Inspirations, Part 1: Other Podcasts

Perdition’s Teeth didn’t happen in a vacuum. The other members of the creative team weren’t really into podcasts, but I consumed quite a few — I work delivery and I don’t really like most of what’s on the radio in this town, so I started listening to podcasts. While the informative “talking head” type podcasts are quite good, I’ve got a soft spot for narrative. Some of my favorites are:

  • Alice Isn’t Dead - a weird fiction podcast from Nightvale Presents (whose flagship podcast is quite good at times, but I prefer this one,) that follows a lesbian truck driver searching for her wife. At turns horrifying and heartbreaking, it’s very engaging.

  • Archive 81 - each season of this podcast is radically different. The first season follows an archivist going through the titular archive of “true” stories of the residents of an apartment building, the second season centers on the exploration of a strange other world, and the third follows a pair of siblings conducting a ritual. The seasons are interconnected, and the combination of weird fiction and anti-capitalism is definitely an influence on Peridtion’s Teeth.

  • The Black Tapes Podcast - A monument to what could have been. The Black Tapes ran for two and a half brilliant seasons, pioneering the PNWS style of fictional journalism podcast. It follows journalist Alex Reagan and debunker Doctor Richard Strand as they review the unresolved cases from Strand’s archives.

  • Limetown - while it’s only had one season, this is one of the earliest journalistically-framed fiction podcasts. It follows a journalist — Lia Haddock — trying to figure out what happened at a closed research facility ten years ago, when three hundred people vanished without a trace.

  • Our Fair City - a “post-apocalyptic radio epic” about the inhabitants of a bunker in the middle of a frozen wasteland, run by the insurance company HartLife. It’s been running for eight seasons, and while each episode might only be fifteen minutes or so, there’s such a backlog that it makes a very satisfying binge.

  • SPINES - Think something halfway between X-Men and Serial. A single narrator — Wren, for most of the series — wakes up with no memory of her past, and seeks the eight people who were present in her earliest memory, trying to sort through where she came from and what’s going on.

  • TANIS - Possibly my favorite podcast, following the journalist Nic Silver exploring a myth. Influenced by Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves and Jeff VanderMeer’s Area X, it draws you in slowly. While the first few episodes are uneven, the second and third seasons are beautifully done.

While there are others, these are the ones that I enjoyed the most while preparing for Perdition’s Teeth, and if you’re waiting for more content from us, there is more than enough in each of these shows to satisfy you.