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To be quite honest Fitz your podcast is one of the ones I would/will subscribe to. The spooktator is also one that springs immediately to mind. 4 good quality podcasts at a fiver a month I would not object to but, whilst I am still lucky enough to be gainfully employed, my wife retired in March and we are feeling the pinch at a halving of our monthly income.
Thank you! That's very kind of you but don't worry, we don't expect people to go without just to give us money! I can certainly empathise with your situation, I got made redundant about 18 months ago and started my own business which is almost earning enough to pay the mortgage lol!

I do know what you mean though, we try not to shout about the patreon too much but I have listened to a few shows where they are quite strong on pushing it (though I get the feeling that this is more of a cultural thing for non Brits). The ones that put me off a bit are the ones that try and guilt you into it by saying that they're going to lose their house etc. I can kind of understand it if it's a one off surprise, like being due to unforseen injury etc, but expecting an income is something else.
 

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As I said in the original post I was looking potentially starting a podcast with the help of my son but it would purely have been a hobby and I would have funded it myself as I would my other hobbies. I think with podcasting though I would be massively strapped for time.
The podcasts that are edited and the mispronunciations etc taken out are so much more enjoyable.
 

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Well if you do decide to give it a go I can recommend some decent budget gear to get you started but you are correct in that the time involved tends to more than you would think! The basics of editing are fairly easy, without getting into much in the way of post processing, but once you are up to speed, it still takes about 3 times as long to edit as it does to record. (Again, happy to run you through the basics if you do decide to give it a go!)
 

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I’ve been looking for an idiots guide to podcasting...so I may well take you up on the offer. I said to my son I wouldn’t consider it until I had a good couple of months scripts in place and knew I had the time.
Thanks for the offer...
 

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I keep meaning to write something like that for my business site but I never seem to find the time, and a lot is specific to the program you are using to edit once you get to that stage. And then it's generally easier to find 'how to's on YouTube. It is quite a diverse topic though depending on how deep you get. I was lucky to have some music recording experience so I was already familiar with mic technique, editing and mixing. After that it is mainly just setting up a host and having a social media presence on the technical side.

It can seem overwhelming when you try and break it down, but at it's simplest, it's just talking into a microphone.
 

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I've listened to a couple of Alien Theorists Theorizing and am quite enjoying them.

On podcasters asking for donations, I think it's fair enough. If you listen and enjoy their work, why should they do it for free?
However, the likes of Unexplained are now including adverts which, although irritating, is another way for him to make money and I completely support that.
These people are spending hours of their time to entertain us - they should be paid for it, IF IT'S GOOD.

I write books, I expect people to pay for them.
Podcasters are doing much the same, only in a different medium.
 

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Just on Alien Theorists Theorizing - I know every single one of us here is a HUGE fan of Aleister Crowley, so do yourself a favour and skip their podcast on him. They don't have a clue. Mispronouncing his name, saying his "Do what thou wilt" means "do whatever the fuck you want" and, most amusingly, saying he was the guy who invented 666, despite them knowing the Iron Maiden song which includes a spoken-word intro taken from the bible that includes the number. :boss:
 

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I found a new one this week - The Great Unsolved. It's pretty good! I spent my days at work in the car listening to each episode in turn. It's generally unsolved murders, which I don't usually have any interest in, but I find this podcast interesting (apart from the ones involving children which I don't listen to).
First time I ever heard of Missy Bevers and, holy shit, the video footage of her murderer wandering about the church haunted me for a day or two. Creepy stuff! Definitely a guy IMO, and the comparison footage of the father-in-law....Wow.

Worth a listen. It sent me down a few of those proverbial old rabbit holes this week.
 
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Highly surprising there's been no mention of the Mysteries and Monsters podcast. Paul Bestall is a great, knowledgeable but unobtrusive host and he has a tremendous cast of notable guests, with plenty of time to delve and discuss each week. Well worth it.
Good to know. I'm caught up in the podcasts I've been following.:)
 

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Highly surprising there's been no mention of the Mysteries and Monsters podcast. Paul Bestall is a great, knowledgeable but unobtrusive host and he has a tremendous cast of notable guests, with plenty of time to delve and discuss each week. Well worth it.
Just took a look. They have some truly interesting guests on their podcasts. Thanks for the recommendation, I'm now following them.
 

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Radio rental - no not the shop. Very eerie stories submitted by listeners. Not quite like anything else.

Scarg - Right up your alley.

https://radiorentalusa.com/
Naughty, if you like hearing listener stories, try "The Ghost Story Guys". The two podcasters have a very good and quite humerous rapport. They request stories from listeners and write and narrate them on their podcast. Their podcast is every two weeks. I found them on Spotify.
 

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Naughty, if you like hearing listener stories, try "The Ghost Story Guys". The two podcasters have a very good and quite humerous rapport. They request stories from listeners and write and narrate them on their podcast. Their podcast is every two weeks. I found them on Spotify.
I've been listening to them since they started out :)
 

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Naughty, if you like hearing listener stories, try "The Ghost Story Guys". The two podcasters have a very good and quite humerous rapport. They request stories from listeners and write and narrate them on their podcast. Their podcast is every two weeks. I found them on Spotify.
Ok, I will reply to my own post as I'm surprised no one else has had their funny bone tweaked. lol
This is what my brain does to me in the early morning hours - "Oh yeah, you forgot..." - when I can do nothing about it.
 

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Highly surprising there's been no mention of the Mysteries and Monsters podcast. Paul Bestall is a great, knowledgeable but unobtrusive host and he has a tremendous cast of notable guests, with plenty of time to delve and discuss each week. Well worth it.
Any coincidence that you happened to be a guest on there? :) Yeah, I just discovered his podcast when looking for stuff about the "Credible Witness" books and I've listened to a few of his episodes since like the phantom hitchhiker and Dyatlov Pass ones. He's a good host. Although he does say, "you know" rather a lot.
Recently I've got into unsolved crimes and The Trail Went Cold is great, as is Trace Evidence. There's one called The Great Unsolved I don't know if I mentioned before which is also good, and she does one that focuses on Missing 411 cases called Gone In An Instant.
 

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I’ve unsubscribed from most of the paranormal, fortean podcasts. Most centre wholly on interviews with people who have the most outrageous stories to tell and have a book to promote. The Weird Tales Radio Show is the latest; the previous enjoyable format has changed to centre mostly on the type of interviews mentioned above.
I don’t know if podcasts like these are pressured into conforming with the requirements of their host or maybe have run out of interesting material to present. Weird Tales Radio Show is a weekly podcast but I would rather have it back in the old format once or twice a month than subscribe to the new format on a weekly basis.
 

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I’ve unsubscribed from most of the paranormal, fortean podcasts. Most centre wholly on interviews with people who have the most outrageous stories to tell and have a book to promote. The Weird Tales Radio Show is the latest; the previous enjoyable format has changed to centre mostly on the type of interviews mentioned above.
I don’t know if podcasts like these are pressured into conforming with the requirements of their host or maybe have run out of interesting material to present. Weird Tales Radio Show is a weekly podcast but I would rather have it back in the old format once or twice a month than subscribe to the new format on a weekly basis.
I agree with you. Mysterious Universe is like that, it's nearly always some crazy, outlandish story from someone selling a book. Even Astonishing Legends I've found boring in recent months. That's why I switched to the true crime podcasts.
 

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I agree with you. Mysterious Universe is like that, it's nearly always some crazy, outlandish story from someone selling a book. Even Astonishing Legends I've found boring in recent months. That's why I switched to the true crime podcasts.
Yep AL has certainly dipped a lot. Blurry Photo's too, David Flora had a real chance to grill skeptic Debroah Hyde recently but just ended up agreeing with everything she said. I wanted him to talk about the armchair nature of modern skeptics who write off the paranormal without doing any actual direct investigation, it's a weather balloon, swamp gas, owls, etc, pontificating that really gets up my nose.

I never liked MU, the hosts are irritating as hell.

Mine are down to:

Expanded Perspectives - I like the hosts.
Blurry - I'm hanging in there
Astonishing - see above
Ghost Story Guys
Anything Ghost
Monsters Among Us
Knock Once For Yes - (please never do an interview with those bybbuk box people again - ridiculous)
Hysteria 51 - if the subject is interesting.
Stuff they don't want you to know.
 

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Yep AL has certainly dipped a lot. Blurry Photo's too, David Flora had a real chance to grill skeptic Debroah Hyde recently but just ended up agreeing with everything she said. I wanted him to talk about the armchair nature of modern skeptics who write off the paranormal without doing any actual direct investigation, it's a weather balloon, swamp gas, owls, etc, pontificating that really gets up my nose.

I never liked MU, the hosts are irritating as hell.

Mine are down to:

Expanded Perspectives - I like the hosts.
Blurry - I'm hanging in there
Astonishing - see above
Ghost Story Guys
Anything Ghost
Monsters Among Us
Knock Once For Yes - (please never do an interview with those bybbuk box people again - ridiculous)
Hysteria 51 - if the subject is interesting.
Stuff they don't want you to know.
Would you be ok DM'ing me some feedback about the 'dybbuk box people' lol! Only if you don't mind. (also happy to speak on the open forum, just didn't want to derail the thread!)
 

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Would you be ok DM'ing me some feedback about the 'dybbuk box people' lol! Only if you don't mind. (also happy to speak on the open forum, just didn't want to derail the thread!)
Will do. but probably won't be now as I've got stuff to do!
 

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There's an 10 part version of Lovecraft's 'The Case of Charles Dexter Ward' on the BBC sounds website. Purists beware it has been 'updated', but don't let that put you off. I normally find Radio 4 dramas far too smug and middle class, but this was made by an external production company and I really enjoyed it.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06t51w8

:fhtagn:
This is being broadcast again - first part today. It's in 18 parts, done in the form of a podcast.
 

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A handful of recently-discovered podcasts to throw into the mix ......

Scary Stories by Verity Clayton is excellent. The theme is fear, each episode covering a different type of human fear. It is absolutely perfect late-night listening, really not for a sunny day in the garden. Verity has a highly seductive voice and the background music is ambient, electronic type fare. It is a very intelligently written podcast and is a convenient half hour or so in length. The potential downside for some is she rounds things off with a creepypasta (God I hate that word) taken from the internet, which are fictional whereas I prefer allegedly true stories. Highly recommended.

For those who enjoy such allegedly true stories, 2 other late-night-listening podcasts I enjoy are Let's Read and Let's Not Meet. In each, the narrator reads creepy accounts of unsettling events taken from Reddit et al. Whilst a percentage of the stories are obviously bullshit, the majority strike me as true. The bulk of the stories are non-paranormal but are very creepy, indeed far creepier than the paranormal stories which often veer into sillytown.
The Let's Read guy really does have the fabled dulcet tones, the Let's Not Meet guy takes some getting used to but I find both are really listenable.

Check them out, especially Scary Stories.
 

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Okay, so the magazine got rid of this excellent page and replaced it with that Haunted Generation nonsense, but I just wanted to mention the Weird Tales Podcast. It's just a guy reading tales by the likes of HPL and Derleth. I enjoyed "The King In Yellow" and have ended up listening to a few more. It's very well read, although he makes mistakes and rather than editing them out just leaves them in which is a bit weird (lol). Well worth a listen though.
 

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I just found Classic Ghost Stories and Weird Tales Podcast read by Tony Walker. He reads E. F Benson, Ambrose Bierce, Algernon Blackwood, Ray Bradbury etc. Just listened to two episodes and enjoyed them. He recites them well and has a good voice and pacing.
 

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We seem to have two different Podcast threads which differ in subject matter, not one whit.

This is an unashamed cut and paste of a post I put up on the Fortean Podcasts thread.

I think it's worth duplicating here because it's a great podcast, and wouldn't want anyone who might be interested to miss the recommendation.

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I still haven't really got into podcasts yet. No doubt I will, but I'm one of those who hovers at the door for ages, and then chucks myself in like a lunatic. I'm currently still hovering at the door.
Well, since then I’ve dipped a few toes in the podosphere – and although still not exactly a gluttonous consumer, the parts of it I do enjoy, I enjoy very much.

Just for now though, I’m going to serve up some propers to Talking Till Dawn - and the two guys who host it.

I’ve always thought that an interest in the strange is a win-win situation: if a story appears to be genuine, then that’s clearly a fantastic thing - but even if it’s not, and provably not, then the reasons why it exists, and the journey it went through to get where it is, can be an equally fascinating trip in its own right. To my mind it’s not just about the story, but the story of the story - not just the woo, but the why too.

And this seems to be the character of this podcast. For me they get the balance right on lots of levels: there’s banter (Glasgow based – so there’s bound to be...patter is nine tenths of the law), but just the right amount (although maybe a little bit of overchat in the first episode, but they soon get that sorted); the ethos is inquisitive and open minded without being gullible, sceptical without being dismissive, intelligent without being fusty - and it can be funny without being flippant.

Not a dry scripted recitation of recycled facts, or a bunch of people telling in-jokes and braying at each other over the ether - the two hosts are present within the discussion, but without making it all about them, and there’s a genuine warmth and clear enthusiasm which makes the listener feel somehow involved in the conversation in the way that the best radio always did. (The broadcast relationship reminds me a little of Will Ross and Mike Taylor, of the thoroughly excellent, A Podcast to the Curious.) The episodes seem to be at least part scripted, and possibly researched alternately, or at least separately, by the presenters, which helps create the spontaneous to and fro of a genuine conversation.

Repetition is the curse of any niche subject, and as with many things based on this sort of material, if the subject is something that you already have an interest in, then there might not be a whole lot you won’t have heard already. But, there’s always just a little bit more to think about, and even very familiar things can be thrown into a different light by a different telling – and I’d say that this is probably a good place for that to happen.

There’s clearly a lot of effort put into researching the subjects and, even with that familiar ground, I haven’t found a single episode that hasn’t been a thoroughly enjoyable listen. I thought I’d heard and read enough about Loch Ness to last me a couple of lifetimes, and was going to skip those episodes, but I ended up gobbling them up – about as entertaining an overall revue of the subject as I’ve ever come across. I even found the Black Eyed Kids episode – a subject I am not in the least convinced about, or even that interested in – entertaining; worth the bus fair alone for Michael’s genuinely unnerving experience in a Glasgow park (not a BEK, by the way – but you can see the connect).

It’s also, I think, a great name.

As you can probably tell, I really like it, and am saving the latest episode – Sky Monsters & Atmospheric Beasts – for a stormy evening.

Link: Talking Till Dawn.

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Have since then listened to the Sky Monsters episode, and the latest, on Erdstalls - all really, really good stuff.
 

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We seem to have two different Podcast threads which differ in subject matter, not one whit.

This is an unashamed cut and paste of a post I put up on the Fortean Podcasts thread.

I think it's worth duplicating here because it's a great podcast, and wouldn't want anyone who might be interested to miss the recommendation.

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Well, since then I’ve dipped a few toes in the podosphere – and although still not exactly a gluttonous consumer, the parts of it I do enjoy, I enjoy very much.

Just for now though, I’m going to serve up some propers to Talking Till Dawn - and the two guys who host it.

I’ve always thought that an interest in the strange is a win-win situation: if a story appears to be genuine, then that’s clearly a fantastic thing - but even if it’s not, and provably not, then the reasons why it exists, and the journey it went through to get where it is, can be an equally fascinating trip in its own right. To my mind it’s not just about the story, but the story of the story - not just the woo, but the why too.

And this seems to be the character of this podcast. For me they get the balance right on lots of levels: there’s banter (Glasgow based – so there’s bound to be...patter is nine tenths of the law), but just the right amount (although maybe a little bit of overchat in the first episode, but they soon get that sorted); the ethos is inquisitive and open minded without being gullible, sceptical without being dismissive, intelligent without being fusty - and it can be funny without being flippant.

Not a dry scripted recitation of recycled facts, or a bunch of people telling in-jokes and braying at each other over the ether - the two hosts are present within the discussion, but without making it all about them, and there’s a genuine warmth and clear enthusiasm which makes the listener feel somehow involved in the conversation in the way that the best radio always did. (The broadcast relationship reminds me a little of Will Ross and Mike Taylor, of the thoroughly excellent, A Podcast to the Curious.) The episodes seem to be at least part scripted, and possibly researched alternately, or at least separately, by the presenters, which helps create the spontaneous to and fro of a genuine conversation.

Repetition is the curse of any niche subject, and as with many things based on this sort of material, if the subject is something that you already have an interest in, then there might not be a whole lot you won’t have heard already. But, there’s always just a little bit more to think about, and even very familiar things can be thrown into a different light by a different telling – and I’d say that this is probably a good place for that to happen.

There’s clearly a lot of effort put into researching the subjects and, even with that familiar ground, I haven’t found a single episode that hasn’t been a thoroughly enjoyable listen. I thought I’d heard and read enough about Loch Ness to last me a couple of lifetimes, and was going to skip those episodes, but I ended up gobbling them up – about as entertaining an overall revue of the subject as I’ve ever come across. I even found the Black Eyed Kids episode – a subject I am not in the least convinced about, or even that interested in – entertaining; worth the bus fair alone for Michael’s genuinely unnerving experience in a Glasgow park (not a BEK, by the way – but you can see the connect).

It’s also, I think, a great name.

As you can probably tell, I really like it, and am saving the latest episode – Sky Monsters & Atmospheric Beasts – for a stormy evening.

Link: Talking Till Dawn.

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Have since then listened to the Sky Monsters episode, and the latest, on Erdstalls - all really, really good stuff.
Thanks for the heads up on Talking Till Dawn. I have subscribed after listening to a few episodes and it s everything you said it was.
 

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I keep meaning to write something like that for my business site but I never seem to find the time, and a lot is specific to the program you are using to edit once you get to that stage. And then it's generally easier to find 'how to's on YouTube. It is quite a diverse topic though depending on how deep you get. I was lucky to have some music recording experience so I was already familiar with mic technique, editing and mixing. After that it is mainly just setting up a host and having a social media presence on the technical side.

It can seem overwhelming when you try and break it down, but at it's simplest, it's just talking into a microphone.

Urry up with the next episode! :D
 
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