Classes are almost finished, exams are arriving, and before you know it some of us will be walking across the stage at graduation. It was at this time last year that I discovered the podcast by Nightvale Presents, Alice isn’t Dead. This quickly became one of my favourites. I know I say this all the time, but this one is amazing!
Alice went missing years ago, she was presumed to be dead. Alice’s wife had come to terms with her death, she hadn’t moved on, but she knew the truth: that Alice was dead. Then one evening as she was watching the news there was Alice, hidden in a crowd of people. Turns out Alice isn’t dead. What do you do when your presumably dead wife isn’t so dead? After digging through Alice’s personal effects, she finds monthly paperwork from the same company, Bay and Creek Shipping. With only that to go on she takes a job with Bay and Creek Shipping as a long-haul trucker, and the search for Alice begins. Her wife will drive from one end of the United States to the other, coast to coast, and north to south.
Along the way she will encounter many strange occurrences. Towns that are trapped in time, strange creatures that appear human at first glance, and a conspiracy far more complex than her search for Alice.
Recorded as an audio diary we are taken along for the ride. The narrative switches between past and present tenses, as we learn about their life together and what working as a long-haul trucker is like. This podcast is part surrealism, part paranormal horror. As with all Nightvale Presents productions, this one does not disappoint.
The first season is only 10 episodes. They range in run time from 20 minutes to 40 minutes. The first episode ended on a cliff hanger, and it has been a long wait for season 2. The good news is that the first episode of season 2 will be released on Tuesday, April 4th (today). Following this, episodes will be released every other Tuesday. Happy listening.
Republished from The Quill print edition, Volume 107, Issue 28, April 4th, 2017.