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Alice May Be Unwell

aliceisntdeadThe folks who brought you Welcome to Nightvale are at it again with Alice Isn’t Dead, available for downloads tomorrow. Podficts or “podcast fiction” seems to be the latest rage with so many previous shows becoming wildly popular. Similar to mockumentaries, these serialized stories are meant to appear to be factual events but are told in a fictionalized scripted form. I’ve seen many audio dramaphiles frustrated with this latest turn of the podcast screw, but we at the Sonic Society think it can only bode well for audio drama’s rise.

The more people listen to audio fiction, it’s only a matter of time before their ears turn towards audio dramatic entertainment.

In the meantime, enjoy the ride and tune in! After all, ink in the New York Times isn’t going to hurt their exposure.

About The Author

Born to Teachers and Amateur Audio Enthusiasts in the small rural community of Belwood, Jack's first love was stories- writing, reading, telling, and singing. He developed his acting skills through High School, University, and through film and community theatre. Jack writes the lion's share of Electric Vicuna's Audio Drama scripts and has his own writing site at He's thrilled to co-host the Sonic Society with his wonderful, talented, friend David Ault!


2 Responses to “Alice May Be Unwell”

  1. Rachel Ann says:

    I think the draw is that they play with fact and fiction, mixing the two up. I love being able to search the Internet and find links to sites that are named in the podcast.

    I don’t know what there would be to complain about them. I don’t see how they take away from audio dramas, which I also listen to. It is a story in a different form.

    Facts (science/history/math/etc) present in a story form don’t detract from me listening to hard science podcast.

    Just another choice.

  2. Jack says:

    Excellent points Rachel. I think you’re absolutely right! 🙂
    I think the frustration comes (from what I can glean from guarded posts) from people working hard and long with complex soundscapes and scripts, and seeing what are effectively scripted podcasts with next to no sound effects to tell the story getting all the attention.
    I don’t know if you listened to my diatribe on the various ways story is told through sound, but Podficts would certainly hit high on the narrative side of the chart. They are somewhat dramatic, but much more of a story “told”, than a story “happening”, if that makes any sense.
    I’m an omnivore, as you probably are aware (how could I be the host of this show for a decade if I didn’t love all things story?) but there’s folks like Bill Hollweg who hate audio books because they want the immediacy of a story to be immersed in, just as there’s folks who hate audio drama because they get lost without a narrator driving them along.
    Viva la difference! 🙂

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