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The Magnus Archives Reviews

“I could hardly recommend a podcast any higher than this one. It’s among the cream of the crop. It’s not only horror podcasting at its finest. It’s contemporary horror writing at it’s finest.”
Eric Mertz –

33 Podcasts For Horror Lovers
Lit Reactor

Collectively Rusty Quill took TEN AWARDS at the Audio Verse Awards in 2019 – FIVE of these awards were for The Magnus Archives.

The Magnus Archives took an award for Best Audioplay. The amazing Jonathan Sims took awards for Best Writing and Best Leading Role for his Titular role as Jonathan Sims.

The Infallible Alexander J Newall brought numerous awards home to Rusty Towers of which Best Vocal Direction and Best Supporting Actor rewarded his work on The Magnus Archives.
Audio Verse Awards 2019

“The Institute has been active for centuries and as Sims, whose charmingly grumpy mic presence is a highlight, digs deeper he finds out they’ve stumbled on something awful.”
Alasdair StuartGamesradar

“I would like to give The Magnus Archive a special recommendation. Its a top notch effort from a fairly new production company and its worth listening to on quality of the stories alone, and the possibility of the framing device developing its own sub-plots is the icing on the cake. Thoroughly recommended for any fan of that sort of horror, its a delightfully spine tingling experience.”
Megan TalbotAber Student Media

The Cambridge Geek

“One of the best horror podcasts out there right now and one breaking new narrative ground.”
Alasdair Stuart – Ghostwoods Books

“You need to listen to this podcast. If you are any fan of horror or suspense, you must listen. Each unique tale will bring you to the edge of both your seat and your sanity.”
The Daftest Punk You Know

10 horror podcasts that will keep you up all night
Tess Cagle – The Daily Dot

“And even when other voices become more common, Johnathan Sims is still the glue that holds them all together. So the show is either going to sink or swim on that voice. And Sims is delightful.”
Lane Robbins – Speculative Chic

Spooky Podcasts to Get You in The Halloween Spirit
CBC Radio Canada

Listening to the show is fun enough on its own, but tracing the connecting threads between statements and guessing that their implications is equally engaging, and keeps online communities thriving.
Adam Townsell – Resonate Recordings

“…had me listening to every available episode – of which there are over a hundred – in seven days.”
Confessions of a Book Worm

Extremely Relatable Horrifying Content
Aysha U. Farah – Medium

This podcast deserves thousands upon thousands of words discussing its themes, which I plan on delivering as soon as it’s finished.

Sarah Kravitz – Medium

“The Magnus Archives is the total package – great writing with interesting stories and characters (and some beautiful wordcraft at times), quality production and performances, and an eerie atmosphere that inspires its own sort of wonder.”
Rowan Rook – Beware The Rook

50 Best Horror Podcasts of 2018 “Damn do they do weird horror well.”
Alex Hensley – AudioDramaRama

“Individually, they are unsettling. Together they begin to form a picture that is truly horrifying because as he looks into the depths of the archives, something starts to look back…”
The Night Blogger

10 scary podcasts to listen to in the dark “Sim’s crisp voice, and the largely minimalist production, lend the stories an eerie, creeping dread that speaks to just how powerful a well-acted tale can truly be.”
Bryan Bishop and Andrew Liptak – The Verge

Top 30 Audio Dramas of 2019
“The amount of effort and build up that has gone into The Magnus Archives is absolutely incredible. There were reveals this season [4] that had been built up since episode one. Not one word is wasted.”

The Podcast Dragon

On Season Finales- The Magnus Archives Episode 160 – The Eye Opens Now this… this is how you build up to a finale.
The Podcast Dragon [Possible Spoilers}

5 offerings (that aren’t horror films) to get you in the October Spirit “With its vast catalog of horrors and excellent production values, The Magnus Archives has something for everyone.”
Caitlin PenzeyMoog, Clayton Purdom, Baraka Kaseko, and Emily L. Stephens – AV CLUB

From its first episode… the podcast has deftly juggled the monster of the week and overarching mythology elements of the horror anthology more satisfyingly than The X-Files ever managed.
Dennis Perkins – AV CLUB

“10/10 would recommend to creepypasta lovers and fans of well-acted audio dramas.”

“You’ll go into an episode about a scary doll, for instance, thinking, “Oh, this is silly”–but by the time the episode’s ended, you’ll be avoiding the toy aisle next time you hit up Target.”
Wil Williams – Discover Pods

“The Magnus Archives is simply an excellent series with solid writing, great world building, and compelling characters, not limited to a brilliant take on the narrator, but to leave it at that would be doing its impact a disservice.”
Podcake – Discover Pods

The 17 Best Horror Podcasts of 2020 “The timely use of sound effects heightens the dread, as does the slick production and professional voice acting.”
Brian Hall – LifeWire

“The first episode, “Angler Fish,” was exactly what I hoped and expected from that title, and all I knew going in was that this was horror audio fiction. (And, no, that episode does not take place in the water.) As much as I try to avoid even the appearance of using puns, there’s no better way to say it than I was well and truly hooked.”
Jeff Stehman – Black Gate

“The Magnus Archives reached a total of 160 episodes with its fourth season finale, and is starting its fifth and final season soon… Don’t let the worryingly high number of installments put you off — each episode is only about 20 minutes long, perfect for early morning jogs or listening three-at-a-time on commutes. And by the time you’ve caught up, there’ll (hopefully) be more.”
Wei Ai Ng – The Oxford Student

The Magnus Archives comes in at number 28 as one of our Best Fiction Podcasts.

Top 30 Horror Audio Podcasts & Radio You Must Subscribe and Listen to in 2019

The 10 Best (& Most Terrifying) Horror Podcasts Of All Time “It’s hard not to love The Magnus Archives.”
Kirstie Landry – Screen Rant

Ranked Number 1 Best Horror Podcast on the list of top 10 Horror Podcasts
Kylie Hemmert – Mandatory

“…you only need to listen to one episode to become hooked, waiting every week for a new episode to draw you further in to the depths of the archive.”
Catriona Harvey-Jenner – Cosmopolitan

“Implicit in its form, this podcast, the substance of which brings to mind the best episodes of The Fourth Dimension, is curiously effective, in particular thanks to the audio format which highlights the muffled atmospheres and the “confident” tone.” [Roughly Translated from French]
Le Monde [French]

#1 of the TOP 5 ways to spend Quarantine
Sabine Kira Berger – [Austrian]

The Best Horror Podcasts For Halloween “Since the Magnus Institute is the kind of place it is, you get case after case of unsettling Europeans creepiness, the most effective kind of creepiness.”
Dillon McLaughlin – Cool Material

Top 10 Best Fiction Podcasts

“This anthology out of the UK has a classic sensibility to it while delivering a wide range of shiver-inducing stories.”
Scott Beggs – Thrillist

“Excellent British horror stories.”
Bryan Alexander

THIS IS DOPE: THE MAGNUS ARCHIVES HAS 160 EPISODES OF BONE-CHILLING HORROR FOR YOU“I have joined the cult following of the British horror fiction podcast The Magnus Archives”
Tres Dean – Syfywire

“The Magnus Archives is a clear standout in terms of plot and production…The podcast, though not gory or explicit, can be quite spooky and is definitely not recommended for the very young or the faint-hearted.”
Amrita V Nair – thehindubusinessline

I can’t recommend ‘The Magnus Archives’ highly enough. If you like horror, or even if you just want to get into the Halloween spirit [with a good Halloween podcast], do yourself a favor and tune in.
Centuari Anthropology

“This podcast has been around since 2016, so there’s plenty of [great] material to keep you going”
Jenny McGrath – Digital Trends

“If you’re into the SCP Foundation, you’ll probably dig The Magnus Archives.”
Lucia Peters – 9 Creepy podcasts that seem real – Bustle

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Charlotte Ahlin – Bustle

The Magnus Archives is a horror-fiction podcast that follows Jonathan Sims, an archivist for the Magnus Institute, an organization that investigates the “strange.” Each episode is thrilling on its own, but as the whole story starts to unfold, you realize that these strange occurrences aren’t necessarily disconnected…
Caroline Donovan – The Vanderbilt Hustler

10 Scary Podcasts To Keep You Up At Night
Celeb Mix

The Magnus Archives: Live Review
“A precise, measured and relentless inventive first step onto the live stage for one of the best podcasts in the field. Keep an eye out for future shows”
Alasdair Stuart – Scifi Bulletin

“As Sims attempts to organize the archives, new mysteries turn up for our listening pleasure”
Jessica Arnold – She Knows

The Creepy, Weird and Unexplainable: My Favourite Podcasts
Danae Lenz – Idaho State Journal

Season 1 Statement Would you recommend? Hell yes!
Briony Rose Smith

Season 2 Statement Nearly every statement has some kind of piece of the puzzle that gives both more of a story but mostly more questions. It’s just been so fun to listen to. You feel like a detective trying to piece together a mystery.
Briony Rose Smith

Rusty Quill Gaming Reviews

“One of the biggest appeals of this show is the world Newell has built. It’s a spin on Victorian-ish Earth, with magitek and all you might expect, but a lot of thought has been put into the background political and historical elements that have lead to the campaign that the players have to navigate.”
The Cambridge Geek

BBC Audio Drama Awards Shortlist

BBC Audio Drama Awards 2020

The 10 Best Table Top Gaming Podcasts

A triple winner at the Audio Verse Awards 2019! RQG won for Improvised Production, Player Direction of a Production for Alexander J Newall’s work and Lydia Nicholas brought home the gold for Player in an Improvised Production as Sasha Racket.
Audio Verse Awards

Discussing Audio Verse Awards
Yahoo News

Stellar Firma Reviews

Stellar Firma performed well at the 2019 Audio Verse Awards taking home an award for New Improvised Production and Ben Meredith impressed with his Role of David 7 winning for Player In A New Improvised Production. Take that Trexel!
Audio Verse Awards

Stellar Firma is the flagship for Rusty Quill’s expansion plans and they could not have asked for a better show. Which is ironic as everyone who asks for a better planet, by and large, doesn’t get one.”
Alasdair Stuart

Top 30 Audio Dramas of 2019

Stellar Firma THE SECOND BEST AUDIO DRAMA OF 2019 – I can think of absolutely nothing that I would change about it. The acting is perfect, the soundscapes are incredible, the improv is hilarious, I love it all.”

The Podcast Dragon

“hooked me on their first episodes and have kept me on the line”
Jeff Stehman – Black Gate

Four Stars

The Cambridge Geek

Outliers Reviews

How do you make British palaces — and their bygone occupants — come alive without a trip to the U.K.? You listen to “Outliers — Stories From the Edge of History.”

Phoebe Lett – New York Times

A collaboration between Historic Royal Palaces and producers Rusty Quill, Outliers is a charming historical fiction podcast. Each short story weaves a beguiling narrative around a real person, place or event, focussing on little-heard tales from Britain’s ancient buildings.

Eleanor Bley Griffiths – Radio Times

TOP 50 London Podcasts
Player FM

Best Fiction PodcastsRusty Quill’s (Magnus Archives) series of monologues from characters just outside the spotlight of history immerses us in intimate moments. Historic locations aren’t cold dusty rooms, they’re environments where secrets are shared, mischief is wrought and excitement is incited.

Lindsay Harris Friel – The Podcast Host

Rusty Quill in The News

The Magnus Archives News

“The Magnus Archives Debuts New Logo and Trailer for Fifth and Final Season” (March 31st 2020)
The Podcast Dragon

“Podcasts: The Rising Media Form” (March 31st 2020)
Marissa Tharp – EH Extra

“Podcast Radio Hour: Audio Fiction (May 10th 2019)
BBC Radio 4 Extra