If there’s one time of year a gal really needs to stock up on good podcasts, it’s the silly season.
Let’s face it – the combination of Christmas shopping, Christmas cooking and Christmas cleaning is enough to drive anyone deep into their headphones.
The bad news? A lot of your favourite podcasts will stop putting out new episodes around December.
The good news? It’s the perfect time to delve into the vast back-catalogue of fiction podcasts available on iTunes or your favourite podcast app.
If you haven’t heard of fiction podcasts before, you’re not alone. It’s a small but growing market, elbowing its way into the podcast space alongside your favourite true crime, politics and current affairs shows. Think Serial but fiction – gripping stories, twists and turns, mysteries to be solved and secret plots to be uncovered.
Fiction podcasts cover any genre you can think of – mystery, sci-fi, romance – but unlike audiobooks, they’re broken up into bite-sized episodes perfect for a short trip to Westfield.
(Just kidding. There’s no such thing as a short trip to Westfield in December. I recommend downloading the entire season of your chosen podcast before leaving the house in preparation.)
Here are some of the best fiction podcasts to get stuck into this summer.
1. The Black Tapes
When podcaster Alex Reagan first heard about Dr. Richard Strand, infamous paranormal skeptic, she was keen to get his perspective for a one-off podcast about paranormal professions. Dr. Strand maintains he’s never found a paranormal case he couldn’t disprove – that is, until Alex asks him about a series of black video tapes in a corner of his office.
It turns out, there are some cases where even Dr. Strand can’t conclusively rule out paranormal activity; cases that defy science and logic completely.
The podcast follows Alex as she and Dr. Strand explore the “black tapes” cases, and begin to realise that the events are linked in ways science could never have predicted.