Halloween Countdown: Palimpsest
By Alex C. Telander
We continue our Halloween Countdown today with Palimpsest, “a bi-weekly audio drama about memory, identity, and the things that haunt us”.
“Every story is a ghost.”
“Embrace what haunts you.”
If ever there was a show that really lived up to its name, this is it. A genuinely layered show, the creators have filled every scene, every moment, with extremely well-produced audio. There’s a complexity in both writing and sound design that keeps the reader completely hooked in, wondering where the story is going next, and what scary or horrifying things are about to unfold.
Season One tells the story of Anneliese, and her struggles with the death of her sister Claire when she was younger.
Told through a series of audio recordings that Anneliese makes at the recommendation of her former therapist, each recording gives her more confidence to reveal her secrets. Secrets like how she can still see Claire sometimes.
Just standing next to her.
There are also strange happenings in her new apartment, odd people that live there. Or, people that maybe don’t live…
The series is written by Jamieson Ridenhour, and performed by Hayley Heninger. Hayley does a simply masterful job of imbuing the character with life, and performing the lines with such emotion that the listener experiences them right alongside the character – be it sadness, anger, or fear.
The entire audio landscape is simple but effective, and the music helps to add to the spooky and unknown nature of the show.
Season Two launched September 4th and will run bi-weekly for ten episodes, so now is the perfect time to get on board this unique gem.
It’s set in the nineteenth century and it tells the story of Ellen, a new maid in service to a diminutive, unique, and beautiful looking woman who could best be described as… a fairy? Find it right here
And if you haven’t yet check out previous entries in our Halloween Countdown right here.
Alex C. Telander is the creator and writer of the Ostium Podcast.
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