Believer: A Paranormal Mystery
Believer: A Paranormal Mystery
Julie Saunders
Lara Campbell used to believe in the paranormal. Now she pretends to believe in it for money. But when her ex-partner goes missing near the Oregon Bigfoot Highway, she may have to re-evaluate everything she thought she knew. BELIEVER is a spooky fiction audio drama about ghosts, cryptids, demons, cosmic entities, and the fake psychic who doesn't believe they exist. New episodes every other Tuesday.
Sun and Moon
A BELIEVER PREQUEL: Set approximately 4 years before the events of season one, Lara pairs with Rose for the very first time in order to deal with an entity that’s been split into two. Deep in the Oregon Caves, Lara diligently applies scientific methods that never seem to stick, while at the Corwin Lake House, Rose attempts direct contact and finds much more than she anticipated. Can they solve the mystery and survive the night - without hating each other?  The transcript for this episode is available here. Want to support the show? Visit the Believer merch store, check out our Patreon, or leave a review wherever you found this episode!   CONTENT NOTES Strong language Loud, high-pitched sounds Claustrophobia Occultism, Devils, and Demons Homophobia   CREDITS Voice Performers Mara Hernandez as Rose Boone John Gifford as Ranger Nick Julie Saunders as Lara Campbell Production Crew Written, directed, and produced by Julie Saunders Sound design by David Weaver and Julie Saunders “Believer Theme (Julie’s Melody)” composed by Aaron Ferenc Music from Epidemic Sound:  “Harlig Ar Jorden (Organ Version)” - Kurt Lyndon “Heal With Me” - Jay Varton “Praise the Fearful” - Christian Andersen “The Perfectionist” - Brightarm Orchestra SFX: Fingers drumming Car sounds: https://freesound.org/people/zimbot/sounds/203072/ Car trunk: https://freesound.org/people/jrssandoval/sounds/67148/ Phone unlock: https://freesound.org/people/thegoose09/sounds/125384/ Walkie-talkie: https://freesound.org/people/JustinBW/sounds/70107/ Card shuffle: https://freesound.org/people/empraetorius/sounds/201253/ Card flip: https://freesound.org/people/f4ngy/sounds/240776/ Blue Jay: https://freesound.org/people/inchadney/sounds/201626/ Birds: https://freesound.org/people/cognito%20perceptu/sounds/57907/ Rockslide: https://freesound.org/people/juskiddink/sounds/77931/ Bible verses read by Max McLean, from The Listener’s Bible.
Oct 30
54 min
The Tale of SodaPop: Part Three
The CONCLUSION of SodaPop's solo story. The darkness deepens, and the sun comes up. A transcript of this episode is available here. CONTENT NOTES (for entire three-part story) Live dog and cat sounds Harm to wild animals Mild harm to humans Abandonment Confusion / disorientation Dread Inexplicable pain Believer has merchandise! Check out the teepublic store here: https://www.teepublic.com/user/believer-podcast And a Patreon! Join for discounted merch, bonus material, and more at https://www.patreon.com/believerpodcast Nominate us for an Audioverse Award! More information available here: https://believerpodcast.com/fyc  CREDITS Voice performers Archie as “SodaPop” Lulu as “Barn cat” Julie Saunders as “Narrator” Production Crew Written, edited, and sound designed by Julie Saunders Cat wrangling by Seth Ellsworth “Believer Theme (Julie’s Melody)” composed by Aaron Ferenc Music from Epidemic Sound: “Old Country Serenade,” by These Old Bones “Campfire Tails,” by Brendon Moeller “Three Wishes,” by Rune Dale “In the Witness’s Eyes,” by Christian Andersen “Chapter 13,” by Nihoni “Worlds Apart,” by Rannar Sillard “Me and My Kite,” by Bonnie Grace “Closer Than Two of a Kind,” by Jaydan Talley (ending song)   CONNECT WITH US! Website: https://believerpodcast.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/believerpod Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/believerpod/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/believerpod
Sep 22
22 min
The Tale of SodaPop: Part Two
Part Two of SodaPop's solo adventure. In which there are many more bad squirrels. This is a single-narrator bonus story set after the events of episode 4 - and if you haven't listened to Part One yet, you should probably go back an episode. A transcript of this episode is available here. Believer has merchandise! Check out the teepublic store here: https://www.teepublic.com/user/believer-podcast And a Patreon! Join for discounted merch, bonus material, and more at https://www.patreon.com/believerpodcast Nominate us for an Audioverse Award! More information available here: https://believerpodcast.com/fyc  The complete version of this episode are available to Patreon supporters now! Otherwise, you’ll see part three on Tuesday.   CONTENT NOTES (for entire three-part story) Live dog and cat sounds Harm to wild animals Mild harm to humans Abandonment Confusion / disorientation Dread Inexplicable pain   CREDITS   Voice performers Archie as “SodaPop” Lulu as “Barn cat” Julie Saunders as “Narrator”   Production Crew Written, edited, and sound designed by Julie Saunders Cat wrangling by Seth Ellsworth “Believer Theme (Julie’s Melody)” composed by Aaron Ferenc   Music from Epidemic Sound “Endeavor,” by Jakob Ahlbom “Chapter 13,” by Nihoni “Lost Without You (Instrumental Version),” by Duty Division   CONNECT WITH US! Website: https://believerpodcast.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/believerpod Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/believerpod/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/believerpod
Sep 15
14 min
The Tale of SodaPop: Part One
Surprise! A bonus short story featuring SodaPop, World’s Greatest Dog. But first, announcements: Believer has merchandise! Check out the teepublic store here: https://www.teepublic.com/user/believer-podcast And a Patreon! Join for discounted merch, bonus material, and more at https://www.patreon.com/believerpodcast Nominate us for an Audioverse Award! More information available here: https://believerpodcast.com/fyc  Parts two and three of this episode are available to Patreon supporters now. Otherwise, you’ll see them on the next few Tuesdays. A transcript of this episode is available here. CONTENT NOTES (for entire three-part story) Live dog and cat sounds Harm to wild animals Mild harm to humans Abandonment Dread Inexplicable pain   CREDITS Voice performers Archie as “SodaPop” Lulu as “Barn cat” Julie Saunders as “Narrator” Production Crew Written, edited, and sound designed by Julie Saunders Cat wrangling by Seth Ellsworth “Believer Theme (Julie’s Melody)” composed by Aaron Ferenc Music from Epidemic Sound “Our Days of Bliss,” by Alice Spence “A Classic Noir,” by David Celeste “Campfire Tails,” by Brendon Moeller “Catch Me Later,” by Kikoru “Wandering Nomad,” by Cody Francis   CONNECT WITH US! Website: https://believerpodcast.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/believerpod Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/believerpod/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/believerpod
Sep 9
15 min
1.05 - Squatch Talk
The inaugural episode of SQUATCH TALK, recorded in Jake Talbott’s living room. In this episode, Jake’s friend and prospective co-host, Abe Ramirez, brings Sasquatch questions and sightings from across the Oregon Bigfoot Highway. What is Bigfoot? Could he be an alien? A protector? Dare we say, a friend? Find out all this and more on SQUATCH TALK! The transcript for this episode is available here. See research notes and further reading at BelieverPodcast.com Due to recording delays from, well, everything, the main storyline of BELIEVER is going on hiatus. Please stay subscribed for bonus content (including spin-off and prequel episodes) as well as regular show recommendations and resources for self-care and activism. If you enjoyed Squatch Talk, you’ll love King Falls AM. CONTENT NOTES Strong language Harm to wild animals Dissociative behavior CAST Jake Talbott - Jason Markoff Abe Ramirez - Enrique Garnica Bill - Mark Fossen Ben - Zichi Calhoun Sheila - April Fossen Rose Boone - Mara Hernandez Dr. Penelope Simmons - Samantha Ronceros MUSIC “Julie’s Melody (Believer Theme),” by Aaron Ferenc “C-Four,” by Deskant “Obsessions (Instrumental Version), by Can’t Find Ollie
Jun 9
13 min
1.04 - The Voice of God
Lara investigates the twisted, apocalyptic sermons of Reverend Mitchell Boone. Things get...weird. If this is your first time listening, go back to episode 1.01 - Charity and start there. The transcript for this episode is available at BelieverPodcast.com. This week’s podcast recommendation is Crypto Z, a brand new show from Euphonie Media. CONTENT NOTES Apocalyptic Christian rhetoric, including scripture and hymn quotations Mild language Dog whiny noises Cult content and behavior Hallucinations and visual/auditory distortions Respiratory distress Sleepwalking CAST Rev. Mitchell Boone - David Pinion Sheriff Tate - Regen Wilson Dr. Penelope Simmons - Samantha Ronceros Camille Simmons - Sara Gorsky Lara Campbell - Julie Saunders SodaPop - Archie Cult Chanters - the Saunders, Parshall, and Meeks families CREW Written, Directed, Sound Designed by Julie Saunders Theme song composed by Aaron Ferenc Emotional support provided by Seth Ellsworth MUSIC “Julie’s Melody (Believer Theme),” by Aaron Ferenc “We Will Be All,” by Julie Saunders “Eternal Moment,” by Farrell Wooten “Psalm 1001,” by Isobel O’Connor “Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming,” Traditional “The Perfectionist,” by Brightarm Orchestra SFX Camera sound: https://freesound.org/people/pooky1/sounds/431588/ Adobe Stock Audio Fiction Hub
May 12
14 min
1.03 - The Night the Sky Fell
We find out more about the night the sky fell down on Charity - and learn some of Lara and Rose's backstory. If this is your first time listening, go back to Episode 1: "Charity," and start there. For bios, transcripts, and more information, visit BelieverPodcast.com CONTENT NOTES Grief; familial loss; grating, high-pitched noises. CREDITS CAST Rose Boone - Mara Hernandez The Boys - Eliseo Velasquez, John Gifford, Enrique Garnica Lara Campbell - Julie Saunders Jake Talbott - Jason Markoff Mayor Terri Boone - Rosa Delgado Camille Simmons - Sara Gorsky Dr. Penelope Simmons - Samantha Ronceros Sodapop, World's Greatest Dog - Basil Archimedes Hornberger (Archie) CREW Composer - Aaron Ferenc Written, Directed, Produced, Edited by Julie Saunders MUSIC "Julie's Melody," by Aaron Ferenc "Retrouvailles," by Ooyy "Under My Oak Tree," by Johannes Bornlof "Obsessions (Instrumental Version)", by Can't Find Ollie Music not composed by Aaron Ferenc was found on Epidemic Sound. SFX Supplemental dog sounds: https://freesound.org/people/ivolipa/sounds/260248/ https://freesound.org/people/170084/sounds/408200/ https://freesound.org/people/15GPanskaBokstefflova_Nicola/sounds/461521/ https://freesound.org/people/jinxycat49/sounds/490164/ https://freesound.org/people/giddster/sounds/435368/ All other ambient and sound effects from Adobe Stock.
Apr 14
19 min
1.02 - Dead Zone
If this is your first time listening, go back to Episode One, "Charity," and start there. Lara goes on a Squatch Walk, which leads to an...unusual discovery. Sodapop proves much more helpful than local law enforcement.
Mar 17
20 min
BONUS: Fred Beck's 1924 Sasquatch Encounter
***OUT OF UNIVERSE*** The next episode of Believer comes out next week, but in the meantime, Julie is here to read an excerpt from Fred Beck's classic memoir, I FOUGHT THE APEMEN OF MT. SAINT HELENS, WA. You'll never guess what it's about. The full text of Beck's book can be found on BigfootEncounters.com. A transcript of this episode is available here. CONTENT NOTE This episode contains gunshot sounds.
Mar 10
8 min
1.01 - Charity
Fake psychic Lara Campbell travels to Charity, Oregon to check on her ex-girlfriend, Rose. This is the first episode of the season, and the best place to start listening. REMASTERED as of October 13, 2020! The transcript for this episode is available here. For episode notes, cast and crew information, or to support the show, please visit BelieverPodcast.com. CONTENT NOTES This episode contains discussions of child death, grief, and manipulation. There are also loud knocking sounds, squishy noises, and dog whining/barking (which may cause dogs to react if played over speakers). CREDITS Cast (in order of appearance): Lara Campbell - Julie Saunders Rose Boone - Mara Hernandez Deborah Lee - Jenna Saunders Rev. Mitchell Boone - David Pinion Kathy Petersen - Laura Baggett Sodapop, World's Greatest Dog - Archie Jake Talbott - Jason Markoff Mayor Terri Boone - Rosa Delgado Written, Directed, and Produced by Julie Saunders Remastered and sound designed by David Weaver Theme song composed by Aaron Ferenc Sound Credits: Dog sniffing: https://freesound.org/people/ivolipa/sounds/260248/ More dog sounds: https://freesound.org/people/170084/sounds/408200/ Dog running: https://freesound.org/people/15GPanskaBokstefflova_Nicola/sounds/461521/ Dog yawn: https://freesound.org/people/jinxycat49/sounds/490164/ Dog shake: https://freesound.org/people/giddster/sounds/435368/ Clock: https://freesound.org/people/straget/sounds/405423/ Mitchell’s machines: https://freesound.org/people/nofeedbak/sounds/21869/ EKG alarm: https://freesound.org/people/guitarguy1985/sounds/65401/ Misc: Audio Drama Network Hub Misc: Adobe Stock Lara's phone's voice was generated at https://filmmusic.io/voiceovers The ending song was "Lucky Charm," by Mimi Oleson, courtesy of Epidemic Sound. This episode was sponsored by Saunders & Associates LLC
Mar 3
21 min
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