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Announcements

Announcing ‘The Beast of the Western Wilds’

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Our new production, The Beast of the Western Wilds, has been written. It’s a new adventure set before the events in Witch Hunter. Ludlov is once more the protagonist in this gothic horror extravaganza that takes place in the wilderness far from the well-known streets of Sevenpeaks.

The Beast of the Western Wilds can be enjoyed with no previous knowledge of Witch Hunter, although that dramatized audiobook can be enjoyed for free on Bandcamp, YouTube and Podbean, so why wouldn’t you?

Like Witch Hunter, we will release this story both as an e-book and as a dramatized audiobook. The audio version will feature multiple voice actors, sound effects and an original music score. Recording is set to begin in July.


Witch Hunter: listen to the entire story now!

You can listen to the entire WITCH HUNTER story for free on YouTube now!

Witch Hunter has been a labour of love for us. We greatly appreciate your feedback.
In addition, you can support us by purchasing Witch Hunter in one of several ways:

  • You can purchase the album on Bandcamp. If you do this, you will receive a download of the entire story without chatter in between the episodes. In addition, this download comes with wallpapers and illustrations.
  • You can purchase the USB version. This is a beautifully produced hard copy of the story. It looks like an old-fashioned cassette tape, but it’s actually a USB flash drive. The cover has a beautiful map of Sevenpeaks on the inside and the stick contains lots of additional material, including the original music score by composer Peter Van Riet.
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  • You can buy the novel on Amazon. There is both a Kindle version and a paperback version. The paper version comes with illustrations throughout the novel. Voorbeeld

You can also support us non-financially, which we appreciate just as much!

  • You can write up your review on Goodreads, Amazon or your own blog.
  • You can subscribe to the Audio Epics podcast, which includes both Witch Hunter and other stories plus episodes about audio storytelling in general.
  • You can give the Audio Epics podcast a review on iTunes.
  • You can share the link to our YouTube channel.
  • You can talk about Witch Hunter to your friends!

Witch Hunter: The Dramatized Audiobook released!

We have come to it at last… Witch Hunter released on Bandcamp today!

“Witch Hunter: The Dramatized Audiobook” is now available for purchase on Bandcamp.

We have worked long and hard on this 13-hour epic and we hope that you will enjoy it.

For a limited time, we’re including a special launch promotion! Share Audio Epics posts about Witch Hunter on Facebook to receive a 50% discount code for the audiobook!


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The end of the Chronicles… The beginning of Witch Hunter!

We have posted a new article on audioepics.com about the end of The Witch Hunter Chronicles… Which is also the beginning of Witch Hunter, including a very interesting holiday season deal indeed!

Witch Hunter Chronicles promotion

 


“Witch Hunter” – the novel

At last, the Witch Hunter novel is now available on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk! This is a revised and expanded version of the story that goes both further and deeper than the audio drama did!

Find it on Domien’s author page over at Amazon!

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Witch Hunter: a 6-minute preview

Our IndieGoGo campaign is going strong at http://igg.me/at/witchhunter and to celebrate that, we’re offering a special 6-minute preview to give you an idea of what the audiobook will sound like. Mind you, this was made with our current means. It’s going to be even more awesome once we’re fully funded:

More updates will come!


Jack Ward interviews Domien & Eline

Back in July, Jack J. Ward from the Sonic Society interviewed us about The Witch Hunter Chronicles. This interview is also featured on Jerry Stearns’ radio show Sound Affects: A Radio Playground.

Listen to the interview and see some nice original Witch Hunter Chronicles artwork right here!

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Back from an incredible week in the USA!

This is our Ogle award. The name comes from Charles Ogle, who was the first actor to portray Frankenstein back in the silent movie era. His grim visage adorns the plaque.
 Accepting the award during the opening ceremony of CONvergence 2011.
 The best picture of the lot, this one shows the wonderful audio drama people we got to know better during our stay. 

Top to bottom, left to right: the gentleman with the Superman T-shirt is Jack J. Ward, host of the Sonic Society that has featured our show. He is also the director of Electric Vicuna productions and won an Ogle this year for his supernatural audio drama, Soul Survivor.
Jeffrey Adams is a producer with the Icebox Radio Theatre from Minnesota.
Jonathan Mitchell is a radio producer based in New York City who won this year’s gold Mark Time award for an esoteric sci-fi piece called The Truth: Moon Graffiti. To his right, we have Susan Grandys, wife of Cayenne Chris Conroy in front of her.

 

Second row, from the left: Jerry Stearns, the man who organizes the awards who is also a radio drama writer/producer with Great Northern Audio. To the right of him there’s me (Domien De Groot, writer/producer of the Witch Hunter Chronicles). Then we have Fred Greenhalgh who also hosts a podcast featuring modern audio drama (including Witch Hunter) called Radio Drama Revival. Besides that, he is an excellent writer/producer who created this year’s Mark Time award-winning production “The Cleansed“, a post-apocalyptic tale recorded on location in Maine. To his right, there is Cayenne Chris Conroy, winner of this years Gold Ogle award and director of Teknikal Difficulties, an audio drama production house based in Minneapolis.

 

Front row: left is Kris M. Markman, one of the judges of the awards, Brian Price, also a judge and co-writer/producer with Jerry Stearns on Great Northern Audio. To his right is Audio Epics’ voice performance director Eline Hoskens. To her right, Scott Hickey, writer/producer of horror audio drama series The Grist Mill. Finally, we have Samantha Mason (director) and Matthew J Boudreau (sound designer/mixer) from 1918, a retrofuturistic audio drama that won a Mark Time award this year.

 

We spent many hours until late in the night chatting with these people and all of them are amazingly committed audio dramaphiles who’ve made us little Belgians feel very welcome!


The Witch Hunter Chronicles wins an award!

The Witch Hunter Chronicles has won an HONORABLE MENTION award at the Ogles!

The Mark Time and Ogle awards are handed out in Minneapolis, Minnesota and reward achievements in the field of science fiction (Mark Time) and Fantasy (Ogle) audio drama.

Domien De Groot & Eline Hoskens will be present at the awards ceremony in Minneapolis.

We would like to thank the judges and everyone involved in the making of this project as well as all of our listeners and supporters!


Improved version coming up + some great art!

Greetings, all of you!

A small announcement: we are planning to release an improved, updated version of The Witch Hunter Chronicles soon. It will be presented as a new playlist. It will also have a higher bitrate, resulting in better sound quality. It should be the best way to experience this audio drama.

Meanwhile, we proudly present this wonderful artwork by the talented Eva Brarens, known as Gwenwhyfar on DeviantArt. In my opinion, it captures the feel of The Witch Hunter Chronicles perfectly:

The Witch Hunter Chronicles Poster


Ludlov comes back from his holiday!

Good news! The Witch Hunter Chronicles ends its short hiatus and this Sunday, Ludlov will return in episode XI: Ignis!


The Witch Hunter Chronicles received with great enthusiasm!

It seems The Witch Hunter Chronicles has been received with great enthusiasm.

On his blog, Cleireac has written a glowing review of the series, stating:

The Witch Hunter Chronicles is dark fantasy, certainly, but we are presented with a complex character who knows his own mind and is determined to follow his purpose, no matter where it leads. And it leads to some very unwholesome places indeed. The drama is full of betrayal, madness, fear, corruption, persecution, and intolerance. Ludlov stands alone as perhaps a redeeming figure in this world.

The series is no “Princess Bride,” mind you. It is a serious, gritty fantasy drama that sets the bar very high.”

You can read the full review on Cleireac’s Live Journal.

Also, the popular audio drama podcast Radio Drama Revival is now featuring The Witch Hunter Chronicles. The show’s host, Fred Greenhalgh, loves the series and calls it “well produced, brilliantly scored and awesomely gothic”.

Check it out over at Radio Drama Revival.

Meanwhile, some of you may be thinking “that’s all well and good, but when is the next part coming out”? We have good news. The music has been written for about half of what we call “the grand finale”. Yes, we’d like to end the series on a high note and that’s why the final two episodes of The Witch Hunter Chronicles will be especially long.

Very soon, listeners can expect Episode XI: Ignis, the last “normal” episode before the giant two-part big finish.


Ludlov takes a holiday

Dear listeners,

The Witch Hunter Chronicles is taking a short break from its weekly release schedule. The reason for this is our commitment to making the best possible audio drama. We have seen it commented on forums that many great productions come and go, dying out before they can reach their narrative climax. Rest assured, this is not the case for The Witch Hunter Chronicles. The entire story has been written and all the dialogue has been recorded. We could publish new episodes but we have decided against it to give our excellent composer, Peter Van Riet, the opportunity to perfect the music that the epic finale to our series requires.

I believe that at least half of what makes this series work is the incredible music that Peter has already created. We have been working on this story for a long, long time and we now wish to see it through to the end in the best possible quality.

Do not fear — we will bring the conclusion to the saga to you soon and we promise you:

It will be epic.


The Witch Hunter Chronicles featured on The Sonic Society

Fans of The Sonic Society, a popular Canadian podcast  featuring the latest in modern audio drama, will be glad to know that The Witch Hunter Chronicles now features in the program.

Listen to the Society’s episode “Witches“, witch features, I mean, which features the first two episodes of The Witch Hunter Chronicles as well as other great productions such as “The Rule of Three” by the show’s host, Jack J. Ward.

And listen to “Perchance to Dream“, which features our third episode.


iTunes

A short announcement: “The Witch Hunter Chronicles” is now available as Podcast in iTunes, so spread the word!


The Release Date… and a little something extra…

The first episode of THE WITCH HUNTER CHRONICLES, entitled INTROITUS, will be published right here on this blog this SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20st!

In the mean time, we invite our readers to listen to this music by our composer, Peter Van Riet, as a preview of the upcoming audio drama!

Listen here to a preview of the  epic theme for our dark hero, Ludlov the Witch Hunter.


Coming soon…

Welcome! Soon The Witch Hunter Chronicles audio drama series will be published and freely available for download on this website.

The Witch Hunter Chronicles is a dark fantasy tale about a fictional renaissance world where doom is fast approaching and the end of all things may be nigh. In the midst of this turmoil, we find a lonely man with a thirst for revenge, an innocent girl with great unknown power and a dark presence slowly moving the great city of Sevenpeaks to the brink of total collapse…

The Witch Hunter Chronicles is a project by Audio Epics.