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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juno steel and the promised land

Posted October 10, 2017

The story goes that two hundred years ago, when the War was at its most brutal, Erin Marshall D’Arc made the most important discovery in Martian history… and never shared it with anyone. 

An election always makes itself about the present, and so Juno Steel never expected that this case would bring him two centuries into the past. Yet here he is, on the trail of Mayor Pilot Pereyra, with a Private Eye at his side and hundreds of years of history to dig through. Down here in the Free Domers’ ruins lie traps and treasure, if the tales are true… and if Juno wants to survive he’ll have to solve two mysteries simultaneously: one about the present… and one about a family more than a century dead. 

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SECOND CITADEL - lady of the lake

Posted September 26, 2017

Special threats deserve special measures, and Queen Mira of the Second Citadel is a master of special measures. Enter Sir Caroline: a free radical knight, one of the Queen’s most capable and least trustworthy, and most likely the only hope the Second Citadel has of surviving the scourge of manipulative monsters that has plagued them for months. 

 Sir Caroline, newly-appointed Investigator-General of the Second Citadel, must assemble a team and head north, to the source from which these monsters flow. But they must be careful, because the village through which they’re passing has been struck by a terrible curse… and strange things lurk near the waters through which they must pass.   


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.