I have no idea why I didn’t start listening to this podcast sooner, it contains so many elements I adore. Oh well, better late than never.
The Magnus Archives is a horror podcast by Rusty Quill. It follows the investigations conducted by the Magnus Institute, an organisation devoted to researching sinister supernatural entities and events. It starts as a horror anthology. A series of written accounts of creepy experiences from a wide array of people, read aloud by Jonathan Sims, Head Archivist of the Magnus Institute. After reading the story, he briefly gives his opinion on the situation and details any investigation efforts and findings. He is a sceptic at the start, but as the show goes on, he starts to believe after his encounters.
As the series continues, the plot thickens with more characters appearing, not just being referenced by Sims. I won’t give anything away, but it gets rather gruesome at parts. I mean, it is a horror podcast after all. So don’t expect any happy endings.
The voice acting is incredible on the podcast. The stories and the plot is frightening in their own right, but the voice acting takes it to another level. It is genuinely terrifying at times and deeply unsettling as a baseline. I often listen to it on my way to work, and despite walking in broad daylight, I get creeped out every time. From the first episode, I was hooked.
The Magnus Archives is bloody brilliant. I am kicking myself for only getting into it after it finished, but at least there is still plenty for me to listen to. I’ve been listening to it for about a month now and I have no plans to stop anytime soon. It’s creepy and creative, perfect for any lover of horror.
Also, bonus points for queer representation. You love to see it.