The First Episode Of

The First Episode Of

The First Episode Of... is an occasional podcast about audio drama and the creative process hosted by W. Keith Tims. In each show, I listen to the first episode of an indie audio drama, then have a discussion with the creators about the show, their methods, their struggles, and successes. It's a great conversation for anyone interested in storytelling and creativity, and with so much talent and variety out there, you're sure to find your next favorite audio drama by listening.

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May 22, 2022 35 min

Josie & Michael Herman discuss their sci-fi horror The Call of the Void, the secrets of dialog writing, remastering old episodes, what makes something scary, and the factors that help make an audio drama a success.

You can listen to The Call of the Void on most major podcast platforms, or visit https://www.acornartsandentertainment.com/thevoid

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Destiny Howell talks about her comic fantasy Absolutely No Adventures, writing for what you can produce, her strong opinions on fantasy tropes, telling a familiar story "a little to the left," and her crusade to let Black kids go to Narnia.

You can listen to Absolutely No Adventures on most major podcast platforms, or from https://noadventurespod.com/

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May 8, 2022 33 min

York Campbell talks about his sci-fi storytelling show Poetic Earthlings, drawing inspiration from everyday life, Art Bell and Joe Frank, not selling out, and deleting four hundred episodes and starting over.

You can listen to Poetic Earthlings on most major podcast platforms, or from http://poeticearthlings.com

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May 1, 2022 34 min

Christian Powlesland, Harvey Badger, and Angus Maxwell of Shouting Is Funny discuss their fantasy musical The Chronicles of Wild Hollow, the strength in collaboration, the need to create even in COVID times, using familiar story structure to introduce an audience to the world, and the challenges of writing musicals.

You can listen to The Chronicles of Wild Hollow on most major podcast platforms, or at https://www.shoutingisfunny.co...

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April 24, 2022 35 min

The creators of the sketch comedy audio fiction show PodCube™, Jordan Reed, Tucker Betez, and Mason Amadeus, talk about what's funny, committing to sound design, improvisation, and finding creative freedom with the right frame.

You can listen to PodCube™ on most major podcast platforms or from https://pod.link/podcube

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April 17, 2022 33 min

Eli Ramos talks about their cyberpunk show Under the Electric Stars, the inclusive mission of the Aster Podcasting Network, action scenes in audio drama, techno-Orientalism, and why cyberpunk is great for exploring themes of identity.

Listen to Under the Electric Stars on most major podcast platforms, or from https://undertheelectricstars.com/

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April 10, 2022 32 min

Lee Seguinte and Scott Paladin discuss their anthology sci-fi Western Breathing Space, Fading Frontier, the urge to create, reframing the Western, shared worldbuilding, making a culture of collaboration, and tortured acronyms.

Listen to Breathing Space, Fading Frontier on most major podcast platforms, or from https://breathingspace.lawofnames.com/

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April 3, 2022 31 min

Writer Emily Inkpen and Producer Chris Gregory talk about their grimdark political sci-fi The Dex Legacy, war as a business, managing worldbuilding, the power of sci-fi, and our love for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

You can listen to The Dex Legacy on most major podcast platforms, or from https://www.thedexlegacy.com/

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March 27, 2022 32 min

Andy Thierfelder discusses his psychological horror Tapes From Beyond, interacting with the audience through ARGs, giving characters high stakes, video vs. audio podcasting, and writing stories that get under your skin.

You can listen to Tapes From Beyond on most major podcast platforms, or from https://tapesfrombeyond.buzzsprout.com/

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March 20, 2022 33 min

Cody Signore talks about his horror western Wandering with the Dead, the trap of perfectionism, being honest with difficult subject matter, creating emotion through music, and learning how to use the audio drama medium.

You can listen to Wandering with the Dead on most major podcast platforms, or from https://www.wanderingwiththedead.com/

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March 13, 2022 32 min

Sean Patrick Bridges discusses his thriller Triple Six, writing consistently and amassing material, dealing with the frustrations of Hollywood, the trap of Las Vegas, and audio drama as the new indie film scene.

Triple Six is available on most major podcast platforms, or directly from https://triple-six.simplecast.com/.

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March 6, 2022 30 min

Vincent C. Davis, the creator of the epic horror/fantasy Out of the Ashes, discusses finding the grain of truth in mythology, managing epic storylines, growing as a storyteller, getting a grant, and dreams as inspiration. Listen to Out of the Ashes on most major podcast platforms, or find it at https://www.outoftheashespodcast.com/

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February 27, 2022 32 min

Julie Hoverson, the creator of the horror/sci-fi anthology 19 Nocturne Boulevard, talks about the audio drama scene in 2008, the challenges of marketing, the freedom of anthology writing, her A.D. Infinitum project, and the importance of paying your mixer.

Listen to 19 Nocturne Boulevard on most major podcast platforms, or find it at http://www.19nocturneboulevard.net/

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February 20, 2022 32 min

William J. Meyer talks about his lo-fi sci-fi (sorta) rom-com The Transposition of Chloë Brontë, his experience with sleep paralysis, themes of disconnection, the tension of unreliable narration, the importance of curiosity, and putting "the weird thing" into a story.

You can listen to The Transposition of Chloë Brontë on most major podcast platforms or from https://chloebronte.carrd.co/.

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February 13, 2022 30 min

Kris Kaiyala talks about his mystery story Dirt - An Audio Drama, the importance of family, the details that make characters relatable, imposter syndrome, and agonizing over the beginning of his show.

You can listen to Dirt - An Audio Drama on most major podcast platforms, or from https://www.dirtaudiodrama.com/

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February 6, 2022 32 min

Brenna Anderson-Dowd and Frederick Elmore talk about their modern fantasy Care and Feeding of Werewolves, stockpiling ideas to combat writer's block, drawing from folklore in a modern setting, issues with mental health care systems, and casting cockatiels.

You can find Care and Feeding of Werewolves on most major podcast platforms, or from https://www.podpage.com/care-feeding-of-werewolves/

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January 30, 2022 34 min

ItMe!, the creator of the one-person sci-fi drama InCo, talks about self-discovery through podcasting, black representation in sci-fi/fantasy, writing a character's voice, and why she's not fond of sci-fi.

You can listen to InCo on most major podcast platforms, or visit https://www.incopodcast.com/

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January 23, 2022 31 min

Ed Bachta, writer, producer, and sole performer of the paranormal comedy InSpectre talks about restarting the show after an unplanned hiatus, jokes for jokes’ sake, finding a personal writing style, getting ideas onto the page, and puns.

Listen to InSpectre on most major podcast platforms or at https://pnc.st/s/inspectre

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January 16, 2022 30 min

Writer and producer Morgan Greensmith discusses their queer urban fantasy-horror The Attic Monologues, their love of the Classics, connecting to the audience through slice-of-life, the Exeter University Podcast Society, and pacing the narrative in podcasts.

The Attic Monologues can be found on most major podcast platforms, or at https://www.theatticmonologues.co.uk/

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January 9, 2022 31 min

The writer and director of the epic fantasy Omen, Tim Krause, discusses turning his tabletop role-playing game into an audio drama, the challenges of doing without a narrator, writing fantasy dialog, collaborating with his partner Sarah Rhea Werner, and setting realistic expectations.

Omen: A Fantasy Audio Drama can be found on most major podcast platforms, or at https://omencast.com/

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