The End Issue #17 |The Secret of St Kilda & Shipworm + 7 shows recently complete & 5 seasons of new audio fiction starting up again soon!
Happy almost-2023! it looks like we won’t quite hit my personal goal of getting 1,000 subscribers by the end of the year over on The End, but we’re quite close to 900, so I’m taking the win! Feel free to tell a few dozen people about this place, however. We can take it!
For those of you who celebrate, stay safe at your NYE parties. For those who’d rather stay in, the stories below are a good way to spend the coming days off!
Let’s get to it!
Featured Finished Fiction Podcasts
My own personal recommendations. If you listen to nothing else; listen to these selections.
The Secret of St Kilda from Haggis and Dragons Productions
- Dramatized horror
- Season 1 finale dropped 1 Mar 2022 | 10 episodes | Season 2 starts Aug 2023
- Listening time: 5h 22m
In this supernatural thriller series, listeners will follow Lockie, a charismatic con man who escapes to St Kilda with the promise that this time he’ll change his ways.
Unfortunately, the island and its unusual inhabitants have other ideas. He seeks redemption and they seek a saviour, but you know what they say — no change without sacrifice.
Shipworm from Two-Up
- Dramatized thriller
- Show complete as of 26 Apr 2021 | 1 episode
- Listening time: 1h 54m
In this first of its kind feature-length audio movie, Wallace Conway wakes up to find he’s been implanted with an untraceable earpiece while sleeping. So long as he does everything the voice on the other end tells him, he and his family will live.
Written by Zack Akers and produced by Skip Bronkie, Shipworm is the fourth podcast from Two-Up, the studio known for breaking ground in fiction (Limetown), musical (36 Questions), and documentary podcasts (The Wilderness).
Shipworm stars Broadway luminaries Quentin Earl Darrington and Miriam Silverman, and is available on podcast platforms everywhere.
Recently Complete Fiction Podcasts
A variety of listens for you this week, spanning genres and ranging from quite short to rather long. Let the world know what you love!
This House Will Devour You from Citeog Podcasts
- Narrated horror
- Season 1 finale dropped 27 Dec 2022 | 12 episodes available | Season 2 starts Apr 2023
- Listening time: 4h 48m
Kilphaun Hall sits high on a ridge overlooking the Blackwater river in County Waterford. Abandoned and silent for so long, it echoes now to the cheerful sounds of renovation and preparations for the coming social season of winter 1925. But Kilphaun Hall has its secrets and some places are best left to rot, forgotten. For lovers of creepy, slow-burn historical fiction, THWDY is an epistolary audio drama set between England and the uneasy peace of post-Civil War Ireland. Newly returned Captain Jon Ross must survive both local hostility and the increasingly sinister happenings at the house as his English fiancée Elizabeth Sanderson risks London’s occultist demi-monde in a race to save him. This is a twelve part story of love, madness, mysteries and dead gods, as told by Jon and Elizabeth to each other in their letters. New episodes weekly. All sound and music by Citeog Podcasts or via ZapSplat gold membership unless otherwise specified in episode description.
Jesus Pancake from Artist Soapbox
- Dramatized comedy
- Season 1 finale dropped 25 Dec 2022 | 9 episodes available
- Listening time: 3h 15m
Microwaves, family secrets, and the Potential of a Pancake converge in this zany dark comedy about a middle-aged woman reckoning with her power for the first time.
Jesus Pancake is a new scripted audio fiction series from Artist Soapbox and the Soapbox Audio Collective.
The Strange Chronicles from Kings of Kontent (Jennifer Lauer/Chris Lauer)
- Dramatized horror thriller
- 🕵️🛸 😈
- Season 1 finale dropped 23 Dec 2022 | 10 episodes available | Season 2 starts Oct 2023
- Listening time: 2h 43m
It’s 2052 and Detective Gray Cooper and her partner Joe Nebraska, investigate supernatural crime. Nothing will stop Gray from finding out the truth behind each case, even when the demons of her past threaten her future.
Good Enough by Sheila Kiely
- Narrated romance
- Series complete as of 23 Dec 2022 with 20 episodes
- Listening time: 9h 10m
Eva has ambitious plans to return to work but when fate conspires to jeopardise her future she has to dig deep to cope with current turmoil.
Enjoy a feast for the senses as you interactively engage with this romance novel written for the modern world.
This novel has a multidimensional existence that the reader can experience and interact with in the virtual world via a variety of social media platforms.
Get a feel for the themes and vibes of each chapter by enjoying the specially curated Instagram reels, Spotify playlist and the blog posts that accompany each chapter.
Aural Stories Shorts from Aural Stories
- Dramatized drama anthology
- Series complete as of 23 Dec 2022 with 2 episodes
- Listening time: 0h 53m
Women focused fiction anthology series from Aural Stories. Check out Bonnie Screws Up, Fast Track to 40, and Up a River, multi-episode stories also from Aural Stories.
Listening In from QCODE
- Dramatized thriller
- Series complete as of 13 Jul 2022 with 8 episodes
- Listening time: 3h 14m
When her home speaker begins picking up her neighbors’ conversations and broadcasting them into her apartment, a lonely recent New York transplant, Julia (Rachel Brosnahan) becomes increasingly obsessed with her neighbors’ lives. But what begins as a voyeuristic endeavor quickly devolves into a situation with real world consequences, and she quickly realizes she doesn’t know who to trust.
From the makers of Last Known Position and Soft Voice comes Listening In, a uniquely modern mystery thriller. QCODE+ subscribers on Apple Podcasts will get early access to new episodes before anyone else and exclusive bonus content. Learn more at apple.co/qcode.
Produced by QCODE, Automatik, and Scrap Paper Pictures. Created, written, and directed by Sabrina Jaglom. Starring Rachel Brosnahan, Manish Dayal, David Aaron Baker, Caroline Aaron, Adeline Rudolph, Bridget Regan, Daniel J Watts, and Dana Melanie.
Otzi The Iceman Must Die from Voyage Media
- Dramatized historical fiction
- Series complete as of 18 Jul 2021 with 4 episodes
- Listening time: 1h 28m
A what-if scripted audio drama based on the oldest unsolved cold case in human history: the murder of “Otzi The Iceman”, found perfectly preserved in ice after 5,300 years… with an arrowhead mysteriously lodged in his shoulder.
A production of Voyage Media, starring Ethan Suplee (Remember the Titans, American History X, The Wolf of Wall Street).
New Seasons Starting Soon
The new year brings a whole bunch of new seasons! Get caught up now so you can be ready for the next season as soon as episode start dropping.
The Ostium Podcast by Alex C. Telander
- Dramatized scifi
- 🚪 🚠 ⛰️
- Returning 1 Jan 2023 for season 6 | 59 prior episodes available
- Listening time: 33h 33m
Ostium is a fictional podcast about a man who discovers a secret town with many doors that lead him to strange and interesting places.
The Strata from Mark R. Healy
- Dramatized scifi
- Returning 3 Jan 2023 for season 8 | 37 prior episodes available
- Listening time: 15h 12m
In a dystopian city, an ageing courier is forced to go into business with an underworld ganglord in order to pay for the treatment that keeps him alive.
Underwood and Flinch (Saga) from Mike Bennett
- Narrated horror
- Returning 4 Jan 2023 for season 4 | 67 prior episodes available
- Listening time: 46h 13m
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.
Petrified by Peter Dunne / Liam Geraghty
- Dramatized horror anthology
- 💀 😱 🇮🇪
- Returning 11 Jan 2023 for season 3 | 16 prior episodes available
- Listening time: 8h 8m
Petrified — a horror fiction anthology podcast from a darker Ireland. Petrified tells the chilling tales of ordinary people encountering the supernatural, and their terrifying fates.
Written and directed by Peter Dunne. Produced by Liam Geraghty.
A Walk with Ghosts from Bone13 Productions
- Dramatized drama
- Returning 25 Jan 2023 for season 3 | 30 prior episodes available
- Listening time: 3h 22m
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!