The Black Tapes

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The Black Tapes
A nighttime forest scene is depicted with someone in a thigh-length black coat walking, hands in pocket, with their back to the viewer. The words "THE BLACK TAPES" are written in large block letters in the center of the image and in smaller font beneath them, "DO YOU BELIEVE" is printed. In the bottom righthand corner are the letters "PNWS".
Hosted byAlex Reagan
  • Investigative journalism
  • Serialized audio narrative
  • Thursday morning
  • Season 1:
  • Episode 1-6: weekly
  • Episode 7-12: bi-weekly
  • Season 2–3: bi-weekly
Audio formatPodcast (via streaming or downloadable MP3)
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes30
Original releaseMay 21, 2015 – November 7, 2017
ProviderPacific Northwest Stories
WebsiteThe Black Tapes Podcast
The Black Tapes is a fictional podcast created by Paul Bae and Terry Miles. It is hosted by Alex Reagan (voiced by Lori Henry), released as a spin-off of the fictional radio program Pacific Northwest Stories.[1] The series is produced by Nic Silver (voiced by Terry Miles). Reagan narrates a nonfiction-styled fictional story over multiple episodes, using a format that has been compared to Serial.[2][3] The story begins as a biography of paranormal investigator Dr. Richard Strand (voiced by Christian Sloan), an "evangelical skeptic" on a mission to debunk all claims of the supernatural. Reagan becomes interested in his collection of unsolved cases, which she begins calling his "Black Tapes,"[2] and the podcast evolves into an exploration of these cases, paranormal culture, and the mysterious life of Dr. Strand.

Episodes vary in length, from thirty-five to fifty minutes. New episodes were originally available weekly, but partway through the first season the schedule was revised to every other week.

The podcast has received generally favorable reviews for its writing, production, and intricacy. The Guardian described the podcast as taking place in "a world where math, musical theory, obscure points of history, and science become either clues of a possible demonic invasion – or just random events linked only by an active imagination."[4]

See also[edit | edit source]

  • Tanis, a sister show to The Black Tapes in which Alex Reagan sometimes appears

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Grant, Drew (12 July 2016). "Top 10 Creepy, Fictional Podcasts: What to Listen to When Reality Becomes Too Scary". Observer. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Baker-Whitelaw, Gavia (13 October 2015). "'The Black Tapes' is a 'Serial'-style podcast that will scare your socks off". Daily Dot. 
  3. Osberg, Molly (24 February 2016). "'The Black Tapes' Is 'Serial' Meets Creepypasta". Motherboard. Vice. 
  4. Locker, Melissa (11 December 2015). "The 10 best new podcasts of 2015 (that aren't Serial!)". The Guardian.