It’s your favorite podcast addict, coming to you with a brand new show to binge.
And by brand new, I mean it’s four seasons in. But that’s four seasons of solid, sinister storytelling.
The Wrong Station is an anthology-style show. It hearkens back to old radio shows, as many of the best podcasts do. Each episode begins by telling you that you may want to adjust your dial, as you’ve turned to the Wrong Station.
From there, listeners are treated to a dark tale that ranges from straight horror, campfire tale, to dark science fiction.
I haven’t listened to the whole series yet. I’ve just picked through some of the episodes that sounded the best. And I’ve yet to be disappointed. Each story is clever, unique and creepy. I made a point to listen to the first episode, The Snowman. I also made sure to listen to the latest episode, Unbridled. I wanted to make sure, you see, that the quality of the stories didn’t change too much.
The Snowman was much shorter than the rest of the stories. But that made it no less entertaining. It felt like seeing a good friend you haven’t talked to in a while. They start telling you a funny little story. And it’s only partway in that you realize something is very, very wrong.
Unbridled, the last episode of season four, was worlds away from that. Literally. It’s about a husband and wife who volunteer for a mission to an unknown planet. The place is amazing. The creatures there evolve every few minutes. Even the change from day to night causes them to evolve. The people have to take care to wear protective shields, lest they start evolving out of control. What follows is a horrifying love story that has been haunting me since.
Anthology horror shows have long been an obsession for me. As a child I watched Are You Afraid of The Dark and read Goosebumps. Growing up I discovered Creepshow, Tales from The Crypt and many others.
All of these shows stood on the shoulders of old school radio shows. And while they’re great, they’ve never captured the same eerie magic of a completely auditory medium. As Stephen King explains in Danse Macabre, in a movie you have to show the monster. In a book (or podcast) you never have to do that. So you can never run the risk of the audience seeing the zipper running down the back of the killer’s costume.
The Wrong Station capitalizes on that old magic in the best way. So if you’re looking for a creepy little collection of stories, give it a listen.