Audio Drama podcast based on "Autumn"
By David Moody
produced by DarkerProjects.com
Approx 3 hour podcast.
Recently I listened to the audio book "Hater" by David Moody and I really enjoyed the story and the original concept behind this horror story. I decided to look into the author's other works and found some really cool stuff on this David Moody. He's published most of his books on the web and offered them for free and it looks like it has paid off. He now has movie companies interested in turning his books to movies. During this research I found the website DarkerProjects.com. Darker Projects is a darker audio drama company who present original projects such as Tales from the Museum, The Byron Chronicles, and The Falcon Banner in addition to other popular Star Trek and Doctor Who interpretations. All you have to do to listen to these creative works is, download audio or subscribe to their podcasts. One of their projects is to take this book by David Moody and turn it into one of their audio dramas.
All in all the production was some very good listening. They sound effects and music were very well mixed with som pretty decent acting. My biggest complaint is that it lacked narration. Many times during production there would be a series of events happening and all you heard was sound effects and some small dialogue. I found myself wondering what was happening, the sound effects were enough to tease but not enough to tell the story. There were some moments with narration but not nearly enough to tell the story. Once the story got rolling along the dialogue between characters would keep the story going, but when moments of action I was left wonder what was happening. It would be like listening to a television cop show car chase with your eyes closed, you hear the sounds but don't know who is gaining on who. Aside from that the dialogue and acting were enough to keep me interested. Don't get me wrong, the sound effects were very well done for the most part, but without that extra narration I would get frustrated. There were some "Dukes of Hazzard" sound effect moments that made me giggle but nothing too bad. By "Dukes of Hazzard" sound effect moments I'm talking about the tires squealing on a dirt road effect. But I still enjoyed the story.
Okay as for the story the book and this audio drama are about zombies. Zombies can be a fun genre of horror. In this story a plague kills off about 99 pecent of the population. The stricken immediately choke to death and die. The survivors in this story are few and as humans do seek out other survivors. Keep in mind the dead are not zombies, yet, they are just dead bodies that died instantly and the land is covered by them where they fell. Soon many of the living come together in a community center and begin to "survive." After a day or so some of the dead bodies begin to get up and walk around. Nothing threatening, just walking. Some members of the group decide it would be safer in the country and leave the group. After a few more days the dead become full blown zombies and begin to attack.
I will definitely have to pick up this book and give it a good read after this thrilling introduction. "Autumn" by David Moody is book one of a 6 book series with a bit of an original take on the Zombie Genre. Also I'm going to be checking out some other productions by Darker Projects.
By the way the movie based on this book is slated for release in 2010.