The stories themselves are fantastic. Super unnerving and often creepy enough to make me stop what I’m doing because I’m at the edge of my seat. I’ve been given goosebumps a handful of times listening to people recall close encounters and weird phenomena ’re good enough that I will probably re-listen to my favorites after I’favorites after I’m finished with the entire available episode selection. The music and sound design accompanying each story is excellent, too. Really well-produced.
But this isn’t a great podcast. It’s obvious many like the Rainn Wilson character he’s playing, and that’s great that he’s hitting the mark for others, but I personally find it insufferable and unneeded. None of it is funny or worth listening to. Absolutely nothing is added to this show with his performance aside from a longer runtime. During the first several episodes, it actually sounded like he didn’t even want to be doing this character. I now skip th’s easy to tell when they’re Thankfully, the stories have a different sound to them than whatever theater he’s doing, so it’sound to them than whatever theater he’s attempting, so it’s easy to find the beginning of each one.
And Payne used to do this thing in early episodes where the storyteller would recount a part of their story and then Payne would interrupt to literally summarize what the storyteller just said. It was truly annoying and unneeded, much like the Rainn Wilson character segments. Thankfully, he’s gone entirely in later episodes and just lets the storytellers do the heavy lifting. If only they would do the same for the host.
Overall, I recommend this show to those who are interested in weird and creepy stories, but it’s not a great podcast.