[tw: discussion of triggers, low key mentions of horror and problematic material, this is getting dark for a post about podcasts wtf]
if you have been anywhere on my other social media recently, you will know that i have developed an obsession with welcome to night vale (wtnv). basically: horror/comedy in a desert town with paranormal and dystopian aspects. in the form of community radio. v surreal.
i’m about 2/3 of the way through all the episodes but haven’t listened in a long time oops. the wtnv fandom is large and sprawling and every so often i get thrown back to 2013. i didn’t even have an email back then. like. i joined the book blogging community after gay marriage was legalized. hell, i barely knew what being queer meant when gay marriage was legalized. perspective.
Night Vale Presents, which makes Welcome to Night Vale (look i’m capitalizing and things! also I’m editing like a month after i first wrote it so), also makes Alice Isn’t Dead which is incredible. Which is weird because I’m not particularly into horror but at the same time it’s so beautifully written and queer and I have a soft spot for road trips that are diVERSE BUT NOT PROBLEMATIC
Side note: Gods, I’ve had so many bad experiences with road trip books. See: Mosquitoland (“war paint,” ableism), Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity (here), and The Wangs Vs. The World (holy. shit. but everyone on Goodreads is complaining about the lack of translation of the Mandarin. Gods, whites, consider your priorities). If you have recs please send ;-;
(look here’s the part I wrote about a month ago)
evi has enthusiastically rec’d me the penumbra podcast which is queer! sassy! space! and adorable
i do need a site for detailed triggers* for penumbra because it’s more explicit/violent than wtnv. Not that wtnv isn’t violent, just that the horror aspect is also set off by humor.
wtnv is impressively triggering sometimes though; a lot of the stuff involving desert bluffs and strexcorp is kinda creepy and gross.
* though! it’s really nice that penumbra puts the big common triggers up except i am now stuck on the third episode because it says trigger warning for self harm and body horror. i’m not listening to it but i hate going out of order / skipping episodes aslkdjfhkjh**
** ah. i have started ep 4. no longer stuck. :)))
(back to the present)
I’ve listened to The Bright Podcast and it’s okay but I don’t like the voices and there was a homophobic slur in the second episode. It was called out, but honestly I don’t see why they had to include it? So.