Harlan Guthrie - Creator, writer, editor, voice actor. He literally does it all, and does it all well. Malevolent stands apart not only in its ability to create an action packed narrative, but it's also the only horror podcast that's genuinely scared me. The creator is consistent, and dedicated. The sound production is rich and wonderfully indulgent like a thick milkshake. Weird comparison but you'll know what I mean when you listen.
A really interesting concept with a unique and fun execution. It's a love letter to Weird Fiction worldbuilding; it's an exercise in interactive storytelling; it's an inspection of personhood and humanity, and whether those things are earned or inherent; it's a tragedy that makes us mourn missed opportunities, mistakes and bad choices, and things we didn't realize we had until we lost them.
By far my favorite audio drama. Such a great concept for a podcast, with the narrator literally being the eyes for the character and having to describe everything to both him and the audience. Excellent atmosphere and writing. Haunting and heartbreaking and curious. Amazing that it's a one man show. Always eagerly awaiting the next installment.
so, so, so SO extremely well done from every angle! Given the width of the show settings, I have to talk about the sound design first - EXTREMELY good and chill-inducing. Sometimes there'll be a sound that's just so disgustingly perfect for the situation. The voice acting is also perfect, ESPECIALLY upon the realization that both Arthur and his demon are played by the same voice actor. Their conversations together sound incredibly natural, and both have such good, different inflections on their lines. And the ongoing plot! Each new element of the plot hits really nicely - whether we're meeting a new monster, a new person, or encountering a new problem. There's a lot of really, really good, intense emotion in the show that has me REALLY excited when I see a new ep pop up in the feed!
I cant say enough positive things about this podcast. It is engaging, evocative, thoughtful and well produced. I’ve fallen in love with the characters and have caught myself holding my breath, waiting to see what happens next. I love it. Thank you for this podcast and all of the hard work that obviously goes into it.
Horror/mystery inspired by Lovecraftian mythos, with one person performing all the characters. The body-sharing scenario with is an excellent use of the audio-only medium, as it creates an engaging narrative reason for surroundings to be described. The protagonist can't see impending danger any more than the audience can, which makes the experience immersive and is enhanced by the sound design. It's also a choose-your-own adventure story on the podcast's patreon, which is noticeable in a charming way and drives some of the interpersonal conflict. Tension exists not only in the dangerous situations the protagonist finds himself in, but in the developing relationship between him and the entity occupying his body as they are forced to work together to resolve their situation, which explores issues of symbiosis, body autonomy, and trust. The growth between the protagonist and the entity is interesting, though some of their arguments regarding autonomy become a bit circular over time.
Here you are, minding your own business, until one day you wake up on the floor, unable to see, and with a spooky new voice in your head giving you directions and telling you what to do - at least until you start arguing nonstop. Also there’s a missing girl, a whole bunch of scary monsters biting at your heels, an evil book, some shady cult shit that may or may not have something to do with your spooky invisible friend, and more than one dark and mysterious past to hide. Come join us in the Malevolent cult. New members are always welcome.
The genius of Malevolent isn't the voice acting, though it's fantastic. It's not in the sound design, which is top notch. It isn't in the subject matter, which is straight out of Lovecraft and thus destined to be popular. It isn't even the fact that everything in the show is done by one person. The genius of Malevolent is how *smart* it is in the way it uses the medium. With a blind protagonist and a voice in his head that has to describe everything to him, Harlan Guthrie perfectly inserts the listener in the action and deftly dances around the limitations of the audio-only format. Not just smart, it's bloody brilliant.
I've never been a big horror podcast fan and I almost was too scared to continue this podcast after episode 2. Well, I'm now fully caught up with it and I'm so glad I stuck through. I binged it during work and I kept getting scared when my coworkers would drop by to talk to me because I was so engrossed with the plot and didn't notice them approaching. No regrets. I love it and a huge kudos to the production behind this podcast.
Absolutely adore this podcast! Within the first minute I was hooked by the amazing production values, immersive and believable acting, and intriguing premise--and it's only gotten better with every episode! This is truly a story that makes the absolute most of the specific media employed, with a built in reason for the setting to be explained to the listener while also supplying a great audio atmosphere that brings the characters and setting to life. I love the very close, intimate focus the show places on its characters and their journey, and I look forward eagerly to every release. Keep up the great work!
Malevolent is the type of podcast that gets you hooked within the first episode. From the world building to the character dynamics, it's abundantly clear that this story is one woven with deep care & consideration.
Malevolent is fantastically creepy. The soundscaping is incredibly well done and the characters dynamic is very fun to listen to. I usually listen to podcasts with 10- 25 minute episodes but this one just grips me and doesn't let go, however long the episode is. Also honestly, it's even fun to relisten to. One morning I listened to the same episode 4 times in a row (guess which one?) and only stopped because I had a class lol ALSO, just a fun fact: if you're running in the dark, this is the perfect podcast to listen to. Just try it and you'll know (: Favourite quote: "ARTHUR!"
There is nothing out there as scary, innovative, mysterious, and did I say scary as this. And when you realize its from one guy, it's almost too much. I was sucked in almost immediately by the pov that the story is told from, throwing you into a sudden mystery with twists and turns that leave you legitimately frightened in the dark. The descriptive way the monsters are described, and the horrible noises they make, made me physically ill and sometimes I had to turn it off since I work with animals and controlling your energy to stay positive is a must. Even as an old pro at this, I had to walk away briefly to slow my heart beat down. I hear it's a million times better as a Patreon supporter and one day, maybe I'll get to experience that but even as just a listener, and not a contributer, it's one of the best podcasts I've ever heard.
Malevolent gripped me in the first 30 seconds and it hasn't let go yet. I'm a huge fan of Lovecraftian horror and this is peak. The sound design, the acting, the writing, all of it is top notch and absolutely worth listening to. One of the struggles of a podcast is setting the scene since it's all audio, and Malevolent has a truly inspired method of describing what the characters see, because one has just become blind and the other has hijacked his sight. It's so clever and an exciting way to be served up the story. And the story is thrilling and so many threads are laid down to be picked back up later and when it pays off it really pays off. It's a choose your own adventure with supporters of the show making decisions for the character, but the writing is so smooth that I honestly had no idea for the first few episodes that it was happening. No matter what the decision, the outcome flows so nicely into the larger narrative that it's like it was intended all along. And as for voice acting and soundscaping, this is the best you'll find. You'll hear quite a few different characters in this audiodrama, but it's all the same actor/creator. Which is another thing I found out later because I couldn't tell at all. The voices are so distinct and well done and I'm in awe of how characters played by the same person interact so seamlessly that it feels like a full cast. And the sound design is better than heavily produced podcasts I've listened to. Not just on par, but better. Seriously, do yourself a favor and just listen to it.
Malevolent is my new obsession. Absolutely stellar production quality, amazing writing and acting, truly intriguing plot and characters I adore. Would highly recommend for anyone who likes horror audio and especially cosmic horror. Or buddy cop stories, lol. I knew in the first 10 minutes I was hooked and hours and hours later I still adore it.
Like a bit of tension. Want to explore a world of horror. Then tune in. Each episode is short enough for you to fit in to your day, no matter how busy. And I promise it will be worth your while. The premise is enough to have you off balance, then the production work will have you jumping and squirming. The timing of the beats is really well down, the ups and downs, the tension, the humour, the emotion, all blending into a whole.
This podcast is great for those who love a good horror podcast. A great combo of mystery, detective noir, and lovecraftian horrors, this is a great listen. I love the duoprotagonists and their banter, as well as the overall premise. The community is great, and you can influence how the story goes if you join their patreon. Worth a listen!
To say that this is one of the best shows i've ever listened to would be the understatement of the century. and then when you take into account that the creator does all the voicing and writing HIMSELF!? I mean you have to commend that hands down. make sure you don't miss this, especially if you're a fan of cosmic horror and/or mystery horror!
Harlan does an absolutely fantastic job of creating a haunting atmosphere that draws you in and doesn’t let go… much like an Eldritch horror. An amazing listening experience without a doubt!
Malevolent ticks all the boxes of what I look for in a long-form horror story: great pacing, fascinating characters, a high-stakes mystery to unravel, and editing that could make me actually believe a monster from another dimension is manifesting inside of my room. Add to that a brilliant framing device that embraces the audio medium and the fact that this is somehow, impossibly, a one-man show, and you have a breath of fresh air for fans of audio-horror. Well played, Mr. Guthrie.
Malevolent is one of the best podcasts I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. Harlan is a pro at building suspense, emotion, and scares through superb voice acting and professional sound boarding. Malevolent is a fun, and creative story utilizing Lovecraft mythos to deliver chills and scares. While it pulls from Lovecraft, Harlan is a master story teller, and delivers refreshing original content in the cosmic horror genre that will leave you anxiously awaiting more. Malevolent is perfect for those both heavily invested in horror and those just dipping their toes into the scene.
Fantastic! Stumbled upon this spooky adventure and was instantly hooked. Each addition only furthers my enthusiasm. The characters are engaging and interesting, the mysteries deep but not convoluted, the lore is explorable but not overwhelming, sound design is fan-f'ing-tastic. Treat yourself and give this a listen. (And if you really like it check out the patreon options, 100% worth it)
This gripping story hits the ground running, pulling you right along our two confused and panicked main characters. The ambience and sfx are leveled nicely and do a brilliant job immersing you into the world of Malevolent. The voice actors themselves do a remarkable job creating an emotional depth to each of the characters through the fear, paranoia, and the faint glimmers of hope that are dangled in front of them. If you love eldritch horror or you are just a fan of audio dramas, then this is a must listen for you. I have been immensely enjoying this one and can't wait to hear how this all pans out! Great job all around!
A Nightmarish Tale This gripping story hits the ground running, pulling you right along our two confused and panicked main characters. The ambience and sfx are leveled nicely and do a brilliant job immersing you into the world of Malevolent. The voice actors themselves do a remarkable job creating an emotional depth to each of the characters through the fear, paranoia, and the faint glimmers of hope that are dangled in front of them. If you love eldritch horror or you are just a fan of audio dramas, then this is a must listen for you. I have been immensely enjoying this one and can't wait to hear how this all pans out! Great job all around!
These stories are brilliantly immersive, pretty claustrophobic and create a top fantastic foreboding atmosphere. Actual “oshit” moment for me was him getting a lift in the wrong car. I shall recommend this to everyone. And the sound production, superb
Malevolent follows investigator Arthur Lester and a mysterious entity who shares his body. Particularly his eyes. While Arthur uses his experiences as a detective, he must rely on the entity’s descriptions and guidance to navigate the world and its dark mysteries. The character interactions and narrative paint clear pictures to the listener and the sound editing add a level of quality that especially fuel the horrors of the Cthulhu mythos. I highly recommend it.
A chilling, gripping and mesmerising ride. Can this really be the work of one person? Not only can you get sucked into the darkness created by Harlan Guthrie but there is a fascinating discord server with a knowledgeable, interesting and inclusive community. There are Patreon options too, which even allow you influence Arthur's actions.
Malevolent is a fantastic character-focused horror story. The show uses the audio-only medium very well by incorporating the narration into the dialogue and keeping a sense of mystery. There is a lot of re-listrn value to try to piece the story together as we learn more of what is going on! I even joined the Patreon, and having weekly chapters is wonderful. I highly recommend this show to anyone who likes suspenseful narratives, mysterious eldritch spooks, and brilliant character arcs.
Unique storytelling format, experimental narratives, and genuinely scary!
Had me hooked from the first two sentences. Incredible storytelling and characters, perfect blend of mystery, madness, and monsters. 5 million out of 5, please everyone listen to this immediately.
This podcast is amazing in terms of horror, mystery, and also friendship between two unlikely people. If you want a podcast with good characterizations, a fleshed out story, and phenomenal voice acting then Malevolent is definitely for you!
The story, sound design, and voice acting are all top notch. Audio dramas may not be your thing, but if they are, you'll love Malevolent.
This Podcast needs to come with a warning label because it's too damned addictive. I binged through their entire back catalog in a day and I NEVER. BINGE. SHIT. The story is told in a unique and fascinating new way and they pull it off with a flair of genius. I wish I could engineer sound half as good as these guys.
Malevolent has superbly crafted a story of violence, monsters and mystery. I love the conceit of a Arthur man with a voice in his head, who has exclusive use of the protagonist’s eyes. As Arthur blindly gropes through this world, so do we. Why is the voice bound to him? Why is everyone out to hurt him? As Arthur and the voice navigate the world trying to figure out the mystery, we learn more about the voice. How reliable is he? Who’s he really looking out for? Who is he? The sound production is visceral and creepy and the acting is on point. A winner for anyone strong of mind and of body.
One of the most unique and immersive shows I have ever heard. Incredible dialogue, immense tension, brilliant story-telling, and a way in which there is a narrator to the listener without separating the listener from their immersion into the story. Truly a brilliant idea that was executed to perfection.
Beautifully done and legitimately terrifying! I listen to a LOT of horror pods and this is one of the few that scare me. Bravo!
This show is absolutely amazing! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the SFX are so good, I’ve had to do the audio equivalent of a double-take when I’m listening. 10/10 would recommend!
the story is interesting and exciting, the characters are engaging and fun, and the sound design is stunning!! I was hooked from the first episode and I'm eager for more!
The best review I can give for Malevolent is that I listened to about 10-15 seconds of it and got so scared by the sound design I had to turn it off. 5 Stars.
We've all wondered if the shape of reality is reflected properly in our eyes, that sometimes we feel that we can't trust what we see. What if we take it one step further? In Malevolent, we're introduced to a brilliant premise, that the narrator has lost control of part of their eyesight (or possibly their mind), to an entity that has been forcefully injected their body. In this, our main character needs to trust the words of an otherworldly being, that we, the audience, have to trust this being is accurately portraying every possible relevant detail. But can we? It's a great ride, I really do recommend. Come see atrocities, committed in the name of freeing a mind from a madness it is sure isn't it's own.
Lovecraftian horror and two guys just sharing a body and being pals? Yelling each other’s’ names? Beautiful music? Lovely voice acting? A very intriguing story so far? I feel like this podcast was made for me, and I love it.
An incredible mix of a brilliant concept, wonderful execution, and extremely talented sound design. The creator delivers an experience that will pull you into the dark and foreboding world of Malevolent, making it easy to lose yourself in this wonderful story.
Malevolent is a cosmic horror story with plenty of mysterious twists and turns as the stakes deepen. It is an overall excellent show with strong writing, engaging descriptions, an immersive atmosphere, and interesting characters. Patreon backers receive early access to shorter episodes (compiled later into publicly available content), and can even vote on various decisions at the end of each episode. These choices are woven seamlessly into the overarching story, and the strong writing brings it all together in a way consistent with the characters and direction of the story. The concept, including the use of a sightless character, works really well in this format and serves to create a rich world that I have enjoyed exploring. I started listening to the free content, binged that, and started backing on Patreon because I wanted to hear more. A really delightful and terrifying show.
I started off listening to the first few public episodes of Malevolent. When I caught up, I decided it would be a great time to up my Patreon pledge so I could have access to the weekly episodes for awhile at least. I've enjoyed being a part of the process (and the story itself), that "awhile at least" has become more permanent. Malevolent is an amazingly designed podcast that feels completely immersive even without the voting element. If I wear headphones, I will occasionally jump and turn around because it feels like the thing happened right behind me. But it's more than the sound design that makes this my favorite horror podcast. The writing and voice acting both make the characters feel real and believable, and there's just enough of a sprinkling of lightness to keep it from being *too* tense. While it does heavily feature Lovecraft horrors as the description says, it's definitely without the issues that have kept me from looking into Lovecraft now that I know I like horror. So prospective listeners concerned about that can rest easy.
It’s a crime that this show doesn’t have more listeners and I can tell that the people behind it are just good at this, like they could make another podcast and have it be just as good. Thank you Apple podcast algorithm for showing me this
This is a fantastic podcast that makes you sit on the edge of your seat while building incredible suspense and outright fear. It's the right level of twisted and creepy throughout! Lovecraft would be proud :D
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This has become my favourite ongoing podcast. Besides the fascinating premise of a man losing his sight and finding a voice in his head that can use his eyes, the plot is wonderfully mysterious, voice acting is top notch, and sound design is beautiful. Anyone who enjoys horror/mystery/thriller should listen to this.
This is the best serial podcast I have ever listened to. It’s both terrifying and humanizing at once. The characters are vividly portrayed and the writing is superb. We listen to the episodes more than once and catch something new every time.
This show has some of the most distinct sound design I´ve ever listened to. I immediately immerse myself in this dark and scary world, following Arthur as he tries to solve mysteries and hauntings while being haunted himself. It leaves me feeling like there really is a parallel world where the world is a scary and horrifying place. Welll done!
If you enjoy anything from the Lovecraftian mythos, you will absolutely enjoy this podcast! Harlan does an incredible job. It's atmospheric in all the right ways.
This series manages to pull the listener into its atmospheric, dark world in such a clever and compelling way - a brilliant concept, gorgeous sound design (seriously!!!) and voice acting, wonderful writing, and such an obvious love from the creator for stories like this that permeates every aspect of the recording. Seriously, I cannot recommend Malevolent enough - if you enjoy anything spooky and mysterious, or just want to try listening to something new from a creator who puts so much effort into their work, you need not go further than the story of Arthur Lester.