Last week Malleus traced a rough history of German supernatural horror serials and considered their defining impact on the contemporary H?rspiel-Boom (audio drama explosion). What are some general characteristics of these new horror serial audios? I?ve made a list below of several trends I?ve noticed over the past 9 years, many of which differ from British and American tendencies. Read on to learn about casting practices, pricing, and for an answer to the strange riddle: Why do German audio … [Read more...] about Some common traits of contemporary German audio drama, or Why don’t Germans like German heroes?
The inaugural column of Malleus kicks off a three part investigation of the seminal role of supernatural horror in the contemporary German audio drama explosion. Discover the first German radio drama, learn about German pulp novels, and experience the terror of Konga the Man-Frog. … [Read more...] about REVENGE OF THE GRUSEL-KRIMIS! A primer on supernatural horror in the German H?rspiel-Boom
Introduction to Malleus with Chris Dueker Welcome to Malleus: Vibrations from the Middle Ear, a weekly review column of English and German language audio drama, audio books, and other spoken word recordings. Malleus came about for two reasons: 1) to provide critical reviews of spoken arts recordings that rarely receive them and 2) to introduce English-speakers to the remarkable German phenomenon colloquially termed the ?H?rspiel-Boom?. To that end this English language column will cover … [Read more...] about Malleus: Vibrations from the Middle Ear (a new review column of English and German spoken arts)