Depending on who you ask, the Penumbra is either the grandest railway this side of Nowhere or a twice-monthly podcast series. Each episode takes the form of a 30-50 minute radio play.
The Penumbra is all about stories you recognize told in ways you won’t expect. Your femme fatale might be an homme fatale; you might find that not every haunting needs a ghost. Your criminal underworld might advertise on billboards ten miles tall, and when push comes to shove your home might have a bit more heart than you’re comfortable with. It’s never just a heist, a Western, an adventure. It’s the parts we think are still fresh about those genres — along with what we find along the tracks.
And what will we find, you ask? Well… see for yourself.
Posted June 5, 2018
"You did it in one day. One choice. When you let him in, when you let the hero rob us blind without taking a thing."
That's how Sarah Steel justified the murder of Benzaiten Steel, twenty-one years ago. But the day she was referring to was even older: fifteen years before that. A motive a long, long time in the making.
But what does that mean? How could one four-year-old child ruin three lives?
Juno remembers. But what he remembers... can't be right. It can't be.
It can't be.
Posted May 22, 2018
Today we journey within. Within the sands of Mars, to the clinic of Hanataba; within the Theia Spectrum and its labyrinthine connections; within the mind; within the past itself.
Try to throw away the past if you like, Juno Steel, but it lies within. And you can't lose your past without losing yourself... can you, little monster?
We made the front page of Vox's "Culture" section!
"Borrowing liberally from old-school radio drama and The Twilight Zone, The Penumbra Podcast began life as a fun project among a group of friends and rapidly became a cult hit for its queer love stories and fresh take on old storytelling. The podcast features one-off anthology-style stories ranging from gothic thrillers to Wild West heists; but interwoven between them is the ongoing fantasy-noir story of Juno Steel, a world-weary private eye who lives on Mars and winds up frequently saving the universe — all while trying not to lose his heart to a wily cat thief."
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Our stories will always be available for free, but the Penumbra takes a lot of work. We want to continue to raise the production bar with each episode, and we also believe that artists should be fairly compensated for their work. We would appreciate any donations to help us keep making stories. Currently, we use Patreon for all donations.