In 2019, Apple Podcasts finally combined a tab for novella podcasts — definition a recognition of novella podcasts can be ranked and tracked. In a tip 20 of a novella podcast charts around Chartable, a third-party site that aggregates a charts from opposite platforms like Apple and Spotify, there are copiousness of informed names: Welcome to Night Vale, The Black Tapes, and NoSleep all make visit appearances. A few competence be reduction informed to infrequent podcast-listeners.
Here are some important top-charting novella podcasts, what they’re about, and because we competence wish to get in on a hype.
1. The Left Right Game
Produced by QCODE — a podcast studio focused on big-budget novella podcasts with big-name actors — The Left Right Game is a abnormal story desirous by a r/nosleep creepypasta of a same name. A year after her bizarre disappearance, determined publisher Alice Sharman’s audio biography is found by an aged college friend. While following a organisation of “paranormal explorers,” Alice goes blank into a strange, abnormal otherworld. There are dual hooks for listeners with this podcast: first, Alice Sharman is played by Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok, Sorry to Bother You), and second, a podcast has some crafty uses of audio panning, a directional choices branch a array into an immersive experience. If you’re looking for a podcast to start while it’s still new, The Left Right Game debuted Mar 23. You’ll be means to listen to any part as they drop.
Average part length: 40 minutes
Number of episodes released: 4
2. The Adventure Zone
[Ed. note: Justin and Griffin McElroy were co-founders of Polygon. This does not impact a editorial preference to cover The Adventure Zone or any of their other projects.]
The Adventure Zone is an actual-play podcast now in a third debate in that a organisation of people — Griffin, Travis, Justin, and Clint McElroy — “actually play” a tabletop role-playing diversion together. The first, “Balance,” was a dermatitis strike for a jokes and noted characters, though also for a contingent spin towards moving, romantic storytelling. “Balance” used a Dungeons Dragons 5th Edition complement in a fantasy/sci-fi hybrid sourroundings with Griffin McElroy as a DM. Using a Powered by a Apocalypse complement Monster of a Week, a second campaign, “Amnesty”, was somewhere between Gravity Falls and Buffy a Vampire Slayer. Led by Griffin McElroy as a Keeper (the DM in a Monster of a Week game), a story followed a organisation of investigators perplexing to expose a secrets of their Appalachian town. The stream campaign, “Graduation,” earnings to a DD 5E system, though this time with Travis McElroy as DM. The players in “Graduation” are students during a enchanting propagandize distant into 4 groups: heroes, villains, sidekicks, and henchmen. Each of a campaigns can be listened to though believe of their prior campaigns.
Average part length: An hour and a half
Episodes released: 158
3. Six Minutes
Six Minutes is a immature adult novella podcast by Gen-Z Media, a podcast prolongation studio that creates podcasts for kids. Six Minutes is a story of a teen with superhuman abilities, told in six-minute episodes twice a week. Gen-Z competence make podcasts with kids in mind, though Six Minutes is one of their productions that can be enjoyed by any age. There are puzzling relatives who work for a government, kids who wish to figure out what’s unequivocally going on in a universe ruled by adults, and song that positively slaps. It’s a good listen if we have kids, if you’re sentimental for a disturb of ’90s sci-fi like Animorphs and The Secret World of Alex Mack, or if you’d rather listen to a story in brief bursts instead of prolonged episodes.
Average part length: Six minutes, natch.
Episodes released: 229
DUST is a podcast leg of calm studio Gunpowder Sky’s Dust initiative, focused on revelation science-fiction stories opposite opposite platforms and media. The initial season, “Horizons,” was an anthology podcast with a opposite sci-fi story any episode, trimming from Ray Bradbury and Philip K. Dick classics to new stories by contemporary writers. The second season, “FLIGHT 008,” is one serialized story about a moody that disappears by spacetime. FLIGHT 008 facilities a lineup of actors like Danny Trejo, Alfred Molina, and Calista Flockhart. If we wish a story that’s told in full, “Horizons” is 9 episodes that can be listened to in any order. If we wish a story told over several episodes, “FLIGHT 008” releases any Wednesday by May 27.
Average part length: 20 minutes
Episodes released: 13
Limetown is a sci-fi thriller, one of a indie novella greats that has ceaselessly brought listeners into a novella podcast scene. Limetown follows Lia Haddock, a contributor questioning a city once inhabited by a world’s biggest minds — until everybody went missing. Set 10 years after a incident, any part is a story of one survivor’s comment of Limetown, though also a story of Lia Haddock removing deeper and deeper over her head. What was Limetown’s purpose? Where did everybody go, and how did they leave no snippet of their existence behind? And who is a “Man they were all there for” a survivors keep revelation Lia about?
Since a entrance in 2014, Limetown has been blending into a Facebook Watch uncover starring Jessica Biel and had a prequel novel published by Tor. It’s a wild, bizarre story about a inlet of truth, ambition, and a darker sides of empathy.
Average part length: 30 minutes
Episodes released: 21
7. The Edge of Sleep
Another QCODE production, The Edge of Sleep is a serialized novella podcast about a night look-out named Dave, played by Mark Fischbach (aka Markiplier), who ends his change and realizes that everybody who went to nap that night has died. Now, Dave has to uncover what happened in this tellurian pestilence and find a solution—without ever descending asleep.
The Edge of Sleep is an heated horror/thriller that creates use of copiousness of sound pattern and song underneath Fishbach’s exegesis and any scene’s dialogue. This podcast is best listened to in an sourroundings where we can penetrate in and compensate courtesy to all going on contra listening during a invert or while during chores. The initial deteriorate finished on Nov. 5, 2019, creation now a good time to get held up.
Average part length: 25 minutes
Episodes released: 8