As part of my research into finding some more ongoing narrative horror podcasts I started listening to the Tanis Podcast. This podcast choice was based on the recommendation of BOOKMARC in the comment section of my top 10 horror story podcasts post.
I’ve been binge listening to this podcast for weeks now. The story is addicting and the sound design is enchanting. But let’s get a little deeper into what Tanis really is.
What is Tanis About?
This podcast is an honest-to-goodness multi-season mystery. Tanis is the investigation of Nick and his growing circle of friends and fellow seekers to figure out what exactly “Tanis” is. It starts off as kind of a lark. Nick simply wants to find a mystery and see what he can find out about it. His questions lead him down all sorts of rabbit holes.
What makes Tanis Amazing?
What makes the Tanis podcast particularly addicting is that it feels real. They use things that actually exist to build up a very immersive experience. Real unsolved mysteries, real conspiracy theories all add to the narrative of this podcast. At times it has a bit of a found footage feel with phone and Skype quality recordings, but it blends with the qualities of a well produced audio drama.
Along the lines of well-produced: this show is a treat to listen to. The way the narration is layered together with audio texture is beautiful. Yes there’s the narration, and the mix of different characters but there’s a sound bed of mellow music and intermittent sound clips that make it feel like you’re tuning into some sort of an AM broadcast. It adds an atmosphere that both feels expertly orchestrated and perfectly natural at the same time.
Podcasts Similar to Tanis
This list is more of a “I need to listen to these” than a recommendation list. But I figured I’d share what I found anyway.
- The Black Tapes Podcast– created by the same folks as Tanis
- The Black Tapes is a bi-weekly podcast from Pacific Northwest Stories and Minnow Beats Whale, and is hosted by Alex Reagan. The Black Tapes is a serialized docudrama about one journalist’s search for truth, her enigmatic subject’s mysterious past, and the literal and figurative ghosts that haunt them both. [description from theblacktapespodcast.com]
- is a podcast about true life scary stories. Our fears have roots. Lore exposes the darker side of history, exploring the creatures, people, and places of our wildest nightmares. [from Lorepodcast.com]
- Welcome to Night Vale
- WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather (music), news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events. [from welcometonightvale.com]
- Join Lane Lloyd as he tells you some of the strangest tales to come out of the town of Sable. From its founding onto today, there has not been a shortage of things to talk about. So, sit down, relax, and see if you can unlock the secrets to Sable.