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 October 9, 2018
Legends say that far north of the Second Citadel, close to the Northern edge of the world itself, lives the Spiral Sage. They say he is a powerful being, a sacred warrior for human good who controls time and the wilderness itself. They say he is a great hero.
And he'd better be, because the number of creatures who need saving keeps on rising. First Lord Arum, then Rilla and Sir Caroline, and then... well, you'll just have to hear for yourself.
Posted September 25, 2018
Far, far to the north of the Second Citadel lies the Terminus, a sacred or magical ocean (depending on who you ask), a place of power where world-changing things happen... and where monsters bicker for order and entertainment.
Sir Caroline and Rilla are deep in monster country, now: deep enough that the human tales of this land are fuzzy and indistinct. They've wandered into the land of beasts... and soon they'll find that the rules are a little different here.
We're among great company on the front page of WePresent!
"In our series Through the Prism of Pride we present stories from LGBTQ+ communities around the world, exploring the power creative expression has to bring about change, understanding and acceptance.
From a sci-fi podcast to make-believe wedding photography to an ABC for the full spectrum of identities, all these projects show pride in their own way."
We were on 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.