Welcome, Traveler.

 

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.

 

LATEST episodes

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Second Citadel – The Moonlit Hermit (P2)

Posted May 7, 2018

Subject: the Keep of Titan's Blooms. Symptoms: spreading petrification; irritability; musical inclinations. Suggested treatment: cooperation with its master, Lord Arum, a creature who would scoff at the idea of tracking symptoms in the first place, a lizard whose scaly mind is ever-absorbed in suspicion, self-preservation, and ego.

Side effects may include: sleep loss; injury; frustration; entombment; and then...

Keep it together, Rilla. This is a medical record, not your diary.

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Second Citadel – The Moonlit Hermit (P1)

Posted April 23, 2018

Deep in the Swamp of Titan's Blooms stands a towering plant with no equal in the Second Citadel. It is in parts tree, fern, beanstalk, and a single gigantic flower -- and it is the Keep from which Lord Arum watches over his Swamp.

No human has ever seen the labyrinthine interior of this Keep until today. When Rilla awakens in the Keep she will come face-to-face with things she'd never dreamed she'd see, magical artifacts and creatures and mysteries that tie deep into the workings of the very universe... but unless she can find a way to escape, she may be the only human to ever learn of them.


NEWS

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11 addictive podcasts to indulge in over Memorial Day weekend

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."

Radio Drama Revival

interview w/ sophie & kevin by radio drama revival

David of Radio Drama Revival interviews Sophie and Kevin. Tune in to hear them deconstruct noir, sci fi, and masculinity.


HELP US PAY OUR ACTORS & STAFF

 

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.