Just like the world of literature, audio drama is blessed to have a good few storytellers who are absolute masters of their chosen genre. One such master is writer and producer Domien De Groot of Audio Epics , an award-winning audio fiction troupe from Antwerp, Belgium.
I first came across Audio Epics’ work about five years ago when I listened to his audio drama “The Witch Hunter Chronicles”. To this day it remains one of my favourite shows. I later found out however, that the story was actually based on Domien’s novel (of the same name), and that he felt the audio drama was a much abridged version which left a lot of his story untold. Until now…
What’s it About?
Witch Hunter follows the story of Ludlov, a hardened but principled witch hunter working in the Gothic, sprawling city of Sevenpeaks. It’s a real gritty dark fantasy setting, which seems to draw inspiration from the universes of Warhammer and Lord of the Rings, and yet remain original with it’s own unique characteristics.
Fear holds sway over the proud and ancient city of Sevenpeaks. It is said that the devil himself will soon return and that all witches, no matter how harmless they may seem, are to blame for this. The city is in turmoil after a visit from a mysterious prophet and the dreaded witch hunters are called upon to kill all magic users. Only one witch hunter refuses to participate in the slaughter. Ludlov, a fierce and devoted man driven by vengeance, believes that there is another evil at work. He suspects the same cult that murdered his wife seven years ago: the Black Sickle. The only person who can help Ludlov on his search for the truth is Samina, a beautiful young gypsy woman with magical powers…
What Kind of Fiction Podcast is it?
Whilst The Witch Hunter Chronicles was very much an audio drama, ‘Witch Hunter’ is certainly a dramatised audiobook. This has given Domien the flexibility and time to really explore and examine this world in much more detail. Though a narrator leads the way in the story, each main character has their own voice actor, and the world around them is brought to life with music, sound effects, and ambiance.
What do I Like About it?
As I’ve mentioned already, Domien De Groot really excels in the fantasy genre, and he creates an immersive world full of dark and dangerous characters. It’s not just about the writing though, Audio Epics ‘ work has always carried a sense of polished professionalism. There’s a combination of factors here, the strong performances of quality voice actors, along with the eye-catching artwork.
Witch Hunter is also scored by Audio Epics’ own Peter Van Riet, who’s work is every bit as effective as famous film composers such as John Williams and Ennio Morricone. There’s just an all-round attention to detail in every aspect of this show, and I’m certain that’ll be rewarded with a very steep increase in download numbers as more new fans discover, subscribe and recommend it.
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