What I’m Listening To: Podcasts #3

I love me a podcast as you know. I love making them and I love listening to them.

Say It Five Times podcast has been quiet for a while now. In fact, we have decided to stop doing it for now and probably forever. Not for any reason other than I had too much on at the time and I started to not enjoy it, which was the opposite of its purpose.

On reflection, it wasn’t exactly what I wanted either so I very much hope to be looking into refining and picking it up again in the New Year. Right now I’m thinking this will be with a fresh new name, outlook and mission statement. I’ll go into this in way more detail when I know more but for now watch this space, ‘cos I’ll be back and so will at least one of my co-hosts – and yes, we will still be more or less horror themed.


In the meantime, here’s a little run down of what I’m listening to on my travels to and from work.

The Black Tapes

The Black Tapes Podcast is a serialized docudrama about one journalist’s search for truth, her subject’s mysterious past, and the literal and figurative ghosts that haunt them both. Do you believe?

There’s something really likeable about host Alex Reagan and honestly, this podcast has brought me a lot of joy over the last couple of weeks. It is seriously spooky and there have been times I’ve been listening in the dark and then really wished I wasn’t.

Currently focused on the “black tapes” of paranormal investigator Dr. Richard Strand, which contain supposedly unsolved supernatural (or not) phenomena – and the personal life of the enigmatic man himself, whose wife went missing under mysterious circumstances – it’s seriously addictive.

You can learn more about the fictional series here.


Homecoming centres on a caseworker at an experimental facility, her ambitious supervisor, and a soldier eager to re-join civilian life — presented in an enigmatic collage of telephone calls, therapy sessions, and overheard conversations.

I accidentally stumbled across this one and stayed for Catherine Keener’s wonderfully familiar voice. I’m only one episode or so in so far but it’s a compelling story.

Heidi Bergman is a full-time waitress who has returned home to care for her mother whose health is failing. She used to be a caseworker for Homecoming though, a program designed to help soldiers who have returned from tour re-acclimatise back into their former lives. When she is approached at her new place of work, it all kicks off again – or so I’m expecting. Other voice talent includes Oscar Isaac and David Schwimmer – and this six part radio series has also since been made into an Prime Original TV show starring Julia Roberts.

You can learn more about the fictional series here.

The Losers’ Club

The Losers’ Club is a weekly podcast for Constant Readers of Stephen King to dig deep into his oeuvre and the myriad TV, film, print, and stage adaptations of his work.

Gee, I wonder what this one has to offer me, a horror geek and Stephen King obsessive (but not purist)? LOL.

Again I haven’t listened to all the episodes but the ones I have I have thoroughly enjoyed. The most recent episode for me was an examination of Mike Flanagan’s Doctor Sleep and was very detailed. Although my recent review was mostly positive, having had time to let the dust settle and listen to a couple of other opinions, I agree with a lot of what the hosts here say about what does and doesn’t work well.

So I Got to Thinking

A hilarious new podcast from bestselling author and journalist Juno Dawson and the editor of QX Magazine Dylan B Jones. Each week, the friends (and sexperts) rewatch the classic HBO sitcom Sex and the City and then attempt to answer Carrie Bradshaw’s soul-searching, and occasionally ridiculous, questions for the modern day.

Juno Dawson lives in Brighton and I really want to meet her. I love that this podcast re-examines beloved episodes of SATC from the start, pondering the earnest questions Miss Bradshaw herself is considering in each. With questions such as “Can woman have sex like men?” and “Is there a war between Singles and Couples?”, do they stand up in 2019?

Well the answer so far is sort of yes and kind of no, exactly as you’d expect. The episodes are really fun to revisit, particularly as an avid SATC fan and in the hands of these two brilliant hosts, it’s one of my current favourites. The good news is that there are tonnes of episodes still to be explored so this should go on for a long time. I also really appreciate the LGBT lens in which the hosts examine certain scenarios given their own life experiences.

No Sleep Podcast

The No Sleep Podcast is an anthology horror fiction podcast. WARNING: This is a horror fiction podcast. It is intended for mature adults, not the faint of heart. Join us at your own risk…

One of the things I love to do the most but have had to stop as my nightmares got a bit too much is to read No Sleep stories on Reddit. This is the audio version of doing just that and I am treading very lightly for the aforementioned reason.

There are too many episodes to go through by name but there’s bound to be something that taps into your personal fears and keeps you awake at night, why not give it a go?

There’s a helpful guide to getting started with No Sleep here.

And in addition to the five new blogs mentioned above, I am still finding time to slot in the regulars. I can’t let those slip for every new young buck that comes into view.

Also listening to: My Dad Wrote a PornoThe Guilty FeministCriminalHow Did This Get Made?The Evolution of Horror

What are your favourite podcasts?

Weekly Digest: Five Articles (#3)

A handful of articles I’ve enjoyed recently. In no particular order.

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The best podcasts by women to listen to in 2019

It’s no secret I bloody love a good podcast. There are a few on this list I’ve heard of and one I listen to on the regs, the others are untapped but already added to my must listen list. Guess I better take myself for some long strolls, STAT.

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Learning to Be Ugly in South Korea

I’ve recently been coming to terms with my own unprettiness, so this resonates. Particular this bit, which in context will make more sense:

In that moment, it occurred to me that perhaps I was the worst blasphemer of all. To be so willing to blame my own face — an amalgam of those who’ve loved me — for all the upsets I’ve encountered in this alienating motherland. To ruin my health out of malice and vanity. To be so weak against this world of self-policing, senseless binaries, and beauty standards.

Fuck being a woman is hard.

Nia DaCosta and Jordan Peele’s ‘Candyman’ Will Begin Filming This August in Chicago

Oh my! Yes, I’m incredibly biased about this news and yes, I’m fully invested given Peel’s involvement AND WOC director Nia DaCosta. I don’t think much has been revealed about what this will bring to the table, however IMDB says this:

A “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 horror film ‘Candyman’ that returns to the now-gentrified Chicago neighborhood where the legend began.

I can’t wait to see it. I’m relieved that it won’t be retreading familiar ground because frankly, you can’t improve on what is already perfect.

Ari Aster Describes the Spiritual Connection Between ‘Hereditary’ and ‘Midsommar’; Trilogy Planned?

You got me. I’m obsessed with Ari Aster’s Midsommar and if it’s true, if there is a trilogy planned then consider me first in line to be part of it. Fuck me up, Ari!

Photo by Mohammad Faruque on Unsplash

Not All Women Are Meant to Be Moms

This is another article currently speaking to me. I’ve often spoken about how I’m not going to be a mum but that doesn’t mean I don’t sometimes question myself. Am I doing the right thing? I know I am but it’s not a light and airy topic, it’s not clear cut and it isn’t a decision made without serious thought.

I’m 100% that I will never change my mind but that doesn’t mean I don’t think about what I’d be like as a mother, what my kid would be like, etc. Thankfully I understand that I can still be nurturing without being maternal.

What are you loving this week?

Top Five: Podcasts

I’ve decided to start a new Top Five series to encapsulate a handful of things I like (and dislike) at a time. Also because I’m very lazy and this is a foolproof way to structure content without busting a nut.

I’m a massive fan of the podcast medium as I’ve mentioned countless times before. I even produce and co-host my own (below). These are the five currently on rotation.

Oh, and I’m a creature of comfort ultimately so you’ve probably read mention of some of these before. Sue me.

Evolution of Horror

TEOH is responsible for my ever increasing horror watch list – and for freaking me out more than once while I’ve been listening on my own in the darkness. I’ve talked about it previously in my Spooky Podcasts post.

This is my most listened to podcast for several reasons. First, the content is perfection. Exploring the history of horror movies in sub-genres, so far we’ve explored Ghosts, Slashers, Folk Horror and Zombies (my least favourite but still entertaining). The next category has just been announced and it’s the Occult – which I can’t wait to dip in.

Secondly, host Mike Muncer is adorable. Given the fact he covers some truly horrifying films, there’s something quite wholesome about him and I love it. He is a great presenter who is always engaged in the topics covered and knows how to bring out the best in his guests. Horror geeks are my favourite which is another reason I’ll always be listening – I can talk to my friend Matt about it in great detail after each episode.

Best recent episodes:

Shag Married Annoyed

The only non-horror podcast on the list. Comedian Chris Ramsey and his wife Rosie talk about their everyday lives and list the beef they have with each other every week. While the comedy is a bit broader than I normally enjoy (ooooh snob!), both hosts are likeable – and it’s nice to have something fun and normal to listen to in between all the murder and crime.

Rosie is the stand out for me. Her laugh cracks me up.

Best recent episodes:

Say It Five Times Horror Podcast

Call me biased – because I totally am. I’ve included this because it’s the newish podcast I record with my friends, Matt and Sam. We’re only three episodes old but I’m having a blast.

So far we’ve had a few technical difficulties which has meant we got off to a slow start but we’ve found a way to make it work – and I think you can tell there’s a dramatic difference between our first and latest episode, in sound quality and the way we’ve relaxed into each other as co-presenters.

On SIFT, Matt and I talk about the horror films we love and try to ‘educate’ Sam, the horror novice. Each week we take a turn picking the movie – and of course my first choice was the movie that inspired the name – the wonderful Candyman.

Best recent episodes:

The Boo Crew

This has some really cool interviews on it – and I’ve enjoyed every one of the episodes I’ve listened to so far. I gave it a mention in my recent book post and have been rinsing it ever since. The actual BC consists of horror-loving friends Trevor, Lauren, Leone, Austin – and a revolving door of reoccurring guest presenters.

The Crew talk about horror movies and bring on some of the best talent in the movie industry including, most recently, Juliette Lewis to talk about her extensive movie CV and Pet Sematary directors, Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kölsch.

It’s an excellent soundtrack to walk to and from work to. Trust me.

Best recent episodes:

Double Murder Podcast

I’m really new to Double Murder and have hardly listened to any of it yet – but that’s okay. It’s already charmed me with it’s Remake Vs Original selection – and talks about lots of the films I really love.

I feel like it’s going to become a constant companion to The Evolution of Horror into the Summer when I’m walking around more. Proving spooky isn’t just for Halloween…

Episodes I’m most looking forward to:

What are you listening to?