I used to listen to the news on NPR every morning while getting ready, but I haven't been able to stomach the news since the election, so I'm listening to podcasts instead. I have a slew of non-fiction favorites (mostly NPR shows like Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, This American Life, etc.) but right I'm really into fiction. I've been a fan of Welcome to Night Vale
for years, and I love the other podcasts by the same group (Alice Isn't Dead
and Within the Wires,
but not the Orbiting Human Circus, which I tried and disliked), and I'm looking for more weird serial fiction. Some others I've enjoyed are Limetown
and The Black Tapes.
Now, here's a story that shows how everything comes back to Supernatural in the end. The Black Tapes is a serial podcast following a fictional journalist who's working with a paranormal skeptic (a James Randi
type) to investigate a series of paranormal/supernatural events. I'm midway through season 2 and so far it has featured: "chosen" children, a wife who has been taken, drawings of pentagrams surrounded by concentric circles and weird symbols, demons (including one whose name is pronounced differently but would probably be spelled Azazel), possession and exorcisms, ghosts, arcane texts, you name it. Even a female character named Charlie. So every episode ends up pinging my Supernatural radar in one way or another. And I've been thinking that a crossover would be fun. Like, since The Black Tapes takes place in the Pacific Northwest, what if the journalist keeps running into the Supernatural crew on location and doesn't understand that they're taping a TV show? And she points out a pentacle surrounded by concentric circles and they tell her "yeah, Jerry paints those, he does a great job?" And someone sends her mysterious VHS tapes with grainy images of exorcisms, but they're just copies of Supernatural episodes?
Anyway. The episode I listened to this morning had the protagonists heading to Vancouver, which of course grabbed my attention, because look! My little crossover dreams are coming true! And then they said they were going to Riverview Hospital!
Could it get any better? But they ruined it by explaining that Riverside is a vacant hospital that's used as a setting for movies and TV shows, and listed several of them, including Supernatural. A shout-out that would normally fill me with glee, but this time it made me sad, because it means the journalist is aware of the show and my fantasies/plot bunnies about her accidentally stumbling onto the set have been Kripked. Oh well.
The point of all this is that I'm looking for more, similar podcasts, and since you obviously have excellent taste, I'm hoping you have some suggestions! (No podcasts of SPN fanfiction, please.)
(Also, now I'm dying to hear a phone call between this journalist and Sam Winchester, with Sam awkwardly trying to keep her away from a dangerous situation without giving anything away... I wonder if there is any kind of audience for such a crossover?)