Description

Make your statement, face your fear.
A weekly horror fiction podcast examining what lurks in the archives of the Magnus Institute, an organisation dedicated to researching the esoteric and the weird. Join Jonathan Sims as he explores the archive, but be be warned, as he looks into its depths something starts to look back…
New episodes every Thursday produced by Rusty Quill, featuring guest actors, short stories, serial plots and more.

Customer Reviews

Unable to explain my love for this podcast.

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Taylor enderlox
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2021-04-21
I’ve always loved horror and audio media, put them together, with a stunning and talented cast. It’s all I could ask for. Thank you for bringing me such a safe space to lose myself for hours <3

THE BEST THING EVER

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thistlesandstars
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2021-04-13
i do not like horror. i have never liked horror. so why did i binge all 200 episodes in approximately 4 days? because this podcast is STUNNING. soyeahpleaselistentoitokaythanks:)

Storytelling at its best

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garrett1298zzv
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2021-04-06
I’m not a horror fan, but as a lover of radio plays/audio fiction I find it difficult to avoid the gene.
Throughout, I have been presently surprised with the the Magnus archives however I found this particular tale truly spine chilling; the small details in the stories, the vocal delivery, even the incidental music make this habitual listening.
Recommend to anyone, clever horror and excellent fiction! Thanks to all involved

i’m not okay but 5/5 love it

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ShauneeHowat
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2021-04-05
i’m not okay after listening to the final, and i’m now starting over with my partner who hasn’t listened to it apart from random episodes

Just do it

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AmyRokdk
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2021-04-02
Don’t question me, just listen now. So good. So sad it’s come to an end but really worth it.

Book hangover

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Wheretheapplesgrow
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2021-04-01
I’ve been listening since 2016 and have in turns enjoyed and been horrified (in a good way?) by every season. It has always been gripping and as the series have evolved through their arc I’ve become very fond of the characters. Now it’s finished I’m left with a book hangover and wondering what I will do next.
If you’re lucky enough to have not listened yet, go and listen right now!

worth a listen, and worth the wait!

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TangelaTerry
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2021-03-26
not going to lie, when I first started tma I found the 130+ episodes (at the time) to be quite daunting, but trust me, they’ll fly by! one of my first delves into a more narrative based podcast, and the first piece of media in a while that has evoked such an emotional response! definitely give it a listen, you’ll fall in love with the storytelling in no time :)

Fab

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birdy werdy
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2021-03-25
Can’t listen at night but fabulous podcast with great storyline, actors and editing. Just finished series one but been subscribed for ages don’t know what took me so long

Definitely give it a listen!

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~Skinks~
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2021-03-04
I started listening to The Magnus Archives around the beginning of England’s lockdown, and I’m very glad I did. I can confidently say it’s my favourite podcast, and I’d recommend it to everyone, horror fan or not. The writing, storyline and the horror itself is wonderful; it’s been a while since I’ve been so intrigued in horror, and the storyline (as well as the characters within them) are captivating. Overall, give it a listen, you won’t regret it. And to the Magnus Archives team itself, thank you; it’s really helped me and many others, and although I’m sad that the podcast is ending, I’m very glad that it happened and will happily support any other works you put out.

Gripping

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Magsscribbler
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2021-02-14
Horror isn’t a genre I usually listen to but thought I’d give this a go because of the reviews and am so glad I did. It blossoms from what seems quite a simple story to a multi-layered, complex plot that is hugely satisfying to follow. The characters’ growth, rich storytelling, superb acting and accomplished sound production will delight all lovers of quality audio drama, no matter what genres you usually prefer. I started listening about a month ago and have just finished 194 - cannot wait to hear what happens next and how it ends! Signed up to Patreon to support the creators for giving me such a great drama feast.

Addicting

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JarveyT
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2021-02-05
Thought I’d finally start listening to this podcast after having it on my to listen list for well over a year now. Bit late to the party perhaps since I see talk amongst the fandom posts online saying it’s wrapping up soon - but if it’s a good show and it’s got a backlog of episodes to listen to that shouldnt be a plus and if it’s bad then what’s it matter.
Boy this is addicting though. Started listening around 24 hours ago and found myself going to bed later than planned because I got engrossed: listened to more episodes next day during my commute and lunch break.
The episodes are wonderfully bitesized at the 20-30 minute mark. The stories are very well read, the soundwork is great, very atmospheric even though they’re just supposed to be little self recordings it all comes together. Also hearing stuff that’s UK based is so delightful since a majority of the popular podcasts that have been recommended to me in the past tend to be American (not bad just not as familiar)
I’m only up to episode 10 but I can see this becoming my new go to podcast and me having consumed the entire thing in a week.
Outstanding stuff.

Gerard Keay

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DavidBoydHaycock
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2021-01-30
Very flattering

5 stars

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elizaflamingo
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2021-01-25
Absolutely fantastic!

Thank god for TMA

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charliefarley1995
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2021-01-24
I started listening in December and am on my second listen through to listen to all the hints and secrets from episode one. Me and my husband have had an amazing time sorting episodes into the different categories! It’s creepy and chilling and wonderfully acted. Fantastic podcast guys, I hope you make another one after this!

Self indulgent dross

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Kissmyass2578411145054215
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2021-01-14
I came here after the Shadow Over Insmouth podcast, expecting another supernatural experience.
I got about 15 minutes through an episode which seemed to consist of endless sponsor call outs and speeches from the cast BEFORE the episode started. When something FINALLY happened it just seemed like and endless game of D&D where all participants self congratulatory hipsters who loved the smell of their own farts. I’m giving this one a HARD pass.

Great stories. diamondsparkle1

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twigletsaregreattoeat
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2021-01-14
Heard about TMA through a Stella Firma episode and I am so happy I decided to listen. I am now enjoying and binge listening to this excellent series and have finally caught up to episode 190. It is now a matter of waiting in anticipation and sadness to when the last few episodes are released bringing an end to this wonderfully written, narrated and acted story from the talented people at Rusty Quill. Thank you all.

PLEASE LISTEN

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Kirkpatrick917
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2021-01-08
OMG ITS SO GOOD I STARTED LIKE A WEEK AGO AND AM ALREADY ON SEASON 3

Wonderful slow burn horror anthology

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hobsoninthehills
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2021-01-03
Found this podcast after its recommendation on the Lovecraft Tapes’ recommendo episode at the start of the year and I am addicted! I love the format, the different and varied short horror stories and the slowly emerging overarching plot.

Amazing

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Lottis1974
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2020-12-29
I can’t believe I just discovered this. I’m starting from the beginning of S1 so not got too far, but it’s extremely compelling.
Perfect for fans (like me) of MR James & Ghost Stories for Christmas. Complete with solitary, bookish bachelors of ambiguous sexuality, encountering strange & threatening objects or entities...only in the modern age. Wonderful!

Class A podcast!

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MozMozMoz!
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2020-12-29
To be taken intravenously, best “mainlined” direct to the artery! Stirring stuff!
A wonderful podcast; if this truly is the final season then I’m not looking forward to the withdrawals! Keep ‘em coming, Mr Sims! ❤️

THANK YOU

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girlinbelfast
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2020-12-07
This podcast quite literally saved me during lockdown. I can’t get enough.

wonderful series!

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Sash😎
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2020-12-06
jimmy magma

Inject this podcast directly into my veins

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BoatsandCats
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2020-12-01
I started listening to The Magnus Archives on the recommendation of a friend. Three weeks later I had binged through the entire back catalogue, and am debating going back to the start to try and catch more small details I may have missed. As a lover of high strangeness, all things eldritch, and gothic horror, it feels like someone reached directly into my brain and produced a horrifying and yet somewhat weirdly comforting (like putting on an old jumper, if that jumper sealed you inside before you managed to get your hands and head through the holes, and wouldn't let you back out) podcast. The amount of care and detail is astounding, and I cannot recommend it enough.

Incredible storytelling

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Bezmarck
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2020-12-01
TMA showcases the full and incredible potential of what audio stories can do. It is chilling, funny, fascinating and creates images and moments that have stayed with me long after hearing them. Can’t wait to catch up (I’m about 100 episodes in) and be left on tenterhooks each week!

Warning! Addictive stuff

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Hayles21
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2020-11-19
I started listening to this podcast sometime in October out of curiosity and quickly became addicted to it! I’m up to date now, which means I have to wait for new releases, but I’m happy to listen to is all over again- that’s how good it is.
This is definitely for you if you like a bit of horror and intrigue. I maybe shouldn’t have listened to some of them alone in a dark house, but you live and learn.
Well thought out and we’ll performed. Give it a go!

Suspenseful Spooky stuff

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maximuspusspuss
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2020-11-04
I heard this recommended on Pod Cast radio hour so thought I’d check it out. I’m hooked, it’s really well written and performed. The stories are slowly starting to link up, I’m on episode 24 after starting to listen a few days ago, but they can be listened to as individual tales. If you like a good scare then this the podcast for you.

Spooks and Mystery

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Daft Summers
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2020-10-08
What at first seems to be an anthology of unconnected paranormal incidents quickly turns into a supernatural mystery. I would definitely recommend this podcast to you if either of those concepts appeal. It is possible to ignore the meta plot and listen to these as a monster-of-the-week sort of deal. However, the overarching plot was planned right from the beginning meaning there are all kinds of connections to be made. Definitely have a listen, I was hooked from the first episode and then listened to the whole thing in 5 weeks!

Good but populated with annoying characters.

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The man on top of a ladder.
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2020-09-29
The theme of this is really good and Johnathan Simms is a decent character. There are however some quite annoying characters that enter into it as it develops. In particular, Martin is a stuttering fool and it’s done in a rather “hammy” way. Some of the statements work really well as self contained horror stories but the meta-narrative is at times convoluted and difficult to follow, compounded by the fact that the characters are annoying, it’s quite hard to care much about them one way or the other. I’m not all the way through yet but some of the meta-narrative doesn’t even make logical sense. Such as the fact that there is this Magnus Institute which specialises in the study of supernatural phenomena and yet the government play no role, they don’t appear to have much to say about the fact that ghosts and demons are real. I imagine they would be quite interested in this revelation particularly from a “defence” point of view, as would weapons manufacturers around the globe. No scientific institutions appear particularly interested in the fact that other dimensions populated with all manner of terrifying beings is a real thing within the Magnus universe either. I mention this because they have made the Magnus universe almost identical to ours but haven’t developed the implications of that much in the story. They have with the police, a little, which is good but leaving out government, military, science etc seems like an oversight in the meta-narrative. Like I say I’m not all the way though and perhaps these play a role later in the story. Despite these flaws it is a very creepy and entertaining podcast. It has to be said as well that the quality of the writing is high and Johnathon Simms delivers his lines with a good deal of believability. My favourites are “Grifters Bone”, “Binary”, and “A Guest for Mr. Spider”. All of which are superb self contained stories in their own right.

Amazing

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Kokichi simp 69
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2020-09-17
I’m already immersed in the story and can’t wait to listen to more !!

Well written, excellent

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The Mr K
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2020-09-10
Excellent a slow burn set of stories that slowly reveal deeper setting details. This is an engaging series that is well written and clearly planned in advance.

wow WOW incredible

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miles <3
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2020-09-09
first podcast i’ve ever listened to and i’m OBSESSED, i’m on my first re-listen now and it’s so cool!!! 10/10 would recommend pls listen

Good and spooky

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littleMURE
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2020-09-03
Listened to Hive over breakfast and felt a bit sick 10/10

I like it.

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Anonymously673
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2020-09-01
It's early days so far but I quite like the format.
It's my x files podcast for now and every so often I like to dive into something like this.

Amazing

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LimeFox14
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2020-08-31
I started listening to this q week ago and I’m already obsessed, whenever I have free time I put an episode of this on! I would definitely recommend it!!

10/10

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madsfuller
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2020-08-07
I hate podcasts, but I love this podcast

Amazing

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I am Jenkin's bowtie
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2020-08-05
One of the best podcasts I’ve ever listened to!

this is literally my new autistic hyperfixation and i won’t be talking about anything else

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Ashly Sefton
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2020-07-26
i listened to every episode in i think under a week, and i have never been this obsessed with anything in my life. please god help me, i don’t know what to do with myself without TMA

i love it more than words can express<33

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emo child lolla
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2020-07-10
genuinely haven't thought about aNYthing else for about a month because i can't stop relistening to old episodes and picking apart all the foreshadowing and tiny details in each! i love how connected everything within the universe is and how the doors get opened, but not to the extent they don't still hold an element of mystery and unpredictability to them! and don't even get me started on the characters! even without the beautifully done queer representation all of them are so realistically flawed yet also incredibly likeable as well as easy to empathise with and get attached to, even the 'so called' 'villains' although another thing i like is that there's no clear answer as to who those actually are a lot of the time! in short this is my all time favourite piece of media and i'm in love with every single episode! definitely give it a listen if you like amazing, queer, morally grey characters and genuinely terrifying horror meta-plots!

Great podcast

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benarnaman
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2020-06-29
Amazing

😳

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particia_cole_bitch
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2020-06-28
Alex lowkey has the fittest voice I’ve ever heard and that is enough for me to listen to all the episodes. The show’s pretty good as well I guess.

Just amazing

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rororosiep
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2020-06-12
The best fictional podcast I’ve ever listened to. A masterclass in writing horror, creating story arcs and characters to root for.

Excellent horror

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Shark-winning
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2020-06-04
Excellently written horror shorts. Sadly let down by poor sound engineering to balance vocal volumes requiring constant volume changes to hear it all.

Excellent horror short story podcast

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Niallruane
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2020-06-03
Brilliantly written and delivered, can’t recommend this enough if you like scary stories.

Amazing!!!

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CaitFaz:)
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2020-05-22
Incredible podcast, so well written and produced!

Best podcast I’ve ever listened to

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L_Byl
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2020-05-19
Came across this by chance but got sucked in immediately. I’m not typically a horror fan but the amazing writing and characters got me through the spookiest bits. Just genuinely so good please listen to this podcast.

Brilliant

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nonefallout
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2020-05-05
Came across by chance and it is honestly one of the best written collection of stories I have ever listened to.

Late to the party

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PCoop78
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2020-04-30
Very recently discovered and have binge listened to 4 series. Now going back to through to catch all the bits I missed. Absolutely fantastic.

Brilliant

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Rebmab love candy
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2020-04-30
This podcast is a perfect example of how to create arcs. If you’re looking for simple short stories then most episodes contain a small, separate story (which is always beautifully written and characterised), and if you’re looking for a complex, developing plot then most episodes also contain small hints towards a much larger story. All of the characters are believable and unique, the plot is brilliantly constructed, and relistening to it reveals a hundred little things you didn’t pick up on before. One of my favourite podcasts!

Just Lovely (but also terrifying)

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lolgoth
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2020-04-25
I am not a horror fan, I’m incredibly prone to jump scares and having stories affect my sleeping; so I was incredibly careful when getting into this. However, I find the Q&As are able to remind me it is completely fictitious!
I really have to give it to Jonny, this is all incredibly written. The characters are beautifully crafted and the big picture story is revealed well. I’m currently relistening and the small clues constantly dropped are a gem to pick up on, now I understand them. I’m sure people would pick up on them the first time but I simply never thought to check, it is done so subtly that when everything falls into place, it’s mind blowing.
The cast are lovely, and I’m so glad I listened to this. The fan community are so inspired, and it’s easy to see why when so much love has been put into this! I’m so proud of everyone who has worked to make this podcast what it is. The cast and characters are very diverse and the amount of research put in for each statement is amazing! I just love this podcast VERY much and I hope you will too :]