The Sonic Society

Showcasing the very best in new Audio Drama

Welcome To The Sonic Society!

Each week Jack Ward and David Ault are pleased to showcase the very best Modern Audio Theatre (Radio Drama) from around the world. From the days of Old Time Radio in the early 20th century until the modern age of broadcasts, podcasts, and streaming simulcasts, audio plays are movies for the mind!

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P.G. Holyfield Could Use Your Smile- Rise and Shine

Posted By on August 18, 2014

1965850_1408294617.4618And with that, listeners were transformed by the tale that P.G. Holyfield told.
I began audio drama in the first wave of podcasting back over a decade now, and even though audio books and audio drama swim in different circles we do cross back and forth occasionally.

I never got much chance to speak to P.G., but I too was wrapped up in his novel “Murder at Avedon Hill” and was excited at the opportunity for more. P.G. and I have a lot in common, a love of role playing games, fantasy, and of course Game of Thrones. P.G. is a lover of story, a weaver of tales and a podcaster of many podcasts well “Beyond the Wall” and “Tales of the Children” are the ones I’ve listened to. He’s a favourite guest at both Balticon and Dragoncon and has an endless list of friends he’s gathered in the seven years since he first podcast his novel.

I mean P.G. Holyfield is such a presence in the podcasting culture, that I guess I took it for granted that I’d be able to interview him at any time.
so, it was with some shock that I read a blog announcement from Chooch Schubert and Vivian Muse about the recent challenges to P.G.’s health.

And after I started looking at pictures after pictures of Patrick with his friends that people posted on his Facebook and through twitter, and I listened to the love that Nutty spoke about, the fact that no one, NO ONE could say anything bad about this man… it got me thinking…

Maybe, it’s time for all of us to rise and shine a little bit more. You know the phrase “rise and shine”? My parents woke me up as a kid every morning, and I wake up my boys with that little piece of advice- Rise and Shine.

P.G. Holyfield teaches me, even now, a little bit about being a better person. Not just rising to the challenges and doing the things I need to do, but maybe “shining” just a little brighter… smiling a little more, and being just that much more communicative about the people around me.

I lost my best friend, eighteen years ago, and since then, I don’t take my friends for granted. I’m very careful to tell the listeners of the Sonic Society know how much they mean to me at the end of each season. I try not to get too sappy through out the year, but maybe the secret of P.G.’s success as a man- beyond his wildly creative talent- is that he makes people around him feel valued all the time.
Not just once in a while, and without having to say a whole lot.

I’m not a very social person normally. I have trouble feeling comfortable around groups of people I don’t know- hence my presence in Conventions have always been limited. I’m more comfortable on stage and in panels than chatting afterwards.

Maybe it’s time for me try harder. Maybe its time to rise a little to complete those creative endevours. Maybe its time to shine a little more with the people around me.

If you want to help out P.G., and rise and shine a little more yourself, go to the Go Fund Me P.G. Holyfield Cancer Support page, put your memories of Patrick in an audio or a video… Talk to friends. Whatever you do…

Time to shake yourself out of bed, and rise and shine…

Sonic Summer-14-2-Domien and Eline, Where Audio’s Epic!

Posted By on August 12, 2014

ssummerThis week’s sunny sonic society submission is a tantalizingly terrific interview with Belgium’s brightest- Domien de Groot and Eline Hoskins, from Audio EpicsThe fantastic fellows of fantasy give Jack the lowdown on their incredible indiegogo campaign to get Witch Hunter Chronicles chronicled- this time in audio book form! Get into the act with a donation today and make up some cover art for their latest contest. You’ll be amazed at their gifts!

Sonic Summer-14-1- Ding Ding Ding went the Bell!

Posted By on August 5, 2014

ssummerJohn Bell connects up with Jack to talk about his latest creative venture. You’re never going to believe the fun we have when we kick around the hilarious The Devil’s Piñata with action hero Buck Shott! You’re going to want to rush out and grab your own copy while you can!

Hunting for the Audio Book

Posted By on August 4, 2014

witchmusicThe fantastic folks at Audio Epics need your help!

They’ve begun an Indiegogo project to complete a ten hour audio book (that’s three times as long the original audio drama series). Domien deGroot, the miraculously creative fantasy writer promises a more complete story, including a new character and the full experience of the heights of his imaginative vision.

Take a moment and toss some money their way and let’s see the award winning Witch Hunter Chronicles in this beautiful new, complete, form! The campaign begins today! Armor up and join us!

A Missive to the Society

Posted By on July 31, 2014

David offers our thanks and a request for all society members for season 10!ssociety

Cool Hand Mike

Posted By on July 31, 2014

1842cf89e1e1549212577241427560a8Michael L.  Stokes, Audio Production star of H.G. World, Gypsy Audio, and our own award winning Alone in the Night from the Wavefront Anthology series has his own production website up. Go take a look, see what’s cooking, and marvel at the awesome work he does!


Episode 391- The Return of the Space Casey

Posted By on July 29, 2014

Going ouSCt joyously with the galactic heralded return of  “Space Casey” by Christiana Ellis! Jack and David say goodbye to another season but look ahead to our ten years!

BONUS: Another fun-filled Bell’s in the Batfry featuring John Bell! This time its #79 (hey that rhymes! Hey, so did that!)

Episode 390- Poe-ettic Audio

Posted By on July 22, 2014

ClaRTPssic terrors with Edgar Allan Poe’s frightfully good retellings from Radio Theatre in NYC. “Fall of the House of Usher” and “The Black Cat” for your ghoulish amusement while two recently rejuvenated hosts try to find their way back to adulthood!

With a SPECIAL EXTRA of Bell’s in the Batfry #33, what could be finer?

Episode 389- Tame Me This Audio

Posted By on July 15, 2014

The last greatppt Pulp-Pourri Theatre presented from Pete Lutz with the magnificent “Tame Me This Beast” and young Jack and David are at a loss how to transform back!

Episode 388- The Better Pulp

Posted By on July 8, 2014

10527340_10154356124360481_980194404666765367_nOnce again, the Forces of Audio bring us more Pulp-Pourri Theatre and Pete Lutz with a triumphant return of “The Better Man” and a very unusual transformation for Jack and David!