The End #22 | The Burned Photo & American Hostage, +11 recent season/series finales & 4 new seasons coming soon! 🎧☺️

Evo Terra
9 min readFeb 3


Greetings, fabulous fan of fiction podcasts!

I don’t understand why Groundhog Day is a thing. But here we are. Shadow or no shadow (dumb, I tell you), I have a lot of finished fiction shows to share with you today.

Before that: thanks for all of your feedback as I work on the podcast companion. I think I have a good format now, but please listen to this super-seekrit episode link (it’s not secret) and let me know what you think.

Let’s get started!

- Evo

Featured Complete Audio Fiction

These two are my personal recommendations. I hope you love them as much as I do. But you may not, and that’s OK too.

The Burned Photo from QCODE

  • Dramatized horror thriller
  • 👻👩‍👧💨
  • Series complete as of 25 Apr 2022
  • 2 seasons, 14 episodes
  • Listening time: 9h 46m

The hit horror show, The Burned Photo is back. This suspense-filled thriller tells the story of Felicia (Charmaine Bingwa, THE GOOD FIGHT) and Kira (Kat McNamara, SHADOWHUNTERS), two women, whose lives become intertwined when they discover they are being terrorized by the same multi-generational curse that is determined to end their family lineages.

In Season 2 of The Burned Photo, Felicia and Kira dig deeper into the curse, discovering its connection to the mysterious 18th century sorcerer, Doctor Joachim and realizing the curse’s origin is more horrifying than they could ever imagine. Will they be able to face the Tanmitadore on their own terms or will the curse succeed in ending Felicia and Kira’s lives?

Produced by QCODE and Vertigo Entertainment (IT, THE DEPARTED). Starring Charmaine Bingwa and Katherine McNamara. Season 2 Created by Nicole Exposito. Written by Jeremy Novick & Kwynn Perry. Directed by Jeremy Novick & Kwynn Perry.

American Hostage from Amazon Music | Criminal Content | Wondery

  • Dramatized thriller
  • 📻📞😰
  • Series complete as of 19 Apr 2022
  • 8 episodes
  • Listening time: 3h 30m

Based on a true story, American Hostage stars Jon Hamm as Fred Heckman, a beloved local radio reporter who is thrust into the middle of a life-or-death crisis when hostage-taker, Tony Kiritsis, demands to be interviewed on his popular radio news program. Kiritsis has tied a shotgun to his banker’s neck in grim fashion, but through Heckman’s radio show he gradually becomes a media sensation and unexpected anti-hero during a nail biting 63-hour standoff.

American Hostage is an 8-episode scripted psychological thriller from Amazon Music & Criminal Content starring Emmy Award-winner Jon Hamm and directed by Academy Award® winner Shawn Christensen.

Recently Complete Stories

Want the latest complete listening experiences? Here are 10 (mostly) recently completed fiction podcasts for you to enjoy.

Strange Matter from Joey Gutierrez

  • Dramatized scifi
  • 🌑🕵️‍♂️📡
  • Season 1 finale released 30 Jan 2023
  • 6 episodes
  • Listening time: 1h 27m
  • Season 2 starts Jun 2023

Set in the future, humanity has begun a mass exodus to Earth’s Moon, Luna. With the passing of the new Unity Act under the United Nations news broadcasts and media are carefully moderated, and a new age of information quarantine has begun. As dozens of illegal broadcasts are taken down each day, Strange Matter stands resolute to provide the truth in the Solar System.

Blood & Gold from Realm

  • Dramatized thriller
  • 🤠💰🩸
  • Series complete as of 26 Jan 2023
  • 16 episodes
  • Listening time: 11h 41m

Emmy-nominated actor Richard Cabral stars as Joaquin Murrieta in Blood & Gold.

To some he was a hero. To others, a villain. He stained 19th century California with the blood of his enemies. He was a desperado, a leader, an avenger for his people… and an inspiration for Hollywood’s Zorro. Written by one of his descendants, this is the story of how Joaquin Murrieta becomes a legend.

Before he was an outlaw, he was just Joaquin: a young man in love who believed anything was possible. But as he fights for a better life with his beloved Rosita, the irresistible dream of the California Gold Rush quickly turns into a nightmare. White men rule this land with prejudice and terror, and Joaquin’s success only fuels their jealousy and resentment. Their answer is an act of unspeakable violence.

Driven to take bloody vengeance, Joaquin hunts down his enemies one by one. In the face of American savagery, Joaquin takes up the life of an outlaw — one determined to strike back at his oppressors and reclaim a place in this vast land for himself and his people.

Blood & Gold is a Realm production based on the novel “Blood and Gold: The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta” by Jeffrey J. Mariotte and Peter Murrieta and adapted for audio by Greg Cox. Listen Away.

Dark Heights from Realm

  • Narrated horror
  • 🧙‍♀️🔮😰
  • Season 2 finale released 26 Jan 2023
  • 27 episodes
  • Listening time: 17h 57m

A small California town — and three people within it — become the targets of an ancient evil.

Tess Bellamy’s return home is anything but triumphant. She’s decided Hollywood isn’t for her, resigned to a normal life of caring for her ailing mother. Linna Severand would be a powerful sorceress…if she could escape her family’s mansion, and usurp their control of her magic. Gabriel Majeaux once tried to save the world from evil. Now he’s the last of his kind, moving from place to place to avoid detection.

After a series of horrifying events, their lives collide…and if they aren’t prepared, it’s unlikely they’ll survive.

Dark Heights is a Realm production created and written by C.D. Miller. Listen Away.

Wilzerlott from Jennifer Lott

  • Dramatized fantasy comedy
  • 🐉🤣🧙‍♀️
  • Season 1 finale released 7 Jan 2023
  • 15 episodes
  • Listening time: 4h 38m
  • Season 2 starts Jun 2023

A comedic fantasy series that considers itself a documentary. The magical kingdom of Wilzerlott existed one million years ago and its resident time traveler is here to tell you future cave people all about the dragons and curses of their time.

Dear Bastard! from Andrew Naughtie & Paul McKane

  • Dramatized comedy
  • 🏡📧🤬
  • Series complete as of 4 Jan 2023
  • 3 seasons, 16 episodes
  • Listening time: 5h 17m

One house, five apartments, six very different residents, all trapped in one never-ending email chain…

This is Dear Bastard! — the award-winning scripted narrative comedy, featuring warring neighbours and their passive-aggressive group emails, as featured on the BBC.

For Goodness Sake: A Christmas Adventure from Luke Trusty

  • Dramatized horror christmas comedy
  • 😱😈🎅🏽
  • Season 1 finale released 31 Dec 2022
  • 5 episodes
  • Listening time: 2h 41m
  • Season 2 starts Oct 2023

When Santa’s Naughty List becomes public knowledge, teen friends Theo, JJ, Hugh and Izzy find out they are in the top ten. To correct this mistake, they travel to the North Pole to confront Santa. But not every story about the workshop is true. Join us in an unconventional Christmas story of peril and death that will leave you wondering who really deserves to be on the Naughty list

Into the Night Anthology from Nari Kwak at Creative Typo Entertainment

  • Narrated multigenre
  • 📖🌃👀
  • Season 3 finale released 29 Dec 2022
  • 68 episodes
  • Listening time: 16h 07m
  • Season 4 starts Mar 2023

Into the Night is a short story anthology written by author Caroline Giammanco and narrated by Nari Kwak. Ranging from science fiction to paranormal to general fiction, each story offers listeners the unexpected. Find out which twisted path will lead you Into the Night.

Joy to the World from Tal Minear | Realm

  • Dramatized scifi
  • 🛰️🎁🌎
  • Series complete as of 24 Dec 2022
  • 11 episodes
  • Listening time: 1h 57m

Joy to the World follows Joy, an astronaut alone on the ISS, as they take calls from around the world on a lonely Christmas Eve. It’s about end-of-year holiday spirit in general, exploring different experiences of what makes this time of year special.

Iphigenia in Aulis from UTC61 from Untitled Theater Company №61

  • Dramatized classic
  • 🎭😢⛵
  • Series complete as of 2 Dec 2022
  • 5 episodes
  • Listening time: 1h 34m

Iphigenia in Aulis is an adaptation of the play by Euripides, translated by Edward Einhorn and performed by the actors of Untitled Theater Company №61. It is designed to be a companion to the book published by Image Comics, a graphic novel/script hybrid that is part of Eric Shanower’s Age of Bronze series, but it can also be experienced alone.

Superhuman Public Radio from John Dorsey and Max Clark

  • Dramatized superhero comedy
  • 🦸🔍📰
  • Season 1 finale released 31 Mar 2021
  • 12 episodes
  • Listening time: 3h 52m
  • Season 2 starts Jun 2023

Superhuman Public Radio is an award-winning audio drama about the trials of a radio station in a world of superheroes.

New Seasons Coming Soon Presented by Radio Drama Revival

Radio Drama Revival is one of the internet’s longest-running anthology audio drama shows, with the goal of showcasing the diversity and vitality of modern audio fiction.

The Skylark Bell from Melissa Oliveri | Phaeton Starling Publishing

  • Narrated drama
  • 👻🕰🏚
  • Returning 3 Feb 2023 for season 3
  • 68 current episodes
  • Listening time: 16h 42m

A mysterious house with a frightening history, a new resident with a deeply held secret, a strange old woman who may be the key to it all… get ready to fall into the world of Meadow Lane and the Skylark Bell.

The Skylark Bell is a serial podcast written and hosted by Melissa Oliveri. Each episode contains one chapter of the book. Additionally, once per month, on Fantôme Friday, she recounts a real life paranormal or, at the very least, unexplained experience. If you like ghosts, psychic visions, and the supernatural in general, you’ll love this podcast!

This podcast is brought to you by: Things with Wings Productions and Phaeton Starling Publishing.

All music composed by Cannelle (

Breathing Space from Law of Names Media

  • Dramatized scifi anthology
  • 🌈🚀🤠
  • Returning 3 Feb 2023 for season 3
  • 30 current episodes
  • Listening time: 21h 03m

A bi-weekly anthology Science Fiction audio drama, telling the stories of the people of the Sol System.

Selene from Aaron J. Reardon (Clever > Than)

  • Narrated mystery
  • 👻😔🌚
  • Returning 6 Feb 2023 for season 10
  • 47 current episodes
  • Listening time: 16h 42m

Selene — A Strange City Lying Alone.

Weekly Narrated Supernatural Mystery & Horror Audiodrama.

Omega Star 7 from Omega Star Productions

  • Dramatized comedy
  • 🚀🥜🍨
  • Returning 7 Feb 2023 for season 2
  • 30 current episodes
  • Listening time: 13h 37m

In a galaxy known as the ”Sometime, Somewhere” sits a cluster of wild stars known as Omega Star 7. These are the tales of the crews who dare to call this place home.

Sardonic, self aware, and a little bit silly. Omega Star 7 is what you‘d have if a famed science fiction satirist set out to write Dune, and ended up with Star Wars. Inspired by Westerns, Pulpy Science Fiction B-Movies, and Space Operas this show has a little for everyone. Whether it‘s the improvised dialogue, ”No-Earth” setting akin to Fantasy, or the Soundtrack filled with Synths and Sludgy Desert Rock. Surely you can find something to love, or hate, about Omega Star 7.

Content Contains Language and Scenarios not always appropriate for children.

And that’s the end of The End this week! Want to see your completed fiction podcast — either at the series or season level — in a future issue? It’s free! Just submit your show, and we’ll get it in!

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Evo Terra

Professional contrarian. On a mission to make fiction podcasting better. he/him. คุณ | |