A weekly wrap post for podcasts I listen to. It is a complement to the ongoing Podcast rec posts, with the difference that these are much more spoilery!
Haven’t done much of listening in the past two weeks, TBH, so it is mostly catching up on latest episodes of some podcasts
“Three poetic queer horror stories set against the dark backdrop of Glasgow, Scotland’s scariest city.
Folxlore tells the stories of queer people living literally and figuratively between two worlds.In one sense, we try to live normal lives while the world tells us we are not normal. In another sense, our normal lives are interrupted by a very not-normal rift opening up between our world and another plane of existence filled with nightmarish horrors. This pilot series deals with themes of first romance, hate crime related trauma, and queer parenthood.
Folxlore is rooted in everyday Glasgow, where monsters are always on the edge of your periphery.”
Episode 1 – Werehouse
“Some doors are locked for a reason. That’s what makes them so appealing. Everyone knows that. Every thing does too.”
Two teens exploring an abandoned warehouse, playing a game of truth or dare as flirting, when suddenly the main character feels like they are being watched, and when they try to escape one gets injured. The story is being recounted by the main character to a questioner (I suppose the police?) and the answers are in the form of poetry, which meant I was getting distracted because I can’t can’t can’t focus on recited poetry. I still managed to piece together most of what happened.
Episode 2 – Between
“The world is filled with dark figures when you can’t find it in you to look up. Good luck trying to work out the shape of the danger that surrounds you.”
This one is being narrated by an afab trans character who is waiting for a train on the station, kind of paranoid about the attention. The monologue is anxiety-filled, and about trans violence and passing, and about the creeping sensation that something supernatural is paying attention, but also about the crowd paying attention and how would it be possible to differentiate between the two. I must say, this one’s atmosphere struck so well, with the sound effects and everything it was eerie to hear!
Episode 3 – Static
“Being a new parent means not knowing what you’re doing. It’s normal. Not knowing what you’ve done? That’s terrifying… All I asked for was some sleep.”
This one is my favorite from the three, because it is partly inspired by the story of Solomon and the two mothers, but slightly twisted. So, in this, a queer parent, who has tried for a baby for quite a while, when finally has a baby, is worried about whether reality is real. Also, sleep deprivation is no joke but when the main character wakes up in an alternate reality where the baby never existed and keeps going back and forth between them. It was a terrifying episode, tbh, and the ending even more scary.
Supernatural Sexuality with Dr Seabrooke
Episode 10 – Changing Portraits
“Dr Seabrooke helps a location spirit through their relationship concerns, talks ex-boyfriends, haunting and tenancy rights, and helps a woman get some unique help for her transitioning partner.”
Okay, ace spirit embarking on a new relationship was an interesting one already, and then there was the one about exes having to sort out their co-living situation when one of them is a ghost and cannot move. But the last one was particularly interesting because it had a Dorian-Gray story, with transition as the main focus.
S2E1: Off and Running
“Leech is a man who knows about fire: how it burns, how it feels. But when Whitehall Palace, the largest palace in Europe, becomes the greatest kindling pile for a seemingly unquenchable blaze, even he is left dazzled. Everything burns, even the home of kings. “
Such an interesting story about the fire at Whitehall Palace, but more importantly, about fire-fighting methods in ye olde days! Gabriel Urbina’s interview was so enlightening, too, as he talked through the research and also about how he came up with his character!
The Penumbra Podcast
Episode 3.08 – Second Citadel: The Lovers of the Fallen Tower (Part 2)
“In thirty minutes, the Bridge at the end of the world will be destroyed. It will go like this: there will be one explosion; then there will be two explosions; then there will be a terrible whistling, a shriek from beyond the stars; and then… silence.
And thirty minutes after that the Bridge will fall again. And again. And again. And unless Olala, Damien, and Arum can race up that Bridge and find their way back to a stable present before their thirty minutes are up, this end of the world might claim them, too.”
The tension between Arum and Damien is dissected in this episode, regarding their doubts about their new relationship, their worries over whether this arrangement will work, and about the long-standing human-monster conflict, and these two knuckleheads almost lose my poor sweet Olala in their fighting. I liked the resolution of the OT3 (fingers crossed, and am so happy they will take the time to work on their relationship) but then the ending had me terrified for Olala.
“Are you a listener to any of these podcasts? Just wanna scream about the episodes? Tell me in the comments!
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