute and generally low stakes! Also just one of my favorite shows in general.
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The 12:37
After she accidentally ends up on a time-travelling train, scientist Nora must find a way to return home.
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This one has lots of LGBTQ+ rep!
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Science Fiction

We Fix Space Junk
21
'We Fix Space Junk' follows seasoned smuggler Kilner and reluctant fugitive Samantha as they travel the galaxy, dodging bullets and meeting strange and wonderful beings as they carry out odd jobs on the fringes of the law. -- A female-led sci-fi comedy sitcom set in the far future, in a high-tech, dystopian world, We Fix Space Junk draws on the Sci-Fi of the past, following in the footsteps of Harry Harrison and of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. -- Equal parts love-letter to sci-fi and satire of the present-day, Space Junk has been lovingly produced by Battle Bird Productions. To support the show visit https://www.patreon.com/BattleBirdProd Or visit http://Battlebird.productions https://flattr.com/podcast/wfsj
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Tal Minear

I love the sound design in this one!
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Moonbase Theta, Out
16
The last Moonbase is 20 weeks from being decommissioned. Most of the crew is in stasis awaiting retrieval. In a series of short weekly broadcasts reporting to management back on Earth, Roger shares the stark beauty, the wry humour, the isolation and frustration, the romance, and the tragedy as the remaining crew members see the operation through to its scheduled end.
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Tal Minear

Season 1 consists of Roger's broadcasts to management, but in season 2 you get to hear all about what's actually going on...
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Girl In Space
Nothing fancy here -- just the simple audio diary of a girl in space. Also, there’s this weird and potentially ominous light in the distance that seems to be growing steadily closer. Listen for science, guns, trust, anti-matter, truth, beauty, inner turmoil, and delicious cheeses. It’s all here. In space.
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Tal Minear

I love how this podcast builds on itself.
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StarTripper!!
12
Join Feston Pyxis on a road-trip through the cosmos, as he leaves behind his old life in search of the best and wildest experiences the galaxy has to offer! New episodes every other Saturday starting June 2nd, 2018.
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Tal Minear

This one is lighthearted and very fun!
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Inkwyrm
Inkwyrm Magazine is an intergalactic fashion publication, bringing readers the newest looks from all over the universe. At the head of it all is Annie Inkwyrm, and directly behind her is Mella Sonder, AI caretaker and Annie’s PA. Along for the ride is an overzealous PR director, a perpetually unimpressed physician, and an AI that really needs to learn some ethics. Putting up with her boss is hard enough, but with the cutthroat fashion industry, and whatever is trying to kill everyone today, Mella and the gang have their hands full. One part sit-com, one part space opera, Inkwyrm is an audio drama for the truly fabulous.
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Tal Minear

Fashion but make it sci fi
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Evergreen Sky
The story of GreenCom, a corporate monopoly in the not-so-distant future, and the people trying to stop them. When GreenCom employee Alex finds themselves thrown into a resistance group, how much are they willing to pay for a taste of freedom?
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Tal Minear

This one has a nonbinary protagonist!
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Cryptids or Cryptic

The Haunted Hour
3
The Haunted Hour broadcasts from the town of Lantern, North Carolina. Explore abandoned pools, convenience stores that move, and things that go bump in the night in this audio horror comedy from Emerson College.
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Tal Minear

Wannabe teenage paranormal investigators actually find a monster or two...
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Zoo
Traveling across America you may see a hand-painted sign featuring one word. If you are lucky, you will continue on wondering if something that old can refer to a thing that still exists. Unfortunately it does. You are following a sign that reads "Zoo"
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What's this Zoo sign all about???
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Disenchanted
2
Lyra inherits an old house from her father. While everything seems normal, there are secrets hidden inside this old home she will slowly discover.
The Viridian Wild
Mythozoologist Sebastian Verwood travels the world studying magical creatures.
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Tal Minear

Less cryptids and more magical creatures, this show could also fit in the modern fantasy section.
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Crime and Comedy

The Amelia Project
33
The Amelia Project is a secret agency that fakes its clients' deaths, then lets them reappear with a brand new identity! A black comedy full of secrets, twists... and cocoa. Start with episode 1.
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Tal Minear

This agency is definitely doing Crimes but they're doing it really well?
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Arden
On December 25th, 2007, movie star and heiress Julie Capsom crashed her car into a tree in Northern California, walked into a nearby clearing, and vanished, leaving behind a male torso in her trunk. 10 years later, reporter Bea Casely and private detective Brenda Bentley are going to reopen the case. Each has a personal tie to the story. Each thinks they know what happened. And each knows the other is going to screw this whole thing up. Join Bea, Brenda, and the rest of the Good People at Wheyface Radio as they attempt to answer once and for all: what happened to Julie Capsom?
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Tal Minear

The only true crime podcast I will ever listen to.
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Micro-Fiction

THE EASIEST OF ALL THE HARD THINGS
Trapped on a deserted island, Kelsey finds a cell phone washed ashore — shrink wrapped & powerless — but is it a message?
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~5 min episodes and contains a very cute turtle.
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Unplaced | an audio drama
10
Unplaced tells the story of a woman who wakes up one day to find that no one can see or hear her, and everyone she knows is slowly forgetting about her. That would be weird enough...but after a few weeks of being invisible, she finds she's not the only being other people can't see.
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Tal Minear

The incorporation of music underneath the narration is really good!
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Dart
After a tragedy tears her life apart, Jenny now works long hours for Dart, a food delivery app. But when a fellow driver turns up dead and a sticky darkness starts to seep into Boston, Jenny might be reluctantly pulled back into the world she left behind.
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~5 min episodes and contains a slowly unraveling mystery.
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MAGIC KING DOM
Dom was just a baby when the world ended on her first trip to the Magic Kingdom — now, growing up, she wants a way out.
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Post Apocalypse but make it Disney
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Scary

Monsters Out of the Closet
1
Monsters Out of the Closet is a horror fiction podcast dedicated to proudly featuring spooky, suspenseful, and strange stories, poetry, songs, and other creative content from diverse LGBTQ+ voices.
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Tal Minear

This one is an anthology podcast! So you can pick any episode and order doesn't matter. The horror varies from story to story.
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The White Vault
101
Explore the far reaches of the world’s horrors in the audio drama podcast The White Vault. Follow the collected records of a repair team sent to Outpost Fristed in the vast white wastes of Svalbard and unravel what lies waiting in the ice below. This Fool and Scholar production is intended for mature audiences.
Dining in the Void
When six alien celebrities are trapped onboard a space station, they will have to work together to survive--or die at the hands of an unknown monster. Welcome to DINING IN THE VOID. For full credits and to check out transcripts for each episode, visit our website: https://zebulonpodcasts.wixsite.com/main/ditv Sound Effects Courtesy of freesound.org (Some sound effects are licensed under CC by 4.0: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/. Other sound effects are licensed under CC0. Some sound effects are looped but otherwise, no changes are made to any sounds.)
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Tal Minear

This one is sci-fi horror!
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Station Blue
11
Desperate to find meaning in his life, troubled Matthew Leads takes a job as the caretaker of an Antarctic Research Facility. An atmospheric isolation horror following his struggles with mental illness, a broken heart and the suffocating presence of Station Blue.
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Tal Minear

I'm too scared to listen to this one but I've heard very good things.
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NSFW

CARAVAN
15
First rule of Wound Canyon: No one who gets in, ever gets out. So when a brilliant, ghostly specter flies through the sky amid the rain and lightning, Samir stumbles off a steep cliff and into a hidden world, one in which demons, vampires, and all other manner of paranormal creatures take sanctuary. Second rule of Wound Canyon: No one makes it alone. Samir’s decided to tag along with Argeaux’s Caravan, a band of supernatural bounty hunters and vigilante peace-keepers. Together with an ever-expanding train of fantastical tagalongs, Samir and his new friends venture deep into the bowels of the canyon to find a way out of the magical boundary that imprisons all who cross it. [A product of The Whisperforge]
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Tal Minear

This one is a romp through a wild-west-esque canyon full of demons and more. Samir has lots of love to give, and sometimes that's in the literal sense.
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Dreamboy
10
Set over a few flickering nights in Cleveland, Ohio, this is a story of creatures, human and otherwise, caught in the eternal pornography of the cosmos, told in the blockbuster cinematic style of Spielberg classics.
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Tal Minear

This one is a musical, surreal, queer extravaganza. It gets rather explicit at times.
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Fuck Humans
2
In order to live in harmony, Humans and monsters are forbidden from having relations with one another. Will this peace last?
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Tal Minear

This one is entirely explicit!
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