“The hyperbole is well deserved. This isn't just another Serial rip off; it's an inventive format that makes sense in universe. To clarify: The Magnus Archives follows a acerbic archivist trying to make sense of the chaos of an archive apparently abandoned by his predecessor. To do this he makes recordings of various statements - it's at this point I should mention that The Magnus Institute, home to the Archive, deals with the supernatural.
I've never heard of the author before but he's writing in the best traditions of the great English horror writers - M.R James and Robert Aickman. The horror is intelligent and subtle, so when the shock and the horror do come (which they do) they're impactful. The reader is pretty masterful, as well - conveying the character of the in universe writer of each statement without tipping over into overacting. No time is wasted on exposition, either - the conceit that this is meant for an audience who knows what he's talking about works well, relying on the inference of the listener to build suspense and construct a larger story from the individual stories without needing someone explaining everything every few minutes.
The episodes are compact; not a word is wasted. It's not a large investment of time to marathon this podcast (which you will) and each story is pretty much perfectly constructed. It's also one of the rare podcasts that rewards a second and third and pretty much repeated listening. The meta pacing is masterful.
It's a crying shame that this isn't more widely known - it far outstrips any other current horror podcasts.
I can't wait for more. When's the next Patreon campaign, guys? Take my money.”Read full review »
Kea_Bird via Apple Podcasts ·
New Zealand ·
“I can't help but be impressed by the unique format of this podcasts. Amazing stories that are both self-contained and build up a very interesting lore. It helps that most stories are around 20 minutes, so it's both short and sweet.”Read full review »
Brickhunt via Apple Podcasts ·
United States of America ·