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Season 2

  • The Sleep Wake Cycle | S2 | Ep. 6 29:02

    The Twins get themselves out of one mess to only find themselves in another.


    From the creators of the Maeltopia podcast.


    EARLY ACCESS to podcast episodes, behind-the-scenes bonus videos with the Maeltopia team and more await you on our Patreon!


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    Follow us on Twitter at @maeltopia


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    Credits:

    Written by Mark Anzalone

    Edited by Walker Kornfeld

    Sound mastering by Steven J. Anzalone

    --

    Isaiah Stroud voiced by Mark Anzalone

    Rosemary Stroud voiced by Kelly Bair

    Road Bandit voiced by Mark Anzalone

    Charlotte voiced by Kelly Bair

    Child Rosemary voiced by Kelly Bair

    --

    The Sleep Wake Cycle Theme by Steven J. Anzalone

    Intro and Outro music by Steven Anzalone

    Music by Iros Young, Tells No Tales, Roniit, Phillip E. Morris, Justin Marshall Elias, Braden Deal, and Adi Goldstein,

    Music and Sound effects are licensed from third party providers including Envato, Epidemic Sound, Artlist, Soundstripe, Melody Loops, and Music Vine


    Disclaimer:

    This show is written in a first-hand, first-person format from uncertain and inconsistent narrators. This show explores specific mental health conditions. Whilst there is consistent use of derogatory terms for those with specific conditions or neurodivergence including lunatic, maniac, crazy, psychosis etc., this show is written and produced by a team that live with some of the specific illnesses featured within, including Tourette’s syndrome, schizoaffective disorder, insomnia, obsessive compulsive disorder, hallucinations, delusions, anxiety and depressive conditions, among others. Our team also features an academic background in neurology and psychology that has been drawn on to aim for sensitivity and accuracy. The intent of the language and experiences within the Sleep/Wake Cycle, and the extended works of Maeltopia, are designed to explore these conditions and their related isolation and degradation as experienced first hand. The world of Maeltopia is one where the mentally unwell are the majority. Yet there are still outliers who are hunted out. 

     

    Content warnings: 

    Murderers 

    Audio Hallucinations 

    Visual Hallucinations 

    Fear of the Dark 

    Menacing Agencies

    Derogatory terms for Mental Illness

    Discussions of religion



    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Sleep Wake Cycle |S2| Ep. 5 25:20

    Rosemary finds and quaint abandoned place frequent, while Isaiah struggles with a new revelation.


    From the creators of the Maeltopia podcast.


    EARLY ACCESS to podcast episodes, behind-the-scenes bonus videos with the Maeltopia team and more await you on our Patreon!


    Join us on Discord!


    Follow us on Twitter at @maeltopia


    Want to learn more about the world of Maeltopia? Check out our website!


    Be sure to like, comment, rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast platform! We appreciate your support!


    Credits:

    Written by Mark Anzalone

    Edited by Walker Kornfeld

    Sound mastering by Steven J. Anzalone

    --

    Isaiah Stroud voiced by Mark Anzalone

    Rosemary Stroud voiced by Kelly Bair

    Handler voiced by Mark Anzalone


    --

    The Sleep Wake Cycle Theme by Steven J. Anzalone

    Intro and Outro music by Steven Anzalone

    Music by Adi Goldstein, This is the Giant, Justin Marshall Elias, Gavin Brivik, All India Radio, Band Max H.

    Music and Sound effects are licensed from third party providers including Envato, Epidemic Sound, Artlist, Soundstripe, Melody Loops, and Music Vine


    Disclaimer:

    This show is written in a first-hand, first-person format from uncertain and inconsistent narrators. This show explores specific mental health conditions. Whilst there is consistent use of derogatory terms for those with specific conditions or neurodivergence including lunatic, maniac, crazy, psychosis etc., this show is written and produced by a team that live with some of the specific illnesses featured within, including Tourette’s syndrome, schizoaffective disorder, insomnia, obsessive compulsive disorder, hallucinations, delusions, anxiety and depressive conditions, among others. Our team also features an academic background in neurology and psychology that has been drawn on to aim for sensitivity and accuracy. The intent of the language and experiences within the Sleep/Wake Cycle, and the extended works of Maeltopia, are designed to explore these conditions and their related isolation and degradation as experienced first hand. The world of Maeltopia is one where the mentally unwell are the majority. Yet there are still outliers who are hunted out. 

     

    Content warnings: 

    Murderers 

    Audio Hallucinations 

    Visual Hallucinations 

    Fear of the Dark 

    Menacing Agencies

    Derogatory terms for Mental Illness

    Discussions of religion



    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Sleep Wake Cycle | S2 | Ep. 4 28:48

    Trying to lay low until their next assignment, the twins arrive in Emmit's Threshold, a serene sprawling wetland.  After getting settled in, Rosemary has an uninvited guest and Isaiah revisits old sins. 


    From the creators of the Maeltopia podcast.


    EARLY ACCESS to podcast episodes, behind-the-scenes bonus videos with the Maeltopia team and more await you on our Patreon!


    Join us on Discord!


    Follow us on Twitter at @maeltopia


    Want to learn more about the world of Maeltopia? Check out our website!


    Be sure to like, comment, rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast platform! We appreciate your support!


    Credits:

    Written by Mark Anzalone

    Edited by Walker Kornfeld

    Sound mastering by Steven J. Anzalone

    --

    Isaiah Stroud voiced by Mark Anzalone

    Rosemary Stroud voiced by Kelly Bair

    Mister Sugar voiced by Mark Anzalone

    --

    The Sleep Wake Cycle Theme by Steven J. Anzalone

    Intro and Outro music by Steven Anzalone

    Music by JH Coleman, John Hayes, Justin Marshall Elias, Adi Goldstein, Martin Landstrom, and Max H.

    Music and Sound effects are licensed from third party providers including Envato, Epidemic Sound, Artlist, Soundstripe, Melody Loops, and Music Vine


    Disclaimer:

    This show is written in a first-hand, first-person format from uncertain and inconsistent narrators. This show explores specific mental health conditions. Whilst there is consistent use of derogatory terms for those with specific conditions or neurodivergence including lunatic, maniac, crazy, psychosis etc., this show is written and produced by a team that live with some of the specific illnesses featured within, including Tourette’s syndrome, schizoaffective disorder, insomnia, obsessive compulsive disorder, hallucinations, delusions, anxiety and depressive conditions, among others. Our team also features an academic background in neurology and psychology that has been drawn on to aim for sensitivity and accuracy. The intent of the language and experiences within the Sleep/Wake Cycle, and the extended works of Maeltopia, are designed to explore these conditions and their related isolation and degradation as experienced first hand. The world of Maeltopia is one where the mentally unwell are the majority. Yet there are still outliers who are hunted out. 

     

    Content warnings: 

    Murderers 

    Audio Hallucinations 

    Visual Hallucinations 

    Fear of the Dark 

    Menacing Agencies

    Derogatory terms for Mental Illness

    Discussions of religion



    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Sleep Wake Cycle | S2 | Ep. 3 23:25

    The Bright Black seeks revenge and attacks Rosemary and Isaiah in the Heccan city of Hallowick.  Later, the twins run across a strange roadside attraction.


    From the creators of the Maeltopia podcast.


    EARLY ACCESS to podcast episodes, behind-the-scenes bonus videos with the Maeltopia team and more await you on our Patreon!


    Join us on Discord!


    Follow us on Twitter at @maeltopia


    Want to learn more about the world of Maeltopia? Check out our website!


    Be sure to like, comment, rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast platform! We appreciate your support!


    Credits:

    Written by Mark Anzalone

    Edited by Walker Kornfeld

    Sound mastering by Steven J. Anzalone

    --

    Isaiah Stroud voiced by Mark Anzalone

    Rosemary Stroud voiced by Kelly Bair

    Gliss the Thorned Woman voiced by Kelly Bair

    Umbrian voiced by Steven Anzalone

    --

    The Sleep Wake Cycle Theme by Steven J. Anzalone

    Intro and Outro music by Steven Anzalone

    Music by Cinematic_Alex, Justin Marshall Elias, Braden Deal, Maciej Sadowski, and John Silke

    Music and Sound effects are licensed from third party providers including Envato, Epidemic Sound, Artlist, Soundstripe, Melody Loops, and Music Vine


    Disclaimer:

    This show is written in a first-hand, first-person format from uncertain and inconsistent narrators. This show explores specific mental health conditions. Whilst there is consistent use of derogatory terms for those with specific conditions or neurodivergence including lunatic, maniac, crazy, psychosis etc., this show is written and produced by a team that live with some of the specific illnesses featured within, including Tourette’s syndrome, schizoaffective disorder, insomnia, obsessive compulsive disorder, hallucinations, delusions, anxiety and depressive conditions, among others. Our team also features an academic background in neurology and psychology that has been drawn on to aim for sensitivity and accuracy. The intent of the language and experiences within the Sleep/Wake Cycle, and the extended works of Maeltopia, are designed to explore these conditions and their related isolation and degradation as experienced first hand. The world of Maeltopia is one where the mentally unwell are the majority. Yet there are still outliers who are hunted out. 

     

    Content warnings: 

    Murderers 

    Audio Hallucinations 

    Visual Hallucinations 

    Fear of the Dark 

    Menacing Agencies

    Derogatory terms for Mental Illness

    Discussions of religion



    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Sleep Wake Cycle | S2 | Ep. 2 27:51

    Isaiah uses some of his downtime to relax and take in the sights of Hallowwick.  Later, a mysterious stranger comes bearing gifts.


    From the creators of the Maeltopia podcast.


    EARLY ACCESS to podcast episodes, behind-the-scenes bonus videos with the Maeltopia team and more await you on our Patreon!


    Join us on Discord!


    Follow us on Twitter at @maeltopia


    Want to learn more about the world of Maeltopia? Check out our website!


    Be sure to like, comment, rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast platform! We appreciate your support!


    Credits:

    Written by Mark Anzalone

    Edited by Walker Kornfeld

    Sound mastering by Steven J. Anzalone

    --

    Isaiah Stroud voiced by Mark Anzalone

    Rosemary Stroud voiced by Kelly Bair

    Stranger at Cafe voice by Mark Anzalone

    Waiter voiced by Mark Anzalone

    --

    The Sleep Wake Cycle Theme by Steven J. Anzalone

    Intro and Outro music by Steven Anzalone

    Music by Tell No Tales, Brandon Hopkins, Iros Young, and Brock Hewitt

    Music and Sound effects are licensed from third party providers including Envato, Epidemic Sound, Artlist, Soundstripe, Melody Loops, and Music Vine


    Disclaimer:

    This show is written in a first-hand, first-person format from uncertain and inconsistent narrators. This show explores specific mental health conditions. Whilst there is consistent use of derogatory terms for those with specific conditions or neurodivergence including lunatic, maniac, crazy, psychosis etc., this show is written and produced by a team that live with some of the specific illnesses featured within, including Tourette’s syndrome, schizoaffective disorder, insomnia, obsessive compulsive disorder, hallucinations, delusions, anxiety and depressive conditions, among others. Our team also features an academic background in neurology and psychology that has been drawn on to aim for sensitivity and accuracy. The intent of the language and experiences within the Sleep/Wake Cycle, and the extended works of Maeltopia, are designed to explore these conditions and their related isolation and degradation as experienced first hand. The world of Maeltopia is one where the mentally unwell are the majority. Yet there are still outliers who are hunted out. 

     

    Content warnings: 

    Murderers 

    Audio Hallucinations 

    Visual Hallucinations 

    Fear of the Dark 

    Menacing Agencies

    Derogatory terms for Mental Illness

    Discussions of religion



    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Sleep Wake Cycle | S2 | Ep. 1 28:43

    After the events of Merrows, the twins report their findings to their higher-ups - the Esotarchs. Later, Isaiah and Rosemary go for a ride and mull over their options.


    From the creators of the Maeltopia podcast.


    EARLY ACCESS to podcast episodes, behind-the-scenes bonus videos with the Maeltopia team and more await you on our Patreon!


    Join us on Discord!


    Follow us on Twitter at @maeltopia


    Want to learn more about the world of Maeltopia? Check out our website!


    Be sure to like, comment, rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast platform! We appreciate your support!


    Credits:

    Written by Mark Anzalone

    Edited by Walker Kornfeld

    Sound mastering by Steven J. Anzalone

    --

    Isaiah Stroud voiced by Mark Anzalone

    Rosemary Stroud voiced by Kelly Bair

    The Esotarchs voiced by Mark Anzalone

    The Handler voiced by Mark Anzalone

    --

    The Sleep Wake Cycle Theme by Steven J. Anzalone

    Outro music by Steven Anzalone

    Music by Justin Marshall Ellas, Braden Deal, Richard Bodgers, Soft Alchemy

    Music and Sound effects are licensed from third party providers including Envato, Epidemic Sound, Artlist, and Soundstripe


    Disclaimer:

    This show is written in a first-hand, first-person format from uncertain and inconsistent narrators. This show explores specific mental health conditions. Whilst there is consistent use of derogatory terms for those with specific conditions or neurodivergence including lunatic, maniac, crazy, psychosis etc., this show is written and produced by a team that live with some of the specific illnesses featured within, including Tourette’s syndrome, schizoaffective disorder, insomnia, obsessive compulsive disorder, hallucinations, delusions, anxiety and depressive conditions, among others. Our team also features an academic background in neurology and psychology that has been drawn on to aim for sensitivity and accuracy. The intent of the language and experiences within the Sleep/Wake Cycle, and the extended works of Maeltopia, are designed to explore these conditions and their related isolation and degradation as experienced first hand. The world of Maeltopia is one where the mentally unwell are the majority. Yet there are still outliers who are hunted out. 

     

    Content warnings: 

    Murderers 

    Audio Hallucinations 

    Visual Hallucinations 

    Fear of the Dark 

    Menacing Agencies

    Derogatory terms for Mental Illness

    Discussions of religion



    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Season 1

Extras

The Sleep Wake Cycle

Waking is no cure for dreaming.

The Sleep/Wake Cycle is an audio drama podcast blending supernatural horror with noir and dark Fantasy.

Born during the Night Plague of 1983, the Stroud twins have been reunited after a lifetime apart, their way forward lit by dimmest foxfire.

Forced into the service of secrets older than stone, they do the cold work of their unseen masters, a faceless cabal swelling deep within the guts of the risen government.

As Reclamation Agents, the preternatural twins are tasked with returning the country to its former glory, wresting order from the kings and queens below the world—horrors slipped from nightmare and madness.

Confronting the Strouds is a world forsaken of sanity, where coffins oft become cocoons, shadows rise against the sun, and reality is just the husk that dreams have left behind.

In addition to their gifts, the twins are affected by specific neurological conditions, including Tourette’s Syndrome / tic disorder and schizoaffective disorder, among others. Though these conditions do not define the characters, they are explored in ways that provide a more positive, accurate portrayal — one that helps battle the stigma, misinformation and harm caused by much of mainstream media’s historical treatment of such issues.

Lead writers Mark Anzalone and Steve Anzalone, who also lend their voices to Isaiah and other characters, have a lifetime of experience contending with the specific conditions portrayed, giving the show an authentic voice that conveys the diverse and often individual symptoms experienced by those with mental health disorders.

Additionally, Steven lends his academic expertise to the production through his master’s degree in psychology, his work in the field of behavioural neuroscience, and his position as an Institutional Review Board Specialist for the University of Harvard. Further discussions with others affected by mental health conditions, including Maeltopia’s lead writer and editor Walker Kornfeld, have been had during the creative process to ensure additional sensitivity.


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