Summer listening starts now! Underwood & Flinch and Narcissa + 2 complete series, 2 season finales, and 4 new seasons coming soon! 🎧😎 — The End Issue #37
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Evo’s Picks Featured Audio Fiction
These are my personal recommendations for great-sounding audio fiction. As with all things in life, YMMV.
Narrated horror from Mike Bennett — Underwood and Flinch
Underwood and Flinch is a three-time Parsec award-winning vampire audiobook saga by Mike Bennett.
“If you think vampire tales are a worn-out genre, Underwood and Flinch will shock and delight you.” — Walt Kolenda, Examiner.com
For hundreds of years, the eldest-born male of each generation of the Flinch family has been servant and guardian to the vampire, Lord Underwood.
While the Flinches have changed through the generations, Underwood has remained eternal. David Flinch had hoped to be spared the horror of serving his family’s lord and master, but when he is summoned to the Flinch home in Spain by his dying older brother, he knows his luck has run out.
After fifty years of slumber, Underwood is to be resurrected from the grave in a ritual of human sacrifice, and David, by right of succession, is to be his resurrector. But there is another Flinch, one who craves the role of guardian to the vampire: David’s sister, Lydia. It’s a job she means to have, even if it means making David’s the first blood shed in this new age of Underwood and Flinch.
This feed has all of Mike Bennett’s public podcasts in one place: Four seasons of Underwood and Flinch; the thriller, One Among The Sleepless; his short stories; his readings of classic stories, including 18 from H.P. Lovecraft; and his complete and unabridged reading of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
“Bennett’s ‘Underwood and Flinch’ saga is the best hidden literary gem in existence. Experience the same thrill you have when you find an unsigned underground band that blows your mind.” — P.J. Parrish. Editor-in-Chief: Tennessee Valley Business Journal
- Season 4 finale released 26 Apr 2023
- 85 episodes
- Listening time: 60h 13m
- Season 5 starts 2024
Dramatized scifi thriller from QCODE Media — Narcissa
In the not-so-distant future, mind readers are outlawed in Los Angeles. Sid (Dianna Agron) and her family have spent years fighting to protect her true identity as a reader, but her life quickly starts to unravel when a string of gruesome murders are suspected to have been committed by a mind reader.
Sid’s true identity risks exposure when she becomes entangled in a romantic affair with a mysterious woman named Andie (Maria Sten), who seems to be involved in a sinister underworld. But after spending her whole life living in the shadows to protect her true identity, Sid is willing to do everything in her power to love and be loved.
From the makers of Last Known Position, The Left Right Game, and From Now comes Narcissa, a grounded futuristic thriller available now.
Produced by QCODE. Created, written, and directed by Alex O Eaton. Starring Dianna Agron and Maria Sten.
Narcissa is presented by Dipsea. Transport your mind with hundreds of sexy audio stories. For women, by women.
- Series complete as of 31 Aug 2022
- 8 episodes
- Listening time: 4h 57m
Season Finales & Finished Series
Here’s a wide range of shows for you, some classics and some freshly complete. I like to mix things up from time to time for you.
Narrated comedy from James Lark — Neurotic Literature
A series of short stories about people who are almost certainly worse off than you are. Often bizarre, sometimes unsettling, occasionally downright upsetting, they can at least guarantee to provoke a response — and, in an increasingly mechanised world, you can take comfort from the fact that no AI could possibly come up with an audiobook like this.
- Season 1 finale released 16 May 2023
- 10 episodes
- Listening time: 5h 01m
- Season 2 starts Oct 2023
Dramatized cyberpunk noir from Velocity Studios — The Metal Detective
The year is 2045. As a historic winter storm slams into her city, New York detective Jacquelyn “Jack” Irons learns her marriage is over and seeks shelter in the closest hotel. Tonight, there’s a killer stalking the high society guests of the opulent Bradbury Hotel, and in these white-out conditions, there’s no help on the way. With no one to trust — human or robot — Jack aims to catch the killer before the sun rises and before her own past catches up with her.
- Series complete as of 11 May 2023
- 4 episodes
- Listening time: 2h 06m
- 🕵️♂️ 🌃🎧
Dramatized thriller from QCODE & Endeavor Content — Blackout
Academy Award® winner Rami Malek stars in this apocalyptic thriller as a small-town radio DJ fighting to protect his family and community after the power grid goes down nationwide, upending modern civilization.
- Series complete as of 15 Jul 2021
- 2 seasons, 16 episodes
- Listening time: 9h 16m
Dramatized kid-friendly underwater Western with a toy in every episode from Saturday Morning Media — The Tales of Deputy Guppy
From the creator of The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd! Return with us now to the thrilling days of not too long ago when the west was wild and the rivers in the west were even wilder! Luckily there was one fish to maintain law and order, one fish to reel in those who dared disturb the peace and tranquility of Driftwood Gulch, one fish to stand for truth, justice and honor in the untamed rivers of the wild west…Deputy Guppy!
- Season 2 finale (cliffhanger) released 9 Feb 2019
- 27 episodes
- Listening time: 4h 03m
New Seasons Coming Soon
Presented by Radio Drama Revival, one of the internet’s longest-running anthology audio drama shows, with the goal of showcasing the diversity and vitality of modern audio fiction.
Returning on 22 May 2023
Morland P.I., a dramatized romantic comedy from Knoves Storytelling Collective, returns for Season 2.
• 14 current episodes
• Listening time: 1h 36m
Returning on 29 May 2023
We Fix Space Junk, a dramatized scifi comedy from Battle Bird Productions, returns for Season 5.
• 48 current episodes
• Listening time: 14h 50m
Returning on 31 May 2023
Civilized, a dramatized scifi comedy from Fable and Folly Productions, returns for Season 5.
• 50 current episodes
• Listening time: 15h 13m
Returning on 1 Jul 2023
Auricle, a dramatized urban sci-fi anthology from Auricle, returns for Season 2.
• 4 current episodes
• Listening time: 1h 42m
Are you an audio fiction creator? Submit your show, and we’ll add it to a future issue!
And that’s it for the audio fiction shows in the most recent issue of The End, the newsletter that shines a light back on audio fiction shows after they’ve reached the finale of a season or the conclusion of the series.
More information, including how you can get your audiobook, audiodrama or fiction podcast highlighted in a future issue, visit TheEnd.fyi.