A Voice From Darkness

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Horror is a genre that lends itself SO well to audio drama--so much of that feeling of dread you get when a piece of horror truly grips you comes before you see anything at all, because it’s all about the tension of what might be there, and really good horror fiction takes full advantage of that. A Voice from Darkness takes the format of a radio call-in show, where Dr. Malcolm Ryder takes calls from individuals who find themselves in the midst of supernatural encounters and attempts to navigate them out safely. What’s really brilliant in this show is the way it expands the world of the show over time, and what seems like a rather straightforward “basically our world” setting is revealed slowly and surely to be something much bigger, much more ambitious, and much more insidiously terrifying. If you like The Magnus Archives, you’ll love this show, because it also marries so well the appeal of an anthology horror series that genuinely delivers scary one-off stories to the hook of a larger, scarier world where an entire state can be engulfed in fog, a town can be trapped in dream-servitude by a Traveling Salesman, and weekly/daily national alerts are needed for supernatural outbreaks. It’s lean, ambitious storytelling, executed so so well, and I can’t wait to see where it goes next.
I've listened to this show about 3-4 times already and it just never gets boring. The narrator has a really cool voice and the story is creepy and mysterious. the episode "Blue is..." is in my top 3 episodes of all time. The writing and voice acting for it are outstanding. And the villain of the series has some truly terrifying powers! I audibly gasped when his identity was revealed! Bonus point for the good transcripts and Malcolms personality.
The narrator's voice and character are extremely entertaining to listen to, and the episodes are easy to become engrossed in. I love the vignette style that this podcast uses, giving the listeners little story bites. Being able to listen to three or four of them while driving to or from work is very satisfying.
Once Dr. Ryder had me under his spell, I couldn´t let go of this show. The mix between narrated stories and calls from the audience is perfect. It´s horror, but it has subtle tone to it that makes it really intriguing.
Love all the spooky happenings in this show. Most episodes pull me right in, but whenever an episode does start off as just okay it usually manages to amaze me by the end. The voicemails between longer episodes are a really cool way to advance the story. I’m loving how Dr. Malcolm Ryder’s portrayal is changing from helpful parapsychologist to possibly corrupt doctor who’s willing to do anything.
I love this show. I can't recommend it enough if you like the idea of a creepy radio show.
Love the feel of this excellent show. The late night talkshow host combined with the paranormal aspects works brilliantly. Your skin will crawl at the flash fiction from the voicemail episodes, and the slowly expanding world that is emerging in the main show has me hooked. Keep your ears open, to make sure you hear a voice from darkness.
Wonderful storytelling and an imaginative world!
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Podcast Details

Created by
Jac Rhys
Podcast Status
Potentially Inactive
Aug 11th, 2019
Latest Episode
Aug 31st, 2020
Release Period
Avg. Episode Length
14 minutes
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