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The Magnus Archives Review

Anne-Marie Thompson

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The Magnus Archives is a podcast created by Rusty Quill (this is a company, not a name), is a weekly horror podcast. It’s not rated (then again, most podcasts aren’t.) It’s set across the pond in England or, more specifically, in the archive room of the Magnus Institute.

The Magnus Archives is weekly horror podcast that is written and narrated by Jonathan Sims, a member of the Rusty Quill team about the head archivist (named, funnily enough, Jonathan Sims) who is recording all of the case files in the Archives of the Magnus Institute. Hence the title. Each episode features a different case, all equally horrifying, all of them bizarre – from noises coming from within coffins to people that write in a notebook, eat the pages, and then seemingly disappear right in front of their neighbours. Horrifying in the sense that it shouldn’t be listened to with the lights turned off while you’re trying to fall asleep. (Trust me, I tried this. It’s one of the worst ideas I’ve ever had.)

Despite it being one of those “episode by episode” deals, I really like the plot of the episodes. Each one is unique, fascinating, bizarre and different, and it adds some spice to my otherwise boring life of trying to cope with stressful high school work. Sims really does make tremors go down my spine in the best ways because, well, isn’t that the point of a horror podcast? Sims’s voice is endlessly creepy – like serial killer creepy. And for this type of podcast, it is glorious.

The voicing is amazing, and I’m not just talking about Sims’s serial killer creepy voice when he’s narrating as the surly archivist. His voice changes to fit the character he’s speaking, whether it be feminine or masculine and it’s fooled me more than once into believing that I was listening to different people speak. His voice and the emotion is very compelling. The details are very vivid and nightmare-inducing (remember when I told you not to listen to this with the lights off? That’s why.) Even as something as a supposedly empty wooden casket in the corner of someone’s apartment really comes to life without you even having to see it. You just simply listen and suddenly you can see it, as if it’s right in front of you, and I think that anybody who can do that is insanely talented.

I definitely rate this a 5/5 for the voicing and the plots of each individual episode, and overall, I would recommend this to anyone who doesn’t have time to sit down and watch a movie or TV show but still wants to get their horror kick, because this is the perfect kind of thing to take with you on the go.

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