Podcasts You Might Enjoy




(An article that originally appeared in my June Newsletter. Like this? Sign up for my newsletter here:  https://jdhornauthor.com/newsletter-sign-up/)

Of late, on my longer runs, I’ve begun listening to various podcasts. I thought I would share a few I think you all might enjoy. This newsletter, a trio of fictional stories: 

I got hooked by “The Black Tapes Podcast” in which Alex Reagan, a reporter for the Public Radio Alliance, a fictionalized version of Seattle Public Radio, begins a series about people with odd jobs, and stumbles into an occult conspiracy to bring about the end of the world.

Tanis” is a spin-off of The Black Tapes Podcast. In “Tanis,” producer Nick begins investigating stories surrounding something (or someone) known as “Tanis,” a big part of the mystery is that no one seems to know what or who or where this Tanis is.  “Tannis” has more of an “X-Files” vibe than its parent program.  MK—a young woman Nick hires to do deep dive research, aka “hacking”—might be seen by some as a “Mary Sue” character, but if so, she is an incredibly fun Mary Sue character.

My only real issue with “Tanis” is that it begins during the second season of “The Black Tapes Podcast,” and features two colleagues who are both investigating potential apocalypses. There is a lot of crossover between the two, with Alex popping into “Tanis,” and Nick a main character of “The Black Tapes Podcast.” Never is there a moment, though, where they turn to each other and say, “Hey, isn’t it odd that we are both involved in separate, unrelated conspiracies to end the world as we know it?” But, what they hey, they’re just stories, and really entertaining ones.

But wait, there’s more. “The Last Movie” is a spin-off of the spin-off, “Tanis.” MK and Nick, while concurrently dealing with mysterious and lethal “Tanis” forces, investigate a lost movie, reputed to drive those who watch it insane.  This one is actually my favorite of the three. One short, fast-paced season. “The Black Tapes” really needs one more season to wrap the story up, whereas “Tanis” has kind of run its course. “Tanis” has been optioned for development by M. Night Shyamalan.