By Elle Turpitt
Take six women, make them read what they believe to be ‘Danish’ poetry (psst, it’s actually a demon summoning spell), and trap them in a big, remote house, and you have the brilliant, hilarious, yet sometimes very creepy, Calling Darkness.
The podcast, written by S.H. Cooper and Gemma Amor, features a fantastic cast of voice actors, who bring the various characters to life. One thing I’ve noticed with a lot of drama podcasts is how difficult it is to keep a clear idea of what’s happening, but it’s handled really well here, with the mysterious Narrator guiding the listener, drawing them to different parts of the house and revealing, very effectively, what is happening at any one time.
There’s not a single moment in ten episodes that isn’t, in some way, entertaining, whether it’s the comedy or horror aspect, and the podcast presents some horror tropes in a new fresh way, keeping the listener constantly guessing what might happen next.
The tension will keep you on the edge of your seat. The humor does exactly what humor should do in horror – gives you a momentary relief before you’re hit with something else, or gives you a chance to laugh just after you’ve jumped. Each character gets their own moments, creating a truly fantastic ensemble feel, and it’s so easy to fall in love with all of them. It doesn’t take long to really start cheering for them, to care about them, to want to see them get out alive and maybe heal old wounds along the way.
An intelligent, hilarious, and sometimes heart-breaking horror podcast, Calling Darkness shows what can really be done with the medium, to great effect. This one gets all the stars. Give it a listen, and I promise you won’t be disappointed. Not until you run out of episodes, anyway.
Main website: callingdarknesspodcast.libsyn.com
And don’t forget to catch them on Spotify!